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I've owned my Morphy Richards 73360 vacuum cleaner for around 18 months so have plenty of experience of using it for a review. When I bought it I was looking for an upright vacuum cleaner as I prefer them to cylinder cleaners and this one was on special offer for the cost of £60 and seemed like a good buy.
For your money you get an upright cleaner with a powerful 1800w motor, a 7 m cable, a bagless dust canister with a capacity of 2.7 litres, several on board tools which is height adjustable to cope with cleaning several different floor types.
It seems pretty big and bulky to me. On the front you can see the large dirt canister and can easily tell if it needs emptying. There is a dial on the bottom part of the vacuum allowing you to switch heights for different surfaces. The ergonomic handle is looped for ease of use and there are various tools stored at the back. It's not the funkiest vacuum cleaner out there but looks inoffensive enough.
Its simple enough to use in the upright position, just select the setting for the correct floor type and away you go. It's fairly heavy machine but is not so heavy as to cause a problem. I have used this cleaner on all my carpeted surfaces and my tiled kitchen and it picks up all the debris from my floor with ease. The cleaner seems to cope with the cat hair my little moggy sheds all over the place but I regularly dogsit for a gorgeous border collie who moults constantly and leaves my carpet covered in his long course hairs and the cleaner really struggles with this. The cleaner does not clean wall to wall and I find I have to get the hose out to get right to the edges of the wall and into corners.
When it comes to using the attachments the hose detaches easily and is nice and long which would be good for using on stairs and with the lengthening tubes attached it can reach into corners and sucks up spiders! The crevice tool and dusting tool work well, additional tools such as a turbo head are available from Morphy Richards for a small charge. I've found that using the attachments I can easily suck the black cat hair from my white curtains and get into all the little nooks and crannies where dust collects. A downside is that the long hose is really thin and clogs far too easily and it is a nightmare to unblock as it does not fully detach from the cleaner.
You need to empty the dust canister regularly but the large size means that you can go ages between empties. It's easy to remove the front cover and remove the canister by simply pulling the handle but I have found it fairly tricky to align it all up properly and put it back together again, having said that, I was struggling with it and my 12 year old niece came along and did it in seconds. I always find I end up covered in dust when I empty the canister and clean the filter but maybe that is just me being clumsy.
The filters are easily removed for cleaning, simply clean in mild detergent and leave to dry, if you don't clean them regularly then the vacuum cleaner overheats and cuts out which is annoying.
New belts are readily available but are the most expensive in my vacuum cleaner repairs shop but I found I could buy them cheaper on Ebay, new filters are fairly cheap from Morphy Richards and can be ordered from their website.
This is a fairly good vacuum cleaner which cleans normal household dust and grime effectively and deals with cat hairs well but struggles with dog hair. It is a sturdy machine and I like the onboard tools. However, the problems with overheating and clogged hose have been pretty irritating and have made me less happy about owning it. It's a reasonable low budget vacuum cleaner but I wish that I had spend a bit more and get something better.
The 73360 is a Upright vacuum with 1800 watts power / Short name: Morphy Richards 73360