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About a year ago just after christmas our hoover started spitting more out than it was sucking in, being after christmas as everyone money was rather tight. I didn't want to buy cheap for the sake of waiting a few weeks so I decided that I would put up with messy carpets for a couple of weeks til we got paid. However in my local Tesco doing the shopping and I saw the Vax mach 3 reduced from £119.99 to £59.99 and as it was Vax which I already trusted I decided to get one while it was so cheap.
The hoover promises no loss of suction with a 6 year guarantee, It is blue in colour and has a bagless cylinder for collecting the dirt. There is the usual release button to the rear to put the body of the machine back for easy hoovering and the on off switch is on the top of the handle which I thought was really good as no bending down to switch it on. The handle is adjustable (just don't ask me how!) and there are 5 height settings for the different height of the carpet/flooring. The tube which takes the dirt into the hoover is bendy to allow it to attachedd to the extra tubes and make cleaning stairs really easy along with the turbotool which can be attached to the end of the tubing for picking up stubborn dog hairs (something I know about with 2 short hair dogs).
Using the hoover is easy enough although it is pretty heavy and I really don't think an older person would manage it, i'm apparently young and fit and it does make my arm ache if i'm doing the full house especially when going against the pile of the carpet. The hoover is wider than alot on the market so gets the job done quicker which is great and the cord is really long which allows me to hoover the whole of a floor of the house without unplugging and replugging.
When it comes to emptying the hoover there is a release button on top of the cylinder and then once at the bin you release the bottom of the cylinder but then there is another piece inside which has to be lined up right to release the dirt so not the easiest of things to do. Once it is empty of course you have to replace the piece inside again having to line it up to be able to get it back together again not great when you think how dirty it gets inside the cylinder. When you finally get that sorted clipping it back onto the hoover itself can take a few attempts and as the cylinder doesn't really hold a huge amount I think this whole thing is a pain and tend to try and get the husband to do the emptying.
The hoover itself is very robust however when we got it my daughter was 2 and when she tried to get the extra tubes of the side she snapped the plastic that held them in place and as you would expect a 2 year old hasn't really got that much strength so think that bit is pretty weak.
Overall I would say this hoover was a good buy for the price I got it, it does the job well on all floors of the house, even the lino in my kitchen. I have had this for over a year and it has not lost any suction and even the hand tools pick up well. My only bugbear with it is the emptying this process could be a whole lot easier.
Having had a Dyson vacuum for several years we finally had to seek out a replacement after a number of parts failed. Looking round the stores the Vax Mach 3 looked to be a good price and a quick search on a few websites suggested it was well regarded.
On unpacking the vacuum and setting it up, which is straightforward, I was initially skeptical as the vacuum seemed very light and fairly flimsy. However, I pressed ahead and started vacuuming and was pleased to see a large amount of dust and rubbish being picked up and depositted inside the machine. Clearly the suction power was good.
One of the first issues I noted with the vacuum was the stability of the main body when using the hose with attachments. Frankly, every time I use the hose I expect to be hit by the vacuum as it tumbles over. This I expect is largely due to the fact the materials used make the machine light, hence when there is any force applied to it as you pull the hose it topples over. I have found this incredibly frustrating and makes vacuuming the stairs even harder than it should be.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
The Vax was sold at a low price and it is fairly easy to see how. Although it is reasonably solid it is pretty much all plastic and does not have a quality feel, although the pieces do fit together snuggly. I find the hose extension to be very poor as whenever I use this I cen feel movement in the extension, which feels as if it will separate into its parts whilst in use. This has in fact happened to me several times.
Underneath the vacuum there is a small part with wheels attached to the machine that helps with the movement of the vacuum. Unfortunately, this part has snapped off my machine and left it very awkward to manoeuver. The vacuum does come with a 6 year warranty so I will be contacting Vax to see if this piece can be replaced.
LONG TERM PERFORMANCE
Despite the niggles noted above the vacuum has continued to perform well and I have not experienced any deterioration in cleaning ability. The internal storage chamber is easy to empty and clean and I find is comfortably sufficient to clean a 3 bedroom house before it needs to be emptied. Of course, if for some reason there is a large amount of cleaning required you may need to empty the machine part way through, but as this is so simple it is no real problem.
All in all the Vax Mach 3 is a good vacuum let down by a stability issue and cheap construction. Despite these problems it performs well and I would recommend it for someone looking for a low price cleaner who can put up with the regular toppling over issue. For myself, I am happy to keep the cleaner a little longer until it is well worn, but I will be replacing it with something built with a bit more quality. If I could I would give this 3.5 stars but as that isn't possible I'm afraid it will have to be 3.
I really do not understand why so many people on a range of review sites rate this product as excellent. I have found this product to be very poor indeed, it over heats extremely quickly when using the straight forward push action and even more quickly when you are using any of the tools. The filters seem to need to be replaced or cleaned after 15 to 20 minutes an use and as such you can not vacuum your average 4 bed family home without removing all the filters at least once. I would not recommend that anyone buy this if you need to hovver for more than 5 minutes at a time.
