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Wow, a mixed bag of reviews for this hoover. But I guess, like cars, some people just have bad luck from day one.
As for me, well I guess luck is on my side. I say my side, but more so my wife. Lets not beat around the bush here, she is more of the user than I am. However it was me that found the hoover in the first place. Just under two years ago I was pointed to the Vax factory outlet sale. I think I paid just over £60 and got a 6 year warranty with it aswell. So I have still 4yrs left to run.
But why this model? What the product name does not state is that this is ideal for pet hair. We have two cats and at the moment they are going through the malting season. Not only that but one is getting on abit now and does not have the ability to groom itself. This means big clumps of hair appearing all over the place.
There is a tool at the top of the hoover which you attach to the hose. The brush then rotas using suction and can generate quite a lot of power. So good that when you brush over the hairs, they are gone with nothing left. A fantastic little tool.
There is an extendable hose which attaches to the main hose on the hoover and together allows you to have the hoover at the bottom of the stairs, whilst you hoover up the stairs, allowing you to reach the top.
It has numerous ride height settings which depends on the surface. IE abit like a rally car. You keep the hoover low for wood (tarmac) and then raise the height for carpet (gravel). This means that it keeps the hoover glued to the floor no matter what the surface and allows full suction.
As the description says, and like most hoovers now, this is bagless. A cylinder at the front which shows what you have collected. Maybe its just me but you actually feel proud of what you have collected because you know your doing a good job. To empty, just unclip it from the hoover and unclip the bottom to allow it to all drop out.
Reliability issues? Well it has been used once and sometimes twice a day, every day since we got it. My wife likes a very clean house. There have been no mechanical failures to date. Everything still runs as it should be. HOWEVER, there was one time when it failed. This however was my fault and nothing to do with the hoover. Abit of a tip, if you are sanding some plasterboard, do not expect a hoover to clean it up and dump it into the cylinder. With the dust being so fine, it completely clogged up the filter and it lost all suction power. I phoned Vax and told them that the hoover had failed. There very efficient customer service team immediately sent out a two new filters and within a few days it had arrived. Installed within seconds and sure enough....it was the filters. My bad!
Now the only downside to the hoover. Its flipping heavy! Like even I struggle with one hand carrying it up the stairs. Very very heavy.
For the money, its been worth it. Knowing it has the guarantee behind me aswell gives peace of mind. And its giving me a work out by carrying it up and down the stairs!
This was the biggest waste of cash I've ever spent; this machine is very heavy, I've replaced the beater bar drive belt twice and it still doesn't work!I now have to use the staircase attachment in order to generally vacuum because the lack of suction through the main head is so poor.It is very cumbersome and difficult to use, if I could afford to bin it I wouldn't think twice.I have only had this machine for 4 months and would return it immediately if I had not lost the receipt, in short, avoid like the plague!!
I hate this machine, it is the worst money I ever spent. Its heavy... really heavy, cumberson and the belt has broken already. Obviously tested by a bloke in a big house. Two middle aged people in a semi with no pets, no kids, its a pain to get out, I wish I could afford to junk it.
There is no place to store the thin nozel tool and the staircase attachment gave up the ghost half way up the stairs. The hose keeps coming out of the base after its been used to attach attachments, so it needs to be rammed back into place & then its a struggle to get it out again.
The catch to open the bottom to empty it sticks and does not give a very positive closure. It might work in a large dining hall, but in a normal domestic situation with normal musculature... run away.
I don't know what it is about the household that I live in but we wear out vacuum cleaners like they are going out of fashion. To say there are only 2 adults, a little dog and a hamster you would think we had a permanent stream of staying guests as we are on to our third vacuum cleaner of the year so far. Admittedly the second one was just a cheap put-on until we could afford something better but so far we have worn out a Dyson and a Samsung and are now onto the all singing-all dancing Vax Mach 7.
