From where I'm from, Bosch is not the biggest names when it comes to vacuum cleaners, but I bought it as I liked the orange color body which made it stand out from the other brands on sale that day. Being a Bosch product, it was slightly pricier than the other models and will cost you £90 - £100. I understood from the salesperson that the model is also available in grey and black.
The design of the machine is modern looking with the body attached to to the pipe which is used to sweep up the dirt. The dirt is funneled to the body which has 2 filtering devices that need to emptied once filled with dirt. I recommend you clear up your filters often as I have experienced difficulties when it comes to clearing filters if it became to full. However, this is a small trouble compared to the days when we use to have to clean up and replace the vacuum bags.
The device itself is powered by 1600 watts which is not the most powerful vacuum cleaner which you are likely to find in the market. However, it is sufficient for home and medium use. Although there are many 'quiet' and 'silent' models out there today, this is not one of them. However, the noise emission is minimal and you will be able to bear with it.
I found that this cleaner was suitable for usage on both floors and carpets. Usage is simplified with you just needing to plug in and turn the on switch which is at the top of the machine. There is a option for you to adjust the power of the vacuum to suit your cleaning needs.
What I also liked about this machine is the long neck which can be found in most cylinder type vacuum cleaners. You have the option to attach or remove this neck and it helps you to clean difficult to reach places.
Although this is neither the cheapest nor the most powerful cleaner in the world, it is easy enough to operate and if you're looking for a reputable brand, you can count on this one.
I have used this vacuum cleaner for a long time and it has done a fair job but it's not the most reliable vacuum cleaner I have had compared to my last Dyson. You can buy it for around £100, which is quite pricey considering the problems I've had with it. It has a modern design, and it's mostly grey with a translucent orange part on top.
The hoover comes with a long pipe that connects easily to the base along with a wide brush for the end, which is used to sweep the floors and collect dirt. All the dirt goes through the pipe into a grey plastic box within the hoover. There are several filters - one on the outside and one inside, which must be emptied after every use as well as the dirt. We had problems with our hoover after not emptying the filters every time, which causes a build up.
There was also once a large bit of dirt stuck down a pipe, which needed removing for the hoover to efficiently pick up dirt again. The hoover easily opens up by pressing down one part and lifting up the orange section to get to the box where the dirt is held. This is where the internal filter is too. The vacuum cleaner is easy to use as it has wheels so can slide across the floor but it annoyingly gets stuck behind objects and won't slide onto rugs and off - instead just pulling them along the floor.
The pipe, which leads from the hoover, is initially bendy to give some flexibility whilst using the hoover, but the end bit is long and straight made of a solid plastic. On the end, you can fix on the brush to do floors or just leave nothing on it if you want to suck up dirt from corners or other places. The brush collects all dirt and certain things may stick to it, which is useful as you can just take it out and let it get sucked up whilst the hoover is on - all the rest is sucked up in the first place.
You can switch it on by pressing down the button on the top, which also turns so you can adjust the strength of the suction. I usually have it on full but it can get really loud sometimes. I'd recommend this hoover as it does do a very good job and is easy to use rather than pushing the whole machine round, you can just use the stick and brush and the hoover on it's wheels will follow.
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I shall be reviewing Berty the Bosch, as that is his name lol.
My place is mostly composed of wooden floors instead of carpet. I have a few rugs and mats, but these are shaken and lifted away when I clean the floors anyway. Therefore, I thought it would be good to buy a little vacuum cleaner on wheels rather than sweeping up all the time. I decided to buy a small one as it was a bit cheaper, and looked very compact and good. Made by Bosch, I was expecting something more than it is, however it isn't a bad vacuum cleaner.
Well, it looks great. It is very compact and has a grey, black and orange colour scheme - three colours that do go very well together. It looks very modern due to its smooth shape, which is also very compact. The materials it is made of make it look modern too, as parts are bright orange and translucent, whereas others are jet black opaque parts, giving it a lovely contrast and cool modern look!
The main body has bits and bobs that clip off to empty filters and such around the vacuum cleaner. Coming off the top of the machine is a pipe. This pipe is quite flexible and has a ribbed shape, so it can extend quite a lot and then compact a lot when not being used. This pipe leads onto a hard one that isn't flexible, so stays in a strong shape. This is the bit you hold and move around when cleaning, as it has the attachment on the bottom, which slides along the floor very well. There is an on/off button on top that is easily located after the first time you spot it. Pressing it down will switch it on/off, and it can be turned to adjust the power of suction.
As for my experience with this vacuum, it wasn't a good one whatsoever. Ours actually broke, so we took it back to the shop and had to get it replaced. This took a few weeks, and they blamed us for not emptying the filters however it was fixed/replaced for free! The thing is, we emptied the filter all the time and emptied the dirt from it too!
Ours actually made an absolutely horrific noise when we switched it on to begin. It was an extremely high pitch noise, sounding as if it was extremely over heated or over powered and couldn't cope and was going to explode! It was a horrible noise, and quite frightening as it was like 50,000W was going into a 1600W vacuum cleaner! The new one is definitely sounding how it should. It has a smoother and more normal-pitched noise, and isn't ear-splitting!
The vacuum cleaner is very easy to use. You plug it into the socket after un-ravelling it enough to get enough cable. To switch it on, you press down that button I mentioned earlier, which is on top of the machine. You can adjust the suction power by turning this too. Once on, you simply slide it around the room holding the long stick and it will pick up all the dirt you run over! It glides around wooden floors like a dream, but there is one problem that is annoying. This is that loads of dust gets stuck to the bristles towards the front of the suction part that glides along the floor. This prevents more dirt from being picked up, so every now and then you have to take off the dust with your hands and then let go above the suction part so it gets sucked right in.
The other disadvantage is actually emptying the machine. You need to lift out a big black part of it, after unclipping it and lifting bits up and getting it out. Once you have it, you unclip the lid, but there is a gap at the other end where the dirt simply runs out anyway! If it is full, you have to be very careful and it will go everywhere anyway... Finally, cleaning the filters is even more of a pain! One is on the outside and you un-clip the cover with holes and then take out the filter paper to get any dust off it. The other one is deep inside the machine even further than the bin itself where the dirt ends up! You need to open this little white box and take out the filters, but it is tricky to do so because it's a tiny gap and the filters only just fit in! It's very hard to get them out and back in, and very annoying to do, however you mustn't let dust build up.
For £119.99, this vacuum cleaner wasn't a bad purchase after I actually had it fully working. I am going to give it three stars though, because there shouldn't be such difficulty when emptying the dirt and cleaning the filters. Also, the fact that it broke gave me bad impressions from the start as well as deafening my ears with this remarkably high-pitch noise! I think it's easy to use as it is on wheels and has good features. The cord for the power can be pulled back slightly, then it will get coiled into the machine itself when you let go, so you don't have to worry about stuffing it in with trouble. However, it does work very well and picks up dirt easily. However, every bonus seems to have a flaw, because you have to constantly manually remove dust from the bristles on the bottom and make sure they get sucked up as they always get stuck to the machine! Overall, a good vacuum cleaner for wooden and hard floors, but a pain to use!
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- Recon -
Short name: Bosch BX 11600