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Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower Review

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What is the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power Leaf Blower?

While it’s generally accepted that petrol-driven leaf blowers provide the most power, the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower is the exception to the rule: a hugely-powerful and fast battery-powered model. Despite it’s weight, this leaf blower is quite comfortable for all-sizes of gardener to use and the only downside is its relatively high price. Still, if you’re after the best, then this is the leaf blower for you.

Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power Leaf Blower – Design and features

All you have to do to get the Wolf Garten 72V working is slide the battery in place, then clip a nozzle on. There’s a short one and a long flared one to choose from. The long flared nozzle has a useful plastic rake on the end for scraping up stubborn leaves.

The controls couldn’t be simpler. There is a yellow power-pack release button at the back of the blower for when you want to take the battery out and recharge it. The yellow trigger under the handle switches the machine on and off and has variable speed control, and if you need turbo boost you simply work the yellow button on the top of the handle with your thumb.

The Wolf Garten 72V is very nicely balanced, with plenty of room to move your hand along under the soft-grip handle to alter the centre of gravity if needed. There is also a useful adjustable shoulder-strap. When this is on your shoulder the Wolf Garten 72V is at an almost perfect 45-degree angle, which makes it very comfortable to use. I found it had the best balance when both straps were clipped to the rear hook. This shoulder-strap made it easy for smaller people to work the machine, too.

The 72V 6Ah battery has a three-light display on it. If you press a small black plastic button beside this, the green display lights glow to show how much battery charge you have. The 72v Li-ION Basic Charger has a two pin plug on it, which I found inconvenient, as it meant I had to buy an adaptor plug. It took one and three-quarter hours to charge and gave me nearly 60 minutes of run-time.

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Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower – Performance

This is a heavy leaf blower and weighs 4.5 kilos with the battery pack attached. Luckily the shoulder strap means you don’t notice the weight. When I blew a mixture of oak leaves and twigs along a concrete path it met its match when the pile of debris got about 250mm high.
The comfortable shoulder strap meant that I could use the machine for the whole hour of run-time without getting tired, and the long flared nozzle helped me get right down close to the ground without having to stoop. I used the plastic rake on the end frequently to scrape up sticky wet leaves. It’s a great extra.

The Wolf Garten 72V was so powerful and fast that it only took two and a half minutes on high power to clear damp leaves scattered over 40 square metres, and one and three-quarter minutes on turbo. It could move a pile of leaves nearly a third of a metre thick, just rolling them over and over, and blow wet leaves three metres away over grass. It also easily lifted leaves and debris over a four-inch concrete kerb.
The short nozzle delivers a higher volume of air than the long nozzle because what really shifts leaves is not air speed but air volume. So if you want the machine at its most powerful, use the short nozzle. By the way, on its turbo setting, the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower is pretty loud, at 85dB; with turbo off, the leaf blower is still a loud 79dB.

Why buy the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower?

If you have a big garden and a lot of fallen leaves the Wolf Garten 72V will sweep them away really fast. Its power is on a par with what you would expect from a petrol-driven motor, with the plus that you can use it well away from any power source. It is expensive (you’ll find cheaper options in the best leaf blower guide), but has a three-year guarantee.


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Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N Review

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What is the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N?

The Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N with its 100g-per-minute of steam, 6-bar pump pressure and ceramic-coated soleplate is a powerful steam generator iron. It can smooth out tough creases, and its big tank means it can tackle a large pile of ironing without refills. The vertical steam refreshes curtains, upholstery and clothes, and the self-cleaning function and replaceable cartridge anti-scale system lead to hassle-free maintenance.

Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N – Design and features

It’s easy enough to set up the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N, following the genuinely funny paragraph about ironing. The only difficulty I had was that the filter was confusingly labelled as an “anti-scale cartridge”, which makes it hard to find. (It’s hidden behind the water tank and needs to be soaked in water for five minutes before first use. You’ll also need to buy a new one every couple of months.) The lilac water tank was easy to fill because of its large closable opening.

Swan recommends that you place the steam unit on a table beside the ironing board, or on the floor. There’s a good long hose from the steam unit to make the latter possible, but the floor would be a tiring place to put the steam unit because you can’t rest the 1.2k iron on its heel: it tips over.

This means you’re forced to set it down horizontally, either – very riskily – on whatever you’re ironing, or on the odd ridged plastic stand attached to the steam unit. Even with the unit on a table beside you, not being able to briefly rest the iron upright becomes annoying when you’re ironing something fiddly, such as a shirt.

The iron has a useful notched tip for going round buttons, and a ceramic soleplate with 51 steam holes. There’s a trigger under the handle for the steam blast, which can be used vertically to steam clothes and fabrics.

When you switch the iron on and press the oval button on the top of the handle a light-up display is activated, showing four settings, each successively activated by pressing the button: synthetic, wool/silk, cotton, and max (approximately 88ºC, 135ºC, 190ºC 202ºC). There’s also an automatic shut-off, which switches the iron into sleep mode if it isn’t moved for ten minutes.

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Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N – Handling and performance

Swan advises using filtered, distilled, or bottled water if you live in a hard-water area. Given the relatively large 1200ml tank, the iron took a long 59 seconds to heat to the highest steam setting from cold, and the noise the water makes as it heats is a steady tapping, like a distant jack-hammer.

Once ready, the Swan 2600 glided easily over fabrics and produced a nice, crisp effect that got better as the ironing board heated up with steam. The powerful steam blast with its 6-bar pressure managed – after a number of passes – to get every crinkle out of my bone-dry, crumpled test linen tablecloth. This is the only iron that managed that accolade.

The Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N’s notched tip gave a professional finish around shirt buttons, and the overall smoothness it imparted to pure cotton shirts was excellent. It ironed sheets and bedcovers well when they were folded in four, producing a crease-free look with sharp, professional edges, taking all the crinkles out of the bottom layer.

The steam comes out gradually, and the iron is so effective – even without continuously using the steam blast – that you’ll manage to get through a jaw-dropping amount of ironing from a full tank. I ironed on the hottest setting for 5hrs 7mins before it emptied – and this means you’d get nearly ten hours if you tackled a mixed load of fabrics. My room didn’t steam up noticeably either.

My synthetics ironed safely on the low setting, and sweaters looked good after using the wool one. Even the max setting was gentle enough for cottons and cotton mixes. The vertical steam blast really dropped the creases out of coats and suits.

For safety, the automatic shut-off feature began huffing crossly after three minutes and went into sleep mode at 9mins 57secs following a soft bleep.

You don’t need to regularly descale or clean the Swan steam generator iron; you simply replace the anti-calc cartridges. The instruction leaflet explains that how long they last is entirely dependent on the hardness of water in your area. If you don’t use bottled water then they could last two years in Halifax or two months in Bristol, for example.

Why buy the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N?

The Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N is great if you have a massive pile of cotton and linens to tackle. It was the very best iron in my tests for getting creases out. Unless you buy a silicone iron rest for it, however, it isn’t ideal for lots of shirts or fiddly dresses because you can’t stand it upright on its heel. If you’re looking for a cheaper, regular iron, check out our guide to the best irons.

