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      30.08.2010 08:12
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      Good if you have moulting pets and are unwilling to spend a fortune

      I bought this vacuum to tackle my dog's inveterate moulting and is my first pet hair-specific appliance; previous cleaners had failed in this respect. At around the £70 that I paid, it seemed like a bargain.

      My first impressions were not good as it was self-assembly. However, such fears were allayed by the relative ease of construction due to a very clear exploded diagram in the useful accompanying A4 instruction booklet. Although swift and pain-free it would be nice if Electrolux could throw in a complimentary Phillips screwdriver as this is compulsory but, annoyingly, not provided. I was ok but others may not necessarily have one to hand.

      I was largely impressed by the performance. The 1800w output provides powerful suction as evidenced by it clinging slightly to my short pile living room rug and leaving a nicely napped 'tramline' where it had run over and picked up. Close inspection of the surfaces revealed a pleasing rout of the pesky dog hairs. There is a useful three way cleaner height setting dial for hard floors, short pile and long pile carpets/rugs. This is very useful and pick up is good on all surfaces. However, problems can arise if, like me, you are inclined to the odd senior moment and forget to alter the setting between various surfaces. Naturally if you leave the setting too low on a longer pile the vacuum can snarl, bite and swallow the surface.

      The Pet Lover is adorned with three useful peripheral attachments. The Nested Extension Wand adds a telescopic dimension for greater reach, a tubular Crevice Tool deals with corners, skirting boards and cushion gaps, and finally the small Dusting/Upholstery brush tackles sofas, blinds, shelves, curtains and fabrics. These all slot nicely on to the vacuum's Tool Caddy but, useful as they are, I often find myself touching somewhere inadvertently on the appliance only to see everything fall apart like Mr Potatohead.

      One big drawback with this upright is the frustration met with cleaning the filter. Release of the dust cup is facile and fine. The difficulty arises when extracting dust and hair from the pleated filter within. The manufacturer's recommendation of brushing between the pleats seems to generate further debris and the task becomes akin to painting the Forth Bridge. Expulsion of debris from the outer dust cup however is simple and it is easily re-housed within the main body of the appliance with a satisfying click.

      An important safety feature of this vacuum is the Thermal Cut Off facility. If the motor overheats then a special thermostat automatically switches off the appliance. Electrolux recommend that you follow troubleshooting procedures before attempting to resume - no sooner than 60 minutes after cut off. The clear and concise troubleshooting guide is found in the instruction manual. If the fault is still not resolved then there is a helpline number to call, albeit you will need to provide the model and serial number.

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        26.08.2010 23:58
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        Ok but not fantastic - makes cleaning more hard work:(

        I bought this from Tesco and I thought I was getting quite a good cleaner as it was from the 'Electrolux' family. I have a wooden floor with quite a large rug and needed a cleaner that could cope with my Golden Retriever's long coat moults and also 2 cats that also occasionally moult. The vacuum cleaner is quite light and easy to handle. However, I think that is its plus side over with. I find myself having to empty it after only a couple of uses. When cleaning on hard wood floors it tends to blow the dust out of the back end (so to speak)! It also is very poor at picking up using the hosepipe - almost no suction at all. It works best on the rug or carpet but is quite rough on the fibres. When trying to clean the stairs it is quite difficult to manoeuvre and tends to fall over at the slightest 'pull' on the wire. It is now relegated to the back of the cupboard and I'm now using my husband's cylinder vacuum that he uses for work - a little Henry. Far better!!

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          07.07.2010 08:44

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          Bought this about 3 years ago,only use for a small carpet area.Problems after 2 YRS with footswitch could not switch on if had been used in previous half an hour.Switch gave up ghost altogether 3 MTH AGO and put a piece of card to keep switch in on position.Today gave up the ghost all together with a "pop" and "spark"Says new part needed - 30-06.Down the tip ASAP.

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          10.06.2010 11:57
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          The motor is to powerful for this badly designed cleaner

          Looking about for a new Vacuum cleaner for my new flat this product caught my eye. I have no pets but it was half price in BHS that day. Reduced from £130 to £65 what a bargain?

