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Having my Dyson pack the bag a while ago, I was in dire need of a new vaccuum cleaner. At the same time my situation changed and I needed to watch my budget closely so that ruled out me getting a dyson. Instead I opted for a Vax vac because of its price.
The suction power on this relatively compact cleaner is outstanding and I've had no problem using the vaccuum to suck anything from the floor. This includes both carpets, vinyl and laminate flooring. It performns it performs excellently on different surfaces.
The VAX also comes with an array of different head attachments, such as a carpet head, one for laminates and crevices. In all that's useful! By using the right head attachment, you avoid damaging the floor e.g. scratching the laminate floor by using the wrong head.
The main unit itself is not too heavy, so you can carry it with one hand as you vacuum with the other, making it portable in a way. This is definitely useful if you are on a cleaning mission. The extension cord is of a pretty long length, making it perfect for vaccuuming around the house without changing electric points often. Storage is a piece of cake and perfect for small places as it barely takes up any cupboard space.
All the nasty dust and dirt that you hoover accumulates in a rather large transparent dust barrel. This is easily detached and emptied making a a truly simple and effective cleaning. The best of all - no more dust bags!
The VAX has a primary separator' before going into the main dirt container, which baffles me. The issue here is that any hairs, paper or thin objects get wrapped around it, which then catches fluff. Anytime you see anything stuck around the seperator, you will need to remove it with your fingers.
Another problem is that after relatively short time the pre-motor filter will clog with dust. This results in a loss of suction and requires the filter to be washed. Because of this annoyance I have got myself 2 filters so I can keep vaccuuming while the other filter dries. I imagine because the filters have to be washed often, it would mean they would also have to be replaced often.
On that note, you will have to clean the post motor hepa filter then too, but a number of times, it has come off the Vax and in a few instances, leaves dust on the floor and needs to be reattached. Its a small annoyance when it happens and it shouldnt really do.
The VAX has alot going for it, great build quality and especially it being under £100 compared to the Dyson. The suction is very good but there are annoyances with the filters that I have described before. I feel it is put down to some bad design choices, but then again I suppose everything else works well and its at an attractive price point.
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