We were that desperate for a new cleaner that we braved the chaos and queues at Argos and picked up this shiny new machine only a couple of days ago at a rock-bottom-crazy price of £99.49 from its original price of £225.00 and I have to say that I am very impressed with it so far.
At 14 kilograms, this cleaner is no lightweight and pushing it around the floors you are giving your arm and shoulder muscles a good work-out, saying that though it does glide around like a dream and it's only when you have to lug the thing up the stairs that you really tell how heavy it actually is. The machine itself comes fully assembled apart from the handle, and all you have to do with this is unscrew the 2 screws provided, pop the handle into place and then screw the screws back in place. Easy. Affix the hose and tools to the cleaner and then it's ready to use.
Boasting a 6 year guarantee and promising "no loss of suction" this silver beauty cant half suck, and dust we didn't even know we had found its way into the path of this machine. Having laminated flooring throughout this machine purrs along on its wheels eradicating any bits in its path, we had already used our old cleaner on the morning of buying this new one but had to test it out to see what it was like and we were amazed at the bits and dust that the old cleaner had missed but this Vax picked up.
There are many features of this cleaner that sets it apart from the competition; the on/off switch is conveniently placed on the handle for ease of use, the "Turbo Tool" attachment is specially designed to pick up pet hair and dirt from stairs and upholstery, the large capacity 2.6 litre bagless cylinder comes away from the body of the cleaner at just a push of a button and is easy to empty and reassemble in seconds and best of all the on-board cord rewind function allows the winding up the electrical cord so you don't have to bend down and do it yourself!. It really is a high class, top notch cleaner which provides style as well as a thorough clean.
The motor is quiet compared to other cleaners that we have had in the past and despite it being on the heavy side the functionality of the machine makes using it easy to do, this looks like a top end machine and acts like one and puts Dyson to shame (in my opinion)
As I stated in my opening paragraph we have managed to get through two other cleaners this year, one of which was our old faithful and trusted Dyson and until we bought this Vax we had decided that we wouldn't buy anything other than a Dyson, but after the research and reading the reviews about this Vax Mach 7 our loyalty went out of the window and we spent with our budget in mind not with brand loyalty. I can only compare this machine to our Dyson and can safely say that this beats it in all aspects hands down, it's cleaning ability, quietness, ease of emptying etc are all better than our Dyson and the price we bought it at was an absolute bargain.
The only downside I can see with this machine is the weight of it, and that could be a concern to some people, Vax do provide a "Full stair height cleaning stretch hose" with this machine so you can stand at the bottom of the stairs and reach up to the top, however if you have to carry this up and down the stairs a few times a week I can see this being a problem for some. The best solution is to use your existing cleaner for the upstairs and buy this for the downstairs! Obviously those who live in flats or bungalows would have no issue with this but it certainly should be a consideration if you are thinking of buying a new machine.
Available from the usual electrical retailers and online at Amazon, prices will vary depending on where you go, Amazon are selling this machine for £99.99 which is an outstanding price and to me is an essential addition to our household cleaning routine now.
Definitely recommended by me and fully deserving 5/5 Dooyoo stars, the 6 year guarantee that comes with the machine gives peace of mind in not only its build quality but also the performance of the machine, of course normal wear and tear items such as the belt, filters and brushes are not included in the guarantee but general repairs are and a local-rate telephone number is provided with the cleaner if you want to speak to a Vax representative yourself for more information or any general enquiries.
This was our bargain from the sales and im keeping my fingers crossed it will provide a good few years service and not be like the other machines we have managed to wear out!
Thanks for reading.
After my much loved Electrolux ceased to exist last week I desperately needed a new vacuum cleaner. Our first choice was to buy a Dyson but they are so expensive. So I had a look round on the net and saw some great reviews for this machine. We decided to buy one because all the reviews were saying how great it is.
