This is a great little hoover. My boyfriend had one in his bedroom and I was so amazed by it as I hadnt seen anything like it before. So I bought one of my own and was pleased to find that it was handy and effective as well as stylish.
My room is at the top of a house with three floors, and being a lazy student, I often put off dragging the house hoover up all the stairs to my room. But with the Kone, my floors no longer get dirty, as I simply run it round the room whenever I see a few crumbs. I have also used it to clean the inside of my car, which is so easy with the Kone. It's also handy for the stairs as it doesnt involve dragging any hoses around. I feel it picks up dirt effectively, and when it gets full up you simply unscrew it and tip out the contents, no faff! Obviously, you wouldnt hoover a whole floor with it, but for patches its fine.
The only thing I find is that it does require quite a lot of charging and so spontaneous hoovering doesnt work too well, you need to decide that you would like to hoover in about an hour and put it on charge. It could also do with some different attachments, such as a very slim one to get down the side of my car seats. But other than that it's fab! Being so sleek it fits in with any room decor, while you might hide a regular hoover away, this one looks good on display and glows attractively when on charge.
Created by desiger Karim Rashid [who also designed products for Prada and Tommy Hilfinger] for Vax, the Kone [K-001] is, without a doubt, one of the most innovative and stylish cordless handheld vacuum cleaners available.
As versatility goes, the Kone is top of its class... not only is it a powerful handheld vacuum that makes quick work of dust and dirt on stairs, floors and wherever else dirt and dust make their home, but it also acts as an elegant nightlight on stair landings, in the corner of rooms, on tables, shelves and countertops, or wherever else you need a dim light in the house.
Rechargeable with a washable filter and easy to empty bagless dirt cup, the Kone is always charged for immediate use, and although oddly shaped as an elongated cone-shaped pyramid, the top portion is effortlessly pulled from its base and is lightweight and easy to use.
Capable of fitting into tight corners, the Kone is perfect for use in vehicles as well as in the home, and holds a good 0.2L of dirt and dust... which is more than sufficient for a handheld vacuum meant to be used for small dry spills.
Measuring 45cm [approx. 18 inches] in height with a top diameter of 3cm [approx. 1-1/2 inches] and a base diameter of 16cm [approx. 6 inches], the Kone is operated by pulling the top portion out of its base, and by pushing the button found on the very top on the handheld portion of the unit.
The Kone's aesthetically pleasing design means that it doesn't have to be hidden in a cupboard. Pretty to look at and also useful as a nightlight, the Kone can be placed anywhere in the house, therefore it is always close to hand.
Powerful enough to pick up your average dry spills such as cereal, ground coffee, sugar, flour, etc, the Kone can reach into tight corners, and is powerful enough to be used in vehicles, boats, caravans and even tents.
Always charged and therefore ready to be put to the test, the Kone comes in handy for those dry spills that don't actually require a full-sized vacuum cleaner.
With an RRP of £49.99, the Kone can be purchased on eBay for under £25.00, and is often on sale at Homebase and B & Q for under £20.00. I purchased it for just under £20.00 last year on Amazon.
Because of its ergonomic and stylish design that allows for versatility, the Kone's on/off button is found at the very tip of the handheld portion, which means that it cannot be switched on or off with your thumb because your thumb is busy holding on to the vacuum when it's in your hand, therefore, in order to turn the unit on or off, you must use your free hand to press on the button. This is not a major fault, but is still somewhat annoying as I often forget where the button is!
Although extremely pleasing to look at, I have found that although the unit is quite small, it isn't really small enough to be kept on a shelf or table... not without looking somewhat bulky and odd. The Kone looks much better placed in a corner of the room, at the top of the stairs or on the landing in between bedrooms.
Having purchased the Kone last year in order to take with me on my camping holiday in Dorset, I was really impressed at how versatile the Kone is. Not only did it pick up sand and crumbs inside the tent, but it acted as a nightlight... which was incredibly handy when nature called in the wee [no pun intended... okay... maybe just a little] hours of the morning.
