Stick vacuum cleaners AEG-Electrolux Ergorapido
The Ergorapido, with a £130 RRP, is a compact cordless vacuum cleaner with a detachable handheld vac inside. It certainly looks the part and comes in a choice of colours: pastel green, cassis, fresh yellow and antique steel – but it's more than just a pretty face.
This vacuum cleaner comes with a detachable handheld vacuum cleaner inside that clips in and out of the stick with ease.
It comes with a neat base unit, which charges the vac when not in use and also stores a crevice tool and dust brush that can be attached to the handheld unit. The base can be wall-mounted or freestanding.
Cordless vacuum cleaner
It took no time at all to get the Ergorapido assembled and into its charging base. It takes 16 hours to fully charge from empty so it’s worth keeping this vac plugged in when not in use. This charging time may sound like a long wait, but it is less than other stick vacuum cleaners we've looked at that can take up to 24 hours to fully charge.
You’ll get about 16 minutes vacuuming on a full charge - whether you use the stick, the handheld, or a combination of both.
A single blue LED light illuminates when it’s charging and flashes intermittently when the vac is ready. As there’s only one indicator light, the only way of knowing how much battery is left while you’re using it, or how close it is to being fully recharged, is to keep an eye on the time.
Using the Ergorapido
It feels lightweight and is easy to use. The flexible nozzle turns and twists smoothly, so you can whip around corners and between furniture with ease. It seemed to pick up a fair amount of dust and managed to pick up some pet hair too.
The two-in-one design means that the nozzle doesn’t retain contact with the floor when you lay it totally flat. So although you can get under a table with ease, it will be more of a struggle vacuuming underneath low furniture.
The detachable handheld unit didn’t impress us as much when it came to picking up dust and hairs, but it’s a useful option for tackling crumbs or sprucing up the car.
There’s an LED light on the nozzle at floor level which, despite our initial skepticism, was useful for showing up finer dust and hairs as well as making it easier to see under furniture.
Maintaining and storing the Ergorapido
Like most stick vacs, the Ergorapido's dust container is small, with a capacity of just 0.5 litre. It’s a breeze to empty, though, and the filter is easily released for washing. There’s a quick access lid to the dust container but we found it too small to be of real use.
The brushroll has a handy quick-release function for cleaning so you don’t need a screwdriver to detach it. You will need to use scissors to free it of long hairs, though, as they get wrapped around the brush tightly.
The Ergorapido isn’t freestanding so it will need to be propped up against the wall or returned to its base when not in use. It’s quite slimline so won’t take up a lot of space at home and weighs only 2.4kg.
Pros: Lightweight, manoeuvrable, easy to empty, slimline for easy storage
Cons: Isn’t freestanding, no battery charge indicator lights, can’t vacuum flat to the floor
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