Vax U88-AM-B Air³ Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Look at the price ...
... then look at the competition.
I’ve been using mine for over a month and am well satisfied that I’m getting value for money.
Yes, you’ll see plenty of niggles mentioned amongst the reviews across the internet and I can sympathise a bit with several of them.
But for basic, careful non-heavy-handed usage in a two-bedroom flat this Vax is absolutely fine – suction impressive, light weight and ease of manoeuvrability fantastic. Overall design I’d say was really quite clever and user-friendly.
Am not too worried about the plasticky feel as I’m a light-handed user and in any case there’s a 6 year guarantee (plus of course John Lewis' excellent customer service).
• The rotating brushes tend to leave short-term ‘mowed lawn’ tramline like markings on low-pile carpet (though at least that shows it’s doing its job)
• There doesn’t seem to be any way to fixate the Vax’s position so that it can be pushed straight ahead (like the old-style ‘hoovers’) only rather than ‘wander’ from side to side a bit (that’s the manoeuvrability aspect of course, but availability of an ‘opt-out’ button would occasionally be very useful).
• The join of the connecting channel between the removable dust container and the air input/outlet doesn’t seem quite as tightly flushed as I’d expect. There might be small amount of air/suction loss from the slight gap. This might be due to me not pushing tightly enough together when replacing but I’ll monitor and make use of guarantee if necessary. No affect on good performance as yet.
30 June 2014
Very light and easy to use compared to my previous hoover.
04 June 2014
Great Vacuun Cleaner.
I am very happy with this vacuum cleaner, it is both very light and powerful. I do like the swizzeling action as well. Good value for money.
I only wish that there was a way to control the suction as it is very strong.
29 April 2014
a bit like a toy
whilst this model is powerful and light to use, I'm not at all happy with the purchase. The wheels fall off regularly, the hose is far too short and when vacuuming stairs the hose can only stretch two stairs at a time so you have to carry it with you. Again because the hose it far too short, cleaning corners and edges means you have to bend down constantly. I had hoped I would get use to this model but after 4 months and an aching back, I'm already looking to replace it
17 November 2013
Very good product
The Vax air is a very good vacum. It is very powerfull and clean really well.
It is much lighter than other vacums i have had.
The only thing i have found difficult are the tools the pipeing is a little to short which means at times i have had to pick it up to be able to reach high corners.
Otherwise very good.
05 November 2013
Small but Mighty!
Purchased online, I was initially worried at how small it was; it is about 3/4 of a Dyson. It also looked less sturdy and robust.
I need not have panicked; as soon as I plugged the little blighter in, I was amazed at the power! Fabulous suction; spotless carpets. I love it!
Going back to the Dyson comparison (of which, I've had 3; they don't last) this thing is 1/3 of the price; I can have a new one of these every 2 years and still be in pocket!
I like the transparent brushbar so that you can see if hair etc is wrapping around and clean it straight away.
Not tried the attachments yet, but so far, am well pleased.
03 October 2013
Excellent piece of equipment
I agree with the other reviewers, this is light but very efficient. Compared to other (bagless) brands I've used, this out performs them. Even the swivel head is easy to use and very useful for awkward spaces. The 2l bin is not what I'm used to but hey, you have to empty any bin regardless of size regularly to maintain efficiency levels.
And you can't argue with 6 years guarantee! Well pleased, hence the 5* I've given it.
30 August 2013
Compact but efficient
This vacuum cleaner definitely exceeded my initial expectations. In particular is very light compared to most upright vacuum cleaners. I am 5' 2" and recently replaced an upright vacuum cleaner I had as I found it too heavy to lift, but I have no problems carrying this one up and down the stairs.
It may be compact but it is very efficient, not only on carpets but tiles and laminate flooring to. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats and found it great at removing their hair from various surfaces. The two additional cleaning tools are very handy and I particularly like that the hose can be unattached and used on its own to clean areas that are not so easy to access.
I cannot recommend this vacuum cleaner enough. It is so simple to use that instructions are not really required, but the quick start guide tells you everything you need to know if you do have any problems.
25 August 2013