I do my share of chores around the house, but my wife got a gleam in her eye when I told her this week’s review topic was a vacuum and that I’d be testing it on various rooms in our house.
We have two vacuums in the house.
The one that gets the most use is a 13-year-old refurbished Dyson DC07 Upright Vacuum that I bought from Woot.com. A few years ago, we added a Shark IonFlex Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum for quick jobs around the house and for the cars.
This week I’m reviewing the Lupe Technology Pure Cordless vacuum, ($779, lupetechnology.com/products/pure-cordless-vacuum-cleaner), which really surprised me with its power.
The Lupe Pure was founded by Lucas Horne and Pablo Montero, who met in the research and development department at Dyson. They left to form a company to focus on creating a vacuum with greater suction and faster charging than the competition.
The Lupe Pure is made from 100% recyclable plastic, and if anything on the vacuum breaks, all the parts are removable and replaceable.
“The Pure Cordless is the domestic appliance designed not just to shake up the vacuum market but the entire home technology arena,” Montero said. “We have strived to make a product as reliable and long-lasting as possible and hope consumers understand our mission to make technology stand the test of time. We want to help keep appliances out of landfills and perform as well as they did on Day One for longer.”
The Pure Cordless cleans three different ways.
When assembled, it is an upright vacuum.
You can disconnect the hose from the base and use one of two attachments for quick cleanups. This is called hose mode.
You can also remove the base and attach the removable handle to the hose to extend the reach to clean up to the ceiling in what’s called handheld mode.
The 400-volt brushless motor spins up to 108,000 rpm.
You can run the vacuum in upright mode with the agitator turned on (for carpet) or off (for hard surfaces).
The pickup head has a large, covered foam roller. The roller turns when the motor runs. It reminds me of a self-propelled lawn mower. The vacuum just kind of pulls itself along.
The roller and head design also keep the pickup head stuck to the floor. You can feel the suction pulling the head down as you push and pull the vacuum across your rooms.
The suction power is impressive.
The 81-watt-hour battery can run for 60 minutes and charges in 3.5 hours.
Let’s talk about that run time.
The Pure Cordless has three speeds. You can get up to 60 minutes of cleaning at the lowest speed, 30 minutes at medium speed and just 15 minutes at the highest speed.
Higher speed equals higher suction, and you’ll have to do some testing at your house to figure out which speed works best for your floors.
Giving up run time for suction power makes sense. Try to use the lowest speed that you can that will clean your floors.
The battery is removable. The charging brick plugs into the battery, so you can charge with the battery in or out of the vacuum.
The company promises that you will soon be able to buy additional batteries to give you more run time.
For comparison, Dyson’s Outsize cordless vacuum ($799) says it runs for up to 120 minutes, but the Outsize includes two batteries and the run-time estimate is for using both batteries. My specific Shark IonFlex is no longer for sale, but a newer version, the F80 ($597.99) includes two batteries and can run for up to 80 minutes.
All the manufacturers say run times are approximate and will depend on the surface being cleaned and whether the cleaning head is being used. Powering those rollers takes more power and provides less run time.
The Pure Cordless makes a pretty loud noise at high speed (it whines like a jet), but the lower speeds are quieter.
Easy to empty
The Pure Cordless has a one-liter dustbin that empties easily.
The design has almost all the weight on the lower half of the vacuum, which keeps it standing when you store it.
You can also remove the bin for emptying without the vacuum tipping over.
Fully assembled, the vacuum weighs 10.1 pounds, and the weight for handheld mode is just 1.1 pounds.
The agitator and roller are removable for easy cleaning.
Cleaning modes and filters
We already talked about the three cleaning modes, but let’s talk about how you move between modes.
The Pure Cordless is made of black and white plastic and kind of resembles a penguin, but if you look at the body, there are some blue plastic parts here and there.
Those blue parts are where you press to disconnect the pieces.
To put it in handheld mode, you remove the pickup head and handle. You can choose from two cleaning tools for the hose — a crevice brush or an upholstery brush.
The Pure Cordless has two filters.
The first filter is below the motor. It is washable and is made of electrically charged material sandwiched between mesh on each side.
The second filter is above the motor. It is a washable HEPA filter.
Lupe says its filtration system captures 99.99% of fine dust.
How well does it work?
My house is all hard surface floors, and the Pure Cordless worked well on those. I could really feel the suction keeping the cleaning head firmly anchored on the floor.
The spinning roller does a good job of sweeping loose debris into the agitator and up the hose.
I tried all three speeds, and as you would expect, the cleaning was easier at the highest speed, but the medium speed also worked well.
To test it on carpet, I had to take it to my office. The Pure Cordless pulled plenty of dirt out of my office carpet and picked up all the dirt and crumbs I dropped in its path as a test.
Our office carpets are pretty low and not shaggy at all. I didn’t get to test it on carpet with high pile.
I did turn on the agitator for all the carpet testing.
Overall, I like the Pure Cordless better than the Shark IonFlex we currently own.
I don’t have a Dyson cordless vacuum to compare with the Pure Cordless.
Lupe Technologies addresses the competition on its website, saying, “The Pure Cordless’ patented suction intensifier delivers the strongest and most efficient suction of any cordless out there (nearly twice the useful suction of leading competitors) with optimum pickup across different surfaces and debris types — large, fine and pet hair.”
The Pure has its motor and dustbin down low near the floor. On the Shark I own (and the Dyson), the motor and dustbin are up high, so the dirt has to travel up two feet of tubing.
The fact that most of the weight of the Pure is down low helps to keep the cleaning head stuck to the floor.
With one universal cleaner head, you don’t waste time changing the cleaner head for different floor types or opening and closing manual flaps, so the performance is always optimized.
I realize that $779 is a lot of money to spend on what might be a secondary vacuum, but in a house like mine with all hard floors, the Pure Cordless could easily be our only vacuum. I would probably buy a second battery.
Pros: Great suction, versatile design, many user replaceable parts.
Cons: Expensive and battery life is short at the high power setting.
Bottom line: This is a worthy competitor to the best cordless vacuums.
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