In our review, we found that Vorwerk placed a lot of emphasis on the design.
When you unpack the Kobold VB100, you’ll see a brand new cordless vacuum cleaner with a simple white design.
The simplicity of the design is elegant and refined.
Is that a requirement for a household appliance? In our opinion, it’s nice to have!
You can’t see the motor unit and the dust bag’s container because they are located inside the vacuum.
The entire motor unit is in the lower parts of the VB100.
At the top, there’s a slim handle.
Thanks to this structure, the centre of gravity is at the bottom. The weight is well distributed so you’ll barely notice it when vacuuming.
The slim handle of the VB 100 is pleasant to hold and thus improves the cordless vacuum cleaner’s manoeuvrability.
The vacuum cleaner is designed to stand on its own on the electric brush.
We were pleasantly surprised when we found this out. This way, you can simply put it down while vacuuming and you don't have to bend down to continue cleaning.
Of course, this is particularly suitable for older people who have troubles bending down (possibly because of back problems).
The unit has three switches.
One is for switching on and off. You can switch between the different suction levels with the second one, and the third one is on the EBB100 floor brush. You can vary the floor roller’s speed with it.
While using the appliance, you can monitor the cleaning process thanks to the sophisticated LED system.
For this purpose, Vorwerk has installed LEDs in three different places. They will indicate when, for example, the battery is running low, or when the brush is blocked.
Cordless but Not Bagless
You only need a cable to charge the battery of the Vorwerk Kobold VB100. Otherwise, you can vacuum without any cable clutter.
However, unlike all other products in this market, the VB100 comes with a conventional dust bag.
The bag has a capacity of 0.8 litres, which is large enough to vacuum our family home three times.
Afterwards, you can simply remove the bag and throw it away
Vorwerk UK says it relies on bags because no dust can escape when you “empty” or change it.
This is a great plus for allergy sufferers.
And indeed, the flap of the bag ensures that no dirt finds its way back into the home.
Vorwerk has even got a certificate by TÜV-Nord for this.
However, we think that if you’re a bit more careful, you can empty the bagless cordless vacuum cleaners from other manufacturers without dirt sneaking back into the home.
But we have to admit that it’s quite hard to measure the amount of evaded dust during the emptying process.
Since the bags have a price of 19 pounds per 5-pack, they are also a cost factor you have to consider when deciding what to buy.
The bag is a clear disadvantage regarding the costs. From an environmental perspective, too, because the disposable bags generate a lot of waste.
However, the suitability for allergy sufferers is quite plausible. However, if you use a bagless vacuum correctly, allergy sufferers won’t have to worry about that.
Tip: Just empty the vacuum outside, then you’ll make sure that the dust won't find its way back into the flat.
How big is the Vorwerk VB100?
You can comfortably push the vacuum cleaner around because it’s got a height of just under 1.10 metres (43 inches). The floor roller’s width is good, and it picks up the same amount of dirt over its full width.
At 3.3 kg (7.3 lbs), the VB100 is a lightweight among the premium vacuum cleaners.
The floor roller has a width of 25 cm (9.8 inches).
Size and weight of the VB 100
||approx. 110 cm (43 inches)
|Width of the Floor Roller (without case)
||25 cm (9.8 inches)
||3.3 kg (7.3 lbs)
The Vorwerk VB100 as a Hand Vacuum
Unlike other competing premium vacuums, you can’t convert the VB100 into a cordless hand vacuum.
However, you can attach the Vorwerk 2-1 Tool to vacuum on the ceiling or in corners.
Vorwerk offers another device instead of the 2 in 1 solution, the Kobold VC100.
This one’s a cordless hand vacuum cleaner. You can use it whenever its big brother can’t do the job.
At 129.00 pounds, the VC100 is affordable, but it only works in combination with an upright vacuum for the entire cleaning process.