Vax are quite good also, though if they have one flaw its the quality of
manufacture of the tools with rotating bits. The bearings are nylon and
mostly crap and make rude noises after a few months of use.
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Me too, when Dysons work, they work very well until the end of their useful
life. The only criticism I'd have is (in my experience) when they start
getting on a bit, you're better off ditching it and buying new. I spent more
time dismantling/reassembling/cleaning mine than actually hoovering. But
until then, no complaints at all.
On Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:38:33 +0100, Mentalguy2k8 wrote:
We have two Mieles (one on each floor). They are excellent. Their fabric
bags last for ages and are not expensive on-line direct from Miele.
A Dyson rep I know claims they make more money selling spares than they do
new cleaners - try Googling Dyson Spares.
I wouldn't even try to reuse their wonderful fluffy bags. They last
surprisingly well and suction is retained far better than in most other
systems I have used. But you do have to factor that cost into your
A lot depends on what you're used to. If you're not used to dragging a
vacuum cleaner around that constantly gets jammed up against furniture and
doorways, then an upright (like a Dyson) may suit you well.
I tried a "pull along" cleaner and absolutely hated it. The make is
immaterial. My favourite is my upright Dyson, my most hated one is another
+1. They flog the (quite expensive) turbo thingy as an add-on if you
have pet-hair problems etc, which is why we bought it; however it does
vastly increase cleaning power over the normal brush attachment and I'd
definitely reccomend it even in a pet-free house (which isn't to say
that the original brush thing on its own doesn't stack up well against
On Mon, 08 Jul 2013 08:41:50 +0100, Lobster wrote:
My sons managed to lose the noprmal brush attachment and I had to buy a
replacement. Decided I might as well get the turbo one - we have pets,
and I shed white hairs everywhere!
Then sons found the old attachment....
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I found that a Henry on carpet was hard work compared to roll along
upright with a proper powered "beats, as it sweeps, as it cleans"
That may improve things, is that powered or just use the flow of air
to drive it?
We have Dyson DC04 best part of 10 years old maybe older. Does the
job far better suck than any other upright we've had, suck that
doesn't drop off after doing a room either. The cannister is a bit
small but you can see when it's getting/is full.
An electric powered one also exists, but it might not fit the current
standard Henry, you might need a Henry Turbo:
(I'm fairly sure our older Henry has the output power socket for one,
or an older version, and it doesn't have the Turbo branding. But I don't
think newer models do. And I haven't tested the output socket on ours.)
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On Sun, 07 Jul 2013 22:11:10 +0100, Clive George
Yes, that was what was recommended as an upright to me when I asked
here two or three months back. The one recommended (by The Medway
Handyman) was this ...
... but when the time comes I think I'm more likely to go for one of
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Yes, TMH also linked one of those:
TMH recommended the 'James' variant ...
... but I actually bought a wet version, the Charles.
+ Very good suction;
+ Good long mains lead;
+ Good long vacuum tube;
+ Has a dusting brush, essential for computer keyboards;
+ Not too heavy, could even be considered light in fact.
Although noisy like all vacuum cleaners, about average I'd say, it's
acceptable until you get the crevice tool into a tight corner, then
the noise level goes right up.
Three big minuses in my book are that:
- The push-fit tools tend to pull apart, especially when doing large
- There is no means of carrying the attachments around with the
unit, so you're having to carry armfuls of bits from room to room, and
then wondering where to put them down where they won't soil anything
but also won't be in the way of cleaning the floor.
- Like all dog-on-a-lead types, it tends to get caught behind
fixtures and items of furniture as you pull it around;
In fact, these in combination mean that it's not very good at large
floor areas. When my old Hoover upright finally dies, as it surely
will soon, I'll probably get one of the Sebos, and have the best of
No experience of them.
If it's like the Charles, it will have a range of attachments, but no
means of carrying them around with it, though the more expensive James
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They are pretty good but I would certainly recommend the additional
'Airo-brush', it grooms the carpet and is very good on pet hair. Only
downside is that it makes a high pitched whine when in operation.
I have a Numatic George I use primarily for car valeting but it also
gets used around the house. Bit cumbersome for normal vacuuming so we
have a Miele S7 upright and smaller Miele cylinder, the suction is
immensely powerful on both, the upright has a very impressive roller
brush which seems to shake dust out of the carpet before you even get to it:
The upright bags are 6 litres and you can squeeze a lot of dirt in there
with very little drop in performance.
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