I remember the TV we had when I was a little girl – the remote never got lost.
It never got lost because it was attached to the TV… by a cord.
Each button would control 3 channels, and you’d “select” which row you wanted it to control, kind of like the shift button on your keyboard. Old school, right? And you always had to get up to change the channel, simply because the remote couldn’t conveniently sit beside you on the couch.
Fast forward to today where almost everything is cordless or has some added wi-fi feature (you know, because your washing machine needs the internet) and can run on battery. Even the big stuff… like vacuums.
If you asked my opinion of a cordless vacuum a few months ago, it probably wouldn’t have been much. “Pfft. A cordless vacuum? Shut the front door. You need it to be plugged in to be powerful enough!” I thought of my cordless power tools, but those do small jobs for a small amount of time. There’s no way a cordless vacuum would be able to clean a house from top to bottom… right?
Hoover Canada let me review their new Air Cordless Lift to dispel the myths.
I needed to know for sure. So the first thing I did was throw glitter on my carpet. You know, as you do.
Then I took that glitter, and rubbed it into the carpet as hard as I could. That stuff was in there. Dan would go nuts. He despises glitter. If this didn’t work, I’d be in big trouble.
I wanted to see just how effective this cordless vacuum really was, so I took a picture after one forward pass over the carpet.
Not bad for the first pass.
I did a backward pass, and it was better, but there were still a few specks here and there.
Then I did one more forward and backward pass with a little extra Boost+ power, and all the glitter was gone.
Like really gone. Like I nit-picked in there and made sure there weren’t any sparkles burrowing deep into the carpet fibres. Sweet!
Mmmkay Hoover, you win this round… let’s see what else you can do?
Keep in mind that I started using this right out of the box. It had a little bit of a charge from the manufacturer, but I didn’t fully charge it just to see how far it would take me.
I cleaned the main floor, and then detached the canister so I could vacuum the stairs.
I absolutely love how this is an upright vacuum, and then switches to a handheld just by lifting out the canister. The battery and all the components are contained within the canister, so there is no loss of suction or power just because you need something more compact. This is one of the problems I had with our upright vacuum – it was heavy and taking it up the stairs was no easy feat. With the Air Cordless Lift, you get a 2-in-1 upright and a canister vacuum. Score!
The battery had enough power left that I was able to vacuum the entire staircase and the second floor without it dying. Longevity myth: busted.
Emptying all the dirt was really easy. I just had to lift the canister out, then dump the contents into a bin.
Except don’t do what I did and turn it upside down to open the lid.
You’ll want to keep that facing downwards and just open the lid over a garbage can. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, because when everything spills out of this chute:
… you’re gonna want to wish you listened to me. Why waste your time flipping it over, anyway? That’s just an extra step that isn’t needed. Full circle, I reconnected everything and vacuumed up whatever fell out of it anyway. I also love how there’s no bag, which means no replacements to buy, ever!
Cleaning the brush roll is a must for me, because I seem to shed a lot of hair. It’s been that way all my life, then calmed down a bit during pregnancy, but now it’s back in full force. I was pleased to see that it was really easy to access the brush roll.
Now if only there was an easier way to get the hair off the brush roll! If you have any suggestions please let me know. I currently take a pair of scissors to the thing, but there must be an easier way!! Bah, shedding!
The best part about the batteries is that they give full power all the time. That means: you get just as much suction power with a fully charged battery as the very last second. Dan used the vacuum one day and he was surprised at how the battery just stopped when it was finally dead. There is no “dwindling down” of power here, it’s all or nothing. Reassuring to know that you won’t ever be vacuuming at half strength! Both batteries combined offer up to 50 minutes of uninterrupted power.
The accessories include an extra air filter, crevice tool, and a pivoting dusting tool.
The handle on the upright detaches and connects to the hose for extra length.
The hose is really flexible, so I found it was easy to stretch and sway it where I needed to go. I’ve had problems with other vacuums where the hose barely extended, making it stiff and awkward to use.
The upright itself is also really flexible. Not that it’s bendy – but that it steers like a dream! It can turn on a dime and navigate around corners like a freaking figure skater. I was really impressed with its maneuvering capabilities. The LED headlight is also really helpful for illuminating the path ahead, and for scaring my daughter.
While using the Air Cordless Lift, I realized how efficient it really is to have a cordless vacuum. It’s not just the possibility to go from room to room without managing a big cable, tripping over it, or having to unplug and find a closer outlet – but the convenience of having a vacuum ready-to-go at all times. I found that any little crumb colony that Sweet Pea manages to create immediately gets vacuumed, because now it’s easier to vacuum it up than to get out a broom and dustpan. It’s equally effective in cleaning carpet and hard floors, so I know I have my bases covered.
There’s something way more inspiring about vacuuming when you know there’s no lugging it up the stairs and having to unwind a cascade of cable just to suck up a 4 inch square mess. Lugging isn’t even in this vacuum’s vocabulary, as it weighs less than 12.5 pounds. It’s super light, and Sweet Pea is this close to being able to do the vacuuming for me. (Kidding. Maybe.) All I know is: I don’t cry a little anymore when she makes a mess, because it seems I’ve found my secret weapon. Bring it on, kid!
The Hoover Air Cordless Lift is available here on www.hoover.ca for $399 CAD.
Although the Air Cordless Lift has incredible suction, vacuuming alone only does half the job. Getting a carpet thoroughly clean requires some deep down scrubbing action, which is why the Air Cordless has paired up with the Hoover PowerScrub Deluxe as part of the Hoover Clean Team for a No Compromise Clean. Come back soon for my review on the PowerScrub Deluxe!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TTi Floor Care and I was provided with the Hoover Air Cordless Lift to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and my own, as always!