The Vax pet g:2 was the first vacum cleaner I ever bought. When I moved into my flat money was short. I really wanted to buy a Dyson but at £200 was not very realistic. Instead I bought the Vax from Home Bargains for £45 about 4 years ago.
How I wish I had invested in a Dyson.
Vax Good Points:
The main reason I purchased this was for its price. There were cheaper ones but they didn't look as good as the Vax and didnt have a good name. The version of the Vax I bought is in a lovely bright blue colour. The blue plastic is opaque so you can see a bit inside and it makes the hoover look light and easy to use.It is small and squat with a long suction pipe that makes it feel like your walking a dog.
The vaccum came in a small compact box that was light and easy to carry home. In the box comes the main body, the bendy corugated pipe, a shiny metal extension and attatchments. It was so easy to fit togther.A simple case of pressing a button on the pipe and slotting it into the base.Then attatch the extension onto the pipe and which ever attatchment you need.
There a 3 attatchments. A smaller angled pipe. A tiny brush and a wide flat one with optional bristtles.The angled
pipe and small brush seem very pointless to me. They are far to small. If im to hoover in small places I remove the extension and just use the pipe which makes it much more flexible. The majority of the time I only use the flat long one with the bristles out. (Sorry about the non technical names I don't know them).
The main part of the vaccum is very well designed. It has two large wheels at the back which make it easy to manouvre.
Above those is a large handle for carrying.To empty the vaccum there is a black button on top that you push down to remove the insides.
The filter is easily removed with a quick turn and pull. It can then be washed and replaced.When the filter has been removed it is very easy then to give it a quick wash as the dust inside makes it look a tad unsightly. Everything can be clicked back into place in one easy action. On the top of this unit is the power button which you can stand on, to turn on/off the power without bending down . The other side is a button that convieniently pulls the wire into the baes unit for you so there are no tangled wires. In the middle of all these it a circular button that adjusts the suction.
Vax Bad Points:
After its many good points are two crucial bad points:
1. The Vax comes with 2 filters that you are supposed to replace when they get too clogged. All mine are washed and leftto dry after every use, they have lasted around 4 years.However as this model is not popular the filters cannot be bought anywhere except specialist shops and online. To buy one filter pack will cost at the least £13.99. If you had to buy these everytime you empited it , it would cost more than the price of the hoover. As its not so good a vaccum its not even worth it. Better off buying a completly new hoover.
2. After about 6 months this Vax lost its suction.To vaccum your carpet it takes two times to go round and suck everything up. I now hoover everyday to make it easier. The worst thing is getting rice stuck in there. It will not suck it up so you have too pick the rice from the carpet and put it up the pipe yourself. I think even if I bought new filters that it will be just as bad. What doesnt help is the bit that attatches the attatchment to the pipe has broken under the weight of the base. Maybe if I was more careful putting it away this wouldnt have happend but I have read reviews stating the same thing.
I feel very sad to say goodbye to my Vax as it is very cute but sadly he has come to the end of the road.
I have recently moved out of home just a few months ago and hadn't thought of buying a hoover (d'oh!) so as it got towards Christmas I decided to be really boring and ask my mum for a hoover for Christmas. My mum said yes she would give me the money once I had found one I wanted.
Not knowing much about hoovers at all I just picked one that was a decent price (around £50.00 at the time in Argos) and didn't need a bag as I'm lazy. So I bought this one and struggled home with it to try it out. I didn't think I would ever be at a stage in my life where I would get excited about a hoover or anything else that meant I was having to do my own cleaning but this was it. It is quite powerful and on my laminate floors I just had to quickly go over everywhere (whole house took about half an hour) with the wide tool and then popped the nozzle on and went round all the corners and skirting boards etc. This hoover is so light and easy to pick up and carry down/upstairs that hoovering really isn't a chore as I had thought it would be when I had to keep a whole house clean. I have no problems having to go over patches of floor more than once as once is plenty enough to suck up any dust and fluff and so on.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone for daily usage and it is easy to store as it's quite small, I just roll mine under my bed when I'm finished using it.
Also, as a last note, the compartment that the dust goes into is really easy to empty, just make sure that you don't forget to do it for too long as this stops it working as well when it is full.
