The Karcher VC 4s is a lightweight cordless stick vacuum that weighs a handy 1.25kg. It is even lighter than the Eufy HomeVac S11 Go. Adding to the Karcher's ease of use is its dual-hold handle. This curved L-shaped handle lets users grip the vacuum in two ways to reduce fatigue. Hold horizontally at the top to clean the walls or at the tail end to clean the floor.
- Suction power: 15 kiloPascal (kpa)
- Runtime: 12 mins (max); 30 mins (medium); 60 mins (energy-saving)
- Dust collector capacity: 0.3 litres
- Weight: 1.25kg
Compared to the naked bristling high-tech look of Dyson (and its army of copycats) cordless stick vacuums, the VC 4s looks sleek, almost like a sci-fi movie prop. Because of this slim design, its detachable dust bin is also on the smaller side. With a capacity of 0.3 litres, you likely have to clear the bin after each cleaning session.
The Karcher is adept at cleaning around the feet of furniture, thanks to a flexible hinge that can rotate 180 degrees. Switching to its handheld mode to clean sofas and car interiors using the included 2-in-1 crevice nozzle is straightforward. I am a fan of the self-standing charging station. Basically, this is a sturdy plastic base with a mount to secure the Karcher (and its accessories) while being charged. You can easily move this charging station around the house, unlike the mounting solutions from other cordless vacuum cleaners that require drilling holes in the wall.
By default, the Karcher runs at its maximum power setting, which is supposed to last 12 minutes from a full charge. In real life, this was close at around 11 minutes. The vacuum is fairly loud — around 79 decibels — with a high-pitched whine at maximum power. It takes around 3.5 hours to recharge the battery, which is typical.
The Karcher VC 4s is priced in the middle at around S$498. It is more affordable than a Dyson, but more costly than entry-level models. Its sleek ergonomic design and lightweight build is ideal for those who prefer a lighter, more handy cordless vacuum.
Note: Review unit provided by Karcher.
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