I had an upright vacuum cleaner before this Hoover vacuum but it was not any good at cleaning corners, tight spaces and absolutely rubbish at cleaning cars :-) So I decided to look for a good and powerful cylinder vacuum cleaner, my first priority was it had to be bag-less as I absolutely detest changing dirty vacuum cleaner bags.
The first thing that struck me when I took it out of the box of the its extremely light weight, it would usually take me around 15 minutes to clean the whole house now it takes only 9-10 minutes. I was very impressed with with the suction power as the carpet looks as good as new after vacuuming as no dirt/ dirt is left over (thanks to 2000W motor power). The accessories that come with vacuum cleaner are pretty much available with most vacuum cleaners. However, the pet removal brush is great ..... IF you have pets.
If you are an allergy sufferer like me then the HEPA filter will do you a world of good as it stops dust particles from going everywhere (I have to admit this is the best feature of this vacuum cleaner). A slightly disappointing thing about this cleaner is the capacity as it only holds 2 litres of dust, so empting is quite frequent.
I found this cleaner very easy to use as the power and cord retrieval buttons are easily accessible with the foot as they are large and wide. The cord is actually very long and easy to put back with the slightest press of the button, when it nears the end there is a yellow piece of tape that informs you to stop pulling, this prevents damaging the cord.
The build quality of this cleaner is great as the plastics are all well made and put together into one solid structure.
when you first move in on your own/ first move in with a boy/girl friend you are most likely to forget about what are basically the basics of electricals; iron, microwave, vacuum etc.
The first place me and my boyfriend didn't need a vac as there was already one there. So when we suddenly had to move to a new place, we didn't think about needing to buy a new one until all of our budget was basically spent, especially as we had already spent all of the insurance money on kitting out the rest of the new place.
So we went to a supermarket (cant remember which one) and found this vacuum for about £40!! It looked sleek, colourful and compact.plus it was cheap! aha.
It says it is able to get up dog and cat hairs, and not having those pets, I wouldn't know, but my long hair falls out all the time (my boyfriend is ALWAYS complaining about it), and it managed to get that up pretty good.
It is pretty simple to empty, but i would advise to do a trial run (before using the vacuum) as the first time emptying it is pretty tricky and i ended up spilling the contents all over the floor, so obviiosly had to re-vac it all up! But once you know how, you know how.
the on/off switch is quite big, about 10 cm long and 5 cm wide. This is a really big advantage as you dont even need to bend down to turn it down as you could just press it with your foot. The same goes for the power-lead-retraction button, there;s no faffing with a wind up button/dial and you could step on it to make the lead pull back in quickly. the lead also extends quite far out, it has a yellow peice of tape on it to warn you when it is going to run out and stop extending, it then has a peice of red tape to tell you when it cant extend anymore.
the noise is just what you would expect from a vacuum, if you have a hamster it will scare them so put them in a different room to where you are vacuuming.
It has a large pole (as can be seen in the display picture) so you can stand whilst vaccuming. However, to get close to the skirting boards i would recommend that you take off the pole and go on your hands and knees to be able to get the last bits.
there is a special attachment for the animal hairs.
it has hepa filters.
Overall, i would say this is a really good peice of equipment, it is a lot better than any of the fancy-dancy ones that my parents or family use, espcially as it is quite small so fits in the parts of my poky little flat.
Short name: Hoover TC1208