Electrolux Ergorapido EL1030A Review: Versatile & Lightweight

The ErgoRapido 2-in-1 is a compact and lightweight vacuum that allows users to use only one product to clean almost everything inside their home.

You can use this cordless vacuum as a stick or handheld vacuum depending on the need.

Electrolux has 13 models in its ErgoRapido line of lightweight 2 in 1 cordless vacuums.

The EL 1030A has the strongest motor and the longest running time but it is also the most expensive.

You won’t find all of these in Amazon – they only sell 4 of the 13 as of this articles posting but just in case you want to see them all click here.

Since this is basically a handheld on top of a stick body, it will have a level of versatility.

However, it won’t have as much power as more expensive options like a Shark ION Flex or Dyson V8.

It isn’t for all users as it has some flaws that I hope would be addressed if and when they release newer models…

…that’s why you see a lot of negative reviews online.

Pros

  • Versatile machine that’s usable as a stick or handheld vacuum
  • Decent run time of 30 minutes if you use the normal speed but drops down to 16 minutes if you turn on the high speed option
  • Takes roughly only 4 to 5 hours to recharge
  • Comes with two attachments – crevice and brush tool (and storage for it)
  • The semi-transparent dirt container lets you know when to empty it
  • LED light on the head gives you better visibility
  • The cloth filter is washable so it saves you on filter expense
  • It has a charge stand that allows you to store the unit in an upright position which reduces the space needed to store this
  • You can clean the fine cloth filter without washing by pulling the release string – this cuts down the frequency that it needs to be washed
  • Brush roll is easy to remove

Cons

  • Battery cannot be replaced, so if it dies the whole unit is essentially junk
  • Hard to move around on medium to thick carpet
  • Small dirt bin
  • It is expensive for the features (or lack off)
  • Even as an upright it’ll not pick up larger and chunkier debris but only push them around
  • No brush roll on/off feature
  • Without the charging stand, it won’t stand on its own
  • The handheld cannot reach tight crevices because the attachments are too short

What to expect from the Electrolux ErgoRapido EL1030A?

Since it does not have as much power as the more expensive brands, this cordless is most suitable on bare floor.

Don’t expect this to deep clean on medium to thick pile carpet because it lacks agitation and power.

It has a motorized brush that will help pick up dirt on carpet but you won’t be able to turn it off.

It has an 18 volt lithium ion battery that takes around 5 hours to charge. But if you’re using this for the first time, you’ll need a whole day to charge (24 hours).

The battery is located within the body and comes with a charging base that allows you to store this upright.

Here are the features

  • The 18 volt lithium battery will give you roughly 30 minutes of run time (on normal speed) and 16 minutes (on high speed)
  • Located within the charging station are two attachments you can plug onto the handheld – a crevice and brush tool
  • 2-in-1 versatility of a stick and handheld vacuum
  • Uses a cyclonic system to keep dirt away from the filter – ensuring optimum performance even as the container fills up
  • Has a semi-transparent dirt bin giving you a visual if you need to empty it
  • LED headlights
  • Swiveling feature makes it easier to move around furniture
  • LED indicator tells you how much battery is left

Here’s a video that highlights all these…

Attachments and accessories

There are two attachments – a crevice and brush tool. You can store both within the charging unit.

Pretty neat because you don’t have to look for a place to store it,  you just clip it on in there.

Ergo Rapido 1030A Attachments

Charging time

The initial charge will take around 24 hours, after that it’ll take around 5 hours in subsequent charges.

Take note that the battery is built into the unit so you won’t be able to replace it yourself.

That’s part of the reason why Electrolux gave this a 2 year warranty.

If it breaks down anywhere within that time period you can call them (1-800-896-9756) and ask for a replacement but after that period though this essentially becomes disposable.

Filter clean up

To remove the filter, take off handheld from the body then remove the front portion of it to reveal the butt of the filter.

Push on the two locks that hold it in place to remove the filter then empty the dirt from the container.

