Samsung has returned to the vacuum cleaner market with a deluxe new mannequin that has an attachment for each scenario, together with a rotating mop. We take it for a spin.
If you happen to watch the promo for the Powerstick Jet, you’ll get a very good sense of how Samsung desires you to understand its product. It’s severe. It’s highly effective. It seems like a weapon that may slot into Robocop’s arm.
Even the product’s title ought to correctly be written in shouty caps like this: POWERstick Jet. And its color is given as Titan ChroMetal. I don’t know what any of meaning, past the truth that it is vacuum-cleaner-marketing-speak for spectacular equipment. And really, they are not improper.
Worth & availability
The Powerstick Jet retails for £549. The model we examined, which additionally options the spinning sweeper, is £599. That is clearly some huge cash to shell out for a vacuum cleaner. Nonetheless, it’s about the identical worth because the Dyson V11 and the Powerstick Jet improves on all of its specs: it’s lighter, extra highly effective and has a quicker charging time. It additionally comes with some rather well designed and helpful attachments.
For the time being, it is solely obtainable within the UK from Samsung.
Design & construct
There’s lots to the Powerstick Jet. It arrives in an enormous field filled with equipment and attachments. At first, it’s fairly exhausting to see the way it all suits collectively till you see the QR code on the charging base. Scan it and also you’ll get directions on easy methods to set it up.
Step one is to place collectively the charging stand. When you’ve laid out all of the items, it’s straightforward to do. All you’ll want is a Phillips-head screwdriver to tighten a single screw.
The freestanding charging stand – known as the Z Station – is the place you’ll each retailer and cost your vacuum cleaner and it’s a key a part of its design.
The benefit of this set-up is that you’ve got a devoted spot to your vacuum cleaner and equipment, as there’s area to clip on all of the extras. Or nearly all. Annoyingly, in the event you get the Powerstick Jet with spinning sweeper, there aren’t sufficient slots on the Z Station to connect all the equipment. Even when one of many attachment heads stays on the cleaner, there’s nonetheless one other one knocking round.
An amazing function is the dock on the stand for a second battery to cost. The Powerstick solely comes with one, however a spare battery will be bought individually. You’ll be able to swap out the one you’re utilizing for the one charging, and prolong your cleansing time by as much as an hour earlier than it’s essential to cease and recharge. We haven’t seen this function earlier than and it might make this cordless an actual contender for individuals with bigger houses.
The drawback of the stand is that it’s heavy, motionless and must be located close to an influence level. That implies that it’s not a lot good to you in a cabinet.
If you happen to check out the product pictures on Samsung’s website, it is clear that they are suggesting that the Powerstick Jet is just not the form of vacuum cleaner you need to conceal in storage anyway.
The images are paying homage to the Peleton marketing campaign, giving the impression that have been you to go to the minimalist, marble-floored lounge of your common billionaire, you’d discover solely a large, cream leather-based couch and an train bike or vacuum cleaner, coolly outlined in opposition to the backdrop of an infinity pool.
These of us with out an LA mansion to correctly show our Powerstick Jets, these of us with – oh, I don’t know – a small London flat, for instance, is likely to be at a little bit of a loss as to what to do with it. It’s giant. It’s eye-catching. The fully-loaded Z Station seems like a sci-fi gun rack from which you would possibly create the form of modular weapon that would liquefy a person’s head from ten miles away.
Ideally, you desire a utility room during which to retailer it and presumably, you probably have a house that would get essentially the most out of a mighty vacuum cleaner like this, you might effectively have one. The area problem is absolutely our solely reservation with this cleaner.
Options & efficiency
POWER. ChroMetal. Titan. Jet. Are they attempting to make us consider that vacuuming is not a boring job? That it is most likely what John Wick does to chill out when his home is not being blown up? Is that this why the vacuum cleaner has a pistol-style grip? I must admit, I is likely to be falling for this a bit.
At 2.8kg, the Powerstick Jet is a really mild vacuum cleaner. It’s lighter than a Dyson V11 stick (2.97kg) and comes very near the load of the sensible little Halo Capsule (2.6 kilos).
It’s very comfy to make use of, particularly together with one other good function. It has a telescopic column with 4 totally different settings, so you’ll be able to regulate it – precisely – to your ultimate vacuuming peak. This makes an actual distinction to cleansing as you by no means must stoop or bend.
There are two curler brush head attachments: the turbo motion brush and a mini-motorised device. The primary of those works effectively on each exhausting flooring and carpets. The mini device is sweet for sofas, beds and automobile seats. There’s one other small brush head attachment and an extendable crevice device that can get into troublesome spots.
Then, in the event you’ve opted for the upper worth vacuum cleaner, there’s the superb spinning sweeper. This a tough ground attachment with two rotating discs coated in microfibre mop pads, which will be dampened or swapped out for disposable cloths. You’ll have to vacuum first as common (you’ll be able to’t vac and mop without delay – that may be insanity), then you’ll be able to change the attachment to mop your ground.
That is the primary vacuum cleaner mop attachment that we will say actually works. It’s really higher than common mopping. It’s quick and really efficient and you’ll exert sufficient stress to get a ground actually clear. Is that this accent definitely worth the £50 that drives the value of the Powerstick Jet from £550 to £600? Surprisingly, we must say that it’s.
Our favorite function, nonetheless, is the jointed attachment that means that you can create a 90-degree angle between the deal with and cleansing head so that you can vacuum the tops of bookcases and cabinets overhead.
The mud container and filter symbolize one other nice little bit of design. They are often fully taken aside, dropped into the sink and correctly washed. As the gathering bin is clear, this can be a nice function not just for cleanliness and vacuum efficiency however for aesthetics.
The Powerstick additionally has a HEPA filter that guarantees 99.99% mud elimination. Keep in mind that that is compromised by the truth that it’s bagless, so while you come to get rid of the mud, a few of it’s going to inevitably escape.
That is all solely barely let down by the truth that the mud assortment capability is fairly low at solely 0.5 litres.
The show panel is easy and straightforward to learn, with three principal settings: Min, Mid and Max, in addition to Moist, the mopping setting. There’s an on/off button and + and – keys to regulate the facility. The entire buttons are straightforward to achieve when you’re utilizing the machine and the battery has an LED show to indicate how a lot cost stays.
On the minimal energy setting, you’ll get about an hour of vacuuming time. And minimal is highly effective sufficient for this to be your commonplace vacuum setting. It’s fairly quiet, as effectively.
By way of battery life, it is best to at all times take into account how the facility setting impacts battery life. If a cleaner guarantees an hour, that would be the most period of time you’ll be able to presumably get from the battery, and it’s at all times measured on the bottom setting. If you happen to use the medium setting, you’ll be able to knock that right down to underneath half an hour at greatest. On the prime setting, you gained’t get shut to 10 minutes. However with an honest high quality vacuum cleaner, it is best to actually solely want to make use of the very best setting for just a few emergency spot cleans.
There may be lots of package with the Powerstick Jet, significantly in the event you go for the model with the spinning sweeper attachment. The extendable principal column and jointed attachment are significantly nice equipment that make cleansing far more comfy and straightforward. Then there’s the spinning mop attachment, which is an surprising success.
There are solely two actual points with it. The primary is its storage necessities. Its stand wants an honest chunk of area in shut proximity to a plug level. The second is its small mud bin, which might get annoying to empty you probably have a big dwelling.
All in all, that is the final word all-rounder: versatile, light-weight, highly effective and with nice battery life.