With the SC1, the manufacturer AENO added a new cordless vacuum cleaner to its portfolio a year ago, which is designed to impress with its powerful suction power and low weight. With a capacity of 500 milliliters and a battery life of up to 45 minutes, the vacuum cleaner also offers a high level of autonomy. Finally, a built-in LED on the suction head should ensure that every speck of dust is found and the supplied wall bracket makes it easier to store the vacuum cleaner when not in use.
In this test, we take a closer look at the AENO SC1 and check whether the product can live up to the manufacturer’s promises. As always, we start with the technical data.
|AENO SC1 Test
|230 x 218 x 1060 mm
|up to 45 minutes (charging time 4 hours)
|2 (Normal, Turbo)
|LED lighting, aluminum tube, charger, electric main turbo brush with light, wall-mounted bracket, round brush, crevice nozzle, screws, mounting pads
|€ 159.99 *
Packaging & scope of delivery
- compact and environmentally friendly packaging
- practical accessory pack
AENO packs the SC1 in a fairly compact box made of white cardboard. However, the manufacturer also adds some color and prints two product images and a frame in black and golden yellow on the box. A brief description in various languages and a list of the most important features can also be seen on the sides of the box.
Inside, AENO wraps all components with cardboard elements and, out of love for the environment, the manufacturer also dispenses with plastic film. Instead, AENO uses bags made from a thin fabric. The scope of delivery includes the brush head, the vacuum cleaner tube, the hand unit consisting of handle, battery, dust container and motor, a very compact instruction manual, a wall bracket including mounting material, the power supply unit and two additional vacuum cleaner attachments.
- very simple assembly
- ready for use in a few minutes
Assembling the AENO SC1 is very easy, as the hand unit was already mounted and the battery was already attached. All you had to do was attach the suction tube to the hand unit and then attach the brush head to the tube. It is locked in place using a guide rail, in which the power cables are also installed, as well as plastic lugs and plastic clips. For disassembly, the corresponding levers only need to be pressed briefly and the components pulled apart. There is definitely not much you can do wrong here. If you do have any questions, a look at the compact operating instructions will help.
Overall, however, the assembly method leads to some play between the components. This makes the construction look a little wobbly in places. As the AENO SC1 cannot stand on its own, the vacuum cleaner has to be attached in some other way. For this purpose, AENO includes a less spectacular plastic wall bracket with the SC1, including mounting materials (screws, wall plugs) and two adhesive strips. The mounting frame also has two mounting points for the supplied vacuum cleaner attachments.
Appearance & finish
- simple design with gray-blue elements
- Workmanship and material appearance OK
- almost all components made of plastic
For the sake of price and weight, AENO has made almost all components from plastic. This has been dyed black, grey and blue-grey in places and is presumably intended to resemble aluminum in some areas. The suction tube does not have a telescopic mechanism and therefore cannot be adjusted to the user’s height. AENO does not have another color variant, such as “white”, in its portfolio. However, the simple and unobtrusive design of the AENO SC1 gives it a timeless look.
The brush head is also made entirely of blue-grey plastic. The middle section has a large surface with a carbon fiber look. Furthermore, AENO equips the brush head with two simple plastic rollers, which have been covered with a thin layer of rubber to provide a little more smoothness. The motorized turbo brush can be viewed from above through a viewing window.
After unpacking the components, we were initially a little taken aback by how light some of the parts are. However, since all components, with the exception of the motor, are made of plastic, this is not surprising. The feel and feel of the plastic are OK but not exactly outstanding.
Range of functions
- two buttons for suction mode and activation
- the dust container is bagless
- MIF filter is modular and washable
The AENO SC1 is operated using two switches or buttons. The vacuum cleaner motor is activated via the button on the handle. If you press this, the vacuum cleaner starts and stays on. Fortunately, it is not necessary to hold the switch during the cleaning process. Pressing the button again switches the vacuum cleaner off again.
The suction mode can be set using another button on the top. A simple and a turbo mode are available. The color intensity of the blue LED below the button indicates which mode is currently activated. When the battery is almost empty, the LED also flashes red.
The brush head also has three LEDs at the front, which automatically switch on and off when the vacuum cleaner is activated. The purpose of the LEDs is to improve the detection of dust in dark areas such as under the sofa. The luminosity of the LEDs is fine. Another feature is the flexible joint on the brush head, which makes it easier to reach hard-to-reach areas.
- Suction power with 120W rather below average
- Depending on the size of the neck, one battery charge is not enough
Now we move on to the practical part and check how the AENO SC1 performs in reality and whether the vacuum cleaner can keep the manufacturer’s promises. With a fully charged vacuum cleaner on suction level 1, we were able to vacuum with the SC1 for between 40 and 45 minutes. The manufacturer’s claim is true here. However, if you select suction level 2 for cleaning, then it was already over after 20-25 minutes and the vacuum cleaner asked for a break to recharge.
In addition to the maximum possible usage time, the suction power is of course also a decisive criterion for a vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately, we were somewhat disappointed with the AENO SC1 in this respect. With a maximum of 120 watts, this vacuum cleaner can deal with light dust and small accumulations of crumbs, but the SC1 struggles a little with larger soiling and requires two to three attempts. On the other hand, the built-in spiral brush is a positive feature, which can remove dust and hair from smooth floors and carpets better than a conventional vacuum cleaner without an additional brush unit.
- Dust container can be completely dismantled
- Easy emptying via flap on the underside
- MIF filter can be cleaned with water
When the dust container reaches its capacity limit, it should be emptied to avoid a loss of suction power. Cleaning the SC1 is very easy. There is a flap on the underside of the dust container that can be unlocked using a plastic lever. Dust or crumbs then simply fall out. However, it is recommended to remove the suction tube for emptying, as the process could otherwise be very cumbersome.
If you want to clean the entire filter unit, the dust container can also be completely dismantled and the individual components rinsed with water if necessary. However, the components should be completely dry before the next use. The spiral brush in the brush head can also be easily removed and cleaned.
AENO SC1 test: Conclusion
As the smallest version in the manufacturer’s portfolio, the AENO SC1 has a tough time right from the start. On the positive side, we see the SC1’s general workmanship, simple assembly and practical range of accessories. The simple operation via just two switches and the option of activating two different power modes are also positive. Finally, the simple container and filter cleaning as well as the low weight and maneuverability of the SC1 are also worth mentioning.
However, we see the complete lack of telescopic adjustment of the suction tube as a disadvantage of the AENO SC1. In addition, the feel and material appearance of the vacuum cleaner are only OK. Finally, one negative aspect is definitely the suction power. With a maximum of 120W, the SC1 finds it quite difficult to vacuum up larger soiling at the first attempt. The brush head with the built-in spiral brush does provide some relief, but the overall suction power is not really impressive.
Unfortunately, the AENO SC1 is not suitable as a daily companion for cleaning the entire home due to its non-adjustable size and rather low suction power. However, if you just want to remove a small collection of crumbs or vacuum a carpet, then the AENO SC1 is a good candidate. Whether you want to spend € 159.99 * on this or whether a much more compact handheld vacuum cleaner might be enough is something that everyone has to decide for themselves.