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UPRIGHT-CUM-HANDHELD

LG CORDZERO 2-IN-1 VACUUM CLEANER VS8400SCW
$599, from major electrical stores

THE MACHINE
This upright model with a stowaway handheld unit offers a comprehensive cleaning solution: Use the full-sized vacuum cleaner for regular floor work, then pop out the handheld unit to swoop in on hard-to-reach corners, shelves, or even mattresses.

The charging stand conveniently comes with an additional slot for the spare battery, which means you will always have a backup on standby. Each battery takes 41⁄2 hours to recharge fully, and the power lasts about 30 minutes.

USING IT
With a streamlined body and a slight “ledge” at the back of the handle for a more comfortable grip, it’s a breeze to nudge around the house when used as an upright vacuum cleaner.

The anti-tangle brush head swivels 180 degrees, which comes in handy for awkward corners, but the bulbous head may not fit under some furniture. Compared with a regular vacuum cleaner, it took one or two more swipes to pick up large particles like cookie chunks.

The cordless concept is truly liberating, as I am no longer a slave to cables that get caught around table legs and jutting corners, nor do I have to worry about looking for power sockets. The handheld unit is light and easy to use too. Its D-shaped handle is easy on the hand. It had rather strong suction and picked up both fine dust and crumbs well.

VERDICT
Cleans equally well as an upright and as a handheld machine. 

This article was first published in Simply Her September 2015.