Electrolux Nimble Review
The Electrolux Nimble EL8602A 3-in-1 is a fairly strong performer.
With consistent performance, a unique and user-friendly design and an impressive fit and finish, the Electrolux Nimble EL8602A 3-in-1 also did well on most of our performance tests, though like so many other vacuums it struggled with long carpet.
Luckily, it can usually be found on sale for a lot less than its $399 MSRP. We've found it on sale for as low as $199, which makes this vacuum a fairly good value.
Design & Usability
The Nimble lives up to its name.
Unlike most vacuums we’ve tested, the Electrolux Nimble is actually pretty attractive. The main cleaner body swivels from left to right where it connects to the brushhead, which makes it easy to maneuver around obstacles. Though it weighs just over 17 pounds, it’s very well balanced and doesn’t feel as awkward to move as other light-weight vacuums.
Cleaning attachments—an upholstery brush and a combination crevice tool/floor brush—are stored on board, and the hose disconnects to become an extension wand. Curiously, the detachable handle won’t have suction power unless the extension wand is also released, since removing the extension wand releases a baffle that deflects air through the hose instead of through the cleaner head. All pieces easily click into place, though we found the floor brush hard to use. The brush is spring-loaded, so it kept snapping shut. All controls are on the top of the cleaner. We wish that there were power controls on the vacuum handle, but it’s not too difficult to reach down to the cleaner body. Missing from the list of controls? A cord retract button. The 32-foot cord (yay!) must be wound by hand (boo!).
The Electrolux Nimble EL8602A 3-in-1’s dirt holder is one of the easiest to use we’ve ever tested. It slides in at an angle and pleasantly clicks into place. Press a lever at the base of the holder and the bottom opens like a trap door. Or, take the top off and really get all that hidden dirt out. It’s easy to reassemble once you’ve got the hang of it. Inside, it features a sealed HEPA exhaust filter and a removable, washable precleaner.
Features & Performance
Better with hardwood floors than with large debris or tall carpets
The Electrolux Nimble might be a good fit for pet owners with hardwood floors, as it excelled at those two tests. Overall, it had average performance for an upright, cleaning most dirt from short carpets and hardwood floors. It didn’t do so well vacuuming large debris or lifting dirt from deep pile carpets, though. If you wear shoes in the house and have plush wall-to-wall, you might want to buy a more powerful cleaner.
Though the Nimble is quiet, emitting mostly a "whoosh" sound, it also uses quite a bit of electricity while cleaning. You may blow a fuse if you plug it in to the same outlet as another high-draw small appliance.
Well-built and easy to use, though cleaning isn't top-notch
The Electrolux Nimble EL8602A 3-in-1 offers acceptable performance on hardwood floors and pet hair in a user-friendly package. It’s a great vacuum for households without thick carpet, and you should have no trouble finding it for far less than it’s $399 MSRP.
As long as you don't pay full price or try to use it on shag, this is a good value.
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