Which? first look at the Vax Air Revolve vacuumNew tubular Vax 'turns vacuuming on its head'

05 May 2015

Vax Air Revolve

The Vax AirRevolve has a striking design, but can it live up to its claims?

We've tried out the new Vax Air Revolve to see if this striking, tube-shaped vacuum cleaner really does make cleaning the stairs a doddle.

The Air Revolve is Vax's latest flagship vacuum, and it does away with the traditional shape of a pull-along cylinder vacuum.

Instead it has a tube-shaped body with wheels at both ends that Vax claims allows it to 'roll, flip and change direction'. 

It also has 'StairStability technology', which means it can be sat upright and pivot on the spot, to make the dreaded job of cleaning the stairs a bit easier. It currently costs £299 in Argos.

Read our first look Vax Air Revolve review to find out whether the Air Revolve's new shape really makes a difference. 

Vax Air Revolve under the microscope

Its shape means that to reverse direction, you simply need to step over the vacuum and the hose will follow without you having to spin the entire machine around.

Like a lot of cylinder vacuums, it can also be sat upright, but unlike others it will spin on the spot, offering you a bit of movement when cleaning around it. This should be handy for cleaning the stairs.

Vax Air Revolve product

When sat upright, the Vax AirRevolve will pivot on the spot

Vax says its new creation is a 'revolutionary multi-orientation vacuum cleaner that turns cleaning on its head'. Other claims include:

  • The Vax Air Revolve's multi-orientation cylinder revolves around you to clean in one continuous motion in any direction.
  • Wheels at each end of the Air Revolve’s cylinder give it 360 degree manoeuvrability, so it rolls and flips to easily change directions as you go, then sits and spins to clean on the spot.
  • Its StairStability technology means it’s also great for stairs, as the base sits safely on each step as you clean.

Looking at the customer reviews left on Vax.co.uk, early reports from users are mixed. One recurring theme is the weight of the Air Revolve – in fact, 18 out of the 28 reviews left before 28 April, mentioned either the weight of the vacuum as an issue, or that it is a bit cumbersome to move around. 

Claims put to the test

To try it out for ourselves, we pit the Vax against the thick dust, piles of dirt and obstacles left behind in a house that was undergoing building work.

Find out if the Vax Air Revolve could turn this fallout zone back into a liveable habitat while living up to its manoeuvrability and stair cleaning claims in our first look of the Vax AirRevolve.

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