Spoiler alert: The S12 from Tineco really did impress us with its outstanding cleaning performance.
Cleaning on High Carpet
Here you can take a quick look at our vacuum review on high carpets:
A challenge that all (cordless) vacuums fear: the dirt that hides deep down in high carpets.
But to our surprise, the Tineco S12 didn’t have any problems with it. It purred like a kitten and didn’t leave any dirt behind.
Cleaning on Low Carpets
Here you can take a quick look at our vacuum review on low carpets:
Even on a short carpet, the cleaning performance was exceptional.
The suction power of the turbo mode was too strong so we had to hold down the carpet.
In the end, we went for the automatic mode. The cleaning performance was still perfect.
Cleaning on Hard Floors
Here you can take a quick look at our vacuum review on hard floors:
Our laminate needed some cleaning, too.
We used the standard automatic brush here as well.
The Tineco PureOne S12 Plus didn’t have any problems with the sand and lentils and removed them quite fast.
It had a bit of a hard time with the oat flakes though. At first, it only pushed around the oat flakes in front of the brush and it sucked up only 85% of them. We had vacuum it two more times to get rid of all the oat flakes.
We can sing a song of this phenomenon from our past reviews: On hard floors, the dirt has nowhere else to go, but that’s not the case on carpets. Here the dirt can be pushed deep down into the fiber. This means that all the dirt has to go through the narrow slot of the brush.
If the dirt (in our case it’s oat flakes) is piled up too high, the battery vacuum cleaner can’t suck up everything at once.
But don't worry: the Tineco S12’s got another secret weapon. We put it through the same review again, this time with the soft roller. This attachment is also included in the scope of delivery and it works especially well for cleaning hard floors.
And lo and behold: a perfect cleaning result - again!
Cleaning in Everyday Life
In everyday cleaning, the cordless vacuum does a great job. Even though we have children and pets, we can easily keep our chalet clean with the S12 Pure One.
The exchangeable battery and the long runtime come in very handy here. It never happens that we can't vacuum due to an empty battery.
Conclusion on Cleaning Performance of S12
We had high expectations and the S12 stood up to its promises. The powerful suction (22,000 Pascal according to the manufacturer) combined with the sophisticated cleaning features led to top cleaning results and very deep cleaning.
The Design of the S12 Pure One Plus smart cordless vacuum from Tineco put to the review
The first thing we noticed in our review was that the name of the new S12 Pure One Plus smart cordless vacuum from Tineco is quite complicated and the appendices make it rather long.
The appearance of the S12, on the other hand, is very sleek and simple. This gives the device an almost noble touch so it can easily count as decoration of a modern home.
The workmanship is of the highest quality and the device looks very valuable.
You can see that very clearly in the well-functioning connections and the smooth-running levers and buttons.
Is the power button lockable?
The answer is: Yes! You can activate the cordless vacuum with the pistol-like trigger and with the help of a small lever on the button it’s also super easy to lock it.
If you have long fingers, you can even do it with one hand.
It’s really convenient that you can choose between those two options and we use both modes in everyday use.
The LED display of the S12
The LED display of the S12 is not only chic but also practical.
It shows you various useful information, e.g. the battery level and suction mode you are currently using.
Your advantage: The display also notifies you when the cordless vacuum cleaner seems to have problems and what kind of problems they are.
That could be a notification that the brush is blocked or that the dirt container is full.
A brand new feature: A touch bar for controlling the suction levels
This gives you such a nice feeling when operating the cordless vacuum cleaner and it also increases control over the entire cleaning process.
With the touch bar on the top of the handle, you can regulate the suction power continuously and adjust it to your needs.
We’ve never seen anything like this before in any of our reviews.
How big and how heavy is the Tineco S12 cordless (floor) vacuum?
The Tineco S12 is 118 cm (46.4 inches) high, which is a comfortable size for vacuuming.
We can’t really call the S12 a lightweight among cordless vacuum cleaners, because it’s got a weight of just under 3 kg (6.6 lbs).
Nevertheless: We don’t think that the weight gives you an uncomfortable feeling while vacuuming. On the contrary, the cordless vacuum cleaner rests on the brush and the small rollers so the weight is well distributed.
Size and weight of the Tineco S12 at a glance
118 cm (46.4 inches)
3 kg (6.6 lbs)
How big and how heavy is the S12 cordless hand vacuum?
If you convert the S12 into a handheld vacuum, it works very well for vacuuming your car or upholstery.
