Anyone who's researched vacuum cleaners for pet owners and read our previous reviews will know that over the years, I've reviewed cleaners from Gtech, Shark, Dyson and other new and leading brands. I'm always looking for ways to make housework - and management of pet hairs - easier, to be honest. I want a clean home, but I want to make the job of making and keeping it clean as easy as possible.
It didn't take me long to fall in love with cordless cleaners but I have specific things that make it a 'make or break' cleaner for me.
I have three dogs and a cat so it has to handle pet hairs well and it has to have a decent battery life and I need about 40 minutes run time per use to cover a decent amount of floor space. When I start, I hate to break off and stop while it re-charges because I'm guaranteed to get distracted.
Over the years, Gtech vacuum cleaners have made a big impact on me because they've typically covered both these points well.
Recently, I heard about a new cleaner that Gtech have launched - the Gtech Pro K9 (£249.99).
It's the first bagged cleaner designed by Gtech specifically for pet owners, and second overall, and I was lucky enough to receive the cleaner for review.
First Impressions of the Gtech Pro K9
The Gtech Pro K9 is lightweight, weighing between 1.4kg when in hand-held mode and 2.5kg, when you use with the attachments.
It also comes with an array of tools, including a power floor head (the one I use most), a power brush (ideal for dog beds, cars and stairs, for example), a dusting brush crevice tool and an extension tube (for those hard to reach places and cobwebs) and a flexible power hose, which I'll admit I've never quite gotten used to using.
The same style of flexible hose comes with the Gtech Multi K9 (although it's longer and thicker on this cleaner) and I was not a fan then either though, but it may just be me.
I think what it boils down to is that I prefer to hold the cleaner fully in one hand because I usually need my other hand to move dogs, dog beds, toys and so on, out of my way.
The cleaner itself is very easy on the eye. Simple but recognisably Gtech and easy to assemble.
The cleaner also comes with multiple bags, because like I said, this is the manufacturer's first bagged cleaner for pet owners. The bags hold a decent amount of debris (1.5 litres) before needing to be emptied and the cleaner's been designed with a clear pipe on the top so you can easily spot if it gets blocked.
To empty or unblock, you lift the top off at the sides.
Gtech says that the bags have a "carbon-enriched inner layer to help trap and neutralise smells from the dirt and pet hair that’s collected.
"Thanks to their design, you won’t see or touch the dirt and dust as you dispose of it. The bags go straight in the bin, keeping your hands, and the surrounding area, clean."
The 22V Lithium-ion battery takes around four hours to charge and the plug universally works across the Gtech Multi K9 and Airram K9 cleaners - great if you own a couple of products from their range.
It gives between 20-40 minutes cleaning time, depending on which mode you use for cleaning: Eco or Max.
The recent addition of scented replaceable cartridges also finds a home in this cleaner, which is great because they are a fantastic addition to Gtech's newest K9 cleaners, leaving a fresh, floral scent behind them as you vacuum.
Final Thoughts on the Gtech Pro K9
Firstly, what I really like about this cleaner:
The Gtech Pro K9 feels incredibly lightweight to use.
With similarly designed cleaners such as the Dyson v8 Absolute, which I reviewed some years ago and I think is most similar to this design, rather than the AirRam K9, you usually have a skewed weight with most of the cleaner's weight in the head where the battery lives. That isn't the case with this cleaner, and that's great because you don't feel like it's going to topple from your hands, with the weight pulling it in one direction over another.
From a price perspective, it's also well priced against the Dyson v8 Absolute and the newer v10. Comparing prices online, the Gtech Pro K9 is around £100-200 less, which is a bonus and I think from a comparison perspective, the Gtech certainly stacks up. If you were asking me which I'd choose, I'd go for the Gtech because it has a far better balance on weight.
Of the cleaning utensils, I've already said what I don't like, but I do like all others.
The long pipe makes it easy to reach my many cobwebs (why won't they stop growing?!) and when you combine with stretching up high, the lighter weight of the cleaner comes into its own because it puts less stress on your arms.
I have found the largest power floor head to be a great size for getting under radiators and tight fitting spaces. My radiators are quite narrow at the bottom so very few cleaners can get under them without a fight to get them back out.
This is one of my dog beds, pictured while cleaning and afterwards using the smaller of the power brush tools to show how it tackles dog hairs, especially those stuck at the top under the brown suede piping.
But overall, I'll admit to being a little conflicted.
If I bring it back to my two red lines - battery space and dustbin capacity, this is the bottom line:
I've gotten used to bagless cleaners so although the current bag holds 1.5 litres of dust, dirt and hairs, bags will still need to be replaced, although they're not too expensive. You can buy 10 for £12.99 from Gtech for example.
But I'm just not sure how I feel about a bag. I've got so used to not needing to think about having bags in the home to use, it feels like it could be just another thing to remember. That said, I'm still on my first bag, having used it a few times over the last few weeks, so I could be overthinking the issue.
From a battery perspective, the Pro K9 has two modes: Eco and Max, with the latter being best for stubborn pet hairs. On Eco mode, I get 40 minutes, on Max, I get 20. I've found I can get away with Eco mode on hard floors but need Max mode on carpets and rugs. My home is split about 65/35 in favour of carpets, so I don't get 40 minutes run time.
In my home with three dogs and a cat, I don't feel the Pro K9 will replace their latest cordless, bagless Gtech Airram K9.
However, I've come to think of it as a great alternative to the Multi K9, especially with the long pipe handle, which the Multi K9 doesn't have and now that I have that mindset, I really am enjoying it.
For pet owners, with perhaps less hairy floors and carpets than mine, or those who need a particularly lightweight cleaner, I'd certainly recommend as a main vacuum cleaner because you're guaranteed great aftercare and customer service with Gtech.
And for anyone looking for an alternative to a quick and easy handheld with limited tools, this certainly is a great replacement.
Many thanks to Gtech for sharing the Pro K9 with us. If you'd like to learn more, visit the Gtech website here.
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