“ Brand: Argos / Type: Vacuum Cleaner „
My car's a tip. I'm not proud of it, but nor am I ashamed of it. I have tried a number of times to keep it clean and tidy and I just have to resign myself to the fact that I gather mess better than anyone else I know. It's as if I blink and it's there.
But of course there are limits - mess is one thing but I have kids, and I have to maintain an environment that is healthy for them, despite the amount of mess they seem to make getting desperately close to mine. Sometimes, it's just too much of a hassle to pick everything up and try to restrict things like crumbs and sand and the like getting everywhere, so the easy answer is to hoover the car.
Where we live, it's just not feasible to run a cable back into the house and bring our Dyson out to the car. The only answer then is to get something small and portable to clean the car. This particular hoover seemed to be just right - it wasn't going to break the bank but would get the job done. I've read a number of different reviews that say it gets the majority of the dirt and mess up, but obviously won't cope with the bigger things and isn't so hot on getting the very smallest and fine bits such as all sand out.
I figured this was okay and got one, and it wasn't long before I'd put it to use. Quite practically, it is powered by plugging it into the cigarette lighter unit in the car, and the power generated from the car is substantial enough to get the machine going. Working it around the front of the car is easy enough, and the nozzle has two extra attachments as a normal hoover would. The brush is pretty good for getting the more stubborn bits that can be stuck on, and for dislodging bits of dirt in grooves, and while the bit for the edges is angled just right.
There are those bits down the side of the front seats that you can just never get to unless you have the thinnest toothbrush in the world, but once you're in the back, again there's no real issue with cleaning. I find that as you clean the back seats the cable is getting to the end of its reach, as it's no where near as long as a standard hoover. I guess this is partly to reduce the amount of cable to have to contain, but also because the longer the cable then the further the power has to go and the weaker the vaccuum at the end. Either way, I find this restrictive as it basically means I can't clean my boot, and this is often the grubbiest bit.
I recently took our christmas tree to the dump, and there are bits of its needles that are everywhere. I'm resigned to either picking them up by hand or driving over to my folks' house and using their hoover out through the front door - just not practical if I'm honest. It's okay that the front and back seats are clean, as are the footwells, but it just doesn't reach far enough to do the boot as well.
But I can live with this. The device is very simple to activate, comfortable to hold and easy to empty. It doesn't hold a great deal but then if you're only doing your car and can do this on a regular basis then it's no chore. You'll notice when it gets a bit too full as it just won't pick up so well. The end result is that the only mess in my car is the bigger stuff, and as long as I try to hoover regularly then this is the easy stuff to pick up and bundle into a rubbish bag or a bag to take back into the house.
The hoover isn't much to look at, basically a plain white with a pale green end bit; and it won't cost you much, in the region of £15 or so. Its price reflects what you get, so it's decent value for the money. I'd recommend it, but beware that the power isn't very strong, just enough to do a decent job, and the cable won't stretch to the boot. Other than that, worth a go.
I bought this mini car vacuum cleaner as with two very messy kids and a big messy dog i though it was now a necessity rather than plugging in an extension lead and dragging the big Dyson hoover out once a week! I simply plug this into the cigarette lighter socket with the engine on and can do it as simple as that...
Obviously for such a small product it is easy to store in the boot but the motor is a lot smaller than my Dyson and the product doesn't have as much suction as I had hoped! But it does the job I needed it for! It picks up all the dog fur and crumbs and dirt from the kids, just takes a bit more work but the convenience of doing it whenever and wherever I like helps. Instead of doing a bog hoover in the car once a week every couple of days I will use this product!
The attachments are good as you can use to get in all the little gaps in between the seats and the gadgets! It's easy to empty and keep clean and would highly recommend to anyone with a car! The suction obviously isn't great but for the price who can argue. It's convenient and easy to use!
I bought this value range mini vaccum cleaner as my micra gets very dirty as it is often used to transport my family's dog and he moults everywhere.
The vaccum has no where near the power of a real one as its only about less than half a meter long and so the motor is tiny.
It is great for the car as it plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and can be used when the engine is turned either fully or partially on.
It has a blue cover which collects the dirt and that can be opened on a flap to let the dirt out into the bin.
It has several attachements which are good to get into the crevases behind the seats and the pedals.
Another reason for buying it was that I have to park my car on the road, and the cable for my real vaccum doesnt reach even with an extension lead. This one has a really long although thin cable so you can clamber over seats and get into awkward places like the boot.
I would recommend this to people who have to transport animals or have messy habits. It really is so handy and although the suction isnt amazing it works well enough to keep the inside of the car looking reasonably presentable.
It cost less than £10 so invest!
I have to admit that before I had kids I very rarely vaccuumed my car. I promise it's not because I'm a lazy scuffy so and so, it's just that it never looked like it needed doing. Now I have a two year old and my car, like my house, is in a constant state of disarray. As well as toys, cars and books, there seems to be a constant appearance of all kind of lovely things - crumbs, dirt and sand to name just a few. We have a Dyson that I love but it's a bit of a faff having to take it outside to hoover the inside of the car and so we decided to buy one specifically for the car. We didn't want to pay too much for one since we had our trusty Dyson for general use and so for £12.99 we decided that the Argos Value car vacuum was worth a try.
The vacuum isn't anything to get excited about in regards to it's appearance. It's white plastic with a green nozzle and if I'm being honest it does look a bit cheap. But to be fair, it was cheap, so what do I expect?! It's not designed to look amazing and I was more bothered about it's reliability and fuctionality.
It's lightweight and easy to use meaning that you don't feel like you've had a workout when you've finishing cleaning the car!
The vacuum is powered by the cars cigarette lighter which is good knowing you don't have to rely on batteries. Having said that obviously the vacuum doesn't work unless plugged into the lighter so despite the decent sized cable, it is impossible to vacuum the boot and the back shelves as the cable just doesn't stretch that far.
The vacuum comes with two attachments - a brush and a crevice tool. It's easy to attach and detach both of these and each has it's own handy little function. I find that the brush is particularly useful in dislodging little particles from the seats such as crumbs or sand, whilst the crevice tool can fit into most of the little nooks and crannies in the car, such as down the sides of the handbreak. It would be better if it had an attachment that was a bit more flexible to help reach places that a rigid device can't quite reach, but I don't think many vacuums come with something like this.
The suction is as good as you can expect from a vacuum that relies on power from your cigarette lighter! It's great for picking up stones that always seem to appear in the footwells or food crumbs but I find it struggles to pick up finer things such as sand that has worked it's way into the car mats. I have thick hair that unfortunately gets everywhere (I malt like a cat!) and the suction just isn't enough to pick it all up.
It's not the quiestest of devices but then what hoover is? It does the job if you are looking for something to combact light every day mess - anything too severe I think you'd need something with better suction.
I've found that it's handy to keep in the back of the car so you can give it a quick clean wherever you are.
I would recommend this as a very basic hand held vacuum, that will clean up crumbs but won't leave your car looking like it's been valetted!