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Argos CS869 Compact Bagged Vacuum Cleaner
Member Name: sparkles29
Argos CS869 Compact Bagged Vacuum Cleaner
Date: 21/05/10, updated on 21/05/10 (193 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, easy to use, extremely good suction.
Disadvantages: None for the price!
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.
Summary: An excellent vacuum cleaner for only £15.00!
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