Moosoo XL-618A Review
Pros: Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors
Cons: Could be better at carpet
Compare to Similar Products
|Price||$115 List||$150 List|
$119.99 at Amazon
|$150 List||$40 List|
$39.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors||Great value, good at cleaning hard floors||Quiet, great battery life||Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive||Inexpensive|
|Cons||Could be better at carpet||Not terribly convenient, more difficult to use||Unimpressive cleaning performance||Harder to use, loud||Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient|
|Bottom Line||If you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great option||This vacuum provides excellent value, offering a solid performance at a fraction of the price of the top models||This prototypical cordless stick vacuum does an acceptable job at cleaning up light messes but doesn't distinguish itself as a top model||This inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces||This lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance|
|Rating Categories||Moosoo XL-618A||Shark Navigator Fre...||Black+Decker HSVJ52...||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Moosoo XL-618A||Shark Navigator Fre...||Black+Decker HSVJ52...||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Weight||5.1 lbs||7.1 lbs||6.1 lbs||4.5 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||22:40 min:sec||13:53 min:sec||16:11 min:sec||n/a||n/a|
|Maximum Corded Reach||n/a||n/a||n/a||21 ft||17.5 ft|
|Measured Charge Time||340 min||355 min||290 min||n/a||n/a|
|Noise Level||67 dBa||75 dBa||73 dBa||77 dBa||73.5 dBa|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||7.75"||9.75"||8.75"||8.75"||9"|
|Variable Suction Control||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch?||No||Slows the brush for hard floor||Yes||n/a||n/a|
|Storage||Wall mount only||Stands up||Stands up||Stands up; falls over easily||Stands up; falls over easily|
|Swivel Head?||Yes||Yes; very limited||Yes||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Moosoo stick vacuum is a solid budget option that includes attachments that let it double as a handheld vacuum, further increasing its versatility and value.
Our first testing metric rated and ranked how convenient it is to clean with each of the vacuums in our lineup. We looked at how versatile each vacuum is, whether it's corded and cordless, the weight, and how easy it is to store all of the attachments. The Moosoo did very well, earning one of the better scores of the bunch.
As we mentioned before, this is one of the better options if you are looking for a stick vacuum that can double as a handheld vacuum, making it a practical tool for cleaning most places in your home. It's very easy to remove and attach different sections with the click-button locking mechanism. We also found the included handheld attachment to be quite effective and easy to use. Additionally, this vacuum is one of the lighter options of the group, tipping the scale at just over 5 pounds.
The Moosoo is a cordless stick vacuum, and it performed fairly well in our runtime tests. The manufacturer claims that it can last for up to 28 minutes on low power, which aligned well with our hands-on testing. We also got just shy of 23 minutes when running this vacuum on high. However, it takes around 5 hours and 40 minutes to fully recharge the battery, which is a bit high. When it comes to storage, it is designed to be wall mounted but we found it can balance against a table or wall decently if you don't want to mount it on the wall.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Next, we ran the Moosoo through our first series of cleaning tests, evaluating how well it vacuumed up various types of messes from hard floors. We used rice, flour, cereal, pet hair, and oats for our messes, finding that the Moosoo did well above average but still a bit below the top-tier models.
The Moosoo got off to a good start in this metric, earning one of the better scores when it came to cleaning up rice. It sucked up just about all of the rice we spread out in a single pass, provided we went slow. It also didn't drop any grains when moving backward. This vacuum also did quite well when picking up flour, even though its performance dropped a small amount.
However, we found this stick vacuum only delivered mediocre results when cleaning up larger items, like Cheerios. It tended to crush them up and get clogged — to the point where we needed to stop vacuuming and shake the entire brush head to free them. Fortunately, performance rebounded when it came to pet hair and oats. The Moosoo did a fine job removing the hair from hard floors and picked up all of the oats in a single pass — similar to the rice.
Ease of Use
For this metric, we awarded points based on how maneuverable each vacuum was, how loud, how easily it could clean under furniture and close to the edges of a room, and the different cleaning modes available. The Moosoo delivered a decent set of results.
This vacuum has both a high and low power mode, and you can easily switch between modes by pulling the trigger. However, there isn't an option to turn the rotating brush head off.
We found the Moosoo able to clean in very close to an edge when approaching it head-on, but it left a decent amount of debris behind when moving parallel to the edge. The unit has swivel steering, making it very easy to handle, and is one of the quieter vacuums in our lineup, measuring in at around 67 dBa.
This vacuum can also clean about 27" under most pieces of furniture, perfect for getting under coffee tables or couches. This isn't the farthest reach of our tested models, but it's up there.
Our last set of tests for this product focused on its performance at cleaning carpets. We used the same types of messes as our hard floor metric, but the performance of the Moosoo dropped in this category.
This vacuum got off to a middling start in our rice test, taking 3-4 passes to collect all the rice from a flat carpet. We also found that rice would usually fall out of the vacuum once we turned off the brush roll, necessitating subsequent cleaning. It did even worse on fluffier carpet, leaving quite a bit of mess behind in the deeper piles.
This vacuum improved a bit when cleaning flour from flat carpet, doing quite well and removing most of the mess. Regrettably, performance plummeted when it came to collecting Cheerios. It not only left behind tons of debris on both types of the carpet but also would routinely clog itself up in the process.
The Moosoo also didn't particularly impress us when it came to cleaning up pet hair or oats, leaving plenty behind even after multiple passes.
While this vacuum might not have done the best at cleaning carpets, we still think it is a great bargain option. Most of the models that outperformed it cost hundreds of dollars more, and we think it is a great option if you are looking for the most bang for your buck.
All in all, we would recommend the Moosoo XL-618A without hesitation to anyone searching for a great bargain buy for a new stick vacuum. We think it's convenient and easy to use while delivering solid cleaning results for this type of product. While it did leave a bit to be desired when cleaning carpets, it did just fine with light messes and would pair well with a full-size upright vacuum that can handle the harder stuff, particularly if you have fluffier carpet. Luckily, this vacuum retails for a price much lower than the top stick vacuums, leaving much more room in your budget for getting a full-size one as well.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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