Once back home, I plugged it in a corner of the lounge, and it has happily served me since and given me no reason to pack it away with my camping gear... although I did notice a slight whiff coming out of it [from the dirt cup] a month or so after purchasing it, I removed the filter/basket and a quick wash and rinse under the tap soon fixed the problem... and with the added bonus of a few drops of perfume or even a quick spray of air freshener, it leaves a nice scent in the house whenever I use it.
All in all, this is one of the best handheld cordless vacuum cleaners available on the market today, and with its ergonomic and stylish design it has become a talking point with guests in my home... available for under £20.00 in many online and offline shops, it's definitely a winner in my books.
A year or so ago, I was looking for a handheld vacuum cleaner that I could use to clean the interior of our car, as it can get really grubby and it is a pain to drag the hoover outside just to clean the car. I was searching on Amazon when I cam across this device, the Kone, which didn't really look like a typical handheld vac at all, but I was drawn to it because it looked quite quirky and unusual.
The Kone, as you can see from the picture above, is a white, cone shaped device (hence the name!). The bottom half forms a base, in which you can slot the cleaner itself and charge it up. The top half is the cleaner, which, when removed from the base is a sort of "diamond" shape, for want of a better word, basically imagine two cones stuck end to end and you will get the idea!
To use the cleaner, you need to charge it for several hours. You can tell it is charging because a small round indicator light will appear on the cone. Once it has charged you can remove the cleaner from the base and start work. The very tip of the cone has a power button, which starts the suction. You cannot vary the suction strength, but it is quite powerful,and certainly powerful enough to tackle most jobs. The suction end of the cleaner is shaped in a way that enables it to get into nooks and crannies quite easily. The performance is excellent, and the cleaner is really easy to use.
After use, you simply twist the two halves of the cleaner to open it up and empty out the dust into a bin. The cleaner has a washable filter, but it doesn't need washing very often, as most times you can just tap the dust off into the bin. Then it is simply a case of slotting the cleaner back into the base charger to recharge it.
This is a really handy device and has lots of practical uses. I like to use it on my stair carpet, as I find it a lot easier than stretching the hoover hose. I also use it to pick up all the crubs and bits that fall down the back of the chairs and setee. It is great for cleaning the places that the hoover can't quite reach, such as edges of carpet, or for quickly cleaning up crumbs and mess fron the carpet. Because of its portability, it is great for cleaning the car too.
The look of the Kone is really unique and different. The advertise it as being a "focal point", but the reason I like it is the exact opposite. It blends in with any decor quite easily because of its simple design.I keep mine in the kitchen, but it would be at home in any room because it is unobtrusive. I also like to try and get people to work out what they think it is. Usually nobody can guess, and they certainly don't think it is a vacuum cleaner. It is very modern looking, but as it is a neutral colour, it goes well anywhere. My kitchen is very traditional in design, but it doesn't look out of place on the worktop.
My only slight gripe with the Kone is the fact you can't add a brush attatchment, as I think this would be really useful. I have a cat, and the Kone isn't great at picking up cat hair off the furniture, and would benefit from a brush attatchment to make this job easier. Apart from that, I can't really complain.
Product dimensions: L16.3 x W15.6 x H45.3 cm
0.2l bagless cup
7.2v mains adapter
The product cost me £19.99 from Amazon.
I recently purchased a VAX Kone as I needed something that was handy and easy to use around the house. I have several pets and I find this an ideal handheld vacuum cleaner for most small jobs. The Kone is very easy to assemble and use (only one push button to turn it on and off) and it has the added bonus of glowing a lovely blue colour when it is charging in its base unit. I have made it a bit of a feature in my living room which means that it is even more convenient to use. It does not hold an awful amount of dust/dirt and you do regularly have to clean out the filter in order to get maximum suction out of it. The Kone is a basic vacuum cleaner with no extra attatchments or additional settings but if you want an attractive handheld cleaner that deals with most small jobs I think this is spot on.
