Earning a low score, the VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 didn't particularly impress us. This vacuum is almost as loud as a traditional upright, isn't particularly convenient to use, and delivered only an average performance on carpeted surfaces. However, it does a bit better when it comes to hard surfaces, and the price makes this a widely accessible option. While there are far better-performing models to be found, this might be a decent pick for those who only have hard surfaces to clean and are on a particularly tight budget.Editor's Note: The VonHaus gear review, updated on January 11, 2022, now includes more details on which products we'd recommend to a friend.
VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Review
Pros: Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive
Cons: Harder to use, loud
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|Pros||Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive||Convenient to use, great at cleaning||Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors||Inexpensive, convenient||Inexpensive|
|Cons||Harder to use, loud||A bit loud||Could be better at carpet||Lackluster carpet cleaning, struggles with edges||Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient|
|Bottom Line||This inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces||If you are looking for the absolute best of the best when it comes to stick vacuums, this is one of our all-time favorites||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 delivered a middle-of-the-road performance that failed to make much of an impression||This lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance|
|Rating Categories||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1||Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Moosoo XL-618A||Eureka RapidClean Pro||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1||Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Moosoo XL-618A||Eureka RapidClean Pro||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Weight||4.5 lbs||7.8 lbs||5.1 lbs||5.1 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||n/a||20:37 min:sec||22:40 min:sec||23:12 min:sec||n/a|
|Maximum Corded Reach||21 ft||n/a||n/a||n/a||17.5 ft|
|Measured Charge Time||n/a||150 min||340 min||270 min||n/a|
|Noise Level||77 dBa||73 dBa||67 dBa||64.5 dBa||73.5 dBa|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||8.75"||10.25"||7.75"||9.75"||9"|
|Variable Suction Control||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch?||n/a||Slows the brush for hard floor||No||No||n/a|
|Storage||Stands up; falls over easily||Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode||Wall mount only||Wall mount only||Stands up; falls over easily|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We conducted a comprehensive series of side-by-side tests to rank and judge these products and determine our award winners. These ranged from collecting Cheerios on flat carpet to seeing exactly how far under a typical sofa each product could reach. This compact VonHaus 2-in-1 can transform into a handheld model and is one of the least expensive models we evaluated. However, it was also one of the lowest performers overall when put through our rigorous tests. That said, it did have some small successes in a few areas.
Meriting the highest weight of our rating metrics, the set of tests that comprised our convenience metric account for 35% of the total score for each stick vacuum. We compared how proficient each vacuum was at cleaning areas of the home other than the floors; how much each product weighed; whether or not it was cordless or corded; its maximum cord reach; battery life; and how stable each vacuum was standing up. The VonHaus did not perform well in this set of assessments, earning a somewhat subpar score.
The VonHaus 2-in-1 converts into a small, handheld vacuum to clean up messes off the floor, with a few attachments that slip on for different cleaning tasks. There is no locking mechanism to hold these attachments in place, but they didn't seem prone to falling off in our tests. This vacuum is a corded model (though the cord isn't particularly long) and on the lighter side when compared to the rest of the group. It can stand up on its own, but it isn't particularly stable and is prone to being inadvertently knocked over.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Accounting for 30% of the total score, this metric ranked second to the convenience metric in terms of importance. We used oats, cereal (Cheerios), pet hair, rice, and flour as different types of test debris, ranking each vacuum on how well it collected each mess from our section of hardwood flooring. The VonHaus delivered a decently solid performance in this realm.
This model started this set of tests with an exceptional performance at collecting rice, picking up all of the debris in its entirety, matching the performance of some of our top models. However, the VonHaus performance in our flour pickup test was a stark contrast to the rice test. This vacuum did an absolutely abysmal job collecting rice, taking over 20 passes in an area even to get it close to being suitably clean.
This vacuum bounced back a little bit in our cereal collection test. It took some maneuvering to collect the cereal rather than just push it around, but it eventually collected it all. The VonHaus also did a great job picking up pet hair and finished out this metric with a solid performance in the oat collection test. It only took about 1.5 passes to get all the oats, once again piling the debris up for a bit before actually collecting it.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use tests took credit for 20% of the final score, with the VonHaus achieving a less than desirable result. We based this on evaluating how many different cleaning modes were available on each product, how well each vacuum could clean under a sofa and along the edges of a room, and its noise level and handling.
The VonHaus lost some points right from the start, as it has zero adjustability in terms of cleaning modes or options. It redeemed itself slightly when it came to our edging test, performing very similarly to some top scorers.
However, this model couldn't maintain an upward trend, with its performance dropping significantly in our furniture test. It only reached about 11" under our simulated sofa, significantly lagging behind the 37" of the top models.
This vacuum comes with a handful of attachments but has no onboard storage, meaning you'll have to keep all of the included accessories in the plastic bag they came in or some other location of your choosing. The VonHaus is also quite loud — loud enough even to be mistaken for a full-size upright model — though it is conveniently lightweight at a mere 4.5 pounds.
We evaluated the performance of each stick vacuum at cleaning soft flooring for the final aspect of our review. This test component accounted for the residual 15% of the final score, with a similar set of tests to those used for our hard surface assessment. However, this time, we used both a flat and fluffy carpet instead of hard floors. The VonHaus finished out with a middle-of-the-road performance.
The 2-in-1 started with a solid performance when it came to collecting rice, only taking two passes on flat carpet and eight on fluffy carpet to sufficiently clean everything. Though it piled up the rice at first, it collected it immediately after that, matching the performance of some of our top-tier models. The VonHaus also did a decent job vacuuming up flour from flat carpet, though it wasn't the best.
When collecting Cheerios, the VonHaus did a slightly above-average job. Again, it would pile them up before collecting most of them, but it usually still left a few stragglers and fragments behind that it struggled to pick up. However, this model couldn't keep its trend going in the pet hair challenge, doing an overall poor job at extracting pet hair from carpet. It also struggled at collecting oats, taking a multitude of passes, and still leaving oat residue behind.
Should You Buy the VonHaus 600W 2-in-1?
This vacuum might be your best option if you have the tightest budget. It offers decent cleaning for hard surfaces and could be a nice secondary backup option if your main goals are quick cleanup on flat surfaces.
What Other Stick Vacuum Should You Consider?
If your expectations are higher and your budget allows, we think better, less frustrating options are available with better cleaning power. The Shark Navigator Freestyle scores higher overall and offers more power for cleaning carpets and hard surfaces; while it will cost about a hundred dollars more, we think it is worth it for what it brings to the table. While it didn't win an award, most of the award winners are even more expensive. For an award winner, the Moosoo XL-618A is also one we think you should consider. This product has better convenience performance and will perform well enough for most messes to avoid frustration.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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