I’ve been looking for a decent hand vacuum to use around the house and in my car for quite a while now. Most of these units are either poor quality, don’t do a good enough job cleaning or have terrible battery life. So when I received Ryobi’s ONE+ 18v EVERCHARGE hand vac as a gift this past week, I was pleasantly surprised that it exceeded all my expectations.
WATCH: My unboxing video of the Ryobi ONE+ 18v EVERCHARGE hand vacuum
My first thoughts on Ryobi’s hand vac was that it feels like a much more durable product than others I’ve tested in this market. Unlike similar units from Black & Decker and Dirt Devil, I’m not too concerned the Ryobi hand vac would break even if it fell off a table. While it’s not heavy by any means, it does have a bit of weight to it, giving the user more control. The grip also feels nice and makes it easy to hold and use. And the placement of the on/off button is reachable by even my 9-year-old’s thumb.
The first full charge of the ONE+ 18v battery took about 5 hours to complete. After that the unit charges via a wall-mounted holster and stays topped up. The unit also has an LED light to indicate if the battery is full or needs charging. I cleaned my entire car after a day at the beach with two kids (sand everywhere!) without running out of juice. As a bonus, any Ryobi ONE+ lithium-ion battery will work with the hand vac so if you have other Ryobi ONE+ tools you can swap the batteries in a pinch.
No doubt, this is not a typical hand vac when it comes to suction. This thing sucks (in a good way)! Other than my sand-filled car, I’ve used it to vacuum up cat hair on a small rug, gravel my kids brought into the house after a trip to the playground, my father-in-laws camper trailer and a box of cereal I dropped on the floor. It was also great at sucking up fruit flies that somehow took over my kitchen (they didn’t have a chance once I started it up).
The Ryobi ONE+ 18v EVERCHARGE hand vac has a 3.5 cup capacity canister, which is large enough to clean the average car. It also has a dual filter system to catch small debris. Removing the canister to empty it is very easy to do. Just keep in mind this is meant for dry items only so sucking up wet items should be avoided.
Because of the power of the hand vac, the unit is pretty loud. It’s tolerable for small clean-ups around the house, but when you get into doing an entire car or cleaning up a trailer or tent while camping, it’s definitely noticeable. Of course the trade-off is that it’s more powerful.
After a week with the Ryobi ONE+ 18v EVERCHARGE hand vacuum I am still very impressed with it and don’t know how I lived without one for so long. I love the wall mount charger and ease of use (even my kids can use it to clean up their messes) and feel it’s truly a game changer in this market. The only potential downside is that there are absolutely no attachments for it. I haven’t found this to be an issue though and feel it helps keep everything more organized in the long run.
The Ryobi ONE+ 18v EVERCHARGE hand vac kit includes the P714 EVERCHARGE Hand Vacuum, P102 18V ONE+ Compact Lithium-Ion Battery, P180 Wall Adaptor/Charger and Operator’s Manual. It will be available in Canada exclusively at Home Depot later this summer with a MSRP of $88. For more information, visit ryobitools.ca.
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