In this review, we’ll be having a close look at the Tineco Pure One S12. It’s one of the more innovative cordless stick vacuums that has come out over the last five years.
The first Tineco product I reviewed was the A10, and while it performed well in my cleaning tests, it wasn’t up to par with the Dyson when it came to fit and finish.
They’ve improved the quality with the subsequent A11 model, but the Pure One S12 is probably their best product to date when it comes to quality and performance.
I did a lot of tests to see how it does in several areas such as run time, noise, usability, cleaning performance, and I must say this product has exceeded my expectations. It isn’t perfect, but it brings some unique features to the table that you don’t see in other brands.
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Tineco Pure One S12 Review
The Tineco Pure One S12 has some innovative features not found in other brands in its price range. One of my favorite features is the wall mountable bracket that charges the vacuum and extra battery simultaneously. It can also hold up to three other attachments, which makes it a truly space-saving tool if you don’t mind drilling holes on the wall. Another unique feature is the slider that provides more precise control of how much power is needed. It also has an auto feature where the vacuum will adjust the power for you, depending on the volume of dirt that passes through the iLoop sensor.
- Outstanding airflow which exceeds that of the Dyson V10
- The quick-release lock makes it easy to attach and remove any of the tools.
- iLoop system is ground-breaking in that it adjusts suction based on the amount of dirt and not on the surface type
- It comes with a lot of attachments for cleaning different areas
- The wall bracket can charge the two batteries simultaneously and has space for three storing three attachments
- It will run for up to 102 minutes combined from the two Li-ion batteries
- Does not have the hygienic system that makes disposing of dirt messy
- Small dust cup means you’ll have to empty it often
- Pricey– the top-of-the-line Pure One S12 Plus is quite expensive
Introduction to the Tineco Pure One S12
Tineco is a relatively new brand that has been around for just a handful of years. Their first product was the A10, and it performed decently in all cleaning tests I did.
However, it lacked in several areas, particularly the little things such as the quick release latch that makes it easy to attach and remove tools from the vacuum.
The Tineco Pure One S12 addresses these issues and probably is their best product to date when you combine the quality and performance.
Unfortunately, it’s their most expensive offering and exceeds the price of the Dyson V10. It does have more power than the V10 (60.8 CFM vs. 44 CFM) in the highest setting. This stick vacuum is in the level of the Dyson V11 in terms of power and both are in the same price range.
The first thing that grabbed my attention when I first got this product is the big LED screen on the box.
At first, I thought that it was a touch screen, but it was not. The screen scores high in legibility as Tineco used bright colors and a dark background thus scoring high in contrast.
It provides information such as battery status, power level, WiFi, potential blockages, iLoop sensor status, and much more.
Not many other brands have an LED screen in their products. One other stick vacuum that comes to mind is the Dyson V11 Torque Drive.
While the Pure One S12 has the same trigger mechanism as a Dyson cord-free vacuum, it comes with a trigger lock that holds it in the “on” position. So there’s no need to constantly squeeze the trigger for long jobs.
I like this feature as it’s less tiring on the arm and finger when vacuuming floors. It’s a nice convenience addition that is a plus point to usability.
Slider for Adjusting Power
Another unique feature of the Pure One S12 is the power adjusting slider behind the LED screen.
While other brands use a button or a slide switch with a fixed number of settings, the one found in this vacuum provides a range. It gives the user more precise control of how much power to use depending on the need.
There will be a slight delay for just a few milliseconds, but it isn’t that bad. The slider an industry first, and only time will tell if other brands will follow suit.
It’s like slapping an iPhone on a cordless vacuum.
My preference would be leaving it in the Auto position in most cleaning tasks. But it gives you an option to increase or decrease suction just in case the need arises.
Another option for people who don’t want to fiddle with the power setting is using the auto mode.
This mode turns on the iLoop sensor (right in front of the dust cup) that detects the amount of dirt that passes through and adjusts suction when it identifies an increase.
It is different than the Dyson V11’s sensor that detects the surface type.
I believe that this system is far more efficient and utilizes power better since there’s no need to use high airflow if there’s not much to clean regardless of the surface.
Unique charging dock
The charging dock is another innovation that deserves mention.
It can charge two batteries at the same time and can store up to three extra suction only tools.
