8.7 Our Score Overall the Vax Blade 32V is easy to assemble, works on various flooring types and does what it says on the tin for the majority of consumers.
What is the Vax Blade?
There is a myriad of cordless stick hoovers currently available for purchase, and all of them are competing with each other for style, ergonomics, function and a special place in the market. Introducing the Blade 32V cordless vacuum cleaner, an affordable mid-priced offering with a lot of potential from Vax.
The Vax Blade 32V is a slim, versatile bagless hoover that can be used both as an upright and a handheld, with additional attachments available out of the box for reaching tricky areas. It’s one of the company’s leading cordless vacuums that has a respectable run time and powerful suction capabilities usually only present with more expensive models.
Much of this can be deduced by reading the specifications on the supplier’s website, but we’ve purchased one to find out just what this machine can and can’t do. Read on to see what we think in this Vax Blade 32V review.
- Quality Materials – It’s designed to be durable with a mixture of strong plastic and metal.
- Battery Life – Runs up to 45 minutes on a single charge on the standard setting, and around 20 minutes using the boost mode and motorized roller brush.
- Manoeuvrability – Uses a swivel head which makes it easy to use in corners and around furniture.
- Versatile – Can be used both as a standard ‘stick’ hoover and a handheld. Comes with additional attachments. Optional attachments are available for purchase.
- Floor Compatible – Can be used on both carpeted and hard flooring.
- Charging – The supplied wall mount isn’t integrated with a charger and it needs to be plugged in.
- Heavy as a Handheld – Can be a little bulky and awkward to use as a handheld hoover.
- Brush Cleaning – Long hairs can get clogged up in the brush and need to be cut with a pair of scissors on occasion.
Vax Blade 32V Key Features
Vax Smart Control – The Vax Blade Smart Control feature allows you to easily see how much battery life is left, as well as what mode or features you are using – i.e. boost mode and activating the brush bar.
Direct Helix Technology – The Blade 32V uses the company’s trademarked Direct Helix Technology which they say provides “three-dimensional support” inside the dirt receptacle. This keeps the dirt airborne above the cyclone and allows the hoover to be just as effective for both floor and ceiling cleaning.
Brush Bar – This cordless vacuum cleaner uses a powerful motorized brush bar that assists with picking up dirt and debris. It spins at over 4000 rpm, contains nylon bristles and is relatively easy to remove if you need to clean it.
Boost Mode – This function is best used on really dirty or carpeted flooring and is particularly useful for homeowners with pets.
One of the main advantages of the Blade 32V cordless hoover over other models is that it has a significantly longer run time in the normal mode of around 45 minutes. This is made possible by the 32-volt lithium-ion battery that they have developed to produce high power output with low consumption. Of course, this runtime is less than half while using the brush bar and boost mode which people with mostly carpeted flooring or very dirty homes will need to take advantage of. It takes around 4 hours or less to fully charge once depleted.
Design & Accessories
The Vax Blade 32V won’t be an eyesore thanks to its snazzy styling and subtle contrast of blue, black and grey colouring. It is made of a high-quality plastic and comes with a metal wand which lends credence to the idea that it will last a long time before breaking. Although a little too heavy at around 3kg when used as a simple handheld, it’s quite balanced and easy to use in both configurations. It comes with a wall mount which is small and unobtrusive, though it would have been nice if it was a charging/docking station that also provided storage options for the included attachments.
Unlike many other bagless stick hoovers, the dirt container is part of the main vacuum cleaner and can’t be detached for emptying. This lets it down slightly as it’s more cumbersome and easy to spill dust onto the floor. To empty you have to remove the wand from the handheld and press the release button on the side to open the ‘bin’ door.
The filter is tap-washable and can be accessed by opening the filter door on the opposite side to the dirt container door and removing the filter frame. The foam filter is located within this frame and can easily be washed and replaced once dry (it’s recommended to wait 24 hours).
If you purchase the standard Blade 32V without the additional toolkit, out of the box you’ll receive the main cordless handheld hoover, metallic wand, and head with brush bar, as well as a crevice and dust brush attachment. This is usually adequate for most needs, though the optional extra Blade toolkit includes the following:
- Mattress Tool (which also works well for sofas)
- Radiator Tool (best for getting behind radiators)
- Pet and Stairs Tool (with rubberized teeth to catch embedded hair)
- Soft Dusting Brush (slightly larger than the included version)
- Up Top Tool (adaptable to be used on top of cupboards or curtain railings)
Note: Just keep in mind that the standard cleaning kit available on Amazon may not fit this model, though it’s available for purchase from the company’s website.
Size & Dimensions
The Vax Blade 32v is a lightweight, cordless vacuum that weighs just 3kg, similar to the Bosch Athlet at 3.3kg.
- Height – 43 inches
- Width – 9.3 inches
- Weight – 3kg
Most consumers are pleased (and surprised) with the performance of the Vax Blade 32V. You will find that you can get away with using the normal mode on hard flooring but will need the boost and brush bar for carpets. It’s highly manoeuvrable, and thanks to the cordless design you won’t be hampered while working through your home. It sometimes does have trouble picking up granules of sand or other heavy material in deep carpeting, but usually, another pass over does the trick. It also works very well for vehicle cleaning as you don’t need to worry about getting close enough to a power outlet.
One problem you will find with the Blade 32V is that the low capacity dirt container (0.6 litres) will need to be emptied often, and the filter will need to be cleaned once every week or two. It does well to pick up pet hair, but as mentioned, you will need to remove the hair from the brush bar when it gets clogged – either by turning the hoover upside down and accessing the brush bar that way, or removing the three screws on the side of the head and removing it altogether. This can be tiresome if you have one or more long-haired pets that are prone to moulting.
The Vax Blade 32V is a relatively cheap (sub £200) model that offers a lot in the way of performance and practicality. Most other competing cordless stick hoovers are almost double the price, so you should definitely consider it if you’re looking for one. It also comes with a 2-year guarantee, though the battery is only covered for 1 year.
If you are looking for a more robust model that is considered top of the line with more attachments right out of the box, we recommend the Dyson V8 Absolute which you can read more about here. The V8 is also a better option for those with pets.
Overall the Vax Blade 32V is easy to assemble, works on various flooring types and does what it says on the tin for the majority of consumers. However, it might be best suited for spot cleaning or a second hoover as you almost always need to use the boost and brush modes to get the most out of it – meaning you’ll use the battery up in 20 minutes or so. However, for the price, there aren’t many others that can perform as well and if you really want a cordless hoover without breaking the bank you should consider it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can the battery be removed for charging?
The battery is not removable so you need to plug the charger into the hoover itself.
How often do I need to clean the main filter?
Although the manual says you can clean it every 3 months or as needed, most people find they need to do it at least once a week for best results.
Is it easy to buy spare parts?
Yes, there are a number of spare parts and items available online for purchase – whether you need new filters or attachments.
What attachments come with the Vax Blade 32V?
The standard attachments aside from the main head include a crevice and dusting brush tool. However, you also have the option to purchase additional attachments for a variety of uses.
Is this a good product for my grandmother to use?
Yes, it’s lightweight and easy to use. However, you may wish to choose the SlimVac instead of the Blade 32V as it’s a little lighter (though does have less power).