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My last vacuum was a 'hoover' and whilst it seemed like a good one, until I bought my Sebo I didn't realise how good vacuums could be.
I shopped in John Lewis for my vacuum after having the Sebo brand recommended to me by a repair shop.
It's not very light (there are lighter ones from Sebo), but it is compact and easy to use. The handle is long enough to be suitable for a good reach when 'mowing' the carpet. All the accessories that come with it for edges, stairs and furniture are solid and well made. They fit nicely into the back of the vacuum and are held in place by strong plastic clips. The hose is a generous length, recoiling back into the body of the vacuum nicely so you are not having to gather it up or fall over it.
The cable is solidly made and curls around the back of the body of the vacuum and held in place securely.
The 'finish' is very good, with very strong bristles underneath picking up dust and dirt well on hard surfaces and carpets alike. It automatically adjusts itself to the surface you are vacuuming, even down to the pile height. It recognises this and makes the subtle adjustment.
The bag is of a good size and it's easy to change. With the replacement bags you get a plastic disc which covers the hole of the bag you have taken off. This stops all the dust escaping all over the place! You need to maintain two filters in the machine, both of which are easy to get to, take out and replace. They are not cheap to replace, but if you buy a bundle (service pack I think it's called) its works out very good value.
A warning light is built in to alert you to blockages should they occur.
I have owned my Sebo X4 for approximately six years now and I haven't had a complaint to make. I would recommend it and buy another one...if this one ever needs replacing!
The big selling point of the Sebo for me was the filtration system. Sebo isn't the cheapest model on the market but if it does a better job of capturing dust and pet hairs etc then it's worth the extra.
Of course just how much more effective it is than rivals is almost impossible for an amateur to measure - but looking at the quality of the machine and components I'd guess it lives up to the claims.
It's a very easy machine to use - the on-off switch is conveniently placed on the handle, accessories have sensible mounting points, the long cable can be easily deployed and rewound.
In terms of efficiency it sweeps a carpet with satisfying results - the nozzle extension is needed for edges and corners and occasionally heavier pieces of debris but again it's easy enough to convert between floor beater and nozzle nodes.
When it's necessary to change the dust bag you may find the process a bit tricky until you get used to it but of course it's designed to give a good dust seal between bag and machine. Once mastered, and assuming as with any vacuum you don't let it get over-full, then replacing with a new bag is a quick and mess-free operation.
When my wife wanted a Sebo vacuum cleaner I wasn't impressed - it's not much to look at - if I was going to spend that much on a vacuum cleaner, I'd want a Dyson - and the cost is immense. Fortunately we were getting married so it was put on the wedding gift list with John Lewis, so I assumed that we would be happily continuing to use my Hoover for years to come. Amazingly, someone bought it for us. On return from honeymoon we received our delivery and I de-boxed the cleaner and put it together - a very straightforward process. The Sebo is simple to operate - like most cleaners - and has the usual attachments. I can't see that the Sebo is any more effective than my old Hoover (now relegated to the garage for car cleaning duties) and as that had lasted me ten years or more I am doubtful that the Sebo will be any longer lived. In its favour, the brushes go up and down automatically depending on the surface and there is an indicator for when the bag is full - although it was a shocker when I had to buy some bags and filters - the cleaner was expensive and the bags equally so. I believe that it is a good cleaner and is good for people with allergies etc but for most people (us included) it is an expensinve indulgence.
This is a truly quality vacuum cleaner. Set up took five minutes, and the instructions to do this were clear and simple. The vacuum is extremely well made - it is solid and stable. The cord is nice and long for getting around a considerable floor space, and the Extra comes with an extra length of hose that can be easily attached for use on stairs. The accessory tube is really good, it takes one click out of the machine and you're away, so all those hard to reach places are very easy to deal with. The machine itself automatically adjusts to the optimal height for vacuuming, so hard floors or deep pile carpets are all cleaned immaculately. Suction is excellent and carpets look very thoroughly cleaned when finished. The bags are of a sensible design too, easy to replace and clean to dispose of, with a simple plastic cap to stop dust going everywhere. After a year of a comparitively poor vacuum cleaner, previously this vacuum illustrates just how good they can be!
I have two Sebo X4's now, which are used exclusively by tenants. 1 Sebo to 7 flats so they are very well used and abused.
I had never heard of Sebo until informed of their reliability and durability by the salesperson in Allders - all staff in the electrical department have them at home, I'm told.
