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~Make Crumbs and I Will Clean~
Member Name: newby2
Advantages: Nearly A Dyson
Disadvantages: Not a Dyson
Now as dooyoo's monthly competition is vacuum cleaners, I thought it about time I reviewed my current cleaner as I had planned to do for some time now. Dooyoo had asked "Do you know anyone who enjoys vaccuming?" well I had to answer that questions as "I do!". Of course it is not high on my exciting things to do list but I still get a fair bit of pleasure from doing it, especially when using this vacuum cleaner.
Now Samsung aren't exactly a company whom I would have thought made vacuum cleaners or at least not a company who would have made GOOD vacuum cleaners but seeing as though this was the third vacuum cleaner that I had had in the space of only a few months, I thought I would give it the benefit of the doubt especially as the other top named ones hadn't worked out very well for me and had had to go straight back to the Argos returns desk! They really love me there!
==Price and availability==
As with most of the things in my house, I purchased my Samsung Vacuum cleaner from Argos having already tried a handful of others at a lower price, I decided to pay a little bit extra on top of the returned money I had from taking my previous one back. The book price of this vacuum is £79.99p which doesn't make this a particularly expensive item when looking at the price of the cylinder Dyson's but there are a lot of other, cheaper cleaners in the Argos book to choose from. I have taken a look on line for this review and it seems that you can get this particular vacuum at a cheaper price for around £65 from Dixons which is really good value for what you are getting but the £79 seems standard as there are a good few other retailers selling this model for that price.
Okay I have to admit that I didn't really want this vacuum cleaner as I was hampering after a Dyson which so many people rave on about and they are quite clearly the market leaders. However that said, I couldn't afford a Dyson and therefore this seemed like one of the next best options. The fact that this appliance was both bagless and a cylinder model was really just what I was looking for and was one of the main draws for me, along side the fact that it has a good 2000 watt of suction which appears better than most of the Dyson models that I was looking at.
As I say I have tried out a good few vacuum cleaners in a bid to find one that is just right for us (I say us but really it's only me who uses it, Jack does like to stick the nozzle to his clothes every once in a while but I try to steer him away from doing this as last time he nearly sucked his face off with it!). I have found that for our flat which is mainly laid to laminate flooring the upright models are just no good, they seem too difficult to get under things and to steer in the right direction. However these cylinder models give more freedom to move around and to get into harder to reach areas.
This Samsung Vacuum has another great bonus which is far better than any other vacuum cleaners I have ever had and this is the fact that the power cord is a brilliant length at 7 meters! This means that I am able to vacuum my whole flat without changing over the plug sockets at all (although I do have to stretch the last half a meter or so!). Other vacuum cleaners that I looked at mostly had a length of 5 or maybe 6 meters making this one quite a bit better in that respect.
The main joy of vacuuming has got to be when you are able to see the muck that you have sucked up and with this Samsung model, you are able to get a really good look at every bit of sucked up muck in the see through dust collector and it is really quite amazing how much dirt is collected every time I use it. The 200 watts of power which is 360 watts of suction mean that you seem to get every last bit of dust up off the floor and into the waste area of the vacuum. This is great news for us, because Himself suffers from so many allergies and is more or less allergic to life! Which means he is constantly sneezing so knowing that I have sucked up as much dust as possible makes me feel I am at least doing my bit! Of course another good feature with this Samsung cleaner has got to be, the Hep A filter, with this you know that you are getting the cleanest living space possible as this feature is said to trap the micro particles such as dust and other allergens like pollen and mould from coming out of the exhaust whilst cleaning. This really does seem to work and the filter itself is easy to clean and does make for a generally better clean.
The Samsung Vacuum has a two chamber dust bin which is a system unique to Samsung and is said to improve the cleaning ability and longevity of the product. It basically separates the dust and dirt that has been sucked up and places it in the larger chamber and leaves the smaller one free to keep the strong suction ability of the machine going. This makes perfect sense when you think about it and means that even when the dust bin is nearly full up the machine still works like it does when it is empty.
The dust bin itself is of a good size and at 2 litres has enough space to do three or four cleans before needing emptying although I like to empty it after each use to ensure no valuable Lego pieces have been sucked up accidentally. The emptying process is so easy and relatively mess free that this is no trouble to do. There is a large handle on the outside of the machine which needs a small button pushing in to release the dust bin and then the cover needs taking off before turning the thing upside down into a bin liner! Simples!
Every month or so the filters in the vacuum need a good clean to ensure that the suction of the cleaner is always maintained. This again is a very simple task that takes just a few minutes to do. Under the dust bin there is a pop out half moon shaped plastic container which holds two filters. The first is a very chunky piece of foam and the second is a skinny netted filter which is housed in a plastic edging. These both only need to be rinsed out with warm water to make sure all the dust particles are washed away and after a good squeeze out they are more or less dry but do need a good 24 hours to dry off completely. I normally leave mine on the window sill in the kitchen and the day after washing they are bone dry and ready to be easily inserted back into the machine.
