I finally decided that enough is enough and tried shooting two birds with one shot. Ever since my baby was born, it also became 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!
I eventually got a Fakir handheld vacuum cleaner, which came pretty random: it was on sale for 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 on Amazon.co.uk under the name of FAKIR 2-in-1 Rechargeable Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner, but I also managed to find in on the Amazon.com store 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 accidents 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. 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 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. 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. It works great for 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 handheld 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 the time. It’s not really a big problem, but you should make sure that you do the vacuuming of the heavier items first. 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, plus the trunk.
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!
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).
The vacuum cleaner itself is surprisingly light and, even though it seems a bit a bit bulky at first, it really is not and can do a great job when it comes to cleaning any sort of surface. It’s also incredibly silent, which is always a bonus in my opinion.
It has to be cleaned really often, 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!
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!
If you want to check it out, you can do so on Amazon.co.uk (for the UK and Europe) or Amazon.com (for the US & rest of the world), even though it seems to sell for a much higher price in the US, probably because of import fees.