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I picked this hoover up from Argos about 18 months ago, in the sale at 50% reduced. The big problem with this Hoover is the tiny collection pot, of only 2.0 L. This needs emptying every other time I Hoover the house, and it is not the biggest of houses. Also it is quite a process to empty the pot, as you need to remove the whole pot, and then take the lid off, find somewhere to put it, while you remove the filter, and again find somewhere suitable to place it, before emptying out the contents. Having said that, I do think that one of the reasons it needs emptying so often is that it does pick up the dust, crumbs, hairs etc. extremely well. The electrical lead is only 6m long, and could do with being a little, well, a lot longer, and it could also be improved if it was an automatically retracting one. One other problem to me, is the weight of it, it is really heavy and bulky, and is a struggle for my other half to carry up and down the stairs. Not worth the RRP, but ok for the price I paid, would suit a bungalow better due to the weight.
Brought this vacuum from Argos back in October. We were needing something to replace our old vacuum and our spec was to find something upright, cheap, and light. The VEU-02 seemed to tick all the boxes and with the VAX name we felt that it would be a well built vacuum.
Unfortunately the essentials range of vacuums seem like they were built in a cheap factory by another company only to be branded with the VAX name.
This vax has a fair bit of power and sucks well, and it is pretty light meaning its easy to carry up and down the stairs (this is good as you need to hold it on the stairs while cleaning them)
The plastic feels cheap and nasty and scratches easily, it makes loads of horible noises like it is dying when running and the main head always spins even when using the hose, the plastic wheels wobble, the clip which holds the vacuum up when not in use has broken on mine, the hose is short and none stretchy, the cable is too short, the accessories feel flimsy (with the exception of the power head which feels like its from one of the other VAX models).
The chamber which collects the dust/dirt is poorly designed in a way that you can't empty it unless you dismantle it every time as it is tapered down towards the hatch which is meant to be used to empty it. As said above the vacuum does have a fair bit of suction and as such the chamber fills up quickly, the filter seems to work well and it doesn't seem to leak any dust like others have suggested but as you need to dismantle the chamber every time you empty it you do seem to drop a lot of dust on the floor so its best done outside.
I'm afraid to say that I really don't like this vacuum and even if you are on a budget I would recommend that you avoid it if at all possible.
The vacuum cost us £49 and a week later we saw a much better model in Tesco for only about £10 more.
The worst-designed vacuum cleaner ever!.
It's cumbersome to use, doesn't get in corners, is awkward to use on the stairs and is very noisy.
The mains lead is too short to do the whole downstairs (first time we've ever had this problem). When you open the flap on the dust container to empty it, most of the dirt is still wrapped around the filters at the top, so you have to totally dismantle the container and remove the filters everytime.
After we'd struggled for a few months with it, the head part disintegrated. We sent it back for repair but wished we hadn't bothered. It came back technically working but still as bad as ever.
My daughter got one at the same time as we did, but ended up throwing hers on the council tip - we might do the same.
I asked their customer service department if I could trade it in for a different model but they weren't interested (they probably don't want it back).
We had a Vax cleaner a long time ago and it was wonderful but this one must have been designed by someone who has never done any housework.
Sorry if this seems over-negative but I really have tried to give an honest view . I'm mystified by the other review on this cleaner - it can't be for real, maybe she has shares in Vax.
Update: Sorry, I should have mentioned the price - £69.99 at Argos.
Also, the accessories are okay but they are fastened to the cleaner, along with the tubes, and are tedious to connect up each time you need them.
I have now solved my problem by giving the Vax to a friend, to use in her caravan. I still feel guilty about it, since she was a good friend.
I have bought an Electrolux Cyclone instead, which is smaller, lighter, easier to use, and was £20 cheaper than the Vax.
I have been in the market for a new vacuum cleaner for a while and when you have a dog that molts as much as my dog does, its not an easy decision to make because I have been getting along with a couple of vacuum cleaners all which have been marketed as vacuum cleaners that are great for picking up pet hair, however I have found with all of them they have been rubbish. Hoovering up with the cleaners that I had started to become a tedious job, even though they had on board turbo brushes it still became a pain and what should take not long to do was becoming a chore of a hour to get the job done properly and when doing this on a daily basis, you can imagine how annoying it got.
Scouting through the Argos catalogue and also having a lot of advice from one of our guides on dooyoo (thanks for all your help), I finally made a decision to go for the Vax Essentials VEU-02 for Pets. I was looking for something basically that would do the job, however be pretty costs effective too, and at £69.99 from Argos, I thought I would give this model a whirl.
I have never owned a Vax before however have always considered them a reputable brand when it comes to this sort of product. I was really hoping that it lived up to my expectations when I got it home for the first time.
I have always gone for cylinder cleaners, however on this occasion I have chose an upright cleaner, I find with upright your skirting boards don't get as damaged as when you are using a cylinder the knock everything and you find yourself touching your skirting boards up all the time because you have knocked the paint off.
When picking the cleaner up I was a little apprehensive as to how heavy it was going to be. To be honest I had had a little spending spree in Argos, paid for everything and then started to worry when I had to collect them as to whether I was going to be able to carry everything to the car. I was pleasantly surprised when I asked the customer service person how heavy it was and he said it was pretty light. Packaged in a large box, it did look heavy, however when I picked it up and managed to pick up the rest of my bags I was already to a certain extent happy with my purchase purely because of the weight of it, as I know how you can struggle carrying upright cleaners up the stairs. The cleaner itself is very light which is great and taking it from one room to another whether it be upstairs or downstairs, is not a problem at all, and I don;t find myself putting my back out.
Its actually a quite good looking hoover as well, not to the extent of a Dyson, however some of those I think look hideous with the colour combinations that they have on them. The Vax is grey in colour with clear compartment which collects all the dirt. Its a bagless hoover so a lot more cost effective as you don't have to purchase bags for it, however I have found with a dogs that molts so much, it doesn't hold a great capacity and find myself having to empty it very often, although it does itself hold 2 litres.
For picking up pet hair it has an onboard turbo tool, which is one of the main reason why I purchased it, however much to my satisfaction I have never had to use this tool because the vacuum cleaner itself is absolutely fantastic. The cleaner itself is 1500 watts which is no different to the wattage of other cleaners that I have had, however I hink where I have been going wrong is choosing cylinder cleaners and not upright. The suction of the cleaner is fantastic, all I have to do is whizz it round and it picks up all of Sandy hairs that get embedded into the carpet, with no problems at all, which makes hoovering these days not a chore but a pleasure to do with this vacuum cleaner. I can do the whole house in the space of time that it used to take me to do one room and not even have to use the turbo tool.
I find the cord to the cleaner a little short in my house and struggle to stretch coverage over one room. The cord itself is 6 metres, which is quite long, however I do have quite large rooms so find myself moving it from socket to socket.
The cleaner has HEPA Filtration and anti-bacterial filtration which is great if you are a pet owner.
Although I have a few minor problems with the cleaner including the length of the cord and capacity of how much dirt it collects, the performance of the actual cleaner doesn't make you think about these problems bacuse it does such a good job. I have never been happier with another model and would certainly recommend this to any pet owner that find hoovering up after their pet a task rather than a pleasure. Fantastic.
Essentials Pets Bagless Vacuum Cleaner has a stretch hose for full height stair cleaning and includes an on-board TurboTool which is ideal for picking up pet hair / Short name: Vax VEU-02