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I wanted a new vacuum cleaner the old electrolux died and being newly abandoned (she moved out and left me all on my own) I thought that I'd go out and get it'd one dead easy. Now I have to say I am not an expert in vacuum cleaners, if I'm honest I'm not an expert in much really...
Even I knew that the market for vacuums is huge. There are dozens of different types. So I worked out afew essentials, the first was that it had to be an upright, I'm 6'4'' I can't be doing with bending dowen and messing about with cylinder cleaners, the second I wanted one that didn't have bags and was easy to empty, the third it had to have quite a bit of power (I can't be doing with something that wouldn't pick up, fourthly I wanted automatic rewind on the cable (doing it by hand is a pain especially just after you've done the hoovering) and finally it had to be inexpensive ideally under £100).
I paid a visit to one of my favourite outlets, Makro (unfortunately you need a trade card to get in) had a wander round and saw the Hoover The One Pet on special £80 + vat (£94 in total) things were looking promising. It was an upright, no bags, was quiet tall, had hepa filtration (not something I'd looked for originally but it was a useful extra as I suffer from hayfever), auto rewind, quite a powerful motor, exactly whay I wanted. My new friend and I came home that very afternoon.
It came in a fair size box with the usual mounds of packing, polystyrene galore. One I unrapped it i sat down to read the instructions. I have to say the Instruction booklet is really well written. It is easy to understand and to follow. This was looking like a real result. I am not technically minded, give me a screwdriver and I'm lethal, but it was a doddle to put together. Almost anyone could assemble it. You basically stand it up, push the handle into the top of the cleaner until it clicks, click in the dust container and then loop the hose into some slots on the back. I have to say that I personally like how the cleaner looks (it wasn't a consideration when I bought it) but it looks far more expensive than it was and the silver colour is quite tasteful)
It came with two tools, a pet hair remover (don't have a pet any more she took him with her when she left) so i've never actually used it. It basically seems to be a miniature hoover brush and a dusting brush. The two tools clip onto the body of the cleaner. That is they are supposed to, with use I've noticed that they invariably end up falling off when I'm actually hoovering. So they now live on a shelf in the halway so they are there if I need them.
It has a hose (the infinity hose...I'm saying nothing) that reaches to over 7m, it's actually really useful for using the dusting brush to brush the ceiling, and anywhere the main hoover can't reach. it's also used for cleaning stairs. There is a section on cleaning stairs in the booklet, appartently the hoover has an anti tip design. I live in a bungalow, no stairs, so I can't really comment. The auto rewind for the cable is a foot pedal and works, it is actually really fast.
Well I got my new hoover set up and ready to go. I plugged in and switched on. Switching on was easy, the button is in a really obvious place. Its' quite a loud machine although no louder than the average Dyson, the suction ability is impressive. It really cleans up. I have discovered one or two little flaws however.
The first is it weighs a ton, I've just weighed it, a stone and three quarters. That said it is manoeuvrable and I don't have any problem using it. Although I wonder how someoone smaller than me, or elderly or disabled would cope. I think they would really struggle.
The second flaw is the size of the dust container. i don't think its' big enough. I live on my own and only hoover up a couple of times a week, I end up emptying it once a fortnight. The dust container itself is really easy to empty, although the opening mechanism was a bit stiff at first but eased off with use. If I had a family it'd be at least once a week. The reason that's important is that there are a number oif filters on the hoover three of which should be cleaned every fifth time the dust container is emptied. That said I've had the hoover for about 6 months and only cleaned the filters twice. Actually cleaning the filters is a really easy job and takes under 5 minutes, you basically wash one rinse another and brush the third. Really easy and explained by the instructions.
In summary I've found it a good and useful vacuum cleaner. It has impressive suction ability and does everything (and more) I wanted when I first bought it. There are negatives which don't particularly affect me although they could affect other people. Overall my view is that it is a good quality, substantial, nice looking piece of household equipment. I would recommend it, subject to weight not being an issue.
the list price is in the region of £299, I paid a lot less than that, it's available online for around £150
I purchased this vacuum about three months ago after recommendations from my mum and sister who also have this machine. I have always been a fan of hoover uprights, esp the turbopower models of years ago. I was bought a Dyson DC14 machine 2 years ago as a house warming and have never been happy with it. it feels plasticy, is very noisy and has had many many parts replaced( it seems Dyson have come bottom of the which reports for reliabilty for the last few years - I wasn't aware of this until a few weeks ago)... So I decided to replace the still-just- working Dyson with this hoover One pet machine.
I have to say I was blown away with this machine. It has an awesome suction on it that certainly puts the dyson to shame. It brings the carpets up beautifully and grooms them to perfection. I was also amazed at how effective this was on hard floors. After the Dyson just spread the dirt accross the hard floors I assumed that maybe hard floors needed a Barrell cleaner. Not true. The One makes short work of hard floors, with the touch of a button that turns the adaptive brush off(this is shown by a neon light at the base of the machine). The brushroll is not turned by a rubber belt but a sturdier version and it says this will never need replacing.
Another great point to this machine was the infinity hose.. It reaches over 7 metres! That's longer than most vacumm cleaner power cords!Just fantastic. The machine is very stable when using the hose and hasn't toppled over and doesn't feel like the hose is ready to spring back to the machine if you let go of it.it also has a zoom handle which when pressed releases another mtr or so of wand so you're not crouching down all the time. This feels so much stronger than the Dyson construction. It also comes with a mini turbo brush and a dusting brush, all attached to the main body.
While using this I was amazed at how much more sturdy it felt that rival uprights, it's also quieter, albeit not much. The emptying of the dirt canister couldn't be eaiser, u just hold it over the dustbin and realease the bottom. It has lifetime filters that are recommended to be cleaned every five empties. I simply throw them in a bowl of water and then in the dryer on a low heat with the rest of the clothes - altho Hoover do not recommend this.
The only real drawback to this machine is the weight - not a problem for me, but maybe for someone older the weight might be an issue.
There was a lot of bad press/reviews about the first edition The One's (red and white in colour) but they really do seem to have worked thro the niggles and come up with a first class vacuum that, in my and my folks opinion beat the Dyson hands down. Don't be fooled by the pretty colours of the Dyson - Get yourself The One.
The H1.PET is a Upright vacuum with 1800 watts power / As the leader in the floor-care industry, Hoover manufactures cutting edge, high-performance vacuum cleaners for home and commercial settings / Short name: Hoover H1.PET