Looking for a window vacuum for your windows, mirrors or tiles? In this article, we've listed five of the best window vacs of 2019 - along with mini-reviews to help you choose.
Window vacuums have grown in popularity in recent years, as they allow you to clean windows and other flat surfaces much faster than traditional methods. If you're tired of wiping down windows and still getting a streaky finish, a window vac could be a great choice.
This type of vacuum isn't just for windows though. They can also be used for removing condensation. If you have a damp problem in your home, this is one of the fastest ways to remove excess moisture.
With a variety of window vacs on the market - often with almost identical designs - it can be difficult to choose the right option. That's why we've put together a list of the five best window vacs in the UK. We've also included short window vac reviews to help you make the right choice.
What to Look for in a Window Vacuum?
Before we get to the recommendations, here are some of the most important factors when choosing a window vacuum:
- Run-Time. Most window vacs are cordless, which means they are powered by a rechargeable battery. Run-times typically range from 20-45 minutes. Make sure you choose a model that provides enough time to clean all your windows, shower doors or whatever you want to use it for without needing to be recharged.
- Cleaning Performance. Like all window cleaning equipment, the best window vacuum cleaners should clean quickly while leaving a streak-free finish (or at least close to streak-free). The vacuum should also be powerful enough to remove moisture efficiently.
- Edge Cleaning. It can be difficult to clean along the bottom edge with some window vacs, due to the shape of the machines. Look for a model that makes it easy to clean the entire window.
- Accessories and Tools. A window vac may come with extras such as a smaller blade (for cleaning in corners), microfiber cloths and detergents. While these aren't essential, they can make cleaning much faster.
- Weight. Cleaning large windows can be tiring - especially with a heavy cleaner. This is why many window vac manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure their vacuums are lightweight.
- Value for Money. Window vacs are small, so they don't cost as much as a full-size vacuum cleaner. They still range from £20 up to £100+ for professional models though. Aside from cleaning performance, make sure you buy a vac that suits your requirements without overspending.
5 Best Window Vacs
Listed below are our top recommendations, along with mini window vac reviews. Make sure you read these, as they'll help you choose the right vac for your requirements.
1. Kärcher WV2 Premium Window Vac
Our top pick for a window vac is the excellent Kärcher WV2 Premium. It's a rechargeable cordless model with a decent 25-minute run-time and excellent performance on a variety of surfaces. If you need a window vacuum for all-round cleaning on mirrors, tiles, windows and even floors, the WV2 is the one to go for.
Kärcher WV2 Premium
- Streak-free cleaning
- Lightweight design & comes with cleaning kit
- Lithium-ion battery with 25 minute run-time
Kärcher are kings of the non-professional window vac world - and the WV2 Plus is our favourite model. It's been significantly upgraded compared to the previous Kärcher window vac, including a 10% shorter length, longer 25 minute run-time and lightweight design. This allows it to clean up to 75 square metres on a single charge - which should be more than enough for most small jobs.
Kärcher has included a cleaning kit with the vac (as long as you buy the Premium version). This includes a detergent for cleaning windows and microfiber head to avoid scratches. You also get a small suction blade with the vac. This is great for getting into window corners or other tricky places, so I recommend spending the few extra pounds on the Premium version.
Most importantly, it's an excellent window vac for getting rid of water marks and condensation on windows without leaving streaks. The design also makes it simple to use for clearing up small spills.
Overall, the Kärcher WV2 Plus takes a bit of practice use properly, but once you get the hang of it is great for cleaning windows, shower doors and other flat surfaces. It's relatively expensive for a window vac - but justifies the price by making everyday tasks easy and even enjoyable. Click here to view its price.
2. Kärcher WV5 Premium Vac
The next model up from the WV2 is the handheld Kärcher WV5 window vac. It's more expensive than its smaller sibling, but has a longer run-time and is designed for semi-professional use. If you need to clean larger windows without recharging then it's a great choice.
Note: For more information about Karcher window vacs, check out our reviews page.
Kärcher WV5 Premium
- 35-minute run-time
- Includes narrow cleaning blade & cleaning kit
- Removable battery
The WV5 shares many of the same features as other Kärcher window vacuums. These include streak-free cleaning, 3-step LED display for battery life and a cleaning kit.
The biggest differences between this model and those not meant for professional use are the run-time and removable battery. With a 35 minute battery life and ability to clean 105 square metres on a single charge, the WV5 is worth the extra money for cleaning large areas. Being able to purchase additional batteries and swap them can also increase its run-time almost indefinitely.
It also comes with a narrow cleaning blade, for easier cleaning in corners, and a microfiber cleaning head. A minor downside is that it takes around 70 minutes longer to charge.
