However, they come at a price and that price can be very hefty one so what if you don’t want to pay the price of a holiday for a hoover but you are still looking for high quality suction and you recognise that you get what you pay for?
Does the Gtech AirRam MK2 fill that gap in between the ultra premium, super expensive vacuum cleaners and the cheap ones that barely do the job that they are supposed to?
This hoover has been around now since 2016 and has received thousands of rave reviews in that time with the vast majority of people loving it and recommending it to others but can it still hold its own in the ever evolving and super competitive cordless cleaner wars?
I think that it is fair to say that first impressions can be deceiving when it comes to AirRam MK2.
Out of the box it kind of looks a bit feeble and not as sturdy and well built as you might expect it to be and although you know that it is made of plastic it kind of has a cheapy plasticky feel to it.
At the end of the day a vacuum cleaner is not something that you are going to leave on display for all your friends to see. It’s a rare type of product where it doesn’t matter too much what it looks like, it’s much more important that it does the job that it is supposed to which is clean your home.
At 3.2kg total weight this is a very light vacuum cleaner that is super easy to manoeuvre around including up and down the stairs. It almost defies belief how light it actually is for a non-stick cordless vacuum.
It is very simple to operate so if you don’t want multiple menus and different options for different floor types and all you want is an on/off button that makes it work and the same button to make it stop then this is work a look. We actually really like the simplicity of a foot operated on and off located on the base.
Once you turn it on the initial impressions are banished as the AirRam gets converted into turbo charged monster.
The motorised brush head actually moves the cleaner forward on its own if you are cleaning on hard floor and it literally glides across the floor demolishing everything in its wake. You can easily move it backwards and forwards by just using two fingers, it’s that easy.
To get the best possible clean from a Dyson cordless cleaner you need to switch the heads when you move from carpet to hard floor but with the AirRam it switches across both surfaces really well. The suction is excellent and it is noticeably better than the other cleaners that sit around the £100 pound mark.
A lot of comparison testing gets done by throwing flour and mud and all sorts of stuff that most carpets never get subjected to straight onto a deep pile carpet.
When you do that and compare it to a Dyson or a Shark then it will come up a bit short but when was the last time that you threw a bag of flour all over your carpet or let people run through your living room with muddy boots on?
For hardcore households that have a lot of dirt and mess flying around all the time then you should probably consider a Dyson BUT if you live in a “normal” house that is just trying to keep the place clean on a weekly basis then in our opinion this will do the same job as the premium cleaners that cost a lot more.
The suction power is excellent and will do the same job as more expensive cleaners as long as you don’t have ingrained dirt that has been lingering for a long time. Normal dust and standard mess will be devoured.
40 minutes of battery time is more than enough for most households so you will never have an issue with running out of battery before you have to recharge and you get lights on the base that reminds you when the battery is getting low.
We also like the lights on the front of the base so you can see the dirt and dust in those darker areas like under beds and sofa’s.
On the downside and it is a big downside for whatever reason it just comes as it is and without with any accessories.
We are not a big fan of accessories anyway and generally a lot of cleaners come with accessories that you will never use but we do feel as though the lack of a crevice tool for the stairs and skirting boards is a bit of a negative.
It is extremely light and very easy to lift onto the stairs but it is a bit cumbersome to move across each stair.
The dust bin is impressive and needs to be emptied less often than some more expensive cleaners. Its capacity is 0.8 litres but it compresses up to 2.3 litres before it needs emptying. You certainly won’t need to empty it after every clean, more like every 3 or 4.
The Gtech AirRam Cordless vacuum cleaner is well worth consideration if you don’t live in a really busy house with lots of pets but you do want a powerful vacuum cleaner that has very strong suction power that will pick up all of the dust and grime that accumulates during the course of a normal week.
It’s fine for one cat or one dog but if you have a lot of pet hair accumulating on a regular basis then we would recommend a Shark cordless instead which is more of a workhorse.
It would also score a lot higher if it came with just one crevice accessory tool to get into the edges and nooks and crannies.
This is an excellent choice for a couple or a small family as it bridges the gap between the cheaper vacuums that really don’t make the cut and the really expensive premium products that are a bit over the top and you’d be paying a premium for features that you wouldn’t benefit from but would pay a lot of money extra for.