Electrolux ErgoRapido: Not just a stick vacuum cleaner
A multifunctional cleaner and a design object
It takes a lot for me to be enthusiastic about floor-cleaning - or cleaning of any sort - but I'm positively gleeful about the ErgoRapido.
It's all thanks to my neighbour, Nick. He has just rented out his apartment unfurnished and put his own furniture and household goods into storage so I offered to 'look after' his ErgoRapido for him. I've coveted it for a long time.
The only cleaning appliance I need
My apartment is small and all the floors are hardwood. (Well, very real-looking laminate). I also have cream-coloured upholstery which looks gorgeous but is a bit of a nuisance to look after. Then I have a million other little cleaning jobs that we all have (and hate). The secret of this little beauty is that it's a vacuum for the floors and a hand-held cleaner for other jobs. Brilliant.
The ErgoRapido is the answer
Until Nick let me be the custodian of this fantastic appliance, I used brushes. A witch's broom on the floor and a stylish little OXO dustpan and brush for everything else. With the Ergo Rapido though, I actually go around the apartment looking for things that need cleaning.Truly, it's such a pleasure to use.
- I love the way that the little hand-held cleaner, which nestles inside the body of the appliance, is so easy to grab and use
- Both appliances are cordless and sit in their own charger when not in use
- Also hidden within the charger, there's a brush attachment for the hand-held that is perfect for upholstery. Theres also a crevice tool for awkward areas.
- When I'm cleaning the floor, the vacuum is light, really flexible (it gets under the furniture easily) and picks up debris easily
- It's easy to grab the smaller appliance for jobs like removing crumbs from the countertop or getting dust from the tops of doors or window ledges
- It's easy to clean and empty. This is so important. There's no point in having cleaning appliances that need loads of looking after themselves
- It's so great to look at! This is important to me. It sits in full view in the kitchen in its charger looking stylish and ready to go
See the other item I use in my home, plus a variation on my stick vacuum.
This is the dustpan and brush that I've used for years. I still do if I've had a marathon vacuum session and the ErgoRapido is taking a break and charging.
Because we are both designers, everything in our home has to represent the best of the design world - and that includes our cleaning stuff. This is gorgeous and effective.
We have the 18 volt model. I have to admit straight away that I don't know how this one - the 12 volt version will differ.I assume that it simply has less power?
I heartily recommend the one we have but if you're looking for budget version, this might be the model for you.
This video shows you how easy it is to use and maintain this stylish little wonder-machine
Stylish goods for the home
It seems that the design world for many years ignored the fact that the more mundane as cleaning appliances ought to look good. What a shame.
It's when we're performing these mundane tasks around the home that we need to have our spirits lifted by using and appreciating good design.
Maybe this is because cleaning goods are largely hidden from public view. Designers concentrated more on status symbols such cars and furniture. In other words, goods that people would see and which would give them an idea of your status.
After all, I'm sure they thought, who cares what a vacuum cleaner or a dustpan and brush look like? Well actually, I do.
Every single item in my home, even in the pantry and under the sink, is bought for its appearance as well as its functionality.
British designer James Dyson was probably the first person to make his mark in the world of vacuum cleaners. His goods weren't just revolutionary in their technology, they were also design objects.
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