'Ultra-lightweight' vac revealed by SamsungTwo-in-one upright vacs double as handhelds

01 March 2011

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Samsung is to launch its SS7550 series of two-in-one handheld and upright cordless vacuum cleaners in the UK.

The SS7550 series will launch this summer and combines the features of a lightweight upright vacuum cleaner with a detachable handheld, which detaches from the main body of the cleaner.

The black or white vacuum cleaners are priced £139.99 and Samsung claims the design 'offers great value providing two vacuums in one'.

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Vac battery life

Stick vacs, like the models of the SS750 series, are light and great for a quick clean up around a small area. But they need to be recharged afterwards and can take up to 24 hours to get back to full power.

Which? vacuum cleaners expert Katie Hill says: 'A detachable handheld is a great feature for more awkward, specific tasks - like cleaning the car. 

'But the battery life of stick vacs tends to vary - we've seen anything from 15-40 minutes - so it'll be interesting to see how much the SS7550 series can get done on a full charge.'

Battery life can also be short on handheld vacs - Dyson admits that its DC35 Multi Floor only lasts six minutes on maximum power. Have a look at our handheld vac video reviews to see how they work and how long they last.

Lightweight vacuum cleaners

Unlike stick vacs, heavier traditional uprights with a power cord enable you to vac the whole house in one go. If you want to check the weight of a vac before you buy, have a look at our vacuum cleaner review. We've recently added the ability to search for vacs by weight, as well as price.

Samsung's upright vacs tend to be pretty heavy. The only model that is lighter than average is the , which weighs in at 6.5kg.

For more general information on Samsung vacs and how they perform in our tests, have a look at our review of the best vacuum cleaner brands. There you'll find information on how Samsung vacs tend to perform alongside rivals such as Dyson, Hoover and Electrolux.

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