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TROUVER Power 12: test / review / price

TROUVER Power 12: test / review / price (with promo code)
Category: house

[b]I bought my first cordless vacuum cleaner (Dreame T20) in 2020 through a crowdfunding campaign, I didn't buy it to test it, I bought it because I needed it but I took the opportunity to write a test. I was surprised by the interest in this kind of product. I thought I would test other vacuum cleaners but I didn't really pay much attention to them. It was the covid crisis that pushed me to test others because the pandemic strongly influenced the launch of new products, so I tried to diversify my tests by adding vacuum cleaner tests.[b][b]Before 2021, I had only tested two vacuum cleaners. Since the beginning of 2021 I have accelerated the pace by testing 6 vacuum cleaners (cordless or robot). These different tests allowed me to get an idea of the qualities and the defects of this kind of product while bringing me a rather interesting advantage, my house has never been so well cleaned. I've had the opportunity to test Dreame, Xiaomi and Yeedi vacuums but this time I'm going to test a new brand I've never heard of. [b][b]The TROUVER Power 12 is a curious name for a vacuum cleaner if you are French speaking, this Chinese brand has been around for a few years and you can find some models on Amazon. The TROUVER is positioned as a less expensive alternative to Dreame, it's good timing because I tested 2 Dreame of this type this year, so I will be able to compare them.[b][b]

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about TROUVER

[b]TROUVER is a Chinese brand that is part of the Xiaomi ecosystem, TROUVER mainly markets vacuum cleaners but also other household products. The brand is declined in capital letters (you might have already noticed) and is aimed at a young audience. TROUVER has its own research and development team, so it designs its products rather than buying a generic product and applying its brand. The TROUVER Power 12 is not the brand's first vacuum cleaner, previous models have received good reviews on Amazon.[b][b]

Features

[b]The TROUVER Power 12 is an entry-level vacuum cleaner, so it can't compete in power with much more expensive vacuums but that doesn't mean it's bad, you just have to understand what that means. I have listed the features of the TROUVER Power 12 below so that you can compare it with other vacuum cleaners of the same type. The autonomy of the TROUVER Power 12 is quite similar to the other products but it is in terms of suction power and tank size that the TROUVER falls short of the other models that I have tested. In terms of weight, however, it is the lightest.[b][b]TROUVER Power 12[b]Battery life: 60 min (level 1), 25 min (level 2), 10 min (level 3)[b]Charging time: 4+ hours[b]Suction power: 150 AW[b]Motor rotation: 125 000 rpm[b]Weight: 1.45 kg[b]Tank capacity: +/- 0.4l[b][b]Xiaomi Mi G9[b]Battery life: 60 min[b]Charging time: 3+ hours[b]Suction power: 120 AW[b]Motor rotation: 100 000 rpm[b]Weight: 1.6 kg[b]Tank capacity: +/- 0.6l[b][b]Dreame T20[b]Battery life: 70 min[b]Charging time: 4 hours[b]Suction power: 150 AW / 25000A[b]Motor rotation: 125 000 revolutions per minute[b]Weight: 1.6 kg[b]Tank capacity: 0.6l[b]The Dreame T20 also has a filtration system with 5 levels of filtration.[b][b][b]

Unpacking

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[b]As with all vacuum cleaner boxes, the box of the TROUVER is very well organized, I wonder every time how I'm going to put everything away the day I have to put it back in its box. The box contains the vacuum cleaner, an extension tube with power supply, a large powered brush, a small powered brush, a wall mount, a charger and a 2 in 1 brush for cleaning small surfaces or vacuuming dust in hard to reach places. The box also contains a manual but I never had to read it, the vacuum is very easy to use.[b]
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Overview

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[b]Most hoovers of this type look the same, they are often designed on the same principle with the vacuum system in a perpendicular position to the hand. The TROUVER is a little different, the vacuum system is installed in the same direction as the brush and this configuration makes it look like a gun from a science fiction movie. The weight of the vacuum is above the hand rather than in front of the may but in practice I didn't notice any difference in use.[b][b]
[b]The tank is completely detachable, it can be opened from the top to empty the dust and it can also be detached from the bottom to clean the filters. The canister is equipped with Hepa filters like most hoovers of this type. You can clean the canister and its holder with water. The tank of the TROUVER is quite small (0.4l) and its layout gives a clear indication of the type of use you can expect from it. The TROUVER is an auxiliary hoover for everyday hair and dust, it is not designed to suck up large dirt, the distance between the filter and the tank wall is very small. It is therefore a hoover to be used regularly to maintain your home rather than a hoover to be used occasionally sucking up a larger amount of dirt.[b][b]
[b]The 2500 mAh battery is removable like most hoovers of this type. The autonomy in economy mode should normally reach 60 minutes, in reality it is a little less. The turbo mode is the most power hungry mode as the battery will last between 5 and 10 minutes, so don't expect to be able to vacuum a large area with the turbo mode. The autonomy is comparable to what I have tested with other hoovers of this type and reinforces the idea that this hoover is designed to be used frequently for short periods of time. If you need to vacuum a large area (tiles or carpets), you may have to split the work because after draining the battery, it takes several hours to recharge it. Again this is the same on other hoovers of this type.[b][b]
[b]The main brush is powered by the extension tube, which means that the rotating part is motorized and rotates as soon as the hoover is running. The special thing about the TROUVER Power 12 is that this motorised brush is in contact with the floor, whereas the brushes of other hoovers I have tested were not in contact with the floor. How does this change anything? Because the brush is touching the floor and it is motorised, it will induce a forward movement. At full power, you'll feel a bit like you're holding a dog on a leash because the hoover will move forward more easily. This is quite convenient for vacuuming floors but on the other hand if you need to go backwards (e.g. for a carpet), it is not convenient because the brush will keep trying to go forward while you are trying to go backwards.[b][b]
[b]The secondary brush is also motorised but it is not in contact with the surface.[b][b]
[b]TROUVER has opted for a 2-in-1 brush for local vacuuming. The brush can be used to vacuum a keyboard, for example, and the other nozzle can be used to pick up any dirt that may have crept in between two cushions.[b][b]
[b]The grip of the hoover is good, I didn't really notice any difference with the Xiaomi G9 or the Dreame T20 despite the different layout. The TROUVER is a bit lighter. However, you have to keep your finger on the trigger to turn the hoover where the Dreame allows you to do without, so finger fatigue can be felt for long cleaning sessions.[b][b]
[b]The TROUVER has a display that shows you the remaining percentage of the battery as well as the intensity of the suction.[b][b][b][b]