***What is it***
The Vax g2 is meant to be a small high powered cylinder vacuum cleaner ideal for those with pets
This is difficult,........a present for somebody you truly hate and want to suffer...horrifically
I shopped around for the best price before buying this off ebay for around £69.99, it comes well packaged in a not so heavy box and comes with a multitude of tools. Straight away i tested it out on the living room carpet and it was great picked up all the pet hair without the special 'turbo tool', over the next couple of uses the suction reduced greatly so i figured that the cylinder needed emptied, easy to do with a small catch on the bottom. I then tried again with only a very slight improvement so i then i opened the filter compartment which to my surprised was completely clogged with dirt after only a few days use. It is not easy to clean as the website describes with a 'gentle tapping' more like a vigorous stabbing with a knife (no seriously i had to get an old dinner knife to scrape out the dust) this took around 20 minutes to make it suitable for use. Then the suction improved again though not to the standard of its first use, so i tried using the turbo head to pick up the dog hair and it picked up....NOTHING the suction wasn't even powerful enough to make the internal brush move.
I have had to use it now for a year as i cannot afford a new one yet and as i like my carpets suitably clean i have to hoover my WHOLE house with the nozzle end minus the telescopic pole and head as this is the only way it will pick up any dirt, and just to get it to this stage i have to open the dirt compartment every couple of days and dig out the dirt from the filter every few days.
If it wasn't from ebay i would have returned it straight away
Normally i would give you all the specs it 'claims' to have but as i find 90% of them untruthful i will not inflict them upon you and after my review do you really want to know anyway
PLEASE do not buy this unless being used as an instrument of torture
Contrary to the other reviews having purchased this vacuum cleaner 4 months ago I have been very pleased with its results.
The vacuum is easy to put together and comes with a severals heads including a specialist pet hair remover head, although I have to admit I have never needed to use this as I have found the standard one more than adequare for the job.
Although I do have a pet the biggest difficulty my vacuums have to contend with is my long hair which likes to mat itself to the carpet (its amazing I'm not bald with the amount of hair in our carpet). I have found this Vax to deal far better with this obsticle than the Dyson I previously owned (it also picks up the cat hair with ease).
When first purchased I was delighted by the suction power of this little beast (I still have not moved the power slider above half way)
As with all previous Bagless Vacuums I have owned you do need to fairly regularly clear off the filter to keep the suction up to speed (just tapping the filter does not work you will need to scrape out some of the dust) - which is a little frustrating but no worse than other bagless vacuums of the same size I have owned. Once the filter is cleared the suction is superb again.
I am also very impressed with the size of the vacuum, as a small lady the larger varieties can be difficult to manouver around the house but this one is perfectly managable (although this does mean it needs emptying more than larger models).
My only real complaint would be that it is difficult to use on the stairs but I am yet to find a vacuum cleaner that isn't!
All around I would say a good machine, if a little pricey (much prefer to my previous Dyson Upright machine).
Before buying electrical products, I normally do quite a bit of research to ensure that it's a good investment before handing over my cash. For once, I did not. I had read some reviews of other vacuum cleaners online and seen a few that I knew not to buy. However, I was at a stage where I needed a new one quickly and when I saw the Vax G:2 Pet at £39.99 I was far too quick to hand over my cash. I thought that Vax was a quality brand and the specification of it seemed good at this price range, so I felt that it would be a good purchase. How wrong I was.
At first, it worked great but then after a couple of uses I began to find the suction wasn't as effective. So I cleaned it out and that seemed to improve it a bit, but still not the same as when I first used it. After a while, despite regular cleaning, it became pretty much useless so I switched to the other filter. This worked great but eventually the same problem occurred. A thorough cleaning out of the filter has helped matters but it's not really convenient at all to keep doing this on a regular basis as it's a time consuming and dirty job.
As it's a small vacuum cleaner it needs emptying regularly. This isn't too much of a problem, it's the fact that cleaning the filters is a lot more work than the manual suggests.
Due to the G:2's small size and the fact that the cord is retractable, it wasn't a problem to find a place to keep it despite the increasing lack of space in my flat. It's easy to use, as in terms of cleaning the floor, but most vacuum cleaners are! No problems with any of the attachments. They have so far survived regular use. There aren't any other positive points really.
Lessons learnt: don't impulse buy such products and do plenty of research! Although I could have researched more and only have myself to blame, I still feel put off using Vax products.
After owning two different Dyson's (both of which I hated) I decided to have a change. When my cylinder Dyson started falling to bits I got fed up of buying replacement parts and decided on a new vacuum cleaner.
I chose the VAX G:2 Pet 30th Anniversary edition after finding it half price on the VAX website. I had seen it on Currys website and Argos priced at approx. £130 so when I found it priced at just £59.99 direct from VAX I ordered one straight away.
