Product Type: Vax vacuums
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Small but mighty
Member Name: Holland1
Advantages: Quiet, good suction, easy to clean, small to store
Disadvantages: Lead doesn't want to be stored in the hoover
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!).
Summary: You'd be lucky to top the performance of this hoover
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