What can I say about this vacuum? We got one on special offer for £50 2 years ago, and due to the constant presence of puppies in our house (as well as an untidy man who works in a messy place!) in this time, I have had plenty chance to test it. It works fabulously. It picks up all the dog hair and mess off the carpets, without having to go over and over it, and the tools make hoovering the sofa and edges quick and easy too. I find it a little heavy for doing the stairs as the head is a little too wide to sit on the step, so I have to carry it as I go, but it's not uncomfortable. I have a wooden floor in my kitchen, and find this picks up clumps of hair and general dust really well. It does blow out quite a lot of air though, so you have to go quite slow over hard floors, otherwise it doesn't catch everything and can blow it out the back. I never have this problem on carpets.
The cord is long enough for me to do the entire downstairs without changing socket, and the same for upstairs and down the stairs themselves. We live in a reasonably well sized 3 bedroom. The clip at the handle is great for holding the cord up off the floor and saves worrying about going over it, however when the cord is clipped in here it makes winding it around the holder for storage difficult, as the plug doesn't reach to hang over at the top, if that makes sense! I wedge it in between the coils of cord and this keeps it in place. Another strategically placed clip to deal with this would be handy, to save having to unclip it every time.
It is very easy to clean, and the filter comes up good as new after a good brush (outside!) using a small dustpan brush. It sucks like a brand new vacuum after being emptied! In the time I've been using it, I have only needed to replace the belt and have not lost any suction at all. And I haven't lost any attachments, since they all clip securely and handily to the main body of the vacuum! It should be noted I am a very heavy user of this, generally speaking at least 3 times a day every day for downstairs, once a day every day upstairs.
Dysons were always my dream vacuum, after seeing how well my mums performed. However, I have now changed my mind (as has my mum, she has one of these too)! These also appear to be far more robust as well. Unless there's a special deal to tempt me, I will likely always seek these vacuums when I am in the market for a new one.
My house is a mixture of hard flooring, rugs (of varying thickness and fluffiness) and carpets, so a good hoover that can cope with the variety of surfaces is an important tool to have, especially with the mess that children (and adults for that matter!) can make. I purchased a VAX VS-190 Swift about three years ago and, by now, have had plenty of opportunity to test it's effectiveness and durability so thought I'd put this into a review.
We purchased the hoover for around £70 from Curry's three years ago. This suited us as it was within our price range as we were just setting up home and had a lot of other expense at the time, it also contained a lot of features that we were looking for (more about these later!).
The hoover is an upright, so it tall in appearance, with a long black handle at the top for pushing and pulling and generally manoeuvring the unit. It then has a clear cylinder as the hoover is bagless. This means that you can see all of the dust and dirt as it collects in here, so you know when to empty. The bottom of the hoover is a solid plastic, mine is red in colour, which matches the lid on top of the clear cylinder, and there is a black scuff guard along the bottom. There is a plastic corrugated tune linking the bottom of the hoover to the waste cylinder, this can be removed to attach the tools - which are handily stored around the unit. Hanging on the front upper, on the handle is the 'Turbo Tool', and various tubes are located around the back of the unit. The power cord is wrapped neatly around the back of the hoover.
All in all, the hoover doesn't look particularly attractive, but it is neat and tidy and very functional.
As I said above, the hoover has a lot of the features that we were looking for - most notably it is a bagless upright. The cleaning system is a HEPA filter - which is a white cylindrical filter that is folded like a fan all the way round (to maximise the surface area) and inserted into the clear waste cylinder, this is easily removed for cleaning.
There are a series of handy tools that can be attached to the hoover's hose which make cleaning rugs and stairs an easier job. There is a brush tool which acts as both a dust brush and an upholstery tool, the Turbo tool which is like a mini hoover head and is good for cleaning the stair carpets and a variety of tubes that can be used to extend the reach of these tools or angled tubes to get into tight corners and crevices.
The power of this model is 1500W and cord reach is 19.68 feet.
