What Is Vagua Vac?
Vagua Vac is a cordless vacuum that uses patent pending water filtration technology to trap dust, debris, mites, pet hair, and allergens down to .03 microns in size—without having to worry about bags, cords, or dusty cleanup.
To start, you’ll fill up Vagua Vac’s reservoir with water and its industrial-grade, high-efficiency 25.2-volt Li-ion batteries will help you power through any mess for up to 45 minutes, with zero power loss.
And once particles make their way into the holding tank, they’re zapped with a 254nm UV-C light that promises to kill 99.9% of bacterial and other microorganisms and to prevent odors. The active carbon filter further reduces airborne odors.
Despite its power, we’re told that Vagua Vac features a low-profile design that’s lightweight and maneuverable and reclines at a deep angle, making it perfect for reaching under furniture and into other tight places.
It even features a handheld convertible attachment that uses the same water filtration technology, along with Quiet Mode for use when others are watching TV, or the baby's sleeping.
Whether you’re cleaning furniture, wood, or tile, or carpets, you know that an efficient, effective vacuum is a must-have cleaning tool for you home.
But with so many other options out there, is there anything revolutionary about Vagua Vac? How does it compare, from price and functionality perspectives? How can you decide?
Here, we’ll break down the facts and help you make a more informed, empowered decision about Vagua Vac.
How Do Vacuum Water Filters Work? What Are Some Pros & Cons?
If you’re in the market for a new vacuum, often one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is bagged versus bagless.
While bagged vacuums are often ideal for allergy sufferers and can be more hygienic, bagless options don’t require expensive replacement bags, are typically less expensive, tend to be more eco-friendly, and are available in hundreds of different models.
In some cases, newer vacuums feature water filtration systems that promise to provide all the advantages of bagless vacuums, but without many of the disadvantages.
Here, air is passed air through a layer of water that wets any particles it contains, weighing them down and keeping them from flying out back into the air you breathe.
Note: ExplainThatStuff indicates that many water filter vacuums utilize plastic plates to separate water droplets from the air and to send clean, dry air back into the room. Based on what we’re told, though, Vagua Vac doesn’t appear to feature these.
Also, keep in mind that water filtration vacuums like Vagua Vac are meaningfully different than wet-dry vacs, which often feature traditional filtration mechanisms and large chambers that can hold both solids and liquids.
Nonetheless, are there any downsides to water filtration vacuums?
Any time you’re dealing with water—especially water that might sit for long periods of time, it’s possible for mold or mildew growth to occur, which is why it’s important to wipe down the tank’s interior after each use. Obviously, this might be more time-intensive than a standard bagless vacuum.
Furthermore, These Vacuums Suck tells us that, “Scientific research has shown that some dust and dirt particles cannot saturate water. These particles bounce around on top of the water until they are exhausted through cracks and crevices in the machine, or settle onto the motor itself.”
Unfortunately, no citations were provided and we didn’t find any clinical verification of this during our research, but we think this is important to keep in mind nonetheless.
Finally, its water vacuums have a tendency to be messy (especially if you don’t fill the tank correctly) and have reputations for being bulky. After all, water will be heavier than bagged or bagless filters.
To this extent, we’re not told about Vagua Vac’s dimensions or weight. Speaking of weight, let’s carry this thought over to the next section.
How Much Does Vagua Vac Cost?
Vagua Vac is priced at five monthly installments of $59.99, plus free S&H, for a total of $299.95. With your order, you’ll also receive the Pro Vac attachment that allows you to use the same water filtration technology, but in a handheld version.
Vagua Vac comes with a 30-day in-home trial, less S&H.
While Vagua Vac’s weight isn’t listed on its website, we spoke with a helpful customer support rep who informed us that shipping weight is 13 pounds, while the vacuum itself comes in a 9.5 pounds.
Why’s this important? Because if you decide to process a refund, return S&H charges might not exactly be inexpensive.
Vagua Vac also comes with a limited lifetime warranty. In order to file a claim or process a refund, support can be reached at 203-852-0024 or email@example.com.
Are There Other Water Filtration Vacuums Like Vagua Vac? How Can You Choose the Right One?
Is there anything that featured a meaningfully similar design and water filtration system as Vagua Vac at the time of our research? No.
However, if you search online for “water filtration vacuum,” you’ll find several other options like the Sirena S10NA, H2O Turbo Vac, and Kalorik Pure Air, which range in price from $99 to $800+. At least from a price perspective, this puts Vagua Vac on the lower half of the scale.
The biggest physical difference? Most of the competition feature canister designs (the motor and dust collector are housed in a single unit, attached to which is a head and a long, flexible hose), while Vagua Vac is considered an upright (motor is attached to a belt, which spins a brushroll and provides suction).
While uprights tend to come with competitive prices and powerful motors, they often weigh more than other vacuum types, aren’t great at getting into tight areas, and their tall design can make them bulky and unwieldy.
