As powerful as a corded vacuum cleaner
The Vax Blade is a battery powered vacuum cleaner perfect for keeping up to date with the cleaning. As busy people, we find it easier to grab five minutes for a spot of cleaning as and when we can, rather than try and schedule a scarce and unfindable hour to do the whole place. The Vax Blade is the perfect tool for us: grab it from the cupboard, run it round, pop it back. Job done. No cables, no hoses, it’s ready to go.
The motor, battery and dirt bin are in the handle unit, which weighs 1.95 kg (4lbs 5oz), but this small package offers all the performance we find we need. The 32V model delivers 45 minutes of run time, or less when the high-power Boost mode is used. On the back of the handle, facing you as you use it, a four-light system shows the level of charge, and lights/switches for the boost and powered brush head also show when they’re in use.
There’s a single long extension tube, making it comfortable to use while standing – it’s 109cm long in total with this in place. The powered brush head, as well as the crevice nozzle and small brush nozzle all click into the tube, so reaching up to the corners of a room is straightforward, as well as just running round the floor.
On the other hand, the tube isn’t required with any of the heads, so for cleaning upholstery, the crevice nozzle fits straight into the handle. Likewise, a handy way of cleaning stairs is to plug the powered brush head straight into the handle. We did think that the crevice nozzle was a little short for our steep and winding stairs.
It’s a bag-less vacuum cleaner; emptying out the dirt bin is straightforward. The catch for the lid is easy to undo, and it just pivots open and the dirt can be tipped out. The whole of the filter system can be removed for cleaning; they’re washed in the sink.
The Blade comes with a wall bracket so that it can be hung up in a handy location. This is a simple bracket, and doesn’t include an auto-docking system with the charger, which simply plugs into the front of the machine. This does mean that you can only charge the machine when needed, with benefits for battery longevity, but it does mean that you have to keep half an eye on the state of charge and recharge when needed.
A full charge takes four hours, and as the state of charge increases, the light bar on the back of the machine lights up showing the current state of charge. Also, having a separate charger makes it much easier to take the Vax with you on a caravan holiday, for example, where the size of the unit makes it ideal.
We found the cleaning performance to be excellent. Especially with the powered “Brushbar” brush head, it really pulls dirt out of the carpets – in fact the power brush head is so powerful it is more than capable of pulling the fringe off a rug. Use with care! We were both fascinated and slightly repulsed at the amount of dirt it pulled out of a small patch of our regularly vacuumed carpet.
For us, in a flat, it’s the work of a moment to whip round and clean the whole place but for larger rooms, the narrow head – at 24 cm wide – might be a minor inconvenience. We find it just the opposite: a great tool for keeping up to date with the cleaning for the way we live.
The 32V model is £299.99, but available at a discount to that price. The 24V model is £279.99 at full price, but is currently being sold on the Vax website at £159.96, and may be even cheaper if you shop around. Currently a set of accessories worth £50 is supplied when toy shop directly with Vax.
We received a review machine from Vax. All opinions our own.