But heaving our old Vax vacuum around the house is no mean feat, its weight and noise rivalling that of a Jumbo jet, and its cable constantly knocking over ornaments, getting trapped, tripping up the dog or having to be unplugged as you move from room to room.
But with the introduction of cordless vacuums, wires and weight are a thing of the past - but power is always a bone of contention.Enter the Ultenic U11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, weighing just 2.2kg and with a sleek, compact design, impressive functionality, competitive run-times, adjustable power modes, and a range of attachments that enable it to clean every last corner and crevice of the modern home.
First impressions were very good, with neat packaging and sturdy-looking quality parts in a stylish metallic turquoise green colour.
Having previously bought a similar cleaner made by a household-name manufacturer, I have been able to compare and was particularly impressed by the U11's levels of power and suction.
It has an advanced motorised brush which rotates with a high speed of 130000rpm generating a maximum of 25000PA ultra strong suction power making it ideal for removing dust from beds, sofas, and other furniture.It also has Ultra Carpet Boost [UCboost] technology which is supported by the intelligent sensor to be able to automatically detect each floor type and adjust the cleaning power accordingly.
So if you're moving from laminate to carpet, the sensor recognises this and adjusts the power accordingly for a deeper clean and returns to a normal level of power when back on the laminate to minimise battery drain.The floor brush head is also rotatable and flexible, making it easy to clean hard-to-reach places and the four powerful front LED lights (much brighter than my big-name cleaner) means dust and debris can easily be seen under furniture or in corners of the room.
It captures dirt, dust, hair, and hidden debris, even at a microscopic level, thanks to its advanced filtration systems. The four-stage fully sealed cyclone filtration system and a high-performance HEPA filter can capture 99.99% of particles whilst simultaneously expelling fresh air.This 4-in-1 handheld vacuum cleaner is incredibly versatile and can not only be easily converted to an upright cleaner, but also comes with a roller brush, round brush, long crevice nozzle and mini motorised tool. These aid the cleaning of numerous different types of surfaces, objects and furniture including a hard floor, carpet, bed, sofa, or your car’s interior. Though not included, a pet hair brush attachment can be bought from the manufacturer.The LED touch screen clearly shows the battery status and any error codes so users know when it needs charging and there is also a MODE button on the touch screen for adjusting four different suction levels flexibly.The quick-charging technology featured in the U11 allows it to fully charge in 2.5 hours, its 8*2000 mAh Lithium-ion battery enabling an impressive running time of 55 minutes meaning fewer charges are required in daily use. The battery is also detachable, allowing it to be charged separately if a spare battery is purchased.What I particularly liked with the U11 was the included floor-mounted charging stand allowing it to be stored in any location in the home without the need for drilling walls. The stand can store and charge both the vacuum cleaner and four different auxiliary brushes, easily and neatly. All filter accessories are detachable and washable and the dust container can be easily released for cleaning.Construction of the stand was a tad tricky, the middle section being particularly tight within the two aluminium stand sections and my forcing it in shaved slivers off the sections' lugs. But then you wouldn't want it slack and once done it felt sturdy.Cleaning the filter section is a little tricky but the manual shows the correct order and after a few goes it became easier to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning.Talking of the manual, it does in places look as though the translation has been performed by a GCSE languages student, but nothing that you can't understand or that is misleading.
Verdict: A powerful cordless cleaner for a good price that may well consign your traditional upright to the loft.
Specifications:Removable battery: Lithium-ion 2000 mAhAutonomy: Up to 55 minsRated Power: 260WCharging time: 2.5-3 hoursSuction power: 6500 PA-25000 PACapacity of the dust container: 0.65 LNet weight: 2.2 kg
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