Bosch Unlimited Cordless Vacuum Cleaner By Alvin Soon
You have to separate the Bosch Unlimited into two to empty it.
If you want to blow a thousand dollars on a vacuum cleaner, you now have another option besides Dyson. The Bosch Unlimited vacuum cleaner costs a pretty $1,399, even more than the flagship Dyson V10 Absolute+, which costs $1,199.
If the Dyson V10 looks like a Japanese sports car with its exposed innards and bright highlights, the Bosch looks like a European luxury sedan. But the Bosch Unlimited weighs 3.5kg, 1kg heavier than the Dyson V10. It doesn’t feel as balanced as the Dyson, and its weight will wear on you as you use it.
In comparison to the vacuum’s heaviness, the Unlimited’s roller cleaner head is delightfully dexterous. The head glides gracefully across the floor, thanks to four wheels on the bottom. Until it meets a carpet. Then it stumbles and gets stuck.
You’ll find the Bosch Unlimited a quiet worker. My wife, who hears better than I do, prefers the Unlimited’s sound to the Dyson’s.
The Bosch Unlimited has other advantages over the Dyson. Unlike the Dyson, the Unlimited’s trigger can be locked down so you don’t get finger fatigue. You can also clean without any accessories attached, something the Dyson can’t do.
The battery can be swapped out, so you can keep cleaning for longer. The Bosch Unlimited shares the same battery pack as Bosch’s 18-volt home and garden cordless tools. And it only takes 60 minutes to top up a flat battery. But you might not even need to swap batteries. I got an average of 50 minutes from the Bosch Unlimited on its Standard setting, and about nine minutes on Turbo.
But there are two things about the Bosch Unlimited that make me hesitate to recommend it. The first is that it’s inconvenient to empty the bin. First, you have to separate the vacuum into two, then you twist open the bin to empty. On the Dyson V10, you remove any attachments and simply push a lever to open the canister’s lid.
The second is that Bosch is measly with the attachments. For $1,399 you get a combination nozzle and a crevice nozzle, besides the roller cleaner tool. Granted, you also get two batteries and a docking station. But for $1,199, the Dyson V10 Absolute+ comes with seven extra accessories, in addition to a soft roller cleaner head. Dyson even throws in a tool bag.
A detail or two short of living up to the price.
AT A GLANCE
• Up to 60 min. (normal mode with non-electrical accessories)
• Up to 45 min. (normal mode with electrical floor nozzle)
• Up to 7 min. (turbo mode with electrical floor nozzle) BIN 0.9 litre usable capacity PRICE $1,399