Product Type: Argos gadgets
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Argos Value Car Vacuum Cleaner
Argos Value Range Car Vacuum Cleaner
Member Name: rji0907
Argos Value Range Car Vacuum Cleaner
Advantages: Well priced, does a decent job
Disadvantages: Struggles to get into hard to reach places
Although we already have a Dyson and a handheld vacuum cleaner at home, my partner decided he felt the need for a vacuum cleaner specifically for the car that we could keep in the garage as he is meticulous at keeping his car clean. With money being a little tight at the moment, I agreed to get one on the condition that we didn't spend too much money.
My partner is one for brand names usually, regardless of the cost so I was pretty impressed that he took my views into account and purchased the Argos Value Car Cleaner. Although this was only from the 'Value' range, when looking at it I believed it to cost around the £20.00 mark so I was impressed to find it was only £12.99. In fact, I was so surprised, he had to show me the receipt as proof!
Although I hadn't wanted to spend a fortune, I was a little concerned by just how cheap this vacuum was and assumed that they would have to compromise something in order to market their vacuum at such a low cost.
This is a 12v car vacuum that plugs into your cars cigarette lighter and it has a 2.8 metre long cable which means you can easily do the entire car, including the back seats and under the back seats without the cable overstretching, though I can't get into my boot with this vacuum as the cable just isn't long enough to reach around the side of the car and into the boot.
The vacuum has a 250ml capacity which is sufficient for an entire car clean and I simply empty it out when finished, ready for the next time. This isn't a wet and dry vacuum so it is only suitable for dry usage but it does come with a few handy little extras in order to help your vacuum your car with ease.
The vacuum is made of a quite cheap and flimsy feeling white plastic. It is rather lightweight which makes it easy to control and would be great for elderly or less abled people to use. The vacuum has a transparent blue front so you can easily see how full the vacuum is and when it needs emptying. When the vacuum struggles to pick up even the slightest crumb is another indication that the vacuum needs emptying!
You get a crevice tool, upholstery brush and nozzle to get into the harder to reach places such as between the seats. I tend to use the crevice tool for the majority of the car and then give it a quick brush over with the upholstery tool at the end to ensure I have vacuumed everything that I need.
With the price being so low,I had assumed the compromise would be the power, or lack of it! I have to admit though I was pleasantly surprised. Don't get me wrong, obviously this didn't have the power of something like a Dyson, but then there is a considerable difference in cost so I wouldn't expect it to. This vacuum did struggle with larger bits (my son plays football each week and often leaves large pieces of dried mud in the car from his football boots) so I picked what I could up by hand to disperse of it, but just general small stones etc that you bring into the car from the outside on your shoes, it didn't do a bad job at all. With the general vacuuming of car mats and seats, this did a decent job and picked up everything that I would have expected it to.
The only thing I found I did struggle with is really getting into those 'hard to reach' places with this vacuum. I used the crevice tool to try and get in between the seats and down the side of the seats, but it was too thick to get down there and even with pushing the tool down between the seats as far as it will go without risking breaking it, wasn't enough to pick the bits up as it needed heavier suction than this vacuum produces in order to be able to do this.
To combat this I ended up using a dust pan brush to sweep the bits out and I vacuumed them up off the floor so the problem was relatively easy to sort, but as this vacuum is specifically designed for a car, it would have been good if the manufacturers had designed a tool specifically for these areas.
Overall though, for the price my partner paid for this vacuum, it didn't do a bad job at all. Yes, it isn't the bees knees of car cleaning, but then for £12.99 you can't really expect it to be. It has so far proven to be reliable, cleans carpets and upholstery well and is simple to empty. It does have a couple of minor faults as listed above but generally this is a decent car vacuum for the price and comes with a recommendation from me.
Summary: A decent car vacuum for the price