Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Review: The Best Cheap Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Especially In Its Pet Incarnation

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Review: The Best Cheap Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Especially In Its Pet Incarnation

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet one sentence review: it looks quite like a Dyson, cleans a lot like a Dyson and costs good cheaper than a Dyson …

The cordless vacuum industry is currently inundated with contenders, as our growing guide to the best cordless vacuums so extensively illustrated. Where we once had the choice of a Dyson, Dyson, or Dyson, now is the time to rest with hordes of wireless models with unpronounceable names pouring in from overseas, but mostly from mainland China.

This is a good thing because it gives us more choices. However, with prices often over £ 400 for a moderately decent wireless model, you’d be forgiven for thinking that anything below, say, £ 260 should be avoided like el plago. But you’re wrong, because there are some crunchy cordless vacuums that don’t cost a lot, like this pet-specific model of the carpet cleaning crackerjack, Vax.

This writer has been using the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet for a few months now, and for the bargain price of £ 259.99, he has had an outstanding performance. Incidentally, if you don’t have any pets, the standard 4 blade (without the additional motorized pet tool) is even cheaper – £ 219.99.

So what’s so good about this cordless vacuum cleaner? Let me tell you.

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Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Review: Conception

While not quite up to Dyson’s overall standards, the Blade 4 Pet is ruggedly built and seems to be able to withstand a lot of bumps and scratches. Where most cordless vacuums have their motor housing and dust collectors upright in line, the ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet’s is oriented horizontally. This makes it easy to remove the bin by simply squeezing two clips together. The downside is that it doesn’t look that simple and feels a little unsightly in portable mode.

At 3.1kg this model is a bit heavier than some but you only really notice it when cleaning above head height. Fortunately, its weight is of little concern when using it on the ground, although the sharp angle of the handle means it is not as comfortable in the hand as, for example, the ROIDMI RS60, the benchmark for comfort.

At just 22cm wide, the Blade 4 Pet’s antimicrobial brush bar is about 3cm shorter than Dyson’s reference V11, so it will likely take a few more swipes back and forth to cover the same area.

Shine on your crazy diamond

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On the power side, this model uses a brushless motor for long term reliability and a rechargeable Vax ONEPWR lithium-ion battery that is hot-swappable with other ONEPWR devices. It comes with two suction levels and the means to engage the motorized carpet or rug brush head.

It also comes with an LED headlight (or Dust Tracker) to light up the darkest corners of the abode and a cheap but cheerful wall-mounted charging bay for those who may be bothered to punch holes in the wall.

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet has two main power modes and a separate button to engage the motorized brush

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Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Review: Performance

For a cordless stick vacuum that costs less than £ 260, this one is an outstanding performer. While the lowest suction setting is ideal for light dusting tasks on hard floors, it’s pretty useless to pick up something bigger than a small cornflake. But take it to the next level, and the suction is multiplied by five, sucking virtually any trash – including rice, oats, cornflakes and shredded paper – from hard floors with consummate ease. You should reasonably expect around 45 minutes of battery life in this configuration.

For rugs and carpets, the high setting with the motorized brush engaged is even more powerful – you also get the benefits of the headlight in this mode. In our carpet test, the full monty mode (i.e. high power with motorized brush) sucked up a carpet as well as the Dyson V11, though the battery dulled in about 10 minutes. It might sound terrible, but the truth is that almost all current cordless vacuums run out of juice very quickly when used at full skin – the Dyson V11 only manages about five minutes more and yet it costs nearly. three times the price of the Vax. Keep in mind that in the real world, 10 minutes of vacuuming is usually sufficient to cover a few carpeted rooms, or more.

The Vax’s mini motorized brush quickly removes pet hair – much to this dog’s chagrin

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If things get really hairy – like the dog bed, couch, or car seats – with this model you get an extra motorized mini pet tool that really makes a statement, removing just about all the signs. of canine and feline life.

Pull the latch and goodbye the dust

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The 0.60 liter dust collector is mid-size for a cordless stick and the three-stage filtration system does a great job of keeping dust and musty odors from carpets to a minimum. But while the removable bin is a snap to eject and fairly easy to empty, putting it back in place is a bit tricky.

The main downside of the Vax Blade 4 Pet over the Dysons is that it is a lot less fun to use as a handheld. Yes, the crevice tool is very handy for cleaning in tight spaces, but the motor-bin unit is a bit bulky and heavy in the hand.

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Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Review: Verdict

In high mode, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet is as bad as the best in its class. However, using rugs will eat away at battery reserves very quickly and the narrower than average brush head will add a bit more time to the cleaning session. But if you’re looking for an extremely efficient cordless stick vacuum that costs a lot less than the majority of the competition, consider making this one on the list.

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