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      10.08.2009 18:07

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      Like everything else great until it goes wrong, astonomical prices for repair, better to buy a cheaper machine and if it goes wrong you can replace it easily with the cost of a repair for a Sebo, We have only had the machine 14 months and it's repairable but too costly to do so,, buy a cheap one best way,

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      15.05.2009 15:33
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      Not to be compared with a Dyson, the Sebo is better by far

      I really wanted a Dyson but I'm so glad I got a Sebo! This machine might not be the prettiest; its boring, boxy and white, but I can not fault it.

      For 10 years it has vacuumed without any problems at all. The only thing I do is buy a pack of 10 bags, which comes with replacement filters and change them with each pack.

      The instructions are quite specific, there are two lights which alternate when you first switch it on, these display whether the machine is moving the brushes up or down. Once it has finished this it is ready to clean. I've always kept it still for this which seems to give it the best chance to get the opitimum level for the surface.

      The pack of bags are quite expensive, around £15 or just less for 10 bags and a full set of filters (2) and are not to be found in most vacuum shops but I just buy online now and have them delivered.

      My Dad bought one at the same time and his is still going too. Other machines with a higher wattage do less of a job on the carpet altho they may be better with the suction tube. If I had to have a fault it would be that I can't manage the whole stairs with the hose, I know others have said they do so maybe I'm missing something. Only half the stairs are manageable before moving the socket and machine to the other end

      I would have been thro 5 Dyson's I bet during the time I've had this one and there is no compromise on quality, I've tried Dyson's in other people's houses and they have been no where near as good as this machine

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        20.07.2007 17:12

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        This is an excellent hoover, I got mine over 15 years ago secondhand and it has never let me down. Long cord I can do upstairs and nearly all downstairs. Not many filters to change if you want to they last for ages - easy bag change and you get at lid for the empty, no spills. Would definately buy another.

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        21.12.2006 18:14
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        Buy it to clean not to show off with!

        Out of all the models I've owned, tested, ran into the ground, paid out handsomely for repairs, it is Sebo that I return to when people often ask me for the best upright vacuum cleaner on the market. People tend to faint if the name "Dyson" isn't mentioned but having gone through three of the original models (DC01 to DC03) My uncle had his Sebo X1 Automatic from 1996 until we took it on a year later after a few disappointing models and when he emigrated to another country. Our old Hoover Junior lasted 13 years before this but the pongy smell of dust and eventual repairs deemed the model useless to keep and we got fed up of having to pull out the hose and attachments only to have feeble suction coming from the tool kit supplied with the Junior. In Canada now, my uncle still has a SEBO X1 after the three years of his original model he left with us in the UK and with good reason!


        ** Nar's Quick Skip Product Spec **

        * No external drive belt to replace
        * 10 metre power cord, 9kg weight. 5 to 6 kg when gliding/pushing and pulling across the floor.
        * Automatic Electronic "clever" height adjustment
        * 1000 watts (X1.1 has 1150 watts, X4 has 1300 watts)
        * S Class filtration (similar to HEPA)
        * Large 5.5/6 litre dirt capacity with sealed bags.
        * Hoister tube and hose assembly.
        * Flat upholstery tool and crevice tool included.
        * Stepped pedal position facility.
        * Thermal cut out facility & Double Insulated.
        * Bag full/Blockage LED indication.
        * Brush removal switch.
        * Fits flush to the ground under low furniture.
        * Carbon filter
        * Additional cost option tools boost cleaning capacity and ability. (Can be changed into a cylinder style with extension hose and floor attachments)
        * Available online at varying and cheaper prices; complete design with higher motors upgraded in the X1.1, X4 and X5 range.


        **** The Price & The Initial Package Promise ****

        Sebo upright vacuum cleaners have always commanded a high price but simply it is for the engineering, thinking and sheer ease of professional use to why the model is highly inflated. I thought they were pricey until I tried one and now I know why they are more expensive and sit in Dyson price territory. The reason is simply for its ease of use, lightweight compatibility, versatility and no drive belt - which is unheard of amongst other upright vacuums which still use drive belts you need to replace eventually.

