What Is Kick Vac?
Instead of dragging out the cleaning supplies every time there’s a mess, Kick Vac promises to provide powerful central vac technology at your disposal, without requiring cutting, tools, or plugs.
First, the commercial indicates the rechargeable vacuum’s self-locking system allows it to snap neatly under any cabinet. From there, just kick the button to turn on the suction, which the company claims is powerful enough to pick up everything from fine dirt and fine shards of glass to nuts and bolts.
Then, easily sweep the mess away without having to bend over or strain yourself. Kick Vac will last up to two months on a single charge, and when its debris bin is full, unlock the device from underneath the counter and empty its contents into the trash.
Portable under-cabinet vacuums have become fairly popular recently. But how does Kick vac compare to the competition, and is it more deserving of your money? Is it really the hottest selling appliance of 2017, as claimed on the website?
Based on what we learned during our research, we’re here to help you find answers to questions like these.
How Much Does Kick Vac Cost?
Kick Vac is available in two models: a white vertical model, or a stainless under cabinet model. Both are priced at two payments of $19.99 each, or a single payment of $39.98, plus free S&H.
Both versions also come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges, which you can request by contacting Tristar Products’ customer support department at 973-287-5162.
How does this price stack up to other rechargeable under-counter vacuums? So that we can better compare, let’s start by finding out more about what Kick vac offers.
Taking a Closer Look at Kick Vac’s Specifications
Like a traditional centralized vacuum system, Kick Vac’s faceplate features a minimalistic design, with just a power button, charging port, and the suction opening visible when locked into place.
According to the FAQ on the device’s website, Kick Vac is designed to accommodate most cabinet designs, with a minimum requirement of 3.5" of vertical space from the floor to the base of the cabinet, along with 3.8" of depth from the face of the cabinet to the back wall of the toe kick.
They note they have yet to find “a production cabinet that KV was not compatible with.”
Here, we can see Kick Vac locked into place, with the button on the far left, the charging cable jack next to it, and the floor-facing suction port on the bottom right. Image credit: Tristar Products
The company tells us Kick Vac will operate at full performance for up to 30 minutes, although the average per-use run time during consumer testing units was 11 seconds. Even though this could provide 150+ uses on a single charge, the company recommends that you recharge it every two months to maintain battery longevity.
If properly maintained, they emphasize it could perform effectively for many years before needing to be replaced.
While none of the customer support reps we spoke with could provide the exact measurements of Kick Vac’s dust bin, the website’s FAQ indicates that “under average use, consumer testing units were being emptied every three weeks.”
When the time comes, pushing down on the device’s spring-loaded side locks and opening the top door will provide access to the debris compartment, which can be emptied into the garbage. It’s promoted as a simple process, with no bagging system involved.
Is there anything else like it?
Kick Vac vs. EyeVac & Other Competitors
If you search online for “under-counter vacuums” and “toe kick vacuums,” you’ll find that the vast majority deliver the same basic functionality as Kick Vac, but are intended to be installed on central vacuum systems. Not only are these much more expensive, but they almost always require cutting and the use of other tools during installation.
During our research, we encountered a system called Sweep Away, which didn’t require a central vacuum system, but took up a meaningful amount of cabinet space and didn’t have any prices listed.
There also used to be a product named Kick Sweep, although based on its appearance and the fact that its URL now redirects to Kick Vac’s website, it seems they might be functionally the same product. They are from different manufacturers, although as we’ve learned over the years researching hundreds of ASOTV products, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
Perhaps the closest currently available option we found was a stationary vacuum brand called EyeVac. While both it and Kick Vac operated on the floor and didn’t require kneeling or bending over, they might be more different than they are alike.
For example, Kick Vac is intended to work in one specific place (underneath cabinets), features a very small debris chamber, and is rechargeable. On the other hand, EyeVac’s models can be positioned anywhere in a room and feature infrared sensors to automatically start suction, as well as dual filtration, a HEPA exhaust filter, bagless operation, and 1.6 gallons of space for debris.
Compared to Kick Vac, perhaps the biggest differences were that EyeVac’s models weighed up to 15 pounds, required a cord, and were priced between $100 and $130. How to decide?
Our Final Thoughts About Kick Vac
We didn’t test it firsthand, but based on what we learned from Kick Vac’s website, it seems like the device features a compelling concept that could be very useful. Not just in the kitchen, but in other areas of the home as well, such as crafting rooms and workshops—not to mention the benefit of not having to constantly bend over every time you sweep.
However, as we outline in our Vacuum Cleaner Buyer’s Guide, there are multiple factors to consider when purchasing a new vacuum, under the counter or otherwise:
- How powerful is the suction? In most instances, a vacuum’s suction power is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) or kilopascals (kPA).
- How long will the battery take to recharge? Is it just a couple of hours, or half the day?
- Exactly how large is the dustbin? Remember, the website only provided vague details.
And when it comes specifically to under counter vacuums like Kick Vac:
- What kind of material is the front cover made from? Is it thick enough to withstand repeated kicks as it’s used?
- Even if the cover doesn’t break, will it become dirty or scuffed with time, leading to a less-than-stellar appearance?
In search of these details, we contacted several different customer support representatives, none of which had the information at their disposal.
The bottom line is that if you’re looking for something with the exact same design and functionality, as well as at a similar price point, Kick Vac is the only game in town. But with free S&H, you won’t have to pay more than return shipping if you give the device a try and end up dissatisfied with its performance.
With this said, with think it’s important to keep your expectations realistic about the manufacturer’s claim that Kick Vac puts powerful central vacuum technology at your disposal. Their FAQ even notes that it’s “a compact unit that is intended to tackle small to moderate messes, pet hair, or accumulated dirt and dust.”
Also, without a bagging system, it means that this under counter vacuum might not be suitable for household members who are especially sensitive to allergens.
Our final consideration to point out is that, while Kick Vac seems like it could greatly minimize how much you bend over when sweeping, keep in mind that it won’t eliminate it altogether. In other words, you’ll still need to bend over and unlatch the device to empty the dustbin when it’s full, as well as when putting it back in place or inserting the charging cord.