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I was chosen by Vax to road test this handheld vacuum upon its release having previously tested another of their larger models. I use a handheld vacuum regularly to clean up messes created by my children and have a more industrialised model in my work room to aid the cleaning process of removing wood shavings.
The Gator H86-GA-B handheld vacuum has a power reading of 10.8 watts and features a rechargeable battery, that makes it cordless for maximum versatility around the home. The charging time is around four hours and for that you will receive 13 - 15 minutes of use.
The vacuum gets its name from the unique style of emptying, a process that works far better than the conventional lift out dust cannisters found on this type of vacuum. To empty it I hold the vacuum over the bin and press a button so that the whole front of the vacuum lifts upwards to look like an alligators mouth. The vacuum has a capacity of just 0.3 litres and it's hard to reach or pass this capacity as it loses suction when the dust cannister reaches a certain level.
Performance is excellent and the Gator picks up most of what is required, it has a slim nozzle so is suitable only for very small spills and cannot be used for anything wet. This isn't restrictive as I am aware it is for dry spills only so wouldn't expect it to handle a wet spill as that is not what the vacuum is designed for. Examples of debris it has picked up are pencil shavings, dried lentils, tiny pieces of paper that fell out of my hole punch and Rudolph's floury foot prints at Christmas. As long as I always ensure the dust cannister is not too full it will pick everything up well and quickly without any need for me to vacuum over the same area repeatedly. The vacuum features an inbuilt crevice tool that can be pulled out to get between cushions or flush to skirting boards, like the main nozzle this works effectively and efficiently to remove bits and debris from both solid flooring and soft furnishings or carpet.
The Gator vacuum is light weight and creates little noise. It's comfortable to hold as the handle is designed to fit the hand well and time spent using this vacuum is so short that there is never the chance for an ache in the hand to develop. Most of the time I use this vacuum the chore takes less than three minutes.
I bought this vacuum cleaner because I wanted something to vacuum the stairs and small spaces with, for a reasonable price. I paid around £30 for it, which is a pretty decent price I think.
I have a dog and two cats, and so as you can imagine, there are always animal hairs around the house that drive me mad! I am a bit of a clean freak and so like to vacuum very regularly, and so need a vacuum that will easily pick up animal hairs from my carpets.
It is so much easier to use this handheld vacuum for the stairs, rather than a full size vacuum cleaner, as it is so much lighter to use and so much less hassle than having to balance a big vacuum on the stairs. It is also great that it is cordless, as it means you can run around the house vacuuming wherever you like, rather than having to keep stopping in order to plug it in to another socket.
I have found, however, that this product struggles to pick up animal hairs from my carpetted floors, and it takes much repetition in order to get my stairs to look half decent. I do, on the other hand, believe that it would be a good vacuum in houses free of pets, as even my full-size Vax that is designed to pick up pet hairs struggles to get rid of the animal hairs on my carpets.
The Vax needs to be on charge for a number of hours for it's first charge, as otherwise it dies pretty much straight away. I have found that the battery life is disappointingly short on this vacuum, however, this may be because I have to go over and over my carpets in order to get rid of pet hairs.
The vacuum comes with a little pull-out thin piece to clean crevices. It is a good idea in theory, as this piece can simply be pulled out of the vacuum, however, I have found that when trying to use this smaller piece for crevices, it simply gets pushed back into the vacuum whenever I try to use it, which is disappointing.
Overall, I would recomment this handheld vacuum as a useful little product, however, if like me you have pets, it might be advisable to purchase a more powerful handheld vacuum.
When it comes to vacuuming up those horrible crumbs on a carpet and you have to get out the entire vacuum for a few seconds it seems a very tiresome experience, so I decided to invest in a smaller vacuum cleaner by Vax.
== The Vacuum ==
This handheld vacuum is designed by Vax who are one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to vacuum cleaners. This vacuum is a very bright orange colour which literally takes you by surprise because it is so sharp in colour.
