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Tesco VC106 Bagless Compact Cylinder

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      31.01.2013 12:01
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      Doesn't so what you need a vacuum to do

      his was my first vacuum cleaner purchase when I bought my house 4 years ago. I was looking for something cheap and bagless and when I saw this in Tesco, I though "That'll do." It looks quite stylish with its grey body and wheels and a burgundy container where the dirt collects. It is light to carry with its handle on the top and easy to pull along. The wheels did start to squeek within a weeks use and as the machine is quite quiet when in use, I found this to be annoying. The wheel is also the home to one of the filters. You simply click it off and clean the filter which is a good touch. Another filter is found inside the machine and can easily be cleaned when emptying the compartment. These are both easy to clean and dry quickly so maintenance isn't a problem with this vacuum. It is very compact and can be stored away with ease. On the top of the machine, it has a large button that can be pressed with hand or foot which winds in the cord. It does this with great speed so be careful. According to its description,it has 1400W of power. In my opinion, I would be better off trying to suck up the dust from the floor wth a straw as I found myself having to go over and over the same spot to get even an adequate clean on my carpets. There is a handy feature on it where you can move the suction from min to max...personally, I never noticed the difference and always had it on max. Everyone knows what a pull-a-long vacuum cleaner is like ~ basically you wander off with the hose and brush attachment whilst the motor of the cleaner follows you about like a lost puppy. The hose on this is long enough for the machine not to keep hitting you. The brush attachement easily pulls off in order for you to use the main nozzle to clean the edges. You can also remove the longer nozzles so that you have a small hand-held option to really get into the corners. Also on the handle, is an a sliding button that means you can alter the suction. (Again, what suction?!) I have written this review now as I have just found this vacuum in my loft. I may keep it purely for cleaning upstais carpets where not much dirt is found as it will be adequate for that and will save me carrying my better Hoover up and down. in conclusion, save your money towards something else like my other vacuum (see previous reviews) (also on ciao under my username novagirl2911)

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        27.07.2010 21:49
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        Not the best at all.

        I purchased this vacuum cleaner roughly around two years ago when I moved into my new flat (around the same time that I purchased my steam iron - check out my previous review) As I was buying so much stuff all at once, I decided to try and get the best value that I could find whilst trying not to compromise on quality. This can be a tricky thing to do! To be entirely honest, I can't remember how much I paid for it but I remember it to be in the region of around £30-£40 ish. The reason I decided to purchase it as opposed to the alternative options was the fact that it was bagless - you didn't need to keep changing the hoover bags in it (more on that later) That sealed the deal so I went for it. Overall, I found it to be an average hoover. Every part of my old apartment was cream carpet and I found it very difficult to keep clean. I found that I had to hoover twice a week to keep it how I liked it. However, the quality, ease of glide and suction just wasn't there unfortunately. It was, on the other hand, a good workout! This was because you would probably have to go over the same spot maybe 4 or 5 times to really get enough suction from it to properly clean it. I found this very frustrating. I reckon one or two glides from a higher quality hoover would have done the same job. One of the things I did like, however, was the fact that it was bagless as I mentioned above. The main section in the middle of the hoover stores all the dust and dirt and this actually comes loose so that you can dispose of it. I found this fairly refreshing, if not a little messy! I would personally find it a bigger hassle to have to buy the hoover bags every few months and I would find it a bigger hassle trying to remember to actually change the things! So that for me was a plus. Its hard to find any other positives to be honest. It was very user friendly and I never once had a problem with it breaking so it was ok on that front too. But, on the whole, a vacuum cleaner has to clean and I found that this one was lacking in that department. Too much effort was required to actually get up all the dirt and it was too time consuming. When I decided to leave my old flat, I knew that there was a different vacuum cleaner in my new place so I decided to leave this one behind as a welcoming present to the person moving in. I was glad to leave it behind to be honest as it really wasn't the best. It didn't use bags, it was easy to use and fairly cheap, although not necessarily great value. Ideal for students and people on a very strict budget, but there really are better vacuum cleaners out there guys!

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        19.07.2010 12:38
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        good value for what you get, and great for those who can't afford to spend a lot on a vacuum.

        I have had 2 of these vacuums now and I have to say, they are really good value. I paid something like £13 for the vacuum, and it actually has pretty good suction. It is easy to set up, and is well packaged. It comes with a couple of extra bags, which is handy as the bags cost £5 for a pack. This compact vaccuum does the job its supposed to, and with little fuss. For the likes of students, people on a budget, this is a perfect little hoover. It may not be suitable for those with pets etc, I am not sure how it would cope with all the pet hair, however it has managed to do well against a toddler's path of destruction! The only thing is that the hoover doesn't tend to last very long. My first one lasted about 5 or 6 months before it started to lose suction and in the end wouldn't pick anything up at all. The second one lasted me about 4 months, however at the price I guess it lasted ok. If you don't want to keep having to buy a new one, I do believe this vacuum is not for you, I would purchase something more reliable.

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          22.06.2009 22:30
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          Good vacuum for the price

          I bought this vacuum cleaner over a year ago and thought it was great especially at such a cheap price. It provides all the tools you need which can be easily attached and the vaccum can be easily stored away. It is lightweight so can easily be used for hoovering the stairs and it is on wheels so it can easily be dragged behind you. There is a carpet and laminate floor setting on the hose end too which proved useful. You can also increase the power of the vacuum if required. The red coloured part detaches easily so that the vacuum can be emptied. There are no bags required which makes the runnning cost cheap too. A problem with this vacuum was that after a while the suction seemed to become less effective. I cleaned the filter out and even washed the filter to try and improve it but it didn't seem to have an impact. I ended up purchasing a new vacuum. It may have just been a fault with mine because before this happened I was more than happy with the product.