If you’re after the best performance without making the room steamy, the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N is simple to use, and it cleans itself. This is the best model for those with lots of ironing to do.

Verdict

Extremely powerful with a large tank that lasts for hours, the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N is the best steam generator iron for dealing with large amounts of ironing and stubborn creases.


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Cobra BV6524V Review

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Verdict

A lightweight, well-made leaf blower, but the Cobra BV6524V is quite weak with a super-irritating trigger.

Pros

  • Light and quiet
  • Solidly made

Cons

  • No variable speed
  • Annoying trigger
  • Little power

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £59.99
  • Dual speed
  • Air speed: 55 m/sec in Eco, 65 m/sec in Turbo
  • 1.8kg

What is the Cobra BV6524V?

The Cobra BV6524V is a lightweight, quiet, solidly built leaf blower with two set speeds. It doesn’t have much power – but the bigger problem it the trigger that keeps switching itself on.

Cobra BV6524V – Design and features

The Cobra BV6524V is super-light to handle, at just 1.7kg. The battery pack slides in easily and snaps into place. There’s a red on/off button on the top of the handle, and the blower automatically comes on at the Eco setting.

The Turbo button for higher speed sits to the right of the Eco button. Above them is a green three-light display showing you the power remaining in the battery (the same three green lights are replicated on the 24V 2Ah battery pack).

Eco mode is quieter, and blows for longer; Turbo is more powerful and uses up the battery faster. To fire up the Cobra BV6524V, you press a red trigger under the handle.

The trigger is hinged close to the centre of the main body of the machine, and because of its location, and the fact it runs the full length of the handle, once you’ve turned the machine on using the on/off button, it’s almost impossible to carry the Cobra BV 24V without it accidentally starting to blow. If you want to avoid doing this, you either have to remember to press the off button, or hold the machine awkwardly by gripping the handle with your forefinger and thumb only.

Related: Best leaf blowers and garden vacs

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Cobra BV6524V – Performance

The Cobra BV6524V was so lightweight that it will be comfortable for practically anyone to hold. The device’s straight nozzle performed well, although you can’t blow leaves along the ground quite as easily as you can with a curved nozzle, plus getting stubborn, sticky debris to move required greater effort.

The Cobra BV6524V has only two speeds, which means that its range is limited to fast and medium fast. Unlike variable-speed blowers, it doesn’t allow you to blow super-softly – for moving sawdust gently across a workshop floor, for example.

In addition, for a two-speed machine its controls seem overly complicated. There’s a button to switch it on, a trigger to get it going, and then another button to bump up the speed. Variable controls, on a trigger or thumbwheel, are far simpler and easier to operate.

I found that the Cobra BV6524V wasn’t especially powerful. It took 14 minutes to clear damp leaves off 40 square metres of grass. It was fairly good at blowing damp leaves off gravel, but poor at getting them off concrete.

Also, around my drive there’s a four-inch kerb that I need to lift leaves over, and the Cobra BV6524V wasn’t strong enough to do this. For all that, however, it’s a solidly built, well-made machine. It’s also quiet, reaching only 80dB on the top setting, so shouldn’t annoy the neighbours.

The battery took two hours to charge, off which the Cobra managed 20 minutes’ run-time in Eco and half that on Turbo.

Why buy the Cobra BV6524V?

The Cobra BV6524V is well-made, lightweight, and fairly quiet – but it’s expensive for what it is, and not very powerful. There are better options in our Best leaf blower guide. The Cobra BV6524V’s lack of variable speed, and the irritation of turning it on accidentally would stop me from buying this machine.

Verdict

A lightweight, well-made leaf blower, but the Cobra BV6524V is quite weak with a super-irritating trigger.


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Best washing machine 2019: The top clothes cleaners

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There’s no way that you can live without a washing machine: it really is an essential part of modern living. Choosing the best washing machine isn’t as easy as you think: do you need certain special cleaning modes? What about a large drum? How well does a machine actually clean? These and other questions ensure that the choice is more complicated than you thin, which is where we come in.

We’ve reviewed washing machines at every budget from every major manufacturer. Our tests are the best you can find, as we actually get machines in, test them with real clothes and real stains, so that we can tell you which ones are best. Out of everything that we’ve reviewed, there are two washing machines that stand out.

For the ultimate performance and convenience, the Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW) comes highly recommended. Cleverly, it allows you to pause a cycle mid-wash, to open a small drawer and drop in that sock you may have missed. For those on a tight budget, the Indesit MyTime EWD 81482 is a great choice, costing less than £300, yet managing to clean effectively.

How we pick the best washing machines

The only way to recommend washing machines is to test them thoroughly. We put every single machine through the same in-depth tests, which allows us to accurately compare models.

We’ve picked a range of washing machines, from a basic model that costs £249, running up to a far more feature-packed appliance at £899.

For each machine, we measure the power and water usage, which lets us accurately work out running costs and efficiency. It’s our wash tests that make our reviews stand out, giving you the confidence to buy a machine that has the cleaning power you need.

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Here’s an example ‘test stain’ strip that is placed in every washing machine we test. It features wine, blood, ketchup, coffee, fruit juice and oil – it will be placed inside every machine we test, and washed using a branded non-bio detergent.


This is what a test strip looks like after a standard cotton wash in one of our recommended washing machines. Almost all the stains are entirely removed. There’s just a hint of oil remaining, which is normal given we use a non-bio detergent.

Here’s the result from a less proficient machine, one that didn’t receive such a glowing review. The oil is almost untouched, while the wine (far left), coffee (middle) and fruit juice (second from right) are still clearly visible.

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That’s a poor result, but it’s important to know that there are cheap machines that wash well and do so efficiently. More expensive machines do typically wash better and have more features, but you don’t have to spend lots of money to get a machine that will do the job well. Some models in our list of best washing machines cost less than £300.

1. Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW)

Incredibly low running costs, fast wash action and the ability to add washing mid-cycle make this machine stand out. Samsung QuickDrive WW80M645OPW£724.00   View Deal £345.00 View at eBay About our deals

Pros:

  • Excellent wash results
  • Speedy washing
  • Effective spin
  • Brilliant AddWash door
  • Low running costs
  • Very, very quiet

Cons:

  • Variable finish time
  • Two-rinse default

The Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW) is the pinnacle of washing machine technology. QuickDrive is built in, promising fast washes with great performance. We can safely say that this washing machine washes clothes faster than its competitors, and does a brilliant job of getting stains out of clothes: on the cotton programme, we estimated saving around an hour of washing time. This makes it easier to forgive the optimistic display, which always shows a very optimistic end time for loads, and inevitably ends up increasing the run time as the machine starts running.

As with previous Samsung washing machines, this model has AddWash, so you can use the small door to add extra items (the odd missed sock or two) to the machine mid-wash. That’s more useful than you might think and saves those momements of frustration.

Throw in low running costs, app-based control and very quiet operation and the Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW) is the ultimate washing machine.