        Get past the claims of the British Allergy Foundation who have awarded ALL of Sebo's vacuum cleaners and you realise that the purchase of one may well be the last one you will ever need. It is a large claim to make but this is also a large review!

        All Sebo's including the X1 treat the carpet textures kinder than standard floor roller brushes because of the unique electronic brain which is central to the X1's design and the fact that the roller brush has no beater bars and can be taken out to clean at the push of a button. All these design features have come from Sebo's BS30/40 series - commercial vacuum cleaners which just keep going.


        **** Colours ****

        Over time brighter colours have been applied to the models to gain colour interest from customers. Our Sebo X1 is hardly the first word in fashion, my model being predominantly a mix of dark grey and light grey. Sebo aren't interested in making their cleaners as handsome as possible, because their first port of interest is reliability.


        **** Initial Set Up Features and Use ****

        From flat pack it only takes a matter of seconds to fit everything together. A handy 3 page user manual (A4) also comes supplied with the machine whilst the diagrams are clearly labelled and drawn. Setting up the X1 is a bit like building blocks here; the handle snap locks into a hinge which hides the electricity power point on top of the main hard bin box, and bin box slides into two hinges which then locks everything together.

        When the machine is switched on (rocker switch located on the handle), you just push the pedal release which is located at the bottom right hand part of the machine and start cleaning. The noise from the motor on this machine isn't very noisy compared to other uprights I've used and you can hear the brushes hit the floor once the floorhead has rested.


        **** The Electronics of Sebo - A Main Reason of its Cost Price ****

        When the handle of the cleaner swings down, the floor head lowers itself gently until it meets the floor and lets you know this by a Green LED light on the main part of the floor head. This is currently viewable on Sebo's main webpage on the video of the X4 which replaces our old model.

        In use the X1 Automatic moves over carpets and varying thick and thin carpet textures as if it is almost floating on a cushion of air - there is an apparent lightness which is caused by the central electronic wheel which continues to sense the floor texture unlike other uprights which don't sport this kind of technology. Whilst it's fun to watch the lights going on and off at times, I find that when I vacuum the house with our old Sebo, it cuts cleaning time in half compared to other cheaply made uprights I have had in the past. The electronic "brain" also adjusts the floor head to decrease brush wear.

        The difference between Hoover uprights (and others) with a manual adjustment is that the X1 never ploughs; it just glides with sufficient bristle levels hitting and grooming the carpet as it goes. Carrying the upright upstairs reveals the total weight of the cleaner but thanks to its gliding action; it feels as if the weight is cut in half.

        Unlike most uprights on the market, there are only three wheels on the Sebo; two soft wheels at the back so not to damage delicate floor coverings and the main central wheel. Compared to other cleaners which have a supposed Auto Carpet adjuster the Sebo floor head remains and glued to the carpet surface but doesn't lay flat heavy on the carpet so that pushing becomes a chore. It still leaves a beautiful grooming effect however which is viewable on many carpet textures.


        *** What's The Advantages? ***

        The electronics on the Sebo save the owner from bending down constantly to change the height of the floor head so that the brushes can regain control and sufficiently clean the carpet. With Sebo, the machine does this FOR you.

        Two red LED lights also show when there is a blockage in the roller brush or when the bag is full. If the red light shows constant on the bag full indication, and as the manual suggests it could well be a blockage. Even Dysons have an inspection tube these days when something large and bulky gets clogged.

        The bonus with Sebo's X model is that additionally if the red LED remains constant, the Sebo will activate its thermal cut out function and automatically switch off. Even when the power switch is OFF, (but the mains cord is still plugged in with the electricity still flowing through) the bag full light will flash repeatedly to let the owner know that there is a problem; now that is particularly a very neat idea here given that you can switch it on and off immediately after then cut out has taken place. You won't find that with Hoover, Electrolux and Panasonic and a lot of other models by other companies, where their products which on average take 30 to 45 minutes to cool down before activating or sometimes never again!


        ** Height **

        The overall height of the machine is slightly taller than standard uprights on the market and that improves the actual use of the machine coupled with the known weight of 9kg. That's the quality of thought for you but you do have to try the cleaner compared to other uprights to see the difference in weight. My mother thought that the upright was surging ahead when she first used it, not knowing the quality of the hydraulic assisted electronics. In some ways then, if you are used to manually pushing an upright around, the Sebo surges ahead almost as if it has a self propelled mechanism.


