Does anyone really like to vacuum?
Does anyone really like to vacuum? Luckily, technology is here to help and the latest cordless vacuums may put an end to all that, with powerful new models giving their corded upright and cylinder cousins a run for their money. Whether you’re after a whippy second vac for smaller spills or one that can take over from your corded machine, there’s now a model to fulfil your vacuuming needs for pretty much every budget. In fact, Dyson is so convinced that cordless machines are the future, it’s decided not to spend any more money developing corded models. How to make the right choice The model you choose should first depend on the task for which it’s intended. So, battery life, along with suction strength, are key if these machines are to take on cleaning a whole home, while smaller, more manoeuvrable models with slightly less power will be a good option for cleaning kitchens and cars without much kerfuffle. Of course, the more powerful the machine, the more you’re likely to pay. Many of these cordless vacuums cordless vacuum cleaner are pricey, so think carefully about what you want it to do or you may end up paying for an expensive machine that you don’t use that often. Maintenance is key to ensure filters don’t get clogged too, as they will loose power as a result, and most need the filters washing once a month or so in lukewarm water or at least brushing free of dust every time you empty the bin canister.
We took a look at some of the biggest and newest cordless vacuums in the market, from budget models perfect for light cleaning to high-end power-hogs that could easily replace your standard corded vac without you noticing any difference in the quality of the clean. One thing to remember, though, is the more you use these vacuums on boost or turbo settings, the shorter the battery life, so while many manufacturers boast long run times, they’ll always be talking about running it on the lowest power mode.
There aren’t many things we didn’t like about this uber-powerful stick vacuum and we can see why Dyson believes cordless is the future – this is one hell of a sucker. It came in a compact box and unlike all of the other vacuums we tested, inside everything is wrapped in paper and cardboard rather than reams of plastic, so that was a big tick. It’s fairly easy to put together, if a little tight-fitting at first, although this seems to lessen thestick vacuum cleaner more it’s used. It picks up small and large spills easily on both carpets and hard floors, both on low and mid-power. It’s the boost mode that’s a miracle worker, though, making short work of embedded pet hair – picking up quite a fur-ball from a supposedly clean carpet area under the bed. In handheld mode with stick and crevice tool it’s light and easy to control, making it easy to reach difficult corners. In handheld mode on its own, kitchen work surfaces are cleaned of crumbs in a flash and it’s great for giving the car interior the once over, too. The dustbin is one of the largest we tested at almost 0.8 litres and has an automatic opening system, so there’s no chance of you spilling dust out onto the floor when emptying. Our quibbles are mainly that there’s no storage space for the tools, and that it’s a tad on the noisy side in full boost mode. It’s not cheap and in boost mode it won’t do all the house in one go, but we would consider getting rid of our corded model for this one.
It picked up well on both hard surfaces and carpets in handheld and stick mode, getting pretty close to the edges. We did like that the few tool accessories there were came with a clip to pop them onto the rear of the stick, meaning they’re always to hand. However, there were only two additional tools and while they do their job, we felt that an extra, smaller brushhead would have completed the set nicely. It certainly would have made handheld-mode jobs like cleaning the stairs or car less cumbersome if there was an alternative to the main large brush. Other tools can be bought separately though. It’s a little heavier than the Dyson and the Hoover but pretty easy to use and reach up to those hard-to-get cobwebs. It’s a shame that the Blade 2 Max isn’t self-supporting – you need to fix a bracket (included) to the wall to hold it up. But the entire dustbin detaches from the handle making it simple to hold over a bin, click open, empty and also to remove and clean.
By far the lightest of the models we tested in handheld mode, this vacuum weighed just 1.5kg and 2.2kg in stick mode, making it super-light for vacuuming up high. Unlike some – the Dyson V-10 and the Vax for instance – this cleaner is self-supporting, so you can stand it in a corner or cupboard when not in use without having to secure a bracket to the wall first. It’s pretty compact, too, so doesn’t take up much space. The trigger switch is simple to use and there’s a continuous mode on the handle you can just flick to hold the vacuum on rather than having to depress the trigger all the time – a handy addition for those that have less mobile hands.