Kmart mum converts $95 vacuum into 'baby vac': 'Christmas gift sorted'

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Young child vacuuming the kitchen floor. Photo: Getty Images.
A mum has shared the Kmart vacuum that her son loves to use. Photo: Getty Images.

An Aussie mum has sung the praises of a Kmart vacuum cleaner that can be converted down into a kids-sized model similar to the wildly popular 'baby' Dyson.

She took to Facebook to tell her fellow Kmart fans about the discount retailer's Cordless Stick Cleaner which her young son loves to get his hands on.

"Why buy a toy vacuum when the Kmart stick vac can convert to baby size?" she wrote.

The mum shared a sweet video of her boy giving the living room floor a good clean with the $95 item.


Kmart Cordless Stick Cleaner - Black, $95. Photo: Kmart.
Kmart's Cordless Stick Cleaner costs $95. Photo: Kmart.

She had removed the extension tubes and floor head then attached the brush tool to make it easier to handle for her little one.

"It has three parts that easily click in to change height, and a low and a high power setting," she added.

The mum also gave the Cordless Stick Cleaner a positive review, saying that although it's not up to the Dyson high standard, it's a 'brilliant' affordable option.

"It's brilliant! Not quite a Dyson but close, and a fraction of the price," she wrote.

Fellow Kmart enthusiasts jumped into the comments section to share their thoughts on the budget buy.

Kmart Cordless Stick Cleaner - Black. Photo: Kmart.
The mum removed the extension tubes and floor head then attached the brush tool to make it easier to handle for her little one. Photo: Kmart.

"We have this too & the kids (4 & 6) actually do vacuum their rooms & enjoy it. It does a decent job, not perfect but good for a quick clean up," one wrote.

"Love it. Nothing wrong starting them young when is age appropriate tasks," added another.

One Facebook user asked the group how heavy the Kmart vacuum was and how easy it was for youngsters to use.

"Can I ask you all how the kids go holding it? Is it very heavy or ok?" they asked.

"Our kids find it perfect. It's not heavy at all," responded a helpful user.

"Thank you for that. I think I have a Christmas gift sorted," replied the question-asker.

Others weren't sold on the Cordless Stick Cleaner's efficacy with one writing, "Don't waste your money".

It's worth noting that the Kmart website warns vacuum users to, "Keep away from babies and children," and "Follow usage instructions carefully."

Shop top vacuums

If you're in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, check out the top-rated models in Canstar Blue's Customer Satisfaction Awards below.

iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum - $2,899

iRobot cleaned up the category with five stars in overall satisfaction, ease of storage, ease of use and four stars when it came to quietness, value for money, emptying and effectiveness.

You may have heard of the famous Roomba robot vacuum and its mopping abilities that clean up your home with the utmost intelligence and efficiency. The newest iRobot, the Roomba s9+ reach up to $2,899, however, is the smartest model to date.

The Roomba s9+ includes smart map technology that tracks each room of your home to map which room you would like cleaned first, making for a high-tech cleaning experience.

iRobot Roomba. Source: Canstar Blue
iRobot cleaned up the category with five stars. Source: Canstar Blue

Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum - $349

German quality brand, Bosch also received five stars in overall satisfaction, quietness and value for money. Bosch scored four stars for ease of emptying, use, storage and effectiveness.

The Bosch range includes an array of cleaners, from cordless stick vacuums to cylinder vacuums bagged and bagless.

The impressive line-up delivers features like the All Floor High Power Brush and 2-in-1 functionality for a hand-held cleaner in one appliance.

Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum. Source: Canstar Blue
Bosch ties for first place when rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest customer satisfaction ratings. Source: Canstar Blue

The Bosch Athlet ProAnimal range is known for up to 60 minutes of runtime, making it noticeably one of the longest cordless vacuum runtimes.

Bosch’s SmartSensor technology allows airflow throughout the vacuum to ensure the suction performance and LED indicators are notified if the filter gets clogged.

Prices are between $250 to $900, there are affordable options to consider in the wide array of the Bosch range, like the Bosch Athlet Cordless Handstick Vacuum.

The vacuum cleaner has the ability to clean carpet and hard floor, 60-minute battery life, and a bagless design priced at $349.

Electrolux Pure Q9 Animal Stick Vacuum - $399

In its second year, Electrolux swept the stick vacuum competition in best in six out of eight categories. Handstick vacuum cleaners are more powerful and technologically advanced than their handheld vacuum counterpart.

They are known to be easily converted to a full-size vacuum and are popular to pick up pet hair and hard-to-reach areas while being cordless.

Electrolux Pure Q9 Animal Stick Vacuum. Source: Canstar Blue
Electrolux Pure Q9 Animal Stick Vacuum won the stick vacuum competition. Source: Canstar Blue

The Electrolux Pure Q9 Animal Stick Vacuum is ideal for carpets, flooring and furniture, perfect for pet hair, dirt and dust. With non-stop 53-minute clean time and consistent power suction, clean confidently in one fell swoop.

The cordless vacuum came out on top for battery life, overall satisfaction and ease of emptying and storage.

No matter which you choose for your cleaning needs, Canstar Blue has the full list of reviews on its website for you to make the best choice for your household.

Additional reporting by Ariana Pezeshki.

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