        **** Power ****

        For a machine that only has an 850 to 1000 watt motor, the performance is excellent and suction is good. This upright cleans remarkably well despite its low power. When the bag starts to fill up, suction does waver but it doesn't fail - its always there to take up more dirt unless the bag is filled straight to the top with general household dust. DIY dust however is a different matter as the bag is a three layered bag which adds to the S Class/HEPA levels of filtration, so DIY dust tends to block up the bag more than general household dust.


        **** Where's The Drive Belt? ****

        Gone are the days where you will need to buy a drive belt because none of Sebo's X uprights use a replaceable drive belt. Instead, there is a flywheel which is permanently fitted to the right hand side of the floor head. SEBO fit a toothed drive belt inside the machine by the motor which is guaranteed to last the life of the machine.

        Sebo also produced this machine to incorporate a button release for the main roller head. This means that if the brush bar needs to be taken out, there are no screws to undo, no sole plate to take off gently - a push down button which fits flush on the floor head releases the brush bar through a small side opening which reveals the whole bar. Once the brush slides off the flywheel easily (just by pulling it) inspection and cleaning it off with wrapped threads etc is a lot easier and quicker, which speeds up my own cleaning tasks. Then you just fit the brush back onto the flywheel pin, turn to lock, put the side door back on and the button lock pops up to show the owner that the brush has been installed correctly.

        In other words it takes seconds to release, clean and fit the brush back into the upright against other companies which still get the consumer to faff about with a screwdriver!


        *** Using The Hose ***

        The hose has its own hoister handle and additional tube which fits into the side of the machine at the rear. When you pull this hoister tube out, the main ribbed hose that travels from the hoister pulls out somewhat to give the user considerable stretch - but it won't stretch as far as stair cleaning. You will need to buy an additional extension hose, measuring 3 metres (6 metres total added to the Sebo hose on the machine) to clean stairs.

        Since the hose snap fits into the hoister, you can use the hose independently with the long crevice tool or flat upholstery brush with its own removable brush section. Both these tools, like the hose and hoister tube fit flush into the back of the machine, thus adding to the patented lie flat factor, which again compared to other uprights I have used, the Sebo always lies flat because everything has been designed to fit flush. Moving under low furniture and "open space" beds is a marvel!


        **** Changing and Fitting The Bag ****

        Sebo's genuine bags are multi layered to add to the filtration aspect on the X range. The bags also come with spare caps which once fitted to the top of the bag, are extremely difficult to take off. You have the option as the owner to seal the bag or not and again it's an excellent design thought; one that pushes out the need to consider bagless and cyclonic even if the Sebo uses a bag against Dyson's famed 100% suction principles.

        Putting a paper bag in is just as easy and much lighter when you replace a very full brick like bag of dirt! This is where these excellent caps come into their own. Once they are fitted, no dirt is released and the bag can be disposed of safely.

        How much dirt can the bags hold? The maximum amount of dirt the bag can hold is between 5 and 5.5 litres. In use however our X1 seems to be able to take up far much more than the statistical data provides.


        **** Main Filtration ****

        There are two types of filters available.

        The standard filter is a micro filter and then there is the Pet filter which is a carbon and charcoal mix. Indeed if you grip the filter you can feel the charcoal beads that are contained in the white felt mix of this filter. The standard filter does without the charcoal beads but nevertheless copes well with retaining most household odour, even after the bag is full. Sebo do not make washable filters and as the manual suggests the filters must be replaced after every 10 bags. By my reckoning this means for us that our 10 bag box which comes with a standard micro filter and by the 3 month per bag equates to this filter lasting for more than 2 years. Even without the Pet filter, the standard micro filter and the carbon exhaust filter layers add up to an overall S-Class and HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) level.

