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.
Upon moving into our new house around a year ago we seemed to go through a phase of picking up quite a few of our essential items from Asda at very reasonable prices. One such item we managed to pick up was our VAX C90. We were going to settle for another basic cheap value style vacuum cleaner like we had before, however when we saw this one on offer for just £38 we felt it far too good of a price to pass on being a brand name vacuum. For this reason we settled with the Vax, with the other main consideration being that we wanted something compact, and light as we were moving into a three storey house and would end up spending quite a bit of our time lugging this vacuum up and down stairs.
Specification and Use:-
The Vax came packed in a box which was approximately 2 foot square with the entire package including vacuum cleaner and tools weighing around the 6kg mark. The actual vacuum by itself weighs 5kg and comes with a convenient carry handle on top of the bagless cylinder which has a capacity of up to 1.7 litres making it most easy to remove from the box after tearing it open once we got it home.
There were a few loose bits in the box including the flexible hose with a handle on one end and a connector on the other that plugs into the Vax itself, there was then a sturdy metal telescopic extension tube that plugged into the handle end to give an adjustable reach for the business end of the vacuum. I'm 6ft 4 and my girlfriend 5ft 7 and we both find we can use the Vax with the hose extended or retracted to a comfortable position for either of us to use with minimum effort being required to adjust it. The end of the telescopic section is the correct size to enable fitment of all of the tools that were supplied in the box along with the Vax. Included was the standard head for cleaning carpets, wood, laminates and the like, along with a dusting tool and also a crevice tool.
This specific Vax is powered by an 1800W motor that is turned on/off by a large button on the back which can easily be used with a trainer clad or bare foot saving the need to bend over to turn the machine on/off. The power required from the motor can be controlled by a sliding power bar on the rear of the vacuum, thus allowing the user to decide how much of the 1800W they need to use in relation to the level of suction and cleaning needed. On the minimum setting this product is whisper quiet and even when on the highest setting is not really all that loud in comparison to other vacuums I have used of a similar power.
The cylinder on the vacuum cleaner contains a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which is supposedly super-efficient at the removal of small particles from the air reducing allergens and such things being thrown back out of the vacuum once being disturbed from the freshly sucked up dust. One thing I was surprised to hear about HEPA filters is the fact that they actually become more effective with age but they will need replacing once every 3 - 5 years. The HEPA filter actually sits inside a separator which prevents larger particles from blocking it and keeps them in the cylinder itself as HEPA filters are no good for removing bigger particles.
There is also one other filter to think about which is the post-motor filter which prevents anything that has managed to make it through from the cylinder blowing out of the back of the vacuum onto freshly cleaned surfaces. This is also an outlet for the heat produced by the motor with the air being pulled over it giving an air-cooled affect. The only time I have ever had a need to remove this filter is when we removed a carpet from our lounge and the backing had disintegrated to a sand like consistency which overheated the hoover but only after we had filled it thrice over, and the problem was that this filter had become blocked, and therefore put my mind at rest that it was doing its job correctly. This was when we found out the Vax has an automatic safety cut-out when it overheats and once left for around an hour, and after having the filters cleaned it worked like new again.
One function I do like about this product which really added to the compactness and ease of use that I was looking for in a vacuum is that it has an auto retract power cable. It's simply a case of placing my toe on the large button at the back of the vacuum, holding it there and watching the cable whizz back into the rear of the Vax only to be stopped by the plug. Gone are the days of trying to wrap the power cable round my arm or somewhere convenient on the body of the vacuum cleaner so I can carry it safely up the stairs. The cable length is around 5 metres with a yellow piece of tape on to show that it is near full extension, and a red one to warn if you pull it any further the likelihood is that the plug will soon pull out of the wall or you will damage the appliance.
Does It Do the Job?:-
Being pretty light weight with two large wheels at the back of the Vax this product is both effective and ergonomic in my eyes. On full power it will pick up most of what you ask of it with only the most stubborn or messiest of tasks requiring a couple of runs over to suck everything up. We own a dog that likes to malt on every available inch of carpet and sofa and keeping the living areas that we do share with our dog free of dog hair has never been too much of a chore with this Vax. I have sucked up the odd small screw, pen lid and paperclip just to give you an idea of full power on this machine, so as you can imagine doesn't struggle to give a decent clean deep into the thickest pile carpets.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review the portability and weight of our new vacuum cleaner was of real importance to us and I feel this works well on both fronts. There are two large wheels on the back making it easy to drag about and deceptively difficult to tip over given the look of the design. The other big bonus as mentioned before is the auto retract power cable that comes in at around 5 metres in length. I am aware that this is much shorter than other models available on the market, but is plenty long enough for our use and if it was any longer I feel that this may have started to negatively affect the weight and compact design I like this Vax so much for.
The only real maintenance that is required for this machine is to empty the bagless cylinder which in fairness is a really quite simple task. It is just a case of pressing the button on top of the machine and pulling the cylinder away from the main body of the vacuum cleaner using the main carry handle. This act in itself will not open the cylinder but may release a little dust so you may not want to do this in a freshly vacuumed room. Once you have the cylinder positioned over a bin it is simply a case of pressing a second button near the base of the cylinder allowing the bottom to fall open and release the contents held inside. As long as it is not overfilled it should just need a few small taps at a few points around the outside to get it completely empty.
If the HEPA filter should need removing and cleaning it is simply a case of removing and emptying the cylinder as above then whilst gripping the bottom twist the carry handle and this will unscrew and the HEPA filter will come out along with the Separator Filter that it is contained inside of from within the cylinder. I do not think it would be advisable to wash the HEPA filter in water and I have always made do with just tapping it on the side of the bin and brushing off with a soft bristled brush. Putting it all back together again you will be glad to hear is just as easy as taking it apart and is as easy if not easier to reassemble than it is to disassemble.
The post motor filter will also need considering when maintenance is involved and will need cleaning from time to time. Again this is dead simple and will just need rinsing through under a mildly warm tap and leaving to dry for 24 hours to ensure it is 100% dry before being placed back in the hoover. Removing this filter is just a case of unclipping a panel at the back of the Vax and pulling the filter out, with replacement being the exact opposite.
Overall In My Opinion:-
Overall I would say that if you ever see one of these in store at any supermarket on offer do not be put off by the cheap price. We have had ours nine months now with no sign of fatigue. It still sucks as well as the day we brought it and there is absolutely no sign of it starting to fall to bits or lose any parts yet. I have noticed online at Asda they retail at £55 whilst we got ours in store for just £38 so would probably be worth checking in store before purchasing online.
You can certainly tell from the build quality that this is a cheaper bottom of the range Vax and not up to par with the rest of the range, but then for the price what can you expect? This said they have a reputation to uphold no matter where their products are making it onto the shelves, so will not turn out shoddy products, especially as this is sold with a one year warranty they will not be wanting it back too soon.
So for a cheap vacuum cleaner with the added peace of mind of a brand name I do not feel you can go wrong with the Vax C90 it does exactly what it is supposed to performance wise and far exceeded any expectations that the price led me to have. I was expecting this to be another fly by night appliance that burnt itself out within a month but gladly I have been proven wrong.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has been of some help.
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.
~~~~~~~~~~How it... ummm... looks~~~~~~~~~~
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