Firstly I must say I am the kind of person who will spend weeks (sometimes more!) researching an item before I decide to buy. I like to know I have made an informed decision based on un-biased customer reviews. After initially being quite overwhelmed by the choices Sebo offer I decided on the X4 Pet (this machine is actually 1300W not 1200W as stated on the listing) It is my understanding that the only differences between the X4 Pet and the X4 Extra to be the colour (this one is black and the Extra is blue) and the X4 Pet comes complete with an odour reducing charcoal filter (RRP £19.96) along with a stairs and upholstery turbo brush (RRP £34.94) I didn't actually purchase my machine through Amazon, I did find an online retailer selling it for £225.00 with free courier delivery! My initial reaction when unpacking the vacuum is it is very neat and compact and all pieces fit together easily only needing a screwdriver to secure the attachment clamp to the handle for the dusting brush. The machine comes complete with a charcoal filter, exhaust filter, two bags, a crevice tool, basic upholstery tool, dusting brush, upholstery turbo brush and an extension hose. The vacuum is not too heavy and is easy manoeuvre which makes it a dream to use. After vacuuming my living room carpet I was horrified to see the bag was almost a quarter full! I was absolutely amazed (and somewhat appalled!) at how much the Sebo had picked up! I love the automatic head adjustment as it means you constantly have the most effective cleaning for whichever surface you are vacuuming. The onboard hose is a little on the short side but it is more than adequate for cleaning skirting boards etc (I simply keep one hand on the machine to ensure it doesn't topple over) however the extension hose really makes cleaning the stairs a breeze! Even my old Bosch cylinder cleaner wasn't able to reach all the way to the top without having to relocate the machine. The turbo brush is very effective and picking up pet hair (I have two ginger indoor cats) so all in all this machine is perfect. The hospital grade S-Class filtration is great news for my Asthma too! I have invested in the Kombi head (RRP £34.96) bought direct from Sebo and this will be perfect for my longer pile rugs. I am also looking forward to trying the Sebo Duo-P carpet cleaning powder which has been developed to deep cleaning your carpets and the X4 Pet is designed to compliment the Duo-P product as you can actually detach the hose from the machine using it to work the powder into the carpet! To summarise if you are looking to invest in a new vacuum cleaner then look no further than Sebo. This machine is the best I have owned and I know it will last me for many years to come. I can't understand why anyone would give this anything less than 5 stars. This machine represents excellent value when compared to other vacuum cleaners on the market and even if you don't have pets I would recommend it over the X4 Extra purely based on the number of extras you get! Certainly an investment but one well worth making.
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