          This product has however annoyed me since it was bought. That was two years ago and now and it has been binned even though it still works. One of the most annoying points is that the hose which pushes into the base of the cleaner will not stay in its socket as it keeps getting blown out of there. All the time it is in use you have to stop and push the hose back into its socket. Who ever designed this part of the cleaner must never have used it or done any testing on it at all as anyone who has used it can tell that it needs a latch or lock to hold the hose in place. The hose can be taken out to suck up lose items.

          The bag less design means you can see when it is filling up and boy does it fill up fast. It seems to take up a awful lot of carpet fluff. When it has good suction the dust and fluff will be spinning around inside the see through hard plastic case that holds the dirt. If the dust and dirt is not spinning about inside the case it is not picking up any dirt. This happens after a few uses as the brushes beat the carpet within an inch of its useful life and the dirt box fills up so quickly because of that.

          The filter needs to be cleaned every now and again or it will be blocked up. If it is not cleaned no suction is the result. Replacement of the filter after eighteen months was undertaken as it is when it could no longer be cleaned out and also as it stunk after an attempt to prolong its life by washing the filter out. A lingering small of very dirty socks when ever it was turned on means that washing the old filter out is not recommended

          The new filter an be bought on e Bay for about 10 pounds. It will then extended the life of the cleaner.

          It has a hand brush on the handle which you plug onto the end of the hose and it spins around but cannot find much to do with it. It also has a plastic extension tube that was never used connected to the side of the machine.

          Another bad point is air blows out of the side of the brushes problems caused by then spinning around which on hard floors blows dirt all over the place. The brush height is adjustable for different surfaces. A good point is it never gets blocked up like the older designs used to. It has a long wire but the cleaner went over the wire and it was cut open by the brushing action leaving the copper in the wire showing so strong is the brushing action.

          Overall an annoying design for a cleaner which should never have been passed for production. I now have a cleaner which just about picks up the crumbs on the floor and leaves the carpets where it should be on the floor and not in a vacuum cleaner.

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          22.03.2010 21:56
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          Very good family vacuum cleaner.

          I'm not quite sure what it is about hoovers in our house, but we seem to be buying a new one every couple of years, having done away with the previous one in some explosive fashion. I'm not exaggerating here, my husband actually did manage to explode one of our vacuum cleaners! One day you are happily hoovering away and then there is a bang and a horrible smell like rubber burning...Another one bites the dust!


          So a few weeks ago, we decided to pop to Currys for our next victim... Seriously, I would love a vacuum cleaner that would last longer than 2 years! We were lucky because as we arrived instore, the staff had just received a delivery of new vacuum cleaners, so we had the pick of the lot. My hubby wanted a "Henry", but I wasn't keen on a bagged hoover. I wanted a bagless upright, because we are pretty "heavy duty" when it comes to mess. I have 3 kids who love eating crumby foods on the carpet, as well as a cat that is moulting at the moment. I have long blonde hair, which gets everywhere (am I going bald?), and tends to clog up normal vacuum cleaners.


          After much deliberation, we decided our best option was the Electrolux Pet Lover vacuum cleaner. Firstly, it was relatively cheap, around £79. This was ideal because I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a cleaner considering our poor track record with them. I liked the shape of the cleaner, which was similar to my last cleaner, which was a Morphy Richards. This meant could get straight to work with the cleaning, because there was nothing unfamiliar or fiddly about the machine. It was a nice simple design. Also, because it was designed for pet owners, I knew it would make short work of all the hairs and bits in the carpet.


          Once we got the box home, we found that the cleaner came in several parts, with instructions how to put it together. This was really easy. Even I could do it, and I have no clue when it comes to DIY! Putting it together also helps you appreciate how it all works.


          The manual that comes with the cleaner is great, because it tells you everything you need to know about day to day use, such as emptying the bag, cleaning the filter and repairing the belt.


          The cleaner is a dream to use, with variable settings for different depths of carpet. As you clean, the machine seems to pull itself (and you) accross the floor, so you can feel the suction power as it gets the carpet really clean and bit-free. There is a window on the base of the cleaner which enables you to see that the belt is turning properly, and for me, this is really useful and saves turning the whole cleaner over to check the belt.


