Picture the scene: you're enjoying a lovely cup of tea, and accidentally drop your plate of biscuits onto the floor, spreading crumbs in all directions. You don't want to go and drag the big heavy Hoover down three flights of stairs, but there's no other option. And that's why it can be useful to own a 'dust buster' style handheld vaccum for the occasional crumbly moment. Today I'm taking a look at Hoover's bagless S48DC6 - it's a slightly older model (also known as the 'Handy2'), but it can still be picked up for £20 online.
Design, Appearance, Battery
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Constructed from a tough silver plastic, the Handy2 looks pleasant enough with a gracefully curving body. The handle is a little thin, but it's nevertheless comfortable to hold, and features a thumb operated on / off switch in an easily accessible location. The Handy2 is very light, and should be able to be carried around by an elderly user without much effort. The Hoover is best used on carpet, but it does feature a soft red fabric strip underneath the nozzle which allows it slide across hard flooring if necessary. Comprising a 4.8 volt battery, the device ships complete with a charging unit which can be wall mounted. To replenish the battery, you simply slide the Hoover onto the charger, upon which it will automatically begin charging (providing you've got it plugged in at the mains!). The charge takes a couple of hours, and from a full charge the device will run for roughly ten minutes non-stop - that gives me just enough time to thoroughly vacuum four flights of stairs.
The Hoover in Use
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Let's talk about performance - and there's no use writing a vaccum cleaner review without mentioning suction. For smaller crumbs, the Handy2 is perfectly adequate, and will similarly suck up cat fluff without too much ado - however, large debris often needs to be gone over a few times before it's removed from the floor. Similarly, the Hoover struggles to remove bits and pieces from nylon car carpets, which is a little annoying considering the device's potential usefulness in a vehicle. Compared to a full size Hoover, the Handy2 is no where near as powerful - that said, you wouldn't expect a handheld to be able to compete with its mains powered brethren. Because of this, the Handy2 won't be something that you'll want to use for large carpeted areas. Full size vacuum cleaners are renouned for being noisy buggers, but I've also used a few handhelds with elevated decibel levels - but how does the Handy2 sound? To be honest, it's a fairly loud Hoover for its size, maintaining a top-end whirring which is of a pitch that becomes annoying rather quickly - that said, it's certainly not as loud as my good friend Henry.
Capacity & Accessories
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In my experience I've found that the Handy2 clogs up fairly quickly - you'll know when there's not much room left inside as the suction will gradually lessen until it's almost non-existent. The filter can be emptied by pushing the large grey button towards the Hoover's handle, and subsequently pulling the two sections of the device apart - it's easy to do and doesn't require much force. Inside, you'll find the fabric lined filter, which can be pulled out and given a shake (preferably outside). The filter can also be hand washed when required, and can be pushed back inside with relative ease until it will go no further (it can only fit in one way round). From the point of view of accessories, the Hoover features a crevice tool attached to the top of the unit which can be flipped down (via a hinged mechanism) and used when you need to get into small areas or tight corners - handily, you'll be able to see if anything is lodged inside the attachment, as it's made from a transparent plastic.
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Overall, the Hoover Handy2 is a reliable handheld vac which is perfectly suited for light crumbs and the occasional stair cleaning session. However, this isn't a Hoover which will suck deeply lodged debris from the carpet, and will only remove the superficial dirt which is located on the very top layer of upholstery - at the end of the day I often find myself forsaking it's handiness for the deep clean that a full size Hoover can offer. There are better dust buster style vacs out there, and although it's a light and pleasant looking model, the underpowered nature of the Handy2's performance is a slight let down.
Although this hand held hoover is not as powerful as a normal hoover it is great for a regular cleaning of smaller crevices and corners and inside the car and stairs, it is so much more efficient than having to get the big hoover out all the time. I have Wooden floor and find it great for hoovering up bits on the floor and hoovering the sofa if crumbs have been dropped. Its really light weight means it isn't strenuous on your arms which is great as previous hand held hoovers i have used sometimes gave me aches or pains in my joints because of their weight. The battery charge lasts a good while before needing to re charge and it is really easy to empty.
With 4.8 volts motor, providing a super clean interior in car poses no problem. Cleaning is easy!
If you are thinking of buying one of these don't hesitate, buy it! You won't look back!
Short name: Hoover S48DC6