Disadvantages Fiddly filter
|Value for money|
|How much did you pay?||£79|
|Special features?||riser visor|
I'm not quite sure what it is about hoovers in our house, but we seem to be buying a new one every couple of years, having done away with the previous one in some explosive fashion. I'm not exaggerating here, my husband actually did manage to explode one of our vacuum cleaners! One day you are happily hoovering away and then there is a bang and a horrible smell like rubber burning...Another one bites the dust!
Once we got the box home, we found that the cleaner came in several parts, with instructions how to put it together. This was really easy. Even I could do it, and I have no clue when it comes to DIY! Putting it together also helps you appreciate how it all works.
The extension hose is easy to use and has different brush fittings for cleaning different surfaces. It also comes with a Turbo Nozzle with a "Riser Visor". This is a special cleaning brush nozzle which enables you to clean vertically or horizontally, but personally, I find it awkward to work with, and ironically, the brush does not spin when clogged up with hair! This seems silly for a cleaner that is supposed to be designed to hoover up hair.
The cleaner comes with a generous 7.3m cord. This is enough for me to clean all the bedrooms in my house without unplugging the hoover and changing plugs. The only bugbear about this is having to spend ages winding it round and round after each use.
I have now owned this vacumm cleaner for 8 months, and my initial enthusiasm about its performance has waned. The cord has become twisted and awkward to wrap around the hooks after use, but the worst problem is the horrible burning rubber smell every time I use this cleaner! It is so bad that I have to spray air freshener in the room every time I use it! Despite my constant efforts to keep the filter clean and unclogged, I feel like I am fighting a battle I will never win. The rollers underneath the cleaner get very clogged and I am seriously thinking of shaving my head! My hubby says that the burning smell is the smell of my hair burning the motor. He's just jealous, because he has none! Seriously, As this is a hoover designed to clean up animal hair, it should perform a lot better than this. When I do want to use the extension for cleaning up cat fur off the chair, it performs poorly and i would be better off using a manual brush.
In summary, this started life as a great little cleaner with a lot of power, but has slowly deteriorated over the year. Cleaning is good, although the cleaner doesn't go right to the edge of the carpet, but you can use the nozzle for that. Bin emptying is a breeze, the filter is a bit of a pain, and the Riser Visor is a waste of time. I honestly think that this product will not last the year, and plan to give hubby his wish and buy a Henry next.
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