I know, a vacuum isn’t exactly the most exciting of household appliances however I think everyone would agree that if you have carpet, it’s an absolute necessity, especially when you have pets and children, so when my 12 year old vacuum died a slow, agonising death it seemed like some sort of divine intervention* that Vax chose that moment to get in touch to see if I’d like to review one of their products.
*Yes, I am pretty sure the Gods don’t have anything more important to be dealing with right now than my cleaning needs.
I was sent the Vax Air Cordless Lift Duo. I admit, I was a little more excited about this than I should have been because ERM hello – cordless! My only experience with cordless cleaners so far had been with the handheld variety, of which they always seem to be a bit lacklustre on the vroomph (technical term) so I was keen to see how this new product stacked up.
A few facts about the Vax Air Cordless Lift Duo first.
- It has a lift out cylinder which detaches from the main body.
- The battery delivers up to 60 minutes of long lasting cleaning power.
- It has WindTunnel3TM technology
- LED headlights
- Ultra-lightweight (just 5.1kg)
- Boost mode
(I don’t pretend to know what WindTunnel technology is but it’s to do with providing three channels of suction across the width of the floor.)
What is in the box? The Vax Air Cordless Lift comes with 2x Lithium Life Batteries and a charger and a 2-in-1 dusting brush/crevice tool.
I like that you get two batteries in the box, it’s the kind of thing I expect companies to persuade you into buying so it’s good that there are two supplied – it means I can have one on charge while I am using the other one, though in fairness the battery lasts a really long time so it’s not strictly necessary!
And the battery already comes with some life in it, meaning you can get going straightaway!
Let me just tell you, I love this vacuum. LOVE IT. It has changed my life, not least because it’s so light and easy to use that my 9 year old son has decided that he likes doing the vacuuming! But seriously, it’s so light and nimble. My mother-in-law who is nearly 70 struggles with her vacuum so I am thinking one of these would be perfect for her – no wires to trip over either.
The fact that you can detach the cylinder means that it is a dream to use on the stairs. If I thought it was light before, when you’re just carrying the cylinder it’s a breeze! Again, my children now help with this as they can easily manage this on the stairs – of course, I don’t advocate child labour – they’re doing it for a pocket money top-up!
Having previously used another brand (known for it’s suction) I did wonder how it would fare in this department. I have to say I can’t notice the difference – this has a decent amount of suction and if you employ the boost function, it’s really powerful – I tend to use that on the high traffic areas only as the normal setting is perfectly fine.
The LED headlights though? Who knew you’d even care if your vacuum had LED headlights but I tell you what, I flipping well love them!
All in all I can hand on heart say that I love this product and it’s become my new best friend. I actually find I hoover more now because it’s so much easier to whizz around with than my old heavy, cabled contraption. I doubt I will ever go back to a corded vacuum again!
Before I go…I’ll leave you with this beautiful image. I had to take a photo of the bottom brushes purely because I knew it was a view I would never see again. Long hair problems.