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If I said the words 'vacuum cleaners' some people may instantly think of hoovers, as that is what some people call vacuum cleaners. Other people, those with a little more money, may just think of the word Dyson, which is self explanatory in itself. Whilst others may think of the good old faithful smiling faced Henry.
But what ever you think when the words 'vacuum cleaners' is mentioned, and what ever it is that you use, they are all designed for one thing, which is the vacuum away the dust and dirt that builds up during the day, and night.
Personally, I go through vacuum cleaners on what feels like a monthly basis. At the moment I am using one that has lasted me longer than most of the others I have tried in the passed. But it is not the one I am using at the moment I am going to talk, or more write about here. It is on fact one that I have used in the passed and did last me quite some time, but, unfortunately, due to a part of it breaking it was soon joining the others in the big vacuum cleaner heaven that I send all of them. (which really result in me stripping the motors out, if they are still working, taking any other salvageable parts and stocking them away in my 'man shed' as I do like to make things out of other things, especially where motors are concerned).
Anyway. The vacuum cleaner that I am going to tell you about, which I don't know why I haven't mentioned before, or maybe I though I had until I checked on here), is from the well known company called Hoover, with the full name being the Hoover TCU1410 curve, or as I liked to call it, Bob, (don't ask???)
* Firstly, let me tell you a little bit about my old friend Bob, may he rest in peace, (or pieces as some of him is still in the shed)...
Bob is a cylinder type vacuum cleaner, with what they like to call a Multi Cyclonic dust filtration system, which really means that it has a filter inside a filter so that more dust is kept inside the container rather than being pushed straight out of the other end and back into the air, or up your nose.
Bob offers you 1400 watts of power with 250watts of air power, ( I have been told that it's the air power that is more important than the motor power, but I may be wrong).
As for the filtration system. Well, as this is a bagless vacuum there is a dust container which houses a plastic filter. This is the multi cyclonic separation unit as inside, or more above this is the pre-motor filter, which is the Hepa-Filter.
Underneath the dust container, which is a 1.3 litre unit, there is another filter, which is technically called the Exhaust filter.
And that's the filters.
* So, what does Bob look like then...?
It's not an upright vacuum cleaner.
The entire unit is made of a light but quite sturdy plastic with the main body, where the motor lies, being the well known 'Hoover' brand colour of red, and the dust container being a grey colour.
The only part that is not plastic is the extendable extension tube which seems to made of a light metal, I'm guessing some form of aluminium.
The body itself measures a mere 420mm long by 320mm high by 300mm wide, not including the hose of course.
At the front there is a hole which is where the hose slots into with a firm sounding 'click' to let you know that it is on position.
Then, as we work our way backwards, along the top, we have the dust container which sits in a nice large groove in the main body. There are two handle sections on the dust container, one near the end, or top, depending on how you are holding it, but if it's sat in position then there is a handle at the end and one at the other end. If you are holding it as if you are about to empty it then the handles are at the top and bottom. (to you get me so far?) the top handle is wider than the other handle but both are capable of being gripped properly without any trouble at all
To help manoeuvrability this has a couple of larger wheels on the rear, not large as in Range Rover size, more like a small go cart size, with a small sort of wheel at the front, this front wheel helps in the direction as you pull this along the floor, although it's more a castor than a wheel I think, or maybe it's a mixture of both, a mongrel if you will.
Right at the rear there are two, what I like to call foot switches, meaning really that they are switches that you can use by touching them with your foot. There is the power switch on the left and the cable rewind switch on the right, (depending on which way you're facing of course).
Now for the hose and extendable tube. The hose is very flexible except for the end sections with one end going into the vacuum cleaner itself whilst the other is the curved end that slots into the extendable tube. On this curved section there is a small slider that, when slid, reveals a hole in the tubing which is to allow more air into the tube so that it loses a little bit of suction power for such things as curtains and delicate things.
