Electrolux is known for its sleek and modern looking vacuums. The EL1061A Ergorapido Brushroll Clean 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum is no exception – the question is, then, whether it’s all looks or if there’s some real value and modern features to match its appearance. Keep reading and we’ll investigate it together.
The Brushroll Clean clocks in at 12 volts. That’s somewhat lower than average for most stick vacuums – it’s probably limited by its handheld aspect in power, but it’s still at least respectable and workable for its size.
This vacuum does pretty well even it is limited somewhat by including a handheld – it can easily handle small messes on bare floors and even low pile carpet. It interestingly has both high and low power settings, which is a little odd considering it only has twelve volts, but it can be used to extend your runtime if you’re not doing heavy cleaning.
Ease of Use
This is one area where the Brushroll Clean shines. Of course there is the fact that you can easily switch from a stick vacuum to a handheld so you can do floors, counters, and furniture all with one tool. Along with that are an LED headlight to help you see dust, a 180 swivel head, and most impressively, a feature unique to Electrolux: a brushroll cleaning feature. Just hold the button down for 10-15 seconds, and it will strip hair right off!
Battery Life and Charging Time
The Brushroll Clean comes with a NiMH battery – it’s not a Lithium-Ion battery, but it’s much better than the NiCad batteries that many vacuums use. It still takes 15-20 hours to charge, but the charger is Energy Star rated and gives a good 15 minute runtime, which is plenty for cleaning an apartment or several rooms.
This vacuum weighs only 5.3 pounds, not too bad for a 2-in-1 vacuum, especially when you look at the fact that the handheld part of it is, of course, going to weigh much less than that, even.
Electrolux has included a relatively traditional filter with this vacuum, though it has the added feature of a snap-spring that makes cleaning dust off much easier.
The Brushroll Clean’s dust bin is about 13 ounces – that’s plenty if you’re just considering the handheld aspect, but if you’re using it as a stick vacuum there’s a fair chance it’ll fill up before you might expect.
While the dust bin was another example of this vacuum being limited by its handheld, if it was just a stick vacuum you wouldn’t have the advantage of getting the accessories that handhelds come with. In this case, the crevice-nozzle is even integrated into the handheld itself, and extends from its mouth. Electrolux also offers scented packs that you can use to make your home smell nicer as you clean, as well.
The NiMH batteries go a long way toward the Brushroll Clean having good reliability – they perform better in the long run than the more common NiCad batteries. Electrolux also makes a quality vacuum itself, and the brushroll cleaning feature really helps with maintenance.
Because of those things, there’s a good chance you’ll need the full two-year limited warranty that comes with this vacuum, which, incidentally, is an industry standard for this price range.
If we were just going by power alone, the Brushroll Clean would be somewhat overpriced. Its cost is much more palatable, however, when you take into account its quality, special features, and the simple fact that you’re essentially paying for two different vacuums at once.
- handheld and stick vacuum capable
- self-cleaning brushroll
- LED headlight and swivel head
- lightweight and quiet
- integrated accessory
- low power
- smaller dust bin
The Brushroll Clean is an interesting vacuum. It backs up its sleek look with several recent innovations that make it easy to use, though it doesn’t back that up in turn with a lot of power. In light of that, it would be a good choice if you don’t have difficult surfaces to clean but want the Electrolux’s quality and modern amenities.