2. Indesit MyTime EWD 81482

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Pros:

  • Speedy programmes
  • Easy to use
  • Fairly quiet spin
  • Decent stain removal
  • Good value

Cons:

  • Poor spin results
  • Small porthole
  • Cramped drum
  • Poor half load eco
  • Knobs can be slippy

The Indesit EWD 81482 is a budget machine that offers a relatively quiet spin, sensor load adjustment and a host of standard programs that take less than an hour to complete. While the drum is cramped for an 8kg machine, this affordable washer is great for doing sensibly sized loads while keeping your energy bills trim.

In our tests, wash results were good for a model at this price point, and our test stain strip cleaned up relatively well, even using non-bio powder. A nice touch is the LED indicator on the right side of the fascia, which tells you what stage the wash cycle the machine is at.

It’s a neat and tidy appliance that’s easy to operate, which makes it a no-brainer for those on a budget when you consider its overall washing performance and energy efficiency.

3. Blomberg LWF29441W

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Pros:

  • Super-low running costs on Eco
  • Excellent programme selection
  • Very quiet wash and spin
  • Inspiring build quality
  • Top-spec inverter motor

Cons:

  • Not 9kg real-world capacity
  • Average spin efficiency
  • Non-Eco cycles are costly

Solid and inspiring build quality, a wide selection of programmes and excellent cleaning performance make the Blomberg LWF29441W one of the best machines around at the £400 price. It’s A+++ rating puts its running costs nice and low for a machine that cleans so well, and the full-load fast wash is a winner, delivering a thorough clean in just over 30 minutes.

The machine boasts a 9kg capacity, but we reckon 7.5-8kg is about the maximum realistic capacity it can handle before you have to cram in clothes, which would impact wash performance. Still, that’s a decent-sized load, and the supremely effective Eco Cottons cycle makes up for any load size misgivings.

There’s a 16-strong programme list with a great range of cycles, including a super-fast 14-minute wash to freshen up lightly soiled loads. High-quality touches include an inlet hose with a built-in mechanical safety shut-off valve to stop flooding in the event of a failure, and a high-tech inverter motor with a 10-year guarantee. Few machines offer such good build quality and features for this price.

4. Miele WDB020

The innovative CapDosing system and great build quality make this machine a winner.

Pros:

  • Exceptionally easy to use
  • Great wash results
  • Potentially amazing efficiency
  • Very low water consumption
  • Choice of innovative Caps

Cons:

  • Limited 7kg drum size
  • Half loads not as efficient
  • Eco cycle not the most eco
  • Only average spin efficiency
  • No caps supplied

The WDB020 is one of the most affordable washing machines in Miele’s appliance catalogue, with pricing starting at a reasonable £650. For your money, you get an A+++ energy rated 1400-spin machine with Miele’s innovative CapDosing system, which makes it an outright steal.

In tests, the WDB020 delivered great wash results and was wonderfully simple to use. This coupled with its stellar build quality and spectacularly good energy and water efficiency make it a great choice for small families on a budget. The 20-minute quick wash is also a godsend if you find yourself needing to do an emergency wash.

Larger families may want to look elsewhere, however – the WDB020 has a limited 7kg drum capacity. People in flats should also be aware it isn’t the quietest machine around and could lead to some complaints from neighbours one floor below.


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The Best Robot Vacuums on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about a certain age-defying German vacuum, the best vacuums on Amazon, the best handheld vacuums, and even reviewed the new Dyson, here we’re breaking down the best robot vacuums on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best robot vacuum for extra-thick carpets

Save iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity $299(was $375, now 20% off)4.1 stars, 2,755 reviews

“I have had this for three months, and now I couldn’t ever live without one. I have three kids, a dog, and recently acquired two kittens. I have relatively thick-pile carpet and this little guy is phenomenal. We ended up getting a second one as well as the accessory kit. What you may not realize is that because it does all the work, you end up vacuuming every day rather than weekly. I am confident the allergens and dust have improved dramatically. Wish I had two more — I won’t ever go without one!” $299 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuum for medium-pile carpets

Save Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S $225(was $230, now 2% off)4.5 stars, 1,944 reviews

“I love everything about this product! Works exactly as described. We have kids, a dog and cat, and this vacuum helps me keep up. Operating time is great, it accomplishes quite a lot and returns to its base for charging. The collection reservoir capacity is fairly substantial given the size of the vacuum. It transitions from tile to carpet to rugs with ease and doesn’t fall down the stairs. I no longer have to move furniture to vacuum because this one can go under it. The price is unbeatable, plus I love the color and remote.” $225 at Amazon    

Best budget robot vacuum

Save Housmile Robot Vacuum Cleaner $100(was $130, now 23% off)4.2 stars, 117 reviews

“This is my first experience with a robotic vacuum. This vacuum has a slim design and gets under the dressers, beds, other furniture, and all the tight spaces that I couldn’t get to manually. He saves me a lot of time, functions smoothly, and picks up hair and other dust from hardwood floors.” $100 at Amazon    

Best Roomba robot vacuums

Save iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum $549(was $699, now 21% off)4.2 stars, 1,415 reviews

“I find myself more impressed with Roomba the more I watch it navigate. I’m still not impressed with the path-planning algorithm, and I stand by my original statements, but after figuring out how the algorithm works for the most part, its simplicity is rather elegant. I only use it on hard surface floors, so I don’t know about carpet, but it works incredibly well for the hard surfaces. I am shocked by how much it finds every day, with three cats and two kids, there are always messes, but this thing can keep up with it and more. Where I’m extremely impressed, given I’ve designed a control system for a four-wheel, independently actuated, autonomous rover, is the navigation system they designed. The mobility of this little rob is incredible, working its way around obstacles (furniture, shoes, random objects). It can get into tiny areas where it barely fits, then it can find its way out, which is not an easy feat.” $549 at Amazon     Save iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity 4.3 stars, 447 reviews

“This is well worth its price. I hate housework, and particularly vacuuming and sweeping, but I have pets who shed, and this is the best purchase I’ve ever made in terms of helping me with housework. I turn Roomba on when I leave the house, and when I come back, she’s either finished vacuuming or is still working. At first, she would get caught on things, but now that she knows her way around, I can turn her on and go out and not have to worry about her getting stuck. It’s also really easy to clean out the dust receptacle.” $270 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuums for cleaning up pet hair

Save Shark Ion Robot Vacuum R75 $247(was $380, now 35% off)4.1 stars, 1,235 reviews

“I have an Australian shepherd who blows his coat twice a year (a.k.a. sheds all day, every day). If you don’t keep up with the hair … it’s like the Wild Wild West. I came across this Shark Ion robot vacuum by chance. It has been well worth the $350 I paid. It does a wonderful job of picking up the dog hair; I was actually surprised of how much it actually picks up. It also does a really good job of picking up the fine debris such as dust, dirt, and sand. Also on larger debris such as dog food, leaves, grass, bark, and other things that get tracked in from the bottom of shoes. I have used my upright directly after a robot cleaning just to see how much more I would get up, and honestly, I was surprised that it was minimal hair and debris.” $247 at Amazon     Save bObsweep Pet Hair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop 4.2 stars, 350 reviews

