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I recently bought the VAX C90 PMV B vacuum cleaner as my old one has become unreliable. My first impressions were that it is a nice looking, sturdy and small appliance.
When using the cleaner I find that it is very light weight and easy to manoeuvre around the house and carry up the stairs when vacuuming them.
I have a wide range of surfaces' in my home which include hard wood flooring in the lounge, vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom and carpet everywhere else and I do find that the suction from this vacuum copes well on all three floor types easily with only a couple of goes over most areas my floors appear to be clean.
I find that although this vacuum isn't massive in size I can vacuum my whole house (which is an average sized three bed roomed semi) before I need to empty the bag less cylinder. The vacuum is easy to empty without making any mess, which is a definite plus!
I am also very impressed at how quiet VAX have been able to make this machine whilst still keeping the strength of suction.
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After my Smartprice hoover packed up, I figured it was time to buy a new one since my niece is now crawling! I decided to go for a decent brand this time, as after 2 years, my hoover packed up when it wasn't even used all that much!
I went for a cylinder type hoover as I live in a fairly compact flat and also have a staircase from the door to contend with, so it was definitely a cylinder job rather than an upright. My husband purchased this hoover from an independent electrical shop on sale for £35. This model is no longer available in places like Argos, although vacuum cleaners of the same make, design and power are available for between £49.99 and £69.99.
On taking it out of the box, I was immediately impressed. It is extremely compact and very light to carry around, meaning its much easier to do your stairs and to carry around whilst doing so. Also, the attachment is made of metal, which I was very happy with, as on my old cleaner of the same style, it was plastic and cracked after not very long of owning it, resulting in a load of sellotape wrapped around the pole! So seeing it was metal, I was reassured it would last for a decent time!
I plugged it in, all ready to go. The wire is a good length, and I didn't need to keep moving to a nearer plug socket. I immediately noticed that it was picking up bits off the carpet really well. (Although I was hoping that it wasn't just because there were so many bits after not having chance to go shopping for a new cleaner for about 2 weeks!!). Also, when I emptied the cylinder after a few weeks of use, it had really been picking up a good deal of dust, which reassured me that it was doing its suctioning job very well!
While cleaning, it was easy to manoeuvre around and didn't need much strength to have it following around after me. What I liked, was that the attachment was quite long, which meant that there wasn't much leaning over involved and no achey back at the end of the cleaning! The hose is 1.5 metres long which made for a much easier job. It doesn't make a lot of noise, meaning that I can get on with some cleaning while my husband sleeps off a busy night shift, and all I have to do is shut the door and he doesn't hear the hoover at all! Also it makes me feel better about using it in an upstairs flat, considering that having 2 jobs mean I either have to do my cleaning first thing in the morning or fairly late in the evening! It is just as useful on either carpet or hard flooring, both of which I have in my flat - it cleans my kitchen floor as good as it cleans my living room carpet.
After finishing your cleaning, it's easy to empty as you just clip it off and empty it over a bin and clip it back on again! You can store it really well, as it's compact size and shape means it doesn't take up much space, especially if you take the attachment off and put it in the corner of the cupboard.
The only thing I can't vouch for, is how well it picks up pet hair, as I don't have a pet.
I bought this hoover about 3 months ago, to replace my previous one which clearly couldn't keep up with the demands of a house renovation. As we are constantly having building work done, we need a good hoover with strong suction to get rid of the dust and not blow up when it accidentally picks up a nail.
I bought the Vax from Tesco, as this was the closest place for me to go for one and it was a Sunday so I was restricted by shorter shopping hours. My partner and I compared the prices and functions of all the hoovers, and we decided on this one. I think the decision was also influenced by the fact it was on offer, so it only cost £60 which was cheap compared to some of the others, and we were getting a brand we trusted.
It's quite a good looking hoover (is this a strange way to describe a hoover?!), and is purple in colour, with a see-through cylinder so you can see how much dust you have collected and decide when it might need emptying. It's got a pedal to start the hoover, and a pedal to retract the lead with the plug on. The first time I used it I was happily hoovering away, and pulled the lead so far it no longer retracts back into the hoover. I had managed to pull it past the red line, although it can't have been the most sturdy of devices as I'm not exactly strong so I would imaging other people have probably had this problem.
This didn't really concern me too much as I store the hoover in a cupboard so it's not a big deal if the wire isn't tucked away neatly. The hoover itself has excellent suction, and I found when it was on maximum it would start taking up carpets and cat toys (one of these blocked the hoover) so I had to turn it down a bit. It has all the usual attachments, so you can get into the corners of your rooms to pick up dust, and I was really impressed with its suction. It's not too noisy either which is good as my cat is usually scared of hoovers and runs under the bed, but this one doesn't bother him so much.