          The extension hose is easy to use and has different brush fittings for cleaning different surfaces. It also comes with a Turbo Nozzle with a "Riser Visor". This is a special cleaning brush nozzle which enables you to clean vertically or horizontally, but personally, I find it awkward to work with, and ironically, the brush does not spin when clogged up with hair! This seems silly for a cleaner that is supposed to be designed to hoover up hair.


          Emptying the cleaner is easy, with a one touch system that empties the bin with the touch of a button. the cleaner is so effective that the bin fills up very quickly, and I usually need to empty it every 10 days or so. More fiddly is the filter. It is a concertina type reuseable filter, which is, firstly, really trick to get at due to a stiff release mechanism, and secondly, tricky to clean, as there is no brush supplied to get between the gaps. you really need to clean the filter after each use to keep it working at optimum efficiency, but that is not really practical. I tend to only clean mine when it is impeding the performance of the cleaner.


          The cleaner comes with a generous 7.3m cord. This is enough for me to clean all the bedrooms in my house without unplugging the hoover and changing plugs. The only bugbear about this is having to spend ages winding it round and round after each use.


          In summary, this is a great little cleaner with a lot of power. Cleaning is good, although the cleaner doesn't go right to the edge of the carpet, but you can use the nozzle for that. Bin emptying is a breeze, the filter is a bit of a pain, and the Riser Visor is a waste of time. Lets just hope my hubby doesnt explode it any time soon!


          Features: Bagless cyclonic, 2.5l dust capacity, washable filter, 7.3m cord, Hose reach 2.1m, 1800 Watt.

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            28.07.2009 15:51
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            Great hoover at a great price!!!

            I had a dyson for many years and thought nothing could compare to it, i was wrong. I have 2 cats and find that their fur gets everywhere and i wanted a hoover that would help with this problem, so i bought this hoover. When i first used it i couldn't believe how much fur and dirt came out of my carpet, even though they were relitivley new.

            The hoover has on board tools, one wich i use on my sofas and curtains that i find works wonders to suck up unwanted pet hair, the extendable hose is great for hoovering the stairs and the hoover is light and easy to carry up and down the stairs (wich is ideal as i live in a 3 storey house)

            I have had the hoover around 2 years and the suction has not gone once, i have had to buy replacement bands but they are cheap and only have to be replaced once every 6 months. I clean the filter every week wich is very easy to do and keeps the hoover working properly. I'm glad i changed from the dyson to the vitessee, even though the dyson was a great hoover the vitesse is so much better and costs a fraction of the price of a dyson.

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              18.05.2009 14:37
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              Really good hoover, especially for my bargain price!

              I bought this for £16 plus £11 postage from the Ebay shop Direct Vacuums, and I think it is one of the best bargains I have ever had! It was an auction, so I think I got particularly lucky though.

              Unlike other reviewers, mine came almost assembled - I just had to put on the top handle part. It was a "graded" product, so had some light cosmetic damage, but at that price who cares???

              It works a treat on carpets, hoovers up all manner of rubbish and bits of stuff which end up on the floor. And as it says, it is very good for pet hair - even hair which has been pushed down into the carpet is hoovered up, so I'm delighted with it.

              It's not so great on hard floors, but I have such a small area of hard floor that I just brush it, so I don't feel I'm missing out from this function - I've never used a hoover on hard floors before.

              I have noticed that the tube for the attachments tends to pop out of its holder occasionally, which blows dust around, but that doesn't bother me too much.

              The hoover is easy to use, it glides around easily with not too much effort, and I don't find it too heavy. The stair brush is good, although I don't have stairs it is useful for getting into corners. The only gripe is that the on/off switch is operated by foot and is stuck under the cable tidy/attachment hose so isn't as easy to get at as it could be.

              All in all, I'm over the moon with this purchase, particularly given the bargain I got. I would recommend this to pet lovers, especially those with carpets, but before you pay high street price, try Ebay.

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                18.11.2008 17:36

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                Not worth the money to buy it or the petrol used bringing it home.

