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We bought this vacuum as we had two cats and our existing cleaner was struggling with the job of cleaning up the hairs. One of our sons suffered from asthma and we thought the improved performance suggested by the "Cat and Dog" label might help there.
The Miele Cat and Dog did make a reasonable job of removing cat hairs compared to our previous clapped out vacuum but it hasn't really matched our expectations. We'd rather expected it to glide effortlessly over the carpets removing all evidence of cat with the minimum of fuss and effort - in reality however removal of cat hair remained hard work with the upholstery attachment necessary at times to secure complete removal. Perhaps it was just our cats or maybe our expectations were too high. The "Cat and Dog" label does however suggest exceptional performance where removal of pet hair is concerned.
We have also found the lid of the tool storage compartment on the machine to be somewhat flimsy and it has come off on more than one occasion.
We use this vacuum upstairs and have since acquired a Numatic "Henry" for use downstairs. On balance I think it would be fair to say that we've found the Numatic more efficient where pet hair removal is concerned although it has one or two portability issues.
Bags for the Miele Cat and Dog are not too difficult to find. They come in at around £6 for 5. The "Henry" bags are however bigger and also beat the Miele on price at around £3.50/£4 for 5.
In all, although my experience is limited, I suspect the Miele Cat and Dog is not much more than an average performer. Overall we've certainly found the Henry a better (and cheaper) model.
I've been using this MP3 player for a while now and have found it good value and quality. 1GB is more than sufficient for my modest needs and I find that the player holds all the albums I need with space left over. It delivers sound at sufficient quality and volume and the controls and menus are logical and simple to operate. I haven't used the video playback function to any great extent but I've had no problem with it when I have.
One potential drawback for me is that the microphone recording quality can be variable and recordings a bit fiddly to organise. I use this facility to record a tutor for music lessons which is probably not that usual so this may not be much of an issue for anyone else. Having said that, recordings are adequate and I haven't found any need to go out and buy another recorder. It still beats mucking around with cassette tapes.
All in all this is a good all round performer for someone who isn't looking for anything too "smart" or fancy.
We've found that this vacuum cleaner fits our needs well. It has a powerful pick up and the unit moves well across the floor in all directions - no need to haul it along behind you. It's quite noisy but that doesn't cause us a problem. We only use it downstairs however and have a separate cleaner for upstairs. It's quite awkward to carry and it might be a problem for an older person to carry it up a flight of stairs. Also, unlike some cleaners it won't sit on the stairs which you vacuum them. This isn't a problem for us as the hose is long enough to reach to the landing and we use the upstairs cleaner for the top half of the staircase. It might however be an issue for some.
One feature which I like is that fact that the end of the wand handle (as I think it's called) is shaped so you can vacuum into nooks and crannies by detaching the wand without fiddling around with a separate attachment. The flex unwinds easily and has an efficient manual winder which means no spring winder to jam or break.
Bags are decent capacity too - considerably larger than our other vacuum, a Miele Cat and Dog - and won't break the bank. Last time we paid £3.49 for 5 - a generic make rather that the "official" Numatic version.
All in all we're happy with this one.
This is a great little car for city driving and isn't too bad out of town either. It's surprisingly nippy for a car of its size and parking is a dream in town. It's cheap and economical to run - my wife has an 18 mile round trip commute across the city daily and it's ideal for this. It seems to be reliable too - we have had an issue with the headlight adjusters but this was fixed under warranty without quibble.
Given its size there's a fair bit of room inside and a reasonable amount of boot space. There's plenty of headroom so two adults will fit comfortably in the back. The controls are straightforward and it's also relatively cheap to buy, tax, insure and run. It won't turn many heads but for a city runabout with the occasional trip further afield, often with two kids, it's ideal for us.
One downside is that it's not good at all in the snow - we're looking at putting on winter tyres this year which will hopefully improve performance..
We've had our Zafira now for over 6 months and have no real complaints. Everything functions as it should and there have been no mechanical problems. We bought it at 10 months old with 6K on the clock and saved something like £7,500 on the list price which can't be bad. It comfortably accommodates two adults and two children and a vast amount of luggage and has frequently been used to transport up to six adults in reasonable comfort. Seven adults would be a bit of a squeeze. There is little space for luggage when both rear seats are in use. The seating/luggage space is however quite flexible and it's a bonus to be able to fold the two rearmost seats into the floor rather than to have to remove them completely as was the case with our old car, a 2.9 diesel Kia Sedona automatic.
Mileage is not bad - an average of 39.8 per gallon in the last 6 months for mixed town and country driving is a brilliant improvement on our previous car. The Zafira's £165 to tax for the year (cheaper than the Kia at £245) and insurance group 6/13. I got the insurance info from the Vauxhall website - I don't seem to be able to find it anywhere on my policy documents.
Performance is adequate and about what you'd expect for a 1.6 engine. It needs to be worked hard with a big load. Tinted rear windows are a bonus on this model and ideal for keeping the kids cool and for security. The air conditioning seems to be effective in hot weather. We had a couple of long family trips in the summer (around 480 miles) and everyone kept their cool (more or less). We didn't experience any comfort issues with that length of journey (9/10 hours with breaks) and I wouldn't anticipate any difficulty in travelling further. There's less room inside than in the old Sedona but the Zafira is much quieter. It's much more of a car than the big Kia.
All in all it's an unspectacular but more than adequate family car which we've found ideal for our needs - a family with two children with the requirement to transport up to three additional adult children from time to time.
Negatives ? the irksome indicators which I still have difficulty mastering - does the control really have to operate in a way which is different to every other car I've ever driven ?