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Bosch Athlet Review

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What Is the Bosch Athlet?

Bosch has long been regarded as one of the top companies in consumer appliances. Their brand is synonymous with quality – whether you’re after a washing machine, fridge or of course, a vacuum cleaner. While they have been selling powerful hoovers for years, they now currently offer a number of cordless options for you to consider.

One of their rechargeable models which have sold well is the Bosch Athlet BCH625KTGB vacuum. It’s a cordless, bagless hoover similar in appearance and style to an upright vacuum cleaner. It sits just above the mid-priced entry level on the market and is revered by thousands of happy customers. It’s designed to be used on all floor types and comes with various attachments (including a shoulder strap so you can choose to carry it on your back for some unorthodox cleaning with the supplied hose).

It’s worth noting that there are three other Athlet models from Bosch which you may choose based on your budget and needs. In order of most affordable to the most expensive:

  1. Bosch BCH61840GB Athlet – Up to 40 minutes runtime with no accessories.
  2. Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet (reviewed model) – Up to 60 minutes runtime with accessory kit.
  3. Bosch BCH6PETGB Athlet Animal  – Up to 60 minutes runtime with accessory kit and designed specifically for homes with pets.
  4. Bosch BCH65MGKGB Athlet – Up to 75 minutes runtime with accessory kit.

We have decided to purchase the Bosch BCH625KTGB Athlet for review as it hasn’t been reviewed extensively, but looks like a solid piece of equipment.


  • Long Run Time – The Bosch Athlet can run up to 60 minutes on one charge which is more than most cordless models.
  • Easy Brush Removal – It’s easy to remove the brush roll for cleaning.
  • Multiple Modes – Contains three power modes for you to choose depending on how dirty your home is.
  • Powerful – The power can be compared to corded hoovers, but at around 72db it’s also one of the quietest.


  • Unbalanced – Although light, most of the weight is above the cleaning head which makes it slightly unbalanced and easy to tip over if you’re not careful.
  • Bin Capacity – The dirt receptacle usually needs to be emptied after each vacuum.
  • Charge Time – Can take up to 6 hours to charge fully.

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Bosch Athlet Key Features

SensorBagless Technology – The Athlet has a sensor that turns from blue to red to warn you when the filter needs to be cleaned. This ensures it always stays working at optimal performance.

Motorized Brush Roll – The motorized brush roll spins at around 5000 rpm and is designed to easily pick up dirt, fibres, and dust from both carpeted and wood flooring. When it gets dirty or tangled with hair, it’s easy to remove for cleaning.

Versatile and Flexible – Can easily be manoeuvred around the house due to the universal joint system in the head which also drops to a horizontal position. The Bosch Athlet BCH625KTGB also comes with various attachments to make cleaning your home and vehicle easier.

Battery Life

The Athlet BCH625KTGB uses advanced lithium-ion rechargeable batteries with a voltage of 25.2. This allows it to deliver 1800 watts of power for up to 60 minutes of continuous use. It takes around 6 hours to charge to 100% once fully depleted which is longer than normal for cordless vacuum cleaners, but the longer run time makes up for this. The runtime drops significantly when using the 2nd and 3rd (turbo) settings, as these are meant to be used for especially dirty areas or deep carpeting.

The Athlet BCH625KTGB has a large blue battery life indicator on the front to let you know just how much usage you have left. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a wall mount or dock but needs to be stood up and plugged into an outlet when charging. The charging indicator flashes while charging, and when fully charged it lights up in blue and no longer flashes.

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Bosch Athlet Performance

The Bosch Athlet is a little larger than other “stick” hoovers, and as mentioned does resemble more of a classic upright model. Regardless, the design is sleek and modern with a mixture of white and grey colouring, accented with clear plastic windows (for the head and dirt receptacle) and blue LEDs.

It’s very lightweight at 3kg outside of the box, but can’t be used as a simple handheld. To use the accessories you need to remove the motorized head by pressing a plastic clip and lifting the main unit away. Once this is done you can attach the supplied hose. You can then use the included upholstery or crevice nozzles. It also comes with a shoulder strap which allows you to carry the hoover on your back as you clean furniture, the stairs or your vehicle with the attachments. This is something that many owners have had to get used to and find it somewhat of a negative feature, though others don’t mind it at all.

