*** 15 Month Update ***
Still good cleaning power. However every so often it cuts out while hoovering. Also yesterday I went over a largish bit of dirt and the hoover made a terrible grinding noise for a good while despite my attempts to take it apart and clean it.
Sounding better today but lots of cut outs - suspect its on its way out....
*** Long term update ***
I've had this now over 6 months and its continued to work well - unlike many hoovers I've bought which start off great but after a few months either start smelling "dusty" when being used or just plain pack up!
The only thing I did find is you need to clean the hoover well before the "low suck" warning light comes on. I thought mine was broken - suck was very poor and it was leaving bits behind.
No warning light but I thought it'd be worth giving it a good clean. Thankfully they made it easy to disassemble the whole thing - clean all of the filters with plain water and after a few days drying put it back together.
When I did the device sucked - in a good way - it was back to how it was when it arrived!
Given it seems to put out less dust particles than other hoovers I've used in the past this may well be a good one for allergy sufferers.
Very pleased with this vacuum cleaner - light, easy to use and effective.
**** Original Review ***
Until I bought this I had a Dyson DC33 Animal and a GTech AirRam 2.
The GTech AirRam is ok but poor on dog hair and does a light clean but leaves a fair bit of dust behind.
I usually use the Dyson DC33 once every couple of weeks to give a deep clean - it does a great job of getting pet hair off and removing dust.
The GTech AirRam always felt a bit like a carpet sweeper more than a vacuum cleaner. Not sure how much suck it had to be honest.
Anyway I saw the Which? Magazine best buy award given to the Bosch Athlets and decided to buy one.
I always hate it when you buy something that promises much but ends up being no better than what you had.
But I'm pleased to say its a very significant improvement over the GTech AirRam.
A couple of little things first.
The dust container on the GTech AirRam was always rather small and its design meant even half full you risked spilling some of the dust when emptying it - especially if you do it outdoors in a wind!
The Bosch Athlet has much better capacity and it doesn't spill like the AirRam.
Also with the AirRam it seemed to collect a lot of little dirt particles in the tray under the dirt collection canister. The easiest way of getting rid of them was to go outside and turn it upside down. Bit of a hassle though no show stopper.
No issues like that with the Bosch.
I've only had the Bosch a few days so can't comment on longevity or other aspects yet. It seems ok build - a little plastically but I think strong enough. Certainly not industrial strength though!
Now on to the hardest challenge.
I have a Labrador dog.
Its moulting season.
Can it cope with my hair magnet floor runner rug?
I have a very long rug next to the door designed to capture dirt from outside - and it does indeed do a great job of attracting dirt and dog hair. But its less than keen on releasing them again so the rug quickly ends up dirty and very hairy.
The GTech AirRam just couldn't cope. Even going over the rug 10 times there was still hair stuck to it like glue and refusing to budge.
I usually gave up and used the Dyson DC33 Animal to get the rug clean. Which it did pretty much perfectly.
I tried the new Bosch Athlet and on maximum power ( Turbo ) it did indeed remove all the hairs after 1 or 2 goes ( not 1 go like the Dyson ). But that's a major step up from the GTech AirRam.
On anything less than Turbo max mode it won't get it hair free.
Now I just get the Dyson out once a month.
Compared to a powerful Dyson upright hoover there's no doubt that the older more powerful Dysons are more effective than the Bosch.
But the Bosch is usually good enough for most hair and dirt and less of a faff to get out and use. No unwinding and winding cords. And much lighter.
But the power difference between the Dysons and this Bosch will all change. In 2017 the EU is banning even moderately powerful vacuum cleaners. The 2014 EU ban was just the start and only banned super powerful vacs - which were not always the best anyway.
But in 2017 the max power allowed drops by almost half again. You'll notice that the very new Dysons ( 2014 and later models ) are actually way less powerful in terms of air watts ( suction power ) and less effective than the 2013 and earlier models - unless you buy a non-EU Dyson which remain as powerful as ever.
I suspect therefore in 2017 this Bosch will be just as good as the newest Dysons.
I just bought a Dyson 2012 model ( Dyson DC41i Dyson DC41i 1400 Watts Bagless Upright Ball Vacuum Cleaner
) as back up when my current Dyson packs up.