Spring is closing and I bet some of you are really interested in buying a cordless, for a fresh & new 2017. Unfortunately, most cordless vacuum cleaners are expensive and don’t offer a performance similar to the one displayed by their corded counterparts. If you don’t have the budget for a Dyson V8 (nor for the previous V6), you might be interested in the brand new FortuneDragon FD-SMV. This is a Chinese cordless vacuum which costs less than $150. It is ideal for tackling quick messes and light debris. The good autonomy and the fact that you can use it not only as a vacuum, but also as a hand-vac or a wet mop was enough to get me excited. There’s a lot to talk about, so here’s what you’ll find out from me today:
- what’s so special about this vacuum
- what are its best features and its worst drawbacks
- how it compares with other cheap cordless units such as the Shark Navigator Freestyle or the Hoover Linx Signature
- from where to get it at a good price
Here are the best photos I’ve took with this product:
As you see, I’m reviewing the champagne model. The product can also come with the white/orange combo. And here’s a quick video review:
FortuneDragon can be used in several ways. As an upright, you have the liberty of turning on or off the brush roll (by double pressing the only button from the handle). If you’re not using the brushroll, the suction alone is rather weak. It can suck in small particles such as cornflour, but has difficulties with rice or cheerios. With the brushroll on, things are much better, but the unit is now prone to scatter things around. There is a compromise to make, and I’ve found that for bare floors and low pile carpets, using the upright with the brushroll on produces the best results. As a mop, you need to insert the upright in the mop tray. Water is released when the left paddle is pressed. The reservoir is small, and I don’t really find the added advantage of using the product in this way. Perhaps the most suitable use mode is the hand vacuum. It is light enough to maneuver it around, and has enough concentrated power to deliver a decent suction.
Input Power and Batteries
The 2000 mAh Li-Ion batteries are charged completely over a period of 5 to 8h. This is far too slow IMO. In comparison, the batteries from the Hoover Linx charge in less than 3h, and are completely replaceable. That being said, the unit can be used continuously for about 50 minutes, longer than any Dyson or Hoover. Only the Rowenta Delta Force Xtreme can keep up with this. The adapter consumes 65W.
The bin can accommodate 20 oz of dust & debris. Compared to conventional corded units, the bin is small. In the cordless world however, this size is standard. The emptying process is pretty simple. The dust container can be easily removable from the main body. The users still need to detach the filter, but that is a simple action.
The product comes with a double layer filter. The FortuneDragon refers to this part as if it was a HEPA. It isn’t. On the bright side, this means you can wash the filters with tap water.
Weight & Dimensions
Weights 4.6 lbs, which means it’s even lighter than the Dyson V line (though not as well balanced). Measures 24 x 4.5 x 5.1 inches – standard stick dimensions. The nozzle intake is 10 inches wide.
It’s a cordless, so there aren’t many attachments to talk about. The package contains (except the product itself):
- a mop tray
- an on-board crevice tool
- the adapter
- the product manual and the warranty certificate
Here I can list the following:
- 3-in-1: upright, hand-vac and mop
- On/off brushroll
- LED lights
It’s a light cordless vacuum, so it’s already scoring points at usability. Moreover, it can be used as a hand-vac or as a mop. Has a long autonomy, and the brushroll can be turned on or off. The swivel steering is acceptable. If the suction wouldn’t be so weak, it could be perfect for any type of surface. Under the circumstances, hard floors and thin rugs are the main ares where this cleaner can perform at its best. The sound produced is a bit loud IMO, at 70 db.
Has a 1 year warranty, which is also enforced by the wholesaler from which you purchase the product.
The price is good, yet it is a bit more expensive than the Shark Navigator Freestyle or the Hoover Linx Signature. Here’s a brief comparison between these 3 models:
FortuneDragon FD-SMV vs Shark Navigator Freestyle vs Hoover Linx Signature
This table contains the most important variables of these 3 products:
Conclusion and VGM
Overall, I consider this product to be a decent cordless. It has a very long autonomy, but charges slowly. Sometimes, you can actually feel you need a bit more suction power, but still delivers enough not to annoy me. The LED lights are a nice touch, although I believe they eat some of the battery power. The hand-vac is great for clearing small messes above the floor. Here’s the VGM:
VGM table for FortuneDragon FD-SMV
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So, what do you think? Would you invest in this FortuneDragon cordless? Share you thoughts below.