Updated 5 Apr 2018

Sebo

Airbelt K3 Premium

Snapshot: The Sebo Airbelt K3 Premium 9689NZ is a power-head canister vacuum cleaner with a 2L bag. How well does it clean your floors?

Airbelt K3 Premium
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1499

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Test results

Overall score
86
Carpet quick clean
?/10
Carpet full clean
?/10
Pet-hair removal
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good for quick carpet cleaning.
  • Excellent at carpet cleaning.
  • Good at cleaning corners and edges.
  • Excellent at removing pet hair.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Reliable brand.
  • Has power head.
  • High customer satisfaction with this brand.
  • Has HEPA filter.
  • Good reach from power point.

But

  • Heavy.
  • Expensive.

How we test: corded models

Overall score includes:

Carpet quick cleaning: 37%
Carpet full cleaning: 18%
Pet-hair removal: 15%
Ease of use: 30%

Carpet cleaning and pet-hair removal are tested using the power or turbo head (where supplied).

Price is from a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1499
Type
Canister standard
Head type
Power-head
Reliability
95%
Satisfaction
73%

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
72
Edge distance at side/front (mm)
<10 / 10-20
Reach (m)
10.3
Weight (kg)
9.8
Bagless
No
Bag/bin volume (L)
2.0
Power measured (W)
1750
Battery type
n/a
Battery voltage
n/a
Claimed charge time (hours)
n/a
Running time (minutes)
n/a

Features

Hand-held option
No
HEPA filter
Yes
Variable power
Yes
Wand suction control
Yes
Carpet height control
No

More Info

Availability
-

Member reviews

Miele, Sebo and Dyson the Top Brands

The Top Brand award recognises brands that perform consistently well across product testing, reliability and customer satisfaction.

Miele and Sebo are the Top Brand for corded vacuums while Dyson was awarded it for cordless models. Consumers can be confident a brand touting this award has delivered top results both in the lab and in our surveys.

Reliability

Our 2017 appliance reliability survey found that overall, 90% of vacuum cleaners had never needed repair.

  • Above-average: Miele
  • Below-average: Electrolux, Shark, Bissell, Hoover, Sauber
  • Total number surveyed: 3513

Almost a thousand of the 3513 vacuum cleaners in our survey were from Miele. Miele was also the standout performer with above-average reliability. This isn’t surprising as the German manufacturer has been above-average in all our reliability surveys since 2006. It also posted stellar results for satisfaction and value for money: 87% of owners reported “excellent satisfaction” and 77% said they were “excellent value for money”.

One in 10 vacuum cleaners had needed repair or replacement. Canister vacuums remain the most popular type with more than 2500 reported, but cordless sticks are on the rise. In 2012-13, just 4% of models reported were cordless sticks, but by 2016-17 this had risen to 22%. More than half of cordless sticks were Dysons. However, cutting the cord comes at a cost — they were the only type of vacuum below-average in our survey. Batteries or charging was the main problem (56% of all cordless stick and 24% of all Dyson problems). This lower reliability doesn’t affect satisfaction though. They were up there with corded canisters and uprights.