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I have had the miss fortune of a vortex, and a rubbish dyson, Ive gone back to using my hoover powerplus , it may be old but the cleaning power is great, (the powerplus replaced the senior in the mid 80's) it says something when a 22 year old hoover out lives new hoovers!!.my review for the vortex are below
We have had this model for 4yrs now and have had 3 motors replaced (£50 each time) and 2 electrical faults. It always goes after the guarantee period and stinks the house out with burnt motor smell and leave black mark on the carpet. The Engineer said that this was a problem with this model but we still replaced it (cheaper than buying a new vaccum) and the motor has now gone again !. We use it every week for about 25 minutes which I don't think it's excessive. We have decided to cut our loss and buy something else. So be warn ...
When I moved in to my first (and current) flat 3 years ago I had precious little in the way of household appliances. The smaller things (kettles, toasters, irons etc) weren't too much of a problem but larger items like vacuum cleaners were significantly more expensive. So I borrowed my mums old Hoover. An old blue 'upright' cleaner, it served me well until that fateful day when my girlfriend used it to suck up a load of water. It was never the same after that, air smelled musty, the motor began to reek of ozone and I generally feared for my life every time I used it. Something had to be done, I was quite happy to let the carpet fend for itself but girlfriend insisted that a new vacuum cleaner was needed. Not having found DooYoo at the time and knowing precious little about vacuum cleaners anyway, I asked my mum. I mean, who else would I ask? As usual, mum came up with the goods. She had recently purchased a new Hoover (to replace the trusty old blue upright that had mysteriously vanished) and was more than happy to extoll it's virtues. first off, it was not just another Hoover. Oh no, this one was a Hoover 'Vortex'. Based on a principal so similar to the Dyson 'Cyclone' that patent lawyers must have been rubbing their hands together in delight, it was a bagless cleaner thay boasted no loss of suction. Plus you could see all the dust swirling round as you vacuumed. Add to that a self-retracting cable, a 1500watt motor, a 2 litre 'jug' into which all the dirt goes and a deviously stowed selection of 'attachments' and it appeared to be the Hoover-owners dream. Astute readers may have noticed that the above is written in the past tense. This is for two reasons. Firstly, because it happened in the past (about 18 months ago). Secondly because, having purchased the exact same Hoover Vortex model as my dear old mum, I am no longer quite so impressed with it. Why has it fallen so quickly from grace?
Well to be fair, it wasn't a rapid descent. When we got the thing home and out of the box, we took it for a test-run. The amount of dirt/dust it extracted from a small section of carpet was amazing. I was actually worried that the concrete floor would be eroded away through the carpet! In fact such was the novelty of being able to see the dust build up that we actually fought over who was going to do the hoovering! This didn't last for too long though. After the dust came the bits of carpet, swirling frantically around the clear plastic jug that had so neatly replaced the good old hoover bag. In use, the hoover was light enough to push around the room with ease (although our carpet is far from deep-pile). The extension hoses and nozzles all neatly stored in the handle of the hoover meant that there was no more rummaging around in the cupboard under the stairs to find them. It was also the first hoover I'd used that had a self-retracting cable, and what a labour saving invention that is! The clear plastic 'jug' meant that it was easy to see when you need to empty it and the actual emptying of the jug is considerably easier (and far less messy!) than the old hoover-bags used to be. And the noise, don't forget the noise! Whereas the old hoover used to hum along in a muffled fashion this thing roared furiously. No longer was it possible to remain seated in the lounge watching TV, lifting your feet up when the need arose. There was simply no point in trying to watch/listen to anything while the hoover was on, but this was a minor inconvenience. But after what seemed cruelly close to 12 months, disaster struck. Now that we were comfortably outside of the manufacturers warranty, and having made certain that we hadn't paid for a warranty extension, the motor decided to burn out. Not in a particularly glamorous style, but enough to render the device useless. It started with the now ominous smell of Ozone, that sharp, acidic, met
allic taste that really hits the back of your throat. Every time the hoover was used it left behind it a horrific stench which could only be dispersed by leaving all the windows open. This lasted for about a week after which, the hoover made an ominous popping sound mid 'push' and simply stopped working. Oh dear. A quick call to the local hoover repair-man later and we were off to his shop with the casualty in the back of the car. Two days later we returned to collect the hoover and left £65 pounds worse off. Apparently this is the cost of a new Hoover motor.. Now to have one hoover motor burn-out after a year could be considered unfortunate. but to have two burn out? Surely this is something more than bad luck. Well, as you have probably guessed I can be considered unlucky when it comes to hoovers. Just over a week ago our hoover (the one with the 6-month old motor in it) began to smell of Ozone for the second time. To date the motor is still working, but the Ozone is getting stronger with each use. It gets used more sparingly these days in the hope that, somehow, it will be able to heal itself. Unfortunately I don't think it's going to. So it looks like I will soon be staring at another bill for £65. All of a sudden, the extra 3 years warranty for £50 seems like such a good idea. If only I'd known at the time! On it's own, you may think that this was just an isolated incident. That perhaps I am just doubly unlucky when it comes to affairs of the vacuum cleaner. Or maybe that I went to a 'dodgey' repair-man who simply reconditioned the motor rather than fit a new one. I know I would be thinking these same things if it hadn't been for the fact that my mums hoover (which, you may recall, is the very same model as mine) suffered almost the exact same problem. Smell of Ozone, pop of the motor and it was good-night Axminster. A replacement motor and 10 months later and she went and bought a Dyson, something that I am consider
ing myself should the motor burn out again. And this time I will make sure I get the extended warranty!
