“ Cordless: No / Power: 2000 Watt / Style: Cylinder / Weight: 6,5kgs / Filtersystem: Hepa / Bagless: No / Dust collection: Bagged „
My advice would be to take it to the nearest skip. The build quality is appalling, the cable retraction and power buttons are extremely flimsy and are prone to breaking. The filter blocks up after very light use and it is a complete nightmare to clean, obviously no thought what so ever went into how this was supposed to be maintained. You pay for what you get; I now wish I had used what I spent on this heap more wisely and purchased a Dyson.
My advice would be, if you have lot of carpet to hoover then save yourself a lot of hassle and hard work and just buy an upright vacuum cleaner! Unfortunately, I've learnt the hard way! This vacuum cleaner was not designed to hoover large areas. It's more suited for hoovering a flight of stairs, as it can sit on a step whilst you either work your way up or down the staircase, but even then the attachment doesn't stretch the length of a standard flight of stairs so you would have to move it when you get half way! In its favour it does have brilliant suction and seems to pick up pretty much anything, but this does mean you feel like you are emptying the box every 10 minutes! Perhaps I should have done my homework better before purchasing. Mine has now been relegated to garage where its used to hoover out my car!
So youre in the market for a middle of the road priced cylinder vacuum cleaner. You know what you want because youve already ear marked the brand that perhaps your parents had an old Hoover and you want to keep the loyalty of the brand in the family.
** Nars Quick Skip Product Spec: The Reality **
2000 watts fixed power; 350 air watts when the bag is empty though and by god its too noisy.
HEPA fitted filter; not washable and costs £9-99 to replace yearly.
1 metre hose length; not 1.75metres as Comet wrongly suggests.
Three smaller tools supplied; crevice tool, upholstery brush and flat upholstery tool added; they hide away under a cheap hinged flap.
Mechanical dust bag indicator oh technology seems to have fallen on the Hoover design table.
2 way universal floor head but its a cheap one with a poor weak pedal switch.
Telescopic silver metallic two piece metal tubes; thankfully they are probably the best things on this machine, but they are also slightly heavy.
4 litre dust bag capacity and 6.5 kg weight; substantially more weight to carry and pull along.
Price £49-99 at Comet.
The Telios model is an old Hoover which reached the UK shores way back in the 1990s and it seems that Hoover have removed their model from the UK website to avoid further quality problems. This isnt good news for high street outlets such as Argos, Comet or Currys who still carry this model in their shops. To make matters worse, on the Continent (and especially Italy where Hoovers owner company, Candy reside) the same model comes with a variable power selector dial which this UK model lacks.
Oh it does look lovely though, in a deep metallic plastic red with matching grey telescopic pipes and silver decals. Shame it has a small 1 metre hose though! The old Telios had a longer hose and much better quality tools, as well as that all important variable selector dial which reduces the suction but more importantly the power from this very old noisy beast.
Hoover have now managed to update the Telios by fitting it with a 2000 watt motor and whilst it is easy to put the Telios together by simply fitting a bag/sliding a bag into its removable old fashioned bag lifter inside the bin, the Telios no longer oozes style and class due to the low plastic quality Hoover have managed to make the Telios out of. That lush red metallic colouring may look lovely but no attempt to fit bumpers means that scratches show up very easily, cutting into the paint work and revealing cheap white plastic underneath. The lid for both the bin and tool storer also closes with a cheap feeling and no longer oozes the class it once did 10 years or so back.
** In Use **
Despite the lovely colouring, the Telios TP6206 is a noisy beast. Its 2000 watt motor is supposed to be quiet but it is actually boomy and whiney which doesnt befit its 71dbl claim. Then again its no wonder that at a quarter of the price what you get here is a noisy vacuum designed to do the job without fuss or so Hoover would have you believe against German rivals such as Sebo and Miele who actually do care for the customer and provide better built machines which are a hell of a lot quieter.
Those German company products are also a hell of a lot lighter too! Since my parents have a Miele and I have my Sebo K1 I noticed the Telios general weight very suddenly. This Hoover isnt the heaviest but its certainly heavier than both my Sebo and Miele, not just lifting or pulling it around the house, the Telios also suffers from great thought out metallic pipes which are okay to use and adjust to the height through ratchet locks, but are actually heavier to lift into the air if say, cleaning ceilings or tops of doors with the smaller tools added.
Of course Hoover dont really mind that they are ripping off the customer with poorer thought and its not long that youll wish you had variable power with a new paper bag fitted. Yes, whilst the paper bags are great and have a fantastic large 4 litre filling capacity, this Telios needs to have its small air inlet valve on the cheap rectangular handle open all the time because the floor head is impossible to take off the carpet thanks to the excellent but extremely strong suction.