There are grey points which highlight the tip of the vacuum such as the mouth, the filter extractor and the power button. In other words everything that is important to notice on this vacuum is done with a grey button which works well with the orange colour.
You then have a nice see through area which has the contents of what you have been vacuuming up and this is a nice little feature as you can easily tilt up the vacuum to assess how much room you have left for all those little bits of rubbish.
The vacuum has a nice handle which is done in a way which allows you the user to tilt and move the vacuum to clean up the mess in many angles. There is the motor on the back which is very visible unfortunately and then you also have the screws which look very silly.
I appreciate the screws or bolts whichever people prefer to Call them are needed to make sure the machine stays together but surely covering them up or colouring them an orange colour would have looked more suitable. They are very obvious to anyone looking and look out of place in my view.
== Features ==
Well features for a handheld vacuum are perhaps not going to appeal to people who are comparing these features to an upright vacuum cleaner. There is a 10.8 volt power behind this machine and at first when I got mine home I sort of believed it did not feel that is was going to offer very much.
Once charged this certainly does pack a punch and offers the user a nice quick vacuum experience with lots of power.
This item is very light in weight and the guide online suggests it is 1.24kg which it might be but sometimes I think depending on how you pick up this product it can feel heavier than it is and this is with the vacuum being empty as well.
This product is cordless so it means you do not need to have a plug everywhere you go. You can simply attach the charger and after a few hours you are ready to go sucking up all those troublesome dirty areas to keep your home clean and tidy.
There is also a flip mouth move which means when you wish to empty out the contents of the vacuum you have collected you can just open the filter button and put the entire contents directly into the bin without having to touch anything dirty which is meant to be very hygienic.
== My Experience ==
When I first got the vacuum cleaner I was sort of debating whether the price would justify a good performance and it just seemed to me the shape and what it offered was worth the risk.
At first I noticed it needed charging and in my view overnight with this item powering up the next day you get the full value for money as to how this product can really work.
I have pets and occasionally on my wooden flooring they leave crumbs from food treats and also tearing apart toys and sometimes I brush the contents to the side and use a brush and dustpan to clean up the mess which gets very annoying.
I first used this item on a variation of surfaces such as laminate flooring and carpets. The first trial was on laminate flooring and it worked superbly. I found some crumbs and pieces of food I had deliberately placed there to experiment with.
This vacuum seemed to gather them up quickly and without an issue such as blockages. I found it would even attempt to suck up little wrappers as well which would go directly into the vacuum so the speed and accuracy of this product was fantastic.
Next up was the carpet trials which were with mixed results. I have very few carpets but I do have one covering my staircase and also the shaggy rug I have in my bedroom. The staircase carpet proved to have good results.
The vacuum glided across the carpet and seemed to gather up all the crumbs and dust within seconds and really did a good job. I found very little it could not suck up and the results were excellent. The results with the shaggy rug I have were poor at best.
This vacuum seemed unable to grab the pieces of dirty or dust I had on the rug and struggled to gather them up at all. This meant I had to use my upright vacuum to gather the dust for me.
When it came to cleaning out the contents I was shocked to find it had gathered lots of hair as well which I never saw on the carpets or the floor so I was proud that it managed to grab pet hair as well.
The amount of charging needed was very little indeed. After an entire night of this vacuum being charged up the next week the vacuum performed with high accuracy and good overall results.
== Faults ==
This vacuum has many good parts to it but there are problems as well. The first issue is regards to the range of loud noises you hear which are annoying.
The vacuum is loud when it is turned on which I guess is a problem but that was not the issue for me it was when it was sucking up items which I found odd. There was a sound at times as if the vacuum had sucked to much stuff up at once and was letting off this terrible screaming type sound which echoed and caused no end of earache.
The next issue is that although the vacuum guide states it is an easy item to clean there is problems here. When you pull the filter out and tip out the rubbish into a bin you get lots of dust around the room if you accidentally drop the filter. Not only that but the storage area around the outside of the filter has tones of dust gather so this needs cleaning often.
