Trib tested: Electrolux Nimble
This is one sweet machine! I have never before found a vacuum with a long enough hose to get to the places I want to clean. This baby’s flexible hose — in combination with its extending wand — will stretch out to an extra 14 feet of cleaning power. That means I can remain in my 5-foot-2-inch stance and — with my equally short arms — easily reach the high corners where the ceiling meets the wall and eliminate dust and cobwebs.
The brush attachment works well on window treatments, upholstery, stairs and baseboards. Again, with the extensions, no bending or stretching to get the job done. The level of suction can be varied according to need by sliding a an adjustment with your thumb.
The power cord is a good length, too, allowing me to go from living room to hall to dining room without changing outlets.
As an upright, this vacuum is perfect for my flooring. It has a push-button switch to change from carpets to bare floors. As most of my house has hardwood floors with area rugs, I love it. The Nimble catches lint, crumbs and dust from both surfaces easily without the need to switch to a dust mop or Swiffer. The light, 18-pound vacuum cleaner shows great maneuverability with swivel action. And its bagless design is easy to clean.
I think I’m in love…
— Sally Quinn
I liked the Electrolux Nimble vacuum for it’s maneuverability. The upright part of the vacuum pivots, making it a lot easier to go around corners. It had good suction power and was a reasonable weight. I wasn’t thrilled with the tools.
The stair-cleaning tool might work well on stairs, but wasn’t really good in crevices, as touted. This is where I really need it. On stairs, you can push down and get the tool to open, but to get under cabinets, I had to manually open up the tool and hold it until I could push it down on the floor, which was awkward. The only other tool was a brush. If they added a few more tools, this would be a great vacuum.
— Sue Jones
I enjoyed using Electrolux’s Nimble vacuum cleaner. It sucked quite a bit of dirt and cat hair out of my carpets, and the swiveling feature makes the vacuum more flexible and easier to handle. The hose attachment was so long that I could clean my entire staircase while leaving the unit on the ground floor. I did experience a few times when the vacuum seemed to lose horsepower and become hard to push. But after the cup was emptied and the brush roller checked, it was ready to go.
— Kellie B. Gormley
The claim: This vacuum is an easy-to-maneuver upright that never loses suction and has an innovative 3-in-1 Versatool to tackle stair cleaning in three easy steps: It expands to hug the stair, flattens to clean the top and creates a tight angle to get into crevices. The vacuum’s swivel action guidance system corners smoothly to clean tight spaces and maneuver the lightweight 18-pound frame around furniture with ease. Its Quick-Release Telescopic Wand and hose combination extends cleaning to 14 feet of reach.
Cost : $299.99
Where : Lowe’s, Best Buy, Sears and Target