Dry cleaning is now a breeze thanks to cordless vacuum cleaners, with high-end models from companies like Dyson and Samsung providing both user-friendliness and efficient cleaning results.
On the other hand, most people still clean by hand with traditional tools like a mop and a pail of water when it comes to wet mopping.
A handheld device should naturally provide considerably more accuracy when it comes to wet mopping, even while robot vacuum mops do allow you to mop while vacuuming. That is what the gadget I’m reviewing here claims to do.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua, which retails for Rs. 35,999, is a cordless portable vacuum cleaner that can also mop your floors.
This is made possible by a unique water tank and mop fitting, and the gadget promises a long battery life and usefulness for routine vacuuming. Is this your home’s most adaptable and user-friendly handheld cleaning tool? Read this review to find out.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua has competition in the high-end cordless vacuum cleaner market from companies like Dyson and Samsung.
Utilization and design of Philips SpeedPro Aqua
The designs of some of the more widely used premium cordless vacuum cleaners are intriguing, with models like Dyson and Samsung having looks that appear to be influenced by science fiction. The Philips SpeedPro Aqua, in contrast, resembles a watering can rather than a space weapon.
However, the blue color actually looks rather lovely, so this isn’t all horrible. The Philips SpeedPro Aqua is entirely composed of plastic, has a clear dustbin that can be removed, and has a fixed 21.6V battery pack enclosed inside the vacuum.
The vacuum cleaner has a PowerBlade motor with PowerCyclone technology, according to the manufacturer, and is rated for airflow of up to 800 liters per minute.
Even with the pipe and fittings attached, the handle, which is located right at the back, provides a good, balanced grip for operating the vacuum.
In order to easily take up dirt or dust from surfaces like tables, countertops, and the like, the nozzle at the front, to which fittings can be attached, is appropriately formed for freestanding use (without any fittings attached).
With only one slider switch to adjust the power setting, using the Philips SpeedPro Aqua is quite straightforward. While the location closest to you when holding the device generally turns the vacuum cleaner off, there are two power modes: low and high.
The battery level is indicated by a light above the switch, and the dustbin release switch is located even higher. The charging device’s magnetic contact points are located at the bottom.
To remove all of the dust and grime, completely remove and open the Philips SpeedPro Aqua’s dustbin.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua’s dustbin has a two-chamber layout with a capacity of roughly 0.4L. This is not a lot, and I did have to clean it out much more frequently than I did with the Samsung Jet 90 Complete.
It does take some work to clean it; the dustbin needs to be taken out and the lid opened to empty it. Sometimes I even had to reach in to disentangle hair clumps and random plastic pieces.
Only pure air is expelled out of the vents at the bottom of the Philips SpeedPro Aqua thanks to an air filter that is located at the bottom of the trash can. Both the filter and the dustbin can be washed as necessary, but you must make sure they are 100 per cent dry before reattaching them to the vacuum.
Fittings and accessories for Philips SpeedPro Aqua
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua doesn’t come with a lot of fittings, in contrast to other cordless vacuum cleaners in the same price range.
A second combination head that has both vacuum suction and wet-mopping capabilities is available in addition to a motorized roller head with LED “headlights” for normal vacuum cleaning.
A metal extension pipe is also available, which has a flip-out brush fitting built right into it and can be used with either of the main fittings. The pipe’s length is fixed, and when it is linked, it may power the motorized roller head.
A small, magnetic contact that snaps onto the bottom of the vacuum cleaner is attached to the Philips SpeedPro Aqua’s charger via a simple adapter that plugs into a wall outlet on one end.
In case you need it, the box also includes a wall-mounted charging bracket. Considering how much the Philips SpeedPro Aqua costs, the charging setup felt a little flimsy and basic, but it worked as intended.
The mop fitting on the Philips SpeedPro Aqua features a water tank with a 0.28L capacity.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua’s main vacuum head is made specifically to be able to collect dirt and dust at a 180-degree angle, allowing it to also collect debris from the sides of the head.
Intriguingly, there are LED lights that assist in lighting the floor directly in front of the fixture and highlighting any contaminants. Both in the dark and in low light, this functioned effectively.
The wet-mopping feature combines a straightforward vacuum head with a basic, non-mechanical fitting to provide simultaneous wet and dry cleaning.
The accompanying mop cloth may be swiftly connected and detached using hook-and-loop fasteners, and the mop fitting is a water tank with tiny apertures at the bottom to trickle water onto it. The Philips SpeedPro Aqua comes with two mop cloths that may be cleaned by washing them as usual when they get soiled.