When you are vacuuming tight areas you could do with some extra essentials such as various sized brushes which could be attached somehow to the end of the vacuum. I think sometimes the vacuum although powerful could do with some assistance in terms of gathering everything up it sees.
== Final Thoughts ==
This item is designed by Vax who are a leading company when it comes to dealing with vacuum cleaners. This item I got for £24.99 which is half price I was told so the vacuum is expensive.
I think it offers a good lightweight experience with quick results on the right surface. I do believe some extra components would be necessary to satisfy everyone who wants to play with this machine.
The colour is sharp but this is not really an issue it is the results that are there to impress you. For me in terms of the all-round experience this vacuum would gather 7 out of 10 for me and that is a decent score.
There are many reasons to consider owning a hand-held mini vacuum cleaner, even though some people may wonder the point of them. If you own pets, messy children, to clean out the car, cleaning hard to reach areas with less effort... Many bonuses, as long as you pick the right one. Some cleaners are more minor dust busters, with about as much power as a gnat's breath (an asthmatic gnat, judging by the one I tried before the Vax). Others are much higher powered, including this little mean machine.
~~A bit of boring background~~~
Vax is a well known brand of vacuums and carpet cleaners. Based in Hong Kong, they've been around since the 1970s. I own both the Gator hand-held, and a carpet washer/cleaner from the brand and my overall opinion of them is that they make reasonable quality, well powered products with a cheap plastic-y outer design.
My reason for buying the Gator? I wanted something that was light to hold, but powerful, to clean my bedroom and keep things tidy without having to have the standard vacuum cleaner in here.
~~~Where can I get one?~~~
I purchased my Gator from Amazon, where it's currently retailing at £33.91. At Vax direct, B&Q and other places this is priced at £49.99 so I believe the Amazon price to be very reasonable. This is a very similar price to what I paid around a year ago, so clearly the Gator has held its value well.
~~~Keeping up appearances~~~
The Vax Gator is a funny orange looking creature with a transparent grey bottom to it.
The words 'Gator 10.8 V' are emblazoned on the side of the unit. Meanwhile, the on/off switch is located on the handle, the removable filter tab is on the top, and the buttons to disassemble the unit and empty it are either side of the product, with a squeeze to open mechanism.
All the buttons are grey, which, when coupled with the rather unusual orange body seem to create quite a smart looking piece of equipment. Somehow the name Gator seems to suit it - it's quite a mean, no-nonsense looking thing. I wasn't really fussed by the appearance of the vacuum, but I like it all the same.
The hand-held arrives in a very long cardboard box which could be useful for storage, but personally I find the vacuum to be very small and unobtrusive, so I'm happy to leave it about the house.
As already mentioned, the Gator is powered by a 10.8V motor. This isn't something that means a lot to me, but in practical terms I've found it incredibly powerful and more than enough to cope with day to day uses.
According to the manual, the vacuum itself weighs a minute 1.24 kg. As this was an important feature to me, I researched it at length, and some of the high end hand-held cleaners weigh a staggering amount more than this. I find the Gator to be extremely lightweight, and easy to push along the carpet and other areas without really having to lift much of its weight in your hand anyway. Due to the chunkiness of the unit, it can be operated two handed if needs be.
Another useful feature is that this is a cordless device, no more trailing cables everywhere! I had noticed that the corded hand-helds tended to be more powerful, whereas wireless ones lacked in power judging by the reviews, but again, I'm more than happy with the Gator's power. It's easy to charge too - charged by AC mains adapter, you simply plug it into the end of the handle and wait for the light to go from red to green. I find it does need to be charged overnight usually, but if I use it every other day or so I find it only needs charging every 3 weeks roughly. So constant draining of the battery isn't an issue here either.
The internal capacity of the unit is 0.2 litres, which sounds a tiny amount, but it's also very easy to empty so this shouldn't be too much of an issue for most people. All you need to do is squeeze the two buttons, at which point the 'mouth' of the vacuum slides open and can be emptied into a bin with ease. If there's still a lot of dust or debris in there, a quick shake tends to sort it, but the filter can also be removed and cleaned separately to keep things spick and span.
