Friday, December 19, 2014

Home Living | New Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum

If there's one household chore I love to do, it is vacuuming. Some people like doing dishes, some like folding laundry but me.. I really don't mind vacuuming all day long!! :P There's something about the droning sound and watching all the dirt get sucked up that makes it very therapeutic to me. Even after a hard day's work, it is the first cleaning task I'm willing to tackle because it actually helps me to relax. Am I the only weird one that thinks that way?? haha

Someone up there must have heard me lamenting that my current vacuum cleaner is a hassle to lug around though because recently, I received the new Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner!! Yippee yay! Vacuuming is so much more enjoyable now :)

The Athlet is very light {about 3kg} and compact. Although we don't live in a shoebox apartment, our home is filled with lots of toys, books and general family "stuff" which can make walkways pretty narrow. The Athlet is slim enough to maneuver around all these easily and since it is fitted with a flexible nozzle attachment, it is also easy to reach tight spaces like underneath sofas and cupboards. Even picking up dirt near the floor skirting is no problem.

Without a cord dragging behind it, the cordless Athlet can be used just about anywhere and doesn't get tangled with any furniture or toy behind, as what happened pretty often with my old vacuum cleaner! It's definitely less heavy and cumbersome, and I don't need to go searching for a power point all the time. Makes it unbelievably easy to go from room to room, especially when it glides so smoothly.

The Athlet does what it says it's supposed to do and is great at vacuuming Lil Pumpkin's slide, all types of tiles at home, and even my carpets.

I was pretty surprised at this since I heard cordless battery-powered models often lack suction power. However, this latest model from Bosch is as powerful as a 2,400-watt canister vacuum cleaner and is fabulous at picking up everything, even fine dust and random tissue bits from our carpets! And oh yes, our hair too. I've no idea why Lil Pumpkin and I shed so much hair! :P

I usually vacuum for about 1 hour at a time so there's no issue about battery life. It lasts up to an hour on full charge anyway. However, now that I don't need to waste time pulling a cumbersome vacuum canister, plugging in the cord, plugging out cord etc. I spend less time cleaning up the same areas and so a single charge is enough to last me for at least 3-4 runs if I use the lowest power setting for simple cleaning.

There's also a handy light indicator to tell you when its internal filter needs to be cleaned. No matter if you use a cordless vacuum cleaner or not, anyone with a bagless vacuum cleaner knows that you have to change the filters regularly to ensure optimum cleaning performance. That is the part of I hate to do though and usually leave it until it's too late and by then, the vacuum cleaner isn't as efficient. Oops!

With the Athlet, the system immediately indicates when the filter cartridge needs to be cleaned. It only needs to be given a rinse though, and not replaced. Like the dirt container {which I also don't like to clean}, it's very easy to remove and empty, even when full. I won't say that I like doing these jobs now, but at least it's not as troublesome as before.

The Athlet comes with a simple wall-plug for you to charge it with and can stand up by itself.  We usually tuck it away neatly in a corner of Lil Pumpkin's room. It's easy enough for her to use and she likes to vacuum too, just like me haha.

I'm not going to say no to extra help in cleaning our home, and love watching her help around the house :) I actually think it's pretty important that she helps with the household chores as it teaches her responsibility and an appreciation for the warm, loving home she lives in.

Check this cute video of Lil Pumpkin vacuuming her room. If it isn't working, watch it on my YouTube channel instead.

The Bosch Athlet is currently available at all leading departmental and electrical stores island-wide. It comes in dark navy or white, and prices start from S$599. It is probably more premium than other cordless vacuum cleaners, but for the convenience and advantages it comes with, you will get your money's worth back.

If you know someone who loves vacuuming as much as I do, this might make a great gift this Christmas for him/her ;) And with the Chinese New Year just around the corner, this handy home appliance is just what you need to get yourself and your home prepared to welcome friends and family.

* Disclosure: Bosch provided the Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner BCH6255N1 for review. All opinions are my own.


An Apel a Day said...

I could use one of those. We don't have a lot of things we vacuum around here. We have all wood floors, and a leather sofa. I do have a few rugs, and the inside of the couches I vacuum.

Theresa Mahoney said...

You even got Lil Pumpkin to use it! Anything that gets the kids to want to do chores is fantastic in my book!

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

We have a stick vac and my kids LOVE using it! I hope you're really well Ai. Em x

Stacy said...

You like vacuumning... ok I am not going to be with you for the rest of this post haha.

Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds like an awesome vacuum! I love that you put the little one to work ;)

mail4rosey said...

That would be way easier for the kids to use than the kind with a cord!! I'm so over the cord here sometimes. I really hate when it unplugs because I've moved too far from the wall. ;)

Grace said...

Oh, Ai…I will happily let you do my vacuuming if you like :)
But I do love Bosch. We have a Bosch dryer and it was the best choice for energy conservation. And going cordless is the best idea! Ever!
Merry Christmas to you and your gorgeous family. Big hugs to Lil Pumpkin! x

Ai Sakura said...

Alissa: You mean you can't vacuum wooden floors?? Is it because you're worried it will scratch?

Theresa: Yes, easy for her to use too! haha

Em: Thanks dear. We are well!

Stacy: haha yes I do!! Hate laundry and washing dishes :P

Masshole Mommy: Totally milking it while she thinks it's "fun" :P

mail4rosey: hate when that happens too!

Grace: A dryer sure eats up a lot of energy. Happy Holidays to you and your darling family too :)

Rina said...

Hmm I need a cordless vacuum! Happy holiday to you and family :)

Unknown said...

Hi, I was looking for a vacuum cleaner and came across your site. How noisy is the vacuum cleaner? I have 3 kids and usually do my housecleaning when they are asleep.

Ai Sakura said...

Rina: It is sooooo handy!

Wendy: I think it's not that bad actually, especially if you use the lowest level which is ok for normal vacuuming. I vacuum outside sometimes when my girl sleeps, but the room door will be closed and it's ok for her. You should test it out at the shops first to see if it suits you :)