GTech AirRam MK2 review 

The AirRam MK2 is proof that practical and simple doesn’t mean boring.

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GTech is an established British brand that specialises in battery-powered products – everything from mowers to massagers. It’s probably best known, though, for its vacuum cleaners. 

Founder Nick Grey, who is credited with creating the first cordless vacuum cleaner, designs its floorcare products with a view to making life easier. In fact, Grey created the original AirRam vacuum cleaner in 2012 for his elderly mother who was struggling with heavy corded uprights.  

The AirRam MK2 is cited by GTech as being their best-selling cordless vacuum cleaner and combines the design of an upright vacuum cleaner with the flexibility of a cordless.  

Four GTech AirRam Mk 2 vacuum cleaners leant against a wall to illustrate a GTech AirRam MK2 reviewCredit: Saga Exceptional
The GTech AirRam MK2 vacuum cleaner is a reasonably priced cordless upright vacuum cleaner
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GTech AirRam MK2

Competitive

If you want versatility, this isn’t the vacuum cleaner for you. If you are, though, looking for a simple-to-use, yet effective cleaner, you can’t go wrong with the AirRam MK2. It’s lightweight, has great suction power and is easy to store. And if you can pick it up at a reduced price, you’ve got a bargain on your hands. 

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

This is a great vacuum cleaner for those who love an upright but want the flexibility of a cordless one. If you struggle with heavier machines, the AirRam MK2 is also a great choice, as it’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the house.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Good battery life
  • The innovative bin slider makes emptying the bin less messy
  • Doesn’t come with any attachments
  • Can be a bit noisy, especially on hard floors
  • The handheld handle is sold separately

Expect to pay

RRP: £229.99 The AirRam MK2 is a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner at £229.99 and comes with a two-year warranty. We have, however, spotted it at a cheaper price of £179 on both Amazon and Argos. GTech itself also does bundles with its handhelds, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the official site if you want to go down that route.

GTech AirRam MK2 Review method

How we test

To fully evaluate the GTech AirRam MK2, we put it through various tests at our Saga Exceptional testing centre, including seeing how it did on different types of floors and picking up a variety of debris, including hair, dust and cereal.  

For a week, the vacuum cleaner was also run every day across a three-bedroom house to see how long a single charge would last. In addition to vacuuming floor spaces, we also assessed its performance on upholstery and stairs. 

Lastly, we looked at the bin capacity to see how much we could vacuum before having to empty it.  

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GTech AirRam MK2 Design

A different kind of cordless vacuum cleaner

It’s neither a traditional upright nor a regular cordless, but we like the design of this particular model. It’s modern, and the grey with green accents is stylish.

Unlike its white AirRam Platinum counterpart, we feel that the grey also helps hide the dirt somewhat. While it is lightweight, it’s also sturdy and definitely doesn’t feel cheap.  

GTech states on the website that the AirRam MK2 weighs 3.2kg (7lb 1oz), but it came nearer to 3.3kg (7lb 4oz) when weighed in our testing centre.

While it isn’t the lightest cordless vacuum we’ve tested, it’s really easy to move between floors. As it doesn’t come with any attachments, you don’t have the effort of carrying those around either. The extra handle is a nice addition, which makes carrying the vacuum much easier.  

A GTech AirRam MK2 n stored away in a cupboard to illustrate a reviewCredit: Saga Exceptional
Being an upright, it’s really easy to store away the AirRam MK2

We particularly liked that the height of this vacuum can be adjusted from 111.5cm (44in) to 85cm (33in) to help with storage.

Being an upright cordless, you also don’t have any of those issues that come with regular cordless stick vacuums, such as trying to prop it up in a cupboard or having to mount it to the wall. It does have a rather large floor head to consider, but we managed to squeeze it easily into our small cupboard space.

GTech AirRam MK2 Ease of use

No fuss controls make this easy to operate straight out of the box 

The AirRam MK2 is probably one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners if you like things nice and simple, especially when it comes to operating it.  Turning on the floor head is as simple as stepping on the large power button. When you want to begin cleaning, just place your foot on the floor head and gently pull back the handle. And that’s all you need to know to start vacuuming. 

It also couldn’t be easier to put together. Two pieces of a handle click into each other and are then added to the floor head. We had a bit of a struggle at first getting it to click in, but the manual is easy to follow, and we were soon ready to go.

Close up of a GTech AirRam MK2 floor head to illustrate a GTech AirRam MK2 reviewCredit: Saga Exceptional
The floor head has a large power button that is easy to press on and off with your foot

With the handle added, an easy push of a button allows it to be raised or lowered for storage. The only addition we would have liked is a way of extending the handle to different heights as we found it a little on the short side for us. 

