Best Gtech cordless vacuum to buy in 2023
Looking for a vacuum without the hassle of a cable? YourHomeStyle tested a range of Gtech's cordless cleaners so you can buy in confidence.
If you’re looking for robust, cordless vacuum cleaners that tackle general household dust, dirt, and pet hair, we think UK-based Gtech is a brand worth considering. Featuring a range of upright, stick and handheld models, they offer both bagless and bagged designs - good news if you suffer from asthma or allergies and would rather minimise coming into contact with dust and dirt.
I tested one model from each category, so read on to find out how they performed.
Tried-and-tested: Best Gtech vacuums at a glance:
- Best handheld vacuum: Gtech Multi MK2 K9 | £199.99
- Best bagged cordless vacuum: Gtech PRO 2 K9 | £249.99
- Best for manoeuvrability: Gtech AirRAM Platinum | £349.99
How we tested the Gtech vacuumsWe put three Gtech models through their paces on both carpets and hard floors, looking at how effectively they picked up fine dirt as well as larger debris. We awarded each model 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?
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The Best Gtech vacuums for 2023
Multi MK2 K9
- Handy LED display
- LED headlight
- Comes with lots of attachments
- Crevice tool stored on the body
- The car cleaning kit is an additional cost
I think everyone needs a handheld vacuum in their life and this is a great model.
Easy to use, light and powerful, this is a great handheld vacuum. Turn on and off at the push of a button, you’re ready to go.
While it takes four hours to charge, this isn’t designed for long vacuuming sessions and the 20-minute runtime should provide ample power to tackle spills, accidents, and spot cleaning.
This handheld vacuum is bagless, and the bin lifts out from the body so you can open it over a bin to clean.
It comes with a good range of accessories, and you can even store the crevice tool ‘on board’, which means you’re not having to carry it around.
The tool includes an LED headlight, too, which is practical for illuminating the nooks and crannies you’ll be likely cleaning with this vacuum.
You can remove the brush bar to clean by simply twisting the latch to unlock and lift out.
Super helpful LED lights indicate how much charge is left - when it’s fully charged, these LEDs turn solid green.
Like the other Gtech vacuums, this one comes with scented cartridges, and while I’m not a huge fan, they’re ideal if you like plug-in air fresheners.
I found the accessories worked well when I cleaned my car, but for purists, you can buy a Car Accessory Kit for £50.
The main thing to recommend this vacuum to parents everywhere, is that my 12-year-old son used it to tidy up after he had friends to stay. I didn’t even have to ask. He just thought it looked fun and vacuumed up all the crumbs and crisps that had been trodden into the carpet.
In other words, this is so easy-to-use and packs enough power to tackle classic family debris, I gave this 19 out of 20. I think everyone needs a handheld vacuum in their life and this is a great model.
Value for money:
The RRP for this handheld vacuum is £199.99 and it comes with a two-year warranty, so given all the accessories it comes with, I think it’s good value for money.
What’s in the box:
Chassis | Bin | Small power head | Crevice tool | Extension tube | Dusting brush | Scented cartridges | Filter | Battery | Charger
- Lithium-ion battery
- Four-hour charge for 20 minutes runtime
- 0.4L capacity
- Weight 1.5kg | H25cm x W13.6cm | 38.6cm
Gtech Pro 2 K9
- Lightweight – 2.8kg as upright and 1.4kg as handheld
- Easy to transfer into handheld
- Easily manoeuvrable
- LED battery charge indicators
- Sustainable packaging
- 4 hours to charge
- Not enough runtime on Max mode for larger houses
While the Eco mode works well, you’ll most likely want to use this in Max mode to get the best suction. This means you’ll have a runtime of approx. 20 mins
The Gtech Pro 2 K9 is simple and quick to assemble – you just need to click the pole, head and chassis together. It’s also easy to separate the elements, simply pushing down release buttons.
It comes with a bag already fitted, but I removed it and tried putting a new one in, which was straightforward – though you need to make sure it’s expanded before fitting onto the lid.
This stick vacuum is nice to use as it feels light but well-balanced and easily glides over hard floors as well as carpet (wool and sisal) – a good option if you have back issues. The stick rather than the head rotates, so you can move it around corners incredibly easily, pushing it with just one hand.
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It features an on/off switch, so you don’t need to hold down a button to use it, and it’s the same story when you’re switching between Eco and Max modes. The Max mode is considerably louder than the Eco, and as you’d imagine the suction is much stronger in this mode – I mostly used it in Max mode and imagine I’d only use it in Eco if I wanted to quickly spruce up the entire house.
I loved the LED lights which are surprisingly helpful for general vacuuming – this was tested during a dark, gloomy winter – but especially when tackling corners and under furniture.
According to the manual, pushing the vacuum forward picks up larger debris while pulling back activates the AirLOC to pick up finer particles and pet hair. This seemed to work well as it coped with post-Christmas pine needles, leaves, pet hair from one dog and one cat, as well as the usual crumbs and dust, on various surfaces.
It comes with several attachments, including a crevice tool, extension tube and power brush, which fit both the stick and the handheld unit, which means it’s super versatile.
While it doesn’t feature an anti-tangle brush, it comes with a hair removal tool to use on the brush bar, which is removed by unlocking the latch on the side of the floor head.
This model also features a space in the lid for a scented cartridge and comes with six cartridges. I’m afraid I didn’t like the smell, but this is subjective, and for those households that use plug-in air fresheners, this will be a bonus feature.
