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Vacuum your house with a Swan!
Member Name: lozzyjay
Date: 26/08/10, updated on 26/08/10 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, light, lots of attachments.
Disadvantages: Loses suction
I purchase a Swan SC1115 last summer. I was just moving in with my boyfriend and we needed to buy lots of new cleaning equipment for our house! We did a lot of research on the cheapest, but most reliable vacuum that we would be able to buy. We decided on this product as it was only £40 from the Littlewoods Catalogue. Swan is actually owned by Littlewood and you can't really find it anywhere else. We didn't need a super duper Dyson or otherwise as it was only going to be us two in a little house.
The vacuum we ordered was purple in colour and features a telescopic wand with interchangeable parts too. You can use the different parts for different things and I talk about these later on. It is fairly small, probably about 50 cm in length and it fits nicely in our spare cupboard, and doesn't take up too much room. It had a movable handle at the back which you can use to carry the vacuum upstairs and downstairs, and it tucks neatly into the back of the vacuum when you don't need to use it. It has two large grey buttons on the back of the machine. One is the power button and the other is to automatically wind up the cable after use. It has 3 wheels and it is not the easiest to manoeuvre around with, as it tends to just move in straight lines.
The suction is quite strong, or it was in the beginning, but after a year of use it doesn't seem to be as strong, or I may just need to empty the vacuum now! We've vacuumed the house about once a week and we've only had to empty it once, even though the size of it is quite small - Obviously we aren't very dusty people!! You can choose between two different suction strengths, one of them seems to do very little and the other one is so strong it makes it hard to push it about on carpet. It is a very light vacuum however and so it is easy enough for me to swing around the house, especially as I am so tiny myself and not at all strong enough to handle a large vacuum!
The cord length is 7 metres which is just about enough for us to do one room but it does become stretched at points and could do with being an extra metre longer.
The vacuum is bag-free and uses a filter to collect all the dust into a tube inside. It was very easy to open the top of the vacuum and take out the tube and empty it, there was no mess spilled in the house either!
It comes with the standard vacuum attachment as seen in the picture of the product and as well as that you get a thin tube which you can use for getting into those hard to reach places. There is also a crevice tool which is similar to the nozzle but a lot thinner and slanted, I have never needed to use this attachment. There are also a couple of attachments with brushes on the end, and again I haven't used those either. Apparently these are for use on furniture to prevent scratches and to clean them with care. I should probably start using these in the future then!
It's not too noisy, it is a bearable sound unlike other vacuums I've owned which sound like a jumbo jet taking off at high speed! This is a lot more quieter!
I have no complaints about this vacuum, it cleans my house well, although the suction does seem to have decreased over the year that I have owned it, but for £40, I can hardly complain!
Summary: Well worth the price we paid for it!
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