The Philips Powerpro Aqua Stick is not only a cordless vacuum, but a mop too! Yup – you can do both at once and save plenty of time and space. This bagless vacuum cleaner's unique mop function comes in the form of a microfibre pad, attached magnetically and dampened by the water stored in a 200ml water tank.

The mop can immediately clean the area you’ve vacuumed and it can also be detached if you only want to vacuum. The cordless machine takes an hour to fully recharge; each charge lasts 40min – more than enough time to clean my three-bedroom apartment.


Strong and quiet, I like how silent yet powerful the machine is. There are only two power settings – Regular and Max. At the Regular setting, clumps of my dog’s fur, dust and even cereal were picked up quickly. I found the max setting quieter than other regular vacuum cleaners.


Although the machine is weight down by the nozzle, water tank and dust bin, the wheels on the nozzle made moving it across different types of flooring – parquet, tiles and carpets – a breeze. The swivel head, which went around furniture legs and into corners easily, also helped. The only downside: the large nozzle didn’t always fit into tight spaces.


My home was squeaky clean after I used the vacuum and mop function. I like that the mop left the floor just damp, not overly wet, as holes under the water tank release a slow constant drip of water to keep the pad damp. The magnetic mop system was easy to attach – fill up the water tank, attach the mop pad and click it in place . To remove it, I just had to step on the corner of the mop attachment and lift the vacuum cleaner up.


An easy-to-use and time-saving appliance that did a great job of cleaning my home, and in half the time it usually takes.


Philips Powerpro Aqua Stick, $499, from major electrical stores.