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At the time of purchase I was thinking cheap, so when I saw this bagless cheapo I thought why not, turns out it was a good choice a real bargain.
This vacuum cleaner is only 1600 watt so it is at the bottom of the power range, when new this was a good amount of power and I was able to whip over my floors in no time, after about 3 to 4 weeks I was dragging the hoover over the same area twice to get all the visable dirt up.
At this point I thought I had made a bad buy. I emptied the dust compartment then took the lid of, this is easy to do a quick twist and its off, once off you have access to the filter again a simple twist and its off, to clean the filter there is a brush tool suplied, put the hard end into the grooves and scrape out the dust, then use the brush end to get the rest finaly rinse under a running tap, do this until water runs clean, the filter is hard plastic so does not need replacing, once clean and properly dry stick back to gether and feel that suction back to what it was when new.
The look and build are both cheap and feels like its not very strong but looks can be deceiving, my vacuum get mistreated alot and has been knocked over countless times and yet nothing has broken off, The handle is foldable this is a good space saver as it can be reduced to half the size, 5 height settings, and a hose with Four attatchments one small rectangle with brushes for hard surfaces, a long pointed one and two extension pipes these are quite loose fitting and fall of easily, for storage the pipes fit inside each other and there is a place to fit the on the back of the vacuum again they fall of too easy, the other two have similair fittings at the back but they hold a better fit. The hose can be unclipped at the vacuum end giving greater access incase of blockages, this is done by squeezing two small levers, only a little pressure is needed also fits back on with ease.
The other thing not so good about this vacuum is that the outside gets quite dusty it is easy to wipe clean however.
I bought this vacuum cleaner to use upstairs in my bedrooms as the one I use downstairs was getting too heavy for me to carry upstairs. I researched vacuum cleaners on the internet and this one was cheap and had good reviews.
It is certainly light enough to carry up and downstairs, although I always keep it upstairs just for use in the bedrooms.
The cleaning quality is good and the tools adequate for a small cleaner, but what I didn't realise is that I have to keep cleaning the filter and replace it regularly. The filter is concertina shaped and soon gets clogged with dust and dirt. It is very difficult to get completely clean. Although a small cleaning brush is provided it takes ages to clean properly and to reach into all the folds of the concertina. I have to use the plastic pointed end of the brush to remove all the debris. If I had known this before I would certainly not have bought it and spent more money to get a vacuum cleaner that is easier to maintain.
When initially moving in together, my partner and I found ourselves in the position of needing to buy one of everything you need for a household without much money. We shopped around carefully and tried to get the best value for our money.
This vacuum cleaner is Tesco's own version of a Dyson. It works in a similar way, is bagless and very easy to use. At the time of purchase two years ago it cost us approximately £40 and I believe that its price is still very similar. It is fairly no-frills and comes without any bells and whistles, but it does the job very effectively. The height is not adjustable but for an upright vacuum cleaner it is very comfortable to use - I can use it very easily at 5'5'', and so can my partner at 6'0''. It's not heavy and is very easy to push around.
Unfortunately, this vacuum cleaner does find its limitations when it comes to corners of rooms and staircases. It is simply just not possible to use the vac in its upright position to get right into the corners; the loss of suction is too great. In order to get around this, you need to loosen the hose and use the supplied attachment to run along the edges of rooms. This is acceptable for me however it would be potentially a problem for someone who cannot bend so easily - it's definitely an 'on hands and knees' job!
When it comes to staircases, this vacuum cleaner just does not pull its weight at all. It's far too cumbersome to try and use as an upright on each step, and although you can use the hose and attachment on steps as described above, the nozzle of the supplied attachment is very narrow and is obviously designed for getting into edges and tight spaces rather than for covering an area as large as a step can be. I have managed to get around this by using a hand-held 'dust-buster' style vacuum cleaner, but I realise that this wouldn't be possible for everyone, and isn't conducive to the main bonus of having this product itself - spending economically!
