Product Type: Vax vacuums
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Vax Centrix 2 Pet Bagless Upright
Member Name: emmad5689
Vax Centrix 2 Pet Bagless Upright
Advantages: Picks up tiny bits, easy to empty, good price
Disadvantages: Short cord, not quite tall enough for me, have to muck about to use tools
A few weeks ago my vacuum went bang and I had to find another one but as I didn't have a lot of spare money I had to find one at a reasonable price. I found this vacuum in Argos and it had been reduced from £99.99 to £49.99, I decided to purchase this one as I thought that with Vax being a well known name I wouldn't go far wrong and it also comes with a 1 year guarantee.
The Vax Centrix 2 Pet is a bagless upright vacuum of 1800 watt, it has a 3 litre capacity and HEPA and antibacterial filters, the cord length is around 6 metres and it weighs approx 6.3kg. The vacuum is blue in colour with a clear collection point for dust and grime so you can see when it needs emptying.
The vacuum came in a sturdy box which was a lot smaller than I expected and I began to worry how big the vacuum was going to be, once home my husband began to assemble it. The vacuum once built is bigger than the box lead me to believe although I would have to say it is a little smaller in height than all other vacuums that I have used, I'm 5'8 so don't thin k it would be very comfortable to use for people much taller than me which of course gives the husband an excuse not to hoover. All in all it was easy to assemble and I would say the instructions are clear with both a worded description and a picture for each step of the assembly.
So once built it was plugged into the plug socket, the plug was ready attached for use, the cord I find is a little short and I can only just reach one end of the room to the other with a plug socket that is situated half way down the room and I am now unable to hoover my whole downstairs without having to resituate the plug. The vacuum is reclined by a pedal at the bottom and the power button is another pedal very near the recline button, I find that the position of the power button is a bit of a pain as when you go against the pile of the carpet it becomes a little hard to push and I then push it with my foot to give a bit extra power but I then keep catching the power pedal and turning it off.
The performance of the vacuum is brilliant, I have a black living room carpet with a short haired black and white dog who likes to moult needless to say the white hairs show up wonderfully but this vacuum has no problems lifting them. When vacuuming you can actually see the carpet lifting a little at the suction of the machine but on the other hand it doesn't pick up smaller objects such as beads which my 3 year old likes to leave all over the house, this I think is great as I know I'm not going to end up with a blocked vacuum because of what I have accidentally sucked up.
Emptying the vacuum is easy, with a twist and pull forward the collection chamber is released, the top simply twists off too and then you can empty the dirt. When emptying you are advised to remove the filter and gently tap against the bin to clean it and it should be replaced once every 12 months.
The hoover comes with a detachable hose, a wand which fits onto the hose and a turbo tool, to use the tools you have to disconnect the small hose from the vacuum base with a little twist and then attached it to the larger hose, I find this is a little annoying as it makes the job longer and think this is a bad design. The overall design of the vacuum is cheap plastic and it looks cheap, there is not much weight to it which I know will be great for some and it can be quite uncomfortable to use when doing the whole house in one go.
I would have to say that this is a basic vacuum and I wouldn't have been impressed if I had paid full price, there are as many negatives to go with the fact that it is good at picking up the dirt and keeping carpets fresh and clean. I am happy that I picked up something cheaply when I needed to but that is exactly what this should be....cheap.
Summary: Middle of the road I think, not the best but good at this price.
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