Beldray BEL0776 Airgility
- Lightweight and versatile
- Easy to use
- Relatively large capacity
- 40-minute run-time
- Great price
- Poor carpet pickup
- Only one tool
- Brush bar is too soft
- Struggles with pet hair
- Can't compete with more expensive models
Looking for a low-budget cordless vacuum? The Beldray BEL0776 Airgility is one of the cheapest on the market, yet has a similar design to more expensive models. Read our full review to find out whether it’s worth buying.
The Beldray BEL0776 Airgility Quick Vac Lite is a cordless vacuum with a familiar stick design. It’s a lightweight model with a handheld mode, simple operation, and a detachable floorhead. It’s also available for a significantly lower cost than most cordless vacuum cleaners.
How does it compare to pricier models though? And is it worth buying? Read our Beldray Quick Vac Lite review to find out.
Overview of the Beldray Airgility’s Features
- Low price for a cordless vacuum
- Stick design with a handheld mode
- Easy to use
- Up to 40 minutes run-time (depending on the power mode)
- Relatively large 1.2 litre capacity
Appearance & Design
The Beldray vacuum cleaner shares a similar design with many cordless stick vacuums. The dust canister is in the main body of the vac, which can be detached from the tube to turn it into a handheld vacuum. There’s also the option of detaching the motorised floorhead to swap it with a different tool.
An interesting feature is that the dust canister can be clipped onto the front of the floorhead for storage. While this isn’t a game-changing feature, it’s great that the vacuum stands up on its own when in this configuration, and is something we wish other manufacturer’s included with their stick vacs. The clip does feel a little weak though, which is something to keep in mind!
Another thing we like about the Airgility is the 1.2 litre dust capacity. This is relatively large for a cordless stick vacuum, so you don’t need to empty the vac as often as other models. For comparison, the Dyson V10 Absolute has a capacity of 0.76 litres.
Like most cordless stick vacs, emptying is just a matter of pressing a button to open a trap door, so you can drop the collected dirt into a bin. It’s best to do this outdoors, as dust also escapes during the emptying process.
Manoeuvrability and Ease of Use
The Beldray is a simple stick vacuum cleaner. The lightweight 2.3kg design makes it portable and easy to carry around the home, and it’s also not too difficult to push on carpets (which is an issue with some high powered vacuums.)
A bonus is that it can lie down relatively flat, which makes cleaning under furniture much easier. Although a drawback is that it’s not the most manoeuvrable vacuum on the market.
The Beldray relies on a single filter to capture dust and other particles. While it’s certainly effective – the amount of dust caught in the filter is proof of that – the Airgility can’t match the top anti-allergen vacuums when it comes to capturing small particles. We don’t recommend this model if you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies.
Removing the filter is straightforward. This is a good thing, as you’ll need to clean it regularly (at least once month) to ensure the vacuum maintains its suction power. It’s also a good idea to shake off the filter after each use to make cleaning easier.
The 22.2V battery provides a relatively long 40 minute run-time from a single charge, although this drops significantly when on high powered mode. A downside is that it takes 5 hours to fully recharge, which is longer than models like the Dyson V7.
It’s worth noting that the Beldray has a switch rather than a trigger system (although, confusingly, the switch is shaped like a trigger.) Unlike Dyson cordless vacuums, you don’t need to hold down the button when vacuuming. There’s also the option of disconnecting the battery to charge it, which is easier than needing to plug in the entire vacuum.
Tools & Accessories
Considering the price of the Beldray, it would be unrealistic to expect a floorhead that matched pricier models. While there is a powered brush bar, the bristles are soft and much less effective than the top cordless vacs. The floorhead also isn’t as wide as many other cordless vacuums.
It still provides solid performance for the price though. The addition of headlights is a useful bonus too.
Other Tools and Accessories
The Beldray BEL0776 only comes with a single tool: a 2-in-1 crevice and dusting brush. This is a useful tool for cleaning tight locations, car interiors, and other areas where the floorhead isn’t suitable, but we would have liked some additional tools.
There is no onboard storage for the tool, so you’ll need to store it separately.
Suction Power & Cleaning Performance
The Beldray BEL0776 is a versatile vacuum cleaner. It has a detachable handheld mode for stairs and cars, long tube for cleaning high locations, and a regular floorhead for hard floors, carpet and laminate.
As we’ve come to expect from cordless vacuum cleaners, there are two power modes on the Beldray. Switching to the higher power option does reduce battery life, but the difference isn’t as big as some of the top vacuums on the market.
Of course, this is a low budget cordless vacuum, so we can’t expect the cleaning performance of more powerful models. It’s significantly less powerful than the top vacuum cleaners and often struggles to pickup dirt and dust in a single pass. You also need to clean the filter regularly, as even a small amount of clogging can reduce the suction power.
The Beldray doesn’t have great suction power. The floorhead also isn’t as effective as the best cordless vacuums, largely because of the soft bristles. For these reasons, the Beldray is far from the best when it comes to carpet cleaning.
It’s not useless though. If you only need a lightweight vacuum for quick clean-ups, then the Beldray can do a decent job. Just don’t expect a deep clean.
The Beldray does a better job on hard floors than carpet. It’s great at picking up larger debris, and does an adequate job at removing smaller dust and dirt.
With that said, it doesn’t have the power to remove dirt and dust from between floorboards. It also struggles with hair on floorboards, for the same reason.
Unfortunately, the Beldray doesn’t have the power and cleaning performance to do a good job at removing pet hair. You’ll need to go over carpet areas multiple times to remove most of the hair, and even then there is likely to be some remaining.
If you have pets, then this isn’t the vacuum to buy.
Price & Value for Money
Price is where the Beldray BEL0776 Quick Vac Lite really shines, as it’s a lot cheaper than most cordless vacuums. If you’re looking for an inexpensive vacuum with the convenience of a cord-free design, then it’s an option to consider.
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It’s hard to recommend the Beldray Airgility – although there are some situations when it may be worth considering.
If you’re looking for a cordless vacuum that can rival the best models for cleaning performance, then the Beldray Airgility is definitely not the one to buy. Expecting premium performance for a vacuum at this price is only going to lead to disappointment, as it’s inferior in almost every respect – particularly when it comes to suction power.
Even so, the Beldray can still be a useful vacuum if you have realistic expectations. If you need a cheap, lightweight and convenient vacuum to pickup the occasional spilt crumbs, remove cobwebs, or quickly clean a room between “deep” cleans with a regular vacuum, then it provides decent value.
Just don’t expect it to replace your regular vac. And if you can afford to spend a bit more, you’ll get a lot more performance from a cordless vacuum that costs around the £200 mark.
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