With the stairs problem in mind, this vacuum cleaner would probably be ideal for someone living in a flat or bungalow. It does do a great job in general - it picks up very successfully on everything from thick pile to tiled flooring, it's really easy to empty and take care of. Unfortunately, the lack of functionality on stairs does ruin the product for me and I wouldn't recommend its use to anyone who does need to vacuum clean steps!
Tesco's answer to the bagless vacuum cleaner market is a mixed bag (no pun intended), while it was a very cheap purchase; around £37, it was not the bargain it first apppeared. Granted, at this price compared to offerings like Dyson, which retail over the 200 pound mark, the quality is never going to be the same.
Considering the product as a £37 vacuum cleaner is a more fruitful exercise. The suction is adequet, but does tend to diminish as the filters clog with dust, thus making trips to empty the dust collector frequent to maintain good operation. A word of warning, this can be a fairly unpleasant task and pretty messy, which is a shame, considering the idea of a vacuum cleaner is to assist cleaning the house!
Build quality is as you would expect at this entry level; adequet, but not particularly sturdy. Indeed, the main handle flexes excessively when handling the product. However, despite all of this it has not broken and has performed admirably in my household.
In summary, reasonable as a cheap vacuum, but it remains to be seen if it will perform for a reasonable time scale.
When our last hoover broke we wanted to get one that was fairly cheap and did the job so as usual our first shop to check was tesco. Where we ended up getting this VCU007 lightweight vacuum which cost us £37.97 which I think is a reasonable price.
The hoover is black and has a 7metre cable which gives you plenty of length to be able to hoover from room to room with out having to keep unplugging the socket and moving it to another room so that you can hoover it. The tubes are plastic so a very durable and will last. The capacity of which it can hold is 3litres but mines never gets to this much as I feel it is a lot easier to clean it out when it is not as full. There is a hepa filter in it and a motor power of 1600w and a suction power of 220w so it picks up small particles such as hairs or crumbs easily. Another feature of this vacuum is a crevice tool which is great for getting into corners and tight spaces as it is the long thin part of the hoover. I tend to always use this part of hoover tho especially on the stairs, it is great as it lets me get right into the corners.
One of the features which made us buy this vacuum is that it is suitable on laminate flooring which we needed as the majority of our house has laminate down apart from the stairs which are carpeted. I was a bit worried tho in case it would scratch the flooring but it hasn't. It works great on both my laminate and carpet and picks up everything very easily so it does not take me long to hoover up as I don't need to keep going over the same bits like I had to with my old hoover.
Overall I think this is a cheap and cheerful vacuum which serves its purpose and vacuums up with ease. Another great factor is that it is lightweight so this helps to make it all the more easier to manoeuvre.
I bought my tesco hoover about 18 months ago, when my morphy richards one caught fire!. I had limited funds as I was saving to get married so tesco came up trumps with this upright cleaner. I have found that the attachments don't fall off the hoover, but one of the plastic guides for the pipe has broken off so it dangles loosely and does tend to caught on bits of furniture.
With a dog, rabbit and guinea pig in the house there is always a lot of pet hair, sawdust and various bits of food being thrown around. The hoover deals with these well and will normally get the room clean in one go, unless I have left it for a week.
Cleaning the hoover is not particulary easy. The filter comes off easily but I never worked out if it was washable so it's a rather nasty grey colour now, and the brush that came with it to clean the filter is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. I tend to use an old flat head screwdriver to get the dog hair out. Then there is the plastic drum inside the cylinder. You need a five year old to get their hands in to get the drum out to clean, otherwise be prepared for grazed knuckles. It doesn't always go back in that easily either.
Hoover height adjustment, I leave my setting on the lowest brush setting as on anything else it just skims the surface of the carpet. I don't have any deep pile carpet so cannot comment on how it would work on them but on a hard floor I found it pushes the dog hair around rather than sucking it up.