Now this is the messy part, you’ll need to use your fingers to remove dirt on the mesh filter. A better option would be using a handheld vacuum to clean this part.

You’ll notice a that it has a lever that you can to pull and release to shake off the dirt – it’s equivalent to shaking or tapping it on something to dislodge anything sticking on it.

Anyway to show you how it’s done watch this…

Both mesh and cloth filters are washable, but don’t wash it in a dishwasher.

Battery life

Expect anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes on a single charge.

If you only use the normal setting it should go the full 30 minutes but at high speed, that number will drop anywhere between 10 to 16 minutes but that will depend on whether you turn it on intermittently or don’t turn it off.

Warranty

This comes in with a 2 year limited warranty.

Bare floor performance

This unit will work best on bare floor picking up debris and dirt effectively but only to a certain extent.

As I’ve seen in several video reviews and in written posts – as the dirt gets bigger the harder it is to clean.

It is great for small to medium debris, as long as it fits under the head. Larger particles of dirt will not fit and may create even more mess.

Be careful though if you have floors that are easily scratched because if the brush under the head gets dirty it can do some damage.

Check regularly to see if it needs cleaning. The good news is that it isn’t hard to remove the brush roll.

Removing the brush

Carpet performance

On low pile and even carpet or rugs, it shouldn’t have any problem picking up fine to medium sized particles and debris.

It becomes a problem if you use it on something more plush – it becomes difficult to push around, almost unmovable on thick carpets mainly because it has small wheels and a low clearance that renders it useless on these types of surfaces.

Cleaning the edges

It won’t pick up everything on the edges because the air vents or inlets are around an inch from the edge – it doesn’t do a good job funneling dirt in this area.

A work around for this is again, using the handheld along with the crevice tool to pick up debris here.

Pet hair removal

Pet owners should not get this because it lacks a pet hair tool. You can still use this to clean pet hair on carpet or bare floor. But it would be tough to use this to clean pet hair on upholstery.

Don’t count on it cleaning pet hair on thick carpets because it doesn’t have the raw power to force it out nor the attachments to loosen it up.

Please check out our list of the best cordless vacuums for pet hair if you’re looking for one.

See it in action

A promotional video from Electrolux…

Product specifications

AttachmentsCrevice tool
Brush tool
BatteryRemovable 20 volt Lithium Ion

(Can be used with other B&D tools)
ChargerSmart charger
Charging time20 hours (initial)
5 hours
Battery life15 - 30 minutes
Net weight (with battery)2.65 pounds
Shipping weight4.2 pounds
Overall length18"
Battery indicatorYes (on the charger)
Filter typeClick-off nozzle and washable filter
Dust capacity23.7 oz
Air Watts25
Voltage110v
Manufactured inChina
Warranty3 year limited on vacuum, battery and charger

Customer reviews

With close to 300 reviews and counting in Amazon, and more around  forums, youtube and other sites, we have a strong base of real life “testers” to give us a report on how this product performed over time, not just when it was brand new but over a period ranging from a few weeks to a few years.

There is one thing all the good reviews have in common – they used it either in bare floors or in thin carpets.

Among the other positives that people like:

  • the swivel feature that makes this easy to move around
  • decent battery life
  • charging station that allows them to store this vertically saving on space

You can read the rest of what people liked and disliked in the pros and cons section.

You will notice that there are also a number of bad reviews and most of these came from people who tried to use it on carpet and didn’t get good results because it wasn’t designed for medium to thick carpeting.

Others who gave low ratings were consumers who got lemons – batteries that broke down within the warranty period which should be covered by the warranty but still a hassle nonetheless.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this in Amazon but unfortunately it is out of stock right now.

Conclusion

This product is great for…

For homes with primarily bare floor or low pile carpeting.

Owners of these types of homes will appreciate the versatility this product offers, you can use it not only on floors but on other areas as well – chair, sofa, windows, etc. You might not be able to reach the tight areas because the attachments aren’t long enough.

