This is my second Bissell AirRam, bought in 2020 to replace an older model (1047F) bought in 2014. The original is still fine, but replacement batteries are scarce and expensive, so I thought I'd get a new model before the old vac's battery dies.
This line of vacs was originally developed by GTech around 2010. It was a pioneer in cordless vacuuming. It was a revelation! Previously I dreaded vacuuming, pulling out the massively heavy Hoover, connecting and re-connecting it to power-points as I changed rooms. Just horrible. The AirRam line is l...ight enough to lift with one hand. It is self-propelled. The head has a wonderful twist and swivel action, so you can dance around furniture, not blunder into everything. The battery life is vastly better than the lauded Dyson models. Dyson may well make better cordless vacs, but their battery life is infamously abysmal. My AirRam will clean my whole house every week for a month on one battery charge. You can check out the Dyson reviews for how long they last on one charge. Pros: Ideal for flats, terrace houses, and anything outside of a McMansion. Excellent for the elderly or lazy. Vacuuming is no longer a long heavy chore to be dreaded, but a quick light task. Excellent battery life. Cons: Significantly more expensive than the older model. I paid $330 (in 2020 dollars) for the old one, and $450 (in 2020 dollars) for the new one, a 35% real price increase. This is not a heavy duty vac. You won't be able to vac a ballroom with it. It does not have the suction power of a Henry or other corded vac. It has zero accessories.
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