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Vax V-081 Compact Cylinder Steam Cleaner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Vax
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • 1500 W Steam cleaner with 1.6 L tank capacity
  • Steam generation within 11 minutes, steaming time: 50 minutes/tank with steam flow: max 40 g/min p
  • 3.5 bar Max pressure and variable steam control with over-heating protection
  • Control panel: on/off and ready steam indicators
  • Steam gun with 1.7 m hose

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • Item model number: 1-1-125666-00
  • ASIN: B000AJLROY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Aug 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,403 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Vax V-081 is a Compact Steam Cleaner that cleans carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces. Steam cleaning is environmentally safe, kills dust mites and eliminates allergens. On/off ready steam indicators inform when the steam is ready, and steam control adjusts the pressure. The 15-piece accessory set with on-board storage includes everything you need to clean carpets, upholstery, tiles, mirrors, and other surfaces. With the V-081, steam cleaning around the home is safe, easy and hygienic. Like all Vax products, the Vax V-081 is supported by Vax’s UK based helpline open 7 days a week.

Manufacturer's Description

The Vax V-081 is a Compact Steam Cleaner that cleans carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces. Steam cleaning is environmentally safe, kills dust mites and eliminates allergens. On/off ready steam indicators inform when the steam is ready, and steam control adjusts the pressure. The 15pc accessory set with on-board storage includes everything you need to clean carpets, upholstery, tiles, mirrors, and other surfaces. With the V-081, steam cleaning around the home is safe, easy and hygienic.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
181 of 184 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vax v-081 compact steam cleaner 11 Mar 2006
By A Customer
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This item was swiftly delivered by Amazon and I had several areas in desperate need of attention from this steam cleaner. I have never used a steam cleaner before and didn't know what to expect. This model was a bit fiddly to put together and the instructions are not as easy to read as they could be, but I got there in the end with the help of my nine year old son. Quick warm-up time, and I was away! Tiles first - great job! Not so good on the greasy splashback behind my cooker - steam alone was not going to shift THAT! Some cleaning spray was required as a pre-treatment there- then on to the carpet. Again, the steam on its own is not as good - I sprayed some carpet cleaner on beforehand then used the steamer - FAB job! This model looks good but is a bit flimsy in the extension tube area- it felt like it wasn't going to take much to break it, although the range of accessories supplied is very good - if you can work out which adapter fits which accessory. Good working time before refill necessary, enough for most small jobs around the house. All in all, not bad, could do a bit better in simplifying the instructions and also supply some sort of cord tidy for the power cord.
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191 of 195 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vax steam cleaner 16 Mar 2006
By A Customer
I agree with the comments about the fiddly accessories and instructions, it says how to put it together but not what to do with it. It's trial and error to see which piece to use for which surface/job, although there is a tool provided for everything and more. The cleaner is nice and chunky but I wouldn't want to be too heavy handed with the accessories or extension tubes.
Having said that, the steam cleaner is actually really easy to use and does the job really quickly. It has been superb in refreshing my carpet, mattress, tiles, shower, in fact I have steamed just about everything which now looks and smells fresh and sanitised (it kills dust mites too). The trigger on the handle is comfortable and simple to operate with a child lock for safety. I did expect it to blast dirt off grout, which didn't fully happen although my tiles are now really shiny and some muck has shifted. I have also been using it on low steam to good effect, and have not tried it 'full blast' yet, which might make a difference.
Overall, now I've got the hang of it I'm really pleased with it, it seems good value for money as you get everything you need to do all sorts of jobs and it does the job well.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How did I manage without it !! 5 Nov 2009
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This is just what I was looking for, a good robust multi purpose steam cleaner.
Being the owner of 2 dogs, the main reason I purchased this unit was for floor cleaning, but I've also used it for steam cleaning almost the entire kitchen, cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, tiles, work surfaces etc, and I don't have to purchase numerous different cleaning products, the steam does it all.