The extendable tube is easily extended, and retracted, by pushing the little lever which is on the top end of the tube, then you simply slide the inner tube in, or out, of the outer tube. The inner tube has little 'catches' on it so that you can extend/retract it to different lengths
Finally, to help keep the extendable tube and hose in a more neat place, although the hose does still flop about a bit, there is a little 'slotted' area at the back of the unit that allows the catch that is on the main cleaning head to slide into so that it is easier to store away.
* What about Bob's filters..?
Unlike some vacuums of its kind this one has a plastic unit in the dust container, which is easier to keep clean and dries a lot quicker than some filters that need an over night stop in a dry place before using again. This plastic filter does take what looks like 75% of the cubic capacity of the container.
At the top of this plastic filter is another filter, which is the good old fashioned style and, whilst can also be cleaned under a running tap, this one does need time to dry before being reused.
To get to this top filter you have to twist the top half of the dust container from the lower half, which is aided by a little padlock logo on the side letting you know which way to twist in order to unlock the tow parts.
There is another filter, which lies underneath the dust container, and can be seen clearly when you lift the dust container off the main unit. This filter is cleaned by again, running under a running tap, and again, this one does need time to dry.
This vacuum cleaner, or more Hoover, claim that this vacuum cleaner has a few added extras that make this one sit above others in the same calibre.
Such as the fact that the HEPA filter should need less cleaning and that this vacuum cleaner uses less energy than others.
These claims are from Hoover and not from me as I have no way really of giving definite proof of these facts, but they sound good don't they?
* And how do we get rid of what Bob has sucked up..?
This is where we empty Bobs contents, hopefully over a bin so that the dust and debris doesn't end op all over the floor leading to you having to vacuum the mess up again and again... and again.
Emptying the dust container is a matter of taking the container off the main body, which is done by flicking the button on the top handle section of the dust container... at this point DO NOT press the lower button on the dust container as this will open the dust containing flap and there's be, well, dust every where.
Once the container is lifted off the main body you find a bin, place the container over the bin and then flick the lower button on the dust container. This releases the little flap on the bottom of the container and allows the dust to drop into the space below.
* So, did anything else come with Bob..?
Yes, Bob was not alone, he came complete with a few accessories.
The main one being the carpet and hard floor nozzle, which has a foot switch that activates or deactivates the brush section at the front of the unit. Sounds technical but all it is is a plastic lever that either pushes the brush section of the tool out or flips it back into the tool, depending on the floor you're vacuuming. There's very little 'technical' genius behind that idea.
Other tools include the dust brush, which is a basic piece of plastic with a rough cloth type edge glued to the inlet section so that it can rough up the area you're cleaning with it so that the dirt lifts up enough to suck up into the vacuum itself.
Finally, there's the 2 in 1 tool which is basically a tube of plastic with a brush strategically placed on the end. The brush is housed in place on a hinge system so that the brush can be turned slightly in order to use the bristles instead of just the plastic tool.
And to keep some of these extra tools from getting lost there's a strange looking tool 'caddie' that slots onto the extendable tube, although caddie may not be the right word for it really, but I'll call it a caddie as it holds things. This caddie holds the tools using a simple push on pull off method so there's no batteries required.
Then there's the usual paper work...
The little booklet, nay, leaflet, no, I really mean the piece of paper that came in the box, not the guarantee, the other piece of paper, gives a bit of an idea of how to use this vacuum cleaner, with some rather interesting diagrams of how things work and how things comes apart to be cleaned and the like.
It also explains a few how to do things, such as emptying the dust container, slotting bits together and other 'important' things.
And then there's the other, what I like to call, stating the beloved obvious details, such as don't use this in wet condition, such as outside in a thunderstorm. Unplug from the mains before stripping it apart and trying to see how the motor actually spins around, (this will invalidate the warranty and to be honest it doesn't really say about stripping it down to the motor, it only comments on the emptying of the dust container and cleaning the filters).
And the good old warning... Electricity can be dangerous blah blah blah... but the way I see it is that if you don't know that electricity can be dangerous then you're either a child of five or you should not be let out with out someone there to take care of you.
* My opinion...