Cleaning the filter is straightforward as well. The washable foam filter is located within the bin and can be removed with a tug (you may need to pull it firmly to remove it).

A simple rinse through is all that’s needed to clean the filter. GTech recommends cleaning the filter monthly (more if you vacuum more often). Additional filters can be bought on Amazon for £7.99 for a pack of two. 

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The filter and bin are easily removed for cleaning or emptyingCredit: Saga Exceptional
The filter and bin are easily removed for cleaning or emptying

GTech AirRam MK2 Performance 

Super suction power

Due to its patented ‘AirLOC’ technology, the strength of the suction is noticeable when pulling back on the vacuum. Even though this might be a bit too strong for some users, it was fine for us and overall, we really enjoyed using this to vacuum the house.

It does make a funny, loud noise though, especially on hard floors, which meant no vacuuming while anyone slept. 

This technology also means the performance is often better when you pull the vacuum back towards you, as it creates a seal.

A GTech AirRam MK2 being tested on a carpet to see how well it picks up debrisCredit: Saga Exceptional
The ‘AirLOC’ technology on the AirRam MK2 gives it great suction power on carpets

This was particularly noticeable when testing its suction capacity on coffee granules in the testing centre. While the forward run left much of the coffee granules virtually untouched, the reverse stroke picked up all the remaining granules with ease.

When it was tested on a carpet with regular dirt and debris, it picked up 99% of it. There was also no issue with debris falling out of the bin, as with some other cordless machines we’ve tested, even when the bin was pretty full.

The joy of this vacuum cleaner is that there’s no need to press buttons or switches between floor types – you literally just press the power button and go. This is great if you want something simple to use but that can still deal with all floor types. 

The big downside for us is that AirRam MK2 doesn’t come with any attachments. If you’re after a vacuum that you can use to clean the car or upholstery, this might not be for you.

You can purchase the handheld cleaning kit (£20 on the official site), which comes with a duster and a handle that attaches directly to the floor head, so you can use it on mattresses and larger upholstery items. It would also work on some stairs, but we found ours too narrow to make them effective for cleaning them well this way. 

GTech does sell handheld vacuum cleaners separately – and they do special bundle deals for both (from £349.98) – so if you want to tackle those hard-to-reach places, this is your best option.

The handle moves around enough so you can get under low furniture such as sofas and cupboardsCredit: Saga Exceptional
The handle moves around enough so you can get under low furniture such as sofas and cupboards

While it doesn’t have attachments, the AirRam MK2 does come with a ‘low profile’ handle. This basically means you can reach easily under sofas, beds and tables without having to bend down. It reached easily under our large sofa and also our wide TV unit. 

The bin capacity is a decent size of 0.8l (one and a half pints), especially compared to some other cordless models we tested. What we really liked here is the addition of a slider, which means you don’t have to get your hand in to remove any dirt. You literally push the slider to one side, and it pushes out all the dirt and debris neatly into the bin.  

One of the great things about this vacuum is how intuitive it is to use. We didn’t check the manual once, but there are also instructions on the bin telling you how to empty it, which is handy.  

GTech AirRam MK2 Battery life 

Plenty of run time

GTech states that the AirRam MK2 has up to 40 minutes of run time and our testing labs found this to be pretty accurate.

In real terms, we managed five complete vacuums of a three-bedroom house before we got down to the final battery light on the indicator, meaning another vacuum might have been possible. Unlike many cordless vacuum cleaners, it doesn’t come with a ‘boost’ mode, but this is one of the reasons why it has such long battery life.  

The beauty of the Air Ram MK2 is that the battery can be charged while on the vacuum cleaner or separately. This means you don’t necessarily have to store your vacuum cleaner near a power point.

An image of the GTech AirRam MK2 power charger and combCredit: Saga Exceptional
The battery pack can be charged anywhere – either on the vacuum cleaner or elsewhere on its own

The battery is fully removable and comes out just by squeezing the bottom of the battery. It’s a simple case of plugging the charger into the wall and then putting the other end into the battery. 

In our testing centre, it took just over four hours to charge the battery (which is pretty on par with what GTech says it takes). If you want to have a longer run time you can buy an additional battery for £69.99 and make sure you have one charged ready to go at all times.  

While the battery indicator is simple – no fancy LCD screens there – it’s incredibly effective. It’s a green circular light split into four quarters and as the battery life reduces, each quarter goes out, alerting you to how much battery is remaining.

The one thing it could do with is being a bit brighter, though, as it does tend to feel a bit hidden among the grey of the casing and isn’t always easy to see in brighter light. 

