Vax Air Lift Steerable Upright Vacuum Cleaner

10.0 out of 10
10.0 out of 10

The Air lift steerable upright vacuum from Vax has been around for a few years and it’s still going strong because it represents fantastic value for money and has very similar performance to Sharks lift away range of vacuum cleaners but it’s much cheaper.

Vax have sold over 2 million units of this range of vacuum cleaner so there are plenty of people out there that are very happy with it and Amazon have overwhelmingly positive reviews.

This is a corded vacuum cleaner so you are assured of no loss of power, ever and there is no need to worry about the battery running out or recharging the battery.

There is definitely an argument for cordless vacuum cleaners being overrated and overpriced because the performance that this delivers and the flexibility it provides with the ability to lift the cylinder away from the main unit makes it pretty hard to believe when you take into account how cheap it is.

Cordless cleaners are of course cord-free and this one is corded but it does come with a very long cord of 10 metres so you’ll be able to do at least two rooms at once and you won’t be needing to change the plug socket very often.

This normally sells for about a quarter of the price of the top-end cordless cleaners and delivers the same performance and sells for a lot less than a very comparable Shark corded cleaner and that makes this tremendously good value.

Here’s what you get with the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet vacuum cleaner:

Features and Benefits

There are 4 mains parts to this cleaner:

  • The main central unit
  • The pet accessory tool
  • The 3 in one accessory tool that clips onto the side of the cleaner for easy access
  • The traditional wand and handle that clips into the central unit


The wand clicks straight into the main unit and you are immediately good to go. Its literally plug and go.

It has excellent suction power that can be evidenced in this video. If you know how, play the video on 2x speed because there is not much to see or hear other than to witness how good the suction and pickup power is:

This cleaner works as well on hard floor as it does on carpet. When using it on carpet the brush roller spins so that it can dig deep into the carpet fibres.

When you clean on hard floor you just press one button to stop the roller and it will transition straight onto all hard floor surfaces with ease.

The hose detaches from the main unit and the pet tool or the 3 in 1 accessory tool clip easily onto the hose to enable above floor cleaning on all other surfaces.

Very unusual for a hoover at this price point the central cylinder also detaches from the main unit so you can get to stairs or the car without having to drag the whole hoover with you.

It’s a very well designed vacuum cleaner and is very versatile. As well as being able to remove the main cylinder from the main unit you can remove the wand and attach that to the hose so you can get to any part of your home no matter how high or low making it super easy to reach right up into the ceiling area of any home with full suction power.

The dirt container is very large with a 1.5-litre dust capacity that is bigger than the average and way bigger than any cordless cleaner.

It’s one button to release the container from the cleaner and then one clip to open the lid to empty it.

Maintenance is easy as well with easy access to the filters that can be removed and rinsed under the tap before putting back in when dry.

At 6.2kg it’s not the lightest vacuum we have tested but it’s not exactly heavy and it’s very easy to manoeuvre around in full upright mode and when you go into lift away mode it becomes much lighter.

The accessories are cleverly stored on the side of the hoover so you will never lose them and include a long crevice tool, dusting brush and upholstery tool.

Here is a short video from Vax showing how it works:


If you have a busy home with pets and children then this is a real workhorse of a Hoover that delivers great performance at a very surprising budget price point.

It’s very flexible and the lift away option that allows you hold the main part of the hoover and easily clean the stairs and other harder to reach areas whilst keeping it on full power cannot be found anywhere else at this price.

Great suction power and a full suite of accessories make the Vax Air Lift Steerable upright vacuum cleaner exceptional value for money from a trusted brand name.