"Self-cleaning brushroll can't save Electrolux's underwhelming stick vac"
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Self-cleaning brushroll can't save Electrolux's underwhelming stick vac
This spiffy looking vac has a lot going for it.
It's just not very good at cleaning.
This $150 Electrolux Ergo Rapido Lithium Ion Extra is very maneuverable.
It looks good.
And it's relatively Cheap.
And that brush-roll clean aspect is something that I tested on a full upright from Eureeka, which has the same parent company, and the brush-roll clean on that vac was awesome.
With this one that same mechanics just doesn't have the power.
To be any where near as effective.
Now, I don't expect it to keep up with Eureka.
Eureka's a full size up right and stick vacs shouldn't have the power of full sized up rights.
But this doesn't measure up to the other sticks that we tested.
It tangles pet hair, it pushes and flings Cheerios, it doesn't have enough Power to get up barely any of the sand that's in there.
And we've seen lots of stick vacs do those same tasks with much more efficiency.
Again, it's maneuverable.
The head turns on a dime really, really easily.
It's a two-in-one vac.
There's a hand vac right here.
It's all intuitive and the lithium ion battery actually lasts a while.
But man this thing frustrated me during the tests.
On pet hair, Cheerios, sand, everything, I had to clean up after the cleaner.
The Still gets hair tangled in it really, really easily, to the point that during one of the tests it got so tangled that it stopped running because it was clogged.
So I had plenty of opportunity to test out that brushroll clean feature, but it never really made Made a dent in cleaning up it's own mess.
You can read a whole lot more about this and all the rest of our vacuum tests on CNET.com.
For CNET, I'm Andrew Gebhart.
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