Let me be honest, at ToolsReview we are not fans of hoovering, we are more into making a mess testing out all the power tools we review than cleaning up after ourselves. However when Gtech sent us the newly launched Gtech Pro Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, we jumped at the chance of putting it through its paces.
[Full disclaimer: Gtech sent us this product free of charge to review but with no requirements of how we review it. At ToolsReview we pride ourselves on our independence and objectivity and we won’t pull any punches. If however we like the product then we will be more than happy to recommend it]
Gtech Pro – What’s in the box
The Gtech Pro ships with all the accessories you could ever need. In the box you get:
1 x Gtech Pro body (1 bag pre-fitted)
1 x 22v Li-ion battery
1 x Extension floor tube
1 x Power floor head
1 x Power brush
1 x Dusting brush
1 x Crevice tool
1 x Charger
1 x Spare bag
Gtech Pro Configurations
The Gtech Pro is a very versatile piece of kit – its modular construction means you can reconfigure the tool from one job to another with only a few clicks and in seconds.
Bagged or Bagless?
One thing that really does stand out on the Gtech Pro is the fact that its a bagged vacuum cleaner. With more and more brands moving to a bagless setup this is not something you see often but the idea behind it does have some merit.
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One of the main failings of bagless vacuum cleaners is the potential for incidents and mess when dumping the contents of the vac into a bin or black bag.
I know from experience how messy this can be. I’ve pressed the release button by mistake and dumped several house cleans worth of dirt and dust on the kitchen floor or managed to release an apocalyptic cloud of dust over the bin.
Gtech’s implementation of a bagged vacuum cleaner removes this problem entirely. Ok, i’ll admit it does add additional costs over the lifetime of the unit – but the bags are surprisingly cheap considering their quality.
On the Gtech website extra bags are currently retailing for £9.99 for 10 and given that Gtech rates the life of each bag from 1 to 3 months depending on usage, this isn’t going to cost a lot with a single pack lasting upto 2 and a half years, not bad for a tenner.
The bags themselves are high quality, triple layered bags designed to filter out dust particles of varying sizes. Each bag has a maximum capacity of 1.5 litres of dust before they need to be replaced. A handy light on the top of the case allows you to see into the bag so you know when it’s starting to get a bit full.
At launch, the bags are only available from Gtech but i’m sure that there will be a trade in 3rd party compatible versions soon, but given that Gtech are selling them for a pound a go, it’s really not worth bothering with.
The performance of the Gtech Pro really isn’t an issue – suction is perfectly adequate when using the Pro’s eco setting to conserve battery life, and superb when using the maximum power mode.
The maximum power mode makes cleaning harder to shift dirt and particles like grit and small stones incredibly easy. In some cases however, it can be a bit too powerful.
So far i’ve already lost a £1 coin to the Gtech Pro and had to untangle a USB charging cable from the vacuum head – the Gtech Pro had enough power to suck up the entire 3 foot cable, pull it from the USB socket and wrap itself around several times. Extraction was easy but a little time consuming. My advice would be to avoid loose items (like cables) or use the lower powered eco mode in these areas.
Should you ever suck up anything like a cable for example, the Gtech Pro will auto shutdown – the unit simply switches itself off and the battery indicator flashes red. In this instance, simply remove the offending blockage and power back on – you can carry on where you left off.
The two supplied powered heads make light work of most surfaces. This is especially noticeable if you are used to using a cheaper, friction based vac. Whereas you usually need to push or pull the head over your flooring and carpet, the Gtech literally glides with zero effort.
Two heads are supplied, one power floor head and one power brush. The power floor head, as named is designed for general flooring use and is capable of switching surfaces as you go – no more pressing buttons on the top of the head when moving from laminate to carpet, this does it all for you.
The power brush is a smaller version of the power floor head but intended for use on fabrics and smaller carpeted areas. This head is ideal for hoovering the car with and will work on all your surfaces from rubber mats to fabric seating.
The best feature of the Gtech Pro in my opinion is possibly the most frivolous of the lot – the Gtech Pro has headlights to see where you are cleaning!
This is actually more useful that it sounds. The lights are situated on the leading edge of the power heads and cast long shadows as you are cleaning. This means you can clearly see what you are vacuuming up. It’s a simple idea that is brilliantly executed.
I love work lights on my combi drills, why not on my vacuum cleaners?
Battery life is good for such a compact unit. We found that the supplied 22v battery was good for about 30 minutes continuous hoovering using a mix of the maximum and eco power settings. This gives you more than enough run time to do a medium sized semi-detached house in a single session.
As you’d expect, running the Gtech Pro on the maximum power setting will result in less run time, but at a higher performance level. When used like this you can expect around 20 to 25 minutes run time. The eco mode on the other hand should give you up to 40 minutes but of lower performance.
Charging from flat takes around 4 hours, however the battery does support a quick charge system where you can leave it for just an hour before using it – this is ideal if you only need a few minutes use.
The battery also unclips from the main body of the Gtech Pro which means you dont have to charge the device where you store it – the battery is nice and compact and can be charged from a wall socket like a standard power bank. When ready, you can just clip it back into place and start cleaning. This design also means that you can invest in a second battery – which would be ideal if you have a larger home and required more run time in a single sitting.
At only 1.4Kg for the main body of the Gtech Pro – it feels remarkably lightweight for the amount of power it can deliver. The body of the Pro is also very well balanced. Gtech have clearly put a lot of effort into the design and weight distribution.
Even adding on the included extension poles or powered heads doesn’t really affect the balance at all – you can use the extension pole and the dusting brush at full length to dust your coving without it ever becoming uncomfortable – even for extended periods.
The main body of the vacuum is constructed from durable, impact resistant ABS plastic and while it doesn’t feel as solid as some other vacuums you know it’s going to be able to take a beating before it gives up.
The Gtech Pro is a very lightweight easy to use cordless vacuum.
At launch, the Gtech Pro retails at £249 for the complete kit and is firmly situated at the premium end of the market and competes with the likes of Dyson and Shark for market share – but is it good value?
I think that the Gtech Pro does offer good value for money when you take into account the amount of time you’ll save over the devices lifetime. I can do my full house in around 25 minutes with the Gtech, with my older Nilfisk VP300 Eco that i’ve had for the past 5 years, it takes about 40 minutes top to bottom, and i’ve not got to drag it everywhere I go.
At two cleans a week that adds up to 2 hours saved per month and 24 over the year.
If you value your time then the Gtech Pro is a good investment in the long run.
The Gtech’s 2 Year warranty also adds piece of mind that your purchase will be covered should the unlikely event happen and it breaks down on you.
As a slight criticism of the device, the one thing that surprised me was that the Gtech Pro ships with only two bags, it would have been nice for them to ship with a few more as a starter pack. I think i’m really nit picking here but as they work out at a pound a piece, they could have chucked a few more into the deal.
Gtech Pro Manual
Although a paper copy of the manual is included in the box its always handy to have a digital copy available as a replacement or quick reference. Check the link below for the Gtech Pro manual in PDF format.
Gtech Pro Manual
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The Gtech Pro falls firmly into the category of a premium vacuum cleaner, with a feature set and price tag to match. However if you weigh up the convenience, power and potential time savings available then the Pro is a great long term investment.
Very lightweight and compact
Good battery life
Good selection of included accessories
Only two bags included
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