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Which vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner is right for you?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Now is an ideal time to undo the damage done to your carpets during the Christmas break and freshen up your home ready for the new year.

The January sales are offering some fantastic deals on vacuum cleaners and carpet washers at the moment, with many models at half price or less. No matter how good the deal, it’s important to research the machine on offer to make sure it’s right for your needs.

Vacuum cleaners

Whether you choose an upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner tends to come down to personal preference and which type you find the most comfortable and effective for you and your home. Uprights tend to be kinder to your back during vacuuming and have a rapidly rotating brushbar that grooms the pile while you push the machine across the carpet. Cylinders are often less effort to carry up and down stairs and are easy store away after use, due to their compact size.  Whichever you prefer, there are a number of factors you should think about when picking the right model:

  • Pets
    If you have cats or dogs you’ll know just how difficult it can be to banish their hair from your carpets and furniture. Vacuum cleaners designed for homes with pets typically have a special tool with rotating bristles that pick up pet hair as it spins. Some pet models may also have an anti-bacterial filter to trap and neutralise germs. Look out for models with a HEPA filter if you have allergies, as these high level filters trap small dirt and dust particles, helping to reduce the allergens in your home.
  • Stairs
    If you regularly vacuum a tall flight of stairs you’ll find a model with an extra long stretch hose a real bonus, as you can reach right to the top of the staircase without having to unplug the machine and move it halfway through cleaning. Check the length of the power cord too, as a longer cord will make it much easier to vacuum stairs and multiple rooms without having to stop to swap plug points, saving you both time and effort. The capacity of the dust container can also vary widely between models, so look for a larger one if you don’t like having to empty the container too often.
  • Floor types
    If you have a mixture of carpets and hard floors in your home you should check the vacuum cleaner you choose is suitable for use on hard floors. Some uprights have a brushbar control so you can switch off the rotating brushes and vacuum hard floors without risk of damage. Some have a hard floor tool that you attach to the hose for doing the same job. Many cylinder vacuum cleaners have a combination floor head that has a switch for changing between hard floor and carpet modes, and some models may have a dedicated hard floor tool.

Carpet cleaners

There are typically two types of carpet cleaners you can choose from – canister models, some of which are multi-functional and can also dry vacuum, and upright models. Canister models tend to be robust with large capacity tanks. They usually have castor wheels, so they are very stable and easy to pull along as you clean. Upright models resemble an upright dry vacuum cleaner and are typically manoeuvrable and easy to use.

  • Upholstery and stairs
    Many carpet washers have a flexible hose and tools for cleaning upholstery and stairs, but do check the product specification carefully, as some upright models don’t have a hose and so are only suitable for cleaning flat areas of carpets. Canister models operate much like a cylinder vacuum cleaner, with a selection of tools that attach to the hose for cleaning carpets, upholstery and stairs.
  • Spots and stains
    If your carpets have areas with a lot of wear and tear, or have stubborn spots and stains, it’s worth investing in a model that is specifically designed to tackle these problems, so check the specification carefully. Upright models with brushes that gently scrub the carpet fibres, either on a rotating brushbar or on individual spinning brushes, will tend to give a deeper clean and better results than those with a static row of brushes. Some carpet cleaners have a pre-treatment system with special stain-busting solution that gets to work on soiled areas before washing with the machine.
  • Quick clean, quick dry
    If you want the quickest results from your carpet cleaner and need your carpets dry again as soon as possible, look out for models with technologies designed to speed up the washing and drying processes. These could include heated cleaning, where heat from the machine is applied to the carpet during washing, and dual air path technology, which delivers consistent suction across the entire width of the floor head.

A Perfect Match for Your Home

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

If you’re a regular viewer of Emmerdale, Coronation Street or This Morning, you may have spotted the new Vax TV advert during the ad breaks.  It features the Match range of carpet cleaners, which are designed to ‘make cleaning carpets child’s play’ and stars an adorable little girl (who are actually played by identical twins Keira and Sienna) who makes quite a mess of her mum’s carpets!

