Rowenta claims its new Air Force stick vacuum cleaner has all the power of a cylinder and marks ‘the beginning of a new era in floor care’.
Designed to deliver 40 minutes of high-powered suction on a single charge, Rowenta says the Air Force is unmatched by other cordless vacs on the market.
It claims that the battery charged 18V Air Force is as ‘efficient’ as a new 2200w cylinder vacuum cleaner on hard floors.
The Air Force has a £129.99 RRP and is available now from John Lewis. It will also be available from Lakeland in coming weeks.
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Which? vacuum cleaner expert Vivienne Fitzroy says: ‘Stick and handheld vacuum cleaners usually supplement an upright or cylinder in most homes, but Rowenta’s claims suggest this vac can perform just as well as some larger cleaners.
‘We’ll be taking a closer look at the Air Force in the coming weeks to see how we think it stacks up.’
In the meantime we’ve got dozens of First Look reviews of handheld vacs and cordless vacuum cleaners, from brands including Dyson, Vax and Hoover. Plus we have expert lab test results and Best Buy recommendations for hundreds of regular upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners in our vacuum cleaners review.
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The Air Force features a triangular-shaped electric floor head, designed to maximise dust pick up and get into corners and small spaces easily.
The dust container holds 0.9 litres and Rowenta claims that the ‘large erogonmic loop handle’ reduces the need for bending down – ideal for those with limited mobility.
The Air Force can also stand unaided according to Rowenta – something not all models on the market do – and uses rechargeable batteries, attaching to a base when it needs to be topped up.