Anker spun off its vacuum line with the company Eufy. The Anker Homevac and other robot vacuums are under the Eufy name.
The Anker HomeVac Duo 2-in-1 brings a lot of features to the table, and can handle spot cleaning both on and above the floor.
A 2-in-1 is very versatile but lacks suction strength seen in cordless upright and stick vacuums. The vacuum body is smaller than a cordless stick, such as the Shark Navigator Freestyle. That means smaller debris container and suction area as well as the filter system.
The suction is weaker than the Shark Navigator Freestyle, but that is to be expected.
Heavy pet hair? Don’t even think about it.
Like the Hoover Linx, the handle is straight so it’s slightly less convenient when twisting the vacuum using the swivel head. The handheld mode comes with a crevice tool and dust brush, so it’s perfect for cleaning between couch cushions and seats in vehicles.
Where this vacuum really shines are situations where a handheld and stick vacuum can get the job done, and you don’t want to pull out the corded vacuum.
Given its size and versatility, this is an excellent choice for RVs and campers since you often have crevices that need vacuuming. The folding handle makes this vacuum easy to store in the small closets in most RV’s as well. Though not capable of deep cleaning carpet, RV/Camper carpet is typically low-pile so it will be fairly effective for touch up cleaning.
All things considered, expect more versatility from this vacuum but at the cost of suction strength and capacity.
|Stick and Handheld combination||Need to contact manufacturer for replacement parts. They aren’t readily available online|
|Washable dust collector, filter, and motorized brush with bare floor option||Weak suction compared to full-size cordless uprights|
|24 minutes of continuous use||Not capable of deep cleaning carpet|
|Handheld is great for cleaning vehicles, stairs, and couches.||With a price less than $100 don’t expect great quality parts|
|Collapsible handle for easy storage||Not pet friendly|
|Weighs only 6.2 lbs|
- Bare floors
- Vehicles, RV’s
The Anker HomeVac Duo does not have the suction to be the only vacuum in a home.
You can expect enough suction to pick up kitty litter, some pet hair, and small debris. The best performance will be on bare floors. For carpet, you will want to stick with nothing more than low-pile. You won’t get deep cleaning with carpet, but touching up here and there, or cleaning small messes are not an issue.
Even if this vacuum had amazing suction, the next obstacle is where is it going to put all the junk it sucks up?
All 2-in-1’s are challenged with the size of their dustbin, which is kind of what makes them a 2-in-1: the small size.
Check out the videos below to get a better idea of just how small the debris container is.
This video demonstrates how well it performs on some extreme messes on both bare floors and carpet:
This vacuum is not capable of deep cleaning carpet and will not handle picking up pet hair very well. A full-size cordless upright will be able to better deal with hair.
If you’re just looking for spot cleaning, though this vacuum will be fine on both carpet and bare floors.
Battery and Run Time
The Anker HomeVac Duo comes with a 2000mAh Lithium-Ion battery which provides 24 minutes of fade-free power and 60 minutes in Eco mode. Anker recommends recharging the vacuum only when there is one indicator light blinking as this will help preserve the lifespan. Charging takes 4-5 hours.
The HomeVac Duo can last for 60 minutes in normal mode and 24 minutes in max-speed mode. Though to get the most suction, you’ll probably find yourself using max-speed mode the most.
Warranty and Customer Service
Anker provides a 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason and an 18-month warranty for quality-related reasons. They will even provide shipping labels for returns, which many manufacturers don’t do.
For the warranty to be valid you must have bought the vacuum from an authorized retailer and have proof of purchase. The major authorized retailers are Amazon.com, Newegg, Staples, and Radioshack.
Quality is a concern with this vacuum. The handheld is questionably useful since many people complain that the attachments are too short to actually reach down into crevices. The vacuum body doesn’t taper down so the crevice attachment awkwardly sticks out from the much larger handheld body.
Some users report battery failure within months. Anker will send a replacement for free, but you may have to pay shipping to return your original vacuum.
Anker seems to provide good customer service and responds well to customer problems. Users that reach out to Anker get their vacuum replaced easily if the item is defective.
The small suction system of a 2-in-1 isn’t meant for deep cleaning carpet. This vacuum will be able to superficially clean low-pile carpet, but if you find yourself vacuum a lot of pet hair expect frequent clogs. It’s not a question of whether or not it will pick up the hair, but rather what it is doing to the inside of the vacuum once you do.
Compared to other 2-in-1’s the Anker HomeVac Duo is a mid-range vacuum in terms of price and features. The handheld attachments are adequate for cleaning crevices and places you’d generally need a hose for, but if you were looking to get a little more from the a handheld the Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 has a motorized brush attachment that makes the handheld practical for cleaning stairs and furniture.
Also, don’t buy a 2-in-1 on the off chance you might use the handheld because you will be disappointed with the upright performance. If you want the cordless experience that lets you wind up the cord forever then go for a full-size cordless upright.