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    • Toyota Aygo / Car / 9 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      12.06.2009 14:17
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      Good value, stylish, efficient, small car

      I am a busy mum of 2 & I have a 2007 Aygo Black. For financial reasons I changed my much loved Yaris for this smaller model which saved around £80 per month on the PCP (Personal Contract Purchase), cheaper road tax, better fuel economy, cheaper insurance & running costs. My main concern was reducing to only 4 seats & smaller boot, but in fact - with a bit of planning - have not found this a problem at all. Whilst small, the boot is deep; on a permanent basis I keep an umbrella folding pushchair, kites, football, & picnic rug in it & still manage to get shopping bags in too. Admittedly if I do a big supermarket shop I need to use one of the back seats for shopping bags too, but not a major issue. The car drives extremely well & is actually quite nippy & easily cruises on the motorway at 70 mph. The Isofix car seat points in the rear are essential as the rear seat has no contours to stop seats normally fitted with seat belt alone from slipping sideways, if you have young children & don't already have an Isofix seat (which I didn't) this is an additional expense to consider, but well worth it. I consider the Aygo a good value, stylish, efficient, small car. Several members of my family have also been converted & now drive Aygos

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    • Hotpoint FDW60 / Dishwasher / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      12.06.2009 12:31
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      Good dishwasher if it were more reliable

      This is a great dishwasher if you like frequent visits from the service man! I have owned mine for approximately 4 years. I choose it because my mother in law had a Hotpoint dishwasher which was circ 15 years old & still going strong. I also liked the streamline appearance, fairly plain front with not too much space given over to operating buttons & controls. As a dishwasher it functions very well on the long hot programme, but not so well if you are after economic or shorter washing cycles, tending to leave some items not cleaned. It breaks down with dependable regularity, our kitchen floor has been flooded several times and we have had a new thermostat, new spinning arm, two new door seals, new inner door, & two new pump motors. Hotpoint after care service is very good & engineers are normally able to call at least next day or on one occasion the same day. I thoroughly recommend an extended warranty once first year warranty expires!

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    • Sony Ericsson K770i / Mobile Phone / 3 Readings / 1 Rating
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      12.06.2009 12:09

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      Excellent mid range phone

      I got my silver K770i as a free upgrade from Vodafone. My previous phone was a Sony Ericsson K610i. My partner has the K810i from Orange & I was initially disappointed I couldn't get a phone of that standard from Vodafone, but he now wishes he had my phone! The oblong keys & toggle button are much easier to operate that the small buttons on the K810i & the other significant difference is a smaller memory which actually has not presented a problem at all. It was really easy to transfer contacts, pictures, video clips, screen savers, ring tones, & display settings using my home pc & the software provided with the phone. The display clarity is really good & easy to navigate between menus. The camera is a good standard for a phone with zoom and flash. It also looks good, is light weight & easy to find in my handbag - always a bonus! It's also really good as a phone too!

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    • Dyson Animal DC23 / Vacuum Cleaner / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      12.06.2009 11:49

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      Best vacuum cleaner I've owned & excellent support from Dyson

      I have owned one of these for over a year now. I have had upright vacuum cleaners for many years (Dysons & others), but wanted something more manouverable, easier to lift upstairs & easy to store - this completely fits the bill. Cleaning performance is exceptional as can be clearly seen with debris that ends up in the see through bin! Easy to clean beneath furniture & vacuuming the stairs is easy as it's really light & small enough to sit on stairs whilst cleaning. Empyting bin is easy, clean & fuss free. Storage is neat, with hose wrapped around main body & securely clipped into place. At one point after owning it for 6 months, the turbo head brushes stopped spinning as fast as usual. I contacted Dyson by phone who were really helpful, talked me through cleaning the filters and checking hoses and when that failed sent out a completely new cleaning head (which arrived next day) without any quibble whatsoever & has operated perfectly since

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    • iRobot Roomba 560 / Vacuum Cleaner / 7 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      12.06.2009 11:43
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      Roomba is great, but needs to be more reliable with less maintenance

      I have owned an iRobot Roomba 560 for less than one month. I was initially absolutely delighted, my house was looking consistently cleaner than ever before. Roomba comes to life when scheduled, leaves it's charging base, vacuums the whole downstairs of my house, & returns to its charging base when finished. To vacuum upstairs, I simply take the unit upstairs, press the 'clean' button & away it goes. It comes with two virtual walls or lighthouses which can either be used to prevent Roomba entering some areas completely, or to ensure one room is completely clean before entering another & then assists Roomba's guidance back to the charging base. However, after less than two weeks, the brushes stopped turning. I contacted Domotec by email who contacted me by phone the next day to say they were sending out a new brush motor assembly which arrived in the post the next day. When I took the unit apart to replace this brush motor assembly, it became obvious what the problem was. Despite emptying the dust bin, cleaning the filter & brushes after every use, there is nothing to stop dust & hair getting in around the motor & gears, eventually stopping it turning and probably causing the motor to burn out. I now routinely disassemble the unit every week to vacuum out the internal workings & brush motor, which is not ideal, but keeps it running perfectly!

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