365 of 371 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2006
I needed to find a small hand-held vacuum cleaner to replace a rechargeable dustbuster which had never really had the oomph to do much cleaning. I found this product to be more than excellent. It runs on the mains and is extremely powerful for its size. At the same time it is really compact and takes hardly any storage space. With the attachments it can be used for cleaning small areas, such as inside the car, but is equally well-suited to cleaning slightly larger areas such as a bed-sit room, so it would be ideal for students. It can both suck to clean and blow to inflate airbeds etc or blow garden leaves for collection etc. As for price, it is much cheaper than many of the much less powerful and poorer performing alternatives. I couldn't have been more impressed with this little vac, the only disappointment was that I hadn't discovered it and bought one years ago. You absolutely won't find better for the money.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2010
This is sooooo much better than a rechargeable dustbuster! My old dustbuster would half-heartedly pick up a few stray cat hairs and crumbs off the floor before running out of charge. The Vh780 has proper suction and is perfectly suited for 'touch up' cleaning jobs where it's not worth getting out the full-sized hoover. I was also impressed with the blower function and have already put it to use tidying up fallen leaves around the plants on the patio - much easier than getting in there with the broom. The Vh780 comes with a selection of accessories that tidy away into a handy little bag, and the unit itself is tiny and easily stored away in a handy location - I've parked mine out of sight behind a chair in the front room.
Overall, I'm delighted with this wonderful little machine, but there are a couple of things that prevented me from giving it 5 stars. The biggest problem is the filter - it clogs up fairly quickly and needs cleaning more often than I'd like. I've now bought a couple of spare filters, and when one clogs, I simply swap in a clean one, and sort out the clogged one when i'm finished hoovering. The filters are also a bit fiddly to clean - dust has to be coaxed out from between the folds in the filter with a pointy item like a bbq skewer, but once you've worked out what needs doing, it only takes a minute. And while it will handle everyday tidying up of things like pet hair, it isn't very happy doing heavy-duty jobs: I put it to work on a cushion that the cats had been using for a bed, and within a few minutes the filter had clogged and the poor wee machine was gasping for air. So far, though, that's the only task it hasn't handled beautifully.
So, while it's not a substitute for a regular hoover, the Vh780 is light years better than a rechargeable dustbuster, and well worth the money.
256 of 263 people found the following review helpful
I set out to buy a rechargeable but having found their suction to be really quite poor I was pleased I came across this little beauty. It is a true powerhouse as far as suction is concerned and is very solidly made. It has no batteries to run out after a mere 5-6 minutes (in the case of the new Dyson), either! You'll be surprised just how very powerful it is and yet it's so compact and easy to store. It will certainly be used for far more than what I intended - cleaning up small spills (which is as much as rechargeables can manage). It's entirely fine for larger jobs - stairs, for example. The powerful blower function is a surprise extra - I can imagine it will be excellent for various jobs I hadn't even considered for it.
It's very easy indeed to empty and keep the filters clean so maintenance is going to be a cinch. The mains lead is usefully long (6m) and easily, quickly and neatly wraps around the base of the unit, which can then be stored like an iron on its end (it's not much bigger than a steam iron, in fact).
Frankly at the price, it's superb value for money. The only negative I can imagine is having a lead attached but as it wraps so easily around the machine, which itself is so very compact, I can't imagine this will prove a problem.
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
There has been much comment on not being able to replace the filter on this cleaner. I have found a web site called ToolsandPartsdirect.co.uk which provide them. So should be no problem when the time comes. Filters cost about £4.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2009
I do not want to lug the big Miele up the stairs to vacuum my bedroom, landing and bathroom, which are laminated/tiled on the floor - a space in toto of about 30 by 15 feet. Also,as there is little storage space for a vacuum upstairs, I need a really small one to fit into my cupboard. Oh and sometimes I will want to inflate beds for guests to sleep on.
Enter this little dustbuster, which also has attachments so that I can reach the floor without bending or kneeling. Also its long cord ensures I can reach everywhere I need. It is brilliant - really powerful, does the job perfectly. Unlike cordless models it only uses electricity while it is being used and has no time limit on its use, though I suspect it will get hot if used continuously for a longish time.
