Handheld vacuum cleaners Gtech HV01
This distinctive-looking Gtech handheld vac has two attachments to help clean different surfaces. We’ve given it a try to see how easy it is to use.
The long narrow nozzle makes it easier to get into tight spaces. There’s also a V-head attachment with castors designed to make it easier to manoeuvre on hard surfaces. The two prongs are also supposed to be better at channeling dust.
It was capable of drawing fluff in at the prongs, but it was difficult to see a major benefit to this. With the V-head attached, the cleaner is easy to move round on hard surfaces – the nozzle can pivot on the neck of the cleaner making it more directional. When working with the long nozzle the pivoting action is disabled.
The Gtech is reasonable at picking up dust and small debris from hard surfaces, but as there’s no brush attachment it’s not as good on carpeted and material surfaces - later versions of this vac are due to include a brush attachment, which should help.
We got around 12 minutes of continuous vacuuming from one charge on the freestanding charging unit. The power button illuminates when the cleaner is charging, but there’s no indication of when it’s fully charged.
The cleaner is a little noisy, but it’s fairly easy to lift - most of the weight seems to be positioned under the handle making it well balanced. It isn’t as easy to move around in tight spaces – such as around car seats – as you might hope, but that’s common with many handheld vacs.
It’s fairly easy to unclip the dust container, but you have to lift the filter out by hand and we found that removing clogged dust from the filter was messy. The filters are washable, but you need to make sure you put them back correctly once they’re dry.
Pros: Adequate for small debris pick-up on hard surfaces, easy to hold, more than 10 minutes of use on one charge
Cons: No mains adaptor for prolonged continuous use, noisy, no ‘fully charged’ indicator, needs brush attachment to help on fibrous surfaces