Despite these small issues, the WV5 Premium is an excellent window vacuum that's great for bigger jobs. If you have a large house or just want a longer run-time, it's worth spending extra and getting this instead of the WV2. Click here to view its price.
3. Vileda WindoMatic Power Cleaner
An alternative to the Kärcher window vac range is the Vileda WindoMatic. With enough battery to clean up to 120 windows on a single charge, it's great for cleaning all the windows in a home in a single session. It also provides decent cleaning performance and suction power, along with a "MAX" mode for an extra boost in suction.
Vileda WindoMatic Power
- Cleans up to 120 windows on a single charge
- Lithium-ion battery maintains suction power
- Cheaper than the Karcher WV5 Premium
The first thing that stands out about the Vileda is its battery run-time. With a charge that lasts twice as long as the previous Vileda WindoMatic, it's one of the best window vacs in this regard.
It also comes with two power levels and a flexible neck for cleaning awkward places. While the "MAX" power mode reduces the battery run-time, it boosts suction by up to 50%. This means the Vileda is capable of cleaning everything from windows to kitchen worktops and tables. It also has a dishwasher-safe water tank, relatively lightweight design and is easy to empty.
Most importantly, it does a great job of removing liquid from windows without leaving smears. The flexible head is surprisingly useful for cleaning difficult locations, and it's built to a high-standard, so should last a long time.
There are a few drawbacks though. Despite the excellent suction and performance, the lack of a 2-in-1 spray bottle and cloth means you'll need to purchase these separately. It's also not the cheapest window vac on the market, as models such as the Karcher WV1 can be bought for less.
Even so, the excellent suction and convenient design of the Vileda WindoMatic Power vacuum means it's worth considering. Click here to view its price.
4. AEG WX7-60A Rechargeable Window Vac
If you're looking for a budget window vacuum, the AEG WX7-60A is an option to consider. It's a rechargeable cordless model that provides convenient streak-free cleaning and a long 60-minute run-time. While it doesn't quite have the quality of the Kärcher models, it provides excellent value for money.
- Great price
- 60-minute run-time
- Quiet operation
With its quiet motor, cordless design and 60 minute run-time, the AEG window vac is well-suited for cleaning glass, tiles and mirrors around the home. It also has an anti-drip system to prevent leaks, along with a soft handle and several colour options.
But the key feature of the AEG is the price. It's one of the cheapest window vacuums on the market, yet provides decent performance and suction power.
A downside is that the standard model doesn't come with a spray bottle - you'll need to pay extra for the WX7-90A3 version. We also don't think it provides the same level of streak-free cleaning as the other models on this list.
Considering the 60-minute run-time and anti-drip design, however, the AEG provides great value for money if you're looking for a budget window vac. It can also do a decent job on windows and other surfaces, so it's a worthwhile addition to your cleaning toolbox. Click here to view its price.
5. Bosch GlassVAC Cordless Window Vac
The Bosch GlassVAC is one of the most interesting window vacuums on the market. Unlike other models, which have a simple cleaning blade, the Bosch uses the same wiper technology found in the automotive industry for a streak-free clean. It also provides a 30-minute run-time and stylish design.
- LED battery indicator
- 30-minute run-time
- Bosch wiper blade for streak-free cleaning
Along with its enhanced rubber wiper blade, the Bosch window vac is built with a 100ml dirty water tank and a USB charging port. It also comes with microfiber cleaning pads, LED battery indicator and a spray bottle. A bonus is that Bosch has included two wiper blades of different widths, so you can tackle a variety of windows and mirrors.
How does it perform though? In general, it's an excellent window vac. The primary blade really does reduce streaks, while the suction provides ample power for cleaning windows.
Unfortunately, the Bosch has some drawbacks. The suction is strong, but it doesn't provide the same standard of edge cleaning as other windows vacs, making it harder to get a thorough clean. It's also relatively pricey - although the 30-minute run-time, build quality, and suction justify the price.
If the Bosch GlassVAC had better edge performance, it would be much higher up this list. It's still an excellent vac that provides great performance though.
Window vacuums can be a great tool to have around the house - especially if you're tired of manually wiping windows, shower doors and other flat surfaces. While they usually don't leave a completely streak-free finish, the best window vacs do the job in a fraction of the time.
Our top recommendation is the Kärcher WV2 Premium. It provides great cleaning performance, along with a useful smaller blade for cleaning corners. If you need a longer battery life, the WV5 Premium is a semi-professional model that also comes with a removable battery. And if you're looking for a budget model, the AEG WX7-60A provides excellent value.
Do you have any questions about choosing the best window vac for your home? Let me know in the comments!