AEG’s designers generally tend to step away from conventional shapes and configurations when conceptualising merchandise, and the AEG QX9 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner doesn’t buck this development. Whereas most cordless stick vacuums add an extension wand and a motorised flooring head to a handheld vacuum cleaner, the QX9 takes a usually totally different method.
It nonetheless has a handheld cleaner at its core however, as a substitute of merely attaching an extension to the enterprise finish, the QX9 is seated right into a body formed like an elongated teardrop, with a motorised flooring brush on the base. The primary unit could be popped out of the body once you need to use it as a handheld and linked to a wide range of attachments.
Additionally, surprisingly uniquely amongst cordless sticks, the QX9 can arise by itself when it’s in its body. The one different cordless sticks we’ve come throughout that may do that are Shark’s cordless vacuums (though you must fold them up first) and the Miele Triflex HX1.
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AEG QX9 overview: What do you get for the cash?
The AEG QX9 is out there in a wide range of totally different guises aimed toward totally different wants. I examined the QX9-1-ANIM, which comes with a smaller motorised brush head designed for handheld use on stairs, upholstery and automotive interiors. This has an RRP of £370.
There’s additionally a model of this mannequin with additional filtration designed for individuals with allergic reactions for a similar worth, plus a few cheaper fashions that lack the smaller motorised brush head. Considered one of these – the QX9-1-40GG – additionally has a smaller battery, a shorter run time and a decrease energy motor.
Within the package deal with our overview mannequin is the principle vacuum together with that smaller motorised head, plus a crevice instrument and an extended dusting brush. The QX9 additionally comes with a charging dock: a small plastic tray that sits on the ground and expenses the QX9 when it’s parked on it. It’s a lot less complicated than plugging in cables, doesn’t require any set up, and is a welcome addition to the package deal.
The primary vacuum measures 256 x 132 x 1,102mm (WDH) and weighs a feather-light 2.75kg. By itself, the hand held unit is an excellent lighter 1.5kg and measures 105 x 118 x 465mm (WDH). The latter solely has a single energy setting however, when connected to the body, there’s an additional button that cycles the vacuum by way of three energy ranges.
The one different management on the gadget is a foot pedal, which you’ll press to scrub the curler of tangled hair. There’s additionally a strip of LED headlights alongside the entrance of the motorised head to light up darkish corners.
The gathering bin has a comparatively small capability of 0.3l, which is about as small as they arrive. It’s unlikely that you simply’ll get this all the way in which round a modestly-sized home with no need to empty it mid-clean.
AEG QX9 overview: What’s it like to make use of?
In cordless stick mode, the AEG QX9 is gentle, agile and easy to make use of. Though it feels like a small factor, I used to be impressed with the vacuum’s capacity to face up by itself. It saves problem discovering someplace to lean it once you take a break from cleansing and it means it’s all the time able to go once you return from that hard-earned cuppa.
One other bonus is that it solely comes with one motorised flooring head that’s all the time connected to the body, so there’s no have to swap heads when cleansing totally different surfaces. The pinnacle solely has a single curler, although, which is lined with bristles and is handiest at cleansing carpets.
You should utilize it on exhausting flooring however it isn’t as efficient because the specialist, mushy curler brushes you get with vacuums just like the Dyson V15 Detect, or those who mix each mushy and brush rollers in a single flooring head, just like the Shark IZ300UKT.
Popped out of the body and into its handheld mode, the QX9 feels fairly weighty however it’s moderately nicely balanced, the battery unit on the again appearing as a counterbalance to the motor and mud assortment bin on the entrance. It’s snug to carry, too, with a deal with that’s wrapped within the type of grip tape you would possibly discover on a tennis racket.
Including and eradicating attachments is simple. The motorised pet instrument attachment clips onto the tip with a button launch however the remainder of the attachments merely slip over the tip of the vacuum unit and could be eliminated by merely pulling them off.
The choice of instruments that got here with the QX9-1-ANIM are a superb combine. The lengthy dusting brush works nicely on lampshades and the mix of the motorised pet instrument and crevice instrument makes quick work of vacuuming stairs, too. As a result of it makes use of a body and never a wand to transform right into a cordless stick vacuum, you don’t get the choice of utilizing it to provide additional attain to the attachments, nevertheless.
It’s additionally good to see anti-tangle tech in place right here. Though not automated – you must press the curler clearing button on the ground head along with your foot to allow it – it really works very nicely and saves you having to get your palms soiled.
AEG QX9 overview: How nicely does it clear?
The AEG QX9 proved extremely proficient at cleansing in all however one in every of our cleansing checks. It carried out very nicely on short-pile carpet, accumulating 24g of a 25g spillage of Cheerios, and 48g of a 50g flour spillage on a single move. Repeat passes received the flour assortment as much as 49g.
It was much more environment friendly at gathering flour from exhausting flooring, accumulating 49g of a 50g spill on a single move. Nevertheless, it wasn’t in a position to acquire sufficient traction to assemble Cheerios from such a clean floor, merely pushing the cereal forward of the ground head like a snowplough. Eradicating the hand held unit from the body and utilizing that to scrub up bigger particles works tremendous however you’ll have to get onto your palms and knees to do it.
General, nevertheless, discounting its disappointing efficiency with massive particles on exhausting flooring, the QX9 is spectacular, punching nicely above the load I used to be anticipating from such a small and light-weight vacuum.
Battery life is nice, stretching to just about 53 minutes with the vacuum on its lowest energy setting. On its center setting it lasted 24mins 30secs and we had been in a position to extract 15mins 30secs from it on its highest energy setting. From empty, it takes round 4 hours to totally cost, which is carried out by putting the vacuum into the provided flooring dock. Three LEDs on the principle unit let you understand how a lot cost is within the gadget, to the closest 25% (as soon as battery life falls beneath 25%, the ultimate LED flashes).
Sadly, there’s no seen method to verify the facility degree you have got the vacuum set to. The earlier setting is recalled once you cease and begin the vacuum however should you can’t keep in mind what that was, you must cycle by way of the three settings and work it out by listening to it.
This can be a bit disappointing, since you may find yourself utilizing the boosted mode and solely getting quarter-hour out of the gadget with out realising it. If you happen to’re exhausting of listening to, there’s completely no steerage out there.
AEG QX9 overview: Ought to I purchase it?
Regardless of being a comparatively small handheld gadget wedged into a bigger body, the AEG QX9 is extra highly effective than it seems to be. It blitzed most of our cleansing checks, and combines that efficiency with the agility and light-weight weight that makes it a pleasure to make use of.
For a similarly-priced Dyson various you’d have to move again by way of the vary to the Dyson V8. That mannequin, whereas nonetheless out there, is wanting a bit lengthy within the tooth and doesn’t have the cleansing energy of the QX9.
The pricier Shark IZ300UKT comes with the additional advantage of a built-in mushy curler, making it a more practical all-rounder than the QX-9; it’s dearer than the AEG however not as gentle and maneuverable. Lastly, the Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity is a feature-packed and light-weight vacuum however doesn’t arise by itself just like the QX9.
Regardless of a few niggles, then, I’d advocate the AEG QX9 as top-of-the-line cordless vacuums you should purchase. A incredible product that’s nicely well worth the cash.