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Having owned both a Dyson and a Vax, this Russell Hobbs knocks spots off them (no pun on the dalmation design intended!).
Our Vax Turboforce wasn't giving very good results anymore and it was so heavy to push round that I'd be out of breath after cleaning just one small room! As for carrying it upstairs, forget it! Then a friend recommended the Russell Hobbs, not a brand I'd usually consider in a vacuum, but the reviews online also seemed good and it was on offer at Argos for £79.99. Upon hearing some people saying it actually lifted their carpet pile (ours was looking very flat and tired) we decided to give it a try. I can confirm that yes, it does lift the carpet pile back up and our carpets look almost like new! It is also very light and easy to manouvre-it is fairly heavy to carry upstairs though not quite as cumbersome as our Vax was-but it glides across both hard and carpeted floors.
I notice another reviewer mentioned how the bottom part of the cleaner hangs loose when carried-we thought that too, thinking the vacuum was faulty at first but you just need to sort of roll the cleaner forward and it does lock into place.
The pet hair tool provided is very good, better than the one on our Vax, the only trouble is that there is no onboard storage for it, though I guess if there were the vacuum may not be quite so streamlined! However you only really need this for vacuuming furniture and the like anyway as the vacuum is excellent at picking up cat hairs when just used normally.
Downsides are that the hose isn't very long (too short for stair cleaning) and the drum needs emptying fairly frequently but this is easy to do so that doesn't worry me. Also the switch to adjust the brushbar height is a bit clunky.
It doesn't feel the most sturdy of vacuums I'll admit, but all this aside, I'm still extremely impressed to the point that these minor niggles don't bother me. Being able to easily push it around (without needing a lie down!) and the way it leaves my carpets looking were the two most important things to me and on both of those points it delivers! I can't imagine even top of the range vacuums giving much better results and this vacuum was a bargain!
Our last vacuum cleaner died a couple of months ago and we had to buy a new one. We have a dog so wanted one that would pick up the hairs as well so my other half decided to buy this one from Argos.
It is the Russell Hobbs 13944 Pet Cyclone. It costs £129.99 in Argos. The cleaner is upright and it is a white colour with some black dalmation type of spots on the front at the bottom where it sucks up the dirt. It says it has a 2000 watts motor which is quite powerful. the length of the hose is 3m. and the bin on it is capable of holding 2.5 litres of dust.
It comes with some handy tools, a crevice tool, dusting brush and turbo tool and it has a pipe extension. These all fit into the back of the cleaner.
Now to using it. So far it sounds really a nice cleaner but there are a couple of downsides to it. The first being that it is really heavy, I can't lift it to take it upstairs so my other half has to do that for me. Also when you do manage to lift it the front bit hangs down, where as on our old one (which was brilliant, should have got the same kind) it stayed in position until you clicked something with your foot to let the front bit drop down and become flexible.
The second downside is that we have a rug in the living room that is quite shaggy with long fibres. Our old cleaner used to run over the top quite easily but this new one I can't get it to move on the rug at all, it just stays in one place and I can't push it or pull it as its a) too heavy and be just doesn't want to move on the fibres. So again other half now has to clean the living room or it wouldn't get done.
In the dining room we have wooden flooring (varnished floorboards) and a short haired rug. The cleaner works nicely over this and I can use it my self (yay!!). It has a good suction on it and picks up the dog hairs plus I do a lot of sewing and it picks up the threads easily from the floor.
In the kitchen we have lino flooring and it cleans this quite well, I do find it hard to get right into the edges of the room with it though so I usually have to sweep anything out to the middle and suck it up ( you could use the tool but the broom is quicker).
As for the stairs, its another thing I can't manage due to the weight of the thing. I can do may be the first four or five stairs but after that I can't reach. Other half picks it up and does them as he goes up but its too heavy for me to do this.
The lead is quite long, may be not quite as long as our old one but it stretches enough to be able to clean the hall where we don't have an electrical socket to plug it in.
Was it a good buy? In my opinion no it wasn't as I am limited on what I can use it for but on the other hand my other half now has to do the rooms I can't do so may be it was a good buy after all lol.
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We got this vacuum cleaner just recently to try to tackle the pet hair problem our cats create. It got four and a half stars on average on the Argos website from customers who'd bought it, and as it only cost £65 I thought it must be a pretty good buy. It was getting rated up with the Dysons, but for a third of the price.
Getting this vacuum assembled was really easy. I just had to unscrew a single screw near the top of the vacuum, then slide the handle into place, and re-fix the screw to keep it together. That was it, I was ready to roll. The attachments that came with it, two special heads and an extension tube nozzle, had little slots down the side of the vacuum to sit in.
To operate this, I just had to click a little pedal at the base of the vacuum to tilt the base, then press a pedal beside that to turn it on. That was it, I was ready to vacuum within ten minutes of getting it out of the box.
I noticed immediately that this vacuum made a difference to our pet hair problem. Our old vacuum was 1800w, only 200w less than this vacuum boasts. So there's more to what this does to pick up the pet hair than just relying on power alone. The way the brushes on the base unit work obviously do a little something extra to get those pesky hairs up.
The pipe comes off easily from the main unit for cleaning in crevices and along the skirting boards. You can add the little shaped nozzle tools if you want, though I actually found I didn't need to. There was sufficient power to pick all the dust up from around the edges by just whizzing the open tube end around.
There is a downside to this though, as with all good things in life. This is possibly the noisiest vacuum cleaner I have ever heard! I was really shocked that a vacuum could make such loud, rattling noises at first. But then after seeing how clean my carpets were, and that the pet hair had all been picked up, I decided it didn't matter that this makes a raucous during use. It's something worth considering if you're thinking about this though - it really is that loud.
Fantastic Vacuum cleaner. Really powerfull (1800w). carpets look fantastic.Come with a handheld rotating brush attachment which is brilliant for cleaning the stairs/tight corners.Purchased from Comet for £39 (Yes £39) as it was an "end of line" product.
The 13944 is a Upright vacuum with 1800 watts power / Short name: Russell Hobbs 13944