The Vax is somthing I grew up with as the house's main hoover. When they first came out they were the best money could buy, and lasted longer than most people could belive, our own lasted just over ten years, which for any vaccum is a hell of an achivement. The newer 3 in 1 which we now have (this one infact) is basicly the same design, modernised and still a scary shade of orange.
The vaccum feature is the same as most, only with a bit more power, and an inconveniant way of storing the tools (they slot onto the side of the barrel and get knocked off easily when you move it about) but if you want a good job done, this is among the best to do it with.
When it comes to cleaning, the first time can be tricky since the instructions are more a picture book than anything else, but once you figure it out, converting it from vaccum to cleaner shouldnt take more than five minutes. The cleaning head is not the old style little box this time round, its a full hoover head, only transparent with a tube section. the cleaning ability is the same as it always was, a great job so long as you dont use the Vax AAA solution, its a bit too mild for most jobs, and youll end up needing to do a second round. Astonish do a decent one for less than a quid so get that if you can.
The claim that it will extend the life of your carpets really is true, every time you clean, youll be amazed how much dirt came out, and mow much cleaner it looks, obviously your carpets will still die off after time, no machine can undo constant abuse by size 11 feet.
For a multi roll cleaner this is the one for the job, plus what you would spend on hiring a seperate cleaner would pay for one of these after the third job. only drawback being its fairly big, and needs a bit of space to store teh cleaner section when your not using it (its about the size of a pizza tray and 9 inches thick)