One of the few household chores that I don’t mind doing is vacuuming. There’s something quite nice about whizzing around the house getting rid of the dust and dirt that the toddler and dog have bestowed upon my home. However, a big part of ensuring that vacuuming is pleasant – or at least not a chore – is having the right equipment. Something that’s heavy, has poor suction and is constrained by the length of the chord is my idea of cleaning hell.
So, as part of an ongoing collaboration with Beko, I was very intrigued when they asked me to try out another one of their new small appliance ranges – the 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner deluxe. I’d already been impressed with their steam iron and kitchen gadgets (bean-to-cup coffee maker, toaster and kettle), so I was hoping for more good things with the vacuum cleaner. You can check out my full review below:
The product is described as:
Lightweight and easy to use, this cordless vacuum can be used as either an upright or handheld vacuum. Helping you to effortlessly clean your home, the SelfDrive™ technology offers a powerful digital motor in the vacuum head, taking the strain out of vacuuming. And, this model comes with extenders and 3 extra attachments, helping you to clean even those hard-to-reach spots.
The Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner came nicely packaged in a box with a load of different components and accessories. Despite looking like you might need to sack off everything else on your to-do list for that day to assemble the vacuum, it was actually really simple and took no more than a few minutes.
Firstly, I needed to slot the long handle into the bottom part of the vacuum cleaner, before installing the battery into the hand-held unit. Next, it was a matter of putting the hand-held unit onto the previously built vacuum cleaner. All of this slotted together easily and provided an audible click as assurance that it was connected properly. With this, the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner was ready to go.
Before doing my best Freddie Mercury impression though, I could also build the charging dock. Again, this took very little time and consisted of slotting the support plate into the base, finding a suitable place to house it, then plugging it into the mains. All done.
This is basically a docking station where you can charge and store your vacuum when not in use – it simply clips on and a light indicates it’s charging (five hour charge time). You can also pop on three of the accessories, which is handy – however, it would be nice to have a unit which stored them all as you still need to find somewhere else for the other accessories. There’s also a useful suction cup on the bottom to secure it in place – and, you know, to stop the toddler from moving it.
As you’d expect, getting the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner to work is as simple as pressing a button. There’s one on the rod handle when in upright mode, then one also on the hand-held unit – obviously you press the one related to how you’re using the vacuum. Pressing the button for a second time turns it into ‘super cleaning mode’ (my own term), and again turns it off. Let’s focus on the upright mode to start with.
The vacuum cleaner stands upright on it’s own without support. To start using it, you put your foot on the back of the brush head and pull down on the rod / handle. This allows you to tilt the handle up, down and to the sides to steer where you want to go, all whilst keeping the brush head flat to the floor.
I was particularly impressed by the movement from the hinge lower down. I didn’t get out my protractor to measure exactly, but you’re talking roughly 180 degrees from left to right, 90 degrees from upright to the floor and everything in between. As such, the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner can pretty much go anywhere when in this mode – particularly as it’s cordless so you aren’t constrained by plug sockets.
Once switched on, I was surprised at how easy it was to push. In fact, the vacuum actually has a self-drive motor in the brush head, which means that the vacuum propels itself forward. I learnt this accidentally as I left the vacuum on when I stood it upright – it wasn’t long before it had made its way to the other side of the room! I’m now tempted to get another so that I can race them.
Robot Wars aside, what this means is that the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner does most of the work itself. As it propels itself forward, you only really need to focus on steering it rather than putting effort behind to push it. Obviously being a strong, rugged chap (ha!), pushing a vacuum doesn’t impact my biceps too much, but I can imagine this assistance would be great for those in need of it – my 83-year old grandma comes to mind. It also means that the pregnant missus can still pull her weight around the house.
Having not used a vacuum cleaner like this before, it did take a few minutes to get used to the movement and balance, but I soon became accustomed to it. In terms of the all important suction, I’ve had no issues either. It feels powerful and has cleaned up what I’ve needed it to do.
