Product Type: Ewbank vacuums
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Ewbank 820 HG Evolution 2
Member Name: goosey
Ewbank 820 HG Evolution 2
Date: 04/08/12, updated on 14/02/13 (90 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, eco-friendly, efficient
Disadvantages: Need to lift the whole unit to empty after use.
Because of the ever-rising cost of electricity and a dog that seems to shed his entire coat on a daily basis, I decided to find a way of keeping down my electricity bills whilst keeping the carpets from looking as though a flock of sheep had just been sheared in my living room.
My Eureka moment came one day when reminiscing about days gone by when we were children and used to help mum with the housework, the sort of conversation that frequently crops up when youngsters gripe about housework. One of the pieces of kit we used before we owned a Hoover was a manual carpet sweeper.
I can boast of two in my house now; one I use downstairs and one I keep and use upstairs. Not to mention the battery operated one I use in the shed. The upstairs sweeper, a Bissell is about six or seven years old and still working perfectly even though the brush is a little worn. The downstairs Ewbank sweeper is a comparatively recent acquisition and the one I am reviewing today.
My routine is to Ewbank the carpets daily, sometimes twice daily, during the week, then vacuum them at the weekend, that way I feel I am not only saving money, but also using an eco-friendly system to keep my house reasonably clean. Even though it is a Ewbank I always refer to the process of using these manual sweepers as Bisselling...for my dog's sake you understand; he hates the vacuum cleaner and mention the word 'Hoover,' and he high tails it out of the room so fast, one would think I had said 'Vets' instead... I digress.
The Ewbank 820 HG Evolution 2 Specifications
I bought this from Amazon costing £23.69 free delivery. I have since seen some on eBay going for as little as £15.49 and as much as £39.99, so it does pay to shop around.
Available in black, red or silver.
Description and use
In the package with the sweeper -unit are three, 36cm, silvered-metal sections which when screwed together form the handle approximately 105cm long, which is then screwed into the centre of the sweeper unit. A soft, 12cm long, rubber cap, also present, is slipped onto the top of the handle, making it far more comfortable to hold. Around the bottom edge of the sweeper is wide, flat, rubbery protective buffer to prevent accidental damage to skirting board or furniture.
The handle is pivoted at the base so that it can be lowered horizontal to the floor when sweeping under furniture, a recess in the unit allows the handle to lie flush with the top of the sweeper and, when not in use, neat storage.
In this model, attached to the underside of the top of the sweeper-unit and immediately over the brush, is a metal comb; this keeps the bristles free from tangles as it rotates on its spindle, something that often occurs with most carpet-sweeper or vacuum brushes.
The bristles are said to be especially hard wearing and the whole unit comes with a 12-month guarantee.
The brush can be raised or lowered to suit the surface being swept; for hard floors and short piled carpets the brush is used in the Lo position, for thick piled carpets, the brush is raised to the Hi position. The control is situated on the top of the unit with icons to indicate which height has been selected.
To empty after use, the sweeper is held over a bin and the recessed lever ,close to the brush-height control, is pulled upwards to open the two trays below; the collected sweepings are then released into the bin. Job done.
My thoughts and opinion
As you would expect, a manual sweeper is not as efficient as vacuum cleaners for ridding carpets of pet hairs. Having said that, by using the sweeper every day, my carpets certainly appears fur free, no doubt if the carpets were a very dark colour, a few remaining strands would be visible, but I have light coloured carpets which show up their muddy footprints instead. A weekly vacuuming soon lifts any remaining hair from its comfy abode.
It is very efficient at picking up grit and dust and even fur, from hard floors. The bristles have remained tangle free, so the comb does seem to be doing its job. Static occasionally helps some of the fur stick to the base, but is easily removed with a damp cloth.
The only negative I have about the Ewbank is that, unlike my other carpet sweeper, which after use can be emptied by simply lifting two receptacles from the top of the sweeper and emptied, the Ewbank has to be lifted and positioned over a bin before the sweepings can be released.
Other than that small point, I am very happy with my Ewbank, and so is my dog.
Summary: To save your pennies use a Ewbank
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