The AEG AG71a RapidClean Stair and Car handheld vacuum is a corded model designed to make cleaning tricky areas much less stressful. It comes with an agitating brush, stretch hose and crevice tool, while the powerful 700W motor means it provides a lot more suction than many handhelds.
Despite these benefits, we want to take a closer look at how the model really performs. Is the suction power enough to counteract the decreased mobility due to the cord? And does the agitating brush really make it easier to clean food and mud from carpets? Let’s find out!
Overview of AEG AG71a RapidClean Features
- Powerful corded handheld vacuum with a 700W motor.
- Unique brush system, called a “Stubborn Brush,” that cleans deeper into carpets to remove more dirt.
- Stretch hose for reaching difficult areas.
- Bagless handheld vacuum with an easy-to-empty design.
- Perfect for cleaning stairs or your car (as long as there is a power socket nearby).
- The cable is six metres long, so you won’t have to change socket half-way up the stairs.
- It also has a 2-layer filter for removing small dust particles and preventing them escaping into the air.
In-Depth Look at the AEG AG71a RapidClean Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Appearance and Design
The AEG AG71a RapidClean looks like a serious handheld vacuum – it doesn’t have the flimsy appearance of many cheaper models. The vacuum is a bagless model and comes with an easy-to-clean filter.
If you’re looking for a handheld vacuum with extra versatility, the stretch hose is likely to be a useful tool. This makes it easy to get into nooks and crannies that otherwise would be inaccessible (see the image below).
One of the great things about the AEG AG71a is its excellent suction power, which is important for a car vacuum. The vacuum is mains-operated and has a reasonably powerful 700W motor (at least for a handheld vacuum). It also provides cyclonic suction for improved cleaning performance.
There’s another benefit to using a mains power supply: more consistent suction. Many battery powered handheld vacuums lose suction towards the end of their run-time, which isn’t an issue with the AEG.
Of course, the downside is the cord makes the vacuum much less portable. It’s 6 metres long, which should be enough for most tasks, but it still can’t match convenience of a cordless model. If you want to read reviews of cordless handhelds, click here to go back to our main handheld section.
Reviewers have praised the suction power of the AEG AG71a, with many writing that it performs well on carpets. This is partly due to the suction power, but also because of the “Stubborn Brush” technology (more on that a bit later).
The dust capacity of the AEG AG71a is 0.6 litres. This is a reasonable size for a handheld vacuum, although the model will clearly need to be emptied on a regular basis – especially considering the strong suction power.
Ease of Use
The AEG AG71a has been designed to make cleaning as simple as possible. The machine’s form makes it easy to get into difficult areas, such as the corners of stairs or contours inside a car, and the hose is also an excellent option when the body of the vacuum is too wide. A good example is the hand brake of a car, which is difficult to clean without a hose.
Aside from the shape of the vacuum, the AEG AG71a RapidClean also comes with “Stubborn Brush” technology. This is a fancy term for a rotating agitating brush, and helps to clean deeper into carpet fibres.
The “Stubborn Brush” is especially useful for getting rid of small marks or food that’s become trodden into the fibres, although a reviewer writes that the brush seems to get stuck relatively easily. The vacuum can also be switched to hard floor mode if you don’t need the brush.
A washable filter is included with the “Stubborn Brush” technology. This filter consists of two layers for better filtration of small dust particles. It’s also easy to remove, so cleaning isn’t as much of a chore as some other handheld vacuums.
The AEG AG71a RapidClean handheld vacuum cleaner provides excellent value with an RRP of £71.99. While this is more expensive than budget vacuums, it’s also considerably cheaper than the most expensive handhelds. There are also nearly always deals available, so you can often find the vacuum for much cheaper than the full RRP.
Other Features and Comments
- Specifically built to make cleaning cars and stairs as fast as possible.
- A crevice tool is included for use with the hose.
- The AEG AG71a does not come with a car power adapter. While the six metre cord should be long enough to reach most driveways, this means the vacuum isn’t suitable if there isn’t a mains supply nearby.
AEG AG71a RapidClean Review
Reviews of the AEG AG71a have been very positive, with many reviewers giving it a high rating on various shopping sites. Here’s a selection of positive and negative comments:
- A reviewer writes writes that she spent a lot of time researching which handheld vacuum to buy, and she hasn’t been disappointed by the AEG AG71a. Positive comments include that it’s very powerful and really does get right to the corners of stairs – even without the hose. She also adds that it’s a “sturdy” model and is great for vacuuming pet hair.
- Next, a reviewer writes that he’s been pleased with the performance of the vacuum. He adds that the lead is long enough for most tasks – an important consideration for a corded handheld – and that it’s easy to empty. He finishes his review by writing that it provides good value.
- A different positive comment is that it only takes a few minutes to clean a car when using the AEG AG71a. The reviewer admits that the cord is a downside, but thinks the excellent suction makes up for the lack of mobility. He also thinks it’s one of the best handheld models in this price range.
- Another reviewer writes that the AEG AG71a has “great suction” and does an excellent job on stairs.
And some negative comments:
- A common complaint seems to be that the vacuum is noisy for a handheld, especially when using the hose.
- As we mentioned earlier in the review, some reviewers have found the rotating brush needs to be cleaned regularly to remove fibres that can stop it rotating.
- The AEG AG71a RapidClean is relatively heavy. The weight of 2.6kg is certainly towards the upper end of what’s acceptable for a handheld vacuum.
- One reviewer mentions that the rotating brushes can dig into the carpet if not held at the right angle.
If you’re looking for a powerful handheld that doesn’t cost a lot of money, the AEG AG71a RapidClean Stair and Car handheld vacuum cleaner is an excellent option. It doesn’t have the versatility of a cordless model, and it’s quite a loud machine. But when it comes to getting dirt out of carpets and cars, it provides great value for money. The stretch hose, crevice tool and easy-to-empty bagless design are also useful features.