Its also excellent for cleaning in the bathroom and cleaning paintwork, it can even be used to smooth creases out of curtains etc after washing.

One tank of steam is sufficent to clean the floors and the kitchen in one go, so no having to stop, refill and start all over again. and it isn't too bulky to store either.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent machine 9 July 2008
By Harriet
I tried this first on the stone tiles in my father's bathroom - very grubby with ground-in dirt, despite constant mopping. This cleaner has lifted the dirt completely and brought these up better than they appeared on moving in - spotless! I did have to wipe round afterwards to remove the grime, but this is a cheaper machine with no vacuuming ability, so I expected that, but it certainly shifted the dirt. I then tried it in the kitchen, where the vinyl flooring was greasy under the cooker and again it made it easy to remove. The floor looks almost like new. The extension tubes don't feel as solid as a vacuum cleaner, but not much pressure is needed as the steam does the work for you. Overall I'm delighted.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 14 Jan 2008
Luckily Vax have an excellent approach to customer service, and are going to refund me (you have to deal with Vax direct) as I have now had three of these machines and all have broken down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken already 2 Nov 2010
By Unhappy
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We have only used this item a couple of times and it has packed up. Amazon just point you to contact VAX, not impressed with the product or the seller.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inexpensive excellent buy 9 Feb 2007
By CMC
These machines just about clean anything; curtains, carpets, matresses, sofa's, bathrooms, microwaves, cookers etc... without the need for chemicals and more importantly effort!

The accessories can be a little awkward to figure out as there are a few of them but common sense will prevail.

Cleaning the sofa, carpet and matress with this kills any dust mites and gets rid of any odours too. You'll probably go on a cleaning frenzy and have the house resembling a sauna if you buy one one these!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vax Steam Cleaner 18 April 2009
Good points:
Good choice of tools
Good steam shot
Large water tank

Bad Points:
No power cord storage
Only one 'terry towel' cloth
Too many different type of tool attachments
Not all of the tools can be stored on the machine (some loose)

Overall:
A powerful steam shot with a good selection of tools. OK for general cleaning around sinks & toilets. Excellent for cleaning your car seats & interior.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Never lasted long
Item lasted just over 12 months, screw top went, and I got very burnt on my arm. Seems a dangerous appliance to me. I brought this to replace a polti that id had for years. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Sd Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars vax steam cleaner
why do so many people complain,commen sense tell s you what the different parts are for,i have cleaned my entire house on aregular basis it is a great tool, i have not found a job... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by falcon54
2.0 out of 5 stars vax compact steam cleaner not good value for money
Vax V-081 Compact Cylinder Steam Cleaner i purchased this product elsewhere but i must say i am not happy with it . Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by philippa37
5.0 out of 5 stars carpet cleaner
brilliant very easy to use light and easy to carry upstairs. Ideal delivery was fast as well. No hassell .....
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by angelina
4.0 out of 5 stars Vax V-081 steam cleaner
After reading the reviews for this product I decided to buy it as a replacement for my old Karcher steamer that has seen better days. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Gideon
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and versatile
Very nice compact stream cleaner. I use it in my bathroom every week. Accessories are good but the extension tubes are bit wobbly so I would not recommend to use too much force... Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Pelagia21
1.0 out of 5 stars Great when it worked!
This was a super little steam cleaner for the 5 times it was used. It heated up quickly and produced a good quantity of steam. It was light and easy to use. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2011 by Cazzandra
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected from Vax
Thought i might be getting a good cleaner since it is made by Vax. However, the extending poles are extremely flimsy and bendy and not the kind of quality i would have expected and... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by lstock
1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy it for carpets
it advertises as being able to clean carpets which in actual fact it does not. the brush head is not good and wont run on the carpet well and the other attachemnts are not that... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by GEEPO
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful machine
I have had several stem cleaners over the last 15 years and when you get a good one like this is you will never regret buying it. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Unicorn
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