I bought mine from Comet and if you reserve it online it costs £99. The instore price is £149 and the normal selling price is £249. You can also get the it delivered to your home for £5.95 if you order it online, but as we have a Comet store in the town I decided just to go and pick it up.
The box it comes in is quite big, but it did fit in my little Fabia on the back seat, there's no way it would fit in the boot though. It is also quite heavy so the shop assistant kindly brought it out to the car for me aswell.
When I got it home and opened the box I was quite surprised at how easy it is to put it together. there are two screws on the top of the main part of the cleaner which you have to do undo, you take off the cardboard notice and fix the handle on. It is quite stiff to push in, but you are actually connecting the electrics up aswell, so after a good shove it clicks in really well. You then put the screws back in and it's ready to go.
The machine is very nice looking. All black with chrome effect buttons and there is even a headlight on the front of the vacuum. Not too sure why it is there, but it looks quite funky! It says on the front that it uses wind tunnel technology, and the brushes certainly spin round quickly.
I was very surprised at how well the machine picks up, considering it is only a 1500 watt. It is definitely better than my Electrolux which was a 1600 and my Dyson which gave up the ghost years ago. I also got a 6 year guarentee with the Vax which is a year longer than Dyson are offering at the moment, you have to register your purchase within a month for it to be valid.
The Mach 7 comes with a plethera of tools all of which are very good and it doesn't lose suction at all when they are used. You get a brilliant stair cleaning tool, which has it's own brush in it and it picks every last bit of fluff up. You don't have to balance the hoover on the stairs either because the hose reaches from the bottom to about three stairs down in my house, and then I just take the hoover upstairs and do the last three from the top down. It comes with two pipes and a crevace tool and also a great attachment for cleaning the floors which turns the machine into a pull around.
This Vax is bagless and emptying it couldn't be easier. You just click off the chamber and push the button at the bottom. All the contents fall into the bin, it couldn't be easier. There is HEPA filter aswell, which is a lifetime filter and you just wash it when it becomes dirty, let it dry and pop it back into the machine. I love that the cord is an auto rewind one so no more messing on after the hoovering is finished, you just push a button and away it whizzes.
You can use this vacuum cleaner on all floors and it is also suitable for pet hair. The only downside I have found with it, is that the machine is quite heavy to push around, but I quite like this as it feels very sturdy and great quality.
I really would recommend this machine to anyone. I definitely think it is better than my previous Dyson on all counts and certainly better than my Electrolux. Considering the amount of money I paid for it, I feel I got a great bargain and I am pleased I didn't spend a fortune on another Dyson.
This vacuum cleaner is great - the suction is amazing - it glides around my carpets with such ease and is brilliant on cushion floor and kitchen tiles. A quick flick on the dial allows the height to be changed from carpet, whether it is deep pile carpet or short carpet, to cushion floor or whatever type of flooring you have.
The only drawback with this cleaner is the weight - it is really quite heavy and bulky and I find it quite difficult to carry up and down the stairs in my house - I really think this weight is unnecessary and it could be made a lot lighter.
So if you are looking for a vacuum cleaner that has brilliant suction whatever flooring you have then this is the vacuum for you!
I have had several vacuum cleaners in the past all of which have lost their suction within weeks/months but this has a 6 year guarantee with it so fingers crossed with this one - I am very optimistic this one will not lose suction!
After some deliberation about what make and model I cashed my DooYoo earnings in on the Vax Mach 7 and I'm so glad I did.
Now, my initial thought was 'It sounds more like a razor than a vacuum cleaner.' Which it does but this merely refers to the model of the Vax, the latest I hasten to add, in a long lineage of dirt busting machinery.
The box arrived, more than a metre high and weighing at a baby elephant I did wonder if this was the right product for me. At 10.47 kg it is heavy but the cleaning power outweighs the excess weight.
I opened the box to find the smaller items in moulded polystyrene and surrounding the detached handed with the main body of the machine in the box below.
