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Way better than my old Kirby
Vax V-026RD Rapid
Member Name: sonic70
Vax V-026RD Rapid
Advantages: Easy to use and great at cleaning
Disadvantages: A bit noisy
We decided it was way past time that we bought a decent carpet cleaner - kids and pets sure leave a lot of mess!
We did our research and all the previous reviews I had read on this machine were good so i then set to looking around for the best price. At the time i was very happy to find this on Ebay, brand new with a years warranty, plus 2 years manufacturers guarantee, for just £89.99.
At 7.7kg it's a fairly light weight machine - until you put the water in. The clean water tank holds 3.5 litres and the tank for dirty water holds 2 litres. Both are really easy to remove for filling or emptying and there is a safety cut out indicator for when the dirty tank is full. The 7.6m power cord is plenty for what I need.
This model also comes with a hose and attachments for cleaning stairs or furniture. Whilst i haven't actually used these parts yet I can vouch for how easy they are to use as I had a quick practise with them. All the tools attach to the machine when not in use and the power cord wraps around as it does on most upright vacuum cleaners.
It did come with a small bottle of the recommended AAA cleaning solution and I was also able to find 1.4litre bottles of the Ultra+ solution for just (9.79 with free postage on Amazon.
I have just used mine for the first time and decided to test drive it in my front hall which is generally a high traffic area and had lots of marks on the carpet. Considering my carpet is a sort of mid blue colour, a lot of stains really show up on it. The whole process was very easy and I was able to thoroughly go over the hall twice on one container of clean water and was able to instantly see a huge improvement. I was quite disgusted by the colour of the water when I emptied it!
Almost the entire machine seems to be made of plastic but it still has a fairly solid feel to it which I hope will mean it will last for a decent amount of time. It does not feel cheap or flimsy to me.
When I had finished it was very easy to empty the dirty water and rinse out the container leaving it as clean as when I started.
Obviously the floor is a bit wet but not nearly as much as it used to be when I owed a Kirby. It is a little noisier than my Dyson when in use and sounds a little whiney but i can live with that as my carpet is looking so much cleaner and newer as a result.
I would definitely recommend this machine for ease of use and is well worth hunting around on the internet to find a bargain.
Summary: A good carpet cleaner that can be found at a good price
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