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Clean like a ninja (well, al­most) with this vac­uum cleaner, which is so quiet you can chat on the phone while us­ing it.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Cover Reads - BY RACHEL XIE

A vac­uum cleaner so quiet that you can chat while clean­ing up!

Ican’t hear the telly or any mu­sic play­ing in the house while I’m vac­u­um­ing, so I won­dered if the Bosch Re­laxx’x Prosi­lence BGS 5SILSG vac­uum cleaner, de­signed to work at 66 deci­bels (as loud as a nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion), would help.

WHAT I LIKED

1. It’s quiet My usu­ally testy dog didn’t even start when I revved the ma­chine on its high­est power set­ting. I could carry a con­ver­sa­tion with my dad while vac­u­um­ing with­out rais­ing my voice or ask­ing him to re­peat him­self. It’s also great for late-night clean­ing when the kids are asleep. 2. It has pow­er­ful suc­tion There are five suc­tion set­tings, for hard floors to car­pets. But even on the low­est power mode, it re­moved dust and hair ef­fort­lessly from my car­pet. 3. It’s ver­sa­tile It comes with three in­ter­change­able vac­uum heads for dif­fer­ent sur­faces. I used the reg­u­lar one, which worked great on my ce­ramic floor and car­pets. For floors that are more sus­cep­ti­ble to scratches, like par­quet, there’s a lighter and slim­mer at­tach­ment that is gen­tler and glides more smoothly. The third vac­uum head comes with hard bris­tles to clean up­hol­stery.

4. It has a long reach With an 8m-long cord and a han­dle that’s ex­tend­able by about 30cm, it’s easy to reach un­der low so­fas and beds. No more clumps of dust lurk­ing un­der fur­ni­ture!

5. It’s easy to clean The bag­less vac­uum cleaner has a dust com­part­ment that can be emp­tied, washed and reused. Its 3-litre ca­pac­ity means it can take you through sev­eral vac­u­um­ing ses­sions be­fore you need to empty it.

WHAT COULD BE BET­TER

A more ef­fec­tive up­hol­stery brush, please! It took some ef­fort to suck up hair from my sofa, even on the high­est power set­ting. Bosch Re­laxx’x Prosi­lence BGS 5SILSG, $749, from ma­jor depart­ment and elec­tri­cal stores.

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