As I said earlier I used this vacuum cleaner in the not to distant passed and at the end of the day I was pleasantly surprised by what it offered.
The reason that I ended up getting rid of this one was that the curved section at the end of the hose, the part that connected to the metal extendable tube, snapped completely, making the hose utterly useless. This I felt was a bit annoying but as I had used this for quite some time I wasn't that upset, although I was slightly miffed at the fact that the part of the cleaner that would take most of the downward pressure was made of plastic and, in the end, snapped during its working day. If this section was made of a stronger plastic or, even better, a metal tubing, then this snapping would never had happened and Bob would still be with us now
But when Bob was sucking away the power this gives is adequate indeed, in fact, I'd even go as far as to say that it really does suck, especially when the filters have had a good cleaning.
The hose can get blocked but a few twists and slaps soon releases that sock that ended up trapped half way along the flexible section.
The caddie that holds the tools is a nice idea, although it does slide up and down the tube at the slightest touch. And I do remember that when I first put this onto the tube I felt as though it was going to snap as the gap between the two grips on the caddie seemed a lot smaller than the diameter of the tube. It fits after a bit of pulling and pushing, but do be careful.
As for the tools, well, they are your basic ones, with even the 2 in 1 crevice-slash-brush tool being like others, although this brush folds out of the crevice part rather than some which push out of the end.
Bob does manage to get about a bit with the length of the hose and the 5 metre cable giving quite a bit of scope, so to speak. I do have to say that the front castor-slash-wheel is a bit on the low side and struggles getting over its own cable, which is a bit of a nuisance when your struggling along on the daily chore called vacuuming. So when it comes to dragging it along the floor I did have to sort of 'flip' the front over any small obstacles that got in the way, including the odd spider of two with their bandy legs of steal.
As for something that I find that a lot of vacuum cleaner of this type tend to do, which is heat up as it is working away, with some cleaners having the handle so close to the motor that picking those vacuum cleaners was a bit of a fire hazard.
But this one is different, this one has it's handles on the dust container, which is above the motors
Then there's the filters which were so easy to keep clean and always managed to keep the dust contained where it should be, keeping the air around me nice and clean, free of those chesty particles that can get up your nostrils.
Is there anything else that I should mention?
Hmmm, yes, the noise. Well, this one is not too bad to be honest. It is pretty quiet as it does its thing, although you can most defiantly hear it so don't be using it in the middle of the night as you may disturb someone. But I've heard noisier machines by far so this one is one of the quieter one.
The main downside that I found was that if you put to much down pressure on the plastic bend on the end of the hose then there is a chance that it could snap in your hand.
Another downside is the size of the cubic capacity of the dust container as it does need emptying after every use, even during some uses depending on how much vacuuming you have been told to do by the wife, (or is that just me?).
Although I did find emptying the container, which was quite often, a very easy thing to do indeed, being just the press of a button and a bit of a shake, (the dust container not you, unless you want to that is).
* So how much did Bob cost
Bob was bought off the shelf for about £60 - £70, which, for what it offers and how easy it is to use is not too bad at all.
For the price you do get everything you need to clean up that carpet in the house, or maybe the car in the garage and even the curtains as they hang from the rails. This vacuum cleaner will do the lot and has a tool for every occasion.
* Would I recommend this one..?
From all the vacuum cleaners that I have owned and used this one comes up the top ten of the best ones, maybe even in the top five, but not the best.
If you want a red vacuum cleaner that fits in with the colour scheme of your house and does exactly what it is supposed to do then this is well worth looking at, maybe even buying, (but not shop lifting as that's not right at all).
The Hoover Curve is a multicyclonic bagless cylinder with HEPA filtration so as well as picking up fluff and dust it filters pollen and other allergens from your environment to leave your home really clean / The filter is washable so it's easy to keep it in tip top condition / It comes with a telescopic extension tube an adjustable carpet/hard floor nozzle plus a crevice tool/dusting brush / There's 5m of cable while the hose is 1.5m long so you've got a really good range between pug sockets and natura / Short name: Hoover TCU1410