I am the proud owner of the most sophisticated robot vacuum available today. Every morning, it navigates my obstacle-laden lower floor, vacuuming and scrubbing away the dirt and dust. And when this robot encounters a mat or carpet, it temporarily raises the mop and continues to vacuum. Of all the cleaning devices I own, this is my favorite.
But robotic vacuums cannot reach into tight corners, lack sufficient suction to pull dust from deep within carpets, and do not climb stairs.
Cordless stick vacuums are the natural companions of these sophisticated robotic devices. A stick vacuum can be easily carried upstairs and is small enough to reach into tiny corners and crevices. The suction of a cordless stick vacuum may also be set to a far higher level than its robotic counterpart.
Today I am testing an inexpensive cordless stick vacuum from Vactidy.
The complete package includes a handheld vacuum, powered floor brush, utility brush, crevice tool, and aluminum extension tube. Also provided are a mount, an AC adaptor, and a user's guide.
The main module—a handheld vacuum—weighs in at 3.5 pounds. It is composed of black and green colored plastic and fitted with a clear plastic, 1.2-liter dustbin. A removable 2200 mAh Lithium battery provides power. The Blitz V8's 130W brushless motor produces up to 20KPa of suction power.
Included within the handheld vacuum's body is a HEPA filter which captures 99.99% of the fine dust and microscopic particles inhaled by this device.
This vacuum is trigger activated and, to avoid fatigue, remains on until pressed again. The mode button is used to change from standard to strong suction.
- Manufacturer: Vactidy
- Name: Cordless Stick Vacuum
- Model: Blitz V8
- Vacuum body weight: 1.59 kilograms (3.5 pounds)
- Motor: 130W brushless motor
- Noise level: 78.8db
- Standard suction: 12,000Pa
- Strong suction: 20,000Pa
- Filtering method: Washable HEPA filter and cyclonic components
- Working time in standard mode: 35 minutes
- Charging time: 2.5 hours
- Battery: 6-cell removable 2200mAH Lithium
- Dust cup capacity: 1.2-liter
- Lighting: LED headlights (powered floor brush)
- Mount: Yes
- Accessories: Powered floor brush, utility brush, crevice tool, extendable tube, mount, AC adapter, and a user's guide
The Cyclonic Vacuum
James Dyson, a British engineer, designed a vacuum cleaner that worked more efficiently than those that simply sucked in dirt and stuffed it into a bag.
Using concepts originated by Edward Yonkers and Bert Kent, he assembled a bagless, cyclonic vacuum intended for household use. Because a cyclonic vacuum's suction does not diminish as its dustbin fills, many manufacturers have adopted this design.
Typically, the vacuum's motor produces suction, forcing dirt-laden air into a cylindrical dustbin and spinning it around a centrally positioned plastic cyclone.
The larger dirt particles swirl to the edge, drift downward, and collect at the bottom of the bin. Meanwhile, the cleaner air is drawn through tiny holes perforating the plastic cyclone.
Here, a similar procedure occurs, with the inner cyclone removing much finer dirt particles.
The relatively clean air resulting from this process passes through a HEPA filter. Since most of the dirt has already been removed, this filter only marginally impedes airflow through the machine.
The Floor Brush
Accessories can easily be connected to the vacuum body. To assemble for floor cleaning, snap the extendable tube into place and connect the floor brush assembly.
A seven-inch powered cylindrical brush fits inside a nine-inch plastic housing. This brush performs well on both hard floors and carpets.
A quick twist of the handheld vacuum forces the carpet brush to pivot up to 90 degrees to the left or right. Two rollers and a pair of rubber wheels ensure the brush assembly glides smoothly across the floor.
The included crevice tool is 10 inches in length and 1.5 inches across. This tool is useful when tackling tight spots, such as between and behind the cushions of a couch.
This three-inch oval non-powered utility brush helps clean curtains and clear cobwebs.
The Extendable Tube
The Blitz V8's most interesting feature is its ability to alter its overall length to match the user's height. This reduces fatigue and allows adjustment of the tool's reach when the crevice tool or utility brush is attached.
A 6-cell 2200mAH Lithium battery is supplied with this unit. The power pack is removable and can be charged using the included AC adapter.
This small plastic bracket holds the vacuum securely against a wall. Because the Blitz V8's battery can be removed and charged wherever convenient, it is unnecessary to mount this bracket near a power outlet.
This vacuum is equipped with a round HEPA filter. Along with the associated cyclonic components, the filter should be removed and cleaned with water each time the Blitz V8 is used.
During tests, I did not bother emptying the dustbin until it had filled beyond the recommended level. Although the vacuum's suction did not noticeably decrease, this minor example of misuse resulted in more than the normal amount of dust reaching the filter. Happily, the HEPA filter can be easily cleaned.
The Performance Test
The Blitz V8 was designed to ensure that, when fully assembled, the operator's hands are gripping the heaviest component. This placement ensures that ceilings and drapes can be vacuumed without undue fatigue.
Each section of this device snaps snugly into place. To disassemble, push the appropriate button and pull the accessory free.
The Blitz V8 works effectively in standard mode, conserving power while providing the suction necessary to clean hard floors.
I switch to strong mode when vacuuming my carpets and mats. While 20,000Pa of suction will drain the vacuum's battery more quickly, this suction level is required to extract dirt from deep within the carpet's fibers.
Because I hate cleaning, I tend to work quickly. In this case, I managed to vacuum my medium-sized house in 22 minutes.
As they are cleaned daily by my robotic vacuum, I wasted little time dealing with the main floors downstairs. I did, however, carefully go over the areas the robot could not reach and thoroughly vacuumed the area rugs and carpets. Then I carried the stick vacuum upstairs and tackled the three bedrooms. Once this task was complete, I cleaned my front porch.
Despite using a combination of standard and strong suction, my 22 minutes of work did not fully deplete the vacuum's battery.
This vacuum is exceptionally versatile and operates effectively for 35 minutes in standard mode. When more power is required, a touch of a button results in a significant increase in suction. The Vactidy Blitz V8 cordless stick vacuum is recommended.
At present, this vacuum is on sale for $139.00.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Walter Shillington