Hiding in the 'nose' of Gator is a pull-out narrower crevice tool, perfect for use in corners and smaller areas that the chunky unit cannot otherwise reach properly. The vacuum also comes with a separate accessory -a small square brush, not dissimilar to the brush attachments on standard vacuums. This slots into the crevice tool and is brilliant for use on carpets.
~~~It talks the talk, but can it walk the walk?~~~
Well yes, I think it can.
This has encountered everything from dust to biscuit crumbs, pet hair to spilled craft materials. It meets them all with a dry sarcastic snigger, a loud purr of its Gator-y engine, and then swallows them all whole. There's been several occasions where its accidentally sucked up a small plastic bag and a memory card while vacuuming the carpet too, so the Gator is certainly not just for dust. It can pick up a number of different spills with ease, and I've yet to be disappointed by it.
In our house,the Gator is used on carpets, windowsills, on beds, on top of units and it always achieves a pleasing result. I find you don't need to run the vacuum back and forth over the same spot as it generally picks up any mess on the first go - the suction is very powerful.
The noise it makes is very loud, in my opinion. I would put it at relatively similar to a normal sized vacuum cleaner, which probably isn't a big deal to most people, particularly as its use tends to be in short bursts. However it's certainly not a quiet machine, as the advertising would have had me believe.
It also has other uses, namely scaring our dog who will bark loudly and square up to Gator, who simply growls mockingly and continues his cleaning duties.
As previously mentioned, the battery holds its charge for a good amount of time too. When it runs low the vacuum does begin to lose its suction (and noise!) noticeably, but an overnight charge always restores it to its former power.
I do think the Vax Gator offers a lot of power for a medium range hand-held vacuum, and it performs fantastically.
The Gator comes with a fantastic 2 year warranty if you register it on day of purchase, and unfortunately I have had cause to use this.
After around five months of use, the unit would not charge. When I plugged it in, no light would appear and I could see no reason for this, having not dropped it or noticed anything wrong previously. So I rang Vax, which was pleasantly straight-forward.
Speaking to one of their team, he apologised for the problem and advised me that there was no repairs possible on the Gators, they were simply replaced if broken. He thought it could possibly be the charger that had an issue rather than the vacuum itself as it was a known problem, but told me that he did not want me to have to wait longer to fix the problem if a new charger did not resolve the issue. He issued me a replacement vacuum and charger to be sent out that very day, and all I had to do was peel the label off the bottom of my own Gator, attach it to the paper that came with the new model and send it back to them. So I didn't even have to return the old model, I was asked to dispose of it or enjoy it if it worked with the new charger. My new vacuum arrived promptly, and as it turns out it was the charger that was the problem (something I don't understand as it's not had rough use), so the household has two Gators now!
I found this all to be very encouraging and generally great customer service. I've had a lot of experience with customer service where they make the customer feel as if they're lying, and you often have to send the company the broken object before they agree to replace it, leaving you without your item for some time and a feeling of being disbelieved. Not so with Vax. I admit that I'm not very impressed that a problem occurred so quickly, but with a sturdy 2 year warranty backed by fantastic customer service if anything does go wrong, I don't think I'd be too worried about purchasing from Vax in the future. Having now owned the two Gators for a year now, I have noticed no furthers problems with them.
The Vax Gator is a brilliant mid-range hand-held vacuum cleaner. It has immense power and will perform well in normal day-to-day use, and holds its charge very well. It's easy to empty and clean, and the included crevice tools means even the tightest corners can be cleaned using this vacuum. I personally had some problems shortly after purchasing, but Vax customer service rectified it quickly with a pleasant attitude and I would feel happy to buy a Vax branded product again.
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We have had our VAX H90 GAB for about a yera to eighteen months and I have to say that out of all the little hand held vacuum's I have owned this is probably one of the best. It is cordless and works by batteries which take no time at all to charge and weighs only 1.2kg so even my othe rhalf does not find it too heavy to cart around with her when she cleans out the car.
