The Moneual Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 sheds some light on your carpet

/ Updated: September 13, 2013 9:48 AM PDT
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The Moneual Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 is a handheld vacuum with a 600-watt motor that uses UV light to disinfect surfaces and fabrics. Its design looks a little clumsy, with a bulky front and the handle placed on the upper, rear portion of the device. You control the vacuum with two buttons: Start and Mode. An LED icon panel displays the available settings, which you select by pressing Mode until the desired setting is highlighted.

The U60 has three settings: Mode One with vacuum, vibration, and UV; Mode Two with vacuum and UV sanitizing; and Mode Three with UV sanitizing alone. Mode one is for your most heavy duty-cleaning, and the vibrating panel supposedly works to agitate allergens (caused by dust mites) quickly out of the carpet or fabric and into the bin.

I appreciate the fact that you can change the cleaning modes, and especially like the Mode Three option. The real hallmark of this product seems to be its UV-C lamp and Moneual’s promise that its product kills 99 percent of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, E.coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in 1 second. The ability to use the UV light without the vacuum functions adds appeal to this product, as it would enable you to disinfect bedding and other fabric.

The U60 features a roller brush, which, the company says, prevents any fabric from entangling with the suction. The dust bin sits housed in the top of the vacuum and appears easily removable. The vacuum cleaner also comes with a floor detection sensor, which detects changes in the surface and will automatically shut off the UV-C lamp when you're not using it.

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Priced at $179, the Rydis U60 is certainly not the most expensive handheld vacuum, a standing which goes to Dyson and its $349 Dyson DC30. Instead, the U60 sits squarely in the middle of the category, but it will have to work against a number of well-rated handheld vacuums in the $25 to $50 range, such as Bissell's $34 Pet Hair Eraser handheld or the Black & Decker CHV9610 Dustbuster 9.6-Volt Cordless Hand Vac, $41 on Amazon right now.

The Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 does have some features that might make it worth your buck. The UV-C light, coupled with the different cleaning modes, give this vacuum an edge over much of the competition. I do wish that it had a cordless option, for the sake of convenience, but that's not a category-standard feature.

For $229, you can also get the Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 Pro, though the only difference is a lavender-scented air-freshener cartridge and the Smart Touch Sensor, which prevents the vacuum from running unless you're holding it. Unless you’re particularly nervous about the vacuum running without your presence, I can’t see spending the extra $50 for features that don’t seem to add much to the overall product.

From this preliminary view, I'm intrigued by the Rydis UV-C Vacuum Cleaner U60 and, if the UV-C light works as well as Moneual claims, I would appreciate knowing that bacteria and dust mites are managed in places that are hard to disinfect by other means. You can find the U60 at Moneual’s website.

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