The parts were easy to put together and instruction not really required, a Phillips head screwdriver, two screws (provided) and a minute later the machine was ready to go. It is the handle which must be slotted into place and secured before use. When erected it stands at 1.12 metres in height which should be comfortable for most people.
The Mach 7 looks quite mean in dark graphite with chrome buttons but the chrome is pretty cheap looking though it works well enough aesthetically. It is a dark and broody looking machine and it even features a light which illuminates the floor ahead for ill lit places, rather like Batmans searchlight, seeking out the dirt and brutally dealing with it!
The machine features multi-cyclonic vacuum cleaning which has no loss of suction due to the clever design. Also wind-tunnel technology which apparently improves suction. With 1500w giving great power to propel the cleaning beast of the Mach 7.
Turbo tools, handy for pet hairs, awkward nooks and crannies like stairs and corners and for upholstery too. It's a 2 in 1 upholstery and brush tool plus there's a crevice tool
A 2.6 litre dirt bin capacity, this is the clear cylindrical shape at the front which holds all the grit and grime you vacuum up, easily emptied with just a simple push button release and then a twist to remove the lid before emptying. Very simple and lightweight. Bagless means no further outlay when it gets full, a money saving feature.
Push button cord rewind, again very simple unless the cord is kinked. Simple chrome button which when depressed will reel the cord back and when released will stop.
Brush bar on or off control for different cleaning surfaces. Also a height wheel which helps raise or lower the machine as required
Long lasting HEPA filters, no need for replacements.
Long stretch hose to reach the whole stairs whilst the machine remains on the ground floor, allowing you to clean without the extra weight. I can testify that it reaches, even on my cornered stairs and reaches the next floor landing with ease. 8.5 metres of hose length in total.
The suction claims are highly promising on the all packaging and it's genuinely accurate. I have cream carpets, entirely compromised by my devilish twins and yet with the first use the power brush on it's lowest setting did absolute wonders in returning my carpet close to it's former glory. The shade brightened, the dirt bin was full and my carpet was vastly, visibly improved.
The lowest setting for the vacuum combined with the brush setting gives the machine greater drag, seemingly increasing the weight but wonderfully increasing the cleaning power. It cleans edge to edge too for best results.
It only cleans dry surfaces, but frankly with the strength of this vacuum cleaner dry cleaning who needs it. It will clean carpets and hard floors which makes it a handy gadget to have the house.
My purchase was on Amazon at a very reasonable £99.99 but you can also find it at Argos at £199.99 and Tesco at the same price.
There's a 6 year guarantee on the Mach 7 and you don't even have to take it back to the store, you just call the customer services number provided and they'll deal with it and send you the parts by post generally.
For me it's the best vacuum cleaner I've ever had. My carpets are by far cleaner than my last machine could muster and I have faith in this machine lasting a long time, further strengthened by the 6 year guarantee and I think my carpets will last, cleaned and brighter than we would otherwise expect.
The only blemish on this otherwise rave review is the weight of the machine, far from ideal for some and therefore lowering the rating for ease of use.
Oh that James Dyson is a clever cookie! Now that he is more than sixteen years down the line with the most technological vacuum principle on the market, his original patent for his G-Force cyclone vacuum came to the UK launched DC01 with the same Dual Cyclone principle has meant that the original patent can now be bought by license by other manufacturers who are on catch up mode. What does this mean to you? The end of cleaning out endless filters when it comes the time to empty? Not quite. But the most important aspect is the fact that the new Mach series by Vax is a range of six upright vacuum models designed to offer the same 100% suction regardless of whether the bin is full of dust. Vax have been here before however, in the vein of the "Zero/Z" vacuums which were brought to the UK two years ago. Based around their older models however the Zero models use the same copied idea on Dyson's DC01 dual cyclone but they use older components with very little competitive features that will confuse the consumer into thinking that more is better compared to Dyson vacuums.
