Homasy Handheld Vacuum Cleaner KB-9005 Review
Pros: Exceptional runtime, fairly easy to clean with
Cons: Abysmal at picking up pet hair, not the best at cleaning
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Homasy finished a bit behind the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser and tied with the HoLIFE Portable Vacuum Cleaner. The HoLIFE and the Homasy are identical to an astonishing degree, performing the same in each of our tests and even having parts and accessories that can be interchanged, but the HoLIFE does retail for about $10 more, giving the edge to the Homasy. The Pet Hair Eraser is by far the best of this trio when it comes to cleaning and is also the cheapest, though it does have shorter battery life.
To really find out which handheld vacuums had the best shot at claiming an award, we started off by doing tons and tons of research, then buying the ones that showed the most promise based on their technical specifications and other users' experiences. We tested all the products we bought side-by-side, with the Homasy's results in our six different weighted rating metrics outlined below.
Dust & Dirt
The most common use for these products, by far, is cleaning up light messes, such as dust and dirt, from around your home in between deeper cleans. Consequently, one of the first things we looked at was how well each vacuum did at cleaning up these types of messes and how well it got into all the little nooks and crannies you might need to when dusting. The Homasy did alright, meriting a 6 out of 10 in this group of tests, which is worth 20% of its total score.
The Homasy does have a brush attachment that is medium length but is a little on the stiff side. This put it at a slight disadvantage when it comes to dusting compared to some of the other vacuums that have softer bristles, so it took a bit longer to clean up the same amount of stuff.
However, these stiffer bristles are very effective at cleaning up dirt or dried mud, which the Homasy very effectively removed from a section of linoleum in our test.
The bristles also do a solid job at getting right into the corners of a flat area, like a shelf or windowsill, but can make it a bit hard to dust super small areas, like window trim or baseboards.
Continuing to test out how well these products clean, our second metric tasked each of these vacuums with much more difficult messes to clean up. We used the Homasy to clean up oats and flour from carpet and furniture cushions and scored its performance. Additionally, we also tested out how well it could suck up larger particles and the amount of air flow its motor generated. The Homasy did slightly above average compared to its peers, earning it a 6 out of 10.
The Homasy handled our large particle test without any issues, able to suck up the mini-wheats if there is no attachment on the vacuum. It did struggle a bit more with the oats, getting most of it from the carpet, but leaving plenty of oat fragments and dust behind on the cushion upholstery.
This handheld did a bit better at cleaning flour from the carpet, getting most of it out and only leaving trace amounts behind. However, it did take a few more passes than some of the top products and requires you to really work the bristle attachment into the carpet to loosen the flour.
The Homasy did about average in our airflow test, causing the anemometer mounted in our wind tunnel chamber to read 1338 FPM.
Following those two cleaning metrics, we moved on to assess how easy it is to clean some of the narrower gaps and crevices around your house with the Homasy. It did about average, earning a 5 out of 10 in this set of tests, which also account for 20% of its total score.
Starting off, we attempted to clean out the smallest slot on a standard sliding window track. The Homasy easily cleaned out all of the oats we filled the track with, but its crevice tool is a little wider than some of the other vacuums, so it doesn't quite fit completely in the track and takes a bit more time to clean as effectively.
Next, we assessed how far the Homasy could clean in a 1.25" gap and a 3" gap. It did about average with the narrower gap, reaching 5" into it and still being able to clean. It only reached 3.5 inches further in the wider gap, again putting it right on par with the average of the group.
Responsible for 15% of the total score, our next metric dealt with how long these cordless vacuums could actually clean for. We started the Homasy with a full charge, then ran it until it turned off. This vacuum did very well, lasting for a tiny bit more than 25 minutes before calling it quits — one of the longer times of the group. It then takes between three and five hours to recharge completely.
Our next round of evaluations focused on how it felt to actually use each vacuum — whether it is a convenient and hassle-free experience or a total pain. This metric is also worth 15% of the total score, with the Homasy doing decently enough, earning a 5 out of 10.
We started off by comparing and scoring how heavy each handheld vacuum is and how much noise it generated while cleaning. The Homasy is roughly in the middle of the group when it comes to weight, weighing in at 2.5 lbs. with its heaviest tool attached and only a tiny bit less with no tool at all. This handheld vacuum is fairly quiet, only clocking in at 70.7 dBa on our meter.
Next, we looked at how much the waste bin can store and how much effort it took to empty each time it was full. The Homasy earned some points by being able to store a fairly large amount of debris — 0.6 L of dry mess, 0.1 L of liquids — but it can be a bit more difficult to clean out than some of the other products, though it still isn't too bad.
Finally, we were a little disappointed that the Homasy doesn't offer an easy way to store all the tools in the box or that they aren't integrated with the main base, leaving you to devise a solution yourself.
Lastly, we evaluated and ranked how each vacuum did at picking up pet hair. This accounts for the residual tenth of the total score, with the Homasy doing quite poorly in our tests, earning a 2 out of 10. We spread out the hair on both a section of low-pile carpet and on a cushion and attempted to clean it up with the Homasy. Unfortunately, while it did remove a bunch of hair from both surfaces, most of it simply tangled up on the brush tool, rather than ending up in the collection bin, causing a huge hassle.
This vacuum isn't a great value, as there are less expensive options that did better and significantly cheaper models — a little more than half the cost — that didn't do that much worse.
Overall, the Homasy isn't a particularly exciting handheld vacuum and is far from our first choice. It's not a great value or a cleaning powerhouse and is thoroughly overshadowed by other products on the market.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer