In June I moved into my first proper flat. I'd lived in dorms before that but this is the first time I'm completely independent. I had to invest in a hoover - well, my mum did - because South Lanarkshire Council had decided to do a lot of repair work before offering me the place and didn't clean up behind themselves. I've learnt two things since obtaining my own hoover: women are highly intelligent creatures, as no man I know can correctly operate a vacuum cleaner but every woman I know can, and; carpets are the work of the devil! This hoover has served me well so far, not that I use it often. The hoover gets brought out maybe once every fortnight (coinciding with visits from my mum or gran) and sees a lot of use the times it is out, especially recently as I just got a hamster who loves throwing her bedding out the sides of her cage.
It takes a little while sometimes to get all of the carpet properly hoovered but overall I am pleased with the performance. The living room is the hardest place to hoover, and it coincidentally happens to be where the hamster is. The biggest majority of what I have to hoover is pet bedding. I brush the floor before hoovering if its bad but it can still take a while sometimes. Last week my gran was coming over on Friday so I did my housework on Wednesday and it took me 20 minutes to hoover the living room alone. The carpet was spotless by the time I was finished so the hoover does work quite well. However, my hamster had the place in a mess again by Thursday so it needed done again and despite having been hoovered the day before, it took another 10-15 minutes to get just one carpet perfect again. Things like bedding (which is effectively large shreds of tissue paper) and fragments of plaster left by council builders is difficult to clear away but a quick sweep before use makes it much easier to clear.
==Ease of Use==
I've had no problem using it, really. You just pick it up, turn it on and push it along the floor for a while until you can see carpet again. I would say with the end attachment (I don't know what you call it but its the one with bristles and wheels) it can be difficult to catch everything first time round. I've had to go over the same comparatively clear spot three or four times to get up all the sawdust, which is a bit of a drag.
There is a holder on the front of the vacuum which the hose slots into when it's not being used for easier storage, but this broke fairly quickly. It is still easy to store the vacuum and the operation of it is not hindered in any way but it does show it's parts aren't all well built. The filters are faring quite well - I expected to have to clean or replace the filter on a cheap hoover within a few months but it doesn't seem to have degraded at all in the two months I've had it.
The manual tells you everything you need to know about the hoover, from assembly to operation but I've marked it down slightly because I feel its quite patronising. What person in 2012 Britain doesn't know that a bagless hoover still needs to be emptied? If there is anyone who doesn't know that then they need to be sent back to primary school. All in all, though, a decent manual that tells you everything you need to know.
Very little maintenance is required. If you have a small place like me the cylinder needs emptied maybe every two or three uses. The filters don't need an awful lot of attention. After emptying the cylinder, it should be cleaned or at the least rinsed out (but make sure it's properly dried before being put back in the vacuum).
The hoover is rather noisy. I don't really mind and I'm not concerned about the neighbours being annoyed as they hoover at 4am, but it does really annoy my hamster and when the dog is visiting, she really gets pissed off when I hoover. I like to have the TV on while I'm doing the housework so I can be catching up on TV I missed through the week and feel like I'm doing something constructive at the same time but I can't hear the TV at all when the hoover is on so that doesn't really work. So I'm sort of divided on the whole noise issue as I don't care about noise but it does block out the TV.
I've had no problems in terms of safety with this hoover. First of all, it has a button on it which reels the electric cable in, storing it inside the hoover so people can't trip over it. It also has variable suction so that if it's too strong (e.g. the first time I used it, the carpet was being sucked off the floor) you can change the suction level. I suppose there is one downside in that if you accidentally suck up something large (e.g. a £2 coin or a battery) it's more than likely it'll blow a fuse or the fan will break or some other catastrophe.
==Value for Money==
At £32.96 this is great value for money. It's performing well and is going just as strong as it was when it was new. Even though I didn't pay for it, my mum used some of the Christmas money she had set aside to buy me presents so I do appreciate the value for money (as I'll get more presents when Christmas does come around now).
It comes with a variety of attachments and the tube can be extended so that it's quite long (I use it to do behind the couch without moving it). I'm not sure exactly what constitutes a special feature for a vacuum cleaner. Other than the extension pipes, it's just your standard vacuum.
This is a decent vacuum cleaner and gets the job done for a reasonable price. If you're on a budget it's definitely a reasonable purchase and even if you're not it'll save you a good deal of money.
