About Kick Sweep Vacuum
Two years in the making, Kick Sweep promises to provide all the convenience of a central vacuum system’s kick plate unit, but without worrying about messy cutting, expensive installation, tools, or cords.
According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is snap Kick Sweep’s self-locking mechanism neatly into place under any cabinet—whether in the kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom—kick to turn it on, sweep away the mess, and empty the contents into the trash when full.
The company states that the vacuum’s rechargeable battery provides enough power for up to 60 sweep cycles (about two months) and enough power to pick up pet hair, crumbs, cereal, rice, and even nuts and bolts.
If you’ve always wanted a toe kick vacuum but couldn’t justify the cost of a whole-house vacuuming system, this vacuum certainly seems intriguing. But will it deliver the level of value you’d expect for your money, or are there better options out there?
Let’s start by taking a look at its price.
How Much Does Kick Sweep Cost?
One Kick Sweep unit will cost you $49.99, plus free shipping. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second for 50% off, as long as you agree to pay an additional $6.99 fee.
All orders come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, you’ll need to contact Zoom TV Products’ customer support at 844-808-1590.
How does this price compare to the competition? Is there even such a thing?
Kick Sweep vs. Other Toe Kick Vacuums
If you search online for “toe kick vacuum” (also commonly referred to as an automatic dustpan), you’ll find several different popular options like VacuSweep and VacPan, some of which can be found for as little as $36.
However, while the actual dustpan itself is meaningfully less expensive than Kick Sweep, they require a central vacuum system in order to function. Not only might this cost you hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, but it will also require labor-intensive installation—along with the associated mess and cost.
During our research, we encountered the Sylvane Under-Cabinet Kitchen Vacuum that doesn’t require a central system, but it must be hooked up to a central power source, requires replacement bags, and was priced at $230.
The Sweep-Away Cabinet Vacuum gets rid of this central requirement, although it’s much bulkier than Kick Sweep, requires cutting during installation, and is priced at $319. With accessories, your price could easily exceed $400.
Comparatively, while we didn’t test it firsthand, Kick Sweep only requires 3.5 inches of vertical clearance from the floor to the base of your cabinet, along with 3.8 inches of depth from the face of the cabinet to the back wall of the toe kick. No cutting is required, and it claims to install in seconds using a couple of spring-loaded clips.
Our Q&A Session with Kick Sweep Customer Service
Despite all these seeming advantages over central vacuum-based automatic dustpans, there are still some important considerations about Kick Sweep to keep in mind:
How strong is Kick Sweep’s suction?
As outlined in our Vacuum Cleaner Buyer’s Guide, in most instances, a vacuum’s suction power is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI), kilopascals (kPA), or inches of water lift (aka sealed suction).
Unfortunately, there’s no indication of how much suction is provided by Kick Sweep on the product’s website.
We contacted customer service to learn more, and they weren’t able to provide any suction measurements, either.
With this said, the company claims their vacuum is powerful enough to pick up heavier items like nuts and bolts, so—as long as it performs as advertised—it should provide enough suction for all your cleaning needs.
How large is vacuum’s reservoir?
One benefit related to traditional central vacuums is that they implement a bag to hold debris (similar to a traditional upright vacuum), and even HEPA filters in some instances to prevent small particulate from blowing back into the room and causing allergic reactions.
The customer service rep we spoke with noted that Kick Sweep doesn’t feature a bag or a filter—only a central reservoir that can be emptied (they didn’t know its size). On average, we’re told testing indicates the average consumer will empty the vacuum once every three weeks.
How long will each charge last?
The rep we spoke with didn’t know how long it might take for Kick Sweep to recharge, although the website indicates that it’s been shown to last up to 150 sweep cycles of about 11 seconds each (or, a total of about 28-30 minutes).
Will the vacuum become dirty with regular use?
A final factor we thought about when researching Kick Sweep is that the white exterior might become dirty with regular use, especially since you’ll use your feet to turn it on. Will it eventually become an eyesore? Only time—and customer feedback—will tell.
Also, we’d have to wonder if the front pin jack (for the recharging plug) might have a tendency to become clogged with dust and debris, thereby limiting its ability to recharge over time.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Kick Sweep?
While the vacuum was too new at the time of our research, it’s manufactured by Zoom TV Products, who also make many other popular ASOTV products like Aqua Rug, Underlight Accent Lighting, SpinMaid, and StufZ.
Overall, many of Zoom TV's products seemed to come with positive feedback from customers, who often referenced that they worked as promised and delivered solid value.
Like with many other As Seen on TV products, though, most complaints seemed to revolve around less-than-stellar quality and excessive telemarketing after placing orders.
Now, it’s important to point out that we’re not drawing a direct correlation between the feedback for Zoom TV’s other products and what you might necessarily expect with Kick Sweep. Instead, we’re only here to provide you with all the relevant information.
Is Kick Sweep Really a Revolution In Convenience?
We’ve covered a lot of territory in a relatively short amount of space here, but it all boils down to this:
Can you achieve kick plate suction from other products? Definitely—although they each require installation, which might involve everything from cutting cabinets and hooking up a central vacuum system, to electrical wiring. Furthermore, even the least expensive of these options is meaningfully more costly than this vacuum.
Given this, if you’re looking to achieve toe kick vacuum/automatic dustpan functionality for the least amount of money and with the least amount of work, Kick Sweep’s specifications seem to fit the bill.
But will it provide the same level of functionality as traditional toe kick vacuums? Will it last as long and provide a similar amount of value?
We didn’t test it firsthand to be able to provide any firsthand feedback—but if it works as advertised, at such a low price point and with it’s claimed ease of installation, it just might represent a “revolution in convenience.”
And if it doesn’t, Zoom TV seems to stand behind their product with a 60-day refund policy—less S&H charges, of course.