You should charge it for about twenty-four hours before you first start to use it and it comes with a full set of instructions which are very easy to read and digest. It sucks well and the battery lasts long enough for us to be able to clean out the whole car (inlcuding the boot) before it starts to run out of power.
It is easy to empty as it is bagless. It is simple to keep clean as you just press the little button and the bottom falls out releasing alll the dirt and grime you have picked up. The filter is also really very easy to keep clean - it is a doddle really. It does not make too much of a noise when it is in action though it is not as quiet as some I have owned.
Our little lad also loves to use this and it helps him to keep his room clean and tidy.
**Reason for Purchase**
There were a few factors which contributed to us buying this handheld cleaner, the main one being that our main vacuum cleaner had stopped working and whilst we were waiting for it to be returned to us (it was still under warranty), I couldn't stand the level of dust and cat hair that was gathering around the house. Coupled with the fact that my other half has recently had a new car which he has vowed to keep clean, and this was never going to happen when it involved dragging our vacuum cleaner onto the drive, we decided to invest in this little gadget to give us a helping hand.
**Cost and Availability**
The cleaner cost around £30 on Amazon, which is by far the best value we saw for the specification of this model. In reality it only cost us £15 because we had a £15 Amazon voucher to put towards it, it's amazing how diverse Amazon's range of goods is these days! We chose this one because compared to the others in our budget, it had the best suction ability, and the longest continuous use out of the models we considered. You can buy it at the usual electrical places such as Currys and Comet but I'd recommend shopping round as this price on Amazon was the lowest we saw it. It comes with a 2 year guarantee so if you experience any problems in this time it will still be covered.
The most obvious advantages of this little chap compared to a conventional vacuum are his size, and the fact he is cordless. The device is fairly sturdy and solid feeling, but also lightweight to use. It weighs 1.24kg so is quite portable. I am quite weak when it comes to lifting heavy items, but this isn't heavy at all and fits very comfortably in your hand due to the nice thick handle. The fact it is cordless also makes it ideal for taking outside of the house (i.e. to clean the car), and also for things like tidying up one off spillages. I find it incredibly useful for when I've just cleaned the house and the cat decides to flick litter across the floor, as it avoids the need to drag the vacuum cleaner out of the cupboard and plug it in before using it.
The other main areas of use for this gadget (assuming your conventional vacuum cleaner isn't broken!) is the stairs, especially as we have a runner along the middle of the stairs so the dust gathers at the sides and looks awful. Using this device makes it very easy to keep on top of jobs like these as it's not such an effort to drag the vacuum out and balance it on the stairs in the hope you won't pull the cord out of the socket! It's also useful for windowsills, skirting boards, shelves, behind doors where cat hair and dust can gather, and basically anywhere that your conventional vacuum would struggle to reach.
The Gator has no attachments, but it has such excellent suction power this isn't a problem. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so good at picking up dust and hair, but it really does just suck up anything in sight. The "snout" as I call it, is maybe 1cm x 5cm in size, so although it sucks up hair and dust it's not designed for larger items or anything too solid that might block it. Its power is 10.8 volts which is higher than most others that are on the market for a similar price.
The other thing I like about this gadget is the noise levels. Although it obviously has to make a noise to carry out its work, it's a lot less noisy than my normal vacuum cleaner, so if you're on a cleaning mission late at night or you don't want to scare the cat, it's much more sociable.
It is easy to store as it's only small, so it fits nicely in the utility room cupboard and takes up about as much room as an iron. Aesthetically it's not the most attractive looking gadget in the world, but who cares if it does the job? It lives in the cupboard most of the time anyway. The on-off button is a simple manual button which you press once to turn it on and then press again to turn it off. It's on top of the machine so it's easy to locate when you want to turn it off to save power for later.
Cleaning this device is also hassle free. I empty it each time I use it, which involves pressing a button to unlock the flip lid mouth, emptying out the contents, and you're good to go again. The filters also come out for you to clean with a damp cloth, but I've not needed to do this yet as the Gator is still picking up well. It has a capacity of 0.17 litres so can pick up a fair bit before it needs emptying, although I would recommend emptying it each time you use it as this will keep it running to its full potential.
