This is an archived page.
Please visit the brand new We Love Clean blog

Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Absolutely Amazing Carpet Cleaner

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The V-124 Dual V carpet cleaner from Vax is a  big hit with the team at the Absolute Gadget website, who gave it 9/10 in their recent tests. The tester states: “It would take us a lot (and we mean a lot) to get us off our Dyson vacuum cleaner addiction. But Vax has a new carpet cleaner that threatens to run the cyclonic sucker out of town.” They then go on to give the machine a thorough testing on the office’s dirty shag pile carpet.

Initially they struggle to get the hang of the controls, but after realising the trigger only needs to be held down for dispensing the solution when it’s needed they say: “the results were very impressive. While we would not say that the carpet was back to showroom condition (it had gone far beyond that a long time ago) the carpet looked respectable enough to invite guest back around again. Stains we thought were going to stay forever, had disappeared completely in some cases.”

The tests then involve trying the machine in rinse mode only and then cleaning the stairs. Again they are impressed with the results. Even in rinse mode, container after container of almost pitch black water was poured out of the dirty water container. “In both modes the water from the container is heated up before being applied to the carpet and this should help loosen dirt that an ordinary vacuum couldn’t pick up in years”.

A big worry for most people thinking of washing their carpets is whether the carpets will dry out again afterwards. According to Absolute Gadget, this isn’t a concern with this model. “The cleaner manages to suck most of the water back out, meaning that you don’t have to wait too long before you can step on the floor again.” So no soggy feet after cleaning with this machine!

The reviewer’s overall conclusion is: “while a beast of a machine, it is good looking too and really effective as a carpet cleaner.”

The V-124 Dual V is available at most electrical retailers such as Argos, Currys, Amazon etc, or you can buy it direct from the Vax website, along with extra cleaning solutions and spare parts.

Industry rates Vax Dual V as the best floorcare product

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

If you’re in the market to buy a carpet washer and want to know which one is the best, a good tactic is to read up on recommendations, whether they are from other consumers, professional testers or the people that sell them in their shops.

The V-124 Dual V from Vax is one carpet washer that has been consistently praised by all of these groups since it launched last year. It frequently gets given top marks in feedback on retailer sites and last year  the independent consumer reviews magazine Which? recommended it to readers as a ‘Best Buy’. More recently the Dual V was awarded ‘Best Floorcare Product’ at the IBA industry awards.

Hosted in association with IER magazine on 25th June, the Independent Business Awards celebrate the achievements of companies, innovations and people within the independent electrical industry. ‘Best Floorcare Product’ is awarded to the most innovative floorcare product from the past 12 months.

A combination of votes sent in by readers of the magazine and a panel of industry judges on the day rated the Vax V-124 Dual V carpet washer number one in this category.

To win the award the Dual V beat a very strong line-up of finalists that included the Dyson Ball DC-24 vacuum cleaner, Miele S7 vacuum cleaner and Bissell ReadyDry carpet cleaner.

It’s undoubtedly the unique combination of unbeatable carpet cleaning performance, innovative design and good after sales care that make the Dual V such a success. One of it’s biggest selling features is that it has a 6-year parts and labour guarantee, which is unmatched in the market.

In addition, the Dual V has a number of patented technologies including twin air path extraction, heated cleaning and unique spinning SpinScrub brushes that lift embedded dirt trapped in carpet pile to give fantastic deep cleaning performance. Its Dual V air path gurantees consistent suction across the whole width of the floorhead, so your carpets dry quickly and you can walk across carpets again without getting soggy feet.

It’s also designed to provide faster, more hygienic cleaning as it’s got separate water tanks and an Automix system that mixes the cleaning solution and water for you. You can use it straight out of the box and removable brushes mean it’s very is easy to clean.

The Dual V is very versatile too, with a powered SpinScrub hand tool that’s great for tackling stubborn stains, for cleaning stairs or for upholstery. 

Amazon Reviewers rate the V-123 Agility from Vax

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The V-123 Agility carpet washer has gained plenty of recommendations at over the past few weeks, with all new customer reviews awarding it full marks. This model is one of a new generation of upright carpet washers from Vax that have heated cleaning technology and revolutionary SpinScrub brushes that clean deep into carpet pile. The result is carpets that look as good as new and are dry again within just a couple of hours. It’s versatile too, with a SpinScrub hand tool for cleaning upholstery, stairs and car interiors, and a handy CleanSurge button to release extra solution when you need it – ideal for tackling those stubborn stains and high traffic areas.

One reviewer tried out her new Agility on a piece a carpet that had recently been cleaned with a hired machine that had given her a lot of trouble. She was over the moon with the results: “the amount of dirt that came out was unbelievable, the colour of dark chocolate. The carpet was left nearly dry and we almost needed sunglasses, it was so bright!” As well great cleaning results, she loves the convenience of having her own machine at hand to use whenever she needs. Unlike hiring a machine, there’s no need to rush to get all the rooms in the house done at once.

