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The $230 Ergorapido Power stick vacuum is the third Electrolux vacuum we've tested. The $300 Precision Brushroll Clean upright vacuum got an excellent review, whereas the $349 UltraPower Studio stick vacuum turned out to be quite disappointing. The Ergorapido sits somewhere in the middle. It performed better than the UltraPower in our stick vacuum tests, but it still didn't do as well as the $500 Dyson DC59 Animal or the $180 Hoover Linx. If you're set on an Electrolux model or plan to focus your cleaning efforts on smaller debris, the Ergorapido is a fine choice. But, if you want something with top all-around performance, look to the DC59 or the Linx.
Design and features
The Ergorapido Power is pretty similar to the UltraPower Studio in terms of design and features. The Ergorapido is metallic purple with orange accents, whereas the UltraPower is metallic dark blue with orange accents. Like the UltraPower, the Ergorapido offers cord-free vacuuming complete with charging dock, LED "headlights," a see-through nozzle, and flexible tubing that makes it extremely maneuverable.
The Ergorapido also offers Electrolux's signature "Brush Roll Clean" technology. If you recall from my UltraPower review, the Brush Roll Clean feature allows you to detangle hair or other particles without having to remove the brush and clean it manually. Just turn on the vacuum and press the lever located on the right side of the nozzle. That will release another lever inside the nozzle that "combs" through the brush to help with small particle buildup. While it probably won't be able to fix any large-debris tangles like a mishap with a set of earphones, it does a pretty good job with the small stuff.
From there, the Ergorapido's features start to diverge a bit. Unlike the UltraPower, the Ergorapido is a 2-in-1 model -- a stick and handheld vacuum are neatly packaged into one traditional-looking stick vacuum. Press the 2-in-1 button on the front of the vacuum and the handheld unit will release for use. A separate brush attachment for the handheld vacuum is even included with the purchase.
Additionally, the Ergorapido offers only two cleaning modes -- normal and high, whereas the UltraPower offers three: normal, booster, and silent. It also doesn't have an LED status bar that lets you know how much time is left on your charge. Unlike the UltraPower's 25.2-volt lithium ion battery, the Ergorapido's 14.4-volt battery is nickel-metal hydride -- common in handheld vacuums.
At 5.5 pounds, the Ergorapido is the lightest of the "traditional" stick vacs. The UltraPower weighs 6.3 pounds, the Linx weighs 7.3 pounds, and the $350 Gtech AirRam weighs 7.7 pounds. Due to their unconventional configurations, the Dyson DC59 and the $180 Shark Rocket weigh less -- 4.6 pounds for the DC59 and 4.2 pounds for the Rocket.
Stick vacuums tend to be easier to use than uprights. They weigh less, and they're typically cordless (all of the models we tested are cordless, except the Shark Rocket). There's much less lugging involved overall. The Electrolux Ergorapido is no exception.
Like the Electrolux UltraPower Studio stick vacuum I reviewed, the Ergorapido is incredibly easy to maneuver. I love the bendable tubing on the back that makes it so good at making turns (and where the UltraPower had trouble standing upright, the Ergorapido seems much better at snapping into place and staying put). Add in the fact that the Ergorapido weighs nearly a pound less than the UltraPower, and it's my vote for the most maneuverable traditional stick model we tested.