The Vax Mach range is however a new model from the base upwards and it is never left wanting for specifications being quite expensive for its top model costs £199-99 but has a few surprises in store. This is a long review.
The Mach model reviewed here is the 7 model, (or VZL-6017) which sounds like a code for a top secret mission or simply a flight somewhere. It has a few nifty touches, some of which I welcome and some of which I don't. In lieu of the Dyson DC14 I was initially using (brilliant but bulky) the Mach 7 has a surprising inclusion of an auto retracting 8 metre power cord, despite companies' persistence for buyers to consider cylinder vacuums for this very addition of the said cord. Amongst the set integral flush mini turbo brush ideal for picking up threads, stair cleaning and pet hair, the Mach 7 comes with a wealth of features that are purposefully designed for everyday cleaning including a pet hair brush. It features a 1500 watt motor compared to Dyson's DC14 Animal which is equally priced and features similar if not slightly better specifications even if the Dyson is 100 watts down with 1400 watts. From the box all you need to do is screw in the handle to the top of the machine and away you go!
In terms of its design if you don't like black, don't look back. The Mach 7 is unashamedly painted in black and grey matt plastic, shiny from some angles (although the shine has lost its gleam in less than a week) and the words "Windtunnel," adorn the main flank of the bin, to show that the "Zero" suction principle perhaps has been updated. In reality however it's the same branding that Hoover in the U.S have used for years (infact both machines are the same because they are now owned by TT Industries of China), and which is probably one of the reasons to why it has an automatic rewinding power cord, a larger bin capacity of 2.6 litres to capture all that dirt, lazy-assed lifetime filtration claims and other promises of having to clean no filters on this model.
In terms of its outward design most things such as the hose and tools are readily accessible even if the universal design appears to be very wide and bulky. Much as I love Vax's design here, a Dyson upright is so much easier without having to bend down to adjust the floor head on the carpet each time you go from room to room. However as the Vax has this principle, it is disappointing that despite its stretch "Extra Reach," hose, pulling the Vax with you whilst using the hose can be a heavy experience, more so when lifting the vacuum - it is extremely heavy - at 10kg. The Extra reach hose is another hose which clips onto the main hose of the Mach 7 and is very welcome for extra length, particularly if cleaning away from the upright at the time of cleaning or going for gold and doing the stairs without worry that the vacuum is going to fall over.
In terms of tools, I found the quality has improved. A square upholstery brush has been included which has a 2 way purpose; slide the brush off and it becomes a non-brushed upholstery tool, slide the part back on and it now acts as a small dust brush. Two plastic extension tubes are also supplied as well as a crevice tool - and the quality of the tools in general are made with a much better feeling of plastic compared to Vax tools of the past. One surprise however is that the Mach 7 comes with a main parquet floor brush tool which gives some lee way into using the hose and the tool for cleaning hard floors. Use with the hose and its surprising to find that the Mach 7 will not topple over - the hose has been built in from the middle half of the rear of the vacuum (when fully pulled out) which is welcome on an upright vacuum - and all sections of the hose are removable to inspect for clogs. A beater bar stop function (visible by stepping on the silver chrome plated pedal at the bottom of the vacuum by the main floor head) means that it is possible to clean hard floors without having to use the hose and smaller hard floor tool - although it is welcome, if say you have a double landing of stairs and they happen to have laminate down instead of carpeting. An indicator light shows in red LED's if the brush has been turned off, whilst when put back up into the upright position, the brush bar will naturally turn off, again indicating by showing the red LED.
One of things I do approve about the Mach 7 however is the suction principle. If not for Dyson, the filter shroud is very similar and has the same kind of perforations you would find on a Dyson DC01. Just like the latter I found it really easy to ignore the bin when the Vax just kept picking up dirt room after room. The suction is incredible on this machine as a result and proves to a point that the Windtunnel technology/Zero suction principle works just as well as the old and original Dyson DC01; the only difference compared to my DC01 is that the suction from the Mach 7 through the hose is equally as strong and unwavering. Edge to edge cleaning is also possible on both sides of the Mach 7 whilst a see through floor head ensures that the owner knows exactly what condition the moving brush is in if say for example, hair or visible threads have wrapped themselves around the brush.
