Written by James Hall | 0 Comments | Last Updated: April 6, 2021
Gtech Multi Mk2
- Relatively lightweight and compact
- Headlight for illuminating dirt
- Easy to empty
- Several included tools
- Great for stairs and upholstery
- Awkward shape to use in small cars
- Not as powerful as the top handheld vacs
- Only a 20-minute battery life
With its “Power Brush” tool, LED headlight, and lightweight design, the Gtech Multi Mk2 is an appealing handheld vac. Read our full review to find out the pros and cons of this popular vacuum, along with who should consider buying it.
- Overview of the Gtech Multi Mk2 Handheld’s Features
- Appearance & Design
- Battery Life
- Power Brush, Tools & Accessories
- Suction Power & Cleaning Performance
- Price & Value for Money
- Specification Table
- Comparison With Other Handheld Vacuums
- Frequently Asked Questions
The Gtech Multi Mk2 is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner that’s designed for quick clean-ups, car interiors, stairs, and upholstery. It’s a lightweight model with several accessories, along with a powered brush for deeper cleaning.
How does the Multi Mk2 compare with other handheld vacuums though? And is it worth the price? Read our Gtech Multi Mk2 review to find out!
Overview of the Gtech Multi Mk2 Handheld’s Features
- Compact and lightweight handheld vacuum
- Relatively powerful for a handheld
- LED headlight to make it easier to see crumbs or dirt
- Includes a Power Brush tool for agitating the surface and removing more dirt
- Great for stairs and upholstery
- Also comes with a crevice tool and dusting brush
- 20 minute run-time and four hour charging time
Appearance & Design
The Gtech Multi Mk2 has a similar style to the Gtech AirRam Mk2, including the distinctive grey and green colour scheme. It’s an attractive handheld vacuum that manages to look modern without appearing garish – which isn’t something we can say for all vacs!
While the Gtech is larger than the simplest handheld vacuums, it’s a relatively compact model that’s also lightweight. Weighing just 1.6kg, it’s easy to carry around the home, plus the small size is convenient for storage. On the other hand, it’s a bit too big for tight spaces, which could be a problem in small cars.
A bonus is that the Gtech comes with a headlight for illuminating wherever you’re cleaning. This is a useful feature when cleaning below furniture, car interiors, or anywhere else without much light.
It only has a dust capacity of 0.4 litres though. This isn’t the smallest capacity we’ve seen from a handheld vac (the Shark WV200UK has a tiny 0.25 litre dust canister), but you should be prepared to empty it after each use. You may even need to empty it halfway through a cleaning session if you’re picking up a lot of dirt.
The Gtech Multi Mk2 comes with a washable lifetime filter. You can clean this by rinsing under cold water, but make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back into the vacuum.
There’s nothing wrong with this filter, but it’s not the most effective we’ve seen. If you suffer from an airborne allergy, then we recommend a vacuum with better allergen retention (preferably a bagged vacuum so you can empty it without releasing dust.)
Emptying & Cleaning
It’s simple to maintain the Gtech Multi Mk2, which is important for a vacuum that’s designed for convenience.
The dust canister can be removed from the vacuum body for emptying. Once detached, you press a small lever to open the trap door over a bin. This is a quick and simple emptying process, although it’s best to use an outdoor bin if anyone in the household suffers from allergies.
Detaching the canister also allows you to remove the filter for cleaning. Again, this is straightforward, so you don’t need to fiddle with lots of clips and latches to get to the filter.
The Gtech has a 22V lithium-ion battery. When fully charged, it provides a run-time of approximately 20 minutes.
This is shorter than the Dyson V7 Trigger, which has a 30-minute run-time, but long enough for quick clean-ups. It’s not enough time for more thorough cleaning sessions though.
A full recharge takes four hours, although there’s the option of a one hour charge for a quick burst of cleaning. We like that the battery can be removed for charging or replacing, and there are four indicator lights showing the vacuum’s current battery level.
Power Brush, Tools & Accessories
The Gtech comes with a range of accessories, which greatly improve the vacuum’s versatility.
Many handheld vacuums rely on suction power alone, so it’s common for these models to struggle with stubborn dirt, hair, and dust. That’s why one of Gtech’s standout features is the Power Brush, which is effectively a miniature floorhead with rotating bristles. This does a great job of increasing the vacuum’s cleaning performance, particularly on carpets, upholstery, and car interiors.
Like most vacuums, the Gtech also includes a crevice tool and dusting brush. These are decent quality, and we like that the crevice tool can be stored within the vacuum body for easy access.
Sometimes the tools get stuck and need a bit of extra muscle to pull off though. This isn’t a major problem, but can be an annoyance when you want to change tools quickly.
Note: Beware of misleading photographs of this vacuum. The Multi Mk2 sometimes includes an extension tube with dusting brush, but this seems to depend on where you buy from. This tool is handy for cleaning in ceiling corners, especially compared with the small size of most dusting brushes. If it’s not included when buying from your retailer, you can purchase it separately.