The main disadvantage of the Gator is the time it takes to charge. When we first opened the box and read the instructions, it advised that it should be charged for 24 hours before use. The Gator comes with a charger (similar to a charger you'd use for a mobile phone), and you just leave it plugged in for 24 hours. After each use, it advises to charge it for 24 hours again, which isn't really a problem if you're only using it now and then, or if you remember to charge it each time, but you can get caught out if you forget to fully charge it.
The other disadvantage is the continuous running time of this cleaner. It states that it can run for 6 minutes before it needs charging again, which isn't long if you have a big house or your car is in need of a good clean. Personally though, I only use this for light cleaning because it's clearly smaller and less capable of coping with vacuuming the entire house, so I have never found that I've needed to use it for more than a few minutes at a time. Also, this is probably the longest that any of these handheld devices will run for, due to their cordless nature, so it's an issue in general rather than with this particular cleaner. Some handheld vacuums only run for a few minutes before they need charging again.
I am so glad we bought this device, as I know it will help us keep the house cleaner than it would be without it. Although we have now had our vacuum back, I can't stress how handy it is to be able to run this up the stairs or by the cat's litter tray when I get in from work and can't face a full vacuum but I'm expecting visitors. It gives the illusion of being on top of the housework if nothing else!
We've also used this in the cars and it does get into every nook and cranny that a conventional cleaner, even with the attachment, just can't reach. This is because of its size, it's ideal for getting under the seats as it doesn't need to bend or be held at an awkward angle. I'm very impressed by the suction power of this cleaner.
The charging time isn't an issue for me personally, as I'd expect to pay this price for the fact it's cordless and so much more convenient without a lead. If you're looking for something to give you a helping hand in between house cleans, this could well be your new best friend!
At home, we eat on the floor. This may seem slightly strange but it comes from my husband's culture and I think it's a little bit more fun and adventurous. The biggest issue we have is when eating meals with rice (which we almost always have) we tend to drop little bits of rice of floor and especially Summer since she started eating on the carpet with us. This is really difficult to sweep up so we decided to buy a hand-held vacuum for messy times.
We bought this whilst trailing through Currys. We had a laugh and a joke about how we could do with one of these as we create so much of a mess whilst heating. Our laugh and a joke then brought us to the till. I thought it was very, very expensive at £59.99. We thought twice about actually purchasing it, but it was soo cool and handy that we just had to do it.
When we first opened it, I was actually surprised at how heavy it was. It wasn't heavy to the extent that I couldn't hold it or it became a little uncomfortable to hold it, but it certainly wasn't a breeze to move it around. This came as a disadvantage as we thought we could take it when we went round to our other Turkish friend's house to help them clean up around their carpet when we finished eating. It did make us look very respectable and look like brilliant house guests, with very fancy machinery and equipment. Although with the weight of it, it just wasn't suitable to be carrying around in handbags and it was too much bother. So not exactly as portable as you may first suspect.
Despite being quite a heavy little thing, the storage is brilliant. It is a very small model so I can stick it in the cupboard when I'm not using it. Another great feature of this is being able to clean the stairs. I have a Dyson ball (ooooooooh!!) so it can become quite hard to clean my huge flight of curly, swirling stairs (ooooooooooooh!!) so this is where my handy little gadget helps. It really helps clean inside the staircase where a vacuum won't do it Also, it means no more trying to stretch a cord all the way up the staircase. It is also handy for cleaning inside the handle of my staircase as there is nothing more embarrassing than having your guests cringe at your staircase.
The best feature about this is that it is cordless. This means that you are not restricted in where you want to take your vacuum and you do what I do: carry it around like your little puppy and attack all the little corners that your vacuum hasn't done for years. It also means I can get places like shelves on the wall, and cabinets, places you would never have been able to get with a conventional vacuum. Also, the kids love to take it and vacuum random parts of the house, which means I can even get the kids doing some housework which is usually impossible!
