• About this cordless vacuum

  • What we like

  • What we don’t like

  • Test results at a glance

  • What users are saying

  • Should you buy this vacuum?

About this cordless vacuum

Tineco Pure One S12 Battery
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The S12 comes with two removable batteries that last about 10 minutes each on high.

Battery: 2 removable batteries

Runtime: 20 minutes on the highest setting between both batteries

Attachments: Direct-drive LED multi-tasker power brush, mini power brush, 2-in-1 dusting brush, crevice tool, flexible long crevice tool, soft dusting tool

Warranty: Two-year warranty

What we like

Tineco Pure One S12 UI
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The user interface lets you know how much battery you have left, the suction level, and how dirty the floor is.

Excellent UI: The Tineco has one of the most unique user interfaces on the market. When you pull the trigger, the top of the unit lights up with how much battery is left, how dirty your floor is, and how much suction is being used.

Long battery life: On the highest settings, the battery lasted a little over 10 minutes. The total run time adds up to 20 minutes since the Pure One comes with two batteries. That’s way more than the nine minutes the Dyson V11 can last.

Pre Filter
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The pre-filter attachment helps keep the internal filter clean by blasting it with debris-free air.

Self-cleaning filter: The Pure One S12 comes with a special attachment that pre-filters the air. The idea is that if debris-free air passes through the unit, it’ll help clear out the actual filter. It’s no substitute for checking and wiping down the internals, but it’ll lower the frequency of needed cleanings.

Tineco Pure One S12 Trigger
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Like a gas pump, the trigger works with both with single clicks and continuous run.

Easy on the hands: When shopping for cordless vacuums, there are two distinct designs: trigger or button. Trigger-operated models are good for spot cleaning—on and off as quickly as your index finger can move. Button models turn on and stay on, which is good for long vacuuming marathons. The Pure One has both, a trigger and a switch that keeps the trigger down.

What we don’t like

It looks better than it performs. For a vacuum that costs over $500, the Pure One’s performance lags behind similarly priced competitors. During testing, it picked up 67% of the dirt we laid out for it. That’s low compared to the LG CordZero, which picked up 72% of the dirt, and the Dyson V11, which picked up 95%.

Tineco Pure One S12 iLoop
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The iLoop system gauges how dirty the floor is. We found it to be around 80%-90% accurate.

We’re not sold on the app. The Pure One S12 has its own free app that reports data like filter status and how much dirt the vacuum has picked up. However, the most useful tricks we found are the stored manuals and tutorials for when things go wrong. In this day and age, everything communicates with the internet, but this app hasn’t convinced us it’s important for your cordless to do so.

Test results at a glance

Tineco Pure One S12 Attachments
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The Tineco Pure One S12 comes with these attachments. However, the S12 Plus comes with more.

Weight: 6.8 pounds with heaviest attachments

Battery life: 10 minutes on highest settings or about 30 minutes on medium, per battery

Dirt pickup: 67% per run

Storage and assembly: Requires wall mount

What users are saying

As of the writing of this review, user reviews are pretty scarce. Out of 12 reviews on Amazon, the average rating is a 4.1 stars out of 5.

Should you buy this vacuum?

If Silicon Valley collectively designed a cordless vacuum, we’d imagine it’d look like the Tineco Pure One S12. It definitely has a style all its own. Unfortunately, our testing shows that effort in style trumps that in performance. As a vacuum, it’s good, but not $600 good. In the performance department, the Pure One is outdone by Dysons and LGs in its price range. Techies who want the sleekest appliances should check out the Pure One, but everyone else might be better off with another model.

Meet the testers

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Lab Technician

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Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Senior Lab Technician at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

See all of Jonathan Chan's reviews
Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Lab Technician

@ReviewedHome

Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Senior Lab Technician at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

See all of Jonathan Chan's reviews

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