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We bought one of these are we wanted a good powerful portable vacuum which will pick up dog hairs. When we got it home and took everything out of the box, there were plenty of accessories included with it (a bit too much really, we had to find places to put everything)
We don't use it any more (i will explain why later) so i can't quite remember everything that came with it but i will do my best.
We got three heads (not sure what they are actually called, the bit that rolls along the floor). There was a standard one which you can see in the picture. This one has brushes which can be pushed out when used on hard floor. You get a bigger version of this head for more stubborn things. This one has rotating brushes inside which spin when you start the vacuum. Then there was a small head which i wasn't quite sure what this was foor, it again has brushes but i never used this one so i can't really describe what its best used for.
Ok, as well as the 3 main heads, you get two hoses. A standard hose and an extendible stair hose. Now the standard hose i didn't mind most of the time (except this is one of the things that stopped us using the vacuum later). I can't remember the length of it but it was a good length so you do not have to have the vacuum right behind you and you don't keep tripping over it.
The second hose looks similar at first but when you move it, it acts a bit like a slinky and moves very easy and it stretches a long way. This is so you can put the vacuum unit at the bottom of your stairs and vacuum each step without having to carry the vacuum with you. Now this might seem like a brilliant idea, i loved the idea at first, but the thing is, when you are near the top of the stairs and you start vacuuming, when you put the head flat on the carpet the hose gets stiff and inflexible so you don't actually have that much freedom. Its not a big problem but it can get a bit annoying when you start vacuuming and the hose gets tight and pulls against you. When i used this one (not sure about other people) but i used one of the extra accessories. In a small tray underneith the vacuum is a small head that clips onto the end of the hose and is perfect for stairs and small areas as you could get into corners.
This brings me to the next part, the tray of accessories. As i said there is a tray that pulls out from underneith the vacuum and it holds about 3 items, there is the small extra stairs head, then thee is a brush attachment for this small head, and i think you also get a small connector tube (can't be too sure about that bit)
Its nice to have this little draw as it means you don't lose everything, but you have to put the things in the exact right spot or the draw will not close, and the draw is quite stiff to begin with.
Next we have the main steel tube that connects the hose to the heads. I do love this feature. The tube is extendible with a push of a little button that locks into different holes in the tube. It is extremely easy to extend and retract the hose to the right length, so it is perfect for people of any height.
The power lead is fully retractable which is a nice feature, you pull it out manually then when you are finished you hold a button and the lead is automatically pulled inside the machine all neat and tidy. This is good but when you pull the lead out it is quite stiff and you have to hold the vacuum as you pull otherwise you will often end up just pulling the vacuum.
One of the things that put me off this unit was moveability. This links with the power cord. If you have not pulled enough cord out and you want to move to a next room, you are supposed to be able to just pull the vacuum and more of the lead will come out, but because the lead is stiff when coming out it often just ends up pulling the plug out of the wall or the vacuum just won't come towards you so you have to go over to it and pull out more cord.
Also if you are in a fairly small room, or you have to go back on yourself, the vacuum is supposed to turn around 180 degrees and follow you but a lot of the time it will tip back on the large back wheels and if you are not careful it will tip right over and after a while of this you can get very annoyed.
Another negative is the noise, this is an extremely loud vacuum. I always thought our Henry vacuum was noisy until i turned this one on. There is a slider on the main unit which can turn down the suction power which reduces the noise, but of course it also reduces the power. I just had to put up with the noise as i needed the highest power setting because of the dog hairs on the carpets.
This then leads me back to the heads. All the heads have brushes in them and of course these pick up the hairs from your carpet but then the brushes get entangled in hairs and you find yourself picking them all out when you have finished. Even the main head, even though the brushes are retractable, they do not retract quite enough and still pick up hairs.
This is a bagless vacuum so you do not have to waste money on those horrible paper bags that fill up and have to be thrown away and replaced every so often. Instead the dust and dirt all goes into the large container on the front (the large coloured cylinder you see in the picture). This was one of the things that got us buying this vacuum. To empty it, all you do is remove the container from the rest of the unit then holding the handle, you press a button and the bottom lid falls open and all the dust falls into the bin or bag below. This is a great idea but its not as good as you think as dust seems to get everywhere on the container, including the outside walls and all over the lid so you spend all your time cleaning the thing.
Ok we had a few problems as i have mentioned but i could cope with most of this, but the thing that stopped us using it was the main hose started to tare slightly in one of the ridges as the main hose is not very flexible and as you have to keep pulling on it to get the vacuum to move with you and a hole started to appear. Luckily it was near the end of the hose and my dad managed to cut that bit off and replace the end cap thing, but a few weeks later we got another small hole and then we just gave up. We tried contacting Morphy Richards and it took them ages to reply and all they told us was to take it up with the store where we bought it. So then we did just give up and took it back.
We may have just been unlucky with this vacuum but sorry i cannot recommend it overall as we had too much trouble with it and you start to get stressed using it. We just went back to our good old Henry which is still working fine after about 10 years. Yes it has to have bags in but we can cope with buying a couple of bags a year.
