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GTech AirRam MK2 Review

Review overview

Features 8
Battery Life 9
Design & Accessories 8.5
Performance 9
Value 9

Summary

8.7 Our Score Overall, the new Gtech AirRam cordless, bagless hoover is ideal for people with large open spaces and have little need to use it to clean their upholstery, vehicles and other tough-to-reach areas

What is the Gtech AirRam Mk2?

For those who are entertaining the thought of buying a cordless hoover, it’s worth noting that there are many price points to look at. As with most products, the higher the price, the better the product and features. The Gtech AirRam MK2 is a mid-priced cordless vacuum cleaner and successor over the original model that was released back in 2012. It’s a simple, lightweight stick design with little to offer in the way of versatility, but it does the job well for what it was designed for – basic cleaning on both carpeted and hard flooring.

Unlike most other models, all the technology is contained in the main cleaning head which makes it relatively inexpensive to replace parts once the standard two-year guarantee runs out. It also works a little differently than other vacuum cleaners because it doesn’t create suction in the traditional way, but rather relies primarily on a motorized rotating brush and fan to sweep up the dirt as you go. For instance, it doesn’t stick to the floor like a normal hoover but brushes the dirt up into its 0.8-litre receptacle (which Gtech expresses can compress up to 2.4 litres of debris). Other reviewers have noted that it almost pulls itself across the floor as a result, making it easier to use.

This an interesting offering which is why we decided to buy one and write this Gtech AirRam Mk2 review to give you the nitty-gritty.

Pros

  • Floor Compatible – It works on both hard and carpeted flooring without the need to change settings or heads like some other stick hoovers.
  • Battery Life – It lasts up to 40 minutes which is impressive by most cordless vacuum standards.
  • Headlights – This hoover has lights to help you see any dirt or debris you might otherwise miss.
  • Cleaning – It is easy to empty the dirt receptacle and clean the filter. It’s bagless so this will cut down on costs.

Cons

  • Lack of Versatility – It doesn’t contain additional attachments to be used in other areas. It’s only suitable for cleaning the floor which might not make it an ideal ‘only’ vacuum cleaner.
  • Flimsy – The plastic parts feel a little cheap and easy to break.
  • Edges – This isn’t an ideal hoover for tackling edges.

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Gtech AirRam Mk2 Key Features

AirLoc Technology – This model from Gtech uses their patented AirLock system which uses a front flap to help ensure both large and smaller items are picked up. If you have some compressed dirt, by pulling the hoover backwards the flap drops down to create a seal that helps to create more suction.

Dirt Collection System – The AirRam Mk2 contains a new dirt collection system with a slider that allows you to remove it from the head and empty the ‘bales’ of debris into your bin without spilling.

Ultra-Low Profile – Many will enjoy the ultra-low profile of this hoover, which means that it’s possible to better reach under furniture as the handle drops down to make it nearly horizontal while you clean.


Battery Life

The Gtech AirRam Mk2 uses a 22-volt lithium-ion battery that helps it to produce 100 watts. It takes around 4 hours to fully charge the battery (less if the battery isn’t fully depleted), which offers up to 40 minutes of continuous use. The battery has 4 green LED indicators to show how much juice is left and can be removed from the head for practical charging so you can keep the bulk of the hoover stored away while not in use. This also provides the opportunity to purchase a separate battery to ensure you always have a spare charged, but at an additional £69.95 at the time of writing this review, it’s not cheap.

Design & Accessories

GTech Airram Performance

As mentioned, the AirRam Mk2 is a lightweight, plastic vacuum cleaner that is simple in design. It actually resembles an upright hoover more closely than a stick model and comes in a mixture of grey, black and light green. It is easy to use and move around the house (especially with the telescopic handle) and is less taxing than an upright hoover as it’s so light (3.5kg). Consequently, many people who have disabilities or limitations such as a back injury that prevents them using a traditionally corded hoover will be more benefited by it. All the important parts and functions (including the on/off button) are on the head rather than the handle.

The build quality is questionable, especially when compared to the more expensive Dyson models, but most consumers are happy with their purchase and are careful when emptying the dirt or cleaning the brush. Unfortunately, this product does not come with additional accessories which means it’s often regarded as a good ‘second’ hoover rather than a primary option. This does depend on your property, however, and what expectations you have as to the machine’s capabilities.

