Forget unpacking a heavy vacuum, unwinding the cord and plugging it in the next time you spill a few measly chips or need to get the cat hair off your couch.
Gtech’s new vacuum is determined to make your life easier.
“Floor care has to go cordless — the vacuum is the only product we drag around room-to-room with a cable,” says Nick Grey, founder of the British design firm and inventor of the new device.
His solution is the AirRam, a sleek lightweight unit that runs on a rechargeable lithium ion batter that lasts up to 40 minutes and “is powerful enough to clean a four-bedroom home.”
Impressive, but it gets better. The AirRam is 20 times more energy-efficient than most vacuums. And it can be hooked up to your computer via a USB cable to find out information like how many calories you’ve burned during the chore and how much power you’ve saved.
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“We try and make the product very smart,” says Grey. “It’s a bit ambitious to [call it] the iPad of vacuum cleaners, but it’s got one button. And you press your button, and whatever you push [it] over, it will clean well. It’s very simple.”
Since vacuuming isn’t our favorite household activity, we asked Grey some essentials:
How often should people vacuum?
“It’s not necessary to clean more than once a week unless you’ve got a really busy home.”
What are the benefits of vacuuming, not sweeping?
“Sweeping, if you’ve got mostly hard floors, is very convenient. You’d better have a pretty good vacuum to beat [a broom] on hard floors. The advantage to using a vacuum is there’s less airborne dirt; it all goes in and is contained. There are also no bristles, which can get dirty. The dust won’t blow up in the air, it will get sucked up inside.”