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My old Electrolux hoover was running out of steam and as the last one of the same brand set on fire I decided it was time for a rebrand. After searching Ebay (I was a student at the time so needed a deal) I found a refurbished Mach Air hoover for £49.99 - I checked the hoover on the Vax site and decided this was the one! It has hepa allergy filtration, 1800W suction power and is suitable with pets. The hoover is a shimmery grey with purple detail and clear areas such as the bagless dirt area and brush bar cover. The hoover is 5kg one of the lightest full size uprights in the world making it easy to carry in one hand while using the hose to hoover in the other. I have both hard floor and carpet, the brush bar does not change and there are no settings but it does manage on hard floors although it can stick to lino. The brushbar picks up cat hairs and human hair with ease although can get clogged quite easily from long human head hair requiring scissors to untangle it. A good feature is the indicator on the hoover which is green when the brushbar works but turns red when it is clogged. Just unclip the bar, unclog and press the reset button at the side to resume. The hoovers handle is adjustable in height to suit the user and is fully removable to be attached to the pipe for precision cleaning. There is also a pipe extension to make stairs cleaning a dream. The hoover comes with a turbo tool, brush tool, narrow tool and sofa flat tool however they do not attach to the hoover for storage. The dirt box is unclipped and reclipped easily to dispose of dirt. A downside to the hoover is the flimsy nature of the clips on pipes, one broke off within the first week. Also the pipes can become unconnected whilst hoovering making the job twice as long. The turbo tool is of quite poor quality and broke within the first few months and seems to spin but takes no dirt up. I know I bought a refurbished model but the model was new at the time suggesting there are some general quality faults to be addressed.
I purchased this model from Amazon just after Christmas. After years of battling with my increasingly unreliable (and dangerous) Hoover upright, I was looking for something lightweight, bagless, and with great suction. Having never owned a bagless cleaner before, I was confused by the array of sub-Dyson models on the market, and alarmed at some of the prices going. I researched this model further on the Vax website and can say that it is exactly as described, and I am very pleased with my purchase. The vacuum is extremely lightweight, weighing about 6 pounds. It can be lifted with one hand, and neither I or my mother have any trouble manoeuvering it around the house or up and down the stairs (we're both about 5 foot tall and she is in her 70s!). Weight and ease of use were the main reasons why I purchased this model and I am totally satisfied in these regards. The vacuum also has an extremely long power cord and I can just about do the whole house (large 3-bed semi) without changing sockets. I did debate whether to go for this model or the 'pet' model in the same range, as I have a puppy who is constantly shedding. This model is able to pick up every strand of pet or human hair from the carpet. The brushbar is great and picking up dirt and refreshing the pile of the carpet. I also use the vacuum on the tiled floor in my kitchen, but don't have any laminate floors so can't comment on its effectiveness on those. However, while the brushbar is great at cleaning carpets, it does also require a lot of cleaning itself. The cover has to be unclipped and any longer pieces of debris that you've picked up (like long hairs or loose threads) will have wrapped themselves tight around the brushbar and have to be cut off with scissors. I find I'm doing this quite regularly, about as often as I empty the cylinder. My one complaint about this product is that it seems to be constructed entirely of small plastic pieces that clip together. This is probably how they keep the model so lightweight, but it's very annoying when clips and buttons come flying off the machine as you're cleaning the house. As an example, the handle of the vacuum is actually a detachable hose that can be used the vacuum hard to reach places (like the top of ceiling lights or door frames). When you're not using it as a hose, there's a clip to keep it in place for use as a handle. This clip spung off the other day, and it was a tough job getting it back into place. This vacuum comes with a number of handy attachments - particularly good is the smaller hand-held vacuum head that I use for cleaning stairs and the car - which are clipped onto the main body of the vacuum for storage. Well, all these clips have also failed, and I've got a pile of random attachments in the cupboard - not quite as neat and tidy as it was when I first bought it! Also, the machine did come in pieces and did require a bit of straightforward self-assembly before it was useable. I found this model discounted to £199.00 and, and that price, it represented fantastic value for money. I would be prepared to pay up to £250 for it - look out for offers on Amazon, as the current listed price of £325 is too high.