Home and Garden November 1, 2020
Gone are the days that we have to lump an enormous piece of machinery around the house just to clean our carpets, vacuums are getting slimmer and lighter and I’m not sure we have come across much lighter than the Vorwerk VB100 Cordless Vacuum.
This compact vacuum weighs 3.3kg, it is hard to imagine there is enough power inside it to clean your floors however the rechargeable battery provides an impressive amount of suction. There are three suction modes to choose from with the lowest offering up to 80mins of use, however when using the highest setting you will get about 10mins use.
The range of modes means you can use the Kobold on most types of flooring, the lightweight body makes it easy to manoeuvre around the house, around and under furniture and the floor brush can be activated/ deactivated when needed to conserve the battery life. When used on hard floors it picks up dust, dirt and hair effortlessly, but we were surprised by how powerful it was on carpets, especially with two cats in residence it picked up more pet hair than we expected. When finished the vacuum can be stood up right on its own, no ugly wall mounts or propping it up in a corner.
Unlike many cordless cleaners this one comes with a dust bag, environmentally perhaps not the best option however people who suffer from allergies will appreciate the barrier between them and the dirt. Emptying can get messy if the bag is over filled as the valve can become wedged open, this means some dirt can escape when disconnecting, so it is worth checking on the bag to ensure it isn’t overflowing. The downside to the filter bag means an ongoing cost, although they aren’t too pricey at £18 per pack of five replacement bags. Another thing that sets it apart from other cordless vacuums is the absence of a handheld option, there is a 2-in-1 nozzle for above floor cleaning but the unit remains the same length which makes it cumbersome to hold above your head, it also makes cleaning the stairs a more awkward procedure. If you are looking for a multipurpose vacuum that can be used high and low, on soft furnishing or in the car then this is not for you, the battery life is also something to consider as when the brush head is active it drains a lot quicker, a second battery could help out but will set you back a further £80. However, if you are looking for a powerful, lightweight vacuum for regular cleaning of floors (and have the money to spare) this is a solid option, especially if style is an important factor. RRP £799.00
- Powerful suction on flooring
- Stylish design
- Filter bags (helpful for people with allergies)
- Comfortable and easy to move around
- Stands up on its own
- Short battery life
- Battery life drains quickly on turbo mode
- Awkward to use overhead
- No handheld option