When I moved out of the city recently I gave my cordless wet and dry Proaction hand dust buster to the lady next door to me who kept the communal garden tidy and pristine. Thinking that I would be able to find the same model again at Argos proved to be disappointing however. My old Proaction had been replaced with an "Argos Value," label and wasn't exactly the same model by design or power. Amidst the many vacuums I have however, my mum pines for something which is easy to use and easy to grab in an instant; thus necessitating the purchase of a hand vac and I've been keeping an eye on the market not just for my interest.
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Thanks to the recession it seems that most dust busters with better power than 4 volts are priced between £23 to £28 and it was only last year that buyers could purchase a powerful dust buster for half the price. It has to be said that in part perhaps due to recession and Dyson's arrival of his cordless hand held dust busters, other companies are starting to take note of quality and durability. This relatively late newcomer to the Dooyoo database, the Vax Kone costs £15-95 from Rymans (Vax have a cheek to charge £48 on their UK website) but it was on EBay that I bought mine, brand new plus postage and packaging for the same price. The new name of "Au Naturelle," for selling household appliances, "BN," sell the newer model to the Kone, known as the Vax "Kurv," and both ranges have been designed by a designer called Karim Rashid hence the "K" associations.
In my long experience of vacuum cleaners including cordless dust busters, I've never quite been able to extract much performance from dust busters that have a lower voltage than 9.6 volts; this Vax Kone has a 7.2 volts power so it's not surprising that the expectation of pick up here is lowly. For the purpose of adding to the home however the Kone looks like a large pyramid and reminiscent some what of the fan driven air purifiers UK buyers could purchase several years ago. Styled in clean white and with minimalist details such as the power on bottom at the tip (push in and it turns on, no need to keep your finger on it unlike some cheaper dust busters) the simplicity of the Kone is refreshingly different and quite unique compared to dust busters of old, with excess cables trailing about not to mention somewhere to put the dust buster when its charging.
Thus the base of this cylindrical pyramid, or literally, cone acts as the charging base for the Kone and the 0.5 metre power cord can be snapped and hidden underneath with a little nib for the cord to sprout out the back. A switch on the underside provides an on/off function for extra lights that can be permanently left on. This creates a pleasing white glow in our kitchen where the Kone now takes pride of place and justifies the next reason for purchasing this appliance; a further central white "Spot," lights up to show that the Kone is charging on the main body turning the whole shape and visual look into something robotic akin to some of the gadgets shown on Doctor Who or Stark Trek! Whilst I can find my way around my home in the dark, my mum can't and she always gets up in the wee hours of morning following her coffee addiction or simply just to get up to have a bite from the fridge. The problem is that up until now, whilst one half of the house is lit up thanks to a cheap and novel plug light I've had for years, a guidance light in the form of a energy bulb fitted table lamp isn't that cost effective if say, left on for five hours in the morning. Thus, my method at the time of purchase was in the back of my mind - the Vax Kone for all that it is a dust buster has an illuminating base light and whilst it doesn't light up the house, it gives my mother a guidance light to see where she's going when she's just out of sleep.
The performance however has surpassed my expectations; absolutely brilliant and a surprise that we needed one for all the cylinder and upright vacuums I own! For a dust buster that has 7.2 volts (or as the Vax manual also suggests, 13 to 15 watts) I'm pleasantly surprised by this cordless hand dust buster. For starters it weighs 865g on the hand held part alone, which could be a little heavy for some, whilst the charging base is a lot lighter. The downside to its clean design however means that whilst it has no ribbed or rubberised hand grip, it could in theory slip out of the hand because of its sloping nature. Here however is where the design comes into its own; the mouth of the dust buster has a natural curve set to it, almost like a food scoop so it sucks dirt in easily whilst its angled shape at the base means it's able to slide along flat surfaces unlike older dust busters that retain a rectangular space. There's a natural point and "squirt," movement here that I find very useful due to its design. For the three weeks we've both used this however, there has never been a time when the hand held part has slipped out of our hands and my mum finds the Kone to be a great dust buster even though it's somewhat large for its size made more so by its colour and shape - the natural tapering of the cone shape logically places your hand in the right way to hold the Kone when in use although you can slip your hand down further for more exact pin point suction accuracy. The corners of our kitchen floor for example seem to be an apt and able design test for the Kone and it passes with flying colours. This is a dry only pick up dust buster however but it does most jobs well and thanks to its stylish shape there are no other attachments with this dust buster due to its natural scooping design.
