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At first glance this item looks quite flimsy and alot weaker than my previous vacuum but looks can be deceving.Although it has to be assembled it only took 5 or so minutes to do so. It is very noisy and sounds like a jumbo jet , my dog doesn't seem to like it and nearly hurt himself jumping at the noisy thing but saying that he is scared of quite a few things !. The nozzle feels quite weak and flimsy and the thing on the whole is pretty hard to push. But luckily for the machine it is very good at sucking up all kinds of hair and dirt. Although it is hard to push but the strong suction and great results even out the bad parts.
Like everything its not perfect but its the best i have used , so i will give it a 4/5 purely because it's better than the Dyson i have used before.
I bought this vacuum cleaner off ebay for £60 - being far cheaper than the equivalent Dyson or premium branded machine I did not expect a huge deal. I have 2 dogs and their hair has been a pain for so long that i have almost given in to the fact that vacuum cleaners (cheap ones) cannot clean this hair up.
I dont know how 1800 watts compares to other machines but it picks up a huge amount of dirt ! - the colour of my carpet (due to a lot of trodden in hair and dirt ) was significantly lighter after using this machine. I may be giving the impression my carpet was filthy (it wasn't) but they look literally brand new now.
The machine comes with a 10m cord which is plentiful - the HEPA filter needs to be cleaned fairly frequently so says the Vac customer care line for optimal performance.
The only real downside is the noise, it is a bit of a din - I dont mind this though as I hoover only half the time I used too as this machine is so effective.
This vacuum is good and moves fairly easily - like most vacuums that aren't on mover ball systems getting round corners is sometimes slightly difficult. We bought this model genuinely for the dog hair aspects as we currently have fairly thin carpets. It gives you the option to choose carpet thickness as well as laminate to collect the hair on non carpet floors, all settings have been used and I would say that I could do without the laminate one as the thin carpet setting appears no different. It has a very good suction system and does clean very well. I do have one issue with it however, it is so noisy! It is great for pet hair, however it is that loud it scares the dog senseless, and there is no hope of hearing yourself talk or even think over it. It is fairly easy to clean being bagless however there are a few nooks and crannies for dirt to get stuck in. It is fairly sturdy and the is not too bulky. It is very good but not for a quiet neighborhood!
We've been limping along with our current vacuum cleaner for several months now, putting off the evil hour when we had to buy a new one. When we saw this model in Asda's sale, at half its original RRP, however we decided to get one as it looked a reasonable buy and was selling out fast.
If you care about such things, the vacuum cleaner looks quite stylish. The main body is a light metallic grey, whilst all the buttons or bits you can detach (such as the pet hair cleaner) are purple, so that they are easily distinguishable. Personally, I couldn't really care less what colour it is, as long as it works, but I know that such things are important to some!
Although it comes in a rather large box, the hoover itself is actually reasonably light - certainly considerably lighter than our old bag-based hoover. Obviously, something like a vacuum cleaner is always going to have some weight behind it, but it's not one of those cleaners that needs 10 people to drag upstairs, and it is easy to manoeuvre around the room when you are actually using it.
There is some self assembly required, but this is fairly straightforward, taking less than 15 minutes. The one tricky part came when joining the handle to the base of the vacuum cleaner. This requires you to line the two pieces up, clip them tightly together and then insert two screws. We had a few problems getting the two bits lined up properly, which made it difficult to get the screws securely fixed. This was the one part of the assembly process which required two people (one to press the parts together, the other to turn the screws).
Switching it on, we were immediately impressed by its cleaning power. We were astounded at the amount of dirt it got out of our carpet, which we'd only recently cleaned with our old Hoover. Even allowing for the fact that our old model was ready for replacement, the Vax is a far more efficient cleaner. It generates a far greater amount of suction power and really gets down to that dirt and grime that's trapped deep in your carpet, leaving them looking much cleaner. Cleaning is less of a chore as you don't have to go over the same patch of carpet several times - just one or two passes will be sufficient on all but the filthiest of carpets.
If we were impressed with the main cleaner, the pet attachment which comes with this cleaner is possibly even better. Our dog sees it as his mission in life to share as much as his hair as possible with the floor, but he's met his match here, as the pet attachment picks up the hair very efficiently.
The main drawback to this impressive cleaning power is that the vacuum is incredibly noisy; when switched on, it sounds like a medium sized jet plane taking off and is far noisier than any cleaner we have ever experienced. You certainly won't be popular if you decide to start vacuuming when your other half is trying to watch TV! It also creates a localised mini-cyclone, so if you have any loose papers lying around, they may be blown everywhere.
We were also impressed by the long, 10 metre cable, which means you don't have to constantly plug the machine into another socket as you move from room to room. We find we only need to switch sockets twice - once for downstairs rooms and once for upstairs.
In terms of maintenance, there are not too many complaints. The clear plastic bag-less cylinder makes it easy to see when it's full, so there are no more burst bags to deal with or sudden loss of suction due to an over-full cylinder. Emptying the cylinder is tricky, however, as it is fitted very snugly to the vacuum. It should simply be a case of turning it ant-clockwise to release it, but in reality, this was very stiff and awkward, requiring a fair amount of brute force to release. Mrs SWSt always needs the help of a big strong man to empty it, although until he comes along, she makes do with me. It's similarly tricky to fit back together, as the the cylinder needs to be lined up very precisely before it will click back into place. The filters are very easy to clean - you simply need to rinse them under cold water then leave to dry for 24 hours before re-fitting.
The Vax comes with a 2 year parts and labour guarantee (providing you register your purchase online within 30 days). This gives you peace of mind for the first couple of years you own the machine and if after two years the machine dies and we have to buy another, I think I would still feel that we had had good value for money.
The RRP for this machine is £99.99; most places seem to sell it for around the £70 mark, although Asda did recently have it on sale for around half its RRP. Unlike our resident expert Nar2, I'm not up to speed on the price/specification of the other machines out there, but we are more than happy with our purchase.
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Designed with pet owners in mind the Power 2 Pet has an antibacterial filter and a TurboTool that easily picks up pet hairs and is great for cleaning stairs upholstery and car interiors / This 2100W bagless upright vacuum cleaner is powerful lightweight and easy to manoeuvre on both carpets and hard floors / HEPA filtration makes it an ideal choice for homes with allergy sufferers too / It has an extra long 10-metre power cord and a crevice tool for easy cleaning in tight spots and around furniture / Comes / Short name: Vax U90-P2-P 2