Now I have to say first i Have 2 very hairy dogs a builder for a huband nd a 19 month old child so vacum cleaners get a real hard time in this house. Most usually last me 6-9 months and they just stop picking up the hair but this one has been sucking for 12 months and no signs (touch wood ) of it giving up the ghost. The turbo tools heads are fantastic for pulling the dog hairs out of carpets and the smaller of the two turbo heads is idea for the stairs. I have some carpet, some laminate and some tile and some natural slate floors in the house and find it good on all surfaces, but to get good results you need toswap heads. The filters are still going from original and i love the fact that you can clean the filter by turning it in its casing and it is easy and clean to empty with the drop out bottom. Its light and easy to store.
I purchased the Morphy Richards 71060 bagless cylinder vacuum about 4 months ago. I bought the vacuum online from the Morphy Richard website for £50.
I really like the features that come with this model. There is an automatic plug re-tractor, which I absolutely love, I hate having to fiddle with the plug and wrap it around and around. There is also a little tool drawer hidden in the bottom of the vacuum which contains 3 separate attachments that are perfect for getting into those tight spaces like between couch cushions and under the fridge.
The vacuum comes with two separate hoses one that stretches for stairs and the other is for all other normal tasks. The vacuum also comes with two heads one for carpet and one especially for hardwood or laminate flooring. Both these heads is they both contain a little brush in the front for collecting any dirt left behind. This model also comes with two HEPA filters. If one needs to be cleaned you can just replace it with the extra one and clean the dirty one using soap and water.
Of course, one of the best features of this vacuum is the fact that it is bagless. The dirt accumulated in the canister can be emptied within a matter of seconds with no mess or hassle.
There is also a slide button located on the top of the vacuum to move the power higher or lower. I would suggest keeping the power on high to make sure you pick up all the dirt and debris off floors; I tend to use the less power mode on things like the couch. I like the ease of being able to hoover around the house and the vacuum rolls right behind me with no struggle.
The cylinder shape of the vacuum makes it easy to store in smaller spaces, which is always a bonus.
As I stated before both the heads for the vacuum contain a brush on the front. This brush seems to become embedded with dust and hair even if it is in its off position. You will need to pick out the bits of dust from time to time to keep the head clean. That is the only real complaint I have with this vacuum.
Ok before I get into my review a moment of honesty, I am not about to claim to be an expert on Hoovers I do not exactly race to grab it when the hovering needs done in fact I am more likely to find that I have something much more important needing attended to. That said however I have done my fair share in my time and being a rather hashy person I have also been through a lot of different Hoovers in my time.
Personally I was quite happy with the old Hoover we owned as it seemed to do the job ok rather noisily and a bit smelly after it had been on for a while but it worked and that done for me. My fiancée on the other hand insisted it was time for a new one and who was I to argue. As much as I hate to do so once I had used the new Morphy Richards 71060 I had to agree the difference between this and our old Hoover was like night and day, there was no more going over the same bit carpet or floor twice this lifted everything first time in fact the suction was so good you had to pry it off the carpet at times (no exaggeration).
The other handy thing about this Hoover not so much for me but more so for my fiancée is the fact that it is very light weight and easy to handle (useful for when doing the stairs for example). Being a bag less Hoover once you have bought it there's no more money to be outlaid simply empty the compartment when needed and carry on.
Bag less explained.
Bag less cleaners give you the flexibility of cleaning without having to purchase replacement bags, allowing dirt and dust to be collected in an easy-to-empty container. Vacuum cleaners with a bag provide a clean and convenient way to dispose of dust.
Another fine thing about this Hoover is that it has a hepa filter being as I am very prone to bursts of sneezing when exposed to any dust this was a good thing in my eyes.
Heap filter explained.
HEPA Filters provide the best dust retention and are good for allergy sufferers.
We also found that the onboard tools supplied were very useful there was a tool that could be fitted to the hose to enable you to perform every task very well, the tools include a small almost pointed end for tight spaces, a small end with brushes to enable you to get the best results on the stairs and a long angled one to get into hard to reach places.
The actual main head of the Hoover can be changed to suit heavy pile carpets, light pile carpets or wooden or tiled floors. The same result there for can be expected no matter what floor type you are using it on.
Being that this Hoover is a nice looking bit of equipment too you don't have to worry about it being left out where it can be seen although this probably wont be necessary as it is very compact and can be fitted away in a relatively small space.
As I have mentioned earlier I was none too keen to splash out on a new Hoover but am now glad I did, at just £74.99 I think we made a very good choice and with the 2 years warranty that comes with it we have peace of mind too. We made our purchase from Currys but this Hoover can be found in most electrical stores and Argos too I believe.
What you get for your money.
Huge 3.8 litre dust container
Lifetime HEPA filtration
Flexible stair hose
Click to clean filter system
Tools on board
And a 2 Year Parts Guarantee.
To wrap up I would finish by saying that if you need a new Hoover then definitely give this one a thought, we have had it now for just under a year and it still has the suction it had as new. My mother in law to be who is a very fussy woman who cant see past her dyson did have to admit that this little Hoover gave her big clumsy dyson a run for its money!!
Thanks for reading
The 71060 is a Canister vacuum with 1800 watts power / Short name: Morphy Richards 71060