“We recently received our bObsweep Pet Hair Plus and are extremely pleased. Owning a golden retriever who practically sheds a new dog everyday makes vacuuming each day a necessity. Throughout our home we have laminate floors, ceramic tile, and rugs. This robot does a superior job on all of our surfaces. The suctioning power is incredible and the side brush gets items at the edges of the floor and corners. We are especially impressed with how well it does on the rugs. Previous vacuuming robots we’ve owned (a different brand) did not do a good job on rugs and we had to resort to using a regular vacuum. This bObsweep does as good a job or better on the rugs as our upright vacuum! The dustbin is relatively large and easy to empty and clean.” $220 at Amazon    

Best mopping robot vacuums

Save iLife V5s Pro Robot Vacuum Mop Cleaner With Water Tank 4 stars, 971 reviews

“I waited ‘til I’d used this robot for a few weeks before reviewing it, thinking it might crap out on me somehow. After running it at least a dozen times, and also trying out the mop functionality, I gotta say this is the best robot slave I’ve ever used. Kicks the crap out of our old Roomba and costs half as much. This sucker comes with a separate water tank (which I absolutely loaded with Orange Glo hardwood-floor cleaner) and automatically goes in a slower, steadier pattern when mopping. It very slowly drips out the solution to be absorbed and mopped around by the microfiber cloth attachment covering the rear underside of the robot. Works really great.” $203 at Amazon     Save Roborock E25 Sweeping and Mopping Robotic Vacuum $300(was $400, now 25% off)4.6 stars, 119 reviews

“I have all hardwood floors in my one-story house and the mopping feature is great! The vacuum has a large deposit tray, so I don’t have to empty it out every day. I like that the filter is washable, so I can really get rid of all the past dust mites. I was worried that the Roborock would be a difficult install, but the app made it simple.” $300 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuum with an air filter

Save Ecovacs N79S Deebot $219(was $300, now 27% off)4.1 stars, 2,302 reviews

“When I bought this little wonder, I didn’t really consider the impact it might have on my quality of life. I have a quite severe reaction to household dust. Even wearing a basic filter while vacuuming with a high-quality HEPA vacuum, I have breathing issues due to the dust that is stirred up as a result of the process of vacuuming. Since I can schedule the Deebot to vacuum at the beginning of my workday, by the time I return, there’s no perceptible dust lingering in the air at all. The filter in the vacuum is adequate to trap very fine particulate matter, and by the time I get home, returning to a nicely vacuumed apartment, the air is dust-free. I cannot overstate the improvement to my quality of life thanks to this little vac.” $219 at Amazon    

Best laser-sensing robot vacuum

Save Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner $570(was $700, now 19% off)4.5 stars, 274 reviews

“Words cannot describe how I feel about this vacuum cleaner. It is legitimately the most advanced and impressive piece of technology I have ever owned. Every day I wake up feeling absolute bliss that the annoying chore of vacuuming and mopping is something I will never have to deal with again. The most impressive part of the S5, and what separates it from all the competitors, is its mapping system. If you open the app when the vacuum starts, you will be amazed. The laser begins to map the room in extremely fine detail. You can see every couch, every chair, every little toy left on the ground. And this vacuum is fast. It navigates around obstacles and cleans in an extremely organized fashion. Sometimes I waste hours of my time just staring at it because I am so amazed by the technology.” $570 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuum with a long battery life

Save iLife V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum 4.2 stars, 1,335 reviews

“Look no further — and it’s a steal. It’s been six months since I got it and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I have two large dogs with medium and short hair. This vacuum has changed the way my entire house feels and I can’t believe how good of an actual cleaner this thing is. It has really good suction, and the dual bristles cover a lot of area at once. The battery life is unbelievably long. Not to mention that it picks up all types of dirt no matter what size. If you’re hesitating, don’t.” $160 at Amazon  

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The Best Canister Vacuums (2019 Reviews)

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While modern vacuum cleaners come in various colors and stylish designs, the most important factor to consider is how well they clean. You might also wonder which type of vacuum is best for cleaning your flooring? Should you purchase a model with or without bags? How loud does it run? And finally, how heavy is the vacuum cleaner?

Finding the best canister vacuum for your home means reading reviews, studying product features, and diving into the ins and outs of available attachments and tool configurations. We reviewed dozens of canister vacuums to identify the best of the best, based on Amazon reviews, how well they performed in cleaning tests, cost, and other considerations. We narrowed our search down to 5 of the top-rated canister vacuums home owners can purchase to ensure a clean and healthy home. Top pick   Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum

Great at cleaning both hard and carpeted floors, this is the best canister vacuum out there   $233.99 USD

We’ve identified the Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner as the best canister vacuum out there. With powerful suction control, micro-filtration, and a 28-foot, retractable cord, this canister vacuum is one that will keep your entire home in tip top shape. These benefits allow homeowners to put their best foot forward when company comes to call, or just for maintaining a mess-free space for themselves.

In This Article

  • The 5 Top-Rated Canister Vacuums
    • Our Top Pick: Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner
    • Our Runner-Up Pick: Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner
    • Budget Pick: Ovente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner
    • Best Bagless Canister Vacuum: Bissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
    • Best Small Canister Vacuum: Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner
  • Who Should Buy a Canister Vacuum
  • Features to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Other Canister Vacuums We Reviewed
    • Bagless Canister Vacuums
    • Budget-Friendly Canister Vacuums
    • Lightweight Canister Vacuums
    • Luxury Canister Vacuums

The 5 Top-Rated Canister Vacuums

Editor’s PicksBrandRatingBest OverallKenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner4.0Runner UpMiele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner4.5Best Budget BuyOvente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner4.3Best Bagless Canister VacuumBissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum Cleaner4.2Best Small Canister VacuumBissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner4.1

*Ratings are from Amazon at the time of publication and can change

Our Top Pick: Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum is an all around win when it comes to cleaning your floors. Consumer testing found it to be excellent at cleaning hard floors such as tile and hardwood, and very good at suctioning up dirt and debris from carpeting. This versatility, combined with a brush on/off switch makes it a solid choice for cleaning every room in your home. At 23 pounds, it’s not so heavy that you’ll tire using it, and there is integrated storage for the included accessories.

It comes complete with a 28-foot power cord, which customers liked for cleaning larger rooms, and the telescopic wand is more than capable of cleaning under a king-sized bed. Customers were amazed at the level of suction such a small vacuum could manage, but it’s not surprising given its 2-motor system and Power Flow technology.

With an MSRP of $360, it doesn’t come cheap, but the quality craftsmanship associated with the brand, as well as the ease of setup and use more than justifies that price. It has a rating of 4.0 on Amazon with nearly 300 people reviewing it, which we think goes a long way in convincing homeowners to make the investment.

Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner Key Features:

  • Automatic cord rewind for convenient storage when not in use
  • Includes a motorized attachment for lifting stubborn pet hair, dander and more from carpeting, baseboards and furniture. It also comes complete with an integrated bare floor nozzle, crevice tool, and dusting brush
  • Adjustable suction power “dirt sensor” swivel head makes for easy right/left cleaning around corners and furniture

Our Runner-Up Pick: Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Runner Up   Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Premium features and best-in-class cleaning power for those with an unlimited budget   $1,099.00 USD

The Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner earned top consumer testing ratings, and was found to be excellent for cleaning both bare floors and carpeting. If you have allergies or respiratory concerns, the HEPA AirClean filter will have you breathing easier, as it excels at containing any dust it sucks up. The manual carpet-height adjustment lets you adjust the brush to suit the pile height of your carpeting, while the suction control is ideal for cleaning drapes.

It features a six stage variable speed motor controlled via footswitch pedals, along with integrated LED lighting on the brush to help you see where you are cleaning — especially useful when vacuuming under furniture.

The staggering MSRP of $1100 is the main reason this canister vacuum was our runner-up and not the top pick. Even though it is quieter than other models, it will be difficult for many consumers to justify the hefty price tag. It has a rating of 4.5 on Amazon with over 100 people reviewing it, which we think goes a long way in convincing homeowners that this vacuum cleaner is worth it if they can swallow the cost.

Miele Complete C3 Marin Canister Vacuum Cleaner Key Features:

  • Self-adjusting Automatic setting decreases suction as you transition from hardwoods to carpeting, then increases suction when you return to smooth, solid flooring
  • Quality tested to provide up to 20 years of reliable use
  • Includes an integrated dusting brush, upholstery, and crevice tool

Budget Pick: Ovente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner

Best for Budget   Ovente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum with several premium attachments for added value   $74.99 USD

The Ovente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner is a good choice for those who need powerful suction at an affordable price. It is available in a choice of four fun colors, and boasts 1,400 watts of suctioning power. One thing users like is that the replacement HEPA filters for this vacuum cleaner are available for under $20. It also includes many premium attachments designed to make cleaning various surfaces easier, including a floor brush, combination crevice nozzle/bristle brush, upholstery tool, telescopic wand, pet/sofa brush, and a bendable multi-angle brush. With the ability to clean so many different surfaces, it provides even more value for those looking to stretch their cleaning budget.

With an MSRP of $100, this canister vacuum is a solid choice for those looking for a powerful and effective option on a budget. It has a rating of 4.3 on Amazon with nearly 500 people reviewing it, which we think goes a long way in convincing homeowners that this budget-friendly pick is just as good at cleaning up as its more expensive counterparts.

Ovente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner Key Features:

  • Translucent dust compartment to easily see when the dust container and/or filters are full. Dust compartment is easy to clean with just water
  • Hose swivels 360-degrees for increased maneuverability
  • Includes a 1-year warranty for added peace of mind

Best Bagless Canister Vacuum: Bissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Best Bagless Canister Vacuum   Bissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Say goodbye to the hassle and expense of replacement bags and filters   $54.99 USD

The Bissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum Cleaner features a mess-free, bottom-tank emptying system that helps to keep dirt off of your hands. Weighing less than 8-pound, it includes an integrated carrying handle for ease of portability around the home. The telescopic wand and swivel steering make maneuvering around furniture a breeze, and the 15-foot power cord retracts with the push of a button. It also boasts a two-stage filtration system to help capture more fine dust and particles.

Users report that this canister vacuum is excellent for cleaning bare floors, while providing adequate carpet cleaning. It includes a bare floor nozzle and crevice tool, as well as a 1-year limited warranty.

With an MSRP of $50, this little vacuum cleaner is totally worth the price for those looking to go bagless. It has a rating of 4.2 on Amazon with over 200 people reviewing it, which we think goes a long way in convincing homeowners that a bagless model is a reliable choice.

Bissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum Key Features:

  • Washable and reusable air filters to cut down on costs
  • Brush on/off switch for easily moving between carpet and bare floors
  • Air flow regulator for cleaning drapes and upholstery

Best Small Canister Vacuum: Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Best Small Canister Vacuum   Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Powerful suction in a lightweight and compact design, that won’t break the bank   $49.99 USD

The Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner is a good choice for those who need powerful suction in a lightweight and compact package. It is suitable for use on all flooring types, and comes with a switch-activated carpet brush on the floor nozzle for ease of use. Many users did note that while it more than excelled at cleaning hard flooring, it wasn’t as great for cleaning carpeting, especially high-pile.

The telescoping wand lets you clean under furniture, and was great for tall users according to reviews. At just 12.5 pounds, it’s easy to lift this vacuum cleaner up and down stairs; ideal for multi-level homes. It boasts a 360-degree swivelling nozzle for those hard-to-reach corners, and adjustable suction power for multi-surface cleaning.

With an MSRP of just $50, this canister vacuum is a solid choice for those looking for a powerful and effective option that’s both lightweight and compact. It has a rating of 4.1 on Amazon with over 2700 people reviewing it, which we think goes a long way in convincing homeowners that this compact and lightweight pick is just as good as its larger counterparts.

Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner Key Features:

  • Available in a choice of two colors
  • Includes a two-stage filtration system
  • Automatic cord rewind for convenient storage when not in use

Who Should Buy a Canister Vacuum

A canister vacuum is an ideal choice for those needing to clean bare floors, stairs, and under furniture. Although they excel at cleaning bare floors, a good-quality canister vacuum still cleans carpet just as well as an upright vacuum cleaner. Their unique design is great for those with a lot of stairs in their home, as the canister unit is easy to maneuver.

Most models include various attachments that are handy for cleaning other areas in the home, such as drapes and upholstery. When it comes to vacuuming up pet hair, canister vacuums are the best at the task.

Their separate power head as well as quiet operation make them a favorite among consumers. Because of the separate power head design, an upright vacuum can feel lighter that a handheld or upright counterpart, making them an ideal choice for those with strength or mobility issues. One thing to keep in mind is that a canister vacuum is a bit bulkier and more difficult to store that other vacuum cleaner styles. Top pick   Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum

Great at cleaning both hard and carpeted floors, this is the best canister vacuum out there   $233.99 USD

Features to Consider

Not all canister vacuums are created equal. Here’s what to consider when evaluating the options in search of the best canister vacuum for cleaning your home:

  • Bagged vs bagless. When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, you’ll want to decide if you’d prefer a bagged or bagless model. Canister vacuums that use bags tend to hold more dirt and debris than their bagless counterparts, and are easy to empty and replace. If asthma or allergies are a concern, a bagged canister vacuum is the better choice. A bagless canister vacuum cuts down on the expense of having to purchase collection bags, but use more filters which need cleaned or replaced — often at a much higher price point than bags. Emptying and cleaning the dustbin and filter can be messy and release dust and allergens into the air.
  • Suction control. You don’t always want to be vacuuming at full suction, and so having an adjustable control will allow you to lower the suction power in order to clean more delicate items such as drapery.
  • Weight. One of the biggest pros of a canister vacuum is their ease of maneuverability, which is why weight is an important consideration. You’ll want to be able to easily pull the canister along as you clean, as well as lift and place it while cleaning stairs.
  • Cord control. This feature allows you to rewind the cord with a slight tug or push of a button. Most canister vacuums include a power cord of at least 20 feet; with some cords longer than 30 feet. This helps you easily pack up when the job is done, and prevent trip hazards while in use.
  • Noise level. Even though canister vacuums tend to be quieter than upright models, they will still seem louder in a room with a lot of echo, such as a tiled bathroom. You’re unlikely to require hearing protection when using a vacuum cleaner, but there are some models that are quieter than others.
  • Attachments. Most canister vacuums come with a few common attachments, including a crevice tool and small upholstery brush for cleaning drapes and furniture. An optional edge cleaner is helpful for picking up debris under the entire area of the cleaning head, such as when cleaning wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Filter. More and more vacuum cleaners now include filters to help remove dust and fine particles while in use. If allergies or respiratory conditions are a concern for your family, a canister vacuum with a micron or high-efficiency particulate-air (HEPA) filter is a good choice, although they tend to cost more than models without filters.
  • Brush agitator. Found on the underside of the power head, a brush agitator is also sometimes called a roller brush. It helps to dislodge dirt, dust, and grit from carpet for more thorough and easier pick up. Some models will include a switch to turn the brush on and off for switching between cleaning carpet and bare floors.
  • Price point. Finally, consider how much you are willing to spend on a canister vacuum. Canister vacuums vary in price from $40-$1000 or more. You can frequently find discounts around the holidays that can make buying a canister vacuum more affordable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a canister vacuum and how does it work?

A canister vacuum is a type of vacuum cleaner where the part that houses the motor and turbines is a separate standalone unit. This allows the vacuum to provide higher airflow and suction rates than upright vacuum cleaner models, in a more maneuverable package. The power head suctions up dirt and debris which then travels through a long flexible tube to the canister where the waste bin or bag is housed.

Why should I use a canister vacuum vs. an upright?

A canister vacuum is more maneuverable than an upright vacuum cleaner, making is a better choice for those with lots of stairs or hard-to-clean places. They’re also better-suited to cleaning bare floors, and excel at picking up pet hair. Canister vacuums tend to be quieter than their upright counterparts, and often include more cleaning attachments.

How do you empty a canister vacuum?

To empty a canister vacuum, simply pop open the canister lid according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and slide the bag or waste bin out. If you have a bagless model, empty the waste bin contents into a garbage bag, taking care not spill or breathe in the dust and debris. If your model has a bag, remove it and simply toss it into the trash. Finally, replace the bin or bag before vacuuming again.

Is it safe to use a canister vacuum on hardwood floors?

It is safe to use a canister vacuum on hardwood floors, although there are some precautions that should be taken in order to protect the flooring. Look for models which you can switch off the roller brush, in order to prevent scratches to the hardwood. The wheels of the canister can also cause damage to hardwood floors, so look for models with rubber wheels rather than plastic or metal in order to prevent damage.

Other Canister Vacuums We Reviewed

Top pick   Kenmore 81614 Bagged Canister Vacuum

Great at cleaning both hard and carpeted floors, this is the best canister vacuum out there   $233.99 USD

We looked at 20 other canister vacuums. Even though they didn’t make our 5 best canister vacuums list, they’re the best of the rest and each is still a great option for cleaning your home. The information you’ll need to compare each one is included with the listing.

  • Bagless Canister Vacuums
  • Budget-Friendly Canister Vacuums
  • Lightweight Canister Vacuums
  • Luxury Canister Vacuums

Bagless Canister Vacuums

Kenmore 10701 Bagless Compact Canister Vacuum

This vacuum cleaner includes a second brush that won’t scratch bare floors, and the easy-to-clean dust canister makes emptying a cinch. The hose swivels 360-degrees so it won’t kink or tangle while in use.

Key features:

  • Includes two additional cleaning accessories
  • Hepa filter helps eliminate odors and allergens
  • Foot-activated power switch

Cost: $300

Electrolux EL4335B Corded Ultra Flex Canister Vacuum

This vacuum cleaner offers a choice of three brush levels, making it suitable for use on all types of carpeting. Its compact and lightweight design means it’s easy to store, and it boasts a 33-foot reach fo clean even large spaces with ease.

Key features:

  • Fingertip controls for added convenience
  • Patented self-cleaning brushroll
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty

Cost: $225

Ovente Bagless Canister Cyclonic Vacuum

This vacuum cleaner comes complete with a sofa/pet brush, floor brush, and combination crevice nozzle/bristle brush to provide added value and flexibility when cleaning your whole home. The 360-degree hose swivel and telescopic wand helps get into those hard-to-reach areas.

Key features:

  • HEPA filtration system
  • Translucent dust compartment with LED alert light
  • Automatic cord rewind for convenient storage when not in use

Cost: $62

BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum

Thanks to the fingertip controls and lightweight design, this vacuum cleaner is easy to use and maneuver. The easy-to-empty dirt tank opens from the bottom to help cut down on mess when emptying.

Key features:

  • Non-marking rubber wheels
  • Telescopic extension wand
  • Includes a specialized hard floor tool

Cost: $120

Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum

This vacuum cleaner features a mess-free, bottom-tank emptying system that helps to keep dirt off of your hands, and is suitable for use on both bare and carpeted floors.

Key features:

  • 18-foot power cord
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • Weighs just 13 pounds

Cost: $170

Budget-Friendly Canister Vacuums

Kenmore 81214 200 Series Bagged Canister Vacuum

Suitable for use on both bare floors and carpet, this vacuum comes complete with two additional tools to help get your whole home cleaner. There is onboard storage for them, and the wand detaches for convenient above floor cleaning.


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If You Want to Invest in a Robotic Vacuum, Get the iRobot Roomba 960

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It probably feels like nine out of 10 people you know already own a robotic vacuum. If you’re part of the small percentage who haven’t invested yet, let the Good Housekeeping Institute experts weigh in on your decision to get one.    iRobot Roomba 960 iRobotamazon.com $699.00  $529.99 (24% off) SHOP NOW

There are a lot of smart vacuums out there, but the iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuumis one of your best bets. The cool thing about this iRobot model is that it’s compatible with your smartphone and Alexa. So you can suck up messes just by pushing a button on your phone or asking your smart assistant to handle the job for you. RELATED STORIES   7 Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2019   11 Powerful Stick Vacuums for Small Spaces

Plus, its build-in cameras and sensors map the room so it will never miss a spot. And it easily picks up extra-pesky messes like oatmeal and sugar from both carpet and bare floors You don’t even have to remember to charge it: After up to 75 minutes of continuous run time, the Roomba 960 will head back to the charger by itself to re-juice.

Our pros were so impressed with this model, they’re featuring it in our new “Top Tested” holiday store at the Mall of America.