This feature is a space and time saver since there’s no need to wait for the battery to fully charge since the dock will charge the extra battery it even if the vacuum is in use.
Attachments and Tools
Tineco offers one of the more diverse sets of accessories available in the market. You’ll get a total of thirteen tools if you buy the flagship Pure One S12 Plus version.
The version that I bought is a notch below. It won’t have tools such as the multi-angle adaptor and the flexible extension hose (I had to buy those separately along with the soft roller power brush).
Even without these tools, it is still a lot and more than the Dyson V10 or V11.
These tools include the following:
1. Direct-drive LED power brush: This is Tineco’s standard floor cleaning attachment that has soft and stiff bristles that will work best on carpets. It’s got four bright LED headlights that will help with visibility.
2. LED soft roller power brush: A specialized tool for cleaning hard floors. Like the direct-drive attachment, it also has a row of LED lights. Take note that I bought this attachment separately.
3. Soft dusting brush: It has soft bristles that work well at cleaning delicate surfaces like lampshades or dusting furniture.
4. 2-in-1 dusting brush: This attachment combines an upholstery and brush tool. It is an excellent tool for cleaning upholstery inside the home or vehicle.
5. Crevice tool: Great for cleaning tight spots between cushion seats.
6. Flexible long crevice tool: If you need a little bit more reach, this tool can be handy. It has a rubber insert that you can use to extend reach and offers some flexibility for cleaning tight crevices.
7. Mini turbo brush: A smaller version of the main cleaning head that will provide enough agitation to clean embedded dirt on fabric upholstery (e.g., sofas, chairs, and even mattresses), and stairs.
8. Automatic pre-filter cleaning tool: Another innovation from Tineco. This tool automatically cleans the pre-motor filter for you without having to remove it from the vacuum.
9. Pre-filter: A filter located in the middle of the dust cup that traps fine allergens and keeps it from going back out the motor’s exhaust.
10. Dual charging wall-mounted dock: Perhaps my favorite tool of the bunch. It’s a wall-mountable charging dock that charges two batteries simultaneously! Not only that, it provides storage for three non-motorized attachments.
11. Two lithium-ion batteries: This variant also comes with two lithium-ion batteries that effectively doubles the run time to 100 minutes.
12. Flexible extension hose: Adds reach and flexibility to any non-motorized tool. A great tool to have for cleaning vehicle interiors.
13: Multi-angle folding adapter: A foldable tool that provides consumers the ability to clean areas high above without having to use a chair or ladder.
This vacuum comes with two filters – a pre-motor and a post-motor HEPA filter that provides a good seal. The primary filter is similar to the Dyson filter in that it is made from cloth and is easy to clean.
However, the cyclonic filtration isn’t as good as in a Dyson as it soils at a faster rate.
Tineco has a tool that makes it easy to clean the filter. They call this the automatic pre-filter cleaning tool. It’s a device that you attach to the vacuum unit that will suck out debris that accumulates on the pre-motor filter.
Different Pure One S12 Options: S12 vs S12 Plus vs S12 M vs S12 Lite
There are a total of four different variants with the Pure One S12 divided into two categories.
The Pure One S12 and the Plus version are the higher-end options that have the LED screen and power adjusting slider. These two products are the same except for the attachments. While the other two options – the S12 M and S12 Lite don’t have the LED screen but are much cheaper and have a bracket where you can attach a smartphone.
Please check the table below to see how these models are different and the attachments that you’ll get.
|Model||Pure One S12||Pure One S12 Plus||Pure One S12 M||Pure One S12 M Lite|
|iLoop dust sensor|
|Direct Drive LED multi-tasker power brush|
|LED Soft Roller power brush|
|Soft dusting brush|
|Automatic pre-filter cleaning tool|
|Flexible extension hose|
|2-in-1 dusting brush|
|Flexible long crevice tool|
|Multi-angle folding adapter|
|Dual charging wall-mountable dock|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
How does the Tineco Pure One S12 clean?
Thanks to the bevy of interchangeable tools and the extension wand, the Pure One S12 can clean a variety of areas. You can use it as a handheld or a stick vacuum whatever the need may be.
However, this product was built for cleaning floors. The Plus version comes with two primary floor cleaning tools – the soft roller and the direct drive power brushes.
