Vax U90-MA-R Air Reach Multicyclonic Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner now £99.00 delivered @ Amazon (RRP £249.99) good alternative to expensive Dyson
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Vax U90-MA-R Air Reach Multicyclonic Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner now £99.00 delivered @ Amazon (RRP £249.99) good alternative to expensive Dyson

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Found 4th Sep 2014
Everybody has their favourite brand and will always stand proud next to it...so yes, Dyson is very good, but only if you can effort it. For the rest of us, I believe this is a good deal.

Vax U90-MA-R Vacuum Cleaner Specification

Manufacturer: Vax
Model: U90-MA-R
Capacity: 1.5 litres
Style: upright
Type: bagless
Power Source: Mains
Power: 1200w
Voltage: 230v
Cord Type: corded
Cord Length: 10m
Colour: purple
Power Settings: 1
Weight: 5.3kg
Dimensions: 102cm by 30.5cm by 30cm
Extras: 3-in-1 tool, with crevice, dusting and upholstery tools
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Original Poster

It was meant as a joke, thats why i put "smile" after it.:)

Great cleaner, have one of these for the 3rd floor, a Dyson for the 2nd floor and good old Hetty downstairs.
These are really light and suck well.

I cant see the power anywhere?

Dazzer68

I cant see the power anywhere?


1200W

Original Poster

Just checked, 200AW (air watts)

frankolney3

Just checked, 200AW (air watts)


1200w Mains power though.

Original Poster

Haha thanks, just got it as well...

Vax U90-MA-R Vacuum Cleaner Specification

Manufacturer: Vax
Model: U90-MA-R
Capacity: 1.5 litres
Style: upright
Type: bagless
Power Source: Mains
Power: 1200w
Voltage: 230v
Cord Type: corded
Cord Length: 10m
Colour: purple
Power Settings: 1
Weight: 5.3kg
Dimensions: 102cm by 30.5cm by 30cm
Extras: 3-in-1 tool, with crevice, dusting and upholstery tools

Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to a mac book. In essence they are total rubbish, bad design, terrible plastics and last two years if you're very lucky. They are cheap for a reason. This is one product that has failure built into it.
Edited by: "Argoj" 4th Sep 2014

Got one of these. Brilliant bit of kit.

Argoj

Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to … Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to a mac book. In essence they are total rubbish, bad design, terrible plastics and last two years if you're very lucky. They are cheap for a reason. This is one product that has failure built into it.


You've got one have you? I doubt it. I've had Dyson and Vax, and whilst Dyson has better features, it's certainly not better made than the Vax, more equal quality. And I've found the Vax doesn't block as much as the Dyson and when it does then it's easier to take apart to clear it

Argoj

Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to … Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to a mac book. In essence they are total rubbish, bad design, terrible plastics and last two years if you're very lucky. They are cheap for a reason. This is one product that has failure built into it.



I've had a cheap Vax for about 4 years now. cost £40 and is a great vacuum. bit loud and cheap plastics but nothing is broken. in stark contrast my friends have been through several spare parts in their dyson costing over £100. I rebuke your comment, sir.

Original Poster

Argoj

Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to … Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to a mac book. In essence they are total rubbish, bad design, terrible plastics and last two years if you're very lucky. They are cheap for a reason. This is one product that has failure built into it.



Seriously? 1950 room size computer to a mac? You are obviously a Apple fan

I am no fan of either dyson's or mac's but the comparison fits, read the amazon reviews for people who have owned this item for 18 months or more (and lots from people who have only used it twice!) This one seems to tick all the boxes!

I am writing this review as someone who has used this for 2 ½ yrs or so.
I so separately wanted this cleaner, it ticked all the boxes on what I wanted, but oh, I was so disappointed.

Firstly, I will say, it did vacuum up very well and the attachments, including the air driven tool are ok. BUT ........
Within a short time the clip that attaches the bottom hose to the cleaner, broke and pinged off during vacuuming. This happened again to its replacement. I have to say that Vax were very good and sent one of these free of charge. There is a design fault in that there is no instruction to where the clip is placed when re-attaching the hose to the body and if its put on or slips round, when the cleaner is reclined (as when vacuuming) the clip can be pinched and then break. Its also not the easiest cleaner to use with the hoses as take several steps to set up (opposed to dyson's press and release system with hose already attached).