When fixed to the vacuum fitting, the vibrations force the water to slowly release and spread when you move your hands. It’s a straightforward but efficient technique to mop without having to lean over too much.
The water tank has a 0.28L capacity and a foot pump for when the water release needs to be sped up. According to Philips, you can, if you’d like, use clear, non-foaming detergent combined with clear water in the tank.
Performance and battery life of the Philips SpeedPro Aqua
When compared to vacuums from rival companies like Samsung and Dyson, the Philips SpeedPro Aqua seems a little underpowered and rudimentary.
Since the majority of cordless vacuum cleaners on the market right now only support dry cleaning, the SpeedPro Aqua stands out due to its wet-mopping capabilities. Additionally, as many of these enable simultaneous wet-mopping, this puts the gadget in an unlikely competition with robot cleaning tools.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua generally performed satisfactorily when it came to the fundamentals of vacuum cleaning. I typically found myself using the high power mode most of the time, which worked quite well for core duties, since the lower, more energy-efficient option tended to be only good for the most elementary cleaning tasks.
I was fine with basic hard floor cleaning for regular dust and grime, but the vacuum cleaner often had trouble with more difficult items like food crumbs and paper or plastic bits. Rugs and carpets typically required numerous sweeps with the Philips SpeedPro Aqua for me to get them clean.
Because there wasn’t a cleaning head specifically designed for fabric surfaces, I had to use the regular nozzle to clean sofas, which wasn’t particularly effective at removing dust and debris that had gotten caught in the crevices or surfaces.
It was a little challenging to use to clean table tops and surfaces because the brush fitting is only available on the pipe. Although I didn’t need to do this very often, it was fairly effective in cleaning objects that were at a height.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua’s nozzle is made to be used independently, to clean up tiny spills, and on tables and surfaces.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua can be turned in either way to quickly turn the heads in position, and the two floor-cleaning heads have a good level of flexibility, making maneuvering the head simple enough.
In contrast to the considerably more maneuverable Dyson Omni-glide, it still felt a little hefty and cumbersome. Even in the higher power mode, noise levels were tolerable thanks to the SpeedPro Aqua’s low-pitched, undetectable hum.
Robotic cleaning systems excel in wet mopping because they are automated; a machine that efficiently and effectively plots its own course distributes water uniformly across the floor.
When compared, the Philips SpeedPro Aqua requires manual operation. However, this has the advantage that you may pick where to concentrate your cleaning efforts and apply a little more pressure while mopping without putting too much stress on your wrist or back.
Even though it has no mechanical or technological assistance for mopping, it nevertheless functions reasonably effectively. If I was prepared and willing to do the work, it was undoubtedly a lot more efficient and quick to wash the floors than my 360 S7.
Despite the fact that I didn’t usually use it to mop my entire house at once, I would frequently take it up to conduct some extra wet-cleaning in particular regions or rooms at a time.
The battery life of the Philips SpeedPro Aqua is generally comparable to that of rival goods, however, it is quite disappointing when you take into account that the rival products operate more powerfully while providing a similar run duration as the Philips vacuum cleaner.
I was able to use it for around 40 to 45 minutes with the main vacuuming head on low power, and for about 50 minutes with a non-mechanized fitting.
The device operated in high power mode for around 20 minutes on a single charge. This was completely normal and was sufficient to realistically clean only two or three rooms at a time as opposed to my entire 900-square-foot house at once.
The Philips SpeedPro Aqua is firmly priced in the luxury market at Rs. 35,999, and it immediately competes with expensive gadgets from companies like Dyson and Samsung.
It doesn’t quite provide the performance I would have anticipated at this price based only on its vacuum cleaning abilities, though. Along with seeming a little simple and having fewer fittings and fixtures than comparable gadgets, the vacuum cleaner is also marginally underpowered.
However, the Philips SpeedPro Aqua stands out from the competition greatly thanks to its wet-mopping capabilities, making it at least somewhat preferable to the others.
Although you’ll still need to do it by hand and the device only slightly facilitates the normally manual task, it undoubtedly makes wet mopping much simpler.
All things considered, if you really require wet-mopping capabilities, it would be worthwhile to consider the Philips SpeedPro Aqua; but, if you only require a vacuum cleaner, rival premium options outperform it.
You might also want to think about a mopping and vacuuming cleaning robot, such as the similarly priced 360 S7.