Now I know why they were selling them off cheap!
The vacuum cleaner came quickly and was really easy to put together. You get a few attachments, all the standard bits, plus one that is supposed to help when picking up animal hair. I was so excited with my new purchase that I used it straight away.
The first few uses were excellent. The suction was so great I could hardly push the thing along. It made quick work of my carpet and even though I wasn't using the pet hair nozzle it had no problem picking up my cat's hair. Then it all started to go horribly wrong.
After only about four or five uses the suction on my new vacuum cleaner disappeared! I decided that it must be full as the dust compartment isn't very big. I hate this job and do tend to put it off so I assumed once the compartment was empty my new vacuum and I would be friends again. The compartment is really easy to remove and open with just a little catch that you press and the bottom falls down releasing all the dirt. You then twist the top off and empty the second chamber that also houses the filter. The instructions recommend that you wash the filter every time you empty the vacuum cleaner but who has time for that! Anyway I put the bits back together and the suction was improved but nothing like it had been.
I carried on using the vacuum cleaner getting increasingly annoyed at its lack of suction, after all if a vacuum won't suck it's not much use. After only a couple more cleaning sessions I decided to have another look in the dust compartment and check out the filter too. The instructions state that you should gently tap the filter to release any trapped dirt and dust. I did this and found that it was absolutely bunged up with dirt so I gave it a good bash on the side of the bin.
This seemed to help immensely and off I set again for another few cleaning sessions. One day I found that the head of my vacuum cleaner had become damaged in the cupboard (I probably dropped the cylinder on it) and couldn't be used. I searched the VAX website for a replacement head but they only supply a universal one priced at £19.99 for this machine. In the end I found a universal one on ebay for just over £6 and sent off for it. While I was waiting for my new head to arrive I tried to use the super doper pet hair hoover upper that had come with my machine. What a waste of a piece of plastic that is! Firstly it is only narrow and so cleaning takes twice as long as normal and also there are brushes inside (you can see because it is transparent) that I assume are supposed to turn while you vacuum. The brushes didn't move there was hardly any suction at all and by the time I finished just one room I was exhausted and half crippled with back ache and the head was clogged up with dirt and hair.
Eventually the new head came and WOW the suction was back. Maybe the old head had been broken for a while and that had decreased the suction before? Anyway, I decided to give the filter a good clean to make the most of my improved suction. I gave it a gently tap but this didn't seem to help so I took a fork to it and used the prongs to gouge out the dirt. This helped with the suction and for the first time in ages I felt like my carpets had been properly cleaned.
Unfortunately the super suction didn't last and now I find that I have to gouge a fork around in the filter every time I use the vacuum cleaner if not twice. This is a pain and it is time consuming. I have four children and two cats and don't have time to be fiddling about with the filter every time.
The final straw came when I got the vacuum out a couple of days ago. I switched it on as normal and there was a strange smell and then the vacuum cleaner cut out. It has refused to work since. I only bought the machine in September 09 and it is now May 10! I have contacted VAX who are going to send me some paperwork and then I have to contact a courier who will take my machine away. VAX state that they will need the machine for 7 to 10 days and that if the problem has been caused by misuse I will be charged £35. As I only paid £59.99 and I hate the thing I might tell them to keep it!
Since buying this machine I have read a few reviews and they all say the same...a vacuum cleaner that doesn't suck!
In the meantime I have been using my Mother in Laws Henry and so far he is lovely!
Information from Amazon.co.uk:
In celebration of 30 years of proud history and our bright future, we have launched our favourite products in a special edition colour scheme - modern graphite teamed with original Vax orange.
The G:2 Pet was chosen for our special edition collection because Vax G:2 technology gives sustained suction power, allowing effortless and affordable cleaning of busy family homes.
The G:2 Pet has both HEPA and anti-bacterial filters, so is ideal for homes with allergy sufferers and for homes with pets. The air driven TurboToolTM easily picks up those stubborn pet hairs and the combination floor head means you can clean both carpets and hard floors. It is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre and has a crevice tool, dusting brush and upholstery tool for all round effective cleaning.
1 x Upright vacuum cleaner
1 x Turbotool and Turbotool adaptor
1 x Combi floor head
1 x Flexible hose
1 x Telescopic tubes
1 x Crevice tool
1 x 2 in 1 dusting brush and upholstery tool
1 x Instruction manual
1 x Product registration card
1 x Replacement information leaflet