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The New Powerful 1800 watt VS-03 Vax
Member Name: wellyboot
Date: 12/06/02, updated on 02/08/02 (711 review reads)
Advantages: Great Suction, Good Looking, Value for Money
Disadvantages: Heavy, Gets Very HOT
We have recently purchased the brand-new-on-the-market Vax 1800 watt cylinder vacuum cleaner.
It's design is bang up to date and has a modern silver finish, completely unlike all of it's dated predecessors. We brought it because it was the lowest priced, highest power cleaner we could find at the time, and with a large house with a child and two long-haired cats, the good cleaner is an absolute must, our previous cleaner only lasted us 18 months and it cost around the same as this one!
First Impressions - A bit big once out of the box, but it feels sturdy and is well built. It has a metal telescopic tube (as opposed the plastic ones that tend to break after heavy domestic use), on board storage for it's numerous attachments and big giant chunky buttons to turn it on and off and to rewind the cord (which also has a handy little compartment that it sits in).
The suction power is impressive and it benefits from a switch that allows you to turn up and down it's power as required. I have to set it to about 80% power as hoovering is too much like hard work when it's on full power! It certainly does the job for us, and is efficient at picking up pesky animal hairs and seeing off general mess too.
So far, after 2 weeks, I am very happy with it, (apart from having to make sure all the windows are open when I use it because the motor gets so hot and kicks out a LOT of heat). A word of caution, it is quite HEAVY for a cylinder cleaner, so if you have a weak back or are not particularly active or strong, then I'd advise giving it a try in the shop (pick It up, walk around with it).