I recently looked for some online reviews on car cleaning kits and found out that Adam’s Essentials Detail Kit has been a popular product for some time now. Most of these reviews are positive, and the few negative ones point to problems such as missing pieces or price point.
I had a pleasant experience when testing.
I recently looked for some online reviews on car cleaning kits and found out that Adam’s Ceramic Boost, so I decided to purchase this kit and see if it was worth the price — a whopping $199.99, in case you were wondering. Now I agree that this is quite a lot to spend on car detailing in one go, especially if you are not sure whether the product is worth it. But I had high hopes for it as I’d read such great reviews, and also because Adam’s is one of the top brands in the auto detailing industry.
What you’ll read below is an unbiased and honest review of I recently looked for some online reviews on car cleaning kits and found out that Adam’s Essentials Detail Kit. Know that I only recommend car cleaning products I’ve tried and tested.
What’s Included In The Adam’s Essentials Detail Kit
The kit comes with several products in different sizes to meet your specific detailing needs. It includes:
- 1 Single Soft Towel
- 2 Edgeless Utility Towels
- 2 Borderless Gray Towels
- 1 VRT Foam Block Applicator
- 1 Super VRT
- 1 Detail Spray
- 1 Visco Clay Bar Kit
- 1 Total Interior Detailer
- 1 H2O Guard & Gloss
- 1 Car Wash Bucket
- 1 Car Wash Pad
- 1 Ultra Plush Drying Towel
- 1 Car Shampoo
- 1 All Purpose Cleaner
- 1 Wheel Cleaner
- 1 Wheel Brush
At a first glance, it looks like this kit is complete and comes with everything you need to get started on your detailing journey. It’s not just for beginners. It’s for anyone who wants to do the job right, save time and effort, and get better results from their car cleaning products. So in terms of variety, Adam’s Essentials Detail Kit gets a 9/10 from me.
But let’s see if the products are up to par.
How Are The Products?
I’ll start by saying the clay bar is really good. It’s non-abrasive, so it won’t damage the paint. It’s also quite creamy and easy to use.
Next up is the shampoo. The shampoo included in this kit is decent, not the best one out there, but it doesn’t claim to be. It will do the job and get your car shiny, clean, and smelling great.
The All Purpose Cleaner left me a bit disappointed, to be honest. It’s very runny and doesn’t really stay where you put it. That’s a massive problem if you’re trying to clean your car with it, and a bit of a shame as the cleaner itself is actually quite good. It will work on pretty much everything as it’s very versatile and concentrated — so you don’t need to use much product.
The H2O Guard & Gloss gave me a bit of a scare initially. When I opened the bottle, I could smell something similar to paint thinner. It wasn’t quite as strong, but it was definitely similar. I was a bit worried that it would be hard to use or that it might damage my paint. Thankfully, it didn’t. It did a great job at making my car shine like in the good ol’ glory days, leaving no streaks behind.
A thumbs up also for the tools, which are crafted with quality materials and are durable enough for frequent use. During the 2 months I tested them, I didn’t experience any malfunction. Plus, they were comfortable to hold and use during long detailing sessions. The towels are soft and absorbent but durable enough to withstand many washes without losing their softness and absorption power.
In terms of strength, I’ll rate the products included in the Essentials Detail Kit an 8/10.
What If You Are Not Happy With Your Kit?
Adam’s customer support is above average. The company offers live chat, email, and phone assistance options for questions or concerns. You can also find help through their FAQs.
I reached out to them by email with a question regarding my billing. I received a response the following day, which is not great but is not bad either, considering other brands take up to a week or more to answer.
When it comes to their products, you have a 30-day money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied. They also offer free shipping in the continental US on orders over $100 after discounts or $7.99 Flat Rate Shipping.
Is Their Customer Service Helpful?
Chemical Guys’ customer service is not bad. I had an issue with the Arsenal Kit, and they immediately replaced it for me. They are very friendly and helpful, which is always a plus in my book.
They have a good return policy in case you have to return any of the items you purchase. The only downside is that you have to pay a 15% restocking fee plus the shipping costs, which can be expensive if you are returning many items at once.
All in all, I give Adam an 8/10 for its customer service.
Is The Essentials Detail Kit Worth The Cost?
Most products in the Adam’s Essentials Detail Kit are good at what they are supposed to do, but not spectacular enough to justify their cost. Maybe Adam’s has other car cleaning kits that are a better value for money, but this one will only get a 6/10 from me.
There was just one product that really stood out to me. The Total Interior Detailer is now one of my favorite compounds to use regularly, so I’ll continue to purchase it outside of this kit. The other products were nice, but nothing that I felt the need to buy again.
I think this kit would work best for a new car owner that wants everything they need to keep their car looking brand new. For someone who already has a car cleaning routine — or that’s looking for something to tackle tough stains and surfaces — there are better options, like Nexgen’s Ultimate Cleaning Kit or the All Season Arsenal Kit from Chemical Guys.