Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner Review

I’ve been “adulting” since I was 18, that’s when I moved out and had my own place, paid my own bills and did all the housework myself. It dawned on me last week that in the last 13 years I’ve never actually bought a brand new hoover – we’ve always just inherited them.

Last week we decided that it was time for our Dyson to go to the vacuum room in the sky because it just didn’t seem to pick very much up. We have a child, a cat and a dog but there never seemed to be much in the cylinder, that coupled with the fact that the husband’s allergies started to flare up meant it was time to find something new. We spent a fair bit of time looking at several brands, their efficiency ratings and reviews when we came across one that seemed to tick all the boxes: energy efficiency, suction efficiency, good reviews, for pets as well as being in the right price range so here is my Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner review.

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner Review

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner Review

What drew us to this particular model was the way the cylinder and hose completely detach away from the rest of the hoover so it makes stair cleaning really easy, it’s also tiny compared to the old Dyson which means it is easier to store. It is so lightweight (just 6kg) that you can even run up and down the stairs with it.

The first time I ran it around the living room you could see the difference, the hoover basically sticks to the carpet to pull everything up and the amount of dust and hair it picked up was shocking – it confirmed our fears about the now deceased Dyson. As I was hoovering you could see where I had actually been and what the hoover had picked up.

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner review
A full hoover of the house and this is what it picked up.

At the moment the house is completely carpeted (except the kitchen and bathrooms) but over the coming months we are looking into getting hardwood flooring throughout the downstairs and luckily we know this will perform well on there too – it has adjustable suction for where you need it.

Other Pros:

The steering: It is a pleasure to maneuver around the room, it is so light that it takes no time to get around each room.

The 10 meter cord: This is fantastic as I can plug it in downstairs and take it up the stairs and do both bedrooms without having to pop back downstairs to unplug it.

The noise: It is the quietest hoover I’ve ever used. I can still hear my music and phone while using it, it also startles the dog less.

The extras: I’d say these were extras, they come as standard but it’s the little tools you get to help make the most of the hoover. So, it comes with a mini-hoover (TurboTool) attachment which can be used for furniture or the stairs. The brush attachments for cleaning skirting boards, picture frames etc.

Washable filter: There is nothing worse than a clogged up filter, luckily the Vax is washable. It recommends you rinse it every three to six months to keep it performing its best.

The Cons:

There really aren’t many I’ve found – the cylinder is a lot smaller than on my old Dyson so it needs clearing out more often BUT it is lighter, nippier and easier to use so I’d happily sacrifice that space.

I know it’s strange to get excited about a hoover but I’m a sucker for any gadget that makes my life easier, this Vax has literally halved the amount of time it takes me to hoover.

At the time of writing the Vax was on offer on Amazon for £129 (from £249) with free Prime delivery. If you have any questions relating to my Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner review then please drop them in the comments, I’m happy to help anyway that I can.


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5 thoughts on “Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Vacuum Cleaner Review”

  1. The manual makes no mention if there is any place on the machine to store a couple of the attachments (like the turbotool). The vax we replaced stored this on the handle but this hoover has so obvious storage solution, which is odd.

    • The smaller attachments store on the side of the hoover. I don’t think there is for the turbo tool, I’ve always just kept it under the sink and grabbed it when needed.

      I don’t mind that arrangement as it’s a fab little thing and still amazes me how well it works

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