        Another filter can be found above the motor. This is the carbon filter and this takes up all the dangerous carbon that the motor and the brushes emit every time you use the cleaner. Upright machines in general do produce a lot of carbon which usually gets chucked back into the room unless there is a motor filter equipped to deal with this horrible black stuff! Indeed on the filter you can see the black carbon clinging to it. It should be replaced when it has completely turned black on both sides. Unlike most uprights on the market too, this machine doesn't put out any hot air from the back of the cleaner, so you won't burn your legs with motor air.


        **** Removing Blockages ****

        As with the hose that can be taken off the machine via a lock by the top of the bin, and the hoister handle and its corresponding tube, you can additionally check through the floor head and the previously mentioned release button to release the main floor roller brush. If you tip the machine over just below the main brush roll there is an orange or beige trapdoor. This is suitably sprung and by picking this open, you can slide a few fingers to inspect if there is a blockage. Even if you have the brush already out of the machine, this trapdoor effectively allows access to the main dirt channel that takes the dirt from the floor through the pipes.


        *** Any Other Helpful Positive Design Elements? ***

        The power cord is thankfully longer than the standard 7 metres you usually get with mass market uprights. On Sebo, you get 10 metres of cord. With the additional helpful cord wrap hooks, you can choose the amount of cord you can have. Located under the bottom cord is the main handle to the machine. On later models, and not the X1 Automatic, there is also an additional handle fitted flush at the bottom of the main bin at the front of the cleaner to aid lifting.

        The handle has the usual pedal, step once to release, step a second time to allow the handle to go lower with this machine. But, if you look closely at the pedal there is a switch slide bar that is coloured in orange. If you flick the slider along, the handle will not need to be pressed twice if you want to put the handle all the way down.


        **** Buying the Bags- The Options ****

        There are several ways that owners can buy Sebo paper dirt bags. Firstly you can buy ten bags in one box from Sebo which include the sealed caps. This is known as the "Service Box," and for £15-95 you get an additional micro filter, exhaust filter, 10 bags and the caps to seal the bags once they are full. The exhaust filter, main filters and a set of 8 bags are available to buy singularly though without considering the "Service box." The single box of bags for example can be bought for £7-99 and upwards. I find EBay a great source for genuine EBay bags but Argos also sell the bags too as they sell the X1.1 (has lower motor than X4).


        ***** Any Disadvantages? *****

        A downside with this machine that I have found is the fact that it topples over if you pull the hose roughly at the back. This fault is a con current fault with most upright vacuum cleaners on the market. In the Sebo's defence and because the hose can be swung around, I usually put the upright against a flat surface such as a wall and use the wand and hose then.

        Secondly, it uses a paper bag.

        Well in my mind I'm happy with a paper bag because paper bags keep all the nasties out and you don't faff about with cleaning filters on bagless/cyclonic uprights that carry any other name but Dyson. Dyson owners can feel particularly smug with their models' lifetime filter but eventually it has to be replaced and if it's not washable, the replacement can be hard to find or expensive. Also, many Dyson consumers tend to state that they put the dirt in a bag before transporting to their main refuse bin - what is the point in that? You're still using a bag aren't you?

        Thirdly, only one side of the Sebo's floorhead can edge brush up to the skirting board. This doesn't mean that the other side fails completely but in general use, the side channels on the Sebo attract viewable dirt into its path. No other upright I have owned can do this!


        ***** Final Advantages *****

        Sebo also make a whole long list of attachments for the X1 which also fits the X1.1 and X4 uprights in the entire range from mattress cleaning attachments to radiator brushes. But Sebo also produce an excellent dry cleaning powder called "Duo-P."

        With the use of the X1 upright you can unhook the main hose from the bag which allows the X1 to rotate its double chevron brushes into the carpet and roll the powder into the carpet. Wait 20 to 30 minutes, lock the hose back on and then vacuum the carpet. The results are astounding although really heavy carpet stains must be repeated over and over with powder until the stain disappears. I have to say that I'm bowled over with the powder as it does work well and leaves a coat of stain protection to the carpet once it has been applied to carpets. The scent of the powder is also very fresh smelling and non-solvent and environmentally friendly. Infact if there is anything to add to the benefit of the Sebo range then it could be termed environmentally friendly from its filter design right down to the fact that the motors are not the highest in the upright cleaner market where wattage is concerned - but this is not important as the suction is extremely good thanks to the air tight design.


