An honest review of the Tineco A10 Hero cordless stick vacuum that I bought with my own money from Amazon. Pros, cons, and video footage of how it works! Affiliate links included – full disclosure here.
UPDATE AFTER OWNING THIS STICK VACUUM FOR A YEAR:
Wow this post has received a lot of attention! I feel like we’re all looking for a good stick vacuum that doesn’t cost $500 and that works well…I’m with you! I figured I’d update you guys on the performance of this vacuum after I have used it for a year – my updated post information is up here and my original post is below.
OUR STICK VACUUM THOUGHTS AFTER ONE YEAR:
- We use this vacuum every day. It’s perfect for daily light cleaning. I love how lightweight it is and how it’s easy to use and doesn’t feel like it’s a big deal to vacuum. We keep the head charging in our closet and it’s simple to snap together.
- BUT. We can’t get rid of our big heavy vacuum. Our family also has an upright Miele and it really is a beast but it works better than this stick vacuum. The Miele seems like a bigger ordeal to take around the house and clean – so we use it on the room we’re concentrating on cleaning that day.
- The battery power has worked well for us.
- There have been a few times when the vacuum battery has died when I was using it, but those times seemed to only be when I was using the “MAX POWER” button. When I leave it on the regular power, it lasts for 20-25 mins and that’s usually enough for me to be able to get all the vacuuming done (out house is ~2000 square feet for reference).
- MY BIGGEST ANNOYANCE WITH THIS STICK VACUUM
- I have no idea why, but over the past 6 months or so, the dirt that the vacuum picks up has not traveled from the top of the dust chamber to the bottom. Hopefully you can see what I’m talking about from this picture – but basically I have to take the pieces out of the dust chamber every time I vacuum, and assemble it again after grabbing the dirt with my hands. I really don’t love this about the vacuum – and knew I needed to update the post to reflect this!
- But I WILL say that it does show me that the vacuum is picking up a lot – because it really picks up a lot of stuff for us using it every day!
- One of my favorite things about it : my kids can use it easily! They can’t do that with the other vacuum. I have them help me with the vacuuming every day with this stick vacuum and I think that’s really important!
Now back to my original thoughts on this vacuum I wrote a year ago:
OK let’s start from the beginning. I had a vacuum that I really liked, and I’ve had for almost 6 years now. BUT, it was heavy. It was hard to bring upstairs…which meant the upstairs stayed pretty dirty until I would ask my husband to lug it up the stairs. Not the best rhythm for housework!
I kept hearing people talking about the Dyson stick vacuum…but, the price tag was just TOO MUCH. I felt guilty buying another vacuum that was so expensive when I had one that worked already! It felt excessive and frivolous…until I was browsing on Amazon and found this one. It was on sale, and much less than the Dyson people had been raving about. The reviews were great…and I decided to take a risk.
I bought it, and shared it on Instagram. Turns out so many other people have also been considering a stick vacuum, but weren’t able to stomach that price tag. I haven’t got that many messages in a LONG time – and even in the few weeks since I promised an honest review!
I made a video showing how it works, and you can see it down here – and then keep reading to see even more notes on the pros and cons of this stick vacuum:
The stick vacuum on carpets:
I have a LOT of area rugs in my house, since we have hardwoods. It does beautifully on almost every single rug, but for some reason it doesn’t like the rug under my kitchen table. I can’t figure out why! It still works, but I have to push it a lot harder than I do on the other rugs. I do not have any shag-style rugs, so I can’t speak for how it would work on those…I’m guessing it wouldn’t work great on a super high pile rug though.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it transitioned from carpets to hardwoods. We also have luxury vinyl tile floors in our kitchen and bathrooms, and it worked just as well on those. The front of it has lights, which really help to show the dirt ad dust on the floors, or under furniture.
Charging & storing the stick vacuum:
It comes with a “charging station” which is really just a holder for the head of the vacuum and the attachments. The plug connects to the head of the vacuum as shown up there. I leave it in our hallway closet, and store the stick part there too.
Lots of people are concerned about the battery in a cordless vacuum. I only had the charge run out once, and that was when I hadn’t plugged in the vacuum before I used it (and was running off of the charge from the last time I used it).
In the description, it says the battery lasts for 25-30 minutes. I’d say that’s accurate, as long as you’re not using it on “max” mode. That will drain the battery faster, and I don’t think it’s necessary for a good clean. I usually don’t do the downstairs and the upstairs at the same time, so I’ve been really successful with vacuuming the downstairs OR upstairs without the charge running out (our house is approximately 3,000 square feet).
Pros and cons of this stick vacuum:
- What I love:
- It really picks up a lot! I was shocked with how full the canister was once I was done
- It’s SO EASY. It’s not a much of a chore anymore – it’s just a more simple way to clean our house quickly.
- The vacuum is very lightweight. People have said that it could hurt your wrist over time to have the weight concentrated at the top, but I haven’t had that issue at all.
- It’s great for small spaces, because it doesn’t take up a lot of room at all.
- What I don’t love:
- I wish it would stand up on it’s own. It falls down without support, and is a pain to store for that reason as well.
Honestly – I am VERY happy with this purchase! I paid for it with my own money – so total honesty here! But definitely do yourself a favor and read the reviews on Amazon too – there’s a lot of other people’s opinions there too! Click the picture below to read them:
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