These tools are built for cleaning hard floors and carpets, respectively. One feature that I think this model has over any of the Dyson cordless vacuums (V7, V8, V10, V11) is the row of bright LED lights that help illuminate the path in front of it.
If you have not used a vacuum with this feature, it’s something that is really useful for tracking dirt.
The beauty of this design is the option to attach the floor tool directly to the vacuum unit which makes it easier to clean stairs.
One issue I have with both tools is the tube, behind the rubber wheels, that sits at an angle so it won’t completely go flat under furniture. You’ll have to turn it sideways to do so which can be awkward.
Removing the tube transforms this vacuum into a handheld unit.
All the tools with the Pure One S12 have a quick release latch that makes it easy to attach or remove. Unlike the A10 where the suction only tools don’t have this latch and held only by friction.
To see how effective the Tineco Pure One S12 performs, I put it through a series of tests on a variety of surfaces such as hard floors, low pile, and mid pile carpets.
I used a variety of debris to see how this cordless vacuum does such as Quaker oats, coffee grounds, pet litter, and Fruit loops.
For all the tests, I weight the dust cup empty then weigh it full afterward to get the most accurate measurement possible in all the cleaning tests I do.
Here are the official scores of the cleaning test.
Carpet (Surface Pickup)
Carpet (Deep Cleaning)
I’m really surprised by the results, to be honest. One of the most impressive features of the Pure One S12 is how well it picks up debris.
You can feel the iLoop sensor work when it detects an increase of dirt volume that passes through it. In all the cleaning tests that I did, the vacuum motor revved up as it picked up the debris scattered then went back to its default setting afterwards.
Hard Floor Test
For testing how this vacuum does on hard surfaces, I primarily used the soft roller power brush.
It was superb at picking up Quaker oats (first photo), coffee (second photo), pet litter (third photo), and Quinoa (fourth).
There were no issues with the soft roller attachment in the cleaning tests. I also tested how the direct drive power brush does on Quaker oats, and it did an excellent job picking up nearly 100% of it on the hard floor.
There were some that wedged behind the roller bar, around 4 to 5 pieces of Fruit loops which was eventually picked up.
However, the standard brush tool didn’t do well with the Fruit loops test as it didn’t have enough clearance. It just pushed it forward.
Regardless of the surface, the direct drive tool won’t be able to clean debris this big.
I also tested the direct drive tool on quinoa to see how effective it is at small and hard debris and the picked up all of the 50 grams.
So aside from Cheerios-sized dirt, the direct drive power brush is an effective tool for small to medium stuff.
You don’t really need the soft roller attachment for most of the tasks on hard surfaces.
Carpet Cleaning Test
Next, let’s move to the carpet cleaning tests. For all the reviews done in Cordless Vacuum Guide, tests are done on low and medium-pile carpet.
A separate test is done on embedded fine coffee grounds on medium pile carpet to see how well the vacuum does at deep cleaning.
Low pile carpet test results
The scores of the Pure One S12 were slightly higher than the V10 which I tested a few months back. It could be the increase in airflow or brush roll design, but I’m really impressed by the results.
I like the seal of the direct-drive power brush in that it picked up nearly everything in the forward pass.
One thing I noticed when the iLoop sensor kicks in that it was a bit hard to push because of the increase in suction, but at least the technology works!
Medium pile carpet test results
Despite the slightly lower scores on medium-pile carpet, this vacuum still scores in the high 90s across the board.
It scores higher than the Dyson V10 in terms of cleaning coffee grounds, but it picked up less with the Quaker oats test. However, the difference just a few percentage points so I wouldn’t put too much weight on it.
Deep cleaning test
The last test I did is a deep cleaning test where I rub 50 grams of fine coffee grounds on medium-pile carpet to see how well a vacuum does at picking up embedded dirt.
Before I tested the Tineco Pure One S12 (with the current parameters), the highest score I got was from the Alfawise AR182 BLDC that scored 94.8% which is slightly better than the Dyson V10 with a score of 94.4%.
The Pure One S12 did better than the other two with an average of 99% on two tests.
Take note this is different from the test done by Vacuum Wars were sifted sand was used. I’ll update the test results once I get my hands on sand that I could use for the tests.