Drawbacks? I needed help from the seller to figure out how to attach the attachments (duh!), but they are fine once one knows and illustrations are on the box for those who are more able than I am..... And there is a bag in which to keep the attachments. Very handy.
It is slightly noisy, but hey, in a machine this size what does one expect? My cat, unlike cats in other reviews, lay on the bed and viewed my cleaning with aplomb, so I ticked that box as I too am not bothered.
I think in a tiny machine like this, the dust compartment cannot be big. It coped easily with what I vacuumed up and I always empty the compartment after using it anyway, so no problems there - easy to take the machine apart and put together again, also to clean the filter in this case.
AS I have not used it to blow yet, cannot comment on that part.
I can really highly recommend this little machine for dry spills and smallish spaces - I love it and am really, really pleased I got this particular one.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2011
When I first received this cleaner in June 2011 I was quite impressed with the suction, but found the need to clean the filter every-time after 5 minutes use to be annoying. There are two filters in this machine a hard plastic primary filter, and a flimsy concertina type secondary filter. Both of these need cleaning after every use, even if only used for a couple of minutes. The secondary filter is very difficult to clean, it needs banging to remove the loose dust, (not good for asthma sufferers) and then all the dust poking out of the filter with a screwdriver or something similar.
The instructions tell you to clean the filter when the red bar is showing. When mine arrived the red bar was showing and has never disappeared since however well I clean and wash the filter. Every-time I use this machine now there is a bad burning smell so no doubt it will blow up before long. I thought this cleaner was going to be useful for occasional cleaning when I didn't want to carry my heavy Dyson cleaner up or down the stairs. Believe me it is easier to carry the dyson down than struggle with those filters.
When I first bought this cleaner I read the reviews and decided to ignore the bad ones, thinking that people were being over critical. I'm afraid I have learnt the error of my ways. My conclusion - this dustbuster is a dustbin job. Buyer beware.
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2007
What a great piece of kit. We were amazed how powerful this little devil is, what's more it inflated a double mattress in less than 5 minutes. Highly recommended.
89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2008
I initially bought the Black & Decker Mini Vac for cleaning the car, other 'Dust Busters' have proved useless, but this had it clean in second. So far I've also used it for cleaning the sofas, stairs and bathroom floor with great success. The range of attachments is great and the suction power is immense...
I can't recommend this product enough, its fantastic...
87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2010
I bought this for small jobs around the house. A few negative reviews comment on cleaning the filter which did concern me when I bought it.The filter does get clogged up quite quickly, remember though that this is a handheld and not intended for large areas! However it can be easily cleaned using the blow function on the cleaner, just hold it out of a window or go outside and blow the dust away and its as good as new. It only takes a few seconds and any notion that you need a second cleaner just to clean the filter is rubbish. Very easy to use, and very versitile and much more powerful than cordless handhelds. Thumbs up.
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2009
We bought this vac for our boat which, particularly since taking the cat aboard, has started to need something more than a dustpan & brush. Our key requirements were for a powerful vac taking up the minimum of space. This little cleaner is fantastic in that it's small (About the size of a large steam iron) and very powerful. Really great for our purposes. The attachments can be deployed in a variety of combinations to adapt the cleaner to uses from upright/stick type cleaner to upholstery brush and even a pump for inflating airbeds etc.
Reading through Amazon's reviews before purchase we noticed that a number of people mentioned the filter as clogging easily & being a bit of a pain. Unfortunately they were right. We thought if we bought a couple of extra filters it'd be fine but that isnt the case. Our first clean of the boat was quite hard work for the poor thing, lets be honest, but even so, the filter clean indicator was telling us to clean the filter within minutes and when the dust collection drum was maybe 1/6th full? We had to clean the filter 5 times in that first use. It isnt that hard to do, but it is a bit disappointing given how effective and well designed everything else seems to be. Possibly we just need to shift our perception and accept that filter cleaning happens more than dust emptying, then this vac re-establishes itself as the perfect choice.
A number of people have also mentioned the lack of a brush attachment. There is a very short stiff bristled upholstery brush, but a longer floppier bristled brush would be of great benefit. We took one from an old retired dyson and use that.
So all in all, we don't regret buying this cleaner. For a powerful vac to be kept where space is very limited its great - just keep a cocktail stick handy for the filter and don't expect to get more than a few minutes cleaning without having to use it.