Several months after having the cleaner the motor had a fault and got too hot, which warped the cover over it and then rendered the cleaner unusable.Again, Vax customer service was excellent. I was given the choice to have it repaired or pay a nominal fee (I believe it was £3.99) to just have a brand new one sent to me. They were very helpful and arranged the collection of the old one. Several months later I had another problem, (which I can't remember what it was now but it was a new problem). Again Vax was excellent and they sent out a new body to my cleaner and asked me to take the old one to the tip, which was fine. A year down the line from that the cleaner stopped working. So bearing in mind that the main body, including the motor, was only a year old, I was flabbergasted!!! This time I did not contact Vax, because to be quite honest I'd just ad enough of the problems with this cleaner and wanted rid of it (which 3 months laters still sitting in my outbuilding waiting to be taken to the tip!!!!). I have now replaced it with a different make.

Vax customer service is excellent and every time I had to contact them, they were very helpful and dealt with the issues promptly. They offer a 6 year guarantee for this vacuum cleaner, which is one of the reasons for me buying it, but sadly its a poor quality product and is badly designed. I would definitely not recommend it.
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One persons review...thanks

Waterboy8535

You've got one have you? I doubt it. I've had Dyson and Vax, and whilst … You've got one have you? I doubt it. I've had Dyson and Vax, and whilst Dyson has better features, it's certainly not better made than the Vax, more equal quality. And I've found the Vax doesn't block as much as the Dyson and when it does then it's easier to take apart to clear it



Owned one!!! I have bought to date a total of four vax hovers. I was a fool and constantly got sucked ( pardon the pun) in by the price versus the specs and stupidly wasted my money. If you think that the quality of these is anything near a dyson then you really do not know your dyson's.

I am no fan of dyson's (I currently have a bissell) but I do recognise quality.

Vax history, all uprights.

Number one would break its belt if you tried to hoover anything up bigger then a grain of rice.
Number two motor would constantly cut off due to it over heating after 5 mins use, ok after a 30 min rest for another 5 minutes.
Number three was so badly designed that the motor vent faced forward so it was always a game of catch me if you can with the fluff on hard floors, admit-tingly hoovering backwards would cure this.
Number four after attempting to hoover up some brick dust after chasing in a cable (me not the hoover) decided it would have an easier life in the place all the dead toasters go, unfortunately it decided to exit via a cloud of black choking stinking smoke. .

Edited by: "Argoj" 4th Sep 2014

Argoj

Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to … Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to a mac book. In essence they are total rubbish, bad design, terrible plastics and last two years if you're very lucky. They are cheap for a reason. This is one product that has failure built into it.



That is why it has a manufacturer's 6 years part and labour guarantee because it's going to fail miserably in that time and cost the manufacturer a lot of money.........not. I spoke to one of the white goods guys in Currys who guaranteed me that manufacturers do not use a long guarantee to sell their products if they were not going to last.

Waterboy8535

You've got one have you? I doubt it. I've had Dyson and Vax, and whilst … You've got one have you? I doubt it. I've had Dyson and Vax, and whilst Dyson has better features, it's certainly not better made than the Vax, more equal quality. And I've found the Vax doesn't block as much as the Dyson and when it does then it's easier to take apart to clear it



I have both. Bought this model vax as it has the extension hose and the wife found the dyson just too heavy. We have a long haired cat that likes to deposit it's fluff all over the house and this little vacuum does a fantastic job. Better suction on the hose in comparison with our DC07 and cleans to the skirting board which the dyson doesn't. This is a fantastic cleaner for the money and couldn't tell you last time I used the Dyson. This is better on the car as well. Best £99.99 I ever spent on a vacuum. Bought from Argos 3 to 4 months ago.