In my opinion, this test using coffee grounds is as impressive because of the fine nature of the grind.
The Pure One S12 really shines when cleaning floors. It doesn’t matter if it’s hardwood or carpet – it gets the job done!
You can save money by going with the cheaper Pure One S12 (that’s without the plus) because the torque drive power brush is capable of cleaning hard floors well.
The only issue I found with it is its inability to clean large debris like Fruit loops or Cheerios. Aside from that, cleaning stuff like dust, coffee grounds or even Quinoa won’t be a problem.
How long will the Tineco Pure One S12 run?
Out of the box, you’ll get two 2,500 mAh Li-ion batteries that Tineco claims will run for up to 100 minutes combined.
I tested if this claim is valid by running the vacuum to empty and using a digital timer to measure how long it runs.
Here are the results of the test with the primary floor tool and with suction only tools.
|Non-motorized tools (e.g. crevice tool)||51:21 mins. x 2||10:47 mins. x 2|
|Torque drive power brush||37:35 mins. x 2||10:10 mins. x 2|
Even with the main cleaning head attached, this vacuum was able to run for up to 37 minutes and 35 seconds at the lowest power setting and up to 10 minutes at the highest setting. Using suction only tools, it will run for up to 51 minutes and 21 seconds on eco and 10 minutes and 47 seconds at max.
Multiplying these figures by two – the Pure One S12 will run for up to 74 minutes at the lowest setting and 20 minutes at the max setting with the main cleaning head attached. And up to 102 minutes in the low setting and 21 minutes at the max setting using a non-powered tool.
However, I did notice that there was a slight drop in airflow as the battery was close to empty. But it didn’t affect how this vacuum performs as I did some of the cleaning tests with the battery at 15%.
The batteries are removable, which makes it easy to replace just in case it breaks down.
How noisy is the Tineco Pure One S12?
I used a good old fashioned sound meter to measure the noise level of the Pure One S12 from about two feet away, and here are the results.
- Eco: 65.5 to 67.2 dB
- Max: 67.5 to 70.4 dB
Take note that I measured it with the brush roll attached, so you’ll know what to expect since you’ll be using this vacuum a lot with this tool attached.
Dust cup capacity and design
According to the manual, the Pure One S12 can hold up to 0.6 liters of dry dirt, which is up to the Max fill line.
One downside with the Tineco dust cup is the lack of a hygienic system. This vacuum only has a trap door that relies on gravity.
If you’re cleaning a lot of dust and pet hair, these will stick on the plastic parts of this vacuum and will require assistance from your fingers to remove.
The good news is that the dust cup disassembles easily. Just push a lever in front of the trigger (just below it) to remove the dust cup.
Press the release latch to open the trap door then twist the black plastic part to remove the filter assembly.
I believe that the dust cup assembly isn’t washable since it has the iLoop sensor and electronic pins that connect to the battery charger. The only part that is washable is the filter assembly.
Make sure that it is fully dry before putting it back in the vacuum.
One of the unique features of the Pure One S12 would be the app. It’s probably the only cordless stick vacuum with this feature.
The app has several essential functions:
- Battery status: Tells you the state of the battery with realtime updates as you use the vacuum.
- Filter status: It informs users of the status of the filter. To be more specific, if it needs cleaning or has to be replaced.
- Adjusts power: This app has a slider that will increase or decrease the amount of power. It’s similar to the slider on the higher-end Pure One S12 models, but a bit clunkier to use in my opinion.
- The number of cleaning cycles: The app also records the number of times you’ve used the vacuum, which you can sort by day, week, or month.
Here are some screenshots of the app.
It’s a pretty cool feature, but if you’ve purchased any of the two Pure One S12 series vacuums with the LED screen, the information on there is redundant since the LED screen will provide the same data. But it’s a must-have for those who plan on purchasing any of the two lower-end options – the Pure One S12 M or S12 M Lite as both of these variants have the phone holder.
Installing the app is straightforward, and I’ve summarized everything in this video just in case you need a reference.