EASE OF USE
The hoover itself is operated by two pedals on the back of the unit that you can flick with your foot. One is operated to release the hoover from the upright position and therefore allow you to tilt the main unit back for ease of movement. The other is a simple on/off switch. I find that the hoover is actually pretty heavy and even moving it upstairs to use it is quite tricky, let alone actually pushing and pulling it over carpets to hoover. It makes for tiring work pushing this over carpets and I am thankful that we a) don't have many carpeted rooms and b) don't have vast expanses of floorspace in those rooms. It is quite stiff to move and very difficult to steer and redirect if you are trying to do anything other than move in straight lines. It also doesn't cope very well on more thicker carpets, so will not be pushed at all easily on these.
The tools, however, are a joy to use. Initially, I found it hard to attach these to the hose as required. This was very stiff at first and I managed to scrape the skin off my fingers once or twice doing this. After a few uses however, this loosens up and I now can't believe that I ever had any trouble doing this. One point to note here is that the little plastic 'knobs' that aid the attachment of the hose to the tools break off very easily. This hasn't had any effect on how well the tools attach - mine do not seem to be any looser without these - but may explain why the tools are easier to fit these days.
The tools themselves are really easy to use and the turbo tool and brush are much easier (and far lighter) to direct than the main hoover itself so I definitely prefer to use these where I can.
The power cord is of decent size so you are able to comfortably hoover a fair sized room without this being stretched or the need to plug this in to different sockets.
The clear waste cylinder means that it is easy to see when the hoover needs to be emptied (rather than having to rely on guesswork or loss of suction) and this usually needs doing roughly every month in our house. This will be totally dependent on the amount of hovering you do though! It is really simple to remove as it unclips easily, but is quite a messy job as the dust and dirt can go everywhere as it is emptied. This also clings to the filter and this can make the filter quite hard to clear.
This hoover has really good suction, you can visibly see it remove fluff from the carpet after just one run over them - I've used hoovers in the past that need to be pushed over a section of the carpet several times before things are removed. The same can be said when you use the tools, these seem really powerful and easily pick up hair and dust. The hoover (and, more specifically tools) works well on carpet and hard floors (although no actual setting for this like on some hoovers) but on my thicker rugs they tend to struggle a bit. I tend to use a crevice tube on the rugs as this is the only thing that seems to work, but this makes it a time consuming job and one that isn't very good for my back!
Ok, so the hoover has great suction and when it works well it gives a good result, but that's not to say that it comes without problems. I've already spoken about how heavy it is and it's difficult to manoeuvre, which for me is quite a big negative. But we have encountered a few other problems during the lifetime of our hoover that mean we are now considering an alternative.
Firstly - storage, not in itself something to consider getting rid of a vacuum cleaner for, but enough of a problem when you have an expanding family and need to find a home for more things. The hoover is pretty bulky and, whilst it fits in our understairs cupboard, it takes up alot of room. This is true of all upright hoovers however so not specific to this model!
The main problem that we have encountered is with the durability and reliability of the hoover itself. I have long, thick hair, so obviously this needs to be hoovered from the carpets where I tend to moult. This hoover doesn't seem to be compatible with this fact and the hair often wraps around the brush bar on the bottom of the hoover, affecting suction. Again, not a problem specific to this hoover, but I do encounter this a lot with this model and find uncoiling the hair particularly difficult and time consuming. It has also led to more severe problems, where a burning smell can be smelt as hoovering and the hoover becomes very noisy. Now, the hoover isn't the quietest I have used anyway, but normally it is bearable, when this happens it is like it is trying to take off. More seriously, this has resulted on two occasions with the brush bar being broken, the belt snapping and both of these needing replacing. This is quite expensive (at about £20) and we have had difficulty obtaining the parts - having to wait four weeks for a brush bar in the first instance. Being without a hoover for four weeks at a time is not practical!
My overall opinion of the hoover has probably been tainted by the problems that we have encountered. On the plus side, it does the job well (when it works) and has got really good suction. But, for me the negatives far outweigh this. I'd rather push a light hoover over a carpet a few times to ensure it is clean than this heavy one once. I believe this would be more energy efficient and less strain on my arms. I also need my hoover to cope with hair on the carpets and be reliable (or at least if parts are needed, I can get them quickly!).
