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An end to the Battle of Cleaners...
Member Name: sparkle1004
Advantages: It's light, quiet and easy to use
Disadvantages: The suction strength button broke off mine almost immediately
My family is notoriously bad at choosing Vacuum Cleaners. Whatever the price or the brand, they always seem to break. And that's if they even worked properly in the first place. There was the one that didn't pick anything up, the one that spat out what it had picked up as it went along and the one which caught on fire. It has become something of a long running, but very expensive and frustrating, joke.
The latest attempt was the Samsung SC 8442. This was a brand that I associated more with televisions and mobile phones, in other words, a brand of Vacuum Cleaner that I'd never tried. I thought it was worth a go so I purchased it from Argos for £79.99.
The design is very classic and the outer casing is a shiny navy colour with a shiny silver plate on top with the controls. The controls are obvious with no high tech levers or switches that could be confusing. I liked how small the actual body of the cleaner was meaning that when all the attachments are removed it easily fits into the cupboard without a full on battle breaking out.
The cleaner is one of the lightest that I've had which makes carrying it up the stairs and even actually cleaning the stairs, less of a life or death venture. It weighs about 6KG. The length of the hose is 1.7 metres long so you can leave the cleaner on the floor at the bottom and top to clean most of the stairs without having to hold it anyway.
It is also one of the quietest that I've used. It is not irritating to those around you and will not give you a head ache if you are using it for a long time. The extension length of the electric wire reaches up to seven metres which is long enough to prevent you having to switch sockets too often.
To empty the cleaner is so simple that even I can do it. You simply press the black button and pull out the container which is holding all the horrible dust and dirt that the cleaner has collected. The container is covered with a sort of lid which means that as you are walking to the bin to empty it, all the dirt and dust won't fly up into your face. Thank goodness!
The actual container is fairly small because so is the body of the cleaner. I have a fairly large house and it doesn't fill up when I use it. (I'd be a bit worried about the cleanliness of my house if it did!) It won't hurt to empty it after each use anyway but it does hold 2 litres of dust and gives you an indication when it's full.
The cleaner picks up bits off the floor meaning you don't need to keep returning to the same spot again and again. This overall means that the hoovering can be done quickly and your floors and carpets will look as good as new. It also has plenty of different attachments to ensure that you can reach ever nook and cranny of your home.
One of the selling points to this cleaner lies in it twin chamber system which apparently allows the dust and the larger particles to be separated. The dust gathers in the centre of the container while the larger debris gathers in to the outer layer. I'll admit that the benefit of this is lost on me!
The cleaner has a special filtration action which ensures that the cleaner only produces a clean exhaust making it great for use in a house with allergy or asthma sufferers. Many of the cleaners that I've used have left my house smelling funny (again that's probably just my luck!) but this one leaves no smell behind at all so I assume its forfilling this promise well.
It comes with a variable power switch and here we come to the only problem that I've had with this cleaner. The trigger to adjust the strength of the suction snapped off almost straight away so now I can't increase or decrease the power. I'm sure this was just a fluke as I haven't read about anyone else having the same problem. I would have taken it back but I am so happy to have a cleaner that actually picks up dust that this problem can be ignored.
All and all, if you're looking for a lightweight cleaner which is easy to store, easy to empty and completely cleans your floors in a quick and efficient way, then this is the cleaner for you.
Summary: A fantastic light cleaner that is easy to use and empty
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