Having recently broken my previous vacuum (Dyson), i've had to resort to borrowing my mother in laws Vax Mach 6.
I was surprised with just how heavy the vacuum is, and pity anyone who has stairs to hoover, thankfully i live on in a flat, although i am on the first floor, my partner had to do the heavy lifting ... and carrying the hoover five streets before he reached home with it.
Putting aside my surprise at the weight of the vacuum, i immediately set to work on my sitting room floor carpet which was covered in pet hair, dust and plaster dust after recent work (the plaster repair is what killed my dyson, the wall fell on it.), i was cautious at first, i swept as much of the carpet as i could, making sure any bits of plaster bigging than a 5p piece were picked up by the dustpan and brush and not the vacuum.
Hoovering the sitting room was straight forward and i have to admit, i have never seen my carpet look so good, not even when i bought it new 4 years ago, i was very impressed.
However, i had the passage to hoover next and turning the vacuum around, i set off down the passage, except i didn't get more than 2cm because of how heavy and difficult it was to push the vacuum across the passage carpet.
The carpet in the passage is different to the one in the sitting room and much newer, it is thicker and a pain to hoover on any day as its a magnet for collecting the cats fur and general dust.
I tried turning off the brush on the vacuum but still i struggled with hoovering the passage, so i gave it up as a lost cause and demanded my partner do the job himself, now, he is a nice strong man, and even he struggled but he managed to get the passage done.
The thingy (someone please tell me what its actual name is!) that holds the dust and dirt and what not, needed emptied twice when doing the sitting room, but do take into account that the sitting room carpet was in desperate need of a good vacuum, i think on a daily basis of hoovering you'd probably only need to empty once per room (my sitting room is 16ft x13ft to give you an idea of the size)
The overall result of the passage was not as impressive as the sitting room and as i think about the weight of vacuum makes it far to difficult for me to invest £180 in this vacuum, i would not recommend this product to anyone who is not very, very, very, very strong.
On the brightside, the attachments that come with the vacuum are pretty cool for doing the furniture and curtains but its not worth £180+.
I have owned this vacuum for 3 months now after my last Vax died after 6 years. I was really happy with the lifespan of the last one, and was confident in buying another vax. However- I chose this particular design because it also looked very similar to Dyson models.
It's upright and the handle (telscopic) is comfortable and ergonomic- however it does feel unequal weight wise when pushing it around, but this makes sense when using the stretch hose to clean the stairs- the machine is well weighted down and doesn't tip over when pulling on the hose.
Another good design feature is that the cord retracts within the machine making storage easy, and cleaning easier as there are no lose wires in the way. The tools all fit on well and secure- especially the turbo tool which is excellent at picking up pet hair. You can be quite rough with the tools and they on't come off the nozzle which is excellent when removing stubborn dust, hair and dirt. All these extra tools fit on the machine itself making it easy to store all together.
I haven't used the hard floor tool, I find the nozzle works fine on all surfaces. I dont see the point of the turn the brush bar off and on function is either as it makes no difference to the hoover picking up dirt and dust. And I dont use the adjustable brush bar often either which allows you to hoover different surfaces. I keep it on short pile and it picks up on all surfaces fine.
The hoover is supposed to offer edge to edge cleaning, which it does not in terms of the head. It does though if you use the nozzle, so I think this was a misleading claim. The power lead is very long- over 8 meteres which makes a big difference to covering more area.
As its bagless and the filters are washable, the cost of upkeep is minimal which is a big bonus. Overall I feel its been excellent value for money, and you get a lot of features comparesd to other machines.
after the 2nd dyson packed in we decided that we would give another company a try. went and looked at the vax mach 6 and just bought it.
got it home and tried it out and wow what a machine, i thought dyson had good suction, but the vax had even more, you could see it lifting the carpet up as you went over and the dyson only did that for the first month we had it, vax is now 6 months old and still has the suction from day one.
comes with all the normal attahments and also 2nd flexi pipe to extend the hose out.
did have one great attachment that is really good if you have cloth sofa, attahment is just like brush on hoover but in smaller form and when attached to the hose the suction makes the brush spin round, also really good on the stairs.
hoover has a swicth that can raise it up for different thickness's of carpet and i find the hoover is really good for picking up dog hair.
would defo recommend this hoover to anyone that is sick of the dyson and the many times that something fails on them.
i will say that the vax is a real heavy hoover for most people and can be hard work to lift up and down stairs, where as a dyson feels alot lighter.
a little update as asked....
when i bought this hoover 6 months ago it cost me £150, but machine is down under £100 now.
noise levels aint much louder than most hoovers, after getting the machine onto the scales and came up as 11.0kg. power cord for the hoover is very long and can get you from one room to another before you have to unplug it.
vax is worth ever penny i had paid for it, it is now 6 months and i have had nothing gone wrong with it and no suction loss as to date.
Short name: Vax VZL-6016