And what a fabulous machine!! Self adjusting according to carpet pile or hard floors, indestructable belt, absolutely pure, fresh exhaust thanks to 'S' class filtration, sealable, disposable bags so the dust doesn't blow back in your face when emptying as you get with bagless, and if your tenants or sprogs happen to fling it down the stairs in a fit of rage or carelessness, you can guarantee it will work perfectly when it stops cartwheeling. By contrast, your Dyson is likely to be a bag of bits!! No outrageously priced filters to buy either.
Try one! My tenants broke a commercial Electrolux twice in a month so I took it to the dump. Five years on, my Sebo's are like new. I haven't even replaced the rollers yet. A superb, German manufactured product - never mind a Kirby. The Sebo will perform better for a fraction of the price. It's a bargain at the price.
Another short review of the Seeba X4 - the Dyson goes to the tip tomorrow. OK, I only received by Seeba today but I am already extremely impressed. More solid and streamlined than the over chunky Dysons I have owned - which seem to be designed to break easily from my experience. It handles much, much better too and will be easier to store. Wish I'd bought one sooner.
It is a little dull to look at but I'd rather have a capable machine than a fashion statement.
I've had my Sebo Hoover for about one and a half years now, and so far (touch wood)! It has never let me down, I may, on the other hand have let it down!
As we all know by now, first impressions DO count, however on this occasion I must say that they were disappointing, the Hoover looks bulky and with such dark colours certainly doesn't catch your attention when lined up with a full range of Dyson Hoovers. On this note I must say that I was also very keen to purchase a Dyson, so its impression was quite important.
Somewhat like cars, these days Hoovers can be 'test driven'! Something I found surprising at the time. However when buying from Jessops this proved to be a great asset, I only tested the Sebo however as I had access to a Dyson (1.5 years ago everyone seemed to have one). This was definitely the part that pushed me into purchasing the Sebo. I immediately had my mind made up and off I went with my new GERMAN Hoover, in my German car!! Can see some pattern arising?!
First of all I must admit that our house is fairly challenging as fair as any Hoover is concerned, we have two hairy dogs and the house just always seems as though it needs hoovering...again! However not once has this faithful Hoover had a problem.
On arriving home I cast the instructions to one side and began fiddling with all the different parts, the Hoover came generally ready-to-use and was fairly straight forward, this was encouraging and I found a spot that needed a clean...I was certainly impressed. The only fiddly part I could possibly say was fitting the bag; this is clearly the biggest difference from the British Dyson. Some may now doubt this machine at the cost of the bags, however the product is extremely economical and only seems to need the bag changing once every three/four weeks.
On this note there is a warning light that appears to indicate a bag change is required and also one to show that the Hoover is blocked, I have found this extremely helpful over time.
The sebo boasts 1300 watts, this can be considered of a high standard in this country and in total holds approximately 7Kg in weight. Although this may at first seem a big weight to PUSH around it is exactly the opposite, the Hoover always seems to move and will just apparently wait for a direction. There is very little energy really required!
The Hoover also comes complete with a range of brushes etc. to assist with all of the small gaps/stairs, these again are very helpful and there really isn't anything that you would need on purchasing this Hoover, apart from bags of course.
The final point that I must draw upon is the fact that the cord on this Hoover is sufficient to Hoover the whole ground floor and part of the stairs (dependent on the layout of the house). The advantage that I have found here is that it saves time!
Overall I have been extremely pleased with my Sebo and I would recommend anyone considering a new Hoover to certainly consider the Sebo.
Thanks for reading this review :-)
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The dark blue upright Sebo X4 Extra Vacuum Cleaner is so effective at cleaning and holding allergens that it has been approved by the British Allergy Foundation / This is because the Sebo X4 Extra Vacuum Cleaner uses the S-Class filter, which is brilliant at trapping allergens and making the outflow of air cleaner, making it great for allergy sufferers, such as those with asthma / It's possible to clean right up to the edge of the room with this vacuum, and it also has a stair cleaning hose, helping you to get to those difficult to reach places / You will know when it is time to change the bag as the Sebo X4 Extra Vacuum Cleaner has an indicator to inform you / The vacuum cleaner is also height adjustable to make it easy to use, and is great at removing pet hair, making it ideal for homes with cats or dogs! Characteristics Type Upright vacuum cleaner Power (Watts) 1300W Sound level (dBA) 68dBA Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 5.3 litre Filter type S-Class Indicator for bag content Yes Ergonomy Telescopic tube Yes Cable length 10m Others Colours Dark blue Bag reference 5093ER Weight (Kg) 7.4kg / Short name: Sebo X4 E