        ***** Final Costs *****

        Cost of Sebo X1 Automatic = £150-00
        Cost of filters and bags for the whole year = £15.95:
        Cost option extendable hose = £9.99

        Total cost: £175


        **** Final Conclusion of Sebo's X series ****

        When you see the ease and thinking that has gone into this machine, then you'll realise why the machine is costly to buy. Remember the Sebo is primarily a commercial product so its design is built on areas where the machine cleans and remains efficient; I advise friends to try a Sebo before they plummet money again on a Dyson, or simply if they want an upright vacuum cleaner which is highly efficient, easy and quick to use. Argos and Comet now sell Sebo whilst John Lewis who is Sebo's largest suppliers on the high street allows you to test an X4 before buying.

        All newer Sebo uprights which carry the "X" emblem (X1.1, X4, X5 Extra) are in effect the same model with higher motors and in the X5 Extra's case, an even bigger floorhead for larger homes. New models also come with a lengthy guarantee policy and they are individually tested before they arrive on shop floors.

        So if you see the old X1 Automatic on EBay or even in a second hand electrical outlet I'd say definitely consider it! Our Sebo has remained in our family for 11 years; for 7 years it has had to cope with three large dogs and a cat before I got my hands on it and it just refuses to die. ©Nar05/©Nar2 06

        www.sebo.co.uk

        UPDATE FEBRUARY 2008

        An online help video which also shows the features of the U.S version of the X1 Automatic, known as the "Windsor Sensor" can be viewed on You Tube:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uVX-MUv3T0

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          02.02.2003 22:41
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          Years ago I had an Electrolux upright. It never cleaned the carpets very well, blew fine dust into the air, and needed a new drive belt every year or so, which meant another journey to the spares shop and ten minutes delving into the dusty innards of the cleaner. When I decided to replace the Electrolux, I considered the Dyson DC01, but I was surprised to discover that the highly rated Dyson also used a flat drive belt. I really wanted to like the Dyson, but the crudeness of the flat belt drive suggested that its engineering wasn't all it should be, and its reliability was suspect. This put it out of the running. I wanted a cleaner that would get my carpets really clean, work without regular maintenance and last a long time. Luckily, I went into John Lewis and was persuaded to buy a Sebo. The salesman seemed to be on a mission to shift as many X1s as possible, but I can't complain, because it is as good as he claimed. The drive belt is toothed, and is guaranteed for life. The brush height is automatically controlled by a servo which means no bending down to change a manual setting, and the brush height is always just right on every surface. The dust bag is large and the filtration is excellent. Just after I bought it, I cleaned around the whole house (as you do) and was more than pleased (and a little ashamed) by the amount of dirt it picked up. In fact there was a lot of carpet fluff in the bag, and I was initially concerned that it might be overbrushing the pile. But that was not the case, and the carpets have been well looked after in the subsequent years of Seboing. It was just that, from the time that the carpets were new, the Electrolux hadn't even managed to remove much of the loose pile, let alone the dirt. Any downsides, you ask? Well, although the cleaner is pretty quiet in use, it does scare the cat. And the hose is so short that it tends to pull the machine over when I use the tools on furn
          iture or curtains. It is possible to buy an extension hose (which is a clunky solution), but if you don't have a cylinder cleaner too, it might be best to go for the X4 Extra, which I believe has a longer hose built in. Then there is the issue of the bag and the famously reduced suction power when it's part full. Sebo bags aren't exactly cheap, but they are very good quality and they last a long time, beause they are rather large. I particulary like the fact that replacement bags come with a little cap to close the hole in the full bag, so no dust can escape as you throw it away. Reduced suction doesn't seem to affect carpet cleaning much, as most of the work is done by the brush. Personally, I prefer a bagged cleaner, because I've seen people get covered in dust trying to empty a Dyson canister... I've been very pleased with my Sebo X1: it cleans very well indeed and has been totally reliable. I just wish it was a little bit more colourful!