The hose on the vacuum is also very good, not only because it is very long and I most certainly like a good bit of length but also because it has a 360 degree swivel action making it easy to use to get into all those tight little spaces Jack likes to drop crumbs. However because of the length I do find it hard to put away as the hose does take some bending to fit into our designated cupboard. This however is not a big issue and I only curse about it when having a bad day. The vacuum clean itself not overly big either at 300 mm in height, 420 mm in depth and 238 mm in width meaning that the cupboard space it takes up is hardly missed.
There are a few other features to this particular machine which are only small but of course are worth mentioning and these are the warning light which will come on when the filter needs cleaning out and is really to let you know that the machine is either too full up or there is something stuck. Of course this is plainly obvious as when the powerful suction starts to decrease it is not something that you are likely not to notice. There is also the auto power cord re-winder which can be slightly dangerous if you are not careful with it, as it sucks the cord back in at such a rate that the plug will come whipping around your ankles and liable to fracture something!
The buttons on the machine are few and far between and it is both basic looking and basic to use. There is a small dial which allows you to change the suction of the vacuum from minimum or right up to maximum although why anyone would want to lower the suction is beyond me! (any ideas?) The two large buttons on the cleaner are the on and off switch which is clearly shown with a little diagram of the symbol for power and the other button is the cord rewind button which has a little picture of a power plug on (just encase you get mixed up, which I still do even with the pictures!). There is also a large, chunky handle which is prefect for picking the cleaner up to move over things or into the next room if you decide not to pull it along and is very sturdy.
The long arm of the vacuum can be altered in size depending on your own height and preference on how to hold the thing. I have shortened it on a few occasions to the smallest size and this allows Jack to have a good go at pushing the arm around. However he does seem to like having the arm of the cleaner off so he can just use to small nozzle as this is easier for his small little hands. There is also a foot control on this section of the vacuum which allows for the brushes of the head to come out or to be put away depending on the type of floor you are cleaning. The brushes seem to work well on most of the flooring so I tend to keep these down all the time.
The general look of the Samsung Vacuum cleaner is rather nice as far as these types of appliances go. The black and grey colourings I would have thought might have attracted a lot of dust on it than it actually does and would generally looked grubby but I suspect because of the Hep A filter, there doesn't seem to be a lot of dust flying around to be attracted to the smooth plastic of the cleaner and it doesn't need much more than a quick wipe over every once in a while with a damp cloth. The two large wheels situated on the back of the machine and the smaller wheel underneath means that it moves with me around the flat easily and I have really had no troubles in the way the machine moves or indeed works. Also I find it to be a rather quiet machine when compared to my upstairs neighbours vacuum (grrr) and I am able to do the vacuuming whilst Jack is asleep without him waking up or even stirring. Of course it is not silent but it is far better than a lot of other machines we have had.
==My Overall Opinion==
I have to admit to really rather liking doing the vacuuming when using this cleaner. Not only can you really see the work that your putting in by the amount of dust and debris that is collected in the dust bin, it is also so simple to use and so powerful that to vacuum the whole of my flat doesn't take longer than half and hour (and that is with doing all the edges really well too!). We have had it over a year now (Argos guarantee has run out but manufactures one is still in place) and we have had no troubles whatsoever with it. The instruction manual which came with the machine has a few little troubleshooting ideas for if the suction does go or the machine doesn't work but although we have kept this handy little booklet, we have not yet had to refer to it.
I really cannot find anything to say that is negative about this cleaner. We did have one minor episode with the vacuum which what the time that Himself did the vaccuming (April 19th 2009) and decided it would be a good idea to suck up Jack's spilt drink. This of course led to the cleaner drying out with dust and fluff clogging up the hose and every possible orifice that there is and thus lead to a total suction loss and very poor performance. However this was solved fairly quickly by me clipping out the hose (it simply clips out with no screwing needed) and putting it in the bath to shoot water down it and giving it a good clean out. The amount of dirt that came out was amazing and made sense why the suction was lost. After I cleaned it all out and waited for it to dry out, it was back to sucking every inch of dust from the house and working like it was brand new again. I can't really blame the machine for this episode as it was himself trying to help out (trying being the operative word).
All in all this cleaner is a really good one and does its job so well that I can stand up and say
"I am proud to enjoy doing the vaccuming" (whilst owning this brilliant appliance). "Come, make crumbs and I shall clean".........
It has to be awarded a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and an exceptionally high recommendation.
(Of course I still would like a Dyson but this IS the next best thing)
Check out the Samsung vacuum-cleaner homepage at:
2 Litre Dust Bin
Bagless Cylinder Cleaner
2 Step Brush
Steel Telescopic Pipe
5.8 kg in weight
2000 watt power suction
78 dBA Noise
7 Meter Power Cord
Hep A filter
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Summary: A great appliance
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