Electrolux Ergorapido Power review: Limited Electrolux stick vac lacks versatility

The addition of a handheld vac doesn't hurt either. That way, you can transition from floor to detail cleaning very easily. I would like to see labels for the normal and high cleaning modes. The cleaning mode button is a bit misleading. It has three bars -- but there are only two cleaning modes. I would also prefer a separate dock for the battery, rather than a whole-vacuum charging station. This vacuum has to sit out the whole time your battery is charging -- not ideal.

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The Ergorapido's power button and cleaning modes button. Megan Wollerton/CNET

Performance

We spread 1 ounce each of fruity Cheerios, pet hair, and a sand-and-sawdust mixture on hardwood, mid-pile carpet, and low-pile carpet. That let us to see how the $230 Electrolux Ergorapido Power handles different surfaces and types of debris. We also tested the $500 Dyson DC59 Animal, the $349 Elextrolux UltraPower Studio, the $350 Gtech AirRam, the $180 Hoover Linx, and the $180 Shark Rocket so we could draw direct comparisons with other stick vacuums.

Cheerios, 1 oz. (percentage picked up)

Hoover Linx
100
100
100
Gtech AirRam
90
97
98
Dyson DC59
68
78
97
Shark Rocket
75
57
87
Electrolux Ergorapido Power
57
73
77
Electrolux UltraPower Studio
47
47
53

Legend:

Hardwood
Mid-pile
Low-pile

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

If you expect cereal or other large-particle messes to be a recurring problem in your home, I wouldn't recommend the Ergorapido. It came in second-to-last overall, picking up 57 percent of the Cheerios on hardwood, 73 percent on mid-pile carpet, and 77 percent on low-pile carpet. While the carpet scores aren't terrible, they aren't as good as the Hoover Linx, Gtech AirRam, Dyson DC59, and, on low-pile carpet, the Shark Rocket. Like the Electrolux UltraPower Studio, the Ergorapido had a tendency to alternate between pushing the Cheerios around the floor and rolling on top of them like an all-terrain vehicle. Neither was very effective on this test.

Pet hair, 1 oz. (percentage picked up)

Shark Rocket
100
100
100
Hoover Linx
100
100
100
Dyson DC59
67
92
100
Electrolux Ergorapido Power
25
100
100
Electrolux UltraPower Studio
N/A
100
100
Gtech AirRam
N/A
75
67

Legend:

Hardwood
Mid-pile
Low-pile

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

The Ergorapido came in fourth overall on the pet hair tests. While it picked up 100 percent of the pet hair on both carpeted surfaces, it struggled on hardwood, collecting only 25 percent of what we scattered. This result is very similar to the Electrolux UltraPower Studio model, which picked up all of the pet hair on the mid-and-low-pile carpets and none on the hardwood floor. If you want a stick vac that can collect pet hair on hardwood, consider the Shark Rocket or the Hoover Linx instead.

Sand/Sawdust, 1 oz. (percentage picked up)

Dyson DC59
100
63
81
Electrolux Ergorapido Power
99
62
64
Hoover Linx
98
58
58
Electrolux UltraPower Studio
96
66
72
Shark Rocket
95
65
55
Gtech AirRam
85
60
47

Legend:

Hardwood
Mid-pile
Low-pile

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Sand and sawdust is very stubborn and vacuums with stronger suction generally outperform their less powerful competition. The Ergorapido did very well here, picking up 99 percent of the mixture on hardwood, 62 percent on mid-pile carpet, and 64 percent on low-pile carpet. If your stick vacuum cleaning efforts center around small bits of dust and dirt that sink into carpets, the Ergorapido isn't a bad choice.

Conclusion

The $230 Electrolux Ergorapido Power offers solid design and a bonus feature: a built-in, removable handheld vacuum. While it did very well on the sand-and-sawdust tests, it finished in the bottom tier of our fruity Cheerios and pet hair tests. So you can expect this model to impress when you're dealing with smaller particles, but fall short in other areas. If you're set on Electrolux, the Erogorapido Power did perform better than the brand's more expensive UltraPower Studio stick vacuum. I'd still recommend the $180 Hoover Linx, though. It's less expensive and performed much better overall.

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