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Lightweight & Powerful - A Gd Compromise
on 10 May 2013
I bought this vacuum to replace my Panasonic 1600 because I could not get any replacement filters for it. This one is almost identical except it is 18800W instead of 1600 and thankfully it does not have the awful concertina filter that is so laborious to clean. I have a 4 bedroomed house with all the floors being laminate or tiles except for a carpeted lobby, the stairs and some bedside rugs. I found an upright is not versatile enough and I did buy a Dyson DC47 multifloor at first but had to return it straight away because the suction was ferocious and not variable other than by a spring loaded lever which you need to hold up the whole time you want the suction reduced - ridiculous! Also, the telescopic tubes were much too fat to hoover under beds with.
So after much research I settled on the Morphy Richards Essential 73294 but beware as I believe this model may soon be obsolete because I found getting hold of replacement filters (especially the motor protection one) was almost impossible. I thought a spare set from the off would be wise!
Pros: It is lightweight but quite powerful; it has a good range of tools which all fit onto the tubes easily and do their jobs well; it is bagless and not too much hassle to empty (although nowhere near as easy as Dysons); it has both variable power and variable air suction control - so no flimsy curtains are dragged up into it by mistake and destroyed; the tubes etc fit together very easily and go under beds etc well; the tubes make up to a good height (I am 5' 6" and it was a very comfortable height for me) but you can use less of them to vary that - I like to have the stair tool attached directly to the flexible hose to give me most control; it also has a comfortable handle. If you register online, the guarantee is extended to 2 years rather than just one.
Cons: the electric cable really needs to be a bit longer to enable cleaning the whole staircase from just one powerpoint - I only have 14 stairs with a half landing in the middle, fortunately I have powerpoints both at the top of the stairs and at the bottom, but it is a nuisance having to unplug and replug when almost through this job - it is just 2 treads short; the cable rewind can be tempremental - sometimes just not wanting to rewind at all without a great deal of encouragement and other times whipping the cable in at the speed of light; the bin does not seem to collect any dirt for emptying as such - it is always packed tightly against the filter basket, which take a lot of cleaning off. This is an unpleasant job and I think maybe a softish brush might be useful (taking care not to cause damage); fitting the two halves of the machine back together again after emptying can be quite tricky - it has to be aligned just right. Clicking the storage hook on the bottom of the combination floor nozzle to the storage hook on the actaul cylinder is not a good idea - it makes the appliance very tall for storing (it would never fit in my understainr cupboard like that) and is very difficult to unclick when you want to remove it.
I did my research thoroughly - especially after the Dyson disappointment - and knew these cons in advance. They were compromises I was prepared to make for the light weight and versatility. I think they are minor niggles considering the pros and the price of this machine. It is very quiet on the low settings and no noisier than most other vacuum cleaners when set to it most powerful. I also own a lightweight Dyson upright which I use on my lobby carpet and occasionally the downstairs rooms if I don't want to bother hoovering under things (the 'wand' is extremely unweildy to use), so with both machines I am pretty well covered.
Conclusion: If you want a small, versatile, lightweight, powerful cylinder hoover, don't have pets and/or huge amounts of carpet and are prepared to make the compromises mentioned above, then I highly recommend this one but I suggest you check with Morphy Richards if they are still making it - and if not if you will still be able to get replacement filters for it.