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            Heresy: ======= Okay I am about to commit the ultimate heresy, as far as most members of dooyoo are concerned and that is the Dyson vacuum cleaner are not the best cleaner on the market. As far as I am concerned it is a good cleaner but the hype surrounding it makes it the most popular but certainly not he best cleaner in Britain today. Okay you can all pick yourselves off the floor, somebody has dared to say it now read on and see what I have to say about the cleaner others and I consider a far better vacuum cleaner. It is of course the Sebo X1. Now I realise that many of you will not have heard of this particular vacuum cleaner and will probably be shaking your heads in disbelief. Brief very brief history: ========================= Before I start on about the cleaner the company started up a few years ago and is run by a small family concern in this country, they are very hands on and have a small team of dedicated people that make them a pleasure to deal with. The macjone is German in design and they import it under license. They do not have a service engineer as such, they don’t need one, in all the years I have dealt with them the only fault that occurred was customer misuse a common fault of a lot of vacuum cleaner problems. No the bosses son is the service agent and is able to deal with all problems that arise. Something he cannot fix at your house the machine part can either be posted direct to you or you can post the relevant part back for fixing. Who has one: =========== They are a popular brand with hotel users and indeed they are currently used at Buckingham palace to keep the royal corridors and rooms clean. I also have one and it is now seven years old. Original colour: ================ The original machne was brown and yellow, yes vile the Germans could not understand that in Britain the colour would be an important factor in buying a cleaner rather than how it perform
            s.Now available in a blue grey & white. The Guts: ========= Right then the machine comes in three snap together parts that you assemble when getting the machine home. They consist of the handle with integral mains lead, long enough to vacuum a standard three bed roomed house from a central plug point. The main body, which contains the cleaner bag and main filter, this runs the entire length of the bag. Lastly the motor unit, the thing that actually drives the thing. All three units are snapped together and you do not need to resort to your tool box. The motor unit contains a 1000-watt motor, which is an upgrade on the original, which used to have an 850watt-power source. If truth were told the increase in motor power in consumer driven the machine outperforms others even on its lesser strength version. Cleaning is not about suction power alone; it is how the machine uses it. Here the Sebo has a sensor head that automatically raises and lowers the beating head to the optimum cleaning point depending on the surface it is on. Go from carpet to hard floor and the head adjusts to clean the floor rather than aimless work high above it. The exhaust from the machine is also very diffuse and does not blow a gale thus stirring up dirt into the atmosphere where no cleaner can get at it. Try a DC01 on hard dusty floor and stand back it blows out so much exhaust that the dirt is blown away from the cleaning head before the machine even reaches it. This part of the machine contains the motor filter and this will need changing on average twice a year, it is people’s failure to change their motor filters that result in loss of suction and eventual death by strangulation. I wonder how many dooyoo users are vacuum cleaner murderers: >) The main body is the housing unit for the cleaner bag and this is put into the machine by means of a clever lifting device. The front of the machine has a lever that you pull up and the cleaner front come of
            f with the bag attached to it. You clip a cover on the full bag and slide the bag off its carrier, in this way you throw away all the dirt the machine has collected without getting any back into the atmosphere. The s-class filter is also contained here alongside the bag; again like the motor filter it is advisable to change this filter every six months. An S-class filter means that it is suitable for asthma suffers in that the air expelled from the machine does not contain dust allergens. Now I realise the Dyson DC01 does this but it falls down like the models that follow by the way the dirt is disposed of. With the Dyson you tip the dirt away and no matter how careful you are it will swirl up and either get on your clothes or get back into the atmosphere. In fact Dyson do not recommend asthma suffers empty the machine they but get somebody else to do it. Sebo has been acknowledged as the cleanest all-round vacuum cleaner in the market place and comes with the National Asthma authority recommendation. The body also holds the integral hose attachment as you lift this clear the machine switches power to this part of the machine and automatically raises the beating head to the highest position. All the tools house on the back of the machine fit on the end of this wand enabling you to reach ceiling corners to clean away those hard to reach cobwebs. The tools the machine comes with are the important crevice tool for all those hard to reach little places, upholstery brush basic but you can buy others if you so desire. The handle, what can you say it is how you push the machine around, sturdy and very hard to break. As I have already said it come with an integral lead and has a clip that doubles up as cord storage. Here you get no fancy cord rewind, how often they go wrong anyway, you simple wrap the cord round the carrying handle on the back of the machine and the clip on the handle. Extras: ======= So the basic machine en
            ables you to clean hard floors and carpets, it contains an integral hose unit for skirting boards and high places; you also get two tools that either fit onto the end of your wand attachment or just the hose if you prefer. Do you need anything else, well no not really but there are some useful things that you can buy if you wish. A motorised stair and upholstery brush, this makes the cleaner act like a cylinder model and is very useful on stairs. An extension hose that make the in built hose long enough to reach the top of a standard staircase without moving the main machine. (Something the Dyson has already I hasten to add). Various brushes for various types of soft furnishing, I would recommend a separate brush for those of you that like to vacuum silk lampshades for instance. Dry cleaning powder, sprinkle onto the floor rub in with a stiff brush leave and then vacuum up, this stuff works very well and will remove most stains very well. Lastly I come to the bag, hah all the Dyson owners now look smug, no bags for me. Well the bags for this machine cost £6:75p for ten from my local supplier and last for simply ages, just how long depends on how large your home is and how dirty you are. On average a bag lasts 4-6 weeks mine actually last a lot longer but my home is not very large and I am very clean. You can also buy a service box that contains ten bags and the two filters you need to maintain the machine. A rule of thumb is changing your filters after your first ten bags are used then after the next ten and so on. Remember the motor filter is what lets the motor breath if it can’t breathe it can’t work as well. Drive belts Dyson owners you know what they are don’t you. Well the Sebo drive belt comes with a five-year guarantee that it will not snap. Yes five years the reason is what it is made of and the fact that if you suck up something and jam the cleaner it cuts the motor out. Thus no strain on the belt an
            d no need to replace every few months due to stretching, or snapping. Running Costs: ============== Average running costs, well if you buy a service box that will see most people through the year and they cost £14:75p not bad for any cleaner really. Dyson owners you have to replace your filters so do not feel to smug about not buying bags. Now I used to sell a whole range of cleaners and the Dyson was the easiest to sell due to the excellent marketing, however if ever anybody asked anybody on the team to honestly recommend a cleaner we all sold Sebo. At the time the Sebo was cheaper but as we did not work on commission that did not affect our choice. No we sold the machine we considered the best, a fact back up by which whom gave it the highest rating in two separate issues. It is also a lot quieter than the Dyson, which to my ears sounds like a jet taking off, it is easier to handle and does a far better all-round job. Aside: ====== Miele who make excellent cylinder cleaners have taken a Sebo apart and come to the conclusion that they could not better it so why bother. ====== Lastly your cleaner has to be a personal choice and whatever you like go for, the Sebo X1 however as Chris Eubanks used to say and Tina Turner used to sing this is “SIMPLY THE BEST”. =============================================

