AEG has unveiled a new cordless vacuum design that it says will change the way people vacuum their homes.
The Pure F9 has a moveable vacuum unit mounted on a slim stick. The unit can be moved around for different cleaning jobs, including switching between floor mode and handheld cleaning. AEG says it’s as powerful as a corded vacuum and can clean a whole home from top to bottom on a single charge, too.
The new model marks a departure from AEG’s traditional cordless ErgoRapido design, which had a small pull-out handheld vacuum, and is one of few to challenge the popular compact handheld design pioneered by Dyson.
AEG says this new configuration means the Pure F9 will be able to switch seamlessly from vacuuming floors into a handheld cleaner that can tackle surfaces, cars and cobweb-filled corners. The vacuum also automatically adjusts suction depending on the surface you are cleaning.
The F9 officially launches at the IFA 2018 trade show in Berlin today. It should be available across Europe in September, though an exact UK launch date and price are yet to be confirmed.
We’ll be trying it out as soon as possible, but for now read on to find out more about the new design and how it compares to rivals. You can also get our expert first impressions in the AEG FX9 cordless vacuum coming soon review.
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How is the AEG Pure F9 cordless different?
Most cordless vacuum manufacturers, including Vax, Bosch, G-Tech and Hoover, have switched over to the cordless stick vacuum design made popular by Dyson in recent years. This consists of a compact handheld vacuum with a long tube attachment for cleaning floors.
Older Bosch, G-tech and AEG vacuums opted to concentrate the motor, bin and other main bits of the vacuum nearer to, or inside, the floor tool. This design could be handy for cleaning floors, but tackling smaller cleaning jobs was always a bit trickier.
AEG’s new design aims to change all that. Here are the main differences between the F9 and rival models:
Adaptable vacuum unit
The body of the Pure F9 slides up and down the cleaning tube, so that you can switch from vacuuming floors to surfaces and high-up, hard-to-reach areas by switching out the floor cleaning tube or tool for other accessories.
AEG says the F9 has been ergonomically designed so it’s lightweight and easy to hold, whatever job you are doing. You can also adjust the stick height for cleaning so it’s just right for you, rather than having the one-size-fits-all approach of some rivals.
Automatic suction adjustment
Most cordless vacuums have two cleaning modes to choose from: standard and full power, or turbo mode. This is handy for when you need to tackle heavily soiled areas or thicker carpets. For cleaning hard floors you can switch down to standard mode to save battery power.
The F9 takes things one step further with automatic suction power that adjusts to the surface you are cleaning.
One drawback of the Dyson-style cordless design is that it’s too top-heavy to stand up on its own. Dyson has got round this on its most recent V10 cordless vacuum by adding a small rubber stopper on the back of the handheld unit, so you can lean it against a wall or sofa without it crashing spectacularly to the floor.
However, thanks to its bottom-heavy design, the AEG Pure F9 can self-stand, so you can set it down while moving obstacles out of the way without having to find a suitable perch for it.
It also folds down to a compact size, so you can easily store it without needing a wall-mount, unlike some rivals. We’ve seen a similar approach on the Shark DuoClean cordless vacuum, which has a section of flexible tubing halfway down the cleaning pole, so you can fold it over.
A small section of flexible hosing allows you to get in and around – and under- tricky obstacles more easily. Handy for those places the rigid cleaning tube or floor head just can’t get to.
No word yet on how the battery life, price or weight compares to rivals, but we’ll update this story as soon as we know.
In the meantime, get our verdict on how older AEG models compare with cordless vacuums from Bosch, Dyson, G-tech, Hoover, Vax and more in our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews.
Will the Pure F9 get AEG back in the cordless game?
AEG was an early advocate of cordless cleaning, but has been somewhat overtaken in the innovation stakes by rivals in recent years. The brand says it has done lots of research into what consumers want from their vacuums, and is investing heavily in updating its cordless cleaning tech as a result. The Pure F9 is apparently the first of several new cordless launches planned, and marks a major overhaul of its cordless offering.
We don’t yet know how the Pure F9 competes on key measures such as price, weight or runtime, but on first impressions, we think it looks a little clunky in handheld mode.
A key challenge for cordless vacuums is balancing the weight distribution so the vacuum doesn’t feel heavy when cleaning floors or in handheld mode, especially up above head height. The angle at which you have to hold the Pure F9 for smaller cleaning jobs looks slightly awkward compared to the point-and-shoot style of other cordless models, but we’ll see how it plays out when we get our hands on it.
It will also be interesting to see if it can do a good job of cleaning carpets, hard floors and more. Many cordless models claim to match traditional vacuums for cleaning power, but some traditional models are rubbish, so this isn’t always a reliable measure of greatness.
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