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I wouldn't recommend this vacuum cleaner
Member Name: SparksFly
Advantages: Small and compact, nice purple colour
Disadvantages: It doesn't do what a vacuum cleaner is meant to do
This Vax C91-PF1-B-T (bit of a mouthful!) seemed like the perfect vacuum cleaner for about 6 months before it started to die on me. I've now had this hoover for around a year and its performance is very poor and disappointing for a product you'd expect to last a bit longer.
I'll begin with the good points. The hoover is compact and easy enough to store if you don't have a lot of room, although the hose can be a bit awkward to put away as it springs out of place and I find myself tripping over it in the garage! It is relatively cheap for a hoover but for me it didn't last very long so I would rather spend more money to get a reliable vacuum. It is lighter than an upright but still quite bulky and awkward to carry around. The button on the back which makes the cord recoil is a good feature but beware of the plug as it can fly around and hit your ankles. The two buttons on the back, one for the power and once to recoil the cord, are large so simple to press but I get them mixed up as the symbols on them are the some colour as the rest of the button. The part where the dirt collects is simple to empty, the parts come apart easily and you can just pull the dust off with your fingers. However, make sure you've read the instructions beforehand to avoid a messy floor!
And now the bad. The vacuum is pretty much useless to me after a year. Now I can get two rooms out of it at the most before it dies mid cleaning. I have to leave it, sometimes for days, before it turns on again and I can complete my hoovering. Not only is this time consuming and annoying but a complete waste of money as I would expect a vacuum cleaner to last me over a year. The suction is also terrible. I end up using the hose by itself because suction is so bad with the extension it is a waste of time. This takes loads of time to do and means you have to get on your hands and knees to do a job that can be done much quicker with less effort with another product.
It really is awful and doesn't pick up anything! Whether it's a big dust bunny or a tiny bit of fluff the hoover just goes over it and moves it about without sucking it up, the complete opposite of what a hoover is meant to do! Also, I decided to change from an upright to a pull-along as the upright was heavy and awkward to carry up stairs and push. This isn't much better. I find myself having the pull hard on the hose to get it to follow me which can't be any good for the hose but it's the only way to clean the carpets.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who actually wants to clean their floors as it has been a waste of time and money for me. The best thing about this product is its nice purple colour.
Summary: A waste of time and money
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