EDITOR’S NOTE: You can also read our open thread about this cordless cyclonic stick vacuum — which includes a number of user comments — here.
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After using a decent-but-not-perfect Aldi bagless upright vacuum for several years, I was in the market for a new vacuum cleaner. I took notice when Aldi recently brought one model back: a cordless cyclonic stick vacuum. Stick vacuums are generally lightweight, small enough to get into tight spaces, and take up less space in a closet, hanging on a wall, or wherever you store your vacuum. I decided to go ahead and pick one up from Aldi this week to test it.
Unfortunately, our vacuum was dead on arrival, and I ended up packing it up to take back to Aldi. Keep reading for more information.
The Easy Home Cordless Cyclonic Stick Vacuum (Product Code: 812180) cost $89.99 at the time of publication. That’s much less than most other cordless cyclonic stick vacuums out there. This is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Aldi won’t ship it to you after it sells out at your local store.
According to Aldi, the vacuum’s features include:
- Use upright or handheld
- Handheld vacuum can be used for above-floor cleaning
- Features a rechargeable 22.2V Li-ion battery; 2.500 mAh; 140 W
- Available in Black and Red or White and Gray (I purchased White and Gray)
- Includes washable Hepa 13 filter
- Features a 22-ounce dirt container
- Comes with indicator light for battery status
- Safe to use on all surfaces and flooring
- Includes a floor nozzle, wall mount bracket, large brush nozzle, small brush nozzle, and a long crevice nozzle
- Made in China
This vacuum comes with a three-year warranty serviced by Protel, a common Aldi warranty service provider. Other Aldi products serviced by Protel over the years include the Easy Home Portable Vacuum Cleaner, the Crofton Chef’s Collection Hard Anodized Fry Pan, the Gardenline Winter Protection Greenhouse, and the Range Master Kettle Charcoal Grill.
When you open the box, you’ll find the vacuum with one floor nozzle, one nozzle holder, one wall bracket, one large brush nozzle, one small brush nozzle, one long crevice nozzle, and one user manual and warranty card.
How to Use the Vacuum:
The manual states that the vacuum can be charged directly by plugging the included power adapter into a power outlet and inserting its connector into the charging port on the vacuum’s handheld section. Alternatively, you can use the included mounting hardware to hang the vacuum on a wall, and there is a designated spot on that apparatus to plug in the powder adapter. I opted to plug the power adapter directly into the vacuum.
According to the manual, the vacuum cannot be used while it’s charging, and it takes approximately four hours to charge the vacuum. While the batteries are charging, one of the bars on the battery status indicator on the handheld section of the vacuum will keep flashing to indicate the current charge level. The batteries are fully charged when all of the bars light up.
A few other tips the manual offers about charging: only recharge the batteries when suction is weak, and when charging is complete it will automatically switch to trickle charging, but don’t leave the vacuum permanently connected to the power supply to avoid damaging the batteries.
Once the vacuum is charged, you can attach one of several accessories and get down to cleaning your floors, upholstery, or whatever else you need to do. You can use the included long tube to turn the appliance into a regular floor vacuum and then attach any of the accessories to it, depending on what you want to clean. Or, you can use the vacuum without the long tube and attach the smaller accessories (not the floor nozzle) to use it as a handheld device. Here’s more information about each attachment:
- Floor nozzle — suitable for both carpets and smooth flooring.
- Small brush nozzle — suitable for gently cleaning small objects such as keyboards and electrical appliances.
- Large brush nozzle — suitable for gently cleaning upholstery, window sills, and uneven objects such as furniture, lamps, and baseboards.
- Long crevice nozzle — suitable for cleaning all kinds of narrow, hard-to-reach areas such as crevices in furniture and radiator fins.
The vacuum has an ECO mode that makes it consume less energy and run quieter, and you can activate that mode with a single press of a button while the vacuum is operating.
Because this is a low-profile vacuum with the ability to use as a handheld vacuum, it does not have a large dirt canister compared to other vacuums. That means that you may end up having to empty the canister more frequently. The canister comes off by turning it clockwise and pulling it off of the handheld portion of the vacuum. You can then hold the dirt container over a trash can. Press the release button and the lid on the dirt container will flip open so you can empty it. You can also pull out the HEPA filter, tap it above a trash can to remove accumulated dirt, and wash the filter holder with clean water. Let the filter holder air dry completely before putting the dry HEPA filter back into the holder.
The manual also says to regularly check the brush roll on the floor nozzle for blockages and remove any hair, strings, or accumulated dirt. You can take the brush roll out of the floor nozzle for easier cleaning.
Testing the Vacuum:
I attempted to charge the vacuum by plugging the power adapter directly into the handheld portion of the vacuum, as the manual instructs. A pair of lights began to alternate flashing on the vacuum while it was plugged in. I thought it was charging, but after four hours (the approximate time the manual says it takes to charge), the same two bars were flashing, the same as when I’d first plugged it in. When I unplugged the vacuum and tried to turn it on, nothing would happen. No lights, no noise. Not even a low battery warning. Just completely dead, as if I’d never charged it at all. The same was true if I tried to turn it on while plugged in: the two lights at the top would flash as if charging, but there was no other response.
I let it charge for another five or so hours, for a total of about nine hours. Still nothing. I tried again for a few hours the next morning. Also nothing.
Because I can’t get the vacuum to hold any kind of charge, it won’t turn on and I can’t use it. It’s dead straight out of the box. I had hopes for this cordless stick vacuum, but unfortunately, I’ll have to pack it back up and return it to Aldi.
I’m not sure if the problem is limited to the specific vacuum I happened to buy. We wrote an open thread about this vacuum when Aldi sold it in 2021, and our readers left comments with mixed reviews on the vacuum. Some people love it, while others say it worked for a few months and then stopped working. We recently received a comment from someone who bought the same year model as ours in March of 2022, and they said their vacuum also did not work straight out of the box and would not even light up to indicate it was trying to charge.
The Easy Home Cordless Cyclonic Stick Vacuum can be used as a stick vacuum or as a handheld vacuum, and it comes with hardware to mount it to a wall for storage. It also includes several different attachments — a floor nozzle, small and large brush nozzles, and a long crevice nozzle — for cleaning floors, furniture, baseboards, etc. In theory, it looks like it would be a good vacuum. However, ours would not turn on or hold any kind of charge, so we were unable to use it and will have to return it to Aldi.