Another advantage is that the handle is of a looped design so you can hang onto the Vax a la Oreck's helping handle rather than having to rest your hand on a more traditional handle; the on switch is also handily located at the top and is painted in silver which at best is easy to locate. Ploughing through carpets can be a back breaking exercise however and this is more evident from the highest setting for the main brush roll. However the handle is also bent at an angle towards the cleaner which means steering and handling isn't matched to the heavy weight of the vacuum - carrying it reveals the weight whilst using it reveals a better gliding nature even if the motor is noisy and can't be reduced in suction or sound.
Externally and in use the downsides of the Mach 7 are more difficult to spot. Bearing in mind that Dyson's similarly priced DC14 has Root cyclones compared to the Vax's copied dual cyclone idea, it seems rather expensive to pay out for a Vax of this design even though Dyson has a wealth of other machines on offer at the same price and have increased cyclones for longevity of better performance and less actual cyclone cone clogging.
Emptying the Mach 7 is similar to most modern Dyson uprights as well; the whole bin assembly unlocks from the top and there's a bottom trapdoor button to release the dirt. Then if you must clean the filter holes if they are visibly clogged, the top bin can be unlocked which has the main cyclone filter pulling away from the main bin. No matter whether I was putting it into a black bin liner or similar, I found emptying the Vax just as messy as I have done with Dyson vacuums; once the trapdoor is closed over there is always some dust and dirt on the floor when the mechanism locks up! Despite escaping dirt, emptying the Mach 7 is quite an easy operation to do even if there is slight twisting to be done on the top lid to get into the main cyclone. A further carbon filter is located at the top inside the bin assembly before the dirt bin can be put back in and this should be washed and allowed to air dry for 24 hours before installing; this is a very welcomed filter as it doesn't allow the smell of bad odours to seep into the rooms whilst I use the Mach 7. A further HEPA filter is located at the bottom of the bin area just above the motor and, just like Dyson it's a question of simply pulling it out of its tray to inspect it. So for most owners worried about allergens escaping from their vacuum, the Mach 7 already has the all important high efficiency particulate air filter even though it is not washable, it is designed to last a "lifetime." Time will tell!
Sadly however there is a downside to the Mach 7 and it is revealed internally. It takes no less than 6 screws to undo the floor plate if your Mach 7 should ever have a broken belt, and sadly even if Vax wish to claim for reasons of a longer lasting use and ownership, this is an upright vacuum which uses TWO drive belts. This means that whilst you have to pull out the rotary brush, a drive belt has to be undone from the motor pulley before the other drive belt is installed. What a pity for what seems to be an easy and quick to access upright vacuum cleaner which has been designed for everyday use should ever have this time consuming maintenance problem.
To boot this seems to be the Achilles Heel for the Mach 7. Aptly named, the Vax is an excellent all rounder, able to clean up quickly and easily with the extra reach hose, good quality plastic tools and welcomed additional tools such as mini pet hair brush and that larger parquet brush for hard flooring. Tie in the beater bar stop function, a powerful headlight that gets into the corners, superb suction and offering consumers a general positive peace of mind, the only slight disadvantage is faffing about with a screwdriver and drive belt hell when the belts go, a heavy weight when carrying and a loud motor.
Despite the cost of bags, its no wonder I'm slow on the uptake of bagless cyclonic vacuums, because ultimately its about time companies moved with the times and produced something a little quieter than a jet plane taking off. Great for cleaning in larger homes though the Vax deserves to do well, but for the more sensitive of ears, I'll stick to my Sebo and Miele vacuums; even if they do use bags! Thanks for reading.©Nar2 2008
Short name: Vax VZL-6017