Moving about with the Telios also shows up the quality of the underside with its main two wheels and castor underneath. This Telios doesnt glide, it trundles along and does it badly on hard flooring because the wheels havent been rubberised to protect flooring. Hoover have also managed to faff up the hose, which now has a poorer lock fitted to it, so that at times, when it is made to go around corners, the hose comes off the body of the machine and all youre left with is a straggling hose, handle and pipes with a floor head absent without the main body of the Hoover left somewhere else in the house.
Where the Telios fairs better is when it doesnt have its floor head attached, because the floor head itself is a cheap piece of plastic which is okay for moving around furniture but the neck on it broke on mine and Hoover had to send out a replacement floor head, this time with a metal floor plate on it which means extra care is needed when its time to go on hard flooring. Put the brushes down on the original floor head however means it does a fair job on cleaning hard floors, but the brushes dont flop down fully enough which means around corners or at an angle, you may damage flooring as a result.
Used with the smaller cleaning tools, the Telios is great at cleaning out the car or use in the garage. Thanks to its stubby but long design the Telios has three great plastic cleaning tools which all hide away easily enough. In use they are great at getting into nooks and crannies under car seats, on the cushions and generally in the boot. But then again for £50, a cylinder vacuum cleaner at this price should be able to deal with most tasks above the floor line and thankfully the Telios can travel well enough due to its 6 metre power cord and auto cord rewind when youre finished just duck out the way when activating the cord, otherwise youll be hit in the ankle by a ferocious pull and rubberised plug.
** The HEPA filter & Fitting a Bag **
Once again Hoover have fitted the 2007 range Telios with a HEPA paper filter which fits at the motor rather than at the main central exhaust which comprises of two filters why Hoover never made a HEPA filter cartridge for the exhaust Ill never know since other manufacturers do this. So instead of putting the HEPA filter where it needs to go, Hoover has put the filter where the motor grid is, by the bag. For owners of pets or simply people with allergies, youll surely love the fact that the Telios has this kind of filter regardless of where it goes. Whilst HEPA stands for High efficiency particulate air, and is supposed to emit cleaner air from the machine in use, the Telios does infact emit clean smelling air, but at a cost of having the HEPA filter fitted by the bag, it also means a loss in suction once the bag starts to fill up.
Now, this is more evident with Hoovers Pure Filt high filtration white paper bags which are normally available to buy at Comet at the price of £9-99 for 5 white material type bags. They are of course copying Miele, or trying to and failing because of the nature of these bags; once they are fitted they catch in all the dirt but once the bag starts to fill up the suction starts to weaken the moment the bags get half full.
Slide out the HEPA filter however, slide in a thin bonded fabric motor filter and youll see the difference immediately; the excellent strong suction immediately returns and you have a chance now to fill the bag with 4 litres of dirt and a strong suction felt at the tube as opposed to a feeble suction when the HEPA filter was fitted.
Sadly this is not news to me. I still have a Telios of 10 years old which doesnt have a HEPA filter fitted and Hoover also produce 2 stage brown filter bags which are much better being able to feel like a brick when they are removed full of dust compared to the Pure Filt expensive bags. For a healthier life however I understand that this machine should have a HEPA filter since it seems to be a selling point but in actual use it cuts suction on the Telios. And it isnt even washable either thanks to its paper pleated nature; the HEPA filter on the Telios should be replaced yearly whilst the cost of replacement is around £9-99 or upwards.
Fitting a bag is therefore quite easy but for first time buyers the bag can present a problem if they dont know how to put a bag in. Surely to god something like putting a bag in should be easy. Thanks to Hoovers copied Miele idea of incorporating a flap into the thin cardboard bond on the bag, if you knock the bags seal structure slightly, the bag will try to shut over itself which renders an empty unused bag useless. The bag therefore is easier to install by taking out the bag holder, sliding a bag in, keeping your finger on the hole of the bag before putting the entire assembly into the compact bin area.
** Extra Costs **
Pack of dirt bags; £5-99 for normal H30 code bags.
Pack of Pure Filt bags: £9-99 for H30+ code bags.
HEPA filter replacement: £9-99
** Conclusion **
At £50 there are other brands consumers can choose when it comes to buying a vacuum cleaner, not needlessly a product from a company where reliability, good design thought and general ease of use used to be three main selling points when considering the Hoover branding. Sadly for the Hoover loyalist, they wont get a vacuum cleaner here which has been thoroughly tested for long term use never mind actual use. Electrolux and Panasonic however do make vacuums similarly priced which are much better thought out.
Sadly for Hoover the Telios is a very old vacuum cleaner which is too noisy and difficult to use thanks to cheap plastic and poor thought for the filter in terms of saving the consumer extra cost in the long term. There would perhaps have been some consideration for this model if Hoover had retained a suction dial on it but the noise gets to me far too quickly than Id like. Disappointed once again with Hoover. ©Nar2 2007
Hoover bagged cylinder cleaner with HEPA filtration and a range of tools / Short name: Hoover TP6206