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The little purple vacuum.
Vax C91PF1BT 1800Watts Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner HEPA Bagless
Member Name: Gemma_C
Vax C91PF1BT 1800Watts Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner HEPA Bagless
Advantages: Easy to store away and has good suction, everything I need!
Disadvantages: I haven't really come across any.
The Vax C91-PF1-B-T (what a mouthful!) boasts a powerful 1800W bagless suction with HEPA filtration. It's lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and comes with on-board tools. It is suitable for use on bath hard floors and carpets. It's also purple, did I mention that?
I found this vacuum cleaner very easy to set up, and in fact I didn't even open the instruction manual to put this together. This is because you only need to plug the hose connector into the main body until it clicks, and then push the extension tube onto the end of the handle before finally attaching the floor head. The tube can be lengthened or shortened by pushing a button in and sliding the tube up and down, I always need to extend this otherwise I end up hunched over when hoovering, this is especially so for my partner who is 6"4. When storing my vacuum away I simply disconnect the tube again making this easy to store. The body of the vacuum cleaner also has a carry handle making this easy to lift up when I'm storing it away, and also carrying it around my home. One great feature I love about this vacuum is how easily the cord is stored away. It has a Cord Rewind button and unlike other vacuum's I have used in the past, this actually works really well and the cord quickly winds itself up. Releasing the cord is also easy to do, and it has a yellow mark indicating the recommended cord length, it states not to exceed the cord length past the red mark.
The vacuum cleaner has a large On/Off button which is almost the same as the Cord Rewind button aside from the image, but if you're using this in a hurry or not paying much attention you may hit the wrong button. I have mainly carpet floors in my home aside from the kitchen and bathroom, for carpet cleaning you need to press the rocker switch on the floor head to raise the brushes. When using the floor head on a hard floor I press the switch to lower the brushes, very simple.
It comes with a few accessories, of which I've used a few times but I'm generally too lazy to faff about with them. They are easy to connect though by simply removing the tube and pushing in the desired accessory onto the end. Alternatively you can connect the floor head and attach the accessory at the very end, the choice is yours. The vacuum comes with a Crevice tool, a Dusting brush and an Upholstery tool all of which are self explanatory.
When it comes to emptying the dirt container I highly recommend reading the instructions first, unlike my partner who decided he didn't need to read the instructions. He's quite obsessive when it comes to emptying the dirt container in that he likes to do it every time the vacuum has been used, however he stated every time that the container is terrible, because the bottom opens up and empties the dirt all over the floor. After the fourth time he did this I took it upon myself to show him the instructions where he finally admitted he was doing it wrong! The process is quite simple really, and the pictures clearly show what needs to be done. You need to press some release buttons first, lift the container out of the vacuum, hold it over a dust bin and then press the dirt container release catch. It seems he was pressing this dirt release catch before he properly took the container out of the vacuum causing the dirt to go over the floor every single time.
The filter inside the vacuum can be separated into 3 separate parts making it easy to remove dirt, you can also rinse them in warm water and leave to air dry to give a better clean. There is also a post-motor filter on the back of the unit which again is easy to remove, and can be rinsed in warm water, but should be left to dry for 24 hours before replacing.
The suction of this little vacuum is actually really good. We have a kitten and it easily picks up any litter lying on the floor, and I sometimes use a Shake'n'Vac powder or a Vanish power foam carpet cleaner which the vacuum picks up completely without any problems nor leaving anything behind. It's really easy to use the vacuum as the base unit can be steered around easily, and the cord does have a decent length on it meaning I don't really have to swap power sockets too often. I have used it on carpets and hard floor's without any problems, and it's easy to use on my sofa's. It is a noisy vacuum, and it terrifies the life out of my 3 months old kitten, and probably annoys my neighbours downstairs but as it does have great suction it doesn't take long to get the job done.
I haven't really found any faults with this vacuum and I've had it for several months now. Considering this only cost me £45 I'm highly pleased with the good job it does, and I love the fact it's light weight and easy to store away, an essential for us living in a flat. Having a pet means I do use this frequently and it always picks up dirt and dust with ease. You can still buy from from Tesco Direct and it offers free delivery, alternatively they do state that this vacuum is available in some of their stores.
Summary: A vacuum that's small and still does the job. Oh and it's purple.
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