“ Goblin 73286 Family & Pets / Power: 1600w / Design: Upright / Capacity: 3 Litre / Bagless / Floor surface height adjustment / Attachments: Upholstery brush - Clip on dusting brush - Crevice Tool „
Firstly the good points, nice appearance, not too heavy, nice size for storage and handling purposes, cleans to the edge and a nice price as I am retired. Now the negative, I soon discovered cleaning the filter is a filthy job. My first experience was into my kitchen bin but quickly realised this was an outside job-observing the wind direction first! Despite this cleaning it soon blocked. Following the instructions which IMO are not that clear took most of the afternoon and I had two bits left over!! Today the bagless canister will not click firmly in place and has fallen off. This is a hoover which is only 3 months old!!!! I do not abuse my appliances, my last hoover lasted 15yrs or so. Conclusion, perhaps I have just been unlucky but I am now disposing of this hoover and purchasing another type recommended by my friends.
If you are an ordinary person looking for an excellent vacuum cleaner at a bargain price - then look no further.Suction is excellent (however I anticipate that the filter will need cleaning out every so often as it will affect suction as it gets clogged - this happened with a similar filter on the VAX I had), I was amazed at how much it picked up from my seemingly clean carpets! Fairly lightweight so easy to get around. Cable is sufficiently long. It really does get right up to the edges as it states, excellent for an upright.Minor irritation was the stowage of accessories onboard. They kept falling off so I find that I put them in the cupboard rather than attach them. Other than that, very pleased at a bargain price of just under £45 from theatlanticshop, I cannot complain!!
When is an appliance an appliance when it doesn't do the job? The question was posed recently when I was given a budget upright vacuum cleaner to put through its stages of cleaning. As such Goblin's Family & Pets 1600 watt upright 73286 was not given to me by Morphy Richards, the parent company behind "Goblin," but an independent cleaning company I work for from time to time if I'm not teaching or doing other jobs! It was not a trial either, but an authorative command to use the model for cleaning instead of anything else the company had in their vans or taking my own which often put the bosses' noses out of joint (they have to pay if one of my machines gets broken). Designed to be for families, the Goblin upright isn't exactly new on paper or design.
**This is a long review but handy if you're considering it**
Goblin as a company were famed for their enterprise of vacuum cleaner carts in the 1902 travelling around homes advertising their central vacuum cart service (horse and buggy with a massive vacuum cleaner on the back and excess hoses and tubes) and offering amongst many consumers, the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace who took to the central vacuum carts. Goblin as a British brand took off in the 1930s to the 1990s and then being taken over by Morphy Richards in early 2000.
In this instance priced between £80 and £119, the 73296 reaffirms the old brand's budget intentions and puts it into direct compeitition with other brands not least Morphy Richards' own products in the "PerformAir," family. However just like that family and anything else at the moment discounting Dyson or the Vax range of machines that offer 100% suction in their "Zero" and "Mach" derivatives, the Goblin 73286 survives on an older cyclonic filter system that employs cleaning it after each use, or if you leave it, eventual loss of suction as the filter gradually becomes more clogged.
Environmentalists however will adore the fact that the Goblin has a low 1600 watt motor compared to many upright vacuums that have 1800 watts or more these days. However it isn't without saying that whilst this is a low power rating, it is an extremely noisy machine, having to switch it off if I want to talk to someone or shout upstairs to my colleague if she's looking for something I might have. The whole body of the vacuum is decked out in dark metallic glittery like green paint (unlike the lovely Sea blue in Dooyoo's picture) and although it looks understated and exudes some plastic quality, the build is flimsy and doesn't feel that well made. Despite its flimsy feel it weighs 7kg which in my mind translates to heavy!
The key to this Goblin however isn't the fact that it has a larger 3 litre bin capacity thus justifying its "Family and Pets," name tags; thanks to its pretentions of its name, it comes equipped with a mini pet hair turbo brush that hangs off the side of the upright along with a crevice tool, a stiff brushed upholstery tool and the brushes itself slide off on a grid to maximise another use of a flat suction tool; hardly anything new here but in some way enough tools to satisfy a family who have pets to clear up after. A 14" floor head claimed to be bigger in use provides extra width but can be tricky to get around furniture and fixings in general.
In use the Goblin 73286 can be adjusted to any floor thickness thanks to its 6 settings available on the rotary dial - this copious amount also considers the power cord length of 7 metres for easier and greater access travel. However the height adjuster employs the need to bend over all the way down to the floor to adjust whatever setting you need and the handle has to be locked up before you can change the floor setting. At its highest setting when the floor head is pivoted upwards on hard floors, the brush still continues to move whether the handle has been locked back into the upright position or not. On hard floors, dirt seems to ping off the beater bar rather than collecting it into the superb suction that this model gives off, which is a shame given that it has a hard floor setting but in use doesn't actually vacuum up that much dirt unless its fluffy light pet hair, or indeed fluff!