I wouldn't recommend this hoover as a result of the issues I have encountered, and I think that we'll be purchasing a new model soon - so I think I'll be reading a few hoover based reviews!
I have this particular vacuum and it was fantastic to use before I become ill. I have recently been diagnosed with arthritis and find the vacuum really hard to use I have found that the peddle you press with your foot to make it not upright and I have found that its impossible for me to now press it down. It is too heavy and so I can no longer use this vacuum which is not very good at all. They need to be more practical for people with arthritis. Although I have to say that the product before it was excellent for my pet hair it seemed to completely pick things up. We purchased the vacuum for £59.99 which I though was a very good price for the product which is less than six months old. Overall it is an excellent hover practically but not good for people with arthritis as it is almost impossible to use and extremely frustrating.
This vacuum is absolutely brilliant, it is the best vacuum I have had out of other branded ones. It is the first one that I have purchased that has cleared all hairs up from my three dogs, this is an absolute first. I have three dogs and not one hair on my carpets thanks to my swift. The filter is very easy to keep clean and the cylinder is easy to empty. It has a very easy way to release the cylinder so that I can empty it with ease. This product is priced really well as I would pay more as I am that pleased with the product. Overall easy to use, easy to empty, excellent for pet hair and excellently priced for the quality of product. I can not recommend highly enough. It is ideal for all floor types and pile carpets. It is light weight and has a long flex enabling me to cover a greater space without the need to change plug location constantly!
Our last vacuum was a lightweight, cordless affair whose looks betrayed the strength of its suction. At only £40 it was a great buy and made a massive difference to the cleanliness of our carpets. However three years down the line, the suction had decreased to the point where it left clumps of cat hair in its trail. It was time for a new model.
We needed something with a good suction that could pick up cat hairs and not be too big as we don't have the greatest amount of storage in our flat. A Dyson our preferred choice, but that was more expensive than our budget allowed, so we settled upon the Vax VS-190APP Swift Pet Premium from Argos.
Our model is slightly different from the one pictured above, in that where the model pictured is yellow, ours is white with a blue trim. The vacuum has 1600 watts of power and a clear plastic dust compartment similar to Dyson models. There is a washable HEPA filter and carbon filters.
Vax claims that this model is ideal for collecting pet hairs from both carpets and hardwood flooring and this was the factor that most attracted us to this particular model in the hope that it would live up to its expectations.
Getting the box home, I was somewhat surprised about the size of the small box and how lightweight it was. Upon opening the box however I realised why it fitted into such a small space - it required some building. I hate companies that use excessive packaging, so I was quite glad to see that this vacuum was packed in a sturdy cardboard box and only a few small bits of polystyrene which held that various parts in place within the box. There was no unnecessary filling material.
Philips screwdriver in hand, I set about removing each part from the box. I'll admit that I did need to use the instructions as I had no idea what have the parts were or where they went, but I found that the instructions were very easy to follow and only took about 10 minutes to put together.
The base of the vacuum was a little bigger than I'd expected, but it was quite lightweight, so would be easy enough to carry up and down stairs. Fortunately all the attachments can be fitted to a tool holder on the vacuum handle so there should be no excuse for losing them.
So ready to start vacuuming, I hit the button to release the base then the power button, both of which are located on the base of the vacuum on the left hand side. I must admit that the power button is in slightly an awkward place, just under the extension hose and I found it a little awkward to switch the vacuum on, however I am sure that this is something that will grow easier with practice.
The vacuum started up and at first seemed quite loud, deafening out the TV, but I soon became accustomed to the noise level. I don't think that this is a particularly noisy machine rather that our previous hoover was so quiet that anything else would have appeared deafening. Indeed, only a few days later I no longer notice the noise to be as loud.
So, onto the important details for a vacuum review - how well did it pick up. I used it first on a shaggy rug that has been looking a bit flat recently and was amazed at the difference it made. The pile was instantly picked up and despite not thinking it was dirty, the amount of hair and dust that the vacuum picked up was disgusting. So much so that the dust contained was nearly full after only a few minutes.
