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Thinking of buying a cordless vacuum for a loved one who has limited mobility and is arthritic.

Is a cordless vacuum suitable? Too heavy? Difficult to manoeuvre due to medical issues?

I’d be interested to know if you’d recommend one compared to a standard corded vacuum. Or it is a purchase you now regret? Thank you.

HappyTravels
3 weeks ago
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Lynibis
Lynibis3 weeks ago

I am not that old but carrying heavy items upstairs is a problem. My heavy dyson nearly had me falling a couple of times.

I bought a gtech and haven't looked back. It is so light I can carry upstairs with one hand as handle also retracts, and no cord to trip over. Pick up is amazing and it twists and turns in all directions, I wouldn't be without it now, dyson long gone.

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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3 weeks ago

Lynibis thanks for that. I hadn't considered gtech but will have a look now. I initially thought of a portable cordless cylindrical one but even a relatively light weight one might feel heavy and awkward after a short time.

It's tricky isn't it? When you can't try the weight or feel of it in a shop before buying it. Make you reluctant to shop at all.

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Lynibis
Lynibis3 weeks ago

HappyTravels again, with elderly or infirm even the tube of a cylinder can be a tripping hazard.

I don't work for gtech, honestly, but their handheld is also great and again very light for reaching ceiling height. There is a deal for both posted an hour ago on here, just search gtech on the deals page.

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Mango4
Mango43 weeks ago

We bought a Vax Blade cordless Vac from the Vax eBay outlet about six months ago new but damaged box £79 with a 2 year warranty and are really please with it. Weighs about 6lb Really easy to manoeuvre , and does a good job, only lasts about 25 minutes on a full charge but still long enough for our needs We still have our normal corded shark vacuum also with is far more powerful but only comes out about once a week now.

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FG280
FG2803 weeks ago

I used to have a Vax cordless upright, loved it at the start, but after while the heavier bit of dust and crumbs it collected used to fall back out when it was stopped upright.

Would you consider a robot vacuum?

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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3 weeks ago

FG280 I would but don’t think MIL would. Possibly a trip hazard for her.

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FG280
FG2803 weeks ago

HappyTravels the only suggestion would be that you can programme them to come on at a set time. It could be when she is in bed, so no risk of tripping!

I was really sceptical at first, but now have one and it hoovers downstairs when I'm bathing the boys and getting them ready for bed. Almost multitasking without having to do one of the jobs!

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock3 weeks ago

I bought a Vax lightweight cordless and I leave it upstairs so I’m not having to carry one up the stairs. I use a handheld Dyson to do the stairs themselves, but still have an old upright Dyson to use downstairs. The Vax does the bedrooms well.

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE3 weeks ago

...this was a really interesting thread .... we have a brilliant Shark but I'm going to think about the cordless options once we move if we still have stairs to negotiate...thanks.

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tumblespots
tumblespots3 weeks ago

We bought a Muzili, but haven't disposed our the original Henry (thank god). I find the Muzili heavy and I can't get it off it's wall mount either. It is a good machine and does the job but I wouldn't buy it again.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 weeks ago

Does it have to be cordless you can get lightweight corded vacuums that typically have a lot more power than cordless. The weight of the battery pack can often be quite heavy. A small mains powered vacuum is also an option and they can be quite cheap.

I've got two very similar vacuums one cordless and one corded and use the corded much more due to it having about 3x the suction and never losing charge. The cable is quite long but I still have to change outlets occasionally while using but still it saves time by hoovering much more quickly.

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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2 weeks ago

BonzoBanana yes I think that may be the way to go. We’ve came to that realisation. The cordless claim to be light but for someone with mobility issues and arthritic hands and wrists, even a small weight becomes painful after a short time. You need a PhD to wade through all the different vacuum types these days 🤦‍♀️🤣

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