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              ok, most people have not heard of Sebo vacuum cleaners. That isn't a surprise as they have only been in the UK for about 10 years, but since their introduction into the UK Market, they have gone from strength to strength. In fact, they have come out top in Good Housekeeping reviews the last couple of years so quite good recommendations there! Although they come in boring colours, grey or white for the upright X1, compared to the more design conscious Dysons, they are work horses. Sebo have over 50% of the world commercial vacuum cleaner market and are used in such places as The White House, The Kremlin and Disneyland Paris. All internal parts on Sebo's are guaranteed for 5 years and their drive belt is almost unbreakable as it is toothed and also hidden from the main roller whereas the belt on a Dyson is toothless and more prone to stretching and breaking. Ask anyone with a Dyson DC01 how many times they change their belt and then ask someone with a Sebo the same question! They were the first upright vacuum cleaner in the UK to get the Seal of Approval from the British Allergy Foundation for their HEPA filtration which basically means that it is excellent for Asthma Sufferers. The HEPA filter on this vacuum cleaner comes as standard whereas on other makes you have to buy it extra or buy a higher priced model to get it as standard. Also another great point on the Sebo is that you can get access to all channels where dust can get caught without the use of a screwdriver so it can be unblocked very easily. So, if anyone is considering a Dyson, please look at the Sebo first and you'll the difference!

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              Short name: Sebo X1