The LED charge indicators are useful, especially as it takes 4 hours to charge. Four bars show how much power is left, with each bar turning off as the power is depleted. When it’s on charge, these LEDs pulsate, and turn solid green when it’s fully charged. I also tried the boost hour charge feature, which gives a few minutes power for urgent spills and messes.
The bags have a capacity of 1.5 litres, and there’s a clear tube on the unit so you can see when it’s full. As a guide, Gtech suggest ‘a home with pets and children, where cleaning is done three times a week, will average just 10 bags a year’. It comes with four bags, and you can buy a pack of ten bags for £14.99 on their site.
While the Eco mode works well, you’ll most likely want to use this in Max mode to get the best suction. This means you’ll have a runtime of approx. 20 mins, so it’s not going to suit a very large house. That said, there is the quick one-hour boost if you need to vacuum something quickly, and it’s a light, comfortable vacuum to use.
I docked a point as it doesn’t have much in the way of anti-tangle technology, which other vacuums on test featured, however, it does offer the bonus of a bag if you suffer from allergies or asthma. All in all, I gave it 18 out of 20.
Value for Money:
Costing £249.99, it is competitively priced compared with other models on the test. However, it comes with a relatively short warranty of two years (Hoover come with a five-year warranty), and there is the small cost of buying the bags, but I still think this represents good value for money.
What’s in the box:
Chassis and one dust bag fitted | Extension pole x 2 | Power floor head | Battery | Charger | Brush head | Dusting brush | Crevice tool | Scented cartridges x 6 | Dust bags x 3 | Hair removal tool
- Lithium-ion battery
- Runtime – 20 mins Max, 40 mins Eco
- Charge time – 4 hours
- 1.5L bag capacity
- Weight 2.8kg | H116cm x W34cm x D25.2cm
- Great manoeuvrability
- Anti-hair wrap
- 3 hour fast charge for 1 hour runtime
- Transforms into a handheld
- Washable filter
- Only one suction setting
I really liked this vacuum, and although it doesn’t come with a wide range of accessories or functions, it performs very well and, being cordless, means you don’t have the hassle of cables.
There’s very little assembly required with this vacuum. Slot the four parts of the handle together and click into the head. Then simply turn it on by pressing the on/off button with your foot, and off you go.
A solid, light vacuum that’s nice to use, it’s also easy to push, thanks to Gtech’s Forward Inertia Drive. The stick handle lies flat so you can reach underneath furniture with minimum effort, and it completely swivels to make moving around corners and obstacles effortless. Plus, there are LED lights on the front of the head unit, which is always a bonus.
As with other Gtech models, it works by collecting debris when you push it forward and picks up finer dust and pet hair as you pull back.
I liked the speed handle, which replaces the long stick handle, so that you can use it as a handheld vacuum. It’s nicely designed and feels comfortable to use on stairs, furniture, and mattresses.
It’s also great if storage is an issue, as it’s relatively compact and the upper handle can be lowered.
This model features anti-hair wrap technology, which basically means there’s a comb integrated into the unit, so it self-cleans.
The bin capacity is small, but it’s so nice to empty – just lift out the barrel and use the slider to push out the dirt – that this isn’t really an issue. And from a technical point of view, there’s just 2cm between the brush and the bin, so you shouldn’t get any problems with blockages, and it will run fully powered as you clean.
I found the LED display helpful, too – lighting up while it’s in use with each of the four bars turning off as the power is used up, as well as showing how much charging there’s left to be done when it’s plugged in. And if you don’t want to charge the entire vacuum, you can remove the battery and charge that. While it takes three hours to get the full one-hour runtime, you can get some use after a quick one-hour boost charge.
This model doesn’t come with many extras, other than a detachable duster, a speed clean handle, hair removal tool and scented cartridges. I initially thought the duster was a bit feeble, but after using it a few times, I changed my mind. If you don’t mind bending down to reach skirting boards etc, it’s so effective as all you need to do is run it along an edge to flick dust into the vacuums path. It’s a bit of a game changer.
This vacuum copes with a range of flooring – I have wooden floors, carpet, and sisal – and collects dust, mud, leaves, pet hair and post-Christmas pine needles. I found the air flow was a noticeable when I used it on wooden floors as it blew a few of the needles around, so it took a few back-and-forths to collect them all.
That said, the suction is strong enough to tackle debris and dust, and on several occasions, it sucked up part of a bean bag when I vacuumed too closely too it: when this happened, the motor cut out quickly, the brush didn’t snag the bean bag and it turned back on without any issues.
I really liked this vacuum, and although it doesn’t come with a wide range of accessories or functions, it performs very well and, being cordless, means you don’t have the hassle of cables. I marked this 18 out of 20.
Value for money:
With a RRP of £349.99, this is one of the more expensive models in the range we tested. However, it comes with a two-year standard warranty with the addition of a 10-year warranty for the battery and motor, so it represents good value for money.
What’s in the box:
The vacuum | Charger | Speed clean kit | Scented cartridges x 6 | Spare filter | Hair removal tool
- Lithium-ion battery
- One hour runtime from three-hour fast charge
- 0.8 litre capacity
- Weight 3.3kg | H112cm x D25.9cm x W29.8cm
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Cinead McTernan started her career in interiors PR, working on events like London Design Week and New Designers, as well as with household brands, like Annie Sloan, Crucial Trading and GP & J Baker, she spent 15 years specialising in gardening, producing four books, writing for national newspapers and magazines, as well as working in TV, for shows like BBC Gardeners' World, the BBC's RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage and Garden Rescue. Happily things have come full circle and she loves once again being surrounded by all things home and design.