We are big fans of a cordless vacuum cleaner, but our trusty 4 year old one has decided to give up the ghost, so we have been on the hunt for a new one.
Back in November we reviewed the Vax Platimum Power Max carpet cleaner and were very impressed with its performance. In fact its been keeping ours and the families carpets looking good ever since.
We were invited to review the Vax Blade 4 Cordless Pet Vacuum Cleaner, the winner of a Which Best Buy in 2020.
It comes boxed, needing some light assembly, but took less than 5 minutes.
In the box:
- 4.0Ah Battery
- Charging Dock
- Tool Caddy
- On board crevice tool
- Powered Floorhead with antimicrobial protection
- Motorised pet tool
Free Additional Tool Kit (when bought directly from Vax):
- Upholstery tool with stiff brush
- Extendible crevice tool
- Flexible extension hose
The battery requires charging from the box and took around 120 minutes to reach a full charge from empty.
The Blade 4 is a cordless, lightweight stick vacuum cleaner and unusually, the the 0.6l bin sits horizontally in the upper unit and is removed completely to empty it.
The bin is really easy to remove to empty. Simply push the blue button with the arrow on it and lift off.
Hold over the unit over the bin and release the bottom latch to empty.
The top of the bin also opens up, so you can remove and wash the filter.
On the handheld unit itself are three buttons; the main on/off power button, the circle button turns the motorised brush head on and off and the + button turns the power boost on/off. Below these controls there are three LED lights that display the current charge status of the vacuum cleaner.
I have a mix of hard floors and carpets in my house. I have found that there is no need to switch the brush on for the hard floors, but the vacuum works better with it switched on for the carpets. When the brush head is on, an LED light turns on to show you what you’re cleaning.
We were surprised by how powerful the vacuum is and the amount of dust that came out of our carpet was scary, despite being vacuumed the day before. The brush bar has been treated with an antimicrobial treatment which helps protect the bristles from bacteria and fungi by preventing their growth, for added peace of mind.
The vacuum performed well with a glitter spillage, both on the floor with the brush bar and on the table with the crevice tool.
For storage, Vax provides a wall mount into which the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 clips. Unlike our old vacuum cleaner, this does not need to be installed near a power unit, as the battery is removable and charges in a dock.
The dock has a small clip on the side, so you can attach the accessory bag which comes with the additional tool kit.
I would definitely recommend buying the unit from Vax to get the free accessory set, which makes vacuuming curtains and the stairs easier. I used the pet tool for the stairs as I found it easier to manoeuvre and it agitates and lifts stubborn dirt and pet hair with ease – great for a high traffic area.
The unit itself weighs just 3.1kg, making it lightweight enough to vacuum the stairs, for holding it high for getting rid of cobwebs or for the kids to vacuum their own bedrooms.
I was really impressed with the battery life. It lasts for approximately 45 minutes on normal use, plenty of time to vacuum our entire 3 bedroom house. If you have a larger house, you are able to purchase an additional battery for £79.99, meaning you can always be ready to clean or extend your run time for those tougher jobs, by using one battery and having another on charge.
The only downside to the vacuum is that it is not freestanding, so you have to prop it up securely, or lay it down when not attaching it to the wall clip.
All in all, it is a brilliant and versatile vacuum cleaner for the home and very reasonably priced.
The Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Vacuum Cleaner costs £259.99, plus you get the additional tool set worth £49.99 when bought directly from Vax.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Vacuum Cleaner for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.