Tech review: Gtech AirRam vacuum cuts the cord
In all my years of reviewing gadgets, the Gtech AirRam is my first vacuum.
Heck, I’d like the AirRam just for the name alone, but as a floor cleaner, it has a lot going for it.
The AirRam ($300) is a battery-powered vacuum that looks more like a floor sweeper than a traditional vacuum.
The battery is what attracted me to the AirRam. Built into the lower portion of the handle, the removable battery can power the unit for up to 40 minutes before it needs a recharge.
A row of lights on the lower portion of the handle gives a quick read on how much power is left.
The battery easily pops out for charging, or you can just wheel the AirRam over to the wall charger and plug it in. Spare batteries are available for $79.99.
The AirRam has no attachments. Floors are what the AirRam is all about, although I did lift it up and run it over my sofa cushions with ease.
The motor, beater brush and dustbin are all contained in the AirRam’s head.
The entire unit weighs 7.7 pounds, and the fact that there is no cord makes the AirRam very fast and easy to use.
I found myself taking it for a quick spin around my house more often than I grab my full-size Dyson.
I have to admit, my house is 100 percent hardwood floor and ceramic tile, but we do have one large area rug in the living room. The AirRam made quick work of dust and dirt on the hard surfaces, and it powered over the rug with nary a grumble.
The AirRam has a design that makes it easy to maneuver. The handle rotates all the way down to the floor, so you can vacuum under most furniture. The handle connects to the head on a rotating joint, making it easy to steer the AirRam left or right by rotating your wrist.
I found suction to be quite strong — not at a Dyson level, but certainly enough to clean even dirt that’s adjacent to the head. Just running the AirRam along the baseboards lifted dirt nicely.
When the see-through bins fill up, the cup snaps off for easy emptying. There’s also a filter in the dustbin to keep the finest dirt particles from returning to your room.
Overall I’m happy with the AirRam. Now that I’ve experienced the convenience of cordless vacuuming, I have to admit I sneer at the cord on my Dyson.
This would be the perfect vacuum for an apartment or house. I’m not sure that I could do without the hose and attachments of my Dyson, but for a floor vacuum, the AirRam has the features I’d want.
—Pros: Easy to use, portable, no cords to drag around.
—Cons: Expensive, no attachments.
—Bottom line: Great way to keep your floors clean without the hassle of a cord.
—On the Web: http://www.amazon.com, http://www.greytechnology.com
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