AirRam’s cordless technology means no more fighting with snagged cords or plug sockets Professional grade 22V Lithium-ion battery Move effortlessly from carpet to hard-floors and back again, with no settings to change Edge cleaning technology helps you get into those awkward corners Lightweight design
I've had the original AirRam for a few years and still really appreciate how easy it is to use. It's so easy to just pick it up and clean without really thinking about it. The mains powered hoover was a hassle to get out and set up, and then you have to get things out of the way so the hose and flex doesn't knock them over. Instead of wondering whether the floor is dirty enough for it to be worth the hassle, now I just grab the Airram, press the switch and clean up in the same time it would take to set up for the corded hoover. In fact, it's almost fun (it's very manoeuvrable) and I tend to plan the rest of the day whilst doing a quick cleaning with the Gtech.
This new ‘Mark 2' version of the AirRam is redesigned in every area. The overall concept is the same, but it's a bit more stylish (I think) and there are new features. The handle lowers, and in fact the entire handle unit can be removed by a button on the back. Not quite sure how useful this is, but it does mean it can be packed away quite easily should you need to do that. The battery unit is a different shape and has the charge-remaining lights on the battery itself, so if you take it out of the base unit to charge it you can still see how it's getting on. The main switch is now on the base unit, and you turn it on by pressing a large pad to the side of the handle with your foot.
The new “airlock” tab feature increases the gap height at the front when pushing the vacuum forward so as to pick up larger objects (e.g. coffee beans, cereal, etc…), and then, on pulling the vacuum back, the tab along the front closes down which increases the air suction, for picking up dust (flour, spilt sugar, etc.). I have tested this vacuum's effectiveness on ground-in flour and sultanas on a woollen carpet and made a video of it; as you can see it handles both very well.
Comparing this Mk2 with the original AirRam:
I think the performance is similar and this new design seems a little better at picking up fine bits. Perhaps it depends on what sort of carpets, laminate, etc. you've got, and what sort of pet hair / fur you're picking up? Some fur will stick to different carpet materials more than others.
The brush-bar in the Mk 2 is a one-piece unit, so there isn't a gap in the hoovering in the middle that you get with the original AirRam (which most brush-bar hoovers have). The really big advantage with the new design is that you can take the brush-bar out by just pressing a button on the side; with the original you had to unscrew 4 bolts to get them out for cleaning or removing tangled hair.
The new dirt container is SUPERB! You yank it out, un-clip the side lid, and then slide the green tab along and it gets rid of most of the fluff in a controlled manner. Sometimes I find that a bit of fluff gets stuck at the end, but sliding the tab back releases this and bin is completely empty. Occasionally I have to pull a bit out with my fingers, but most of the time, with the woollen carpet fluff I get in mine, all the dirt is out in one ‘forward and back' slide. (You can see this in action in the video as well.)
The light strip across the front is good, handy when vacuuming behind a sofa or cupboard. It's not too bright and you can't see it directly when standing behind the unit, so it doesn't get distracting or annoying.
The Mk2 is also slightly quieter than the original, with a less harsh sound that some Mk1's have.
I've made some similar video tests on the Shark Duoclean (Amazon code: B00HBZH94W) and the Gtech Powerfloor for comparison; they are also uploaded to Amazon under their listings.
Overall, this Mark 2 is a very effective alternative to a corded vacuum and has a load of innovative and helpful features. (But note that is does not have a hose attachment for accessories - this is for floor cleaning only.)
Bought this to replace my old Dyson as it is advertised to compact the dust neatly for disposal. Was working fine although the instructions for tilting the handle are " Step on base and pull downwards" which i did and it felt a little stiff to manoeuvre. The battery worked well giving a good charge, the lights a fancy but extravagant extra and the whole unit light enough to carry around the house. Unfortunately the pivot at the base of the handle was annoyingly difficult to work even for a strapping bloke like me! Eventually the handle would not tilt and the pivot refused to budge. I have since read reviews highlighting this fault and it must have come to the attention of Amazon who refunded my money immediately (Amazon get a 5 star rating from me for their efficiency). Maybe I should have been more wary when the "Daily Mail" gave it a glowing review! A good little vacuum cleaner let down by poor technical faulty part.
I like the format of it. It is light and easy to manouver. The battery lasts long enough. However, it does not do the main job it is supposed to do. Forget about cleaning corners with it (at least without any extra accessories which I haven't looked into). It does not clean things next to the wall. What is worse, even in open area it often pushes the rubbish instead of picking it up. It will push it all the way to the wall where it cannot reach it anymore. You might as well just sweep things to your walls with similar results. I am very disappointed and I wish I could still return it. I ended up with an expensive toy which I am not using anymore. I do not understand where it gets all these good reviews from.
I bought my GTEC on Amazon just one year ago and the starter button is now broken. I cannot get GTEC to fix as I bought this 'from a third party.' Unless you buy direct from GTEC there is no comeback. BUY DIRECT is my advice.
First impression - it comes in a tiny box and has to be assembled with various plastic parts being slotted into each other. As I was connecting the main unit to the handle, I didn't realise the ON switch was on top of it and I accidentally turned it on with my fingers inside the brush area - I was lucky not to get injured. Once assembled, I think it looks like a toy - it really is quite small. Once we started using it we realised it is not too bad on hard floors and short carpets, but when we pushed it across our rugs it makes a horrible sound as the roller gets jammed and it stops completely. I should have done some more research before buying this as it is not a proper vacuum cleaner, it is a glorified carpet sweeper (like the manual ones we had in the 70s) with a small fan to suck up the dirt. I also didn't realise you couldn't attach a hose to clean cobwebs off ceilings etc. for which we are going to have to buy another vacuum cleaner. All in all, a disappointment.
Lots to love about this:
- Very light
- Gets under beds, sofas ( where there is space to do so )
- Fast charge and does last 40 mins
- Love the light and was not expecting it
- Easy to store
- Equally good on carpet and hard-floor going from one to the other with no settings change.
- Easy to empty dirt
- Easy to charge by taking batter out and charge where you want to!
There is only 1 down side to be aware of.
There are no tools with this, no hose, no curtain attachment, nothing extends, it is a floor and floor only but does a great job.
Stairs, not really, picture rails, no you will need another handheld for this.
I have had Dyson for 15 years this was the first time away from he Brand. This works for me and I will in time invest in the handheld with multi tools for the car and stairs etc when my current one gives up the fight.
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