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Vax U91-MA-B Air
Member Name: kingfisher111
Vax U91-MA-B Air
Date: 08/12/09, updated on 17/08/11 (420 review reads)
Advantages: lightweight, easy to use
Disadvantages: position of hose attachment
The Mach Air arrived in a big box and the cleaner came with the main drum and cleaner part separate from the handle attachment. It was incredibly easy to fit the two bits together and I did so without having to consult the instructions. However if you do need them, the instructions are very easy to follow as they are in pictorial form.
Once you have assembled your Mach Air it is very easy to start using. There is a conveniently placed on/off switch and there is a foot operated control in order to tilt the cleaner thus making it easier to manoeuvre as you are using it. There is also another switch directly next to the on/off switch is for operating the brushbar which gives you the choice whether to use this or not depending on how much suction you need.
Apparently the Mach Air weighs a third lighter than equivalent full size machines which really does give it an advantage in terms of usage. Pretty much anyone can use this cleaner particularly as the retractable handle can be adjusted to eight different heights. Even my six year old daughter who is very keen to help around the house and I've no intention of discouraging, can manoeuvre the Mach Air very easily! Also. As it is so light, it is very easy to carry up and down stairs.
The suction and cleaning power is great and I have used it on a multitude of surfaces in my home. Each time I have been really pleased with the results. Also, because the base of the cleaner is quite thin and streamlined I do find that I am able to push it further under narrow gaps, such as the sofas or TV units, than I was able to do with my old cleaner. Also, because of its light weight, it's very easy to change direction, especially when going round corners.
The hose attachment works very well for cleaning stairs, upholstery or tricky corners, although I don't really like the design for how this works. You need to detach the hose from the bottom of the cleaner and then pull it out as far as possible in order to use. There is a clip quite low down that keeps it in place but because of this you are pulling it up from quite a low angle. For me, because of this, it was virtually impossible to use just the hose attachment on its own which is one suggestion. However, if I detach the handle and use that as an extension tube I found that so much better and workable. It is only a small gripe, but I do wish that it was possible to remove the hose from that low clip in order to provide a better angle for using the attachment.
When using the hose attachment there is a great little three in one tool that you can place on the end of the hose either providing a brush or different size nozzles. These all fit together so that there's no worry about losing any one bit when you are not using it. I think this is very handy and quite ingenious!
The Air Mach has a reasonably long power lead although I would prefer it to be just that little bit longer. It also has an easy way to wind the lead up and keep it tidy when it is not in use. When you want to use it again, rather than having to rewind the flex, the top holder easily swivels downwards in order to release it.
The cleaner is one that does not use bags and as the dirt container is clear plastic it is easy to tell when it needs emptying. I think that it is best to empty it before it gets to full in order to get the best cleaning results. Emptying the dirt container is incredibly easy and all you have to do is to press one small catch in order to detach it from the rest of the cleaner and then another catch in order to open the hinged section at the bottom in order to empty straight into your bin.
In the instruction booklet there are good directions for cleaning the filters and removing blockages. It is probably a good thing to pay attention to these because, as experience has previously shown me, if you don't regularly maintain your cleaner it will not work so well.
I really like the Mach Air for its effective cleaner and its manoeuvrability. I think that it's a great cleaner that is likely to suit virtually everyone.
Summary: A smart cleaner!
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