It’s a simple and easy to use app that’s responsive with basic features. Please let me know in the comments section if you have any issues installing the app.
|Model||Tineco Pure One S12|
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Battery||2,500 mAH Li-ion (X 2)|
|Battery life||up to 102 mins.|
|Net weight||6.6 pounds|
|Filter type||Lifetime washable|
|Dust capacity||0.6 li|
|Power||up to 60.8 CFM|
Availability of Parts
One issue with buying a vacuum from an unknown or a lesser-known brand would be the availability of parts. So far for Tineco, this doesn’t seem to be an issue. Consumables such as the filter. battery, attachments, and floor tools are available in Amazon.
However, some of these parts like the battery can be expensive, but the replacement filters are reasonably priced.
Does the Tineco Pure One S12 Provide Good Value?
While the Tineco Pure One S12 isn’t cheap, you’ll get a lot of value from it.
All variants come with two Li-ion batteries that will run for up to 102 minutes which is longer than any Dyson cordless vacuum to date including their flagship V10 and V11 variants. Since the battery comes off without the need for special tools, replacing it won’t be an issue. However, the current price of a replacement battery is quite expensive.
The top-of-the-line Pure One S12 Plus also comes with two attachments for cleaning bare floor and carpet, respectively, and also comes with special tools such as the hose and multi-angle attachment that helps clean hard to reach areas.
In my opinion, you really don’t need the soft roller power brush as the standard brush roll will do the job adequately on hard floors and carpets. The only thing it won’t clean would be debris the size of Fruit loops or Cheerios.
Tineco has more tools than other brands such as the Shark and Dyson. It has more airflow than the Dyson V10 Absolute so it wasn’t surprising that it scored very high most of the cleaning tests.
The LED screen is unique and an excellent tool that provides critical information to the user.
Usability is another strong point as all the tools have a quick release latch, which makes it easy to attach and remove.
The only question left is which variant is best suited for your needs? That would depend on your preference.
For me, I’d go any of the two options with the LED screen because I don’t want to fiddle with a smartphone while vacuuming.
The Verdict: Who should by the Tineco Pure One S12?
Based on the tests, the Tineco Pure One S12 exceeds the Dyson V10 Absolute when it comes to performance with more attachments at your disposal.
It has more power than the V10 and almost matches the Dyson V11. Cleaning performance is a strong point thanks to the solidly designed direct-drive and soft roller brush that gobbles up dirt in its path. For me, the torque drive attachment is enough for most cleaning tasks so there’s no need to buy the top-of-the-line S12 Plus.
The LED lights on both tools help boost visibility and are something not found in the Dyson V10 and V11 or the LG CordZero. This feature gives it a leg up over these three models that are in the same price range.
6 Reasons why you should by the Tineco Pure One S12
- Excellent cleaning performance: The Pure One S12 has excellent airflow, which translates to outstanding dirt pickup on bare floors and carpets.
- Lots of tools: The top-spec option will provide users with 14 attachments (if you include the extension wand) that will help folks clean different parts of their home.
- Two batteries: It comes with two Li-ion batteries that will run for up to 102 minutes (more than the claimed 100 minutes).
- LED headlights: Both the soft roller and direct drive tools have LED lights that help track dirt.
- Excellent build quality: This variant is the best so far of all Tineco stick vacuums when it comes to the quality of plastics used and how easy it is to attach or remove tools.
- Deep cleans carpet: The 99% score of the Pure One S12 in the deep cleaning tests surprised me.
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High Tech Stick Vacuum With Never Before Seen Features
- Ergonomics - 93%93%
- Surface Cleaning - 99.61%100%
- Deep Cleaning - 99%99%
- Quality - 95%95%
- Design - 95%95%
- Value - 93%93%
This High-Tech Cordless Stick Vacuum Performs Extremely Well
I was blown away by the results of the Tineco Pure One S12. It scored high points in most of the tests I did, especially cleaning different types of debris. This product scored in the high 90s in most of the cleaning tests, except for the direct drive on Fruit loops test. Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was how it did in the deep cleaning test, where it scored an average of 99% on the two tests I did. Run time was at par with other cord-free vacuums in its price range, but when you consider it comes with two, it becomes above average. Usability is also a strong point, particularly the charging dock and the auto function that adjusts power based on the quantity of dirt that passes through the sensor. Overall, I believe that the Tineco Pure One S12 is an excellent option for folks looking for a good quality stick vacuum that performs.