GTech AirRam MK2 Value

An effective mid-priced vacuum cleaner

At just £229, the AirRam MK2 is good value for money. While it’s not as versatile as some other cordless cleaners, it’s a great option if you want a super simple vacuum or need a second one for a caravan or holiday home.

We also love how easy it is to store, meaning you don’t have to mess around with wall mounting. 

GTech also offers a two-year warranty that covers faulty manufacturing and, unlike many vacuums, you can buy lots of spares such as wheels, bins and even the chassis, which means they can be repaired easily and not at great expense. 

GTech AirRam MK2 Competition

Other mid-price cordless vacuums to buy

Hetty QuickCredit: Numatic
If you’re after a mid-price vacuum cleaner that’s lightweight, the Hetty Quick is a good choice

Hetty Quick

The home of the Henry Hoover, Numatic has now created its own cordless versions – the Henry or Hetty Quick. With a decent cylinder size of one litre, it uses pods, instead of a bagless cylinder, which pop out effortlessly straight into the bin.

It also has a run time of 70 minutes, but at nearly £300 is slightly pricier than the AirRam MK2. 

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum CleanerCredit: Shark
The Shark Cordless vacuum cleaner is a great choice if you have pets

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 

Featuring Shark’s signature ‘Anti Hair Wrap’ technology, this cordless vacuum cleaner is great if you have pets. This cleaner converts easily into a handheld as well and comes with various attachments, such as a crevice and upholstery tool.

It also uses ‘flexology’, which, at the touch of a button, allows you to bend the wand and clean easily under sofas and beds. This also enables you to fold it down for compact, freestanding storage, rather than having to prop it up or wall mount it.

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GTech AirRam MK2 Final verdict

Simple to use

In a world where it seems everything has a minicomputer attached to it, the AirRam MK2 is a refreshing change, which uses simple, yet effective design and technology to produce a vacuum cleaner that is easy to use. 

While the lack of attachments does mean it’s not the most versatile cordless vacuum out there, it’s a pleasure to use and does a really good job on both carpets and hard floors, thanks to its ‘AirLOC’ technology. 

Recommended

GTech AirRam MK2

Competitive

If you want versatility, this isn’t the vacuum cleaner for you. If you are, though, looking for a simple-to-use, yet effective cleaner, you can’t go wrong with the AirRam MK2. It’s lightweight, has great suction power and is easy to store. And if you can pick it up at a reduced price, you’ve got a bargain on your hands. 

Design

It’s not sleek, and the quirky upright design may not be for everyone, but we liked it, especially the practical features such as the carry handle and battery light indicator.

Ease of use

It was easy to put together and use. In fact, there’s no need for a manual as it’s all straightforward. We also like that it stands upright, which makes storage simple.

Performance

On both carpets and hard floors, the AirRam MK2 performed really well, even managing to make light work of lots of dog hair.

Value

While we wished it came with attachments, if you can snap it up at the lower price of £179.99, it’s a great value upright.


Who’s this for?

This is a great vacuum cleaner for those who love an upright but want the flexibility of a cordless one. If you struggle with heavier machines, the AirRam MK2 is also a great choice, as it’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the house.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Good battery life
  • The innovative bin slider makes emptying the bin less messy
  • Doesn’t come with any attachments
  • Can be a bit noisy, especially on hard floors
  • The handheld handle is sold separately

Expect to pay

RRP: £229.99 The AirRam MK2 is a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner at £229.99 and comes with a two-year warranty. We have, however, spotted it at a cheaper price of £179 on both Amazon and Argos. GTech itself also does bundles with its handhelds, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the official site if you want to go down that route.

GTech AirRam MK2 Specs

Weight 3.3kg (7lbs 4oz)
Dimensions 85cm x 30cm x 25cm (33in x 12in x 10in)
Floor types All
Run time 39 mins
Charge time 4hrs 4mins
Bin volume 0.8l (one and a half pints)
Noise level at head height 79db (carpet), 80db (hard floor)
Filtration Washable foam filter 
Attachments None
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Jayne Cherrington-Cook

Written by Jayne Cherrington-Cook she/her

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Jayne is the Senior Editor at Saga Exceptional. She cut her online journalism teeth 24 years ago in an era when a dialling tone and slow page load were standard. During this time, she’s written about a variety of subjects and is just at home road-testing TVs as she is interviewing TV stars. A diverse career has seen Jayne launch websites for popular magazines, collaborate with top brands, write regularly for major publications including Woman&Home, Yahoo! and The Daily Telegraph, create a podcast, and also write a tech column for Women’s Own.

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