Until now I’ve had a bit of a collection of vacuum cleaners as they all seem to do things in different ways and be better for different jobs. I’ve used a robot vacuum cleaner downstairs on the ground floor which is great for getting under furniture, but not as effective as I’d like. I’ve got an old-fashioned, upright cleaner, which I use upstairs, and a handheld rechargeable one for the stairs and little jobs. None of them would really work as an only vacuum cleaner and having three cleaners takes up quite a bit of cupboard space. So I was very interested in the idea of trying out the Bosch Athlet ProAnimal Ultimate as it claimed to be the only vacuum you need and it’s good for dealing with animal fur and with my two burmese cats that’s quite an issue as they do have quite thick coats that seem to shed a lot of fur.
As soon as the Bosch Athlet arrived H was keen to get it up and running. It was all very easy. We quickly worked out how to charge the cleaner up and there’s a comprehensive instruction book if you get stuck. The large cylinder piece is where the dust container is as well as the battery (and battery charging point). This part is the heaviest bit and it is a bit unwieldy when you need to plug it in – I recommend finding a suitable charging point, maybe on above a work surface or with a table underneath that you can rest the unit on. It charges up pretty quickly – we left it a few hours and it was fully charged (in fact it was probably faster than that, but I didn’t go back to check).
For most of my cleaning I used the upright cleaner attachments. It’s easy to clip in (and remove) the floor cleaning attachment. You use this with the longer of the two handles so it’s comfortable to use when standing. There are 3 settings: one for hard floors, one for carpets and one for carpets in need of a heavy clean. I found the first two settings fine for my home which has a mixture of hard floors and carpets.The cleaner can swoop down into a very low limbo to get under tables and sofas and it’s really easy to use. Being cordless, you don’t need to worry about cables or finding a suitable point to plug in which is a godsend in my house as there aren’t that many sockets. Cleaning power was impressive too and I found I didn’t even need the heavy clean setting on the deep rug that H is always dropping bits of food into.
When you want to do the stairs or maybe clean around light fittings or picture rails, or vac your upholstery, you can use one of the other attachments, like the hose with the upholstery tool or crevice nozzle. There’s a shorter handle with the control settings on, so it’s easier to manoeuvre and you can use the shoulder strap to carry it around with you. This is where its lightweight comes into its own as it is really very light compared to over vacuum cleaners, so it’s easier to move it around the house. I used it to vacuum the floor area of my entire house (which is saying something as I have large rooms and it’s a 3 storey town house) on a single charge with plenty left over to do some others bits another day.
Now you’ll remember we have been trying out the Bosch Athlet ProAnimal Ultimate, so how did it do on cat fur. Well I was horrified how much fur came off my carpets, that had only been vacuumed just the previous week. Even areas which aren’t heavily used by the cats clearly had a lot more cat fur on them than I’d realised. It was a similar story for dust. This vacuum cleaner is very effective.