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At just £1.52 per week (or £79 outright) from the Littlewoods catelogue, when my old vacuum eventually died a death, I thought that the Swan SC11055 would be both a reliable and cheap replacement. In terms of availability, because Swan is a Littlewoods brand, I've not seen these advertised outside of the catelogue, so if you want to buy one yourself you need to look there!
I ordered the green coloured vacuum, although they now seem to be only available in one colour (black, silver and grey).
The vacuum is only about half a metre tall, which means it's great for us in that we don't have a massive amount of storage space free in which we could keep a giant vacuum - this is just the right size for our usage and storage capacity. The main attachment is attached to the body via a long tube, which is flexible and means you don't always have to drag the body about behind you in order to vacuum up quick crumb spillages.
To operate this, you just plug the power cord in after unwinding it from within the inside of the vacuum. It's 7 metres long which is a decent length for us in our house, as we have plenty of plugs and if we ever do need to vacume an area more than 7 metres from the socket, we just change sockets. There is a grey power button on the back of the vacuum which you press to turn it on, and next to this is another button that you press to wind back in the cord after you've done using the machine.
I've found that with it having 3 wheels it's not the easiest vacuum I've ever used in terms of moving it around, and it can't go round corners well (if it's begin dragged behind it might bash into your paint work if you don't keep an eye on it). It is very light though, which is a bonus point compared with heavy vacuums which I find harder to move.
I've used this several times a week for over 6 months, and find that the suction is quite good - it's not as strong as say a very high powered Dyson, but then it's half the size and a hell of a lot less expensive!
One of the other reasons I got this vacuum is because it's bag free. Vacuum bags just annoy me these days and end up costing you lots in the long run, so I prefer vacuums where the dust is collected in the main body of the vacuum. I've had to empty this 4 or 5 times, but it's a very simple process to just take the middle dirt container out and empty it into the bin. I've found that if you don't empty it regularly, the power of the suction will go down, so I recommend emptying it as and when you can be bothered, and not just waiting for it to become rammed full with dirt before emptying it.
In terms of attachments, it comes with an array of brushes for furniture and pointy little tubes to get into annoying crevices where the main standard head can't get into. These are easy to change, and I've used the crevice one many times for poking under the sofa.
For the price I paid, I consider this to be a good vacuum. Yes it has it's faults, in that it's hard to manoeuvre at times, but other than that it suits me well, and for the price you can't go wrong really. It's lasted 6 months so far with no problems, so I can recommend it.
Short name: Swan SC11055