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When we moved to our new flat last year, I was choosing between a proper Dyson, or a "standard" vacuum cleaner and a robot. Love for gadgets stepped in and I made a bad, bad decision - got a vacuuming robot Samba (hands-off!) and Hoover TSP2006.
TSP2006 is decent-looking bagless cylindric vacuum cleaner with promising power of 2000W, 8m cleaning reach, 1.7l dust container capacity and washable HEPA filter while not taking too much space in cleaning cupboard (27.0 x 28.0 x 42.5 (H/W/D)cm). It comes with standard 1 year manufacturer warranty. All this for mere £139.99.
And now the reality
Firstly, I would really love to know how they came to the 8m cleaning reach, as hose is 1.5m and cord 5m - just doesn't add up, does it? Well, in average-size flat it's ok, I'm only struggling in a living room where the plug regularly slips out of the socket when I stretch the hose too much (vrrrr, annoying). Cord rewind is working ok after a year, which is a plus as on many vacuum cleaners I had before this just broke after a while.
Suction power can be adjusted, although I'm normally using it on a full power. It's ok, but I have to use brush on carpets as well to get all the bits in. The hoover itself is easy to manoeuvre thank to large solid wheels.
There is only one attachment - a nozzle to reach narrow spaces, which can be used with or without a brush at the end. I find the nozzle too short, so standard wide hose starts too close and therefore it's not much use.
The main suction tube is telescopic, but it's rather useless - when undone, it's not long enough to be comfortable (I'm only 5'4'') yet when folded down to put away, it is still too long to be handy. So despite official measurements, it still takes up all the space in cleaning cupboard and is awkward to move around.
We don't have allergies so can't comment on HEPA filter, but it seems to be working ok - we have used it for really fine dust from drilling and nothing escaped. I admit not to vacuum everyday, nor regularly, but I'm always surprised how quickly the container fills up, so I guess it is rather effective. It's also quite easy to disassemble and clean the filters. It's bagless so you don't need to worry about buying any accessories for it later.
Also, moving around quite a few rental flats in my life, I often came across bits and pieces broken off the vacuum cleaner - hose end chipped, buttons missing, seals taped with sello tape. This doesn't seem to be a problem with TSP2006 - after a year nothing broke, it seems very sturdy.
I didn't mention at the beginning, that I don't think we paid full price for this - I'm quite sure we got it on sale for around £75 mark (can't remember 100%) which is just about right. If I was thinking of spending £140 on a vacuum cleaner, this would not be it! It's a basic, average bagless thing - nothing less, nothing more. It works fine, effectively enough, and it doesn't look nor feel cheap, but £140 is way too much for it.
Bagless Cylinder / Short name: Hoover TSP2006