The Lupe was designed in Bristol by two flooring care specialists who wished to enhance on the providing from large manufacturers. Their purpose was to make a strong, future-proofed vacuum cleaner that’ll be kinder to the setting just by lasting longer.
We put the Lupe to the check.
Design & arrange
The Lupe is a design-led vacuum cleaner. The high-quality expertise begins the second you open its field. It’s thoughtfully shipped in plastic-free packaging that’s been designed to suit snugly across the vacuum cleaner.
It is an uncommon wanting vac: white with a curved physique, black hoses and attachments, and mint inexperienced accents. I like the truth that it’s not making an attempt to look the best way a house equipment historically does. Visually, it has extra in widespread with costly, ergonomic workplace tech.
The Lupe is clearly nicely made: it’s examine, strong and all of its elements click on collectively and launch simply.
Within the field, you’ll get the cleaner itself (which is available in three elements), two spare cleansing attachments, and charging gear. It additionally comes with three country-specific plug attachments, so it may be used anyplace on this planet. Nonetheless, for an RRP of just about £700, it doesn’t really feel like rather a lot.
It’s constructed to final, with elements – together with the detachable battery – that may be swapped out and changed in order that the vacuum cleaner itself ought to final for years to return.
In a single sense, the engineers have nailed their temporary. The airflow know-how of the Lupe is superb. Its suction is maybe the most effective of the vacuum cleaners we’ve examined. When coupled with its intelligent curler design (a spongy curler on the entrance, with a extra conventional bristly curler behind it), the Lupe has unbelievable decide up of every thing from fluff to massive and small particles. It received’t scatter bigger bits and nothing is left behind.
It is nice on the bottom and its solely cleansing flaw is that it didn’t do an ideal job getting pet hair off upholstery.
I additionally discovered that there was a little bit of a hair wrap drawback on the second curler, in addition to on the vac’s tiny wheels, which shortly grew to become clogged. However the second curler can fairly simply be eliminated for cleansing, which is a greater possibility than most cleaners present.
The Lupe additionally has glorious battery life. It’s about the identical as the most effective cordless vacuum cleaners in the marketplace, which is to say that you simply’ll get an hour’s cleansing on eco mode, half an hour on the medium setting and 15 minutes on excessive. What’s completely different in regards to the Lupe is that you should utilize its eco setting for many of your cleansing – not like nearly all of different cordless cleaners – so an hour’s battery life actually is an hour of cleansing time.
You probably have thick carpets and discover that your common vacuum cleaner isn’t doing a adequate job extracting grime trapped deep within the fibres, the Lupe may very well be possibility for you.
If you happen to primarily have onerous flooring, you’re unlikely to actually want the extent of suction the Lupe presents and also you may discover that the equipment’s different negatives outweigh the positives. The issue is that for all of its good specs, it’s simply not that simple to make use of.
The Lupe is a heavy vacuum cleaner. Because it bears its personal weight, it ought to really feel lighter than some, if not most, stick cleaners however I didn’t discover that to be the case. It was onerous work pushing it throughout the ground.
Then again, whenever you pause cleansing, it stands up by itself, so that you don’t have to search out someplace to prop it up as you do with a stick cleaner. And in terms of charging, you simply plug it in. There’s no want for a stand or wall mount.
It’s additionally extraordinarily noisy, with a headache-inducing high-pitched whine. Notably on the best setting, it seems like a jet engine on helium. Fortunately, its highly effective suction implies that you received’t want to make use of the excessive setting fairly often.
And, whereas the Lupe has a particularly efficient HEPA filter and a fairly sized 1 litre dustbin (by comparability, the Dyson V11 has solely a 0.76 litre capability), the odd form of the bin means which you can’t simply pop it open and empty it. Hair and mud get caught in corners and must be extracted manually. Which means, regardless of its efficient mud decide up and filter, it’s not a good selection for people who find themselves delicate to mud.
However it’s the hand-held cleansing mode that lets the Lupe down. As a handheld, it has a very completely different design to the gun-shaped cleaners that prevail in the meanwhile. You’ve got the physique of the vac and a versatile hose for cleansing – which implies that utilizing it’s a two-handed job. Basically, you carry the (comparatively heavy) physique of the cleaner round with you in a single hand, like a briefcase, whereas utilizing the hose within the different hand to wash. It’s not superb and it’s removed from the purpose and vac system provided by most different convertible cordless vacuum cleaners.
Sure, you possibly can set it on a floor as you go, but it surely stands vertically and the brief hose means you may in all probability knock it over. In both case, you received’t have a whole lot of manoeuvrability – and manoeuvrability is de facto the entire level of a cordless.
Switching from upright to handheld isn’t immediate, both. First, you pop off the primary cleansing head. Then you definately take out the wand. You’ll be able to both repair the wand onto the hose on the entrance of the physique for cleansing ceilings (with a cleansing device on the finish), or connect a cleansing device straight into the hose.
It’s simply not an ideal resolution and also you’ll in all probability find yourself wanting a second handheld cleaner for fast spot cleansing, cabinets, sofas and fabric.
Worth & availability
The Lupe has an RRP of £699, though it’s at present on sale for £599. This locations it squarely within the luxurious vacuum cleaner market, at an identical worth level to – and competing with – the likes of the Dyson V11, Miele’s TriFlex and Samsung’s Powerstick Jet.
It’s at present solely obtainable from the Lupe web site, however it may be shipped all around the world.
The Lupe is so good on paper that I nonetheless can’t consider I didn’t prefer it extra. However it’s noisy, heavy, a faff to vary to its handheld type and a ache to make use of when in that mode. It’s undoubtedly a cleaner that locations efficiency over consolation and adaptability.
However make no mistake – this can be a highly effective and durable vacuum cleaner. If you happen to’re on the lookout for a cordless to exchange your upright, have deep carpets and even deeper pockets, you may nonetheless love the Lupe.
To see which vacuum cleaners we price probably the most extremely, try our round-up of the most effective vacuum cleaners we have examined.
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