Attachments. You can only use the nozzle attachment with one of the extension poles, so if like me you use the hoover on your car you will struggle to get into those awkard places where you don't need the extra length. I also found that the nozzle doesn't fit on snuggly, when I have managed to use it in the car - again for dog hair- where a bit of a scrubbing action is needed the nozzle falls off.
Storage. The folding handle is a bonus, in fact ingenious as the hoover will fit into a cupboard under the stairs where height well doesn't exist.
Two and a half years ago I found myself in the position that I needed to buy from scratch the whole contents needed for a house for myself and my one year old son. I had previously owned a Dyson and had been very happy with it but I was on a very limited budget and a Dyson was out of my price range.
I found while flicking through the Tesco direct catalogue that they did their own version of the bag less Hoover and with a £5 off voucher I decided it was worth a try. It is currently £37.97 in the catalogue and I believe it was a similar price when I bought it. I do prefer an upright Hoover as I do have back problems and the less bending I need to do the better for me.
The Hoover itself is an upright in a shiny black colour with a transparent cylinder to see how much dirt you have collected. It has a long attachment pipe and two small tools which do attach to the suction pipe.
The Hoover is a 1600 Watt Hoover which it states has 220W of suction and is designed to hold 3 Litres of dust and dirt.
It does have a handle which folds down and is really useful for storage. The Hoover comes fully assembled so it is simply a matter of plugging it in and going. I found this to not be as strong suction wise as my Dyson but it did do an adequate job.
I do think this Hoover looks quite stylish and doesn't look cheap and tacky. It does have a carry handle which is useful for carrying up the stairs. Although the transparent cylinder does show the amount of dirt you have in your house if you don't empty it. I find the handle means I can store it behind the sofa without it been visible.
The dirt collection bucket is simple to remove from the Hoover. Then it has a push down button which opens up the bottom of the dirt capsule and is very efficient for emptying However the base of the cylinder is full of groves and never seems to empty and I have actually washed it out a couple of times although I did ensure it is thoroughly dry. Inside the cylinder is also a filter which twists out. This gets filled with dust and is quite difficult to clean and involves a lot of banging on the side of the dustbin which creates clouds of dust. The brushes also do need regular cleaning and this is something I find to be quite time consuming but once done I find it does clean more efficiently.
I have also blocked up the Hoover pipe and to take apart is a nightmare it is filled with little screws and took hours.
It does have an additional pipe and cleaning attachment which can be attached to the removable stretchy pipe for cleaning in difficult to reach places and the edges. These do have a place in the back of the Hoover although not very secure and so often fall off so often that I actually don't store mine on the Hoover anymore.
The cord is 7 meters long which is adequate to Hoover my lounge and hall without unplugging .It is has two pegs to wind round for storage.
How well does it work?
I find this Hoover very lightweight when pushing around the floor and I have to say I am actually quite surprised how much dust is sucked up the Hoover. I do empty the bag on every couple of times I Hoover and am surprised that it seems to be worthwhile. Like all bag less hovers the advantage is that it doesn't lose suction however I do find that I need to Hoover quite slowly for it to pick up the bits so it isn't a job that can be rushed or give you much of a workout. It does have a height adjustment for the level of carpet for long pile to hard floor and I tend to have mine at the lower however this doesn't seem to make much difference and I do not bother changing the setting dependent upon which floor I am hovering. I find it quite lightweight for lifting up the stairs and the tube stretches well enough that it does make it simple for cleaning stairs. Like most upright hovers it isn't great at cleaning the edges but I simply use the attachments to get the edges.
Would I recommend this Hoover?
I would like this Hoover to have a little more power and then I would think it would be an excellent buy but I do think that considering the price it is a great purchase anyway. Mine has lasted two and a half years with no real problems. As it is Tesco's own Brand this may put some off but I am overall happy with mine.
Tesco direct do charge for Delivery but if you can collect form in store this does make the Bag less Hoover an Even better buy at the price of £37.97.
Short name: Tesco VCU007