One of the beauties which consumers often dont give a second thought about is long term maintenance when it comes to any appliance let alone the common vacuum cleaner. Hoover stopped making their own machines (designed & built in the UK) by the end of the 1990s and instead in China prefer to make their current range of vacuum cleaners because of cheaper costs. As with most manufacturers these days then Hoover no longer build a machine by themselves and often take designs already made by other companies and then paste their branding on it.
As such the Hoover Studio is no more than the 1980s Goblin Jazz and Ace model (Morphy Richards also made the Ace model confusingly before merging with Goblin) but with a slightly more modernised look and a three level range of Studio vacuums which are largely devoted to consumers looking for a cheap bagged cylinder vacuum or have limited space in their homes.
So the Studio T1404 001 is the basic range cylinder which Hoover produce although lately it has stopped appearing in high street outlets to make way for the newer Sprint based (itself another Morphy Richards based vacuum) Freespace model. I picked my model up for £29-99 reduced by £10 at a local TJ Hughes store. What trick does the Studio model have up its sleeve?
** In Use **
The Studio T1404 is a tiny little red vacuum with grey pedals, one for switching on the vacuum, the other pedal for the auto cord rewind. Other Studio models have 1500 and 1600 watt motors with more suction power and a variable suction control set into the main handle. Here on the T1404 model there is none but what a great little vacuum this is without the variable suction control; with 6 metres of power cord the Studio is already competitive thanks to its larger cord length against similar vacuums which are similar in size. This is a therefore a small, compact cylinder vacuum cleaner (approximately 30 cm high by 25cm width) but it has all the strength in suction you would expect from bigger cylinder vacuums wrapped in a body which is cleanly and basically designed for most needs. The cord whips up very efficiently at the press of a button too.
The cheap price of its original £40 is reflected in the way in which the Studio has been designed. Like the Goblin/Morphy Richards Jazz or Ace model before it, the paper dirt bag which is how the Studio deposits the dirt, neatly fits into an old fashioned grid which must be attached to the bag before it can be installed. This is easy to do since it simply lifts out and a bag can be slid into the lock before dropping into the bin area and then closing the lid. Typically like Goblins original design, if the bag grid hasnt been inserted properly the bin door wont close. And it has a mechanical dust bin full indicator on the front of the bin near the hose mount, although it is smallish and needs to be looked at closely if you trust it.
I find the performance is excellent for such a small little beast although the noise of the 1400 watts motor is very apparent (even though its 78dbl) but not as noisy as my old and bigger Hoover Arrianne model. What I find generally is that the Studio excels in (and like the Ace/Jazz before it) ease of use; from cheap chrome pipes which thankfully, and at last, are easily removable unlike Hoovers cheap idea of friction fit hell-mend-you-if-you-try-to-break-them-apart type tubes if you want to shorten the hose and pipe length. A 2 way standard universal floor head is also part of the deal and has edge facilities on either side which makes the whole ensemble a cheap but easy way to go in terms of all round ease of use. One tool (or 2 depending on how you look at it) is supplied which fits at the end rearside of the Studio; a small plastic crevice tool which I found to be noisy when fitted, another snap on brush gives a close second type tool use like an upholstery brush but both are cheaply designed and noisy when used together.
The other downside however is the exact problem I found when using an old Goblin Ace cylinder many years ago; positioning the cylinder on the floor;
The filtration on the Studio is made up of a 2 pleated filter within the bin sited by the motor and is a washable slide in carbon filter which retains most dirt if it escapes from the dust bag. The second filter, the 2 stage exhaust filter is a push in pull down filter door which sits at the end of the vacuum and can get very hot in use. This means that whilst the Studio is happy to trundle about on all five wheels (2 small wheels and 2 big wheels at the back) and a central 360º castor wheel, putting it on its upright position could heat up the carpet and its something I found difficult to get by even though the Studio is neat enough to sit on the stair for quick cleaning. Dooyoo suggest here that this Studio model has a HEPA filter but unfortunately due to its age it actually doesnt!
Both filters however are washable and brush able which is great news for consumers looking for a cheap vacuum that wont hurt the wallet. In lieu of a variable suction dial which this model lacks and would perhaps benefit it for a quieter clean generally, an air inlet valve is located on the handle and usually I often have it set open to reduce the floor head from sticking to carpets. I find that the weight of this cleaner at 5.5kg to be slightly heavier than cheaper and more modern cylinder vacs I have tried recently but Hoover have wisely stuck a permanent handle onto the bottom half of the body which means lifting it around is easy whilst it also has a carry handle inset on the top rear. Park positions are also available for the hose to be stored either on the side or when the cleaner is in use. It is easy however to pull the Studio along and unlike Hoovers own designed Telios model doesnt suffer from a cheap hose liable to slip out of the mouth of the cleaner; the hose on this little baby stays put unless you unlock it yourself.
Which brings me onto the bag options; whilst other models based on the Morphy Richards Jazz/Goblin Ace made, have been produced only to accept disposable paper bags, the Studio comes equipped already with one washable permanent and useable dust bag. Like most, it has a plastic clip on one end which, when slipped off allows the bag to be emptied. It is not a job for people with allergies however and in this respect I find the paper bags are easy enough to find thanks to the fact that the bag is made for several different company models but are always available due to this fact.
** Remember the Ease of Maintenance? **
So many vacuum cleaner companies have bought license from Morphy Richards, the Hoover Studio has the option of using the same bags, copy or genuine branded either from Morphy Richards, Vax, Electrolux, Bush, Goblin and of course Hoover. But whilst you may well find it a struggle to find genuine brand paper bags, and if you dont like the idea of the washable fabric dirt bag, then you can buy copy bags for any number of the brands mentioned.
So for example if you have the following models:
Electrolux Minimite, The Boss Z2105, Z2115
Goblin Ace/Morphy Richards Jazz
Dirt Devil/Bush/Goodmans Advantage
Hoover Compact T135P, T137P
JMB 1200W cylinder
PROACTION VC9108, 1400 Compact VC230, Argos:
Vax VS02 Mojo:
Now this is a great factor for consumers blindly thinking they have to choose Hoover branded bags and nothing else. Made by companies such as Homespares (UNI code 176) which I use in lieu of the fabric bag when its getting washed and dried, I get the same filtration within the copy bags at a fraction of the price. Most copy bags cost around £3 for a pack of five against Hoovers own £5-99 for the same amount.
A replacement bag from Hoover though (the fabric type) would cost between £10 and £15 depending on need and preference to having a permanent bag or disposable paper bags (code H58C) So if looking for a replacement permanent bag for any model you have above for example, or fed up looking for paper bags, this bag from Hoover will also fit these models.
** Conclusion **
I think the Studio is a great compact and cheap cylinder cleaner which doesnt give much trouble in general use. It has a very fitting name for consumers who have small flats or homes. With a fixed rate motor which is slightly noisy but not boomy it is capable of excellent suction at a price that is hard to ignore. Being slightly older however means that it is heavier but no less able to be space efficient and with it being another companys vacuum cleaner in disguise which carries the Hoover name, it deserves a second look despite its lack of availability. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007.
Short name: Hoover T1404 001