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            28.05.2009 16:29
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            Brilliant value for money

            Since we have been married we have had nothing but misfortune with Vacuum cleaners. No matter how much we spend on them high or low we manage to destroy them within six months. I decided 3 months ago that i would buy a cheap one and if it did us a year then great. I stumbled accross this in Tesco's and i think i paid about £35 for it along with reciving clubcard points. Its great not only is it cheap but its powerfull and lightweight. It looks good as far as vacuum cleaners go. It also has the tools you need on it which can all be attached to the cleaner. My wife was very dubious as to the wisdom of my purchase but her fears have been unfounded. Its not got a big volume for dirt but its a small price to pay to get something so small, lightweight, powerfull and best of all cheap.

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            22.09.2008 23:00
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            Highly Reccommended!

            I haven't been happier since I purchased this little vacuum cleaner from Tesco. Its cheap, reliable, little, but very powerful. Here are the PROs and CONs of this vacuum cleaner PROs - Looks expensive, although the price did not even touch the 30 quid mark - small and portable, hence ease of storage - Powerful, with multi power adjustment - Ease of use and operation - no need to refer to manuals - never have to buy the waste bags ever again! CONs - Frequent need to empty the cylinder - approximately 2 rooms per cylinder - the vacuum cleaner tends to get weaker when the cylinder eventually fills up Overall, I am pleased with this buy. Apart from the low cost (one of the cheapest in the market), the vacuum cleaner is very reliable and will work again and again. I would reccommend this to anyone who don't want to but their budgets when buying a vacuum cleaner

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              11.09.2008 12:14
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              A great cleaner for everyone!

              I brought this Vacuum cleaner a few weeks ago after my old cleaner broke. It was a joint decision with my partner. It is quite a small cleaner.... it was probably the smallest in the shop. This has its plus points.... great for carrying up the stairs, and from my partners perspective, great for cleaning the car. Its very easy to use, to empty its simply a case of pressing a button and lifting the coloured plastic part to the bin. The only criticism l have would be that it is a small bagless vacuum, so does need emptying frequently. In my own opinion the benefits out way the disadvantages. It is light, has adequate cable length, it is a modern design, functional, affordable, practical, and takes all the effort out of those household chores. It comes together with adaptions for those hard to reach spaces. These are small plastic tubes which serve a purpose but perhaps arent quite as useful as adaptions you may get with other cleaners. What l like about this vacumm is its fuctional, and because its so small and light it can be used anywhere. I was quite supprised at how much l liked this machine, l initially wanted something a bit bigger, but now lm glad l didnt opt for one of the bigger vacuums, as l love the ease of use with this vacuume. I will suggest that l use this vacuum on a relatively small space, so perhaps for bigger areas it may cause more difficulties- you may need to keep emptying. However for me this vc106 bagless compact cylinder vacuum cleaner is a winner, it picks up all that dust and produces good effortless cleaning.

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                26.04.2008 16:58
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                A cheap and cheerful vacuum cleaner that is very useful but also limited.

                On the look-out for a small vacuum cleaner to keep in my workroom I spotted these little machines when food shopping in Tesco and on impulse I bought one. It only cost £24.96 so I reasoned that if it proved to be useless I wouldn't have to go to my bank manager and plead for mercy. The VC106 has actually turned out to be a very useful piece of kit. So what do we get for our money? Well, we get a small bagless vacuum cleaner that is light, robust and stores away neatly. It also comes in a gloomy industrial grey colour but we won't hold that against Tesco; we're not buying art, after all. As well as the central unit we get a longish hose and a two-piece extension tube. There is an adjustable floor brush for floors (obviously) and a crevice/brush attachment for reaching those more inaccessible corners. Trying it out on our living-room carpet I soon discovered the first weakness: the floor brush is lousy. It's very light and 'plasticky' and it has an irritating habit of catching on the carpet and tipping over when pulled backwards. It has two height settings but neither really works well and despite the strong suction at the unit-head (adjusted by a slider control) I found that the brush picked up very little. I tried halving the length of the two-piece extension tube and although suction improved slightly it meant that I was bending over as I vacuumed and that was hardly ideal. However, the VC106 comes into its own when the extension tubes are removed and the crevice/brush attachment is put on. This is for all those awkward corners, and with the extension tubes gone the suction becomes excellent. The narrow, six-inch attachment easily picks up everything on work surfaces and under tables and chairs and it's for this kind of job that I use it. There is also a small brush-attachment that slides onto the end of the nozzle but I've never really found a use for it. The VC106 is also easy to empty and maintain. The transparent dust-container is removed by simply pressing a button, and after a plastic end-cover is opened it is simply a matter of emptying the contents into the bin. The end-cover also contains an inlet filter that can easily be removed for cleaning once in a while. There is also a motor filter on the side of the main unit that is easily unclipped for cleaning. When you're finished with the cleaner the extension tubes slot into the front of the machine in an upright position that is quite a neat arrangement. This is a cheap and cheerful vacuum cleaner that is surprisingly well-put-together (floor-brush aside) and easy to maintain. It doesn't distinguish itself on floors and carpets but as a machine to pick up dust, crumbs and other small irritants in cluttered or awkward spaces it is very useful. The simplicity of its design means that I can't see any faults arising with it and even if they did the appliance comes with a 12 month warranty from the date of purchase. After glancing at the Tesco website I see that it is currently priced at £24.94, not a lot for a useful little machine. If you're looking, as I was, for a small vacuum cleaner to keep on top of dust in a cluttered workroom or if you simply want a second household vacuum to clean up kitchen surfaces or the kids' mess then I recommend this appliance. It's good value for money.

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                Short name: Tesco VC106