The 7.2 volt battery has to be charged for 24 hours at first use before the Kone can be used, and thereafter 7 to 8 hours but I'm very happy that the Kone had some initial power when I first tried it out of the box to suss out the noise. It has a general running time of 25 to 30 minutes but if anyone uses a cordless dust buster for that amount of time, I think they may as well take out their main vacuum cleaner to save time and strain on the cordless motor. Being a cheap Dirt Devil in disguise means that it is noisy however, but it isn't any less noisy than the expensive Black and Decker hand held we had many years ago. Certainly when someone talks, it's hard to hear when this hand held is activated.
When it's taken out of the box (mine was already assembled) the Kone may need some assembly on its filter ring and the filter ring holder that has to be attached to the main motor. It is here that whilst white is a lovely clean colour, it brings a few seconds to realign the lock ring to the main body before the filter cup can be attached. A small half circle on the back of the Kone shows how to line up the filter cup to the main body and its here that for the first time I thought I might break the cup when I didn't attach it with the circles meeting up to each other. Vax could paint these circles black so that owners can see more easily (I've used a black marker pen on mine!) because it is easy to open up the dust cup with a firm twist and its pick out mesh material filter before the cup can be emptied. The filter is washable by cold water only and it has to be fitted once it is dry completely. However it will be coming up to a month shortly and I don't see it necessary to clean the filter since it is still relatively white, unblemished and the Kone still sucks up dust relatively well; this may down to its small 0.2 litre dust cup capacity.
Following a video I had seen of this dust buster in action, I had serious doubts of whether the Vax Kone is a serious contender in the dust buster market. The video shows the Vax Kone blowing out talcum powder through its vents and whilst the filtration of the Kone may well be basic, it is a powerful enough cordless dust buster for me to use in the kitchen; picking up corn flakes, bits of food particles and general large pieces of dust. Knowing that talcum power is a very fine powder in its own right however means I won't be using it for that function. However for a kitchen dust buster or just something cheap and cheerful I reckon the Vax Kone has been hidden away for far too long. For all that its stylish, it certainly does the job I need it to do which in this day and age shows that sometimes function and form can work together! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009
I had been looking for a handheld vacuum for some time, but wanted one that would look good in my home. I came across the Vax Kone which looks fantastic - it really complements my minimalist style & looks great stood in my hallway. I thought that if I bought a handheld vac that could be left on display, then I would be more likely to use it! But, alas no, it still doesn't get used much....unfortunately the power is very low. The vacuum lasts for all of 30 seconds before dying (& this is fully charged!). I find it difficult to pick up larger crumbs etc - it just doesn't have the oomph to do so. On the plus side, it is easy to pop back in the charger & is easy to empty (& can hold a fair bit of dust & dirt). There is a light in the base which can be turned on/off independantly, which is good because at least it has some use! Overall, if you're looking for a stylish alternative to the typical handheld vacuum, & are only wanting to pick up small amounts of dirt then this is perhaps worth looking at. Prices are coming down, usual price is £40 upwards, but the kone can readily be found under £20 now. If you want something that will last longer & do a better job then I'd advise spending a little more & opting for a Black and Decker version.
Designed by the leading figure in product design, the Kone by Vax will be a focal point in your home / The top of the Kone is the handle of the hidden hand vac; simply remove from the charging base / Short name: Vax K-001