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Vax Blade 2 Max is the latest wireless vacuum cleaner from Vax, a British manufacturer of cleaning products and household goods – and one of our best products in our guide to the best battery-powered vacuum cleaners .
It is no exaggeration to say that wireless vacuum cleaners have their day. We are finally at a point where vacuum cables no longer have an advantage over their wireless counterparts, which gradually become more elegant, stronger and – most importantly – more energy-efficient than their rival tethers.
This is not all home bliss. Finally, you still have to clean, and most cordless vacuum cleaners are still stopped by limited battery life.
The Vax Blade 2 Max was designed to give you the best of both worlds: offering the suction power and comfort of a high-end Dyson machine, while at the same time cutting it sharply in terms of price. But on the market, more and more filled with cordless vacuum cleaners promising the end of wire cleaning, does Blade 2 Max make an impression?
Price and availability
Vax Blade 2 Max is available for £ 249, a significant step forward from the original Vax Blade Max price of £ 179.
This is still a decent piece below what is perhaps its closest competitor, the Dyson V8 Absolute, and only half the price of our best choice of wireless vacuum cleaners, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute.
So at the very price, Blade 2 Max is competitive, although your decision to buy can be limited to whether you want to jump a few hundred pounds for something more advanced.
Vax Blade 2 Max is an iterative update of last year's Vax Blade and there are not many changes in its appearance or construction
The pattern is largely gray and black, with light details in Vax Orange signature.Most of the body is in a handy grip and engine, which underlines the control over excessive weight.
At a weight of 3.1 kg Blade 2 Max is not heavy, but not it is also the lightest cordless vacuum cleaner, deciding on ordinary plastic lightweight materials and focusing more on practicality than smart design
Like other stick vacuumers, the engine sits at the end of the handle, with a long tube connecting the motor to Blade 2 Max also has a modular design that allows detaching the central rod and shortening the vacuum length – ideal for cleaning in tight spaces estors, corners or stairs
The mechanics here are a bit do-it-yourself, and the joints do not come together or break down as easily as we would like – here you can determine where the corners have been cut to meet competitive prices – but it is also intuitive and easy to learn, and the vacuum is stable and stable when everything is connected.
Unfortunately, the same logic does not extend across the board, and it is particularly difficult to face it on the floor. Inside there is a cylindrical brush that lifts the hair while vacuuming, but instead of providing the right tools to remove it for cleaning, it is recommended to use a 2p coin – it's your coin weighing 2p, not 10p or 5p – to separate on the side ceiling and pull it out, and then use a knife or similar to drag the threads.
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The main changes compared to the Vax Blade Cordless are in the internal processor and improved suction equipment, which explain the significant price jump, but let's not make a mistake, it is still stealing what the vacuum can do
Next to the wall bracket for charging and the dust brush for bookshelves and window sills, at the time of writing, Vax tosses into a toolbox that includes a flexible snake connector and alt Native floor heads for removing difficult soils or thick carpets – at least until November 20.
A real test for every vacuum cleaner, of course, how good it cleanses.
Well, for starters, the Vax Blade 2 Max offers three times the suction power of the previous model. The power has reached a value of 32V to 40V, so expect the engine to turn a little faster – although improved suction should mean that you do not have to constantly circulate the same carpet when doing it.
Blade 2 Max cleans up to 45 minutes on a three-hour charge, although the working time is halved, if you use a more energy-intensive mode of boosting power – and 20 minutes is not really long on housekeeping, so we recommend sticking to the default power settings in which you can.
When boosting mode accelerates suction, it turned out that Blade 2 Max pulled quite heavily in the thinner sections of our carpet, which would cause it to drag rather than move smoothly – both the test of cyclone technology applied in Vax vacuum, as well as a good deterrent to overuse this function. "In general, cleaning with the Vax Blade 2 Max was everything, what we would hope for.
The default setting is able to clean up dust, hair and dirt, and we have found ourselves in a mode of increasing power more with impatience when cleaning, and not because of any hardware shortcomings.
There is also a separate setting for changing into dark angles or under furniture that turn on the headlamp and speed up the vacuum to suck in dust that is out of reach
The vacuum head is also pleasantly elastic, curves in clumsy stains and makes it easier to navigate furniture. While Vax's efforts do not make vacuuming easier, the Blade 2 Max is pleasant to use and a huge leap of convenience over a regular vacuum.
While a Dyson competitor may have first popularized cyclone vacuum cleaners – which use the torque of a fast-rotating engine to separate debris from the air sucked in by the vacuum, instead of moving it through the filter – Vax also works brilliantly.
When it comes to real dirty business – emptying the basket – the end result is a practical wireless vacuum with a simple release system for dumping dust collected into a regular household container, not having to wander with the filter bags.
Vax Blade 2 Max offers convenient and efficient wireless vacuuming at no additional cost to competing machines. This new version of the previous Vaxa battery has tripled the power of suction and is a clear number one attack on the Dyson market, even if it does not occupy a place in this category.
For only 249 pounds, the big competitors are sharply tripping i while providing a strong suction and intelligent, modular design that allows you to combine longer sticks or shorter heads to best match the room or surface being cleaned. Joints can be a little stiff, but when you get to actually clean it more than it does work.
We have some minor complaints about stiff parts and some squeaky floor mounting, but in total Vax could cut through a few corners to hit that price point, but Blade 2 Max did not cut anything when it came to cleaning. You will not find the style and materials of the highest quality offered by Dyson, but for the price it is one of the strongest arguments about wireless vacuuming.