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5.0 out of 5 stars Vorsprung durch common-sense, 30 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: SEBO X4EXTRA Automatic Upright Vacuum Cleaner - 1300 W (Kitchen & Home)
Despite Amazon's inability to spell `vacuum' correctly, my confidence was sufficiently high in this product to make me go ahead and buy one. After several decades of struggling with various makes of Hoover, Panasonic and Dyson, all the while cursing their idiotic design and practical flaws, the Sebo X4Xtra is based on common-sense and is the first such machine actually to alleviate my grumblings. Nonetheless, it was annoying to discover, upon ripping open its packaging, that this pristine blue and yellow contraption needed to be assembled on my disgustingly dirty kitchen carpet before I could try it out. Its Teutonic construction, however, was followed through by similarly efficient instructions and a cross-head screw-driver was required only once to attach a brush to the main handle.

Be warned when first using this Sebo -- its self-propelled forward action took me by surprise, whisking me off at speed across the floor, much to the alarm of my unsuspecting cats. But this feature renders it light and easy to manoeuvre around corners and into edges that no machine has ever reached before. Its sensible design has the cord attached near the top of the main handle, thus making it easy to keep the cable under control and lower the chances of running it over in the quest to remove every speck of dust. In terms of its cleaning capabilities an attractive, but impossible to vacuum, striped rug in my sitting room passed the Sebo's power test with flying colours; no other system has managed ever to return this piece of floor covering to its original fluffless glory.

The seemingly complicated spaghetti of solid hoses tuck themselves neatly out of sight when not being used, and its accessories are attached sensibly so that they don't fall off at the slightest bump. Cunningly its brushes detect whether or not they need to be employed, according to floor surface and carpet depth. Unlike my old Dyson which is just too wide and certainly too bulky to reach under many bits of furniture, the Sebo's low head carriage minimises irritating chair removal sessions thus speeding up the daily vacuum whip-round "to get rid of the worst ... "

The only downside to this magnificent piece of German engineering is that considerable effort is required to carry it up and down stairs. Again, unlike the Dyson, there is no obvious handle to grasp for such vertical activity and, to make this chore more onerous, the Sebo is heavy. I suppose I shall have to buy a second one for upstairs.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2013 01:19:22 BDT
NR2 says:
There's a central grab handle at the back where the bottom cord hooks under. Carrying it from there is so much easier than the top handle.
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