Ryobi R18HV-0 ONE+ Cordless Hand Vac review

Ryobi R18HV-0 ONE+ Cordless Hand Vac review
Ryobi R18HV-0 ONE+ Cordless Hand Vac review

Price: £27.99 (body only)

What is it?

A cordless handheld vacuum aimed at householders and car owners.

The R18HV-0 ONE+ is part of Ryobi’s One+ automotive range – a line of tools ranging from tyre compressors to impact wrenches and light systems that all use the same battery system.

Ryobi say that this makes its tools cheaper as customers can buy them battery-free and use one battery pack for multiple tools.

So at £27.99, the Cordless Hand Vac comes without the battery (priced from around £40 to £75 depending on capacity) or charger (around £50).

The vacuum itself features a cleanable dual filter system, quick empty dust bowl and crevice tool and is designed for car owners who hate dragging an upright vacuum outside and trying to stretch the hose and tools around the entire car interior.

What’s it like?

It works well for large areas such as seat upholstery, boot floors and the main part of footwells. The broad head means it doesn’t take too long to do big areas and the suction is powerful enough to lift most dirt.

Annoyingly, that wide head makes it hard to use on the awkward little spaces all cars have. The single crevice tool our unit came with managed to fit in some gaps but was too short to reach everywhere and we found it lost a lot of suction with the tool attached.

Our other problem with the Ryobi was that the larger 2.5Ah battery pack makes it quite heavy, with all the weight concentrated at the back. It means that the vac will work more than long enough to clean the whole car but you might find yourself having to put it down and take a break. The rubberised grip and angled head at least mean it’s comfortable to use in short bursts.

If you have a lot of other Ryobi tools that share the battery, the vac’s asking price is a good deal. It performs fairly well and feels more robust than cheap alternatives. However, £100 for the vacuum plus battery and charger is a lot for a single purchase.

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