AEG has unveiled new ‘greener’ versions of its Ultra vacuum cleaner range, made from up to 70% recycled plastic and with lower-powered motors.
The vacuum cleaner manufacturer claims its new greener versions will save resources during manufacture, and reduce electricity consumption in the home.
The UltraOne, UltraActive and UltraSilencer models are now available made from up to 70% recycled plastic – a move that AEG claims saves on average 90% of the water and 80–90% of the energy used when producing virgin plastics.
And reducing the wattage of their motors to between 1000 and 1300watts can reduce electricity consumption by 30-50%, when compared to a 2000W motor, says AEG.
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Recycled vacuum cleaners
Which? deputy home editor Natalie Hitchins says: ‘Design is just as important as wattage when it comes to vacuum cleaners – we know from our extensive vacuum cleaner testing that a vacuum cleaner doesn’t necessarily have to use a lot of energy to clean well.
‘We’ve already tested the non-recycled versions of these AEG vacs and you can see how they fared in our strict tests in our vacuum cleaners review, along with details of 45 models we recommend as Best Buys. With prices starting from less than £100, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a top-performing machine.’
AEG says that adapting key components such as the air nozzle to achieve greater efficiency can compensate for the reduction in motor power, so the end result is a more efficient cleaner.
The new greener vacuum cleaners are available from April 2011 in the UK, with prices ranging from £209.99 for the UltraActive OKO AUAG3801 to £229.99 for the UltraOne OKO AG8800.
Meanwhile, the introduction of two new high-velocity vacuum cleaners is designed to satisfy those who hanker after a more powerful cleaning performance. The dust particles sucked up by AEG’s new JetMaxx and SuperCyclone models accelerates from 0-60mph in just 0.009 seconds according to AEG – that’s quicker than the fastest Ferrari can manage.
The bagged JetMaxx AJM6850 and bagless SuperCyclone ASC6940 are claimed to give a smoother performance and improved pick-up even on traditionally tricky surfaces like mattresses or thick carpet.
Both models come with the usual tool attachments, including crevice, hard floor, upholstery and powered turbo nozzles, and both benefit from Hepa filters to trap allergen particles inside the machine.
In the UK, the SuperCyclone retails at £159.99, and the JetMaxx at £179.99.
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