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At just £200, does the Gtech AirRam mx2 blow the competition away?

Whizz around your house tangle-free, with the model’s 40 minute battery life

Sarah Finley
Monday 12 July 2021 13:22
<p>The model, even with its chunky head is one of the lightest we’ve tested and easy to manoeuvre on all floor types</p>

The model, even with its chunky head is one of the lightest we’ve tested and easy to manoeuvre on all floor types

Gtech was founded by an ex-Vax employee who went on to create the world’s first floor sweeper in 2002 – which can be seen in this cordless vacuum design.

As part of the brands AirRam collection, which was originally designed in 2012, the mk2 vacuum is an update on the original. The model, even with its chunky head is one of the lightest we’ve tested and easy to manoeuvre on all floor types.

With so many cordless vacuums now on the market its mid-point price, at just under £200, is a big winner, while its power and suction are two other benefits.

However, its design, with the bin and battery, which unlike other cordless vacuums is at the base of the model, took some getting used to – and means its floor head is very large and less manoeuvrable than we had hoped.

We tested the vacuum on both its design and performance – testing its suction and power, while also making sure its battery lasted for as long as we needed it to. While the design, and setup, was heavily studied. Lastly, we valued both these aspects on its price.

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Gtech AirRam mk2 vacuum cleaner

Buy now £199.99, Gtech.co.uk

  • Weight: 3.2 kg
  • Run time (on full charge): Up to 40 minutes
  • Charge time: 4 hours
  • Bin volume: 0.8l
  • Dimensions: 112H, 29.7W, 25.6cm
  • Suction power: 22V
  • Cordless: Yes

Design

A futuristic-looking model in grey and Gtech’s well known green colour, it has an odd design, with a slim pole and a chunky brush head – not the sleekest cordless design on the market. Its bin and battery are located at the base of the vacuum – giving it a completely different set-up to most cordless models on the market.

You can’t miss the big “on” button, which is located on top of the brush head, while the battery, which can slide out to charge, is housed on the other side of the pole. With a push of a button and a quick slide, the pole gets smaller, while the low-profile handle leans all the way back allowing you to reach under furniture. The second handle, halfway down, we assume, is there to give more stability, but we did find the design a little odd and unneeded.

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The bin was extremely easy to empty – the two handles allow you to easily slide it out and after a quick slide of the ejector’s arm the dirt was safely in the bin without causing much mess. The vacuum also comes with a comb, which helps you to easily clear out any hair, which may get wrapped around the floor head as you pick up dirt. Easy to store, in the corner of a room, or in a cupboard, we love how it stays upright, without too much effort. Although a wall bracket would also be a nice touch.

Performance

Almost like a little jigsaw to put together, it took a few attempts before we slotted all the right parts into the right places. Unlike some of the cordless models, this one came with a completely empty battery, so instead of putting it to the test straight off we had to wait for it to charge fully. We found it took a little over four hours to fully charge, and while the green lights show up on the battery when it’s in the vacuum, it doesn’t do the same when charging – which isn’t very helpful. Its run time was very impressive though, and on a full charge, lasted for up to two weeks before we had to charge again.

Because of the light stick, it’s easy to handle, and despite the whole cordless vacuum weighing over 3kg it is relatively light to push around. Designed with a power brush head and AirLOC technology it’s also really powerful – not leaving anything behind as we picked up food, dirt and even cat hair from the floor. With no settings to change it’s also easy to do a quick clean without having to push any buttons or change the floor heads.

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However, we did find the brush head quite large and unable to get under pipes or into small nooks and crannies, which is where attachments would have been a great add on – but this vacuum doesn’t come with any. As its design is upside down to most models there also isn’t an option of making it a handheld vacuum.

That being said, for an extra £20 you can opt for their accessory kit – which includes a duster and speed clean handle, which attaches to the head and can be used for cleaning cars and harder to reach places such as the stairs.

One clever design, which really impacted how we cleaned, especially on hardwood flooring, was the LED lights along the front of the AirRam, which illuminated the floor ahead as we cleaned. One big drawback for the vacuum was its noise – a deep heavy groan was emitted from the model as soon as we turned it on, and it got even worse on hard floors.

The verdict: Gtech AirRam mk2 vacuum cleaner

After the initial shock of the design set up and its unusual futuristic appearance, we were won over by the cordless vacuum’s performance – cleaning both carpets and hardwood flooring to a very high standard.

We loved the little extras such as the LED lights along the front, which helped us see the dust and dirt we had previously missed and also just how easy it was to empty the bin and reattach it. Although we’d love to see a less noisy version of the vacuum in the future, for under £200 it’s very reasonably priced, especially as some other cordless models are triple this price.

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