Vax Gator Vax H90-GA-B Handheld Review

Product by:
Richard Floyd

Reviewed by:
On March 12, 2014
Last modified:February 21, 2016


A powerful handheld vacuum ideal for cleaning up after spills.

The Vax H90-GA-B Gator states it is a handheld cleaner, which is powerful and perfect for cleaning up dust and dirt. The vacuum cleaner gains to be superb for all those little cleaning jobs around about the house.

This is a useful handheld which with its powerful motor can tackle all these little jobs like cleaning up small spills. The Vax Gator is great where you cannot be bothered to take out the main vacuum cleaner to do anything all the time. It is cordless and so easy to use.

The Vax Gator is more expensive than some other handhelds but appears to be of better quality, sturdy and more robust. I have brought previous handhelds before and they have not been so good or powerful.

Vax H90-GA-B Gator Description and Features

The Vax Gator is a handheld vacuum good for collecting dust and dirt without having to get your main vacuum cleaner out to use. The vacuum does not replace your main vacuum cleaner. It just makes your life easier in between, your main cleans. Where previously you may have had to use a brush and dustpan, which is not practical on kitchen surfaces.

The Vax Gator is good for cleaning small messes up in the house. Therefore, perfect for people with children or with pet. Good for cleaning up after kids have eaten. This is because it can pick up picking up crumbs from the floor.
It is convenient to clean stairs and around skirting boards. I can now clean the house twice a day to avoid the floors getting messy between the main clean.

I found the Vax H90-GA-B Gator good at cleaning the mess made by small children in the car. It saves having to bring out the main upright vacuum cleaner to deal with this. Useful as you can give your car a quick clean.

vax gator and charger

It worked well cleaning up the dirt and dust after clearing away old grout.
The Vax Gator has an inbuilt in crevice tool. The nozzle is extendible and retractable which makes for easy storage. This tool is good for cleaning in awkward corners and getting down the backs of sofas.

The battery allows for up to 20 minutes of continuous cleaning. In reality, it only tends to lasts for 10 – 15 minutes. This is not really a problem because if you wanted to do a longer spell of vacuuming you would be using your main vacuum. It’s only a small unit so you cannot expect it to last a long time. If you are using it often, you can just keep it plugged into charge.

You do not have to keep recharging it as it holds its charge for several days. Therefore, you do not have to recharging it between pickups.
An adapter for charging the vacuum is included. The handheld does not need to be charged all the time when not in use. It charges with a cable like a mobile phone. So does not have to sit into a cradle and does not take up more room in the house.

To maximize the life of the battery Vax recommend that you initially charge the battery for 24 hours. Then continue to use the machine until it has run flat and then charge again for 24 hours.

The vacuum opens easily to empty the container and give easy access to the filter. It is easy to empty the container but a bit messy when doing so. The filter has to be cleans often as it picks up so much dirt and is blocked easily. The dust sticks to the filter so just best to brush this off or clean it by hand. Best to empty the dust chamber after every time you use it and clean the filter at the same time.

The Vax Gator handheld has a nice handle, which balances well in your hand. The button to remove waste is simple to use. The vacuum is also extremely quiet when running. It has a flip top mouth design so it is easy to empty the dustbin or rubbish bag.

Vax H90-GA-B Gator Performance

What I like about the Vax H90-GA-B Gator

Great for clearing up small spills when you don’t want to get the big vacuum out to clean up the mess.

Powerful motor.

Easy to empty and clean.

Well designed and sturdily made.

The battery life is sufficient for dealing with quick spills. Great to recharge as charges with the equivalent of a phone charger

Cost is reasonable considering the quality of the vacuum.

The Vax Gator is lightweight only weighed 1.24 kg so can be carried anywhere.

What I dislike about the Vax H90-GA-B Gator

The Vax Gator can be a bit short on battery life as the charge only lasts for 7 or 8 minutes. It does tend to take ages to re – charge the battery. The vacuum could do with a battery charge indicator. There is no indicator light to say when the battery is fully charged. Also there is no automatic cut off so it does not switch off when fully charged. The plug and vacuum can get hot when left charged for too long.

It would be nice to have some brushes to clean items like keyboards.

The Vax Gator can be as noisy as an ordinary vacuum but the suction is also as good, so this is probably the reason why.

The Vax Gator does not pick up pets hairs from carpet very easily. However, no vacuum really does this job properly. As the hairs trap in the fabric of the carpet, so you need to brush the carpet first.

The extendible nozzle can be a little stiff to extend and can retract on its own accord.

Summary of Review

i recommend the Vax Gator handheld vacuum cleaner if you are looking for a powerful handheld to deal with those messes that you need to clean up. You can check out the Vax Gator at Amazon.

Vax Gator Handheld – Specifications

Colour White/Orange
Dust canister capacity 0.3l
Weight 1.24 Kg
Item model number 1-1-129349-00
Make Vax
Model H86-GA-B Gator
2-year guarantee
Vax’s helpline open 7 days a week base in the UK

What’s in the Box?

1 – Vax H90-GA-B Gator handheld vacuum cleaner
1 – Vax Gator Charger
1 – Instruction manual
1 – Vax guarantee card

A powerful handheld vacuum ideal for cleaning up after spills.