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Having had a number of Vax machines over the years; both uprights and cylinders, I was excited (sad it's a vacuum cleaner) to be getting a new one. On arrival I was less than impressed. It looked and felt like a toy cleaner, too light and flimsy and I was ready to send it back without even trying it.
Thank goodness I didn't! The Vax Pet Upright is lightweight at only 5kg (11lb) and easily moved around the whole house. The base of the machine is small and therefore sits easily on the stairs with little support to stop it falling. The hose is long enough to stretch over a 2-3 metres and the attachments have worked well to spruce up upholstery and get into nooks and crannies.
It has revitalised all the carpets in my house. The pile on wool carpets has fluffed up and they look a lot cleaner. One gripe I do have have however is when the cleaner is on the bare floor setting. Given the weather and my terrier's magnetism towards mud, there is often dry mud and leaves in the house following a walk. On the bare floor setting the brush seems to shred rather the muck rather than suck it up! Moving the height of the machine up to the middle setting alleviates this problem and it does the job nicely again.
The cylinder is quite small and seems to fill up quickly; might just be down to our house! But it is reassuring as it shows it's doing a good job. The cylinder is easily removed and you can empty it from a quick release flap at the bottom or by taking the whole of the top off. It also clicks back into place with any problem, unlike a larger, heavier Vax we previously had which was very awkward.
I bought a new but reconditioned version of this machine and for the money I think it is worth every penny, especially when you consider the £100's some other vacuums cost.
The White Pet U88-W1-P bagless upright vacuum cleaner has powerful suction and is very easy to clean and maintain / It's lightweight so it's easy to use yet is still effective dealing with stubborn dirt / It also features HEPA filtration to help reduce allergens / A 2 year Vax guarantee gives you complete peace of mind / Short name: Vax U88-W1-P