When my vacuum was being repaired I needed something as an emergency measure; having three cats hair gathers if I don't vacuum regularly, and over the years I have gotten myself into such a habit of doing this job every day that I now genuinely hate the thought of an uncleaned floor. Several people made noises about loaning me a vacuum but it was inconvenient all round really, so when I spied an Argos Value vacuum while placing an order I decided to buy it to tide me over.
It's a small bagged vacuum, fairly lightweight and compact with a reasonably smart appearance. When I first unboxed it I had to connect the pipe to the vacuum itself, this was such a quick and simple job that I doubt anyone could make a hash of it. The end piece of the hose seems to fit rather loosely, this is something I have come to think has caused the dramatic loss of suction I experienced when the vacuum was just one month old.
To begin with the vacuum was quite powerful, it is only a 1200 watt machine so definitely not the most effective vacuum on the market but I was rather impressed at how it dealt with the cat hairs and general debris that had accumulated since my Dyson went in for repair. I could visually see the difference in the cleanliness of my floor, not that my floor was filthy but anyone who keeps house pets will understand just how bothersome the hairs can be if you do not keep on top of the cleaning. It coped admirably with loose hairs and also the clumps of fluff that my one cat leaves behind, on the first day I also vacuumed up the remains of my Yukka plant which my young grandson had managed to upend.
It was after roughly one week of exclusive use and three weeks of occasional use that my Value vacuum started acting up. To start with it refused to pick up larger debris, my granddaughter had been cutting up paper and the vacuum was simply wafting the paper around the floor - which tells me that the suction was diminishing. Then a few days later I managed to spill a tub full of fine play sand on my kitchen floor, it was thankfully only a small tub but it really made a mess across the entire room. Without thinking I grabbed this vacuum as it was the closest to hand, only to find that it picked up barely a grain of sand - resulting in a trip to the utility room for the newly repaired Dyson, which instantly collected every molecule of sand.
These are just a few examples of how this vacuum has lost power and suction. Aesthetically the vacuum isn't bad, and from a practicality point of view it's fairly good too. It features a thick handle which holds the weight of the vacuum beautifully and is balanced to avoid the machine tipping while being carried. The cord length is 5m, which is fine for such a small 'emergency' vacuum although not as long as I would expect on a weightier or more expensive product. There is a small foot pedal to pull the cord back into the body of the vacuum, this is a rather noisy and jerky affair but it usually works well.
The hose length is a rather short 1.5m, again this is perfectly adequate for a small vacuum such as this but does not have the level of stretch I would usually expect. The vacuum comes with a crevice tool; this works well to get underneath the sofa and in the nooks and crannies, but the plastic is so incredibly thin that I doubt it will last long. There is also nowhere to store it, according to the Argos website the vacuum features onboard tool storage - but I cannot find it and have to keep my crevice tool in a drawer where I will hopefully remember it.
The bags are easy to attach and detach from the vacuum cleaner, they are a standard looking size so available from most vacuum spares shops - it would even be worth looking in Poundstretcher and other such places for cheaper variations. The vacuum comes with three bags, each of which holds 1.5 litres of dust and debris.
I paid £19.99 for this vacuum and am undecided as to whether I can really recommend it or not. It came in extremely useful while my Dyson was not working, unfortunately the suction became so hit and miss that for my needs it was ultimately useless. However, for someone with no pets I think it would make a decent enough vacuum for minor cleaning or perhaps one to keep upstairs rather than carrying a heavy Dyson around.
I bought the Argos Value CS869 Vacuum cleaner when I bought my first house. (July 2010) As money was tight, I opted to purchase a value vacuum cleaner to tide me over until I could afford to buy a higher spec cleaner. Easy to assemble, and easy to store I was very pleased with the cleaner, which I had managed to pick up for £23. (roughly) I was pleased with the simple design and the retractable cord, which meant tidying the vacuum away after use was much easier than some of the other stand up designs. The vacuum cleaner was excellent at picking up small and larger bits and reached into small corners easily, so performance wise the vacuum cleaner was good. Unfortunately, the vacuum cleaner did have a tentancy to over heat, so could only be used for approx 10 minutes at a time, which meant a full house clean was not always possible. After only 2 months, the vacuum cleaner finally packed in, so needed to be replaced. I would recommend this vacuum cleaner to people who have a small space to hoover (eg a bedroom in Halls of Residence/ a room is shared accomodation) I would not recommend to anybody who has a family home to keep clean on a regular basis.