Suction test

[b][b]To test the suction on tiles, I use breadcrumbs and this test allows me to check two things:[b]- is the hoover powerful enough to get the crumbs into the tank?[b]- Is the hoover able to suck up objects of this size?[b][b]As you can see from the video, the hoover has enough suction power to suck the crumbs back into the tank. However, the space between the motorized brush and the edge of the brush is quite narrow, so large crumbs don't get through unless you get them exactly in the centre of the brush where the opening is a bit larger. [b][b][b]Tarring/textile/keyboard[b][b][b]The TROUVER Power 12 is equipped to vacuum hard surfaces like tiles with its main brush. This brush is powered and will therefore assist the vacuuming as can be seen in the video where the hoover gets rid of breadcrumbs quite quickly. If you try to vacuum up too much dirt, some pieces may get stuck in the brush because the space between the rotating brush and its holder is quite narrow.[b][b]The TROUVER Power is also sold with a second powered brush, which can be used on textiles and will allow you to vacuum your bed or armchairs. The last brush can be used to vacuum up dirt in hard to reach places like the space between two cushions, but it can also be used to clean hard to reach corners in your car. With this same brush you can for example also vacuum your keyboard by sliding the brush forward to get a softer surface for vacuuming.[b][b][b]Carpet[b][b][b]I tested all three levels of suction on a carpet full of dust and you can clearly see the effect of vacuuming at each power level. The TROUVER has enough suction power to pick up the dust in the carpet, it also has a blocking mechanism when the suction power is too strong and the carpet gets stuck at the suction area.[b][b]What I explained above about having a dog on a leash is very clear here. It is almost impossible for me to go backwards with the brush without taking the carpet with me because the motorised brush pushes me forward. The effect is even more visible at full power. This phenomenon is less present for hard surfaces like tiles but on carpets (and especially small carpets), the dog on a leash effect is much more pronounced.[b][b]

Noise level

[b][b]I measured the noise level near the vacuum block, I got a noise level of just over 80 db in mode 1 and mode 2. I got about 86 db for the turbo mode. The eco mode is a bit louder than other vacuums and the turbo mode is a bit quieter, overall the noise level is pretty similar.[b][b]

Autonomy

[b]Theoretical autonomy is 60 minutes in eco mode, I actually got to 50 minutes which is far from bad. On the other hand in turbo mode (level 3) I have an autonomy between 5 and 10 minutes, so this mode should be used occasionally because the recharge time is quite long, so you will not be able to cover a large area in turbo mode.[b][b]

Conclusion/Advice

[b]TROUVER has marketed several hoovers before this model and if I look for example at the reviews for the Trouver Power 11 on Amazon, I see that the reviews are very positive (4.5 / 5 for more than 100 reviews). I think that the TROUVER Power 12 will follow the same direction as long as you know its limitations. The TROUVER should be considered as a daily hoover, it will allow you to quickly vacuum a room in your home to remove the small everyday dirt. If you have a large home and are used to long cleaning sessions with your hoover, you will have to divide your cleaning sessions because the TROUVER will probably not have enough autonomy to vacuum everything in one session, especially if you need maximum suction. [b][b]The TROUVER Power 12 is an ideal companion for quick, small jobs. If you spill something on the floor, you pick up the hoover and clean up the spill immediately. This hoover is comfortable on hard surfaces and because its brush comes into contact with the floor, it will facilitate forward movement. On carpets, however, the Trouver is more comfortable on large carpets as its brush will push you forward and backward and may move the carpet if it is too small.[b][b]With a lower price point and specifications almost equivalent to a Dreame T20, the TROUVER Power 12 is very favourably positioned on the price/performance scale. It will help you get rid of dust, hair, feathers and all the little everyday grime for a lower price. [b][b][b]Positives[b][b]* price/performance ratio[b]* weight[b]* ease of use[b]* easy forward motion with the drive wheel[b][b][b]Negative points[b][b]* autonomy in mode 2 and 3[b]* charging time[b]* small tank size[b]* backwards movement on carpet more difficult[b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b][b]



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