                We bought this hoover from Asda having just moved into our first flat and regretted it straight away. Firsly, you have to put it together yourself which took quite a long time and was, I thought, quite un-necessary. As soon as we switched it on the vents at the front started blowing the dust we were trying to hoover up away from the hoover (we have wooden floors). The only way to counter this was to invent a new manouvere whereby you have the cleaner facing the other way from the dust and you turn around quickly to get it. A dust ambush! It seems a little strange that this hoover has been branded a "Pet Lover" as I would imagine pet hair is just as likely to be blown about the place by this useless cleaner as dust is, unless they mean that your pet would love having its hair everywhere? They forgot to put that part on the box. I would suggest buying a £25 Sainsburys own brand vacuum cleaner as we now have unless you want to spend the rest of your life hoovering.

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                30.09.2008 17:17
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                An upright cyclonic bagless vacuum cleaner

                The picture shows red but the model I have is blue.

                We have two cats, the little darlings, and around 12 months ago, when our previous cleaner finally gave up the ghost, this machine with the words 'pet lover' caught my eye in Tesco for £59.99.
                They had a model on display and it looked aesthetically pleasing in white and blue so I picked up a box. Said box was surprisingly small so I had a suspicion that the vacuum was self assembly. When I got home and unpacked it, my fears were well founded. Neatly packed in blocks of cardboard, and in no particular order were,

                2 long screws and 5 short screws,
                A base (the piece in contact with the floor),
                A dust cup with lid and filter,
                A long handle,
                A tool caddy,
                A rear housing,
                A hose retainer,
                A bendy hose,
                A wand (not magic),
                A crevice tool,
                A stair brush,
                A dusting brush.
                For older members, it is more fun to read the above as if they were passing by on the conveyor belt on The Generation Game. Sorry, I digress.

                Let me say at this point, if you do not own a Phillips screwdriver then you can't really progress any further. Some products supply a screwdriver in the package but not in this case.
                As a guide for any potential purchaser, there are nine steps to follow to assemble this cleaner with illustrations to assist. I won't bore you with the ins and outs here but the instructions were adequate although I still found it a quite time-consuming and onerous task and possibly beyond the scope of some.

                With beads of sweat running down my forehead, I eventually finished the assembly. The bendy hose fits via a U shaped slot, then over a hook in the handle and through another U shaped slot into the base. Try as I might it kept popping out of the one side and still does to this day!
                So what does this do?

                It is an upright bagless cyclonic vacuum (a cheaper Dyson effectively) and to operate you press a blue foot pedal at the base to release and pull the handle back to a comfortable position. The on/off button is again located at the base.
                On the front at the bottom is a blue dial to adjust the height setting. It varies from short pile, hard floor, two intermediate settings, then long pile. If the cleaner is hard to push, move it to the next highest setting.

                The wand and crevice tool is attached to the end of the bendy hose for cleaning nooks and crannies. The stair brush is like a mini vacuum with its own brush and belt and fits on the end of the hose for cleaning stairs.
                A quick release lever frees the dust cup and the lid twists off for emptying. Full instructions on cleaning the dust filter is in the manual.

                Personal observations.
                The cable length is around 7 metres but it has an annoying tendency to twist and wrap around itself which makes it difficult to wrap around the machine when cleaning is finished. Now effectively about 3m!!
                It has a 1700W motor which is adequate though noisy.

                I find it quite cumbersome and heavy especially when negotiating stairs.
                Suction is no better than comparable models and I haven't found that it picks up pet hairs any more effectively than non pet lover machines.

                The capacity of the cup is 2.4L and is best emptied regularly to avoid blockage in the tube.
                The stair brush I actually found to be poor.

                The tools fit neatly on the machine even though that hose keeps popping off.
                There's a huge trouble-shooting guide at the end of the manual and though I haven't had to use it, there's plenty that could go wrong. The item also comes with a spare belt to fit around the motor should the original wear / stretch.

                Overall it's an OK vacuum but I can't really enthuse about it. Sorry.

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                With a powerful 1800w motor for super suction, the lightweight Vitesse Pet Lover delivers a great cleaning performance, especially for those people with pets / It comes with an additional rotating turbo nozzle with Riser Visor / Short name: Electrolux Z4706AZ