The idea with the Match range is to mix and match your preferred type of carpet cleaner with add-on kits that are designed to tackle particular problem areas in your house. These include kits tailored for homes with pets, or those that have particularly difficult stains, or those that need protecting against future damage. By picking the right type of cleaner for your home and then adding one or more kits, you can tailor make a carpet cleaning solution that best suits your particular needs.

The carpet cleaners in the Match range vary from the more manoeuvrable and lightweight ‘Classic’, for smaller homes and apartments, to the larger, more rugged ‘Power’, which pumps jets of cleaning solution into the carpet fibres for a really deep clean. They’re designed to be as easy as a regular vacuum cleaner to use and have powerful suction that sucks out the dirty water. This suction means they don’t leave carpets soggy and you can walk on the carpets again within a couple of hours.

The largest and latest kit is called ‘Pet & Stubborn Stains ’ and includes a pre-treatment applicator and special pre-treatment solution that gets to work on difficult stains before you use the machine to wash it. It also has a big bottle of Vax Ultra solution for use in the machine and Carpet Guard spray to protect carpets after washing. This kit is currently only available to buy direct from the Vax site, but will be out in high street shops next year.

Vax Celebrates 30 Years with Limited Edition Range

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

It was 30 years ago in 1979 that the first Vax multi-function cleaner rolled off the production line, starting a revolution in home carpet cleaning. This machine was the first domestic vacuum cleaner in the world that also washed carpets and that people could easily use in their own home.

30 years later the Vax multi-function cleaner is still the favourite choice in many homes, because of its unique flexibility to wash carpets, suck up spills and dry vacuum carpets or hard floors – all in one easy-to-use, large capacity machine.

To celebrate its 30-year history as the UK’s favourite floorcare brand, Vax has just launched a limited edition family of ‘30th Anniversary’ carpet cleaners and vacuum cleaners, which includes the latest version of the iconic 6131 multi-function machine.

All the products in this collection have an introductory price of 30-50% below the RRP, which gives shoppers something to celebrate too. They also look pretty smart, as they have a special edition colour scheme of graphite and original Vax orange, which really sets them apart from previous Vax ranges.

At the top of the vacuum cleaner range is the VZL-6017AN Mach 7. This bagless upright has WindTunnel technology that traps the dust and dirt more effectively as you clean, for excellent dust pick-up. It also uses multi-cyclonic suction power, which means that dust collects in the container, not the filter, so its filters don’t get blocked and it doesn’t lose suction. This means there’s no drop in performance, even as the dirt container fills up. The Mach 7 is a good all round the home cleaner, as it can be used on either carpets or hard floors, plus it has an extra long stretch hose so you can clean right to the top of your staircase without having to move the machine. With washable HEPA filters and no bags, you won’t need to spend money on replacements either, and as it has 6-year guarantee you can be sure that you’re covered should anything go wrong.

There are five other vacuum cleaners in the Anniversary range, including four from the Power range, which was first added to Vax’s line-up in January of this year, plus the G:2 Pet cylinder vacuum cleaner. Three of these are ‘Pet’ models, which means they have anti-bacterial HEPA filters and an air-driven TurboTool that is specially designed to lift pet hairs off carpets and upholstery, and can be also used to great effect on stairs. A TurboTool is also included on the Mach 7.

There are two upright carpet cleaners in this new range – the Rapide Spring Clean, which is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, and the Rapide PowerJet Pet, which has larger capacity tanks and uses ‘PowerJet’ technology to give a really thorough deep clean. PowerJet works by pumping jets of cleaning solution into the fibres. The brushes works with the solution to lift dirt and stains from the carpet, which is then sucked back up into the dirty water tank.

They are as easy to use as a regular dry vacuum cleaner so are a really good way of getting carpets looking new again, without the hassle and expense of replacing them or getting in professional carpet cleaners.

You’ll be amazed at how much fresher your carpets will look, smell and even feel, as the suction action of the carpet cleaner lifts the carpet pile and removes trapped dirt to makes it feel softer and springy again. 

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 Amazon.co.uk 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!

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 Amazon.co.uk 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

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Do your pets play havoc with your carpets? Over on Zimbio.com 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!”