I finally decided that enough is enough and tried shooting two birds with one shot: get a highly portable vacuum cleaner that can be used inside my car but also to quickly clean “accidents” that happen inside my home.
And for that matter, I chose the Fakir handheld vacuum cleaner – the product that I’m going to talk about in today’s review.
You see, ever since my baby was born, it also became pretty common to have all sort of substances spilled everywhere inside the house or car. So I decided it’s finally time to get a handheld vacuum cleaner to solve the problems and quickly clean the small areas of mess before they take over the house or car. Plus, I get to spend more time with my car, which is always a bonus!
The model that I got is Fakir AS 1072 NTs, a 2-in-1 handheld vacuum cleaner, and I have a really strange reasoning behind my purchase: it was on sale with massive discounts during Black Friday, and I didn’t spend two seconds thinking about other options. As you will see in my review, it was a good choice in the end.
The handheld Fakir vacuum cleaner is sold in the UK under the name of FAKIR 2-in-1 Rechargeable Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner, but I also managed to find it in the US stores under a different name: Fakir AS 1072 NT (which seems to be the name on the box/package). It’s the same product though, so the review goes for both!
So let’s see how satisfied I was with my Fakir portable vacuum cleaner!
What I liked most about this handheld vacuum cleaner was the fact that it is cordless. I don’t need the extra cords for the added functionality, since I was planning to use it both for my car and minor spoils in the living room, kitchen or baby’s room (and we ended using it everywhere!)
So this was a big selling point for me and I would always recommend anybody to go for a cordless version if they get a handheld vacuum as it’s more portable. It’s true that a corded one might have the extra suction, but you most likely have your regular cleaner for that anyway!
Another important selling point for me was the fact that it is a “wet and dry” model, meaning that it can be used as a regular vacuum, but also to clean spilled drinks, water or, as it is in my case, milk. And the good news is that this model does a good job with both, especially when it has a full battery and it’s working at maximum power.
Just like most portable vacuum cleaners out there, the Fakir model doesn’t come with the suction power you would expect from a regular vacuum. It’s actually far from it and if it’s the first time you see one in action – like it happened here – you’ll be surprised at how poorly it seems to perform.
However, it is strong enough to clean most of the things I want to get cleaned: it did a great job with my car, where there were even small pebbles and other heavier objects that I couldn’t identify and it handled them well. It works even better with dust, debris that isn’t too heavy (flour comes to mind) or animal hair. Larger and heavier items are a bit trickier for it, especially if the battery’s not full.
The battery of this vacuum cleaner lasts for about 10, maybe 15 minutes which is usually considered the norm for portable vacuums, but the suction power drops significantly after half that time.
It’s not really a big problem, but you should make sure that you do the vacuuming of the heavier items first. otherwise later on, it won’t handle them. I would definitely love it if it had more power to its suction, but I won’t really complain about what it offers.
All in all, one charge offers enough battery juice to thoroughly clean a rather dirty car and maybe even the trunk if you are fast
But charging the Fakir handheld vacuum cleaner is a completely different story. You must keep it plugged in for about 15 hours in order to get a full charge, but the problem is that even though you have some nice red lights that indicate that the vacuum cleaner is charging, they don’t go green or change appearance when your portable vacuum cleaner is fully charged.
I would’ve loved to be 100% sure that my product is fully charged when I unplug it, but I can’t! Plus, 15 hours for a return of around 10 minutes doesn’t sound like an awesome deal…
Apart from the charging base itself (which can be bolted to a wall if you so prefer), it comes with three extra accessories: a narrow crevice tool which I almost usually use, a Furniture brush which comes in handy when dealing with carpets or the interior of your car and the wet suction nozzle.
They are really easy to attach and you can even attach one to another (the brush to the narrow crevice tool, for example). However, I found out that doing this has a negative impact over the suction power of the vacuum cleaner, so I never did it. Never felt the need to, honestly.
The vacuum cleaner itself is surprisingly light and, even though it seems a bit a bit bulky at first, it does manage to access tighter spots and does a good job when it comes to cleaning any sort of surface. It’s also incredibly silent, which is always a bonus in my opinion.
You can check it out below, with the accessories it comes with:
It has to be cleaned really often, as it doesn’t offer a lot of storage space for the debris, but it’s really easy to do so: just press a button, remove the head of the vacuum cleaner, empty it in the trash bin, clean the filter (which can also be washed – I didn’t do it so far, even though I did use it a lot!) then easily put everything back into place and you’re ready to roll!
Its small capacity is not a problem, because you won’t be able to do a ton of cleaning with one charge and this is not meant to replace a regular, corded home vacuum cleaner.
All in all, I am really pleased with my FAKIR 2-in-1 Rechargeable Wet and Dry portable vacuum cleaner. For the price that I paid on it (I got it at a great discount on Black Friday), I am sure it can’t get any better. Even for the non-discounted price, it still remains a very good portable vacuum cleaner!