Here it’s very important that the device is not too heavy. The S12 as a hand-held vacuum cleaner weighs approx. 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs) and has a size of 35 cm (13.8 inches).
With these measurements, it’s still quite handy so you’re able to do a decent job with it.
Size and weight of the Tineco S12 at a glance
35cm + attachment
1.7 kg + attachment
Conclusion on the Design of the S12
The design is a real success. It looks great and is also very well thought through. It’s a well-rounded and convenient appearance thanks to all the details.
You can buy two different models ofthe Tineco S12 in the UK:
The Pure One S12
and the Pure One S12 Plus
However, the main differences between the two cordless vacuums are the accessories included and the price.
Many manufacturers use this strategy to diversify the price and increase the product range.
Watch out: It’s often the case that a product is much more expensive, but you won’t see a big difference for your money.
We chose the luxury version that comes with more accessories for our review.
And we really got a lot of accessories!
We were amazed when we unpacked the appliance. So far, we rarely ever received so many attachments.
But is all that stuff really necessary?
We have taken a closer look at the individual parts and we’ll give you a quick overview of them now.
We’ll give you one hint in advance: we have a few surprises in stock for you.
The Accessories of the Tineco Pure One S12 Plus in detail
The Power Unit
It’s really the heart of the new S12: a great design, chic, and it comes with a lot of new extras.
Automatic brush with direct drive and LED lighting
The standard brush of the S12 has its own motor and rotates at the push of a button. It instantly starts to rotate, whichis by far not standard.
With many other devices, there is a delay between switching it on and the brush starting to rotate.
The rotating brush with the lamellae-like bristles transports the dirt towards the suction tube at high speed.
Your advantage: The LED lights on the front of the brush make it easier to see the dirt. No matter if it's dark or bright.
The Turbo Brush
has a soft roller and LED lighting, too.
The brush with the soft roller comes in very handy for cleaning hard floors, so it’s up to you whether you want to use it.
It does take up some time to change the attachment. But in this case, it’s worth it, because you’ll get a better cleaning result with this brush.
The Mini Turbo Brush
is the perfect tool for cleaning upholstered furniture or small surfaces. Especially pet lovers will get their money's worth here because this attachment does a great job at removing dog and cat hair from the couch.
The automatic filter cleaning tool and a spare pre-filter
We initially didn't really know what to do with it when it came out of the packaging. But once we realized what it’s for...
... we came to the conclusion that it’s the highlight of all accessories and a real game-changer.
You can easily attach it to the power unit. Then remove the filter from the power unit and put it in there.
Once you activate the vacuum, the filter starts to rotate and will be cleaned in the meantime.
Your advantage: a replacement filter is included in the scope of delivery as well
2-in-1 Dust Brush
One invented it, all imitated it. That's the way it goes these days whenever someone comes up with a good idea. It’s a great thing for us customers because we get a multitool with the S12 that works great for delicate objects and at the same time, it’s also good for rougher work.
Simply press the button and pull back the lever and the bristles disappear...
The Crevice Nozzle
is a tried and reviewed cleaning attachment. With this tool, you can get into every hard-to-reach crannies of your couch.
The Flexible Long Crevice Nozzle
is ingenious for vacuuming out narrow, deep crevices. It’s super useful for cleaning the underfloor heating or the car.
The Hair Cleaning Tool
has been a standard feature of the best robot vacuums (internal link: best robot vaccuums) for a long time, but it also comes in very handy for maintaining cordless vacuums.
Hair wraps itself around the brush from time to time, which leads to a decrease in cleaning performance. Right about then, you’ll be very happy to have this tool at hand to remove these buggers.
The Flexible Hose
More and more manufacturers include this in their scope of delivery. But we still don’t really know what it’s good for.
From our point of view, it’s rather unnecessary...
The Spare Battery
The replacement battery is not even necessary to level up the battery life, because it’s sufficient as it is.
How long you want to vacuum at a time depends on the size of your flat or house.
In terms of environmental protection and follow-up costs, however, we think it's great that the battery can be replaced so easily. This means that you can still use the device even if the battery is defective.
The Wall Mount with Charging Station
Here you can see again that the Tineco engineers were really clever and paid close attention to detail.
As we’re used from models of other manufacturers in the UK, this makes it possible to store the vacuum on the wall in a practical and space-saving way.
You can also attach some of the accessories to it so they are well organized and quickly at hand.
Your advantage: You can use the station to charge the cordless vacuum cleaner and the spare battery at the same time.
You can store the battery in a practical compartment on the side.