It will need to be assembled straight out of the box, which contains the following:

  1. Cleaning Head
  2. Upper Handle
  3. Lower Handle
  4. Battery
  5. Charger
  6. Bin/Receptacle
  7. Filter
  8. Brush Bar Hole Plug

For those who do want some extra versatility, it’s possible to purchase the Gtech AirRam Mk2 with a smaller cordless handheld Gtech ‘Multi’ vacuum cleaner at a discounted price. This has more attachments including a standard smaller cleaning head, crevice tool and dusting brush. It also comes with a flexible hose and a 36cm extension tube for floor to ceiling cleaning. For the additional price though, most consumers would be better off considering a do-it-all hoover rather than shelling out for two separate products.

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Size & Dimensions

The GTech Airram is a lightweight, cordless vacuum that weighs just 3.5kg. It has an adjustable handle, which makes it easy for the smallest or tallest of consumers.

  • Height – 35 inches
  • Width – 12 inches
  • Weight – 3.5kg

Performance

GTech Airram Carpet

The AirRam Mk2 is powerful enough to pick up most dirt and debris from both carpeted and hard flooring areas, though it’s primary limitation is with long hair (both of the human and animal kind). It will pick it up, but the hair will wrap around the cleaning brush which will need to be removed from the head, and then cut with a pair of scissors before you can continue vacuuming. It’s, therefore, better recommended for those who have no pets, or pets with short hair. Gtech does make a K9 version of this vacuum cleaner that is better suited toward picking up animal hair and withstanding the extra wear and tear on the components.

It is light enough to be used on stairs and does work in corners, though can leave a small trail of dust on the edges which is where a crevice attachment would come in handy. If the brush becomes clogged and jams, this is usually indicated by it stopping and illuminating 4 red LEDs on the battery pack. To clear the blockage is easy enough, though you will need to remove the battery, press the brush bar button on the side and pull out the brush bar from the bottom of the AirRam. You can then clean it before re-installing it as well as the battery. The 4 red LED’s should then turn green so you can continue cleaning.

The 0.8-litre dirt canister or receptacle will likely need to be emptied after every use, but it’s easy to remove and is not messy. Simply pull it off of the AirRam head, release the latch and slide the green lever across to empty all the contents into your rubbish bin. Once a month or so you should remove the lifetime filter for cleaning under running water. This is located in the dirt receptacle and is easy to remove from the filter housing and inner shroud, though you will need to wait several hours for it to dry fully before reassembly. If there is moisture in the dirt canister it will make emptying more difficult.

Price

The Gtech AirRam Mk2 vacuum cleaner costs a little under £200 which puts it in a mid-priced category with some stiff competition. It’s much cheaper than the top models, but there are a number of contenders on the market with other features that threaten the usefulness of this machine. Spare parts (apart from the battery) are relatively cheap to replace though if you fall outside of the 2-year guarantee.

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Verdict

Overall, the new Gtech AirRam cordless, bagless hoover is ideal for people with large open spaces and have little need to use it to clean their upholstery, vehicles and other tough-to-reach areas. Being cordless and light also offers practicality that can’t be matched with normal corded models. It was designed only for floor cleaning which it does more than adequately, but you will need to decide if you need additional attachments before making a decision.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Gtech AirRam Mk2 have more than one power setting?

No, this vacuum cleaner contains one continuous power setting. It provides consistent power in this setting.

Is this a smart option for those with pets?

While many people with pets have had no issues with the Gtech AirRam and some consumers have even left glowing reviews to this testament, those with longer or thicker haired pets that moult a lot may want to consider the K9 option.

Will I need to charge it more than once to clean my house?

Most people can clean their houses in one go. However, this depends just how large and dirty your home is when you hoover. If your home gets dirty often, it may be smart to use this for the high traffic areas throughout the week and the rest of the house when you choose to clean in one setting.

Is this best for carpeted or hard flooring?

The new AirRam is suitable for all types of flooring. You also don’t need to change settings or heads when transitioning from one to the other which is common with other hoovers.

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The author Will

Having gone through the rigmarole of choosing and purchasing a vacuum cleaner, Will knows best the absolutely horrendous journey of a vacuum cleaner consumer. He now focuses his time and attention on helping you find the perfect vacuum cleaner for your needs.