About Cycluum Power Vac
The Cycluum Power Vac claims to be a versatile, all-surface vacuum that easily converts from a handheld vacuum to a floor vacuum in seconds, allowing you to clean your house from floor to ceiling and everywhere in between. Because of this, the Cycluum Power Vac is claimed to provide “practical, power in the palm of your hand.”
In addition, each Cycluum vacuum is claimed to:
- Weigh less than 3 pounds,
- Feature 750 watts of suction power,
- Include a bag-less, replaceable, and cleanable filter that locks in place and provides no-mess disposal, and to
Feature 7 custom attachments to clean every space in your home. According to the manufacturer, this means you’ll be able to clean hard-to-reach places high and low, including ceiling fans, curtains, above cabinets, air vents, and even the ability to clean both sides of your blinds (horizontal and vertical) at the same time.
Although it might initially seem a little odd, the reality is that having a good vacuum in your home that can 1) clean well and 2) provide a good value for your money can make a huge difference in your life. After all, you’ve almost certainly had a friend (or 3) rant and rave about a new vacuum they’ve purchased, and how it makes cleaning much more simple and effective.
With this in mind, will the Cycluum Power Vac make your life easier, or will it just drain your bank account? Consider the following:
How Does the Cycluum Power Vac Compare to the Competition?
According to Good Housekeeping, there are numerous factors you should consider when purchasing a vacuum, including the type of flooring in your home, whether or not any household members suffer from allergies, and much more.
However, when it comes down to it (and all things being equal), the three most important considerations regarding any new vacuum purchase are related to suction level, durability, and price (which we’ll talk more about in the Pricing section). Using these metrics, how does the Cycluum Power Vac stack up to the competition?
Cycluum’s Suction Level
According the manufacturer, the Cycluum Power Vac provides 750 watts of suction power. Compared to some of the most popular vacuums we’ve reviewed here at HighYa, the Bissell Symphony provides 1,500 watts, the Shark Rotator between 700 and 1,200 watts, depending on model, and the Dyson DC65 (now known as the Ball Allergy) at 1,300 watts.
Ultimately, with the exception of the lowest model Shark Rotator vacuum, this puts the Cycluum Power Vac at the bottom of the pack from a power/suction perspective.
With this said, it’s important to note that of these models, the Cycluum is also the only vacuum that features a traditional filter, which can quickly become clogged and consequently reduce your suction power even further. So in reality, the Cycluum probably falls well below these other models from a suction perspective.
Cycluum Power Vac’s Durability
While we’re always focused on giving each product a fair shot here at HighYa, and consequently try to avoid lumping products together, we feel it’s important to note that the Cycluum is an “As Seen on TV” product. And of the hundreds of ASOTV products we’ve reviewed over the years, many come with low customer ratings due to common complaints of poor quality and failure to work as advertised (we’ll talk more about this in a moment). Clearly, this might not be what you’ll experience with the Cycluum Power Vac, but at least from a durability perspective, it’s worth mentioning.
Also, when compared to the Bissell Symphony (3 years), Shark Rotator (5 years, with the ability to purchase a lifetime warranty), and the Dyson DC65 (5 years), the Cycluum Power Vac comes with a much more restrictive 60-day warranty against defects in workmanship. On top of this, you’ll be responsible for shipping costs to the manufacturer, as well as return shipping back to you.
Are Customers Happy with Their Cycluum?
The Cycluum Power Vac was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered January 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, the Cycluum is manufactured by Tristar Products based out of Fairfield, NJ, and is one of the biggest companies within the ASOTV industry. As such, the company also makes popular products such as Copper Wear, Power Pressure Cooker XL, Perfecter Fusion Styler, and Clear TV.
Among more than 950 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they come with an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work, poor quality, and poor customer service (difficulty processing refunds, numerous upsells during calls, etc.) Compare this to an average HighYa reader rating of 3 stars for the Bissell Symphony, 5 stars for Shark Rotator products, and 4.5 stars for the Dyson DC65.
Tristar also held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau despite having more than 975 closed complaints (as of 3/27/15), most of which referenced the same concerns noted above.
Cycluum Power Vac Pricing & Refund Policy
The Cycluum Power Vac is priced at three payments of $19.95 (or one payment of $59.85), plus $9.99 S&H, bringing your total to $69.84. During checkout, you’ll also be able to purchase a storage caddy and dryer vent tool for an additional $9.99 S&H.
Although the Cycluum Power Vac may fall short on suction power and warranty length, clearly its strongest advantage is its low price. This is because the competing Bissell Symphony will set you back well over $200, the Shark Rotator between $180 and $300, and the Dyson DC65/Ball Allergy a whopping $500 to $650.
All Cycluum vacuums come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges, as well as a 60-day warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Note: Keep in mind that if something goes wrong with your Cycluum and you decide to process a warranty claim, not only will you be responsible for shipping it to the manufacturer, you’ll also be responsible for paying an additional $9.99 to have the repaired vacuum shipped back to you.
With this in mind, in order to process to a refund or file a warranty claim, you’ll need to contact customer service at 973-287-5131 to obtain a return authorization number.
Should You Buy a Cycluum Vacuum?
Chopping to the Point: When it comes to purchasing a new vacuum, it’s often the case that you get what you pay for. However, as we noted above, one of the primary concerns is price, so it’s often the case that you’ll have to find a good balance between affordability and performance, which is a very personalized decision.
With this in mind, while the Cycluum Power Vac is clearly one of the least expensive vacuum options among its competition, we’d have some concerns that it may not provide the performance you need in order to give you a pleasurable vacuuming experience, in addition to concerns about long-term reliability.
Because of these concerns, we’d recommend exploring all your options (HighYa is a great place to start!) before handing over your hard-earned money.
Out of Business
I ordered one of these about five days ago. Today I received an email telling me that my order has been canceled. That's it. No reason given. I called the customer service number (actually got through and talked to a human in just a few seconds) and was told that they were no longer manufacturing this product. When I asked why they discontinued it he said that he did not have that information. I have not been charged for this order but I will be watching my account closely.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Canceled order without notice
I'm extremely upset to find that the company canceled my order without notice or indication as to why. When I called to inquire, the told me because it was on a severe back order. I would have liked the option to either wait or cancel. Usually when something is too good to be true, it usually is. I wonder now even more so if this is a scam to collect credit card numbers. I'm so thankful I went with my gut and entered a credit card number instead of a debit card number. Who knows if my bank account would be cleared by now. Customer service rep could barely speak English which even strengthens my suspicions of a scam.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend