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Great Suction, Fiddly to Empty
on 17 June 2010
Our old Dyson upright has seen better days, so we decided to try out the Vax Power 4 Pet. It's a lot cheaper than our old Dyson, and yet easier to use. The build is very plasticky, but no more so than your average Dyson. It's not up to the build quality of my Miele compact cleaner - but then that cost 4x what the Vax unit costs. Some minor self-assembly with a screwdriver is required on unpacking, but anyone who can hold a screwdriver will have it put together in minutes, it's not a difficult job at all, and the instructions are reasonably clear.
It has an extremely powerful motor and the suction is nothing short of incredible, couple that with the fact that it has a HEPA filter and that it comes with a rotary brush accessory, and for overall value, it's simply unbeatable.
The dust bin isn't huge, but it is adequate, and it is easy to remove and replace. The hose is easy to bring into use without all the faff and reconfiguration we had to go through with our Dyson (which seemed to be more about form than function).
It has full adjustability for height, and the rotary brush and incredible suction managed to pull things out of the carpet that our Dyson had never been able to touch.
I have two negative points, the minor one is that the power switch could be slightly easier to operate. It's a foot switch, and it's positioned at a slightly awkward position, apparently more for form than function. This is a shame. The rather more major moan is that, because the filter runs up the centre of the dust bin, and had a rough surface, it can be difficult to empty dirt from it. I have had to resort to teasing it out with my hand, which I would rather not have to do. I think a smooth perforated plastic cover over the filter probably would have helped here.
Overall good value, and if you have pets and/or allergies and your budget won't stretch to a top end Miele (the king of vacuums in my opinion), this is very worthy of your consideration.