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8 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners

Andy Vandervell


Vax Air Cordless Lift U85-ACLG-B

4 / 8

Reviewed by Richard & Jackie Stevenson

24 February 2015

Vax Air Cordless Lift U85-ACLG-B

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Key Features

  • 5.1kg cordless upright & 3.3kg cordless handheld in one
  • Up to 50-minute battery life with boost mode
  • 1-litre bagless dust bin
  • Review Price: £250

The Vax Air Cordless Lift is a rather clever hybrid as it's effectively a conventional upright and a handheld in one. Even as an upright it weighs a manageable 5.1kg, but the cylinder element lifts out to become a 3.3kg handheld that's easy to carry up and down stairs.

Unlike the Gtech, it's a fully fledged vacuum cleaner and comes with a decent set of tools to deal with all sorts of jobs. It comes with two removable batteries and a charging dock that lasts 25 minutes or so each, which is more than enough time to get even large homes done. It cleans well in most cases, though its edge cleaning isn't great, so you'll need the crevice tool quite often.

Our Score:


e. black

January 10, 2017, 9:21 pm

a little surprised that the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light vacuum (hv302) wasn't included in this comparison as well?. we have the full sized dyson but for Christmas wanted a lighter vacuum so picked up the shark. nothing wrong with our dyson, just a bit cumbersome to haul all over the house.

we didn't expect much from the shark thinking it would work on par with other ultra-light models we've had in the past. boy were we wrong. not only did it cost a lot less but it works in my opinion nearly as good as the big dyson.

the surprising power from the small motor is something only made possibly by recent tech innovations, rare earth elements, stronger magnets,..amazing how much things have advanced over the course of just a few years. the only thing going for the larger dyson as opposed to the much smaller shark is the size of the dust bucket.

so the shark is something to consider when looking. fyi we got her shark on cyber monday so it cost even less, a little over a hundred bucks for the corded version.

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