Samsung Clean Station review: It makes a monolithic grey box sexy

Quick verdict: An overkill solution to a minor problem, but it's great. You definitely don't need it, but you almost definitely want it.

Pros

  • Very fun to use
  • Sleek and modern design
  • Greatly reduces mess of emptying dustbin
Cons

  • Ongoing cost of disposable bags
  • Sometimes leaves debris behind
  • Expensive

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Samsung Clean Station review

Let me get this out of the way: You do not need the Samsung Clean Station. There is nothing wrong with emptying a vacuum dustbin into the trash, even if a little dust flies about sometimes. But maybe you have serious allergies, or are just very fancy. Who am I to deny you vacuum-inception bliss?

I've not seen any other manufacturer making a product like this, and it's quite easy to imagine why. It's an overkill solution to a minor problem, and it's only compatible with Samsung's Jet vacuums. But it's the kind of imaginative, fun, pie-in-the-sky technology that Samsung often offers us, and I'm still delighted by it.


Samsung Clean Station review: Design

The Samsung Clean Station is designed to make vacuum emptying a much cleaner, easier affair for Samsung Jet vacuums. It comes with a dustbin that replaces the Jet's original one, that can then be put into the top of the Clean Station so it can suck all the debris into a more traditional vacuum bag. I would have preferred if Jet vacuums came with a compatible dustbin by default, rather than leaving you with a spare if you choose to grab a Clean Station. There's no downside to emptying the Clean Station-compatible dustbin the "traditional" way, but having spare means I feel compelled to keep it, but then need to find somewhere to store it.

The Clean Station takes a monolithic grey box and makes it sexy. It feels refined and no-nonsense. This is truly just a waist-high pillar, but the matte plastic and rounded edges make it feel very classy. The top lid softly pops open with the press of a button, then gives a satisfying click when closed again. It's slim enough to fit neatly into almost any space, so long as there's a power plug within reach.

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Whilst the Clean Station starts automatically when you insert the dustbin, it also has a start/stop button underneath the lid. On the front there's a status LED that glows white when the unit is in use, and red if there's a blockage.

The front panel is held firmly in place with magnets (which always feels fancy), and can be removed to access the bag. Given how large the unit is you may expect a larger bag than what's actually inside, but much of the space is taken up by the vacuum motor. I found the bag a little tricky to insert, but not overly frustrating. Other than that, set-up is a simple matter of plugging it in.


Samsung Clean Station review: Performance

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Is emptying a dustbin that hard? No. Would I outsource the job to a machine if I could? In a heartbeat.

When you push the compatible dustbin into the top of the Clean Station, it feels a little bit like magic. The bottom pops open, and the Clean Station motor whirs up to suck your vacuumed grot elegantly into a bag. No bending over to tip it into the trash. No banging it to loosen stuck wads of dust. Just the loud whir of a wonderful and superfluous machine. Once you're done, close the bottom of the dustbin and pop it back on the vacuum. Easy-peasy.

Or at least that's the experience about 70% of the time. Given that you still need to completely remove the dustbin from the vacuum, you still risk debris falling out from a hole that connects the dustbin to the main unit. Hair that's wrapped around the cyclone unit may also get left behind, as the Clean Station's suction isn't sufficient to dislodge it.

The suction does pulse to help dislodge things from the dustbin – kind of like when you stop pulling during tug-of-war so your opponent relaxes, only to give a massive tug and shake them loose. This proves quite effective when the debris is not hair, but 90% of what I vacuum up is hair. It was very common for it to take 3–4 rounds of suction to actually get it all.

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The instructions recommend covering the dustbin's top filter with your hand while the Clean Station is in use to help improve suction. This does grab some of the more stubborn dust bunnies, but I still had to open it up and manually dislodge things from time to time. As such, it doesn't 100% eliminate dustbin emptying-related mess, but it does make it much cleaner and more pleasant.

But the small flaw that really cheesed me off was clumps of pet hair and dust that would get lodged in the corner of the dustbin's flip-able lid. The Clean Station seems to create a sucking vortex, which spins the debris around as it's removed. This can lead to a tuft of yuck getting caught. It is absolutely not hard to pluck it out, but if I'd paid a premium to have an automatic dustbin emptier, I wouldn't want to touch any dirt whatsoever.

Samsung Clean Station review

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Now, my household is admittedly quite the stress test for a vacuum. There is human and pet hair galore, and I definitely repot plants indoors sometimes. The floor is my trash can, because I will simply vacuum it up. But after about a month of medium usage (I was cleaning with non-Clean Station-compatible vacuums at the same time), the bag feels almost full. Even with the Clean Station's suction compressing debris as more is added, I can't imagine the bag can hold more than 2 months' worth at best. A pack of 5 bags can be bought for around $25, which can add up very quickly.


Should you buy the Samsung Clean Station?

  • Buy it if you have serious allergies.
  • Don't buy it if emptying a vacuum dustbin isn't a huge issue for you.

There are certain gadgets that you just can't live without, and there are ones that are undeniably nothing but luxury. The Samsung Clean Station certainly falls into the latter – it is luxurious indeed. However, as most things on God's green Earth, it still has a few imperfections that make it hard to be satisfied with, particularly at its price point.

I wouldn't recommend you buy into the Samsung vacuum system purely for the Clean Station, but if you're already rocking a Jet then it's a really enjoyable (albeit wasteful) addition that makes your life just that tiniest bit cleaner.


Samsung Clean Station review: Pricing and availability

Price

$299

Where to buy


Specifications

Compatible Models
IJet 90 Series,Consumption Power
Dimension (WxHxD)
185 x 600 x 180mm
Weight
5.5kg
Colour
Silver
Dustbin Capacity
0.6 L, Dust Bag

How we tested

The Samsung Clean Station was tested using compatible Samsung Jet 90 and Jet 70 vacuums. Testing was done in a 2-bedroom, low-pile carpeted apartment, inhabited by 2 long-haired people, a long-haired dog, and a cat. Testing was done over roughly a month, with approximately 50% of the overall household vacuum load being disposed of in the Clean Station.


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