I did manage to block the hoover as mentioned earlier, by accidentally hoovering a cat toy. This blocked the pipe so I had to dismantle it and it came out covered in dust. When the bagless cylinder was looking quite full, I emptied the hoover and cleaned the filters. They were easy enough to dismantle by following the instructions that came with the hoover, but I had a bit of trouble putting it all back together so after a lot of swearing my other half had to help.
One feature I do like about this hoover is that it has an automatic shut-off when it overheats, so instead of blowing up it just switches itself off. The first time I discovered this was the second time I used it, and I'd been hoovering for a while when the whole thing just shut down and there was nothing happening. I tried a different socket to check it wasn't our electrics, then my partner (bless him, he's very patient!) phoned the Tesco technical helpdesk (as instructed on the warranty) to see if they would exchange it. She took the model number and informed him it was an automatic shut-off which happens when it overheats. I was very grateful for this because as I had learned with my previous hoover, it is very easy to not realise when you're asking too much of your hoover, and it ends up breaking on you.
Overall I am pleased with my purchase, and hopefully with its automatic shut-off function, it should last me a while (watch this space!).
When you open this machine your think, how lovely, isn't it nice and the suction is fantastic.I have laminate floor in 90% of my house and carpet in two bedrooms. How much work do you think this hoover has to do. Nothing really, especially when I dry mop my laminate everyday,and hoover my 2 bedroom carpets once or twice a week.If you have a child with long hair FORGET IT, if you don't clean and wash the filter after every use it will over heat and cut out. If you phone the helpdesk they will advise you to clean and wash the filter as it's overheated, if it still doesn't work they will take it back and repair it, BUT, if there is the slightest blockage anywhere in the filter or pipes they will charge you £35.00.................. It only cost me £49.00!!!!!
Efficient, compact and powerful - no I am not talking about men here!
This is my second compact hoover and I absolutely love it...
The quality of the hoover itself is very impressive all the usual things that you would expect and the extras have been created and produced to a high quality which is always important when using and transporting compact hoovers.
The vacuum is compact and light which allows easy transport as well as manoeuvrability around the house. I was personally impressed by the amount of dust and dirt it can pick up; it is very powerful and works efficiently, quickly and effortlessly! So overall it is five stars in that department.
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Not that it really matters with a hoover but it is always something to be aware of is the aesthetics. This 'Vax' looks and feels great to use (not that I personally enjoy hovering) but in some instances this at least makes you look good whilst doing it!
I have not had it long however, touch wood, I have had no problems - it has performed reliably and without any real issues which is nice to know. I have however got a friend who had a problem with her Vax hoover and the company was very quick to respond and fix her problem - so I would presume that is the norm!
Overall it is a cracking little thing. It simply shows that hoovers do not have to be the largest clunkiest of things to be powerful, efficient and effective. This compact hoover ticks all the boxes for me and I would recommend it!
I had to get rid of my last upright hoover several weeks ago as it kept breaking down and was really unreliable. I had decided that I wanted to try a pull along cylinder hoover rather than an upright as it would be more lightweight and practical for storage too. So, I set about my usual internet search to find what was out there, and settled on this Vax C90-PMV-B 2000w Bagless Cylinder Hoover.
I found it on the Tesco Direct website on a decent offer, at nearly half price at £60 so decided to purchase from here to take advantage of the offer, with the added bonus of clubcard points too. Incidentally, it is now priced at £109.97 on the website (March 2011).
The hoover is a lightweight cylinder hoover, which is bagless and works using a Hepa filter. The hoover weighs just 6.3kg, so is easily portable. The unit is 104cm in height (this is the measurement using the extended arm), 32cm deep and 34cm wide which makes it very easy to store. The cable length is 6m and there is an automatic cord wind-up feature, which can be activated using a push pedal on the base of the unit.
There is adjustable suction capacity, with suction power given as 240W. Motor Power is 2000W. The suction hose length is 1.5m, which is repeatedly folded, so to be extendable and collapsible. There is an extendable metal tube that can be inserted into this hose to provide further reach.
A plastic crevice tool and brush tool are provided, together with the main vacuum head which has a setting for carpets and one for hard floors.
The vacuum also comes with a two year manufacturers guarantee.