The suction power is absolutely immense, when you place it the floor, it basically sticks to it and you have to give it a good yank to get it back off. I think as well with it being a smaller vacuum, it gets all those tiny little spots of dirt that when you have a bigger vacuum, you just suck, and suck, and suck, and you get so fed up that you try and pick it up with your hands. Another thing I find useful is that you can scrape with the side of the nozzle to loosen any dirt that may be stick to the carpet and then give it a suck. This means that nothing is lift on your carpet.
It is very easy to clean. You simply press a button and the lid flips off. All you do is empty it and close it back over and it's up and ready for use again!
Another benefit is that it is not as noisy as a conventional vacuum. The only thing that puts me off vacuuming in genera
A disadvantage is the charging time, it usually needs all day just to get it back up to full power. And unlike a mobile phone, you can not use it whilst it's charging, so instead of charging it for a full day, I usually use it and then charge it for 6 hours when I'm not cleaning, meaning it charges 6 hours everyday so it must take up and awful lost of my electricity bill.
Another thing I'm not crazy for the aesthetics. It has a really cheap bright orange colour and a very plasticy feel. Although most vax vaccum do this have this cheap look. I think you can buy it in a variety of colours so I would not recommend the orange.
I've heard a few others complain about this and I completely agree. It can be a bit hard to grip the handle as it have a plastic feel and it doesn't close right over. But apart from that I love this little gadget and I don't know what I'd do without it.
This is a great little vacuum cleaner for getting in those smaller hard to reach places. Its also great for using in places like the car where you can't get near enough a plug for a wire to reach.
TO nozzle were the vacuum sucks from is at a small angle which makes it easy to get in smaller places like underneath the sofa and the angle between the wall and floor. It use this hoover along with my main one the finish off the last little bits, as I can be a bit funny about cleanliness, but for me it works great.
Its also great for cleaning the car and with so much to maneuver around in the car this product is nice and small enough to get in most places with out too much difficulty.
While i am no expert of the power of a hoover it seems to be perfectly fine to meet my need and gets all the dust off the surfaces.
The hoover can be charged up at a plug and lasts quite a long time, more than enough to last you a couple cleaning rounds of the house, and the car as well.
The storage for the dust is adequate considering it is a handheld hoover and it is easy to remove from the main part of the hoover and when put back on locks into place without any trouble, which is great because I still struggle with that part of my main hoover. With this one just push a button down while removing it to take it out, and when putting it back, it locks automatically
It is also quite light and easy to carry and I can use it for however long I want and my arm doesn't start getting tired, which I think is really important.
Overall this is a good hoover, only real downsize is that the capacity could be a bit bigger.
What I really dislike about hovering is the process of manoeuvring the vacuum cleaner out of the cupboard under the stairs, then jostling with it to get it back in afterwards. Neither is straightforward. The process does not bother me as much when the entire house is in need of a good hovering, but when I merely require some assistance in, say, removing a small patch of dried mud from the carpet, I really object to the whole rigmarole. That is when I came to purchase the Vax Gator, which is so much smaller than a regular vacuum cleaner, and requires a good deal less fuss when it comes to storage.
One of the many advantages the Vax Gator has over conventional vacuum cleaners is that it is cordless. This means that you do not have to concern yourself with wires becoming entangled in chair legs or the distance you can vacuum before you inadvertently pull the cord from its socket. The Gator gains its power through being charged up. The charging process takes around twenty four hours to reach full capacity. It is also comfortable to use - it is equipped with a chunky handle that has a ledge at the end to prevent the machine slipping from your grasp. It does, however, have a smooth surface instead of a textured one, meaning that when the machine is in use and emits some heat, the handle does have a tendency to become moist. A textured surface would provide more grip when this occurs, but even so, I have never dropped the Gator as a result of this.
