What Realme has done in the smartphone segment is being replicated with its growing home-segment products, like the latest Realme Techlife Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, which is light and can pick up most dust particles around the house. The company is dealing its cards smartly, moving from one category to another without compromising too much on the hardware.
This is a cordless vacuum cleaner which is strong enough to do everything a plug-in option can. There are enough attachments to make this double as a handheld vacuum, so you can use the same machine to clean the floor, your car, rugs and sofa. It’s wise to remember that this is a good option if you have an apartment because each full charge of the battery will last you 40 minutes.
Whenever handheld cordless vacuum cleaners are discussed, most tend to recall the picture of a Dyson, which is at the top of the ladder in way of features as well as pricing. The Realme product has a hint of Dyson but the technology it uses to attach brushes is slightly different.
Once you have fueled up the battery, decide on what you want to clean. To motorised floor brush attachment can fit on the suction unit as well as to an extension rod, which can reach most parts of a room. The 140W motor of the machine offers 10,500RPM and a maximum suction power of 9.5KPA, which can handle almost everything in one pass.
While reviewing, we tried sucking up a handful of cornflakes off a hard floor, which was not an issue at all and then we tried the same off a rug, during which we needed a couple of passes but work got done. On normal mode, at times loopy-type cornflakes got pushed forward with the brush but once we went into top gear, the results were satisfactory.
Next came the hair test for which the pet cat was the actor. Brushing her down for five minutes resulted in enough furball all over the floor and sofa. Picking up hair from the floor wasn’t a problem while it took a few minutes to get it off cushions. One feature separating the Realme product from other cleaners is the light that’s present on the motorized floor cleaner; it helps to shine some light under sofas and cupboards.
The two-in-one brush for cleaning furniture also does a reasonably good job and can be used to clean AC vents and car upholstery. There is also a crevice tool that reaches most hard-to-reach corners.
To prevent secondary pollution, the handheld cleaner uses a HEPA filter to capture microscopic dust and allergens. Though I can’t separate each item that got collected in the dust canister, after a 40-minute session the room looked clean and I couldn’t help but wonder how much dust can gather each day.
Since ABS is the dominant material, the overall weight of the vacuum cleaner is low and doesn’t hurt the wrist after a long session. What I wish Realme had offered is an option to replace the battery with another during charging because after every 40 minutes it’s a rush to the charging point.
All the filters, dust canister and extension rod can be washed but we advice that you dry it well before reusing. Given its price-to-benefit ratio, the Realme Techlife Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is a good festive season gift — a smooth operator with just about enough ka-broom power.
The heart of Realme Techlife Handheld Vacuum Cleaner. The Telegraph
At a glance
Device: Realme Techlife Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Price: Rs 7,499
⚫ Good suction power
⚫ Comes with enough attachments
⚫ Doesn’t get loud
⚫ One has ensure the pins match up to the connector while using attachments