Vax Air Lift U84-AL-Pme Review – Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner

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Vax Air Lift U84-AL-Pme Review - Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner Review

Our Score:


  • Fantastic carpet cleaning
  • Long cable and hose
  • Perfect for pet hair
  • Easy to empty canister
  • Bagless
  • Excellent attachments


  • More expensive than most

Key Features:

  • A grade energy efficiency rating
  • Bagless
  • Washable filter
  • 1.5L canister
  • 5 additional tools
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Two floor settings
  • Manufacturer: Vax
  • Review Price: £149

What is the Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max?

This nifty vacuum cleaner is probably one of the best that Vax have created. Not only does it have a fantastic design, but it also offers incredible power even on the wood floor and regular carpet setting.

It has a range of excellent features, including an abundance of handy attachments, all of which you are going to use.

This Vax vacuum cleaner was designed to deal with pets and the endless hair that they shed. With several tools made just for them, you won’t find yourself worrying about embedded hair in your carpets.

It’s easy to manoeuvre, and even becomes portable to make cleaning the stairs that little bit easier. Let’s take a look at what this fantastic vacuum has to offer.

The Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum: Design and Features

Its sleek design may not scream ‘power’. But it certainly looks good. It comes well packaged and in a box that makes it look a lot larger than it actually is.

It comes mostly assembled, with the exception of the handle which needs to be slotted into the top. The tools are also packaged separately, and unfortunately there is nowhere on the vacuum to attach them.

Instructions are provided but they are unnecessary unless you take the whole model apart. As a result, the total unpacking and assembly time was under ten minutes.

The main vacuum has rotating brushes for a deep clean and efficient hair pickup. The turbo tool is a smaller version of this, and it also comes with a Fur ‘n Fluff tool as well as one for dusting, crevices, and upholstery.

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is neatly labelled to make things easier for you. For example it shows you where to place your foot to steer the vacuum, as well as what the majority of the buttons on the vacuum cleaner are there for.

In addition to this, the floor type switch is neatly placed at the front and can be changed easily by simply sliding the button to the desired setting. It also has a clip and two hooks for the cable to be put away neatly.

The Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max vacuum cleaner was also designed for portability. Carrying the main machine up the stairs would be a bit of a chore, and that is why you can detach the canister and hose from the main machine.

By doing this, it becomes much more lightweight and can be carried up and down the stairs with ease. Afterwards, it simply clicks back onto the main machine so that you can continue with the rest of the house.

It features multi-cyclonic technology for powerful pickup and no loss of suction (and this is certainly true for this model). It also has AAAA performance ratings for energy, hard wood floor pickup, carpet pickup, and emissions – making it ideal for those who are both environmentally conscious and in need of powerful suction.

In addition to this, it comes with an excellent filter so that allergens and the like can be caught and won’t be released back into the air. This makes it an ideal model for those with asthma and allergies.

The Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum: Cleaning Results

This vacuum cleaner is beautifully light and easy to move long any type of floor. It is almost effortless. The steering is smooth, allowing you to glide around the house and even under the furniture.

Plus, it is easy to switch between attachments and continue using the vacuum with the same ease as before.

Before this vacuum cleaner, I had an older Vax that was not doing a good job and was certainly on its last legs. As a result, I was hesitant about this one but decided to give it a go. I am glad I did. Due to the old vacuum, the floor was filled with embedded hair from the animals and generally in a bad state.

One run over the carpet with this amazing vacuum and it was like I was looking at a different carpet. After a good and thorough clean of the whole downstairs, not only was the carpet absolutely spotless, but the bad odour it had built up was completely gone.

It worked wonders in a matter of seconds. After these results, I had to try out each of the tools around the house.

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner

The Fur ‘n Fluff tool was fantastic on the dog bed. Before using this it was practically a different colour due to all the hair it had collected.

Thanks to this nifty tool, it looked brand new again after. The dusting tool was powerful enough to grab all the dust bunnies, but also gentle so as not to damage any of the technology I used it on. Plus, it worked great on the stair banister.

The crevice and upholstery tools did exactly what I expected them to – and with brilliant results. The turbo tool was particularly good at getting all of the extra dirt out of furniture arms and the carpet.

It even worked fantastically on the stairs, but we will go further into that in the next section. Overall, the suction levels both with the regular floor head and each of the tools was not compromised and they really gave the floors a deep and much needed clean.

The Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum: Stairs

Initially, this vacuum looks far too large to be dragging up the stairs. However, as mentioned previously, the canister simply clicks out of the main body of the vacuum.

This creates a far more portable machine that offers you a great deal of flexibility while you clean the stairs. Even without the main body the suction was spot on, removing all of the embedded pet hair from the carpet in mere seconds.

The turbo tool was also used to give them a deeper clean, and this did a great job of picking up all the fluff and dirt that had gathered inside it.

Both the turbo tool and the regular floor head were also run over the landing rug (a deep carpet), and did an equally outstanding job with that.

The dusting tool did fantastic work on the bannisters, especially considering how gentle it is on surfaces. This vacuum is highly recommended for stair work.

The Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum: Should You Buy It?

Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a home with shedding pets and need something that can collect human and animal fluff efficiently, then this is the perfect vacuum cleaner for you.

In a matter of seconds, it can rid your carpet of embedded hair, even collecting human ones on its fantastic rotating brush. Your carpets can benefit from a deep clean and with minimal effort from you.

It is incredibly lightweight for your ease, and the fact that it comes apart to make vacuuming the stairs easier is a massive benefit to this nifty machine.

The various tools that are included do suffer from the fact that they cannot be attached to the vacuum for easy storage, but they are incredibly effective and do present results that are on an equal level to the main floor head.

The price is considered to be a little higher than most, but it is definitely worth it if you live in a home with pets or need something that brings all the dirt up from the bottom of the carpet.

Powerful, lightweight, and effective are three words that can be used to describe this excellent machine.

The Vax Air Lift Steerable Pet Max Vacuum: Conclusion

I was quite sceptical when I first received this machine, especially as my previous Vax had been more than a disappointment.

However, these feelings were soon forgotten the second I plugged it into the wall and started it up. A few strokes and my carpet looked brand new again, with the odours it had gathered removed almost instantly.

It’s AAAA rating is certainly deserved, as it gives a top performance in all areas, relieving the home of embedded fur and other collected dirt.

Regardless of whether you live in a large or small home, this vacuum is lightweight, convertible, and provides an excellent level of power.

It’s definitely one of the best machines I have ever owned, and considering the amount of fur my dog sheds, it really has worked wonders on keeping it fluff free. The tools could even be used on his bed, leaving it looking brand new.

This vacuum cleaner receives my highest recommendation and really is the perfect machine for any home.

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