4 June 2021

REVIEW: Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Hair today...

Lockdown might just have ended, but with the impending summer holidays you can once again expect the kids to be around ALL. THE. TIME. Combine the constant presence of those little angles with pets, and your home might end up looking like a crumby, hairy mess. Fear not, as Vax have stepped up to deliver the ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.

The Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner has been designed to be one tough cordless cookie. The 'Pet' part of the model name alludes to the approach, as the high-powered motor and rotating brush head means it will make short work of pet hair trapped in your carpets.

The gadget itself features the battery-powered main unit, a detachable, pipe, and two detachable, powered heads; one big and one small. These brushed head attachments can be used on all surfaces, from hard floors to upholstery. 

The included removable 4.0 Ah battery will deliver a cleaning time of 45 minutes per charge. For a high-powered cordless cleaner, that's impressive, meaning it won't always require recharging between cleans. When it does, you pop it off the unit and drop it into the included cradle charger - so no wall-mounted charging, unfortunately.

However, everything else about the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is hugely convenient. A button activated LED will display current battery level, and all control buttons reside within easy reach of your thumb. Power on, tap the optional motor brush control, and you're away.

At 2.5kg it isn't the lightest of cordless vacuums, and most of that dead weight comes from the battery pack. It is reassuring weighty, however, if you catch our drift. The extended pipe, to give the cleaner upright status, is metal and so will withstand many knocks and bumps as you hurriedly vac up.

The articulated heads allow easy movement while you're cleaning, and the largest has a low enough profile to fit under most raised furniture. Despite being an 'all-terrain' vacuum, we did encounter some issues with the motorised brushes on thick carpet and rugs. Often it simply stopped spinning, without anything jamming it, requiring a restart of the cleaner. Not a major gripe, but it did lead us to use it more gently on a shaggy rug.

The smaller head is perfect for fabric sofas, especially the one that the dog has claimed for himself. Ground-in hair was mostly picked up on the first pass, but then a rigorous rubbing over the same spot cleared the rest. Kiddie crumbs were also dealt with hastily, and we were happy to see that even with the motorised brush turned off, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner still had impressive suction.

Emptying the 0.6 litre dust bin was just as easy. Either hold the entire hoover over your dustbin and pop off the lid, allowing all the crap to spill out, or remove the entire thing from the control unit for a more tactical emptying. Doing so helps for simple cleaning, too, and the internal filter can be rinsed and left to air dry.

So... although we would have liked the ability to charge it via a 'drop-on' charging hook, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner still wowed us. Powerful yet compact, this handy hoover might sway your opinions when it comes to cordless vacuum cleaners.


Available from www.amazon.co.uk

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