Lightweight vacuum cleaners are the future I swear! We’ve seen a couple recently, and it’s definitely the way to go. They’re usually lightweight and being cordless, which means you can zip around the house or apartment in no time at all. Today we’re checking out a new cordless vacuum cleaner from AEG. It’s their QX7, and we have been lucky enough to put one to the test. We received the red version, though AEG does make them in a dark blue too.
The AEG QX7 is an extremely easy all in one vacuum cleaner to use. To get started, lift the vacuum off of its charging base, and switch it on using one of two buttons at the top of the handle. The other button sets the suction power. I found that both sections were actually quite easy to use on carpet, though you need a bit of arm strength and effort on top suction. On the main head of the vacuum is a foot button, which is designed to clean the bristles. I don’t have pets, so I had no real use for this, but it’s designed to brush through the bristles internally, dislodging any hair that’s got tangled up, rather than getting on your hands and knees with a pair of scissors to cut it out. There’s a headlight on the unit too which illuminates enough to see underneath furniture so you can ensure you pick up all types of dust.
Being a 2-in-1 cleaner also means for the AEG QX7 that there’s a handheld vacuum cleaner as part of the design. This also forms part of the tank where the dust collects, and snaps into place and can be pulled out with very little effort. The motor inside this section is also where most of the power is drawn from, which being as powerful as it is, means the handheld vacuum is actually quite heavy in comparison to a stand-alone handheld. But, the suction, here again, is great and will eliminate cobwebs in seconds in corners of the home.
Ergonomically speaking, the QX7 and its main head design makes it very easy for the vacuum to turn corners, and for users to clean all around them without moving. It also makes reaching under furniture nice and easy too. The vacuum cleaner is also very light as a complete unit, and having a nice long handle also means its reach is also great. One huge issue for me though is the fact the main unit doesn’t stand too well on its own. So if you pull out the handheld vacuum to do those pesky corners, you’ve got to find a wall or a piece of furniture to lean the main vacuum against. The main head doesn’t snap into place. The head is just loose. Second of all, when you do pull the handheld vacuum from the body, it remains locked to the power you set the motor to. However, if you turn the handheld off and on again, it auto sets itself to the most powerful suction until you place it back into the body and gain control using the handle buttons.
Battery life is also pretty good for a wireless vacuum. Not that I’ve really got much to compare it to, but from what we’ve seen online, an hour on its standard power mode is nice, but 14 minutes on its high-speed mode is a little lacklustre, especially if you’re cleaning an entire house. Emptying the AEG QX7 is also very simple. Just remove the handheld unit, and press down where it says ‘ANIMAL’. This will pop the tank and from here, just lift out the filter and tip away into the bin. The filter when returning it to the tank snaps into place, and the tank connects easily back onto the handheld motor. The filter is also washable once it gets super dirty.
There are a couple of tools that come with the QX7, the first of which is a hose that can be stored on the rear of the machine. It measures up to 54cm at maximum extension and clips into place on the handheld and has a brush head, perfect for corners of the room. The pet hair nozzle, which is a smaller version of the main head on the unit is perfect for running the QX7 over your sofa and easily connects to the handheld unit and snaps into place The bristles inside are motorized so it can pick up hair much easier. Unfortunately, there’s no room for the pet hair nozzle to store on the main vacuum cleaner, which is a bit of an oversight I think, as there are only two extra tools in the box.
The AEG QX7 is a great lightweight cleaner, that boasts a solid battery life on its standard mode and has decent suction too to pick up even the most stubborn of crumbs and pet hair.