Vax Air Cordless Lift Duo Review

With four children in the house it’s safe to say that we need to vacuum our house regularly, if it isn’t the fluff off their socks sticking to the carpets, it’s the food that they have been told 1000 times NOT to take out of the kitchen or little bits of paper, sequins and beads they are dropping around the house from their various crafts projects.  A family home can get pretty messy very quickly if you don’t keep on top of these things and we have learnt the hard way that some vacuum cleaners just can’t cut the mustard!

This is most definitely NOT the case with the Vax Air Cordless.  I have been a fan of Cordless Vacuum Cleaners since we moved into our new build house only to find that we do not possess a power point on the upstairs landing.  Yes of course we could have one put in but that costs money and creates more mess so we have learned to live without one and Cordless Vacuum Cleaners have made all the difference to upstairs cleaning.

What’s in the box?

Opening the box I found there was very little ‘building’ to do, the Vax Air Cordless merely needed slotting together and it was ready to go in less than 10 minutes.  One thing which really impressed me was that it comes complete with two Lithium rechargeable batteries so whilst one is charging, the other can be in use to minimise of time wasted.  The Vax Air Cordless also came with three nozzles in the box; a Multi-purpose tool to assist cleaning stairs and large textile areas (mattresses and upholstery), a crevice tool and a flexi dusting brush.

Vax Air Cordless

Lithium Rechargeable Batteries

I shall hold my hands up and tell you that I wasn’t really expecting very much from the Vax Air Cordless, ‘how can an upright possibly be cordless and still have enough power to clean’ were my thought trails BUT I was just about to find out and take a large slice of humble pie.    The batteries were partially charged so you could get started on the cleaning straight away but I popped one on charge whilst I made a start on the floors.  The batteries clips into the front of the cleaner and are easy to remove by depressing the blue panel at the top of the battery pack.  Whilst charging a series of blue lights indicate the stage of charging, a red light for errors and no light means the battery is fully charged.  It is safe for it to remain on the charging dock once fully charged.  A fully charged battery will give you 60 minutes of running time on normal power but will be considerably less if you use the Boost button for stubborn mess and high traffic areas.

Using the Vax Air Cordless Lift Duo

Having used mainly Dyson Vacuum Cleaners for the past few years I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by the Vax but I was wrong.  It was really easy to manoeuvre and is ultra-lightweight weighing in at 5.5kg (the same as the Dyson Small Ball).  It has a button on the top which you press to turn the cleaning head on and off dependent upon the floor surface you are cleaning (off for hard floors/on for carpets).  I have had one little niggle with my Dyson when cleaning the hard floors in the kitchen; with young children I always seem to have a floor littered with rogue pieces of cereal and the Dyson will only pick them up if I lift it up and put it on top of the cereal. The Vax will suck it straight up provided I have lined the cereal up with the centre of the cleaning head. This made me very happy! Check out Authority Adviser for more reviews .

If you have to clean under tables or pieces of furniture the Vax Air Cordless will light the way for you so there can be no excuses for missing the mess.  Jelly Bean thought this was highly amusing!

Vax Air Cordless

A great bit positive . . .

One of the major selling points for the Vax Air Cordless is the Lift-off cylinder on the front of the cleaner.  It can often be a balancing act trying to vacuum the stairs and I’m sorry to say that is how one of my previous cylinder cleaners met it’s untimely end by falling down the stairs.  The lift off cylinder on the Vax makes light work of cleaning the stairs or hard to reach areas.

but I do have one negative . . .

I would have preferred to have a small turbo cleaning head to attach to the hose when using the lift-off cylinder as I found the attachment nozzles to be a little too small for the job.  They did a good job so it wasn’t that they aren’t capable but I found they were more labour intensive.

Easy to empty

Emptying the cylinder was very easy too with a smaller lift-off cylinder at the front.  Simply press the quick-release button, hold upright above the waste bin and press the blue button on the side to open the ‘trap-door’ on the base and the dirt simply falls away ready for the next time you want to use it.  Cleaning the filter is recommended every 4-6 uses by rinsing the removable part under tap water and allowing to dry completely before reassembly.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent the Vax Air Cordless DuoLift free of charge for the purpose of this post.  All words, images and opinions are my own and may not be copied without my permission.  I have not been instructed what to write.

 

20 Comments

  1. May 13, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Great review! now tempted to check out your Dyson ones – my cousin’s son works for Dyson and he might be interested in your site too!

    • May 13, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you, yes please do. I spend a lot of time doing the vacuum cleaning so I’m becoming quite picky about what I use 🙂

  2. May 13, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Great review, I really need a cordless hoover it would really make my life so much easier, with having 2 dogs in the house I am forever hoovering and it gets annoying having to keep unplugging and plugging back in x

    • May 13, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Cordless is definitely the way to go, it seems like such a trivial thing but actually the power cord and sockets are a pain x

  3. melchaddphotos
    May 13, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Fab, honest post. I like the fact you get more than one battery.

    • May 13, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you. I was really impressed that you got two batteries too, that’s a big plus.

  4. May 13, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Fab review 🙂 we have very thin stairs and all hovers seem to struggle so would be interesting to see if this one would cope

    • May 13, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      This would be pretty perfect for thin stairs I would say 🙂

  5. May 14, 2016 / 6:34 am

    I have been looking at cordless for my stairs I hate doing the stairs it’s such a chore! Cordless would make it quicker and easier! Great review thanks

    • May 16, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      I would recommend cordless all the way, they make life so much easier!!

  6. May 14, 2016 / 7:21 am

    We reviewed this too and we liked it although I still prefer my Dyson. This one has gone to live with my daughter and she really likes it

  7. May 14, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    This does sound brilliant, but we already have a cordless vacuum we’re very happy with. We put off buying one because of the cost but eventually took the plunge, and it’s made such a difference! With small children they’re an essential.

    • May 16, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I think they are perfect when you have small children, animals and also for the elderly as it means no tripping hazard.

  8. May 14, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Cordless? So awesome! I need one of these in my house.

  9. May 15, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I love Vax products – they are so efficient and great quality. This one sounds good – I have never had a cordless vacuum cleaner. Kaz x

    • May 16, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Vax are definitely a trusted household name. I would recommend them x

  10. May 23, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    oooh love the look of this. I have recently been testing some bits from Philips and have to say that I am loving the cordless aspect of one of them. SO handy when you just need to sweep something quickly. I’m definitely keeping on top of the housework more now. This one sounds fab too xx

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      You wouldn’t believe that something as simple as a cord would be such a hassle but it really is isn’t it, it’s so much easier to just grab the vacuum cleaner and do the job xx

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