REVIEW – The portable vacuum cleaner was invented and patented by James Spangler in 1908. In the 114 years since the concept remains the same, but the technology has continued to improve. Now “Stick” vacuums are ubiquitous. Every house should have one… or two… or a bunch. Let’s have a look at Ganiza’s model V20 portable vacuum to see how well it 2022 chases dirt…
What is it?
The Ganiza V20 is a battery-powered, self-contained, bagless vacuum cleaner.
- 2200mAh battery
- Up to 45 minutes of run time at the lower speed
- Four-stage filtration with a washable HEPA filter
- Illuminated, motorized floor brush
- LED charge and capacitor indicators
- Low noise (as low as 68db)
- 7l dustless bin capacity
- 100-240 volt AC supply voltage.
- Dimensions: 47.6 x 9.72 x 10.31 innches
- Weight: 8 pounds
What’s in the box?
- Main unit with battery pack
- HEPA filter
- Filter screen
- Dust cup
- Charging stand
- Mounting screws with wall anchors
- Aluminum tube assembly
- Crevice tool
- Dusting brush
- Floor brush
- User manual
Design and features
The Ganiza V20 vacuum arrived in a full-color box, happy and healthy.
Packaging is recyclable cardboard, with a few plastic bags to keep everything “refrigerator fresh.”
Assembling the Ganiza V20 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner took only minutes.
The power supply cord is a “wall-wart” style transformer with an AC input voltage from 100-240 at 0.5 Amps. The output is 27 volts DC at 0.5 Amps.
The wall-mountable charging base is equipped with a coaxial power plug that mates with the vacuum when docked.
When docked, the vacuum and tools latch securely in place e released with buttons. This is a great feature that prevents the vacuum and tools from an inadvertent avalanche should a person or pet jostle the charging base. Unlocking the vacuum and tools is accomplished via the latch release buttons.
The same latch releases keep the parts of the Ganiza V20 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner together while in use and mate with a satisfying click. These are delightfully effective in keeping the tools attached to the vacuum body or tube. This nicely addresses the shortcoming of friction-fit tips that can become dislodged with vigorous use. The V20’s tips stay securely locked in place, but limit the ability for the tools to rotate relative to the vacuum body should you need to access confined spaces like those skinny openings at the sides of car seats and the like.
The vacuum is packaged with a brush and a crevice tool that latch solidly on the base when not in use.
I found the brush very effective in the extraction of cat and rabbit hair on furniture and at the base of walls.
The used the crevice tool to seek and destroy a few wayward peanuts that managed to stow away in my couch cushions. There are a few air openings in the side of the crevice tooltip I presume for airflow control.
The Ganiza V20 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner includes a motorized floor brush with LED illumination on the forward edge. I wish all vacuums had headlights like this. The lights help to see floor debris that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The floor brush easily gobbles up delinquent debris, raucous rubble, flagrant fish-food flakes, badly-behaved bacon bits, cantankerous cat keratin, mischievous mud modules, and other obvious alliteration.
For cleaning, the floor brush ejects from the housing with the click of a button. Very slick.
I measured a few minutes over five hours to charge the vacuum from dead to 100%. During charging, three happy bright white LEDs blink indicating charge level. The same LEDs indicate the discharge level while the vacuum is running.
Operating the Ganiza V20 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is as simple as pulling a trigger that latches on when on or off to prevent finger fatigue.
To toggle the lower and higher speeds, tap the button on the back of the housing.
Run time is excellent! I measured 24 minutes and 51 seconds at the higher speed and 47 minutes and 17 seconds at the lower speed. I have several other similar stick vacuums and these run times put the others to shame. Both times were measured with the motorized head attached and rotating. Great job, Ganiza. Without the motorized head attached, run times should be significantly longer.
The vacuum is remarkably quiet when in operation, even at the higher speed. I ran it around my home while having a movie playing in the background and was still able to hear without turning the TV volume to ear-shattering levels.
Now the important part – how well does it clean? I’m happy to report, that the V20 does very well. The suction is good, enough to lift the corners on a rug or two – impressive for this size vacuum! The vacuum had no trouble picking up anything reasonably sized.
After its maiden voyage, the Ganiza V20 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner’s dust cup was full of crud.
Releasing said crud into the garbage is done by releasing the latch on the bottom trap door.
After picking up lots of cat and rabbit hair, some became lodged near the top of the vacuum’s dust cup. Thankfully, the dust cup and internal filters disassemble easily, starting with unlatching using the door release latch, rotating the cup to the unlock position, and pulling free of the motor.
The filter parts disassemble for cleaning.
The housing and HEPA filter should be periodically washed and dried to keep the vacuum in tip-top operating condition.
What I Like
- Great battery life
- Ample suction
- Locking tools
What I Would Change
So, my Gadgeteer friends, you are reading about vacuum cleaners… Is it possible you haven’t purged the dust bunnies from under your bed since 1908? Maybe you are looking to supplement your robotic vacuum friends? Do you want a “grab-and-go” for quick cleanups? Do you desire a small but powerful cleaning machine for a small home, apartment, condo, or tiny house? If the answer to any of these is yes, with long battery life, easy assembly and operation, and quick cleaning, the Ganiza V20 portable stick vacuum is a solid choice!
Where to buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was supplied by Ganiza.