The hoover is made of clear and purple plastic, as per the picture above. At the rear of the main unit, there are two grey plastic pedals, one to turn the machine on and off and one to recoil the cord. Under this is where the plug is recoiled into, you cannot see any of the coiled up wire from the outside. There is also a grey plastic slider button, which can be used to select the suction power required using a sliding scale.
The unit is supported by two large grey and purple plastic wheels to the rear and the hose is attached at the front of the unit. On top of the main unit is the cylinder, which is easily detached using a grey plastic button at the top of the unit. This has a grey handle on top for ease of handling The cylinder is clear so you can see how much dust and dirt it has collected, and when it needs emptying - there is a line on the cylinder giving the maximum fill level. Inside the cylinder, is the filter, encased with a white plastic cylinder.
EASE OF USE
The hoover is really simple to use. There are only basic controls, with a simple on/off switch and a power selector. The metal bar can be easily extended to a height that suits the user by compressing a button on the tube and pulling the tube, which is grooved, to the desired height. This height will then be 'locked in' and the tube will remain at that length throughout use. The vacuum head is easily attached and removed from the end of the metal tube (this is a little stiff initially but soon eases up), but remains firmly in place during use.
The hoover head has a simple push button to select whether you require the hard floor or carpet setting. By depressing this to the carpet setting, a thin black brush pops out of the bottom of the head. When the hard floor setting is selected, this brush bar is retracted and the head underside is smooth. The crevice tool and brush tool are equally easily attached to the tube once the hoover head is removed.
In use, the hoover is really lightweight and easy to carry up and down stairs and around the house. When hovering carpets, the head glides easily over carpets - and even some of my thicker rugs - without needing too much effort or encountering too much resistance. The unit follows you around nicely on it's two wheels and you never feel like you are having to drag this around. The tools can be a little trickier to use as you attach these to the metal bar, which can only be shortened to a certain length. This can make it hard to get your grip and angle the crevice tool as you would like. However, it is usually achievable with a little bit of angling and adjustment, just a little more tricky than I would ideally like!
The cord is a generous length, which means I never have the problem of over extending the hoover and, consequently, pulling the plug from the socket. However, with the hoover being so lightweight, it can tip over if you pull it along too quickly/roughly. The only problem that I have had with the hoover head is directing it accurately, particularly into corners. The head is not fixed completely, and is hinged to allow some rotation, but I would say this is only somewhere between 45 and 90 degrees, so it is not as flexible as perhaps I would like.
The cylinder is also really easy to remove and empty. The top of the cylinder unscrews by twisting and this can then just be emptied by tipping the contents into the bin before replacing.
At 2000W motor power, this is a pretty powerful hoover. Happily, this is not reflected in the noise level created by the unit - it is actually pretty quiet when turned on. The suction power provided is pretty strong, which you can easily feel when using the tools. The hoover head itself does not always suck up all visible dirt - most notably sock fluff - on the first movement over, so I usually run the hoover over my carpet a couple of times in each room. This removes all visible fluff and dirt.
The biggest problem that I have in my house is hair, of which I have a fair amount that seems to molt at quite a rate. The hoover seems to cope with this well and the brush bar, in particular, helps to remove these from the carpet. The brush bar can also be de-haired easily by simply pulling this from the bar. In the past, I have had the problem of hair wrapping around the roller style brush bars but the design of this unit means that this is not a problem here.
The hard floor setting, in particular, is very effective. I use this on my wooden floors and kitchen area and all crumbs are removed immediately. It is also gentle on the floors - I was initially worried about scratching my laminate floors by using this, but it glides over them smoothly and causes no damage.
MY OVERALL OPINION
This hoover meets my needs perfectly. The design is compact, meaning that it is easily stored in my understairs cupboard without getting in the way. It is lightweight so really easy to move up and down the stairs, as well as ideal for use on the stairs themselves. The cylinder is really easy to empty and replace and not messy at all, as I have found some bagless hoovers to be.
The extendable metal tube reaches a height that is fine for me to use - I am about 5"8 - but I would say that this may not extend far enough to be comfortable for use for an extended period of time for people over 6"0 as it may make you bend your back further than you would like.
The suction power provided by the hoover is good, particularly when you are using the tools as this removes dirt and dust effortlessly. I am also really impressed at the low level of noise generated by the hoover - with past models I have been worried about putting the hoover on in the morning as I live in a semi-detached house and didn't want to disturb the neighbours. This is no longer a worry with this model as it just makes a very low humming noise.
I am really pleased with my purchase and the performance of the product. I think I got an absolute bargain at £60 when this was on sale, but I would pay the full price if necessary as I genuinely believe it to be good value. Five stars from me.
Short name: Vax C90-PMV-B