The machine's wedge 'snout' makes it ideal for getting to tricky places such as underneath the radiator. Suction is also surprisingly powerful, and while other vacuums may require a specialist attachment to remove stubborn patches of dirt or debris, the Gator rarely requires any additional help. Emptying the cleaner is a simple case of pressing the Unlock button, then removing the debris before slotting the bottom of the machine back into place. You do have to give the filters a quick rub with a dry cloth sometimes, but this takes little time.
The real beauty of this machine lies in its simplicity. Despite its lengthy charging period it is a highly effective and compact vacuum cleaner that will easily get into the awkward nooks and crannies other devices are unable. At £49.99 the Gator may seem a little on the expensive side, but if you are looking to minimise the effort in both vacuuming and storage of the cleaner, this is an option worth exploring.
This doesn't really look like a 'gator' to me, so I don't know where they got that bit from. It looks more like a Black and Decker product. This is infact a very handy Vax vacuum cleaner...with a difference. This is a hands free cleaner, so you can use it like a mobile phone. This is one that my Dad bought a while back, but he bought it more for cleaning his car. It has since been used in the house and journeys back and forth between house and garage.
The design is smooth, elegant and shiny. Vax's bright orange makes it look like a mini lawnmower and I would have preferred a black or purple one. The cleaner is very lightweight though, so I have been able to whizz around various rooms with this in my hands and not feel strained afterwards. There is an easy to grip handle, making it a pleasure to hold too.
To use, you have to recharge first, using the supplied cable and a charge will take several hours. When it's ready, simply turn it on and it makes a whirring sound and you're away. Due to the nicely angle snout, you can tackle hard to reach areas. Perfect for tackling under car seats, in corners of rooms, in ceiling corners, under chairs and desks and also for upholstery. The machine is multi-purpose and delivers a decent suction. I have found it effective on dust and crumbs through to slightly larger things, like grass, mud and paper. Be careful the items you suck are not massive though or it will get stuck in the suction part.
To empty, flip it open and empty put the cannister inside, then reclip back together. A charge allows you to do fair amount of cleaning before it needs rebooting, I have not ever examined the exact time, as have only ever used it for short bursts. You won't get your whole house done this way, but it's ideal for little coves and spot cleaning. The price will range between forty and fifty pounds.
You can buy the Vax Gator Handheld Vacuum Cleaner H90-GA-B in many places such as Argos and Amazon. At the moment to buy the Vax Gator from Argos it costs £44.99.
The Vax gator has to be one of the best handheld hoovers around at the moment. The hoover is cordless so you don't have to worry about tripping over wires etc. The gator is nice and compact so is easy to store and only weighs 1.2kg so is easy to carry around.
The gator is easy to charge there is a plug that comes with it you just fix the wire into the side of it and plug it in and it charges, they recommend you charge it for about 24 hours to get the maximum power. The only negative thing is after all the charging when hoovering it's only powerful for about 6 minutes. Which is a shame so IT would only really act as an extra hoover round the house not your main one.
One thing I like about the hoover is how easy it is to empty. The hoover is bagless so once it's full , you just press the button and the bottom part of the hoover unfits. Then you just tip all the bits of rubbish in the bin and make sure the filter is clean and not bits of fluff on it etc. Then fit it back on and it's ready to go again so very simple.
Since getting the gator I have used it quite alot it is ideal for using to pick up crumbs etc after mealtimes. I have two 4 year olds and there always making a mess so instead of having to get a big hoover out to do a small amount of hoovering this hoover is prefect. My daughters have also been using the hoover as it is so simple to use so I have been getting some help round the house :). I have also found the hoover is ideal to use when we are cleaning out the car as it fits under the car seats and picks up well, being cordless makes cleaning the car such an easier task.
So overall I would definitely recommend.
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The Gator is a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner that's ideal for picking up dust and debris quickly and without fuss / The lightweight cordless design means it's very manoeuvrable and its mouth flips open at the touch of a button for easy hygienic emptying / It has a built-in crevice tool for cleaning in tight corners that is fully retractable for ease of storage / Included is a charging adapter / Comes with a 2 year manufacturer's guarantee / Short name: Vax H90-GA-B