Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum: tested by YourHomeStyle
Gardening tools brand Greenworks have made their first foray into home appliance with their cordless stick vacuum - we put it to the test
- Weight 3.1kg
- Capacity 0.5L
- Floor types Carpet and hardfloor
- Voltage 24
- Guarantee 3 years on the vacuum, 2 years on the battery
- RRP £389.99
How we tested the Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum
We tested the Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum on both carpets and hard floors, looking at how effectively it picked up fine dirt as well as larger debris. We awarded up to 20 points for the following criteria:
Ease of use: (6 points) Is it comfortable to use | Is it light or heavy | Is it nimble and easy to manoeuvre | If there’s a cable, is it easy to pull out and retract | Is it easy to remove hair from the brush | Is it noisy?
Features: (6 points) What attachments are included | What features does it offer | What’s the dust capacity | How long is the cord (if it has one)
Cleaning results: (6 points) Does it vacuum well | Is the suction good on both carpets and hard floors | If cordless, does it have a good run time?
Value for money: (2 points) Is the quality good | Is it worth the money | Does it come with a warranty?
Testing the Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum
Short on time? The Greenworks 24V Cordless in 30 seconds
Greenworks’ first ever domestic vacuum cleaner impresses all around, thanks to intelligent design and high cleaning performance.
Lightweight at 3.1kg, it handles smoothly, with a smooth twisting motion to reach under low furniture and into awkward corners. a lift-out body for handheld cleaning.
Add in three power settings as well as a range of attachments, and an included charging stand and rechargeable 24V battery, and this is truly a vacuum for all jobs.
Ease of use:
As the Greenworks cordless vacuum also comes with a charging stand, a little initial assembly is required to set this up – but the steps were intuitive, with illustrated instructions included. Once put together, the stand provides a sturdy holster the vacuum cleaner with or without the battery (the manufacturer guidelines recommend against over-charging the battery to prolong its lifespan, so I store the charged battery separately – you could also simply turn off the charging stand at the plug if the socket is easy to reach).
The vacuum is switched on and off with a simple trigger mechanism, and you can select your preferred suction power from a touch menu on the rear of the machine which also displays the remaining battery time. On the lowest power setting, Eco, the machine operates at 73dB, towards the lower end of average vacuum volume.
The stick and motorised brush head twist and roll seamlessly to reach under low furniture or bend into awkward angles. The handheld version offers even more versatility for cleaning cars, upholstery, ceiling corners etc.
Weighing in at just over 3kg including the battery when used as an upright stick vacuum, this is definitely one of the lighter cordless vacs on the market – although this does come at the cost of a larger dust bin. I found the 0.5 capacity bin needed emptying after one whole-house clean and a couple of quick sweeps of downstairs. However, detaching and emptying the bin is easy and intuitive. The HEPA-13 filter can be rinsed under a tap – just be sure to let it dry completely before re-assembling.
The Greenworks Cordless Stick Vacuum comes with a standard motorised brush head and soft roller brush head for hard surfaces such as wood and tile, as well as four additional attachments: a pet hair brush, crevice tool, soft bristle tool and 2-in-1 dusting attachment. As mentioned above, the main body of the machine can be detached from the stick and used as a handheld vacuum.
The LED lights on the brush head are a brilliant addition for ensuring you never miss a spot, even in the darker corners – although their revelations can be slightly horrifying when it comes to lighting up those neglected spots (who knew so much dust could accumulate under a sofa?).
We also liked the clips which attach to the charging stand, letting you keep your most-used attachments close to hand.
One unusual feature is that the charging stand can be used as a power bank to charge other devices, and comes with a USB-C cord compatible with most newer smartphones and tablets. I can’t imagine needing to use this often, but it’s certainly a nice extra, especially if you’re short on convenient sockets.
A 45-minute run time on Eco mode, and then a choice of two higher power modes, minimum and maximum, offering shorter but more intense run times of 18 minutes and 10 minutes respectively.I didn’t encounter any issues with motor clogging in my testing – a welcome change from my previous vacuum, which would frequently lose suction if snagged on loose threads or a dangling blanket.
The eco setting was impressive when it came to quickly and effectively sweeping up everyday dust, debris and pet hair from laminate floors and did a good job flat-pile rugs and upholstery too. On short-pile carpet, I found it needed a few extra passes on eco mode – or a switch into the medium-power mode for speedier performance with corresponding shorter lifespan.
Be aware that if you have a lot of deeper-pile carpets or thick rugs in your home, eco mode not be enough for a thorough clean, so ensure you have plenty of battery charge so you can tackle those areas using more powerful settings.
I didn’t encounter any issues with motor clogging in my testing – a welcome change from my previous vacuum, which would frequently lose suction if snagged on loose threads or a dangling blanket.
While I found the standard brush head was up to the job when it came to shifting pet hairs from hard flooring and short-pile carpet, using the vacuum in handheld mode with the pet hair brush attachment was a game-changer for quickly and easily sweeping up pet hairs from upholstery and stairs.
The 2-in-1 dusting tool is another favourite – the bristles dislodge pesky dust and grime, and the suction whisks it away. It made lightning fast work of cleaning skirting boards, compared to wiping them down manually, and would also be suited to windowsills, shelves and blinds.
Value for money:
The Greenworks 24V cordless vacuum comes with two warranties: a three-year guarantee on the vacuum itself, and two-year guarantee on the battery.
It’s currently listed on the Greenworks website with an RRP of £389.99 (at the time of writing, on offer at a slightly lower £349.99) and based on my experience, I would say that seems like a fair price for the level of versatility and efficiency on offer. However, I have to qualify that with the caveat this is a relatively new model which only came onto the market last year – the machine’s longevity and performance over time will be the defining test of whether this is truly a value-for-money model. Time will tell, but the early signs are encouraging.
The good news is that the vacuum is available at a much cheaper price on Amazon, where at the time of writing it was available for £183.30.
Taking into account all of the criteria described above, we give the Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum a total score of 19/20. This equates to 4.75/5 stars.
Looking for a complete cleaning solution? Why not add a wet and dry portable vacuum?
Greenworks portable cordless vacuum cleaner
If you’re looking for an industrial-style portable vacuum suitable for indoor and outdoor use, look no further than the Greenworks G24WDV cordless portable vacuum.
The 7ft extendable hose empties into a tank which can hold up to 11 litres of waste, making this a great option for tackling heavier jobs – and as this is a wet and dry vacuum, it’s suitable for tackling liquid spills as well as everyday dirt and debris. Plus, the compact case with carry handle makes transporting indoors and outdoors the vacuum a breeze.
The cordless operation makes it especially convenient for use in a garage, workshop or other outhouse where power outlets may be in short or non-existent. The 24V lithium-ion battery is compatible with other Greenworks cordless power tools, and can reach full charge in one hour.
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