Suction Power & Cleaning Performance
As a handheld vacuum, the Multi Mk2 isn’t designed to replace a full-size vacuum. Instead, it’s built for quick clean ups or tasks that are awkward with a full-size vacuum (such as car interiors, upholstery, and staircases.)
People who hate Dyson’s trigger system will be pleased to know that the Gtech has a regular On/Off switch, rather than a trigger system. This is great for people who struggle to hold down a trigger for long periods, or who just don’t want the vacuum to switch off as soon as they let go of the trigger.
A drawback is that the Gtech doesn’t have multiple power options. This is a shame, as a lower power mode is useful when you want to conserve battery life.
Around The House
The Multi Mk2 is an effective handheld vacuum for cleaning around the home. The motor generates decent suction power, so it provides effective pick up and is great for cleaning a variety of surfaces. Whether you’re vacuuming a sofa, curtains, or carpet, the Gtech never feels underpowered – although it’s not the most powerful handheld on the market either.
The Power Brush also does a solid job at removing pet hair from carpets and sofas, as the rotating bristles agitate fibres to remove more hair. The strong suction power (for a handheld) also allows the vacuum to pickup dirt, dust, and other debris from hard surfaces – and even between floorboards.
As you would expect, the Multi Mk2 is a brilliant vacuum for cleaning stairs. The lightweight and cordless design means it’s a much safer alternative to a bulky upright or cylinder, plus it has enough power to clean effectively on most surfaces.
If you’re tired of lugging a heavy vacuum up and down your staircase, then the Multi is a great choice.
Car vacuuming is one of the areas where this vacuum should shine – and it’s certainly much more convenient than a corded vacuum.
When the Power Brush is attached, it does a great job of picking up dirt and other debris, and the cordless design means you don’t need to worry about an running an extension lead from your home. The headlight is also useful in a dark car interior!
The shape of the vacuum can sometimes feel awkward in tight car spaces though. It also struggles to pickup debris when using the crevice tool or dusting brush, so you’ll need to rely on the Power Brush.
Note: Gtech also sells a Car Accessory Kit that can be used with the Multi Mk2.
Price & Value for Money
The Gtech Multi Mk2 is a premium handheld vacuum. It’s pricier than most models, although around the same price as the Shark WV200UK and a bit cheaper than the Dyson V7 Trigger (prices change all the time so we can’t me more precise than that!)
Is it worth the money though? If you need a convenient handheld that has enough power to clean almost any surface, then we think it’s reasonably priced – especially if you can find it for sale (which is often the case.) It’s more powerful than cheaper handhelds, particularly when the Power Brush is attached, and is a versatile choice for home cleaning. It also has a high build quality and is a durable vac.
With that said, it’s not a replacement for a full-size vacuum, so if you can only buy one vac then save the money and buy a full-size upright.
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Comparison With Other Handheld Vacuums
Multi Mk2 Vs Multi Mk2 K9 – What’s the Difference?
The pricier Multi Mk2 K9 is similar to the Multi Mk2, with a few key differences. The K9 version comes with pleasant-smelling filter tabs to help cover up pet odours. It’s also a more durable choice, as the K9 is built with more zinc alloy components than the Multi Mk2 (which is largely plastic.)
In terms of cleaning performance, however, there’s no difference between the two vacuums. Both have a 20-minute run-time, 22V battery, Power Brush, and a 0.4 litre capacity.
Multi Mk2 Vs Dyson V7 Trigger
The Dyson V7 Trigger is one of our top picks for a handheld vacuum. It’s more expensive than the Multi Mk2, but we think it provides stronger suction and better all-round performance. The Dyson is also lighter, has a longer run-time, and is quicker to recharge.
There are still some advantages to the Gtech though. Aside from being cheaper, we like the Multi’s built-in headlight and on/off switch (rather than a trigger.)
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Included in the Car Accessory Kit?
The basic Multi Mk2 is already a great choice for cleaning car interiors, but Gtech also sells a separate car cleaning kit. This includes several extra accessories, such as a flexible crevice tool (which is similar to a small hose), soft dusting brush for delicate surfaces, and a smaller upholstery tool.
This kit isn’t essential. But if you’re going to be cleaning your car interior regularly, it’s worth spending a bit extra to get it – especially for the flexible crevice tool.
If you’re looking for a handheld vacuum for cleaning stairs, upholstery, and other awkward areas, then the Gtech Multi Mk2 is a great choice. It’s also an excellent complement to the Gtech AirRam Mk2, which is only suitable for floor cleaning.
It’s not for everyone though. We don’t recommend it if you suffer from allergies, as it’s not the best for retaining allergens. It can also be awkward to use in small cars and is quite expensive.
For quick clean-ups and stair cleaning, however, it’s one of the best handhelds on the market.