Moving onto our bedroom carpets, the vacuum continued to perform well. There was a noticeable difference in the carpets, which unfortunately only served to show up some stains and marks more obviously. The vacuum picked up the pile at the door wells, areas that previously looked quite worn and flat.
Even on our hardwood flooring in the lounge and kitchen, the vacuum gives great results, picking up every bit of dust and hair first time.
If I had to mention any complaints about the performance of the vacuum it would have to be the cord length. Although advertised at 7m I found it a little short. I don't think we have massive rooms, although our bedroom is quite wide and the cord only just stretched to the end of the room. Perhaps not a big thing as it is easy enough to unplug it and move to a more convenient plug socket, but it ay be worth baring in mind if you have to do this every time.
The vacuum came with a number of accessories including a crevice tool, dusting brush and a 1.5m extension hose and a further extension handle. Like I mentioned earlier in the review, the handle has an integrated tool holder with dedicated spaces for each of these accessories so hopefully there will be no lost tools in the near future.
I rarely find a need to use the tools as the vacuum does seem to clean from wall to wall, however using the crevice tool really does get into any hard to reach spots and does so without any loose of suction.
Emptying the dust container is quite simple too. Simply press a button on the front of the machine to release the container, twist the lid to the right to unlock it then pull out the filter which also brings out all the dust, hair and everything else that has been sucked up. Personally the Monica in me likes to keep my vacuum clean and tidy, so I often wash out the dust container every time it has been emptied. This was easy enough as it is a perfect cylindrical space, meaning that there are no awkward to clean areas, and is also easy to dry using a clean towel.
The machine is made from a heavy plastic, which seemed a little fragile whilst I was building it, however once it was built and in action, it did seem to be of a high quality and a sturdy machine, so I have no worries about it breaking in the near future.
And so, onto the final important detail - the price! We bought ours from Argos where it is normally sold for £117.39; however it was on offer for the bank holiday weekend and was reduced to £46.95, better than half price! It is also available from Amazon for £59.
All in, I'm very happy with the Vax VS-190APP Swift Pet Premium vacuum cleaner. I'm giving this machine 5 stars overall, although I only award 4 stars for ease of use due to the length of the power cord.
I'd recommend this for anyone that requires a powerful, bagless vacuum cleaner without the price tag of a Dyson.
Having bought this some years ago when it was first released I was extremely excited about getting a Dyson. They were always seen as the better model. It has always done me well over the years, without fault or problem. Until recently everything was going fine, and then one day it decided to pack in completely and when I switched it off it made a really loud grinding noise! It was very annoying and so I rang the helpline to see what could be done. She informed me that a repair man could come out and have a look at it but would cost a flat rate fee of £65! I wasn't best happy - that is alot of money and if needed i could just put that to a new hoover. The end result would be spend £65 and still have a repaired dyson hoover. So overall, this product was very good for a long time, but if it breaks beware!
i bought one of these about 3 years ago when we bought our 1st house and my husband bought a puppy! It was the turbo tool that really appealed to me as with having a lab hair tended to get everywhere carpet wise. The whole hoover impressed me though, so much so that I still have it and wont buy anything but a vax when this one gives up the ghost. the belt has just gone on it, but it's easy and cheap to replace, it has a brush adjustment feature depending on the type of floor you're hoovering, a light on the front, the suction on it is fantastic, even now 3 years on it still hoovers my carpet in the conservatory ike a dream after the dog has been lay in there. I think that the only fault that i have found with it is that it is very heavy to carry up and downstairs.
This powerful bagless upright vacuum cleaner that offers great cleaning performance on carpets and hard floors / Offering 1800W it's a perfect choice for busy homes / Lightweight and easy to use it features HEPA filtration so is ideal for allergy sufferers / The 6 metre power cord means less frequent unplugging while a crevice tool is great for cleaning in tight spots and around furniture / Comes with a 2 year manufacturer's guarantee / Short name: Vax VS-190S