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Imagine someone has started to make a new-marque Beetle car, got bored half-way through and decided they'd prefer an armadillo or an elephant. Then they've shrunk the resultant mutant. That's what this little Home-tek resembles.
But don't be deceived by the 'little' descriptor. This mains hand-held vacuum has powerful suction at 730 watts. We bought ours from Lakeland four years ago to store upstairs and avoid lugging the heavy Dyson up there to vacuum the top of the staircase or deal with small 'incidents'. We also use it for car cleaning.
The vacuum comes with an-inbuilt extension hose and also a crevice tool and an extension tool that you can fit to enable you to get right into crevices and awkward corners. More on that in a moment.
I wasn't expecting this little hoover to be as powerful as the Dyson. Obviously it's far smaller, but its suction seems as strong on a per-inch basis, if this makes sense. You wouldn't use the Home-tek for vacuuming a large floor area but it is perfect for staircases and cars. I vacuumed my stairs a few nights ago and was impressed (again) with how nicely the carpet pile was standing up when I'd finished.
The brush and detachable solid hose pick up well. When I lasted emptied the dirt collector pod I was surprised at how much was in there: including some long and awkward fibres, which the Home-tek had dealt with easily (no winding their way round essential motor parts and causing damage). To use the attachments you flip the front vent of the Home-tek over, so that the turbo brushes are covered and suction goes elsewhere. To return to the 'normal' setting you reverse this movement so that the brushes are exposed again and suction returns to this part of the vacuum.
The six-meter power cable is generous and means you should be able to reach a car parked on a drive without too much difficulty. My only problem with the cable is that there are no clips on the Home-tek to wind it around. We loop the cable round the motor itself, which is reasonably convenient, but clips would make it easier and neater to store.
Another slight gripe I have is with the fact that you're supposed to clear the Hepa filter after every use. The dirt collector pod will take enough grime and dust from a minor household spillage upstairs that I don't always need to empty it after every quick use, but I'm worried that leaving it will in some way damage the filter. So far this doesn't seem to have happened, though. Admittedly we use this mainly for fairly light jobs (although I am about to use the home-tek to clean my husband's car interior: wish me luck). If I had to tap the dust out of the filter after every use it would slightly negate the time-saving benefits of not needing to get the Dyson out to the car or upstairs.
Elsewhere around the home the Home-tek is too tall to fit under our sofas but we are able to use the brush and detachable tube to reach under them, if needed. You can use it to clean curtains but I would sound a slight note of caution here if you have arthritis or are just not very strong: the 3.2kg weight can feel quite significant if you're holding it at head height or above for more than just seconds (and I weight-train).
The dirt collector pod itself is fairly easy to remove (look for the little black button to release the catch). The power on-off switch is also sensibly positioned just where your thumb would naturally look for it: on the top of the handle.
Having a mains- rather than battery-powered handheld vacuum makes a lot of sense. There's no worry about having to complete a job before the batteries need recharging. For me, this is one of the main attractions of the Home-tek.
The main drawback apart from the niggles I've mentioned above is the noise. Imagine having your head inside a small jet engine at take-off. That's a little bit what it sounds like--to me, at least. The Home-tek is disliked by our dogs and children for that reason. However, you probably wouldn't use it for long and lengthy vacuuming jobs so I am only going to take off one star for this issue, along with the lack of cable clips, and the filter-clearing point. At around £39.99 (on Amazon) this little armadillo/Beetle/elephant is great value for money.
I found this little video on the Home-tek website about the way the cleaner can be used and emptied: http://home-tek.tv/video/huntervac
It's quite useful at showing you how everything fits together and how to use the accessories.
Great little machine til you want a new filter! The cheapest I can find costs more than half of the price I paid for the machine!
We bought the Home-Tek (also known as Hunter) from the lakeland website about 6 months ago.
We decided to get a handheld due a split hose on our dyson.
I must say that this is a fantastic little vaccum cleaner.
We mostly use it for cleaning the stairs and it picks up, even treaded in, dirt easier than our dyson did (and it gets everything out).
The pile is really brought out and the cable is more than long enough to cope with a flight of stairs. Considering we use it on "heavy traffic" areas it does an excellent job.
It has an extendable hose that you can attach the, supplied, crevice tool, brush etc to. I did find that the cover for the brush heads (that flips forward when the hose is in use) was a bit stiff the first time I adjusted it, but not had an issue with it since.
We are really glad we went for this handheld and the price (around £30) is very reasonable.
The Home-tek HT807 is ideal for stairs, caravans and cars, with a powerful 730w motor and rotating turbo brush head it is fully equiped to tackle the most difficult tasks / Short name: Home-tek HT807