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Mar102014

Return of the Vac - Gtech Multi Review

In my review of the Gtech AirRam, I mentioned that I was also considering picking up Gtech's new handheld the Multi to complement it. Well after another couple of weeks of easy cordless vacuuming with the AirRam, I realised that there was no going back to using cords and I ordered the Multi. 

I'd like to reiterate that I purchased this with my own money, it's not a review unit and I'm not getting paid by Gtech. 

I can envision people buying this machine to supplement their existing vacuum cleaner...and gradually it takes over the majority of the vacuuming jobs around the house due to its light weight and convenience.

I purchased mine direct from the Manufacturer's website GTECH.CO.UK. Note that while the product is in high demand and short supply it might be worth giving them a call to check on the stock status (my delivery was delayed for a week).

In the US Gtech is called GREY TECHNOLOGY. At the time of writing the Multi is not yet available in the US. 

My review is below. 

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Reader Comments (41)

Hi Mat,

Another great video review. Not sure I'm into getting battery powered vacs, but I enjoyed the review none the less.

I thought I'd mention, I'm still using my Hoover Portapower 800 to do the car, awesome power and almost 30 years old and still working well.

I remember the various sales demo techniques for promoting this vac, one was to take the tools hose off and place it on the flat wall and it could hold it's own weight (tight to the wall), using it's suction power alone. Also it's one of the few vacs that can blow or suck depending on which way you connect the tools.

Keep up the fab work

Daz

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I hope you used the TOOLS001 promotional code I sent you previously to get it for £129. To anyone interested, this code runs out on the 30th of March 2014.

It seems we have similar tech interests. IP cams, DVRs, Gtech vacuums, etc.

Have you looked at steam cleaners? They are becoming very popular and of course, the range and the price differences are huge. I opted for one made by Hoover, sold in Argos. It's about £80 and I have a scar to prove it gets hot. I bought it mainly to strip baked on vinyl off of a car so I bought something slightly larger but I did wonder if the cheaper models were any good for what they are supposed to be used for.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Unfortunately your earlier message got stuck in the squarespace spam filter on the website, so I missed out on the saving (I only spotted it the other day), never mind. The missus bought a couple of steam cleaners...I'm not sure why she bought two...but I'll leave that stuff up to her.

March 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Have a closer look at both of them Matt one might just have your name on it .......Nice review as alway......Ipol

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

I have to hand it to you Matt you make an excellent vacuum cleaner salesman, ever thought about selling used cars? I enjoyed the review however, as always ;-)

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

Thanks Matt,both being delivered today,just sold both our dyson dc24 so basically got one free

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsyd

Bigsyd, it would be great if you could report back and let me know what you think of them after giving them a few days use.

March 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, Well I'm not a vacuum salesman or a specialist, however I am a Dyson user and have had some experience of the mechanical and theory use of vacuum equipment through my work.
What I would say is that in my experience this type of Gtec vacuum is fine for quick pick up jobs, laminate floors etc, that includes the upright Gtec.
However on normal carpets you need to understand the vacuum suction power is very low and ingrained dirt and debris just cannot be fully extracted with this type of cleaner, not enough power and just minimum mechanical disturbance of debris with the limited rotating brush. Not until after 12 months or so would you go back over the carpet with a normal (preferably high suction type Dyson vacuum) and then see how much dirt was actually left deep in the pile of the carpet.
This is all pretty much common sense stuff after all, don't throw away your normal vac and try it after 12 months, you will be shocked.
By the way I do actually have a hand held vacuum as well, great for quick spills....

Very good article as usual and no one has actually talked about "HOOVERING" their carpets yet, as we all know Hoover is a manufacturer and there is no such word as Hoovering...

Cheers

March 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercharmin

I am completely converted to both the Air ram and the Multi. I bought the Air ram as an occasional cleaner, fully expecting to use my Sebo for a deep clean. On the day the Air ram arrived I had already vacuumed thoroughly but decided to use the Air ram anyway and I was amazed how much fluff and dirt it collected. I will never go back to a conventional cleaner.

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I think the prom code TOOLS001 is still available

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterH

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