Product Type: Vax vacuums
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Everything but the chairs and tables!
Member Name: shikiraclare
Date: 19/05/10, updated on 20/05/10 (168 review reads)
Advantages: 1600 wattage, easy assemble, very smart and revolutionary
Disadvantages: some bending involved, hose a little heavy
Am I another duped Sucker?
I didn't buy the Vax bagless upright because it was 50% off on Amazon, but mainly due to the fact that I needed a desperate replacement for my Vax Pro that would have cost me a packet to renew all the essential parts that were malfunctioning.
The application features of this Vax has a hose and extra attachments so that you can manually suck up debris that are in corners or perhaps in very difficult places out of easy reach, that does mean some bending because the hose is not all that long (60cm) that is very heavy and springs back when you let go. In addition, even though it is an upright Vacuum, the main body has an easy release pedal that allows you to adjust the Vax at whatever angle height you prefer and can be lowered right down to get underneath lower surfaces, though not the entire Vacuum body when you have to be careful that the Jug-bulge does not get cracked if forced, as it is plastic afterall.
My carpet or the Vax Cylinder?
After spending a brief amount of time assembling the new vacuum, enthusiastically I put it to the test and initially stunned-deaf by what sounded like a powerful engine gestation noise, like that of an excited hedge-strimmer on maximum force, with the delightful humming of an industrial washing machine on full spin. In fact, the very loud engine-sound, is also the rotating brushbar that combes through the carpet to get at arduous dirt thoroughly, not just the motor at an impressive 1600w engine speed!
Now, given that my carpet isn't a deep-shag pile textile, naturally I assumed that the new Vacuum would suck anything apart from tables and chairs - It did for the fist few weeks and so much so, that I only had to use it sparingly throughout the course of a month. However, it suddenly began to stop sucking even tiny food bits from off the carpet I couldn't understand what was wrong with the vacuum, so began inspecting it thoroughly as well as disassembling it to find any blockages, but couldn't find a thing, so put it all back together.
As with all Cylinder Vax uprights, you need to regularly empty the jug and clean the filter (the bit that looks like a flexible ancient Roman pillar from the city of Athens) under warm water and leave to dry before placing it back into the washed and dried jug. Having done this before taking the Vacuum safely apart, following the instructions, I was still presented with the same non-suction action and found myself getting very irritated and didn't want to make an expensive phone call to the manufacturers that would no doubt, send out a repair man who would then charge you a call out and fixing fee.
With the manual in my hand, I scoured for all possible reasons as to why the Vax wasn't working as it should and came across a reference part in the guide on how to adjust the settings to alter suction power. Apparently, I hadn't taken any notice of the less obvious dial on the face of the top motor that in all that time, presumed it wasn't an integral feature of the Vax, just part of the colourful plastic, decoration novelty! - Now I knew just how stupid I could really be for the first time in a long time and began experimenting with the dial-control according to the instructions. Now there was action, my Vacuum started sucking as never before and taking some week's worth of dust and hair and other debris like it was a ravenous crocodile!
Too smart for it's own good:
So no, it wasn't my carpet or a technical fault with the Vax, but an error on my part for failing to read the full manual. The difficulty with the Vax bagless upright however, is that although it is clearly a legite Hoover, is made to look like a mature version of a child's fictile Vacuum that manufacturers now create exacting versions of domestic appliances for early learning, that gives the illusion of it being a bit of a toy when it is made entirely of plastic. Presumably I thought that the Vax had already been programmed and all I had to do was switch it on after assembly and nothing more.
Unless you are someone who enjoys the challenge of mechanical fiddling, then it is extremely difficult to find enthusiasm to explore new machines or at least want to get to know its entire functioning personality. I guess in some cases, though not all, women and machines do not always compliment one another as is true in my case. So the answer to my title: Am I another duped Sucker? is an affirmative no and have not lulled by any false advertising I am going to jump on a bandwagon and claim otherwise. Yes, even new machines breakdown or fail to deliver their publicity guarantee but not in this case however, just my own lack of understanding.
The Vax V-015 bagless upright is a brilliant vacuum innovation that certainly is great value for money at £59.95 from Amazon, but would not have been inclined to spend its full price a year ago, whilst on a budget. With Dyson and Henry vacuums being in front league, the bagless Vax is a great second choice for those who want a more revolutionary electromotive force and easy to manage Hoover that is stylish and reasonably light - This looks like it came from a space station and makes it a very cool addition to my Sci-Fi poster-themed walls.
The most advantageous prize of this product, is that the motor is equipped with with a thermal cut-out, that if for any reason , the Vacuum cleaner should over-heat, the thermostat will automatically turn the unit off so essentially it is infrangible. Mine came with a one year guarantee but accidentally threw it out with the packaging, though this covers any repairs for free for one year, so you really do get fantastic service with this commodity.
Also noteworthy, is that the manual does give thorough, straightforward diagrams and instructions that anyone can follow with health and safety guidelines to maximize the life of the Vacuum, that with proper care and handling, will see you through some good many years. Ideal if you have pets when it really does get their fluff out of any rug or carpet, so it is a great Turbo to be very proud of.
Summary: Vacuum from outer-space!
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