I have never been one for using an upright Hoover but have to say I am now converted. I have owned this Hoover for about 6 months now and would I say it was a good Hoover, going by my above opening line "A pain in the bum"? Well yes I would and why it is a pain will be disclosed further down in the opinion. So what good qualities does this Hoover have? This Hoover has a great advantage over most Hoovers that are currently on today’s market. 1) Being, once bought you never need to change another filter, by opting for a specific one designed for this, there are two choices of filters you can choose from these being either, Micro (w2600) or HEPA lifetime (w2700) the difference being one is lifetime and one has a life span of 12 months (which I think is usual). With a HEPA filter this really is an excellent choice to make especially, for those who are prone to Asthma and other dust related allergies. This type of filter minimises 99.99% of household dust, pollens and allergens down to 0.3, which surely is an advantage if I ever saw one. 2) No bag ever again, as this is vacuum is bag less. Instead sporting a very fancy, flashy 2 litre clear drum that all your household dirt goes straight into. Once filled empty straight into your bin and great start all over again. Does this Hoover suck up as good as others? I would say it’s suction power is better than all other leading brands, due to the ‘Vortex’ power behind it, it would give many a Hoover manufacture a run for their money (and I believe that recently they have). Special features that this Hoover has. >No bags. Easy bin removal (one click and it’s out) >Easy move multi-grip handle and large on-off button (especially helpful to those with Arthritis etc.) >4 tools on board, compactly stored, these being, crevice tool, furniture nozzle, dusting brush an
d extension tubes. >Lightweight ABS plastic extension tubes >25% faster cleaning ‘Big-Foot’ >Reaches under low furniture >Edge to edge cleaning >Crevice tool reaches into awkward places (especially behind radiators) >Easy empty 2-litre bin. All these are very good advantages to have with your Hoover and are what in today’s lifestyles make life so much easier. So why is this Hoover a pain in the bum? Well with all things there has to be some disadvantages. Well with this it’s the annoying fact that every time you go to use the attachments that come with this Hoover you end up having the Hoover fall on top of you whilst you are knee down bum in the air this isn’t funny. On several occasions I have had the Hoover go down on my back whilst I have been using the long nozzle for cleaning floors. I think if the manufacturers of this Hoover could just adjust the length of the pipe that attaches to the Hoover accessories I am sure that this would be a dream Hoover to own. This can be dangerous for children especially any that are crawling nearby (as I have discovered, nearly), so if you are thinking of buying this don’t be put of just be aware beforehand. Overall the points to this Hoover are brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
We were in the market for an upright vacuum cleaner just at the time of the successful prosecution of Hoover by Dyson for patent infringement. Our 3-year-old Hoover 'Turbo Power' had just be donated to our son's student flat to replace a knackered Electrolux that 'ate' drive belts, so we looked at the pricerunner web-site and then 'discovered' dooyoo.co.uk. We read all the opinions avidly, and went to our local (just opened) Comet store. Heather took one look at the Dysons and said that there was 'no way' that she would have such monstrous colours in her house. We also noticed that all the Dyson and Electrolux 'bagless' upright cleaners needed the (expensive) filters, but we were told that the Hoover models (that had just been removed from sale because of the Dyson case) did not need such replacments. Reading the dooyoo opinions on the Hoover Vortex V2000 convinced us that this was the model for us. But where to get one ? We are not yet convinced of using an on-line store for such electrical purchases (that may require return and replacement). Curry's gave the same response as Comet, but our local Makro store had the V2000 in stock, and also the V1500 model. It was the pale grey/black colour of the V1500 that convined Heather to buy, rather than the red/black V2000. Her point is that she gets interuptions when carrying out the cleaning, and did not favour colours for equipment that did not blend in with the background, if she had to 'abandon' the vacuum cleaner temporarily to carry out another urgent task. As far as we could tell the only differenbce apart from the colour was the Hepa filter system in the V2000, and none of the family suffers from asthma, so it was not an essential feature. There was a significant price differential, the V1500 costing £99.95 + VAT, and the V2000 £139.95 + VAT, so we were both happy. Performance OUTSTA
