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Electrolux Ergorapido Ion Stick Vac EL1030A

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Avg. consumer rating = 78/100 

The latest Ergorapido has one major improvement over previous models – the Lithium Ion battery.  Lithium Ion batteries recharge must faster than the NiMH batteries used in older Ergorapido models and they also provide fade-free power.  The new 18V battery also ensures strong suction for a stick vac.  Owners Like that the vacuum is lightweight, maneuverable and comes with a built-in handheld vacuum.  It is great on hard surfaces but like many stick vacuums it is only average on carpet.

Consumer input has been found on a number of retail websites (see table below).  These have been updated in 2016.  The average of the consumer ratings in the table is about 3.9 stars out of 5.  Like many vacuums, when the EL1030A was first released it garnered much higher consumer ratings but over time the ratings drop as owners experience issues often due to the aging of the machine.

Ratings Updated February 2016
 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  3.9 stars out of 5  771
 Overstock  4.2 stars out of 5  17
 Abt  4.9 stars out of 5  10
 Bed Bath & Beyond  3.3 stars out of 5  23
 Sylvane  5 stars out of 5  1
 AJ Madison  2.6 stars out of 5  5
 Viewpoints  3.6 stars out of 5  5
 Home Depot  2.3 stars out of 5  3
 Walmart  4.1 stars out of 5  29

 

Owner comments provide the following common EL1030A likes and dislikes:

PROS
- Great suction
- Long lasting battery charge
- Fairly light
- 2-in-1 feature is handy
- Very maneuverable
- Dirt canister is easier to clean than previous models
- Better on carpet than previous Ergorapidos
- Filter is easy to clean

CONS
- Small dirt canister
- Does not stand up on its own
- Handheld vacuum is a bit heavy for some
- Not as good on carpet as a full-size vacuum

Electrolux have released a number of Ergorapido models and at present there are 7 different Ergorapido stick vacs on the Electrolux site.  The key differentiator between the EL1030A Ergorapido Ion and other Ergorapido models, past and present, is the 18V Lithium Ion battery.  The new battery provides a full 30 minutes of vacuuming which is a significant improvement over previous models.  Ergorapidos aside, 30 minutes of vacuuming time is actually quite good for any cordless stick vacuum.

Lithium Ion batteries recharge some 4 times faster than their NiMH counterparts and they also output sustained power until they are fully discharged (sometimes called “fade-free power”).  This last point has been confirmed by owners.  The new battery does not appear to have any downsides and Electrolux have managed to add this beneficial feature while keeping the vacuum weight fairly low at just over 5 lbs. 

There are two power settings on the Ergorapido Ion - High power and Low power. High power will, of course, run down the battery charge faster than the Low setting. On high power the vacuuming time is reduced from 30 minutes to 16 minutes.

Included with the vacuum is a charging stand where the vacuum is typically stored as well as charged.  The charging unit is Energy Star rated which essentially qualifies it as being “environmentally friendly”. ENERGY STAR is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program involves protecting the environment through energy efficient products and practices - so if a product is Energy Star rated then it has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set by both the EPA and US Department of Energy.

One can see the state of the battery charge via small blue lights on the front of the vacuum:
- 3 blue lights means the battery capacity is greater than 75%
- 2 blue lights means the battery capacity is between 25% and 75%
- 1 blue lights means the battery capacity is less than 25%
- A blue blinking light indicates that the battery is empty

This is a cordless, bagless stick vacuum that uses cyclonic suction.  The dirt canister capacity is 0.4 quarts which some owners have commented upon as being a little small.  It has dual filters which can be cleaned by simply shaking them or rinsing them in warm water (please note that they must be completely dry before placing back in the vacuum).

Ergorapido 2-in-1-design
2-in-1-design

The vacuum is lightweight and very easy to maneuver, and the nozzle head can swivel a full 180 degrees.  Other features include a headlight, a brush tool and a crevice tool (which store on the charging unit), an 8.3 inch wide cleaning path and a motorized brushroll.  Also, the EL1030A sports a 2-in-1 feature which allows the stick vacuum to become a handheld vacuum when needed.  Transitioning to a handheld vacuum is easy (as reported by owners) and two release buttons on the side of the vacuum free the handheld section.  Both the handheld unit and main vacuum have on/off switches on their handles.
 
The Electrolux Ergorapido Ion uses recyclable packaging and carries a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Owners Manual
If you wish to read more about this particular vacuum you may want to check out the manual.




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0 # Joan Evans 2012-02-28 11:15
I have three of these Ergorapido..use one in our fifth wheel..one in our home ..and, one in a friends home. They are all about two years old and have lost power..cannot fully charge them anymore..am disappointed in them..thought they would last much longer..have called the company and of course they are no longer under warranty so that is not an option..would like to know if others have had the same problem..
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0 # Ed dicarlo 2012-03-11 18:03
Same situation , the machine no longer picks up at all it seems to have lost motor RPMs . Dissatisfied.
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0 # Roger Heath 2015-08-30 00:39
I used it 5 or 6 times in 3 months and lost power, it's a piece of junk!
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0 # Wendy McGrath 2017-01-03 18:58
The reason I'm reading this article is to find out if I should pay $117 for a replacement ion battery for my daughters 3 year old El1030A. It does not hold a charge. From the looks of things I'd be better off looking elsewhere.
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0 # Susan London 2012-07-12 15:05
We have had the same problem with ours. And we have only had it about six months. Doesn\'t hold a charge for very long and never has. We use it to pick up errant cat litter and this vacuum just pushes it around. Would never buy another Electrolux.
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0 # estar 2012-12-26 19:27
I bought this vacuum almost 1 1/2 years ago, it died and would not recharge again. I had to wait 1 month for the company to replace it. It was still under warranty. Even now I only get about 12 minutes out of the new one on full force. This is not what was promised. I am very disappointed in this product and would not recommend it.
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0 # Jim 2013-01-30 11:22
I have had the vacuum about 1 year and now it will run about 10 seconds and turn off. I can switch it back on and same result. It does this with hand held or stick. (frustrating)
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0 # Sheila 2013-04-25 13:06
Typical just like the old dust buster only work a short time. These are more costly they start off good but soon won\'t charge as strong and are useless. Save your money
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0 # Kathy 2014-02-10 11:24
I purchased 4 of these - 1 for me, and 3 as gifts. Myself and the 3 recipients all report that the vac lost suction power after 1 year. Electrolux advised me to take the machine to a vacuum service center. I did and was told it could not be repaired because the \"non-replaceable\" battery was shot.
:lesson\" Purchase a \"corded\" stick vac, or one with a battery that can be replaced.
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0 # Lynn 2015-09-27 14:33
Yes, I will never buy another Electrolux. Ours lasted a little over a year before not holding a charge.
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