Asda are my first port of call when I need to buy a cheap electrical item quickly, usually after my original one has ceased to operate properly and has given up the ghost.I bought this vacum cleaner a few months ago and have not had any problems with it although because it has such a small motor you cant go around hoovering up large chunks of debris and mostly have to be very careful when using it so that it does not become clogged up. I guess you get what you pay for and I wont complain as this has been a little lifesaver but unfortunately , I cant see it lasting out the end of the year.
All in all not bad for the price though and it has come in handy.
I usually buy electricals from Asda because I find them to be good value from there. I needed a vacuum cleaner so called in to have a look. I like a bit of value so when I saw their Smart Price one for only £20 thought I'd try it.......
The vacuum has a 1200 watt motor so quite strong. It's black, small, compact and light weight- that's partly why I bought it because space is a problem. Best of all it's bagless although only being 1.8 litres it doesn't hold much dirt. Obviously it has wheels but being very light it falls over- a lot- I give up in the end and drag it around on it's side....
It comes in a plain box with not much info, inside you get the vacuum, the tubes and one 'head'. That's all, there are no other attachments but I don't use them any way. The vacuum has a HEPA filter, didn't know what it meant but I liked the sound of it, a quick google tells me that it stands for 'High-efficiency particulate air'.
It's build is very cheap, the body isn't too bad but the hose/ tubes are flimsy. They are not a bad length and seem to fit together okay, the hose clips to the body securely. On the hose is a suction adjustable hole which is a slide across cover you open or close depending, I always need to have it shut for maximum suckage, it's pretty useless when fully open.
The head is a good size and has 2 brush depths, one for hard floors and one for carpet. However I do find the adjustment dodgy it does have the habit of not staying in place so I have to keep pressing it down.
The cord isn't retractable I haven't had to wind up a vacuum cord for years! it's not too bad a chore the lead isn't very long.
To empty the 'bag' you just press the release button and again it seems to fit back together okay. The filter is easy enough to remove to clean which I have to do often otherwise it just loses it's suction. There's nothing more annoying and frustrating than a vacuum that doesn't pick up.
When I first bought it, which is ages ago, I liked it. I liked the compact size of it even though it looked really plasticy and cheap. I'm not so keen now.....the noise level is ridiculous I've never had such a loud vacuum in my life, it sounds like I'm hoovering a runway at peak time.. I need ear defenders and a man walking in front of me with paddles guiding me around the room..
To sum up:
It does have it's good points- it's light in weight, has good suction- but only if I regularly clean the actual filter- I just take it off and knock it about over the bin. It's super cheap and has a HEPA filter. The tubes still fit together and haven't broken even though they are flimsy.
It's bad points however do outway the good. Being light it falls over and drags arounds after me. It loses suction quickly if not emptied. The floor adjustment won't stay in place, the filter needs cleaning every few uses and it needs emptying often and it's loud.
I don't think I'd recommend it.
WHAT IS IT?
A 1.8 litre capacity cylinder vacuum from budget brand Asda Smartprice.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I used it as an emergency vacuum after my Henry vacuum broke down. It was £21.50 fourteen months ago and was neither an effective or pleasant to use vacuum. It is a bagless vacuum but doesn't have good suction even when empty and cleaned.
The Smartprice vacuum is very noisy, it roars loudly for the whole time it's running and there is a loud mechanical grinding when I have had the vacuum on for more than a few minutes. I used it today after it has been stored for a few months and was glad my husband had taken our month old daughter out so she didn't have to hear it.
The suction is poor and the vacuum misses obvious dirt on my carpet, the long brush head has very soft bristles so it doesn't dig the dirt out of the pile of the carpet and the detachable nozzle is too flimsy to be very effective.
The vacuum has large wheels but these are very sticky and pulling it along isn't smooth or easy, the vacuum is lightweight so it remains manoeuvrable but the wheels are badly designed and only need to be loosened to improve the quality.
The power cord is a respectable length for the size of the vacuum but will only allow you to do one or two rooms before you have to change sockets.
This vacuum isn't worth owning and fails even as an emergency vacuum, I didn't have high expectations when I first bought it but tried it out and have not been impressed. It doesn't perform as a vacuum needs to when you are a family of five and the horrendous sound it makes has left me determined I won't use it again.
1 Dooyoo Stars.
I brought this from Asda when I moved into my flat because it was cheap at only £20. We figured that it would last us a couple of months until we had a bit more money to buy a better one. It is small at only 4kg and easy to use and it does match up to its incredibly cheap price tag, it seemed to pick up visable dirt after a few go overs. Also it needs to be emptied frequently as it has only a 1.8 litre capacity. I wouldnt reccomend using this at night or in the morning if you live in a flat like me as it is very loud.
It is a bagless cylinder hoover and has 1200 watts of power. There are no attachments as it really is very basic but it does have a HEPA filter
After about 2 weeks the whole of the front hose, which is 1.5 metres long, came off whilst I was using it and had only used it a couple of times before then. I tried to take it back and was told that although I had the receipt and the guarentee, which was supposed to be for a year, that they would not refund or replace it as it was damaged so I replaced it with one from Argos, this was quite a bit more expensive as I did not want a repeat of the one from Asda and when I used the new one I realised that the Asda hoover had actually picked up hardly anything as after using the new hoover once the amount of dirt that came off the carpet was huge!
Although its tempting to get a cheaper hoover this is one thing that I would reccomend spending a bit more money on as the budget ones just are not as good.
Comments on how I can improve my reviews would be useful as I've not done this before :)
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