This is an excellent piece of equipment and on that is so useful around the house. We have two cats and to be honest it is marvellous for cleaning those pet hairs up that seem to get everywhere.
There is nothing more annoying in my opinion than having cleaned the house and been around all the rooms with the big vac than somebody trudging into the house with muddy feet or the cats bringing in something they should not. You have spent a good hour tidying up and then suddenly your hard work is ruined.
This happened to me quite a lot over Christmas. Having guests around for is all good but you cannot help thinking please do not make a mess. For example my brother, his wife and my niece were down on New Years Day from Scotland. All is going well until Jennifer who is only six starts running around and unfortunately knocked the plant over with soil going everywhere. She was very upset but I wasn't at all. I knew that it could be cleaned it very quickly.
The suction is very good even with bits of soil and despite it being used on various other bit that seem to make their way into the house it has maintained its power. Because it is hand held its great around kitchen especially where bits of food and crumbs fall off the side and I have even used it over the seats of my car to give it a once over. I have found after playing football grass can often get into the car and again it has little trouble clearing it up.
What is important for an item like this is its price and when you can pick one of these up from an Asda living store for as little as £12 then you realise that you are onto a winner.
It is certainly something I would recommend and when it comes to value for money I would look no further.
I have had the Asda Smart Price handheld vacuum cleaner for a while now.We have a west highland terrier she has a fine white fur that clings to my stair carpet. I needed something light weight to hoover the stairs whilst pregnant, I did not want to spend a fortune so at around £10 I thought smart price might do the job.
I have had the smart price kettle toaster etc and found these to be ok, they did the job, however this let the side down. It does pick up but the suction is not great, it is not strong enough for fine dog hair, I found I needed to go over the same area time and time again.
I now have a two year old little boy, the vacuum comes in handy now for spills and crumbs etc, but to be honest I think a dustpan and brush might be easier and quicker to use.
I would recommend this for older people without kids or pets, as it is lightweight and has a large capacity so does not need emptying all the time. If you dont have much mess and it is just for the occasional clean up then this will do the job. No good if you have kids and a dog!
I am a bit of a clean freak since I moved in my new house which I share with 3 of my friends. 4 students usually means a lot of chaos and out two rabbits don´t help the overall cleanness of the house.
The ASDA Smartprice hand-held Vacuum Cleaner seemed the perfect solution for our problems with rabbit hairs and the occasional tobacco and crisps crumbs that can be found on our couches and other furniture.
---- Price, Availability and Packing ----
The ASDA Smartprice Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaner is available for 10 pounds at any big ASDA store. You will struggle finding them in smaller ASDA stores but they are a fixed item at any big store with an electronic area. The Vacuum Cleaner comes in a simple box and according to the Smartprice philosophy there are no frills or nice pictures on the packing.
The cleaner comes with a small and easy to understand instruction booklet. I found all the necessary information in there and did not actually need it to put the single pieces of the cleaner together. It is all very self-explanatory and easy to understand.
I was right away impressed by its appearance; it did not look overly cheap and gave me the confidence that this was a good buy. Included in the pack is a charger, an extension bit to reach things in corners or higher up (very useful to get rid of cobwebs) and a wall bracket (including screws) to attach it to the wall.
---- Using the Vacuum Cleaner ----
Smartprice products were always a bit of a "hit and miss" business for me; some products were absolutely great others a big disappointment. I had instantly a good feeling when I bought the vacuum cleaner - this one just had to be good.
And luckily I was not disappointed. It is rather more powerful than expected and had no issues with our main problem - namely rabbit hairs and bits of hay. The hole is rather small (maybe 3 inch long) which means that you cannot really use it for heavier objects. The extension bit is perfect to clean the area next and behind the cooker, a place that gets often overlooked when using the big cleaner.
The cleaner also has a "wet" option which means that you can also clean liquids, very handy when you spill something small. All in all it is a good addition but is not going to replace our normal vacuum cleaner when it comes to a proper house cleaning.
My only "issue" is the noise. There had to be a tiny downside to this otherwise great product: it does make quite a lot of noise - certainly more than I expected from its small size.