Good to know: You don't necessarily have to install the wall mount. You can still charge the cordless vacuum cleaner with the charger to save space.
Not everybody wants to hang their cordless vacuum on the wall.
Foldable Angle Tube
Being able to vacuum on the cupboard without having to get on a chair - that’s the theory...
...in practice, however, it’s quite difficult to vacuum on the cabinet without seeing anything.
The Suction Pipe
comes in white and grey colors, which give it an elegant touch.
Some manufacturers suggest that cleaning performance depends solely on suction power.
Dyson has even invented a new measurement for this: The Airwatt.
The manufacturer states that the S12 reaches up to 150 air watts, which is a very good value.
But there’s a lot more to a very good cleaning performance.
Caution: Time and again, customers are being lured into a trap by “great suction power” and “high Pascal measurements”.
The suction power of the S12 is very good, but Tineco UK has come up with a few extras to lift the cleaning performance to an even higher level.
The ILoop Dust Sensor
The auto mode, or as Tineco calls it: the ILoop dust sensor, comes in very handy. Only one other manufacturer in the UK included something like this in their model so far: We noticed a similar technology in our Dyson V11 review.
The sensor detects the amount of dirt or the surface of the floor and automatically adjusts the suction power accordingly.
Your advantages: In total there are two advantages:
Firstly, the battery lasts longer because the device is not permanently vacuuming at full power.
Secondly, you don't have to regulate much by yourself. That saves both time and nerves.
The electronic brushes with LED lighting
The standard brush also helps to improve the cleaning result. It picks up the dirt and flings it into the suction tube.
The brush is well made and works perfectly.
We particularly liked the LED lighting. With this, you can see every speck of dust, especially on laminate.
On hard ground, the soft roller was extremely useful. It’s perfect for picking up coarse dirt from the hard floor.
The Tineco Pure One S12 cordless hand vacuum
One of the most important features of cordless vacuums is the 2-in-1 function.
Your advantage: You canconvert your vacuum into an S12 cordless hand vacuum.
You can do this super quickly in just a few steps with the Tineco.
This makes the vacuum even more versatile so you have more cleaning possibilities. You can easily vacuum your furniture and objects in no time.
Our cordless vacuums are getting smarter, too, and slowly but surely they’re becoming a part of our smart homes.
That's why Tineco has included an app to help you clean with the S12.
First, you can download the app for free from your Google Playstore or the Apple Appstore.
The app will help you to do the actual set-up, i.e. the connection of the app and the battery-powered vacuum cleaner.
You’ll get a step by step guide through the app with helpful pictures and short texts.
Unfortunately, the setup went wrong the first time. After the second try, it worked.
Tip: We activated flight mode on our second try. Then it went smoothly.
What functions does the app have?
You're probably asking yourself: What's the point of having an app with my cordless vacuum cleaner?
At first, we were asking ourselves the same thing so we dived into it.
The main purpose of the app is the following:
Monitoring the Cordless Vacuum
It monitors and shows the battery level and dirt container.
You’ll also get a notification when it’s time to clean the filters
Your advantage: It’s quite an interesting idea that you can minimize the app to bar size. That way you can still see all the necessary information and are able to watch Youtube videos at the same time.
Houston, we have a problem…
No, seriously, if the device has a problem, for example because the brush is stuck, your app will let you know.
That way you don't have to search for the problem. And it’ll even give you some tips on how to solve the issue.
That’s really useful.
Help forum in the app
You can access a FAQ forum via the app, where all kinds of questions about your cordless vacuum are answered.
You can even choose between text and video… If you ask us, that’s a really innovative idea.
You can create a handy cleaning schedule in the app’s calendar.
Then you'll receive notifications on your smartphone, which remind you that it's time to vacuum.
Advantage: With this function you can also keep track of whose turn it is to vacuum.
A problem shared is a problem halved... that way daddy won’t have to do everything by himself in the household ?.
Voice Control (Alexa)
It’s a pity: so far, voice control is only possible with Alexa.
The following voice commands are available
Extra tip: Search for Tineco Skill on Amazon.
Conclusion about the app
Surprise, surprise: the app really is quite useful! The developers at Tineco have come up with a couple of nice extras to turn the battery-powered vacuum cleaner into a smart device.
Tineco's promotional video for the new Pure One S12 Plus is a real eye-catcher:
Can I buy Tineco Pure One S12 on Amazon UK?
Yes, the Tineco Pure One S12 is available on Amazon in the UK.
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