Last year on Christmas eve my much loved but very abused vax upright vacuum cleaner finally conked out. As I am a bit of a vacuuming addict I decided I would not be able to make it through Christmas without a new vacum cleaner. The thought of all those little sparkly bits on the carpet for days on end was horrifying. So I popped open the laptop and did a bit of research, I had already decided to have another Vax so it was just a matter of finding one at the right price in a shop that was open at 4.30 Christmas Eve.
What I came across was the Vax Mach 3 VZL-6013 in comet for around £80, Brilliant. I grabbed Mr H and off we went.
When we got home I promptly unpacked my new arrival and proceeded to put the Kettle on while Mr H attached the handle and pulled all the card and plastic off the vacuum cleaner. To attach the handle you need to connect two leads that run up through the handle and then slot the handle on.
The vacuum cleaner was then handed back to me to test drive. After scouting around a bit I discovered the power button on top of the handle. A very convenient place as I do suck things up the vacuum cleaner by mistake and the position of the button enables quick turning off to retrieve the lost item. The vacuum cleaner is very quiet and I am able to talk over the top of it without doing silly hand gestures to make myself understood.
The vacuum cleaner has 5 different height settings which are good for a variety of different floor surfaces. I use 5 on the very thick rug in my dining room and 2 on the Axminster carpet in the lounge and 1 on the tiles in the hall and kitchen. The sucking power of the vacuum cleaner is very good it picks up all the bits on my carpets, even those bits of string that I usually have to pick up and put back down to encourage the vacuum cleaner to pick them up. The vacuum cleaner is also very good at picking up goggly eyes and sequins from my daughter's carpet.
The dust canister has a very good capacity I usually empty it once a week after vacuuming 5 days out of 7. The canister detaches quite easily. You need to press a lever on the front of the vacuum cleaner and then tilt the canister forwards to release. The canister has an easy empty clip on the bottom that when you press it in the bottom flaps open and all the dirt falls out. Make sure you are stood over the dustbin when you do that bit or you will need to vacuum again. The top of the dust canister also detaches to enable you to clean the filter. The filter is a lifetime filter and never needs replacing; just a gentle brushing with a soft brush will keep it in good working order.
The tools on this vacuum cleaner are all very handy; I mostly use the crevice tool and the tubes that extend the pipe. The vacuum cleaner also has an attachment with a rotating brush that is good for animal hair, as I have no animals only two hamsters, I can not comment on its hair removing ability.
The down side to this vacuum cleaner is its tendency to fall over when I am using the extendable pipe that is located on the back of the vacuum cleaner. The pipe does not stretch very far at all. I would say less than a meter as when the vacuum cleaner falls over it always seems to hit me on the legs or on back or head if I'm crouched down. This fact also makes it pretty difficult to vacuum the stairs on my own. The vacuum cleaner is light enough for me to be able to carry it up and down the stairs with no difficulty at all.
The handle of the vacuum cleaner is height adjustable, I have it on the lowest setting as I am 5ft 2 and if Mr H feels inclined to vacuum the handle adjusts to a height where he feels comfortable. The pipes in the back of the vacuum cleaner that feed the dust into the canister are clear, this allows you to see what has blocked the vacuum cleaner if it becomes blocked, the pipe also unscrews (Easter egg style) so you can remove the blockage without the need for prodding with a knitting needle.
Another good thing about this vacuum cleaner is that it comes with a 6 year warranty. I do think it will need this warranty due to the fact that it has serious balance problems when the extendable pipe is extended and tends to crash down backwards on to the handle. Overall the vacuum cleaner does seem quite flimsy and I don't expect it to outlive its warranty but as an emergency Christmas Eve purchase to stop me moaning about sparkly bits on the carpet it has more than done the job.
For more specific facts about height, weight etc go to www.vax.co.uk
Thank you for reading.
I purchased another vax to replace my old one because that had lasted 6 years with constant daily use and i was very happy with it. This mach3 is an upgraded model and i was extremley pleased with its performance. It looks good, is a nice blue colour and tools are all stored on board neatly. Dont see much point in the headlight though but if you like hoovering in the dark, you will love this one! it is so well designed, the on off switch is in the perfect position for example and you can appreciate its design by the fact it is so easy to use. The only downsides i can think of is the head of the vacuum is not the smallest and overall it is not the lightest. Its plus points are the nozzle is very easy to use and replace, easy emptying and strong suction which means it picks up up everything. My mum has a dyson which cost another 100 pound and it has half the power and performance of this hoover.
This is an excellent, that isn't too overly priced, you can buy one of these for around £85.00. It is 1300 Watts, 150 air watts, has a 2.5 litre dust capacity, HEPA Lifetime washable filtration, carpet height adjuster, telescopic handle, on board tool storage which includes a stretch hose, hurbo tool, hard floor tool, crevice tool, dusting brush and fingertip control and the cable is 7.2 metres in length. I have always had Dysons in the past, but I think this hoover works just as well as a Dyson if not better. I have a dog that maults heavily and it picks her hairs up really well, which I have found in the past other hoovers just skim over. It is a bagless hoover which is very easy to empty, just by flicking a switch it opens. There is also another attachment which is very powerful and is ideal for hoovering stairs and sofas. For the price I would highly recommend this hoover.
Short name: Vax VZL-6013