As my vacuum cleaner died unexpectedly I had to find a replacement quickly and ended up with this beast. It is the top of the VAX Mach range, very powerful, not too noisy, and currently on a very good price - even cheaper than Pet and Basic models I could find elsewhere.
From all its features I would especially highlight the 6 year warranty (not sure how easy it is to exercise though) and the extra-long hose which significantly simplifies cleaning the stairs.
Mind the bad review on Argos as it is not very representative (3 reviews one of which is very negative).
The info from Argos:
Vax U90-MXP-R Mach Pet Hair Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner.
* 225 air watts.
* Ideal for pet hair.
* No loss of suction.
* Length of hose 4.2m.
* Stretch hose for staircase cleaning.
* Capacity of dustbin 3 litres.
* Total capacity 3 litres.
* HEPA and antibacterial filtration.
* Washable filter.
* Manual cord rewind.
* Foot operated on/off control.
* Adjustable floorhead.
* Includes crevice tool, 2 in 1 tool, extension tube, stair tool and turbo tool.
* On-board tool storage.
* Plastic extension tubes.
* Suitable for all floor types.
* 10m power cord.
* Multi cyclonic and poduct may require assembly.
* Weight 8.5kg.
* Manufacturer's 6 year guarantee.
Current selling price valid until 22/02/2011
More detail information with better balanced reviews can be found on Vax site:http://www.vax.co.uk/shop/product/upright-vacuum-cleaners/mach-bagless-upright/Mach-XP-Reach-U90-MXP-R