At $550, we know this iRobot isn’t exactly cheap. The good news is that the brand offers two additional models: the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 for less. They won’t have the same suction power, but since these lower-cost options still have a good cleaning system and WiFi connectivity, it’s not a bad way to save up to $250.


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Hoover BH52210PC Cruise Review: Another Dyson Clone at Half the Price

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They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. If that’s the case then Hooveris paying homage to Dyson.

Let’s have a look at the Hoover Cruise (BH52210PC), Hoover’s brand spanking new cordless and stick vacuum that looks very much like the Dyson cordless vacuum in form and functionality.

But can this copycat beat the original?

If you look at the price, there’s an obvious difference. And that would be around a $220 difference between this and the Dyson V6 Absolute and a whopping $300++ difference when you compare it to the now top-of-the-line V8.

Despite the obvious copycat design, it isn’t necessarily bad because that means more competition and competition means better pricing.

And while these Dyson products are obviously very good, not everyone will be able to afford them.

That’s the beauty of free market.

Looking at the features, this product is versatile capable of cleaning every part of your home thanks to the interchangeable tools and extension wand.

This is the design principle that James Dyson used for their products that have made it such a hit among consumers and other manufacturers have copied this design and why not. It obviously works.

The Cruise isn’t any slouch though. It has a 22 volt lithium ion battery that will run for approximately 30 minutes (according to some reviews). This is 10 minutes longer than the V6 but 10 minutes less than the V8.

A quick look at the features

  • At only 4.7 pounds – this is one of the lightest stick vacuums around
  • 2-in-1 versatility – converts from a stick to a handheld and back
  • Easy to maneuver thanks to the swivel steering
  • Brush roll on/off
  • Trigger-like mechanism locks into place that allows you to relax your fingers when cleaning larger areas
  • 22 volt lithium ion battery
  • Aside from the main floor tool it also comes with a crevice, brush and upholstery tool
  • Washable filter
  • Wall mountable charger
  • 2 year warranty

Pros

  • If cannot afford a Dyson, this is one of the best options available costing just under $160
  • Versatile cleaner capable of cleaning floors, upholstery, vents, basically every nook and cranny of your home
  • Has a brush roll on and off feature – great feature to have on bare floor
  • Has a slightly larger bin compared to the Dyson V6
  • Decent 30 minute run time
  • Removable battery (easy to replace)
  • Lockable trigger mechanism

Cons

  • Main floor tool lacks padding underneath to protect bare floors from scratching
  • Agitation isn’t as good as a Dyson
  • No mini-motorize brush for upholstery
  • Very load – it has a high pitched loudness to it

What to expect from the Hoover Cruise and how does this compare with the Dyson V6?

It’s hard to compare this with the Dyson V8 because so far nothing in the market comes close to it in terms of feature, power and versatility so I’ll just compare it to the cheaper and less muscular V6.

Before I continue please watch this video to see what comes in the box, features and how it performs…   Cordless Vacuum Review Hoover CRUISE+

It comes with a varied enough tool set that allows it to clean nearly everything inside your home. What it lacks is a mini motorized brush that would have been great for picking up pet hair on upholstery.

The Hoover Cruise is Hoover’s new stick vacuum and it departs from their previous products the Hoover Linx Stick, Hoover Air Cordless and Air Cordless Lift.

Instead of using a bulky upright design that relied on a hose for above the floor cleaning, the Cruise is a total makeover that got its inspiration heavily from the Dyson brand.

Even with the different handle design, it is obvious where this product got its design cue from the dirt cup all the way down to the extension wand and floor tool.

Both the V6 Absolute and Hoover Cruise have roughly the same length and probably the same power (at least according to some reviews).

Trigger mechanism is lockable

Both of these machines have a trigger mechanism that turns on the motor when you squeeze it but Hoover added a trigger lock feature that allows you to lock it then relax your fingers. This is something that Dyson has yet to add on theirs.

What the Hoover lacks is the fluffy floor tool, soft bristled brush tool and mini-mini motorized tool found in the V6.

Brush roll on/off

But Hoover added a brush roll on/off feature that makes it possible to turn off the brush roll – something you’d want when cleaning bare floor but when you look underneath the main floor tool, Hoover might have missed something…

It didn’t add any padding underneath the floor tool, something that Dyson has that protects it from scratching particularly hardwood surfaces.

Cyclonic filtration

Here’s another similarity with the Dyson. It also uses cyclonic filtration designed to keep dust away from the filters and maintain performance. The biggest difference between the Hoover Cruise and Dyson would be the absence of cyclones that separates the latter from the pack.

Easy to Empty Bin

Bin design is similar to the Dyson where a door is present at the bottom. Emptying this is pretty simple – push a lever and the door opens, contents fall out.

Sounds simple, right? If you’re only cleaning cheerios that would be the case.

But cleaning floors would entail picking up dust and hair.

These types of debris will stick on the plastic casing and inner filter. This makes it very messy to empty.

Tools included

Aside from the main floor tool the Hoover Cruise comes with 3 additional tools that includes…

…An upholstery tool, a crevice tool and a brush tool.

The brush tool has pretty short bristles so it lacks the reach when you want to clean areas like vents.

Wall mountable

It also comes with a wall mountable bracket to help you store it away since this machine can’t be stored free standing.

However the wall bracket does not include a charger so make sure to install it near a power outlet.

Bare floor performance

The Hoover Cruise comes with a brush roll on off feature that makes it usable on bare floor. But it lacks padding underneath and this could potentially a source of scratches.

I’ve shared with you photos above comparing this and the V6 Absolute’s floor tool.

This isn’t a big issue unless you have expensive hardwood.

Carpet Performance

Again, power is pretty close to the Dyson V6 (at least on normal mode) and it has a beater bar so you’ll be able to use this on carpet.

It will not deep clean but it is capable to remove surface dirt on high traffic areas minus the cord.

In terms of agitation, it will not have the same power and it lacks bristles to compete with the V6 but it is a good alternative if you cannot afford a Dyson.

Upholstery

It does not have the mini-motorized tool which hurts it in this department. But it makes up for it somewhat with the brush-less upholstery tool that relies on plastic teeth that sticks out at the bottom.

I’m not sure how effective this is when you compare it to the tried and tested bristled beater bar but it should provide at least some agitation.

Pet Hair

Pet hair clean up shouldn’t be a problem on carpet because of the motorized brush. The bigger issue would be how this handles pet hair on upholstery. It does not have a mini-motorized tool that does it much efficiently.

If you have a lot of pets, I suggest investing in something more expensive like a V6 Absolute or V6 Animal that comes with the mini-motorized brush.

Charging time

Hoover did not specify how long it will take to charge this.

Filter cleanup

This comes with two filters. Both are washable. Main filter is located at the middle of the dirt bin. You’ll need to remove the bin itself and the mesh filter to gain access to this filter.

A second post motor filter is located behind the motor.

Warranty

Hoover backs up the BH52210PC Cruise with a 2 year warranty.