If you plan to use this on medium to thick carpet, forget about it – the small wheels and low clearance make this impossible.

This isn’t the best tool to remove pet hair either, but on bare floors it can handle it.

You’ll need a dedicated pet cleaner for it if you have a lot of pets at home.

Since this is a handheld on a stick body, it won’t be able to hold much dirt (only 13 ounces to be exact). You will need to empty it quite often.

Battery is another issue long term since it is built into the vacuum itself. You will not be able to replace it yourself.

9 thoughts on “Electrolux Ergorapido EL1030A Review: Versatile & Lightweight”

  1. I’ve gone through three of the Electrolux cordless stick vacs, about one a year. Now that my currant vac’s battery is almost dead, I will not be buying another this time around. It really is a shame because there is nothing wrong with it but the battery. I think it’s awful that the company doesn’t make it so you can just put in a new battery in. This is just another case of planned obsolescence. They know and plan for it to die so you will be back for a new unit and another one goes to the landfill. Well that’s it for me, I will not buy another one this time! Out of all the cordless stick vacs I’ve owned I did like this one the best, my favorite feature is how easy it is to push a button and pop out the brush roll for easy cleaning, I have long hair and it always wraps around the brush rolls, which I need to cut off from time to time. Usually I have to take out a lot of screws to access the brush rolls and screwing them back together is a pain especially Eureka’s stick vac.
    Great website I’m using your collection of information to find my next stick vac.

    • Jennifer,

      Thanks for sharing your review on the Ergorapido.Yes, the built in battery is a legitimate concern long term which makes this essentially a disposable vacuum. I’m glad you found the reviews here helpful =). Have a great weekend ahead.

  2. I have an Electrolux stick vacuum cleaner, which in spite of the problems pointed out by some customers (with which I totally agree), has been very useful to me. However, I would never buy another one since the battery is not replaceable. This is a flaw that should be urgently corrected. How come a famous brand as Electrolux commit such a blunder? You just throw away the whole unit when the battery dies? If it is a way devised to make people buy a new unit, I don’t think it will work.

    • Thanks for the review Maysa, yup I think this is a fatal flaw that makes this vacuum a disposable one. Hopefully they’ll address this in newer models.

  3. I have had this vacuum for about 5 years and I really did like it, we have mostly bare floors in our house. But the brushroll stopped working properly after about 2 years of use. When you turn the unit on, the brushroll stays on for about a minute and then shuts off. I remove and clean the brushroll frequently but this doesn’t seem to make a difference. Took it to a vacuum repair place and they said it wasn’t worth fixing. Can’t find much info online about what could have caused the problem. Very disappointing — the unit still has suction and the handheld component still works fine — but not having the brushroll working properly is really frustrating. If the whole unit died it would be a no-brainer to get rid of it and get a new one, but since the unit still sort-of works I haven’t been able to bring myself to spend the money on a new one (and thus reward the company for making a sub-standard product)…

    • Usually this issue can be solved with a new belt for the roller brush assembly, not to difficult to replace and the belts can be found on-line for around $4 – $5, part # 500147060010

    • The brushroll stops after a short time because there is a voltage drop in the battery pack. After 18 months of life the batteries in the centre of the pack don’t charge up sufficiently. The units onboard electronics sense this and cut out the brushroll motor. The suction motor will work fine at the reduced voltage for quite a long time until the battery packs voltage drops below the working threshold. All these charge problems come from the use of a trickle charge. I modified our rapido so that I could bypass the trickle charger and boost the batteries every so often with a charger of a higher rating.

  4. i just bought the ergorapido 1000 at a yard sale for 10 bucks, charged it all night and thanks to your forum, i now understand why it doesnt work. dont be fooled like i was people, if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.

  5. Electrolux Ergorapido 2 in 1: only went for about 18 months. Don’t waste your money on the product. I have since bought a great Dyson stick.

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