Review: Vax Air Cordless Switch

Vax Air Switch

With 4 kids, we vacuum a lot. Pretty much every day we whizz around to pick up the mud, the grass, the fluff and the general dirt that comes from having a busy household. But I have to say, one thing that drives me up the wall is the cord on a vacuum cleaner. It is never long enough, especially if you are doing the stairs, and it always gets tangled up or someone trips over it. I also find vacuum cleaners so heavy, and carrying them around the house is such hard work. 

Cordless vacuum cleaners have been on my radar for a while, but I didn’t really know where to start. Recently we were sent the Vax Air Cordless Switch to try out, and I was keen to see if it could solve my cleaning woes. 

Vax Air Switch

The Vax Air Cordless Switch is 2 cleaners in one. You have a standard style upright vacuum – just without the cord – and a handheld part which can be taken off the main unit to do the stairs, the furniture and any awkward to reach areas. The extended runtime LithiumLife™ battery means you should be able to clean a good portion of the house from one charge – we certainly manage the whole downstairs in one go, and then recharge before doing upstairs. The battery lasts approx 15 minutes. 

It also weighs just 3.5kg, so it really is lightweight, and easy to carry up and down the stairs with one hand. The weight also makes it super simple to manoeuvre too – it glides across both carpets and hard floors with ease, and has steerable technology which makes it easy to reach corners and move around furniture. As you are vacuuming, you can simply roll the switch on the handle to change the setting from carpet to hard floor – you don’t need to turn it off to change as you move from room to room.

Vax Air Switch

So how does it perform? Well we were pleasantly surprised. I worried that a cordless vacuum would lose some of the power of a traditional upright, but that’s not the case. The Vax Air Cordless Switch has Wind-Tunnel technology – 2 channels of suction to help achieve deep down cleaning, especially when used on carpets. This means that it really picks up well, even if you have a child who walks through the house in their muddy football boots, grinding dirt down into the floor (yes, I am looking at you Jacob). It even comes with LED headlights too, which are ideal for illuminating dark or restricted spaces. 

Vax Air Switch

If you are considering a cordless vacuum, I would certainly recommend the Vax Air Cordless Switch. It is powerful, lightweight, easy to use and comes with a handheld cleaner attached so you can clean above the floor with ease too. My only real negative point is the battery life – it would be lovely if it lasted for half an hour or so, but I know that most cordless vacuums have a similar battery life. Maybe in the future a more powerful battery will be available that lasts twice the time – you never know!

Vax Air Switch



  1. November 16, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    Thanks for the heads up re:battery life. It’s put me off getting one, so you’ve saved me money! I have two dogs which are constantly shedding so it does take longer than that to hoover… 🙁
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  2. November 17, 2015 / 8:25 am

    With 2 cats and 2 kids we could so do with this! The other day I caught Little B trying to wrap the cord of our Vax round his neck… #triedtested
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  3. November 17, 2015 / 8:25 am

    This looks great! I think cordless vacuums are definitely the way forward! We have a Dyson cordless and it has changed my life! It’s made cleaning up messes SO much easier! #TriedTested

  4. November 17, 2015 / 8:32 am

    I really need a new hoover. I’ve had mine almost four years, but it’s losing suction and not working as well anymore. This looks like a great hoover. Great review. #TriedTested
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  5. November 17, 2015 / 8:57 am

    I am still not sure about cordless yet, we have 2 dogs one sheds a lot of fur and I need one that is very hardwearing and powerful. I would like to try one though as like you find them heavy and get fed up with the cord #triedandtested
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  6. November 17, 2015 / 9:33 am

    You mentioned that you’d like the battery life to last longer. How long did it last? I think like most things cordless vacuums will get better with technology. I think I’ll hold off until then, with the amount of times a day that I have to vacuum my house it wouldn’t be man enough for us. #TriedTested
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  7. November 17, 2015 / 11:27 am

    We have a really old round orange Vax and it is SO heavy. We really should get a newer model and this looks perfect, especially with the handheld part. I might get the husband one for Christmas lol xx
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