---- Would I buy it again? ----
Oh, I really would not want to be without my handy little Vacuum Cleaner again. For only 10 pounds it gives me the chance to easily clean small areas where my usual big household vacuum cleaner would be over kill. It´s perfect to keep the couch clean from rabbit hairs and bits of hay and is the reason why my boyfriend is finally allowed to roll his cigarettes inside the house. The small tobacco crumbles are no problem at all for this little gadget.
The ASDA Vacuum Cleaner is not going to replace a standard size household cleaner as its power is not enough for bigger and heavier pieces and the battery life is not long enough to conveniently clean the whole house. However, it is a great and cheap addition for all those clean freaks out there that just need that little touch of convenient cleanness without much hassle.
So far I was not disappointed at all by this ASDA Smartprice product and would clearly recommend it to everyone. There is no need to spend much more money on a hand cleaner.
For me this product clearly deserves 09 out of 10 possible points.
Thanks for reading and rating my review!
When it came to things I wanted for my new flat (as I had nothing at all to begin with) one of my priorities was getting a hand held vacuum cleaner of all things lol! I made sure of course I got an ordinary vacuum cleaner as well but for me this was something that I really set my heart on owning. As a clean freak (that has numerous back problems) I struggle with a conventional vacuum cleaner and I do like to be able to hoover my bed and suck up messes such as dropping bits of tobacco when I've dropped it by making my own roll up cigarettes and things like that! I took a look around stores before spotting this and at a tenner it seemed to me like an excellent purchase and so I bought it!
The vacuum came in a box with a photograph of it on the front and I got told clearly what it was and contact details for Asda were given. Inside the vacuum cleaner itself came all dismantled and wrapped in clear easy to rip off bags and there was a small instruction leaflet in there. All very simple packaging and it all looked very economy but when I got to the vacuum itself I was impressed by its appearance and thought it looked very nice indeed!
Me being the ditz I am assumed I would really need to read how to put it together but I was very wrong...even I had no problems at all and didn't need an instruction leaflet at all! What you get is a white handled part to one end and the other part is clear blue plastic that fits on the end of it by sliding on with ease and that is where the suction is. Inside you get a white plastic bit that goes over a white material filter and you can see that through the outer casing.
So once its all together all thats left to do is use it!
It is a rather large handheld cleaner and I wouldn't describe it as light though for small jobs I manage fine with it, I do think for some one who is frail or has limited mobility this could be a bit too heavy for them. The handle of which use use it from is large and comfortable and there is a trigger white plastic switch you have to keep in the on position by keeping your finger on it and take it off..... it stops working.
As for power I find this to really possess some. It sucks up bits and crumbs with ease though not huge bits as it has a small hole after all (the size of two fingers, side by side). It also doesn't pick up bits of plastic or things with a bit of weight in them so for me I use this to hoover up dust and crumbs in the main. This is a wet and dry hoover so you don't have to worry about hovering up moist things and I have gone over water and its sucked up that too though I'm sure its no good at hoovering up rivers!
Noise wise, well it makes some. It isn't too noisy but it isn't all that quiet though I really can't complain about that.
To empty the dirt and bits out there is a little button to the top of it which you press and you simply have to shake it and the bits comes out with ease. I clean the filter too by shaking that and it can be washed for extra cleanliness, again with ease and to do that you simply wash it out with warm detergent and let it dry thoroughly before using it again.
With the main unit you get a small black attachment which simply clips into the hoover which is designed to be used in hard to reach places. It fits securely and once again does its job...but not on heavy bits! Perect though for getting beside a cooker and hoovering up cobwebs!
Also it comes with a white wall bracket which is plastic and a couple of screws so you can wall mount it if desired.
You get a black plug in charger too. In ten minutes this is fully charged and so is cordless and it lasts for about ten minutes before it needs recharging though I do use this plugged in if I wish to as the lead is rather long. When on charge to the base of the vacuum itself it has a small red light that is on to show what is happening though this light doesn't go off when charged sadly!
All In All:
I wouldn't be without this handy vacuum cleaner! Its brilliant for small jobs when you can't be bothered to get a big vacuum cleaner out and I find that with a bad back I can simply sit on the floor and shuffle about if need be and I love being able to hoover my bed once a week too! Great for hoovering up crumbs off tables and things like that and I think it really is a great little household helper and whats more it isn't emblazoned with Asda all written over it giving the game away you've bought cheap!
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this and on the whole am very happy with Asdas own products! Nice one Asda!