The proof is in the pudding though – or to be more accurate, in the dust cup. There are actually two dust cups on the vacuum – one for the hand-held unit and one for upright mode. Both of these detach really simply with a twist, then can be emptied into the bin – although the hand-held one does have an additional inner (filter perhaps?) that you have to pull out. Despite being gross, there’s something quite nice about seeing what crap has been sucked up from your floors and furniture.
To use the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner in hand-held mode, you just need to detach this section from the main vacuum by pressing the release button. You now have a portable vacuum cleaner which can be used for all manner of things – ceilings, surfaces, stairs, settees and even in the car.
In this mode, you can combine the vacuum with the right accessory – or accessories – required to do the job. This includes the likes of the two-in-one hair brush, the long flattened cleaner, the ceiling brush, the soft hair brush, the long hose, the turbo brush and the bed brush. Connection of these to the vacuum is simple – you just need to align them correctly, then push the accessory into the end of the hand-held unit.
Over the course of using the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner, I’ve found that some things I’ve used more than others. For instance, I use the turbo brush for vacuuming the settee, mattresses and stairs. Due to the design of the roller on the head, this seems to get deep down into the material and suck up any dust and dirt.
The soft hair brush also comes in really handy. As the name suggests, the brush has soft hair which is good for surfaces. As I’m a bad ‘housewife’ and don’t dust, I tend to just give surfaces a once over with the vacuum instead. As such, the soft hair brush does a good job on things like our black gloss furniture which we stupidly bought pre-kids when we’d not considered things like scratches and sticky fingerprints!
Not that I particularly use them, but it’s worth noting that there’s a hose, an adaptor and the ability to connect the long rod from the upright vacuum. This makes the vacuum really versatile and allows you to do pretty much any vacuuming task with this bad boy. Again, suction is great and I’ve had no issues with that.
My only complaint with the hand-held unit would be that it feels a bit long when you have accessories on it. This also impacts the weight, which can make it a little uncomfortable when being used for long periods in this mode. It’s not a deal breaker in the slightest, but I’d personally like it to be a bit more compact.
The Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum is advertised as having 25 minutes run time. This may be the case, but I’d suspect it’s only in the lower suction setting. I tend to use the vacuum always in the higher setting – for me, if there’s a ‘top’ setting, why would you use anything less. Go big or go home, right?!
I’ve not timed, but I’d say it lasts around 10 minutes in this higher mode. As someone who vacuums bits here and there rather than doing the entire house in one, this is fine for me. One of the big issues with cordless vacuums is battery time and I’m pleased to say I’ve not found myself running out of charge.
All in all, I’ve been impressed with the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner and found that it tackles everything I need it to do. It performed well in upright mode on all of our floors, which included hardwood, tile, vinyl and carpet. But that’s not all. With the ability to take off the handheld unit, you’re able to clean in other places too – be it stairs, ceilings, on surfaces or even in the car. It was a reasonable weight, easy to use and had good sucking power – everything I’d be looking for in a vacuum cleaner.
I really like the Beko 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s a versatile bit of kit that has coped with all manner of cleaning-related tasks, be it in upright mode on hardwood or carpets, or in hand-held mode on the settee, stairs or surfaces.
It’s simple to use thanks to the self-drive motor which pushes it forward meaning you only need to steer, plus it’s easy to steer due to the flexible joint allowing the rod to move in all directions. As well as having impressive suction, there are plenty of accessories which are easily connected, a separate storage and charging unit and a decent battery life.
Despite being lightweight in the upright mode, I felt it was a little heavy and bulky in hand-held mode, but that wasn’t a major issue. All in all, it’s a great option for a vacuum and I’d have no issue in recommending.
The DADventurer Star Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
Disclosure: The vacuum cleaner was sent to me by Beko with the purpose of writing an honest review in exchange for the product.