Reliable, sturdy, great buy! - Advantages: Sturdy design, multi wheel action follows you round the house, Can suck up wet spills, Good price - Disadvantages: Mine came without attachments, Tricky to store hose as with cylinder hoovers
Goblin Aqua Vac 1100w wet and dry cleaner, I use it every day. Although this vac will not CLEAN your carpet it can be used to vacuum up spills and unblock drains etc if you remove the paper filter inside. I have used it on spills and picking up foam cleaner from the carpet, and it works fine. Can't wait to try it on a drain though :) I have been told that these filters do not need changing for years, so that is good news for keeping down the upkeep! There are no bags of course, so that is another saving. I bought this model in Argos and was amazed that there was more than £10 off the catalogue price, even though it wasn't promoted. I think this is because the manufacturers have changed the whole look of the machine, and were wanting to get all the older ones sold! The previous vacuum was extrememly noisy, and I was even known to wear cotton wool in my ears when using it! But the AquaVac is a lower kind of noise that I can cope with. It isn't exactly quiet, but what vac is? When assembling the hoses and other parts I was annoyed that one of the pieces didn't really fit properly and it wasn't actually mentioned in the instructions. I saw it in the complete diagram, but had no idea how to fit it. This is the one thing I hate about getting new things - the instructions are pitiful, and incomplete. In the end I shoved it in best I could and the machine seems to be working fine! The performance is good, escpecially if you don't have any pets. The brush head is not designed to pick up hairs, so any hairy-type debris on your carpet will likely stay there I'm afraid! Other than that point, I was very happy with the suction (which is adjustable at a little vent in the hose handle). The brush head is on little wheels, and I find it very easy to use. It can be a little awkward to store, as can most cylinder types. The hose keeps falling over when I try to stand it against the wall, but I'm getting used to it. The machine is light-weight and easy to carry. The cord can be stored by winding it around the special area for it, and it comes with an additional crevice tool. The great thing about the vac is that it is easily whisked along behind you as you go from room to room. There is adequate wire length, and because of the lightness and the wheels on the base, there is little resistance as you move around the house. Overall excellent value and durability, looks good and performs adequately.
I was trying to decide which vacuum cleaner I would buy to replace the Hoover I have had for the last couple of years. The main reasons for choosing a Goblin was the price (if it does not last long then it is cheap enough to replace, in truth the spares on the more expensive makes do not last that long anyway so why not try the cheap and cheerful approach) and also my Mum had an older Goblin that lasted for years. When I first used this I was surprised by the power of it and the pick up was very good. I was also pleasantly surprised that it was not as noisy as I was expecting. The only downfall with this is that the cord does not retract into the body of the cleaner and the lead is not as long as on some other makes. The cleaner is smaller than previous ones so that is also an added bonus as space is at a premium in my home.
Goblin 1100 wet and dry compact vacuum cleaner. A small yet powerful cylinder vacuum cleaner. Available at good electrical stores and Argos for £49.95. After the disastrous choice of our previous vacuum cleaner (Electrolux Cyclone 1500 true hepa filter), we felt no other choice but to replace the unit ourselves. I spied this lovely little green vacuum cleaner in the Studio card magazine for £49.95. It had a good write up, and appears to be able to cope with the punishment that 4 untidy children, 2 equally as untidy adults and two rotties can throw at it. The 1100-watt motor is exceptionally powerful and is able to lift my carpets without any difficulty. The cleaner is bright green and uses no bags. (A significant advantage). It has the capability of sucking up 5 litres of liquid, or up to 11 litres of dry debris. (Not at the same time though). The cleaner is extremely light and easy to use, and requires almost no assembly prior to use. The castors need to be attached to the base of the unit, and the hose attached to the front. The hose is a reasonable length and the nozzle is extremely well designed incorporating two wheels on the base of the unit for ease of use. This is a feature that I would have expected from a more expensive version. The filter is completely removable and can be washed out under the tap for cleaning. Although Goblin recommends that if, you are continuously picking up liquid that a foam replacement filter should be purchased.(about £4). It is easy to empty and reassemble, and there is a small crevice tool included in the price. Alternative accessories are available at quite reasonable prices direct from Goblin. I am more than satisfied with our current choice of vacuum cleaners, it is not only an economical choice, it is really good value for money, and above all, it is not being used as a coat rack. This vacuum will carry on Goblin up all of our families and dogs debris for some time to come.(I hope!!!!!) Good old Goblin, I have no qualms in recommending this vacuum cleaner to anyone searching for an effective but economical hoover.
Short name: Goblin A6903001