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My mum is so obsessed with vacuuming that she vacuums through the moderately sized house twice a day. Well, actually no, she tells me to do it. So when our Dyson cleaner completely burnt out and just said "Guys, I'm only a vacuum cleaner, I think you're looking for a superhero" it wasn't too much of a surprise. However it was a loss and we quickly began scouring the shops for a new one.
A word of warning, demoting from a Dyson to a VAX model will result in severe disappointment.
The V-060P 'Turboforce' is, at 2000W, a powerful bag less upright vacuum cleaner. It all sounded so promising The specifications listed on the box looked like this:
HEPA filtration: - a high level of filtration, which traps smaller dust and dirt particles, preventing contamination of the environment. This type of filtration is better for homes with allergy sufferers.
(This was very appealing for us as my sister suffers severe eczema and the dust really irritates it)
Carbon and Antibacterial filter: Carbon filter neutralises odours, and Antibac further reduces emission of allergens into the home.
No bags: The V-060P's bagless technology means that there is no need to buy bags - ever.
Brushbar height adjuster: Easily change the brushbar height for use on carpets and hard floors.
Large dirt bin capacity: For use in larger homes - no need to empty the bin as frequently
These are all undeniably good things, and the vacuum cleaner performs each of these tasks to a standard level. The greatly appealing feature is that it deals so well with pet hair, an issue in our house because of our long haired German shepherd. The V060 does deal with hair, and other dirt, very well. It performs to a high standard and deals comfortably with everyday use.
The box contains the dismantled vacuum (which I will cover soon), the hose, a few tools and an instructions booklet. The tools that come with the vacuum are standard. The crevice tool is very useful for getting under sofas or wardrobes, and is helpful for cleaning the stairs. However the way that these tools are supposed to hang on the vacuum cleaner, especially the dusting brush, is annoying and just plain bad designing. Whenever the product is jerked or moved fast the tool just falls off, very often onto bare feet which is quite painful,. We've ended up just placing it next to the vacuum cleaner and getting it when we need to.
Putting the vacuum cleaner together was a nightmare. The instructions booklet needed severe simplifying before it could be understood by us, a household of fairly intelligent people. The diagram was insisting that one piece, the 'manoeuvre handle' be screwed into a hole that simply wasn't there! We searched in vain for a place to put it and a call to customer services resulted in them denying the existence of the handle at all. In the end we forced the thing into a tiny hole that needed much pushing and shoving.
So, after this drama, we smugly sat back and switched the product on. We were met with an almighty roar and an electric shock for my mother, as an electric bright blue light sparked from the bottom of the Hoover. One explosion sound later and we've got a scorched carpet and a defunct vacuum cleaner which we're all too scared to touch.
Thanks VAX, Dyson would never have done this to us.
So we return the product and get a new one, set it up as we did before, struggle and all, and the thing works like a dream. We decide to forgive and forget and pretend the whole thing never happened.
The design of the product is quite simply terrible. It's an ugly, archaic looking thing. Our model is a different style from the photo, with a hospital wall white plastic exterior with tacky splashes of blue. The handle is good as it is a 'loop' handle, allowing for greater dexterity. However, the build of the vacuum cleaner is not designed with style in mind, but seems to have 'making hovering as difficult as possible' right up on its list of priorities. The product is the heaviest thing in our house it feels sometimes, and the clunky and misshapen wheels mean that pushing the thing, in its upright position, is nigh on impossible!
Of course, this is no longer a problem for us now that the vacuum cleaner has decided it's not an upright model anymore. The 'step handle' function to switch between its upright mode and its moveable mode simply broke after ten uses, and now the vacuum doesn't have the ability to stand up on its own without being lent against a wall.
We find taking the vacuum upstairs to downstairs very difficult as its bulky shape and heavy weight mean that manoeuvring it is very difficult and dangerous when moving up and down stairs.
The 'no bag' function is probably its best asset, although not many new models actually use bags anymore. This means there is minimal mess when emptying the VO60 and no need for buying vacuum bags. It has different functions for each type of floor, with a lever which allows you to adjust the height of the brush bar which collects the dust. Whilst we only use one function, as we don't have any hardwood floors, the lever itself is actually quite hard to move, and along with the weight of the product this is not a vacuum cleaner for the weak hearted!
The very loud noise reflects the power of the cleaner, and, to its justice, it does clean very well. An interesting feature of it is its 'anitbac' filter which apparently cleans the air being processed back into your home.
Whilst it continues to excel in its main functions we will probably keep it but the day that it breaks down and we can, justifiably, move back into the Dyson family, can't quite come fast enough in my opinion.
The fairly low price that this product now generates (less than £100 from eBay) reflects its features. If you aren't looking for particular grace or ease of use and just want the job done, then don't let me stop you!
I bought this vacuum on a special deal and although it's not the best it picks up all the dirt I need it to. It's an easy to use vacuum with 4 settings to suit different types of floor although in my house I have carpets, I'm not sure how it works on a hard surface.
As it's a bag less vacuum it's easy to see when it's full and needs emptying. It is a heavy vacuum compared to others out there but not unbearable. It comes with 3 tools including a hose which I think is a must to get into the hard to reach areas. The hose length is quite long so it you can leave the vacuum at the bottom of the stairs while you use the hose to clean the stairs however you may need to take it to the top of the stairs to finish the last few steps. Overall, the vacuum does what it says and I haven't had any problems with it.
Absolutely dreadful, so heavy and awkward to move about. After reading all the instructions and finally putting it together, it then informed me that it was NOT suitable for hardwood floors. I phoned Vax and they said to put it on the highest setting. But that doesn't not pick up any of the dirt. Vax Customer Services has been attrocious and I will not be buying another Vax machine again...
The Vax V-060 Turboforce is a 1700W, bagless upright vacuum cleaner / The on-board TurboTool, three-piece tool set and hose are ideal for pet hairs, stairs, upholstery and hard to reach areas / With an extra wide cleaning path and large dirt bin capacity, the Vax V-060 Turboforce is perfect for full home cleaning / Short name: Vax V-060