Vax H85-GA-P18 Gator Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner review

Vax is a household name in the UK. They have spent 40 years innovating to build the simplest yet the most effective vacuum available. This vacuum is handheld and lightweight. At the same time, full-size vacuums have other benefits. What this means is that you should evaluate whether or not this functionality suits your own setup.

A great deal

Vax as a company was founded 50 years ago and specializes in carpet cleaning since the beginning. Just like the company’s roots, Vax promises to give you a vacuum unlike any other you’ve ever seen.

Given the compact size of the vacuum, it is no surprise that versatility and ease-of-use are the main benefits of this vacuum. You can carry it easily and there is minimal setup difficulty.

The battery life is surprisingly good for a compact appliance. It will last at least 15 minutes on a full charge, and does not take too long to recharge. Since it is compact, it is great for accessing tighter areas which cats tend to get their hair hidden in.

The straightforward design and advanced maintenance system, allows you to wash the filter and empty the dust collection very easily.

Not as good for some cat hair

Of course, such a small vacuum will always lack the suction power of bigger appliances. Longer cat hair in thicker carpet might pose a challenge. Likewise, a smaller appliance will wear down quicker and some users have said it starts to degrade quicker than conventional vacuum cleaners.

For bigger cleaning jobs the battery power and dust collection might not be enough.

Handy and handheld, best features

Certainly, the ease of use of the handheld device is its best feature. If you need to clean compact spaces or vehicles, this is the device for you!


  • Easy cleanup
  • Long 18V battery life
  • Lightweight
  • Easy filter change


  • No indication of low battery
  • Relatively weak suction
  • Reportedly long charge time

Best Features

  • Built-in crevice tool
  • Motorized stair tool
  • Washable filter


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