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      21.01.2002 21:35
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      I bought this Electrolux Cyclone after reading about it on another site. It seemed to have everything I needed.... Mainly it was claimed to be good for people with a bad back.... Very soon, like a month, after having it I had to return it because the bearing on the roller brush had disintegrated. 6 weeks later I got it back again only to find, just 5 weeks later, it refused to work at all!! Yet another trip to the store to have it repaired, remember I had already lost 1.5 months of the warranty period while it was getting repaired. This time it was the motor that had blown and it took over 2 months to be repaired. Now, after 18 weeks not in use, it was working again, and there was no way the shop was going to allow an extension to the warranty. After several more weeks I found that this "Back friendly" vac was far from friendly, it is heavy, slow and hard work. It may be bag less but what a job to clean the dust holder...It also has a multi stage filter system?? Well how well this works I am not sure, the vac itself is always covered in dust and needs a good clean after every use. The filters are not cheap either, £14.99 for the Heppa alone, and this looks blocked after only a few weeks. All in all I have regretted every buying the thing. The bearings on the brush are going again, now over a year later, but to replace them you have to buy a whole new brush, gone, it seems, are the days of being able to pop in and buy a new set of bearings and pop them in. Given the brush roller always holds on to every tiny bit of cotton or hair it is no wonder the bearings go so quickly. The covers for these seem designed to trap dust and grit and, unless you strip it down after every use; this simply tears the bearings apart in no time at all. I can't even say it is a nice colour either.... but can say it looks stylish.... so long as it is not used. I am now looking to buy another vac. it has to be cheaper, and b
      etter, than constant, lengthy, repairs but am lost as to what to go for. Maybe all the new and fancy ideas are nothing more than expensive gimmick’s?? I will have to read a lot of comments here before I commit myself to a new one. My advice, to anyone looking to buy a new vac, is.... Pay the price to get a well known and well respected model/make and do not get tricked by new, often wasted, gimmicks.

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        21.08.2001 16:56
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        Purchased this Vacuum cleaner about 18 months ago in a sale - it cost £130. I was immediately impressed with it cleaning ability. Its amazing how much more dirt/dust it picks up compared with the old vacuum cleaner. This was my first ‘bagless’ vacuum cleaner. I had considered purchasing a Dyson but was put off by the PRICE and garish colour scheme. As already stated in other review this Vacuum is a little unstable but so are most upright vacuum cleaners! If you follow the manufacturers instructions then the ongoing maintenance cost of this cleaner are quite high. Your meant to replace the Cassette Filter once every 3 months and you may as well replace the Motor filter as they come in the same pack! A filter pack cost around £10 for 3 sets plus a HEPA filter change every 6 months (£20). This will set you back around £60 pounds per year – I don’t remember spending that on bags! I would consider looking at models with washable lifetime filters. Around the 14 months mark there was a big bang and cloud of black smoke came filtering out. The motor has given up the ghost. It cost £60 for a new motor. The shop where I purchased the motor had had a few of these to replace recently! Overall it’s a good cleaner but I’m not sure about the long term reliability. I think you certainly need to keep the filters as clean as possible. I’m also not impressed with the ‘bagless’ concept in this cleaner. There is no cover for this Cassette so when you remove it for emptying there is always a certain visible amount of dust that escapes. You then have the choice of dumping the contents into a bag (more dust) or taking it directly outside for dumping.

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          07.08.2001 19:33
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          For a Vaccuum cleaner to survive in my house it must be sturdy, uncomplaining and prepared for complete disrespect and general overwork!!! So when I discovered the Electrolux Z1498 @ Woolworths for the bargain price of £90 I thought it was worth a shot, well at a retail price of nearly twice that it seems fair to expect a better than average vaccuum!!! The moment my vaccuum arrived I twigged that it was going to be a self assembly job - the box was far too compact to include a vaccuum suitable for anyone over four foot! However the instruction manual was reasonably understandable and after a few minor mishaps my vaccuum stood in all it's glory before me. First impressions were mixed. Being of a sensible disposition I had researched, probably like you are doing now!, my potential purchase before parting with my hard earned cash. One of the main criticisms that came up over and over again were that this vaccuum has a tendency to topple. I ignored this because my previous vaccuums had always toppled ( mainly due to having short hoses!! ) However this vaccuum has a very generous hose and actually topples just for the hell of it! It looks unstable and is and whilst you soon learn not to get down on your hands and knees in front of it when using the extension hose it is nevertheless an annoying feature. There are a few other minor design flaws worth pointing out. The hook for the vaccuum lead is too tight - mine has already sheared the cable slightly. Also when removing and replacing the dust cartridge you need to have the lead unwound as otherwise it catches. I've also found that when hoovering I catch my leg on the side of the cleaner - I have no idea why!!! ( as far as I'm aware my legs aren't on the plump side!! ) On the positive side this cleaner really does clean! When my vaccuum arrived I had already cleaned the evening before and by way of experiment ran it around to see if it picked anything up - the cartridge w
          as full within seconds!!!! Strangely though this cleaner seems to miss obvious bits of fluff and just pick up the stuff invisible to the eye!!! The attachments are comprehensive and useful - though not all are on board and have to be stored elsewhere. On the whole I'm quite content with my vaccuum. It's attractive to look at whilst being essentially sturdy. The widetrack feature makes cleaning large areas quick and easy - though edge to edge cleaning is not so good. This vaccuum is a bit of a mixed bag but if you manage to locate one at around the £90 mark then I'm sure you will be quite content with it. If you are intending paying the RRP however I would look elsewhere. As far as I'm concerned there are better vaccuums on offer at the £180 mark.

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            26.08.2000 00:31

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            Yes I recently recieved This cyclone power electrolux , with hepa filter as a gift from my son . It has made me one liberated lady .Not only can you empty the bag every time you use it , it really does have a superior cleaning action to most vacuum cleaners . The only disadvantage is it is quite heavy ,but I have got used to that . Also if you use the attachments dont pull it from the front , but from the side as it tips over . Also dont use it with the gas fire on as its powerful motor blows the fire ,once you get used to it ,you will find it is worth having .

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            16.08.2000 18:12
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            This is quite a nice cleaner - nice and powerful - only got this becasue we got a speacial offer from electorlux for another hoover that kept breaking down. We are quite happy with it. It cleans therefore it fullfils it's purpose in life. It is quite easy to move around the house and nice and fairly light. It is very siomple to operate and the cyclone system does appear to make things a lot easier. Compared to older hoovers without a bag we had to change the filters every few weeks or we would start losing power. But on the whole issue isn't it amazing you look at hoovers over the past 50 years and not much has changed. But that was until the dyson came out and then suddenly there are all of these other very similar models appearing on the market. I have heard very few complaints about dysons.

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            Short name: Electrolux 1498