Another Amazon reviewer chose the Agility to clean up their filthy carpets rather than another model they were considering that had some negative reviews. So they decided to spend a bit more on the Agility instead. Was it worth the extra money? This reviewer definitely thinks so: “that old saying is true ‘you get what you pay for’! I am SO glad I did buy this carpet cleaner.”

One lady had such good results from the Agility that their “husband now says we don’t need new carpets”. This demonstrates perfectly how washing your carpets can be a great way to save money and avoid the hassle having to buy and fit new ones. She adds that the Agility is “easy to use and excellent value for money”.

Another reviewer agrees: “This is really worth the money. Brought me 3 year old carpets up like new. Easy to use on carpets and furniture. The fact that the water is heated meant that the carpets were dry within a couple of hours.”

Customers that have previously only used a canister style of carpet washer are often amazed at how quick and easy to use the latest generation of upright models are. For instance, this reviewer says: “The last home carpet cleaner we had was the orange cylinder Vax many years ago – it worked well and lasted a long time but was pretty hard work.” After buying an Agility upright, the reviewer writes: “Just used this for the first time on a carpet in real need of cleaning – amazing. Easy to set up, easy to use and so very efficient!”

Another Agility user agrees: “We used it to clean a very dirty cream carpet – it’s much easier to use then the old orange VAX carpet cleaner! Just fill up the tank & plug it in & off you go.” They add that while the machine is heavier and bulkier than a canister, so you need a bit more storage space for it, “it did a brilliant job & left the carpet only slightly damp… it’s a brilliant thing to have.” Unlike many other upright models, the Agility has a folding handle to make it as easy to store away as possible.

Vax Dual V nominated for Best Floorcare Product

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The V-124 Dual V carpet washer has been chosen as a finalist in the ‘Best Floorcare Product’ category of the Independent Business Awards 2009.

The innovative and award winning Dual V has patented technologies including heated cleaning and revolutionary spinning brushes that lift dirt and odours trapped deep in carpet pile. Powerful twin air path extraction technology means carpets dry quickly, so you’ll be using your room again in no time.

As it washes carpets, removes stains and also sucks up spills, it’s ideal for busy family homes. It’s easy to use and very versatile with tools for removing spots and stains, cleaning stairs, upholstery and car interiors.
The Dual V requires no assembly and its brushes are removable for easy cleaning. For hygiene and optimum cleaning results it has separate water tanks and an Automix system that mixes cleaning solution and water, saving you time and effort.

Rather than replacing carpets you can save money and hassle by revitalising them with a Dual V. Although dry vacuuming removes the surface layer of dust and debris, dirt gets trodden deep into the pile damaging the fibres and leaving carpets flat and lifeless. Washing with Dual V also helps remove common triggers of allergies, such as dust mites and pollen, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.

The V-124 Dual V has a market leading 6-year parts and labour guarantee, supported by a UK based Customer Care Line open 7 days a week.

To vote for the Dual V to win ‘Best Floorcare Product’ visit the Awards website and fill in the online form.

 Voting ends on Friday 29th May 2009, so don’t delay!

Vax rated Best Value Vacuum Cleaner by Customers at

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The Swift Ultra from Vax was rated the best value vacuum cleaner by customers writing reviews at, winning the ‘Value for Money’ prize at the Reevoo Customer Choice Awards is one of the largest sites that collects customer reviews of electrical products and appliances for the kitchen, laundry, living room and ‘on-the-move’. Its awards are based on feedback from half a million shoppers who have bought and used the products they are rating. This makes them an invaluable source of information for shoppers, as they are totally independent and entirely based on the reviewers’ own experiences with the product.  The fact is that shoppers are more inclined to trust the opinion of other shoppers, even over the opinion of ‘professional reviewers’. Research by Marketing Sherpa in July 2007 found that 86.9% of respondents said they would trust a friend’s recommendation over a review by a critic, while 83.8% said they would trust user reviews over a critic.Of all the vacuum cleaners rated by customers on the Reevoo site up to 1st April 2009, the Vax Swift Ultra bagless upright was voted top ‘Value for Money’. So what made it so popular?  Many of the Reevoo reviewers liked that it is lightweight, making it easy to push across the carpet and to carry upstairs. Several comments agree that it is powerful with good suction so it picks up pet hair easily. Other comments point out that it has good tools and is easy to assemble and use. With all these features at such a bargain price, the Swift Ultra really is fantastic value for money!  Since January 2009, Swift has been superseded by the Power range, which offer the same excellent value for money and even better cleaning performance. These vacuum cleaners have high air watts, large capacity dirt bins and HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers. In the range there are ‘Pet’ models, which have anti-bacterial filters and a TurboTool for picking up pet hairs, and a ‘Pets & Stairs’ model that has an extra long stretch hose.