NDING ! From memory, I do not recall the Which Reports on Dyson cleaners indicating that they were particularly marvellous as regards performance, so we were not expecting anything particularly spectacular from the Hoover, but that is what we got. The cleaning was so good compared with our (seemingly adequate) Turbo Power, that even our son (visiting home from his student flat) noticed how clean the lounge carpet was ! It has also been a revelation, seeing how much skin scales were picked up from the bathroom carpet. Heather is delighted with not only the performance but the lack of smell, the ease of emptying the container, and having tools 'on board' that really work. Previously, we used an Electrolux cylinder cleaner for getting at hard to reach corners with its crevice nozzle. Initially she had doubts about the comfort of using the stragne looking handle, but this was not a problem and there have been no back twinges. Bad features Heather's only complaint is the weight of the machine Conclusions If you are thinking about buying an upright vacuum cleaner in the very near future, get out and buy a Hoover Vortex V2000 or V1500 whilst you are still able. Update 1 9/11/2000 Makro had removed their Hoover Vortex from display, but their latest offers leaflet suggest that it will be back on sale. If you want one, go and hassle your Makro store ! Update 2 10/11/2000 I now see that the Scottish Daily Mail are advertising the Hoover Vortex Vacuum Cleaners. Could it be that a 'financial arrangement has been made with Dyson, so that the stocks can be sold off ? IF SO, GO OUT AND BUY ONE WHILST YOU CAN, if you are in the market for a vacuum cleaner, that is.
I normally buy cheap Hoovers, but I eventually got sick of replacing them, I’d pay about £50 for a Hoover and it would barely last a year. So I decided to buy a good quality Hoover, I heard about the Hoover Vortex, and it sounded perfect, as it’s a reliable name, and it’s perfect for people who suffer from dust allergies like myself. The vortex doesn’t need any bags or replacement filters, it has a dust container, so when the container is full, you just empty it, and put it back in. It has a triple vortex system that picks up larger dirt, minute dust and microscopic dust. It features 5 stage air filtration, so it’s good for allergy suffers and for people with asthma. It has this special carpet agitator so your carpet always looks like brand new, most Hoovers eventually flatten the carpet pile, but the vortex doesn’t. It has auto cord rewind, and it’s easy to store. This Hoover also comes with a 5-year parts warranty.
Having decided we needed a new Hoover, off to the shop I go to purchase my Dyson. Like most people, bagless hoovers are called a Dyson. My only hesitation was the replacement of the filters, required with a Dyson. The assistant was very helpful, and demonstrated the Dyson at my request, but also directed me in the direction of the Hoover Vortex which as the need for replacing filters was non existent, made for an economical purchase. Having got the Hoover home I set about cleaning the house, first problem the Vortex is much noiser than a Dyson. My husband compares it to a Tornado Jet taking off. Also must read instructions properly. Had to have the engineer out soon after using it, having failed to remove the main filter in the body of the hoover and clean the dust out manged to blow it up! In Summary - nice hoover, very efficient, but needs to come with ear defenders.
When I decided I was going to get an upright naturally I went into the shop looking for a Dyson but was pleasently surprised when I was shown to the Hoover Triple Vortex 2000. Unlike the Dyson it does not have expensive filters that you have to purchase every couple of months and the suction is quite amazing. When I put the hoover across my living room carpet at home I though the kids had bought the best part of the local beach into the house qyuite amzing. Its frightening what has come out of the carpet and this an apsolute must if you have a dog - buy it and you may even be lucky like me and get cash back. Update :- Well the hoover is still sucking well but the build quality is another matter. I have had to have a replcement motor and the wheels have fallen off in the first year. Maybe that is why they are cheaper than the Dyson!!!
Short name: Hoover V2000