When the dirt receptacle is full, it’s easy to remove from the hoover using the release button. Once removed you will need to also take out the filter unit from the receptacle before emptying the dirt into a bin. It’s also recommended to lightly tap the filter unit while doing this to remove additional debris. If it’s time to clean the filter, you must remove the filter cartridge and foam filter from the unit. The foam filter can be cleaned by running it under water and then leaving it to dry for a day before reassembling.

The build quality of the Athlet is solid, though in some places does leave a lot to be desired. In particular, the handle (although ergonomic) is flimsy and prone to breaking. The batteries have also been known to fail after some time. Bosch will send an engineer to your house to fix it during the two-year warranty, though if anything breaks after this period you’ll have to shell out.

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Size & Dimensions

The Bosch Athlet is a lightweight, cordless vacuum that weighs just 3.3kg, similar to the GTech Airram at 3.5kg.

  • Height – 46 inches
  • Width – 11 inches
  • Weight – 3.3kg


The Athlet best shines when used as an upright around the home. And with its three power modes, it can handle most tasks with ease.

  • Power Setting 1 – This setting doesn’t use the motorized brush and has the longest run time of around 60 minutes. It’s best for hardwood floors.
  • Power Setting 2 – This setting uses the same power as the first, but includes the motorized brush which is better for carpeting.
  • Turbo Mode – This setting is the most effective on all surfaces and uses the motorized brush with the most suction. However, the runtime is greatly diminished (around 12 minutes).

As can be expected, it’s light to use and very manoeuvrable around the house. It’s more than capable of handling most homes on one charge, though if you have mostly carpeted flooring you may find you’ll need to do it in more than one setting using the turbo mode.

The Athlet has no qualms about pet hair and tough debris though if you have long haired companions you’ll definitely need to use the motorized brush. In so doing from time to time you will have to remove the brush to cut the hair and clean some backed up dirt, but it’s easy to pop it out from the head.

Areas, where the Athlet fell short, was that the hoover and attachments were a little awkward to use for stair cleaning, and due to its size and shape it really isn’t as practical as Bosch would have you believe for cleaning cars. However, the novelty of not having a cord never wears off and it’s easy to have a cordless like this on hand for keeping on top of things throughout your week – especially high traffic areas like the kitchen.

You will find that the 0.9-litre dirt receptacle does get full quicker than expected, but is relatively easy to clean. It’s messier than some other cordless models such as the Dyson V8, but at nearly half the price, it’s difficult to complain.


The Bosch Athlet BCH625KTGB vacuum sits at just over £200 which puts in in contention with models such as the GTech AirRam MK2 which we reviewed earlier this month. While there are more expensive cordless hoovers, the price is still significant enough to make you seriously consider the pros and cons before making a decision. Just keep in mind that Bosch is well known for making quality appliances and the hoover is backed by a two-year guarantee.

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Overall, the Bosch Athlet is as solid cordless hoover, with the potential to be versatile. What that means is that most people tend to prefer using it as an upright and don’t bother with the attachments. In that sense, it excels due to its lightweight, practicality and long run time. However, the option is there when you need it, unlike some other models. You will likely find like most cordless vacuum cleaners that you will use the turbo setting (where applicable) more often than the standard setting unless you only have hard flooring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Bosch Athlet BCH625KTGB Measurements? 

The Athlet is approximately 1160mm high, 285mm wide and 185mm in depth.

How much does the Athlet weigh?

The hoover itself weighs around 3kg.

Will it keep charging once the battery is full?

No, the charger will turn itself off once the hoover has finished charging.

Will this work for homes with pets?

Yes, it does work for picking up pet hair though you will most likely need to use the motorized brush and/or the turbo setting.

Is this good for cleaning the stairs?

Yes, although most people find it better to use the main head rather than the attachments.

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Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Review

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What is the Dyson V8 Absolute?

In a world where ‘cordless’ is becoming less of a bonus marketing feature and more of a practical requirement, many people are turning to cordless vacuum cleaners. The problem is that in the not too distant past this didn’t lend well to items that required a lot of power to function properly. Dyson has fixed this issue with their advanced line of powerful ‘floor to ceiling’ battery hoovers, and especially with their flagship V8 products.

The Dyson V8 range should be at the top of your list if you’re in the market for a cordless hoover that will perform consistently. The Dyson V8 Absolute model is one of three in the line-up that is designed as a do-it-all option whether you have carpets or hard flooring. It’s a versatile, all-round cordless hoover that sits at the top of the throne alongside the V8 Animal and V8 Total Clean. It’s important to note that all three are essentially the same product with the primary variance being the attachments. The Total Clean has all the available attachments, while the Animal option comes with a head better suited to picking up animal hair.