See it in Action

Here’s a video from Keith on YouTube showing how this product performs on various surfaces – tile, floor mat, carpet and some pet mattresses…

Overall it did a pretty good job. I didn’t like how the head of the floor tool is tool wobbly when you lift it up – it lacks some stiffness and easily folds which makes it tricky to move around.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsUpholstery tool

Crevice tool

Brush toolBrush roll on/offYesBattery22v Lithium IonChargerPlug-in chargerCharging timeN/ABattery lifeApprox. 30 minsNet weight4.7 poundsShipping weight11.3 poundsCleaning path9″Overall length45″Battery indicatorYesFilter typeLifetime washable filterDust capacity0.4 litersAir WattsN/AVoltageN/AManufactured inChinaWarranty2 years

Customer Reviews

Since this is a relatively new product, most of the helpful reviews you’ll are from Vine consumers. These are real customers who’ve left in-depth and helpful reviews over the years and Amazon is rewarding them for their contribution by giving them a free product to test.

Don’t take what they say as the gospel truth, in fact I encourage you to take it with a grain of salt but if you read carefully you’ll be able to decipher who’s honest and who’s not.

What do consumers like and dislike?

The obvious pro of this product is the price. Compared with the Dyson V6 – at least those with the handheld attachments, it costs around half. It has the same trigger mechanism, same designed dirt bin (but a little bit bigger) and has a removable extension wand.

In terms of power one of the consumers say that it produces as much power as the V6 at least in normal mode. Hoover did not specify how much suction power this machine has so it is easy to speculate.

There were people who weren’t happy with the performance. I’m guessing they used it on shag carpet because those who used it on bare floor and low pile carpet didn’t complain.

It is good in picking up fine dust, dander and hair on floors but the upholstery tool struggled picking up cat hair on sofas which confirms my apprehension of the upholstery tool design.

Good run time

Run time is pretty good, some have say that it lasts around 20 minutes, others say 30 so you’d have to expect this vacuum to run pretty close to that range.

It has swivel steering but some have complained it to be too soft but others liked it.

I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat it here, this vacuum may scratch your hardwood flooring because the main floor tool does not have any padding underneath…

Even if this is an obvious copycat – it still provides consumers a more affordable option.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this Amazon for less than $130. And it’s eligible for Amazon’s 2-day free shipping if you join Prime. Amazon also offers extended warranties of up to 3 years.

To wrap up

If the Dyson V6 is too expensive for your budget then consider this alternative that will give you at least 80 to 90% of the cleaning performance at a fraction of the price.

This machine isn’t as powerful or as refined as the Dyson but it does the job well enough but it does have some quirks.

First, the main floor tool is too soft for my liking as it bends easily when you lift it off the ground which makes it pretty tricky.

Second, it lacks padding that may scratch hardwood.

Not a big deal if you don’t care about the appearance of your flooring. But if it’s a big concern, opt for something else.

If that’s the case then you better invest in something better like a V6 Absolute.

Third, the upholstery tool may not be capable of handling a lot of pet hair because of the design and the smallish opening.

Aside from these quirks expect a very decent cleaning stick and handheld vacuum at just a fraction of the price of the Dyson.


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Amazon has some killer deals on vacuums through the holidays

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You know the old trope about how a vacuum is a terrible present? Well, whoever wrote those jokes never saw vacuums like these. Amazon is blowing out all sorts of accessories for the holidays, and some very popular vacuum cleaners are getting major discounts. Whether you’re buying it as a very practical gift for the neat freak in your life or just planning to nab one for yourself, you can’t go wrong with these deals.

Shark ION Robot Vacuum R85: $200; save $200
It might not be the name brand Roomba that you associate with robot vacuums, but the Shark Ion knows how to clean. This Wi-Fi-connected robovac works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can get it for 50 percent off its retail price.

SHARK ION Robot Vacuum R75: $279; save $100
This Alexa-compatible robot vacuum is the perfect tool for daily touch-ups around the house. What makes it all the better is you won’t have to do the vacuuming yourself; just trust this cleaning bot to handle it for you.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum: $140; save $60
This corded vacuum is easy to store away when you aren’t using it and powerful enough to suck up any mess on your carpet when you need it.

Shark ION F80 Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum: $300; save $200
Cut the cord while you clean with this cordless vacuum from Shark. You’ll get 80 minutes of battery life on a single charge and can easily clean hard-to-reach places thanks to its slim build.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum: $300; save $100
For a more traditional vacuum experience and heavy-duty cleaning, the APEX vacuum is the option for you. It’ll clean up any mess, from carpet to furniture.

Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner: $99; save $31
You never know when you’re going to need a vacuum. Luckily, the Bissell SpotClean can go anywhere, and you can get it for under $100.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A Upright Vacuum: $200; save $50
Pet hair is just one of those things it’s hard to get rid of. It gets a lot easier with this vacuum, which specializes in just that task.

Bissell PowerLifter PowerBrush Upright Carpet Cleaner: $76; save $54
This vacuum and carpet cleaner provides a thorough cleansing by lifting away dirt and stains and scrubbing the carpet clean.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus 24619 Upright Vacuum Cleaner: $179; save $51
This vacuum does it all but it’s an especially effective tool in eliminating pet hair, a must for any home that combines pets and people with allergies.

Bissell Air Ram Cordless Vacuum: $159; save $41
Go cordless with this vacuum from Bissell and get 40 minutes of continuous cleaning. We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and choose what we cover carefully and independently. If you find a better price for a product listed here, or want to suggest one of your own, email us at [email protected].

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5 Vacuums That Will Suck Up Every Last Piece of Pet Hair

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You love everything about your dog, but one thing that isn’t so great: finding his fur sheddings all over your house. No matter the breed, your pet’s hair is no match for these vacuums, hand-picked by the Good Housekeeping Institute. Your house hasn’t been this clean since, well, before you had a pet.

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Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick Vacuum

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TOP LAB PICK
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$499.00
$399.20 (20% off)
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This Good Housekeeping Seal holder is ideal for pet owners that also suffer from allergies or asthma since its self-sealing bag keeps debris out of the air. It received top-scores in our pet hair pick-up test and basically every other test we put it through.

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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum

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$219.99
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This Good Housekeeping Seal holder is our go-to because it comes fully stocked with features that’ll suck up every last bit of pet hair. A tangle-free brush roll, a light to find hidden messes, and a detachable canister are all included.

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Eureka FloorRover Upright Vacuum

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$160.00
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This Amazon best-seller had a near-perfect score in our pet hair pick-up tests and it comes with a a Pet Turbo Brush, specifically designed to get rid of pet hair from bedding, floors, stairs, and upholstery. Our consumer testers loved how easily it was to maneuver in tough-to-reach places.

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Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Vacuum

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$569.95
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Dyson’s super-lightweight (and cordless!) model received perfect scores in our pet hair pick-up tests. Not only was it great at picking up pet hair on floors, it converts into a hand vac allowing you to easily tackle furniture too.

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Dyson Groom Tool

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$63.89
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If you’re already a Dyson owner, consider adding this unique grooming tool to your cleaning arsenal. It brushes your pup and removes loose hair, sucking them right into the vacuum itself.