The hand stick vacuum market is becoming increasingly crowded, and lg cordzero a9 Kompressor vacuum cleaners are designed to give Dyson a run for its money. Except for the base model in the A9 Compressor series, all other versions have a mopping attachment, which you won't find on any Dyson vacuum cleaner. The convenience of having a hand stick that can vacuum and mop is enormous, and LG's Power Drive Mop attachment allows you to do both at once – it sucks in water from the front and spits it out from the back.
Although some stubborn, caked-on dirt may require some elbow grease to remove from your hard floors, we considered the LG A9 Kompressor to be capable of handling most tasks, with the exception of the toughest grime. The battery life of the A9 Kompressor is also very impressive: while LG claims that you'll get up to 60 minutes of power per charge per battery (it comes with two) in normal mode, we got about 75 minutes out of one battery and a little over 70 minutes out of the other. We got 27 minutes of battery life from a complete charge, also in Turbo Mode.
LG's hand sticks have a free-standing charging base (unlike Dyson's wall-mount-only option), so you won't have to drill holes in your walls to store the vacuum. Your standard accessories (up to three) can also be stored on the stand, like any Power Drive head and mop pads. Another significant benefit is the Kompressor technology, after which the hand sticks are called. When you press down on a lever on the outside of the container, dirt and debris are compacted, allowing you to fit 2.4 times as much into the 0.44L bin.
LG has incorporated its ThinQ technology into the A9 Kompressor range, just as it has into the older lg cordzero a9 range of hand sticks. This helps you to keep track of the device's health, including its filter, attachment life, and cleaning history, using a companion app. Although some people might find this information useful, we considered it useless and didn't use the software after the initial setup. The overall weight distribution of the A9 Kompressor is the only reason we docked a half star in this study.
When maneuvering the LG around the building, the handheld main device feels heavier than a Dyson hand stick, and it's difficult to keep the unit up for more than a few minutes at a time if you're brushing cobwebs from the ceiling. Furthermore, the spinning mop pads produce power, which causes the hands tick to move at an angle rather than in a straight line. It necessitates a relatively close grip, which can be taxing on the arm muscles, as well as some practice.
The lg cordzero a9 Kompressor comes in four different versions, with the key differences being the attachments used and the color scheme used in the design. They start at $699 / AU$1,099 for the base model (known in Australia as the A9K Core) and go up to $799 / AU$1,299 for the Ultra model. The only model without mopping capability is the base model. That's not cheap, particularly because there are cheaper Shark and Bissell vacuum mops on the market, but they're not widely available. Similarly, LG's handstick line isn't available in all markets; they're currently available in the US and Australia, but not on LG's UK website. Cordless handsticks aren't new, and LG has stuck to a tried-and-true design that most people can recognize. The free-standing charging station distinguishes the CordZero A9 Kompressor from its key competitor, Dyson. It comes in several parts that you'll need to put together (and will need to consult the manual to do so), but the cable management option at the back of the vertical piece and the spots available to store your frequently used tools are two features we really liked about the charging station. Although the charging station can also be wall mounted, it's nice to know that you have the choice.
As previously mentioned, the lg cordzero a9 hand sticks come with two batteries, and the dock is built to charge the spare battery while the other is in use. A niche with charging plates for the second battery pack is below the clips for storing the hands tick. The Multi-Surface Power Drive Nozzle, as well as the Combination and Crevice tools, are included with all four A9 Kompressor models, and there's room to store them on the charging station itself. Aside from that, each A9 Kompressor model comes with a unique set of extra tools and Power Drive cleaning heads; the color of the hand stick is the best way to tell them apart.
We received the purple A9 Kompressor series model (dubbed "Vintage Wine" by LG), which includes an extra Hard Floor Power Drive Nozzle, the Power Drive Mop, and two additional tools for hard dirt and upholstery. That's a pretty versatile package, allowing you to clean just about any surface while still having the option of mopping the floor. So let's get started with the Power Drive Mop. This is the largest cleaning head in the case, with a translucent grey ‘tank' on top and a pair of revolving discs with Velcro on the underside. With the push of a button, the top tank pops off and can be filled through a side gap.
During our checking, the tank clamp appeared to be drip-proof. The package includes two pairs of round mops, one soft and the other a little rough for ‘polishing' the floor. Simply choose a matching pair, wet them, wring them out, and adhere them to the Velcro disks. You're good to go once you've filled the tank with water. The Power Drive Mop has a suction hole in the front, which is a nice feature. If you just need to mop, use regular power, but if you want to vacuum and mop at the same time – like we did because it saved us so much time every time we used the hand stick use Turbo power and all dirt, debris, and stains are removed in one cleaning run.
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