A very good quality vacuum cleaner for just 15 pounds? Is that even possible? Turns out, it is, and this Argos Value Vacuum Cleaner is a really good bargain, costing little, but not holding off on the quality!
I decided to go for this buy because of two reasons; it was very cheap and the size appealed to me, as it`s very small and therefore practical and most likely easy to use and manuever... This is a 1.5 liters capacity vacuum cleaner, which isn`t a lot, but for every day use it should be enough... You can use this vacuum cleaner at most surfaces, I have used mine on wooden floors, bathroom and kitchen floors, on furniture and on the veranda, it really does the job easily and efficient, the job goes by fast and I`m impressed by how quickly it gets the job done! I was actually surprised, because it is after all only a 1200 watt vacuum cleaner, but non the less, it works fast and cleans well! On top of that, it `s really easy to use, you just use the foot pedal to switch it on and off and that`s it! When it comes to noise, this worried me a bit before starting to use it, as my other vacuum cleaner made quite a lot of noise, and this became very irritating after a while... But this vacuum cleaner isn`t at all noisy, a bit of course, but not so much that it becomes a problem!
This vacuum cleaner appears to be very solid and sturdy, and when needing a clean up, I just run over it with a wet towel, as the surface is very easy to clean!
All in all, this vacuum cleaner from Argos is a great buy, giving you a lot of product for a little cost!
I bought this vacuum cleaner last October when I moved house. My previous vacuum, manufactured by a popular household name and costing £85.00 on a Tesco special offer reduced from £115.00, had lasted less than 12 months before the motor blew up. Unfortunately I had misplaced the receipt so Tesco were unwilling to offer me either a replacement or a refund. Funds were quite limited at the time, and my friend also has one of these and had recommended it to me so I decided to give it a go, just as a stop-gap until I could afford something else.
To be honest I wasn't expecting that much from a vacuum cleaner that cost me £15.00 but I was amazed at how good this little machine is. It is much more effective than my previous model! Whilst I don't use it every day, I generally vacuum twice a week (three times if people are coming over, lol!) so it's used fairly frequently.
It's extremely simple to use - no bells and whistles here. Simply press the foot pedal to turn it on and away you go. You can pull the machine around easily as its on wheels. Once you're done you you don't have to worry about trailing wires either as the 5 metre power cord comes with a foot operated rewind, something that I didn't expect from a value model. Its small size (35cm x 18cm x 24cm approx) makes it very easy to store away.
At 1200 watts it's not the most powerful of machines on the market by any means, but the suction is extremely strong. I have a cat and it picks up hairs without any problems at all. It has a 1.5 metre stretch hose which is ideal for vacuuming stairs but as it weighs in at only 3.4kg it's so light that I can carry the whole thing up the stairs with one hand, using the carry handle, whilst vacuuming with the other.
In terms of noise - well it's no noisier than any other vacuum I've used.
The cleaner is suitable for different floor surfaces too. I have carpets in the living room and bedrooms, slate tiles in the kitchen and bathroom and laminate in the upstairs loo and it can cope with all these different flooring types no problem; the flick of a switch will extend or retract the brushes on the base of the nozzle as required.
The vacuum comes with three dust bags, each with a capacity is 1.5 litres. There is a handy 'dustbag full' indicator on top of the cleaner. I've used all three bags now so do need to get some replacement ones. The bags are very easy to change. Just flip up the handle located on the side of the machine and the lid will lift up. Slide the full bag out, slot the new bag in and close the lid. Unfortunately, I've looked on the Argos website several times now and they are always sold out, which means a trip to the shop. In the meantime I have just emptied the full bag and popped it back in - they are strong enough to be able to do this a couple of times. It's a messy job though and I don't recommend it! Must try and get to Argos this weekend...
I don't think this vacuum would be any good on a deep pile carpet as from time to time it does struggle a little, even on my short pile carpets, and I have to remove the nozzle, get on my hands and knees and use the hose to remove any particularly stubborn bits of fluff, etc. But in general I have no complaints whatsoever and it's a real little powerhouse for the money.
I even took out the three-year replacement product cover - well for £3.99 it would have been rude not to!
At the time of writing this vacuum cleaner was available from Argos (www.argos.co.uk) for £14.81.The product code is 406/3358. A pack of 5 Argos Value dust bags costs £5.99 but are still not available online!
This is a great little vacuum cleaner for everyday light use, and much better than some more expensive models on the market. Compact, lightweight and powerful it cleans my house with ease and would also be ideal for use in a car or caravan.
Short name: Argos CS869