Based on what we’re told by the manufacturer, Vagua Vac claims to get around some of these typical downsides by providing a low-profile design and a detachable handheld vacuum that uses the same water filtration. It also appears to have a relatively slim design, which could help reduce weight and bulk.
Which of these vacuum types is right for you? Your best option depends on a variety of personal factors, although the Vacuum Cleaner Buyer’s Guide can certainly help point you in the right direction.
Let’s continue discussing some of Vagua Vac’s specifications in the next section.
What Kind of Performance Might You Expect From Vagua Vac?
Vagua Vac’s manufacturer throws a lot of information at you in a short amount of time, so let’s briefly cover some of its key factors.
Vagua Vac’s Water Filtration
The manufacturer tells us that Vagua Vac’s patent pending system can capture particulate matter down to .03 microns in size. According to the rep we spoke with, it will also capture 99.89% of particulate matter, which technically qualifies it as HEPA.
Comparatively, some other traditional bagless vacuums can catch particulate matter down to 1/10th of a micron or less. So, while Vagua Vac’s filtration seems solid (based on the numbers—we didn’t test it ourselves), it’s not the best available.
Does Vagua Vac Feature a Powerful Motor?
The manufacturer tells us that Vagua Vac features a 25.2-volt motor, although as we discussed in our Vacuum Cleaner Buyer’s Guide, volts and amps don’t tell us a lot about how much power any vacuum provides.
Instead, North American vacuums often use more relevant measurements like kPa (kilopascals), PSI (pounds per square inch), CFM (cubic feet per minute, which measures airflow), or even water-lift.
Will UV Light Keep Your Vagua Vac Odor Free?
Between 328 nm and 210 nm wavelengths, ultraviolet light, a type of radiation, has been shown to damage the DNA of bacteria, making it an effective antimicrobial agent.
And since most bacteria can’t flourish in a UV-saturated environment, this could feasibly help keep unwanted odors down in the water tank. Again, we didn’t test it firsthand to verify its effectiveness.
Li-Ion Battery Pros & Cons
Lithium-ion batteries come with many advantages, including high energy density, light weight, they don’t suffer from a memory effect (they don’t lose their maximum energy capacity over time), and they have a very low discharge rate when unused.
However, Li-ion batteries can be prone to overheating, aren’t known for their ruggedness, should never be fully charged, and generally only have a lifespan of 2-3 years. Since Vagua Vac’s battery doesn’t appear to be replaceable, this means you might have to purchase a whole new unit when the time comes.
The Bottom Line About Vagua Vac
Vagua Vac’s upright design, UV-saturated water filtration system, detachable handheld device, and Quiet Mode appear to represent a unique combination. Does this necessarily mean it’s a better value than canister-style water filter vacuums, though?
Ultimately, there’s no way to know without giving it a try. Just keep in mind that you’ll be responsible for return shipping if you’re dissatisfied within 30 days, which might not exactly be inexpensive.
You might be able to offset this added expense by shopping locally, although none of the competing models mentioned earlier were available outside of online retailers at the time of our research. Furthermore, unless you catch a sale, local retailers often have reputations for higher prices than online ones.
Either way, just remember that, whether it’s a bagged vacuum, a traditional bagless model, or one that uses water filtration, they all have the ability to eject various levels of particulate matter back into the room, depending on their construction.
This means that if you suffer from allergies, you might want to focus on models that have been certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly, which signifies:
- They’re highly capable of removing allergen-containing dust from carpets
- They don’t significantly increase allergen levels while in use (coming back to the point about particulate ejection), and
- They feature a well-constructed air filtration system.
While the manufacturer doesn’t specifically indicate that Vagua Vac is Asthma and Allergy Friendly, it is claimed to capture 99.89% of particulate matter down to .03 microns in size, which technically classifies its filtration as HEPA (something that most allergy-specific vacuums also boast). However, the manufacturer doesn’t make this claim on their website, either.
For some insight, we spoke to a representative at More Than Vacuums in Denver, CO. They let us know that, while water vacuums might help you save money on bags, they don’t always offer the same level of filtration and particulate containment as bagged vacuums.
They also noted that water filtration vacuums have reputations for mold buildup if any moisture remains, which means they must be thoroughly cleaned after each use. They didn’t have any professional insight about Vagua Vac’s proposed UV light to help eliminate some of these concerns.
Bottom line: At just under $300, Vagua Vac certainly seems to be one of the lower-priced water vacuums available, which could help you gain access to this filtration technology for a lower potential investment.
But if you suffer from allergies, you might want to explore all your options—and perhaps even speak with your doctor—before handing over your money.
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Failed to receive
I ordered on 3/13/17 and was told on 4/24/17 that my order was canceled due to exhausting themselves out of supply. They did not take down the website, so this could be a possible scam just to get credit card numbers. BEWARE!
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Apr 30, 2017
Since I wrote this review, I've received a notice that my order would now be expected to ship on May 9th. We shall see.