With all that said, just how far have Dyson come with their V8 model which succeeds their V6 line? We go hands-on with this product to provide you with an in-depth, unbiased V8 Absolute review for you to be able to learn the abilities and limitations without all the marketing hype.


  • Versatile – Can be used for a variety of flooring types and areas (hard floors, carpets, curtains, shelves, vehicles etc.).
  • Bagless – Uses a ‘hygienic dirt ejector’ which means you can empty the dirt efficiently.
  • Battery Life – 40 minutes on ‘powerful’ mode (compared to 20 minutes on the V6).
  • Quiet – Great for those with sleeping children or noise-sensitive neighbours.
  • Easy to Clean Filters – You can use cold running water to clean both filters.


  • Max Mode Battery Usage – Although designed for spot cleaning, this setting can only be used for approximately 7 minutes.
  • Expensive – Considered by many to be the best cordless vacuum cleaner, but this comes at a premium.
  • Attachments – Fewer attachments than the “Total Clean” model, but they can be purchased separately if you need them.
  • Charging – Full charging can take approximately 3 hours 30 minutes

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The Dyson V8 cordless vacuum is fantastic for those who are looking for the flexibility of a stick and handheld vacuum cleaner. The two suction modes provide more flexibility as well as the wide variety of additional heads. The long runtime and fairly short charge time (based on cordless competitors) makes the Dyson V8 a very good candidate.

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Dyson V8 Key Features

Advanced V8 Digital Motor – Dyson’s patented V8 motor spins up to 110,000rpm using neodymium magnets and produces up to 115 AW (air watts) on ‘max’ mode. This makes it the most powerful cordless vacuum on the market.

2 Tier Radial Cyclones – The V8 uses 2 tier radial cyclone technology. Within the motor, there are 15 individual small cyclones that work together to generate incredible suction. It has the ability to capture even the most microscopic of dirt particles as small as 0.3 microns. To put that into perspective a grain of salt is 100 microns.

Lightweight and Ergonomic – Weighing in at just 2.61kg this cordless vacuum is easy on the wrists and arms. This is especially important when using it on stairs, walls, and ceilings. You can also remove the long tubular attachment to use it as a handheld vacuum cleaner.

Battery Life

Dyson V8 Battery Performance

The V8 uses a six-cell lithium-ion battery with nickel-cobalt-aluminium chemistry. This allows it to generate the pre-mentioned high power setting of up to 115 AW. It is designed to store a large amount of energy and expel it quickly but without fading. The battery life may leave a lot to be desired for those who haven’t used a cordless before, but it’s usually efficient enough to clean most homes in one go. On the standard setting, it can vacuum for up to 40 minutes, and forgetting the really dirty areas the max setting only works for around 6-8 minutes. When charging the Dyson V8, it takes approximately 3 ½ to reach full charge which is less than the stipulated 5 hours.

Our Experience

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Before testing the Dyson V8, I was quite sceptical that it would be able to live up to the advertised battery life. However, within the first few days of using the cordless cleaner, I soon realised that Dyson was not selling me a gimmick. The vacuum cleaner exceeded my expectations providing consistent power and accurate battery life with each charge cycle lasting between 30 – 45 minutes, depending on whether or not I had switched to the max power mode during each cycle. The V8 battled through various terrains, from hardwood flooring to bedroom carpets and easily overcame the hard to clean areas, such as where my girlfriend brushes her hair.

Design & Accessories

Dyson V8 Accessories

The Absolute V8 is an attractive looking cordless hoover that comes in a mixture of orange, violet, and argent. Those who have purchased it have also commented that it’s easy to use due to its ergonomics and lightweight. As can be expected from a high-end manufacturer such as Dyson, the quality of the design is evident. There is no trace of a cheap ‘plasticky’ feel that is present with some other cordless vacuum cleaners. For instance, the connections and buttons are crisp to use and the flexible cleaning heads make getting around the home a breeze. The main heads are a little smaller compared to other vacuum cleaners though.

It comes with a docking station for on-the-wall charging that also allows for two additional attachments. The quick release attachments available out of the box are as follows:

  1. Mini soft dusting brush which is great for corners (especially areas between the wall and ceiling).
  2. Crevice tool for those hard to reach areas. This is especially good when cleaning your car.
  3. Mini motorized tool when you choose to use this hoover as a handheld.
  4. Combination tool.
  5. The main motor head which is ideal for carpets.
  6. Soft roller cleaner head which is ideal for hard flooring.

Note: you don’t have to use the charging station. In situations where you don’t want to drill into your wall or if you are like me and living in rented accommodation, you can simply use the good old fashioned plug and cord charger.

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Size & Dimensions

The Dyson V8 is a lightweight, cordless vacuum that weighs just 4.1kg. It is tall enough for the tallest of people (I am 6ft 1 inch) and can be used at multiple angles for those who are on the shorter side.

  • Height – 49 inches
  • Width – 8.8 inches
  • Weight – 4.1kg


Due to being cordless and lightweight, the Dyson Absolute vacuum excels at cleaning stairs as well as difficult-to-reach places you would usually use a broom for (such as cleaning cobwebs off the ceiling). The standard ‘powerful’ setting can be used for the majority of applications, especially on a hardwood floor for instance. It also makes light work of regular dirt from regular traffic on carpeted areas. The only downside is that you need to use the main motor head for carpeted flooring, and the soft roller cleaner for hard flooring. This might be inconvenient for those who have a mixture of both in their homes or have a lot of rugs.

It has a relatively low capacity of 0.54 litres which means you might be emptying it frequently if your home gets dirty often. However, it’s easy to empty and does so in a manner that means you don’t get dirt all over yourself. It does well picking up various materials which include pet hair from flooring and furniture, though in some instances the max power setting needs to be used. This is especially the case for particles such as sand in deep carpeting, which can be a problem if it’s a large area as the battery doesn’t last very long in this setting. 

Our Experience

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When testing the V8, I did have to empty the bin twice, interestingly the first time I emptied the bin, the Dyson began pulsating on and off in groups of 5. This is a built-in warning system that allows the user to know when there is an issue with the product, in my case, it was the fact that the bin was full and the funnel was clogged.

Test Results

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The Dyson V8 series of cordless vacuum cleaners are among the most expensive available today (save for the automatic robot cleaners). However, most people looking at Dyson will be expecting to pay a higher price due to the company’s reputation and dedication to advancing its technologies. Included in the price is a 2 -year guarantee and customer service that you can rely upon. Even so, only you can decide if the price is worth it or not. If you are swapping from a standard cord to cordless vacuum cleaner, or even replacing a cheaper model that didn’t stand up to the task, it makes sense to get one that will do the job.

When it comes to purchasing a vacuum cleaner, if you are set on owning a cordless vacuum cleaner then the Dyson V8 is going to be our top pick. However, if your working with a tighter budget then we would recommend the Vax Blade 32v which you can read about here.

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The Dyson V8 Absolute is a widely popular battery powered hoover, despite its high price tag. Its primary improvement over the earlier V6 and V7 models is battery life and a more powerful ‘max’ mode for spot cleaning. Compared to a traditionally corded vacuum cleaner it has it’s pros and cons, but when it comes to cordless it’s one of the best and has even made vacuuming a novelty again for many. It deserves its place in the market for its versatility alone, but if you’re just looking for a standard upright cordless hoover then you should consider comparing other reviews for a cheaper model.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Absolute model still be used for homes with pets?

Although the Animal model comes with a specific head that is better for picking up hair, the Absolute main head is still very effective. One reviewer stated “We have a cat and I couldn’t believe how much cat hair it removed from our rug. The rug is two years old and it looked like new again.”

Is the standard mode enough for cleaning most dirt, or do I need to use the max setting?

Most people get by with the standard ‘powerful’ setting for normal cleaning and even when their floor is dirtier than normal. The max setting should primarily be used for spot cleaning where more power is needed for very dirty areas or stubborn areas such as animal hair caught in sofa fabric.

Can I clean my whole house on one charge?

People who live in small to medium-sized homes or apartments should be able to clean their homes on one charge using the standard mode. Some users found it better to rather clean one room or floor at a time between charges throughout the day or week.

Should I leave it on charge all the time?

Yes. The vacuum cleaner is ‘A’ energy rated and won’t draw any significant electricity once it’s fully charged. It’s best to keep it fully charged so you can use it when you need it.

How do I clean the filters?

The V8 Absolute uses two filters – a pre and post motor filter. Both can be removed and cleaned with cold running tap water. It is important to let them dry for at least 24 hours before re-installing them.

I’m looking for a good vacuum cleaner for my mother who is elderly. Is this a good option?

Although loved by people of all ages, this vacuum is popular for older individuals due to its light weight and ease of use.

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