Amazon Customers Recommend Vax Dual V Carpet Washer

Friday, March 13th, 2009

There have been plenty of recommendations for the V-124 Dual V ‘heated cleaning’ carpet washer over at recently, with a majority of customers giving it top marks in their reviews. “This machine is absolutely fantastic,” says one Amazon customer “My beige carpet which has been down 7 years looks as though it has just been fitted, absolutely outstanding results. I highly recommend this cleaner… well done Vax!”  

After using it to clean his kitchen carpet tiles, another customer agrees it is “an amazingly good cleaner” and left his carpet looking like new. While he recommends using earplugs for use and points out that the brushes will need cleaning thoroughly to get rid of hairs, he says “operation is quick and easy, covering a good area before refill”. 

Another user of the site argues that while it’s “heavy to control in small places,” it is otherwise “an excellent cleaner, dries superb, would highly recommend this cleaner.” One customer remarks that she decided to buy her own carpet washer after borrowing a friend’s and being impressed by the results. After weighing up whether to buy a Vax or a Bissell, she decided on the Dual V because of its “fantastic price” and wasn’t disappointed: “brilliant, and so easy to use. As it has movable brushes and heated water, the results are even better than the cheaper models.”

Another customer who also bought the Dual V recently says it “works well for ordinary household use.” He advises that it may need a second clean to get out any stubborn stains but concludes that overall it’s a “Great machine” and “Great value deal through Amazon.”

Electric Carpet Cleaners – Are They Any Good?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

A recent questioner on Yahoo Answers asked for opinions about electric carpet cleaners, as he had seen some by Bex Bissell and Vax costing around £60-£80 and wanted to know if they are any good. 

There were mixed responses to this answer, with proponents for both brands giving their opinions – veronica m and glenys prefer Bissell while Blackgrumpycat says about his Vax: “I bought a Vax upright one for £59 and it works fine.” He does point out that he “can’t do the stairs with it as it has no hose attachment but for all the rest it seem so get the stains out.”

This should always be a consideration when you’re deciding which model of upright carpet washer to buy – If you want it to also clean stairs, or upholstery, make sure it comes bundled with the appropriate tools. However, if you do find that you don’t have the tools you need after you’ve bought the machine it’s well worth contacting the manufacturer to find out if you can buy these separately to upgrade your machine.   

The ‘Best Answer’ to the question, as chosen by the forum’s voters, is given by Tony M who argues that the model you should choose “depends what you need to use it for. In my experience the lower price models are fine for general carpet washing, but if you’ve got really tough stains to get out or also want to be able to wash dirty sofa cushions, valet your car etc, it might be worth spending a bit more.” He goes on to recommend the Vax Dual V with heated cleaning, which has won a Which? magazine ‘Best Buy’ award and says there are some good deals around on this model at the moment. He comments: “It’s got amazingly powerful suction so gets your carpets clean and dry again really quickly, and has a powered scrub tool for doing upholstery etc. You won’t regret investing in one of these!”  

For those on a tighter budget Tony M recommends the Vax Rapide Deluxe as an alternative, commenting that it is a “good, powerful all-rounder with a tool for doing stairs, upholstery, car seats etc.”

Zimbio recommends Vax for Homes with Pets

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


Do your pets play havoc with your carpets? Over on Gadgetman bought a Vax V-026 Rapide Deluxe carpet washer to combat the mess left by his pet cat. “We bought this product after our cat developed a desire to be sick daily on our carpets. We wanted to clean up small patches quickly, with the intention of renting a professional cleaner when we needed “whole house” shampooing.”  

As the Rapide Deluxe has an upholstery wash tool, it’s ideal for cleaning your car, upholstery, stairs and high traffic areas, as well as wider areas of carpet. It can also suck up liquid spills, should your pet have an accident.  

“Having bought this unit, we are very pleased with it, and have no problem using it to shampoo one room at a time,” confirms Gadgetman. “It even finds cat hairs that our “Dyson Upright” leaves behind.”

Vax V-125 All Terrain Carpet Washer Gets Top Marks on Carpet.Cleaner Blog

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

“I bought a VAX V-125 Carpet Washer 2 weeks ago and cannot stop using it. It does exactly what it says and more!” says Ms. P. Laughton over on the Carpet.Cleaner blog. With a dog and two cats in her household her carpet is prone to stains, but the V-125 All Terrain brought up her carpet like new. She explains that they were dry again very quickly after washing and “smell lovely”. It also worked wonders on her composite kitchen floor, which says has been a nightmare until now. “The results are amazing!” 

Mr.R.P Chauhan agrees the V-125 is a good product after using it to clean his very old and worn Wilton carpet: “I got my colours back, it gave it some lease of life and maybe after a few more washes I could get that brand new carpet look. VAX V-125 Carpet Washer makes you realise, carpets do need a wash and you need a machine like this to do it. Don’t delay!”

Graham Alsop is even more positive about the All Terrain, which he bought to clean a Flotex floor. Graham found it worked perfectly on the floor, bringing the Flotex back to its original colour. “Because it worked so well I am going to treat the rest of the house to an early spring clean!”