On carpets the Goblin 73286 also struggles and its here that the main handle starts to get a real work out on its height adjustable feature. Extend the handle all the way to its highest setting and the 73286 doesn't change its rather heavy ploughing exercise. Bend over and adjust the setting again and although the beater bar works well on carpets, the overall weight of this machine starts to make itself apparent. Lower the handle where your hand and body get closer to the machine and you'll find that you can afford to swing a bit more with the traditional pull/push employment that upright vacuums tend to show, but its still a heavy exercise and more often than not I was constantly sweating when using this machine, not helped by loads of hot air coming out the main motor filter at the front. The handle also wobbles even though it is attached by a lock to the main suction tubes and doesn't feel as if it will stay there when vacuuming floors in general.
Emptying it however is another matter. Like many rivals, Goblin has a bottom trap door release mechanism and releasing the whole bin at the front isn't difficult via a plastic button lock. The whole assembly comes away at a touch of a button but its big and bulky as well so a bin nearby is better than having to walk to one several rooms away. I say that because when the nearest disposal bin was rooms away, some of the dirt in the bin escaped through the top half of the bin assembly. Over a bin it only takes a push of a button for the bottom trap door lid to fall and push back before dirt can be shaken out of the bin and disposed of. For many Dyson owners, this is where disposing of dirt stops here! However the Goblin uses an old fashioned cyclonic filter system, which basically means you have to twist the top off, lift out the HEPA ring filter, either give it a brush down or wash it (and then have to wait 24 hours to dry before it can be installed again) lift out a caked dirt HEPA ring holder and the main filter assembly which consists of a rubber topped handle that reveals the mesh filter and then behind it a large paper pleated filter cone. Now if you leave this alone, not taking the user manual's advice to clean the filter after vacuuming, then suction just stops immediately without any warning from the machine. The filter design then isn't exactly healthy; I had a heck of a time having to bash the paper cone filter off the sides of the bin, being covered in dust and reminding myself of an incident I once had with a Vax Widetrack V0 45 model and it was then that I made the fairly remarkable discovery. All of the PerformAir models by Morphy Richards and this Goblin upright use the same filtration system as the Vax- which means the owner will be subjected to being covered in dust from head to waist! Not to mention having to then fit everything back together before dropping into the main dust bin.
On the upside, at least the filters are washable but when bought brand new you don't get an extra set of filters to use whilst the original ones are being washed. Just what Goblin were thinking when they called this a "Family and Pets," model I will never know.
The good news is that whilst the stair hose isn't that long, but will fairly get up to five steps, the hose can be used in two positions; either coming out of the rear of the machine without it falling over by kinking the hose under a holder on the bottom of the vacuum (again I suppose, you have to bend over) or just by using it as normal if you need it instantly. Kink the hose over for cleaning in large areas and the Goblin won't topple over. It will however roll back depending on the urgency and use of the hose at the time which can be disconcerting. In all uses, the hose always attaches to the main handle at the back and its here that you'll find use of the hose to the handle also means that the handle once unlocked from the main machine comes into its own with its telescopic height adjustable suction tubes fitted - an instant cleaning wand once its removed, but its all a bit clunky, having to jam tools on at one end, made of cheap and flimsy feeling plastic without fear of the machine falling over unless you kink the hose at the rear lock holder which means more bending down and more time wasted to minimise the machine from falling over. Naturally of all the tools I've used in my lifetime the pet hair turbo brush is best for pet hair pick up, or indeed any kind of hair which pet hair turbo brushes are ideal for picking up. It's a pity though that after use if the pet hair tool isn't put on properly, it will fall off the side of the machine, which again testifies to cheap build quality.
Last but not least removing a clog is hell. There are no inspection tubes or smaller parts of this vacuum that can be disassembled if say, a large clump of dust or pet hair gets trapped between the floor head dust channel and the bottom part where the telescopic height adjustable tubes lock in. For all intents and purposes, the tubes and the handle act as the main dust channel before the dirt gets to the bin. Removing clogs from them are easy as you can break them up but if dirt gets trapped in the Goblin at the bottom before it gets a chance to get up the pipes, you're stuck! At least there's a little window on the floor head where the beater bar is so you can see if anything has got stuck - but for the little use it does have, it soon gets grubby with dust making the whole idea of a inspection window all the harder to justify.
In my mind the Goblin Family & Pets 73286 isn't worth the asking price of £100 despite its many tools and large dust bin capacity. It is a heavy upright vacuum cleaner and its filter system is among one of the worst designs I've ever sampled. Families with pets deserve something a lot better than this. For all that it represents, there are other vacuums on the market which do things better, and without the headlight on the Vax Widetrack this machine is based upon, it doesn't make things better and it doesn't hide its origins all too easily either. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009
Spot the difference:
Kays catalogue are currently selling a ax V0 45N (Cat No: PB0491F) - same model slightly different colours on smaller parts. Price? £59!
Short name: Goblin 73286