I will look out for the faults posted by Argo but as with a lot of manufacturers research and development a lot of the time comes from consumer use. I had one of the very first Dysons, a DC01 which had gone by the time we bought a DC07 although the hose issue was still there and the quality of the plastic on the DC07 is rubbish compared to the DC01. All items are built to a price so please feel free to buy the equivalent Dyson at £300. Personally I like Dysons. I have stripped them down and they are easy to take apart but they are not without fault. I have a 12 year old vax cylinder which I used for the car and although suction is a bit less it is as good today as it was when I bought it. Unfortunately with most reviews people tend to write a bad one if their product fails and don't bother if it works as it should.
Edited by: "Smartguy1" 4th Sep 2014

That is why it has a manufacturer's 6 years part and labour guarantee because it's going to fail miserably in that time and cost the manufacturer a lot of money.........not. I spoke to one of the white goods guys in Currys who guaranteed me that manufacturers do not use a long guarantee to sell their products if they were not going to last.[/quote]

If in 2 to 6 years you still have the receipts ( a large percentage of us don't) how is getting this replaced (many times vax do not even insist that you send the old parts back) going to cost the manufacturer a lot of money? Amazon are flogging these off for £99 so how much do you think the manufacturer actually got paid for each unit, i'm guessing peanuts and they are not selling to Amazon at a loss.

Then take into account any consumables that you may buy (belts, filter, brush bars etc.) with high profit margins, I don't really see much chance of the manufacturer loosing money.
Edited by: "Argoj" 4th Sep 2014

Well when I buy a product I register the guarantee online and keep a copy of the registration. With some manufacturers i.e. Dyson you have to register the product in order for the guarantee to be effective as that is the terms of their guarantee I keep all receipts with the box the product came in which goes in my loft.

Without a receipt or guarantee registration you have no guarantee unless you can prove when and where it was purchased from. My Dyson was 4 years old when it had it's hose replaced for the second time. All I had to do was given Dyson Customer Services my name and address and my warranty was stored on their database. The hose has since failed again as it's a week part of the cleaner.

Manufacturers make money by selling volume. When a product is coming to the end of manufacture they are sold off at low prices to shift stock, possibly at cost. It doesn't matter to the manufacturer as they will have made their profit on all their previous sales. As I understand it Vax assemble this product in the uk but no doubt the parts are manufactured in the far east for peanuts. I work for a manufacturing company and what I can tell you is that is never our intention to lose money on any product and we don't. Occasionally we have a problem and we put it right. No different to Vax or Dyson or most other companies. If we end up updating a product we sell off old stock at less than retail prices. It doesn't matter that our profit margin is less as our profit has been made on previous sales. Companies such as Vax will do this because they are not the market leaders. Dyson know they don't have to slash the price of their product because the brand sells anyway. They may be the best at what they do but they are also the most expensive. My point is that when I purchased my vax is I was looking for something similar to a dyson but lighter. I did not expect it in anyway to out perform a dyson for a third of the cost but it does do that in some ways. It's all a question of what you get for your money and at a third of the price of the equivalent lightweight dyson it is extremely good value. If it breaks in a years time I will still be happy as I have the back up of a 6 year guarantee that I registered when I purchased the product.

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Your unique registration code is: 2******1.

Guarantee details

Please print a copy and keep it in a safe place with your proof of purchase, as you will need these should you need to contact us.

Registration code: 2******1
Model Number: Air Reach Upright Vacuum Cleaner U90-MA-R
Serial Number: 11130364020614******
Guarantee Duration: 6 year
Date of Purchase: 12/04/2014
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DONT BUY! I'm on my 4th VAX in about 2 years.. They're awful..!

Nice to see the Dyson gullible here defending their over hyped ... over priced junk.

ScorchingHot

DONT BUY! I'm on my 4th VAX in about 2 years.. They're awful..!



That bad but you keep getting them. Well done

Argoj

Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to … Comparing this to a dyson is like comparing a room sized 1950 computer to a mac book. In essence they are total rubbish, bad design, terrible plastics and last two years if you're very lucky. They are cheap for a reason. This is one product that has failure built into it.



Would that be similar to this?

engadget.com/201…ll/

Had one for a year now...not bad but far from perfect...just as good as Dysons in many respects but build quality and attachments let this cleaner down...my hose broke within two weeks...filters block very easily and need regular maintenance...motor gets pretty hot new...but saying all that...it does a half decent job when it's working...it's light...sucks well...picks up tiniest bits of dirt...but it has its probs...

I too went for something light and sucks well.

Vax are getting better and better...they are on the up and up....this cleaner is really good cos I bought one for my neighbour...I was surprised at how more suction it has and how light it is...and when you throw in a 6 year warranty then for £99 it's a no brainer....I've had Dysons in the past (all gave me motor trouble) these Vax new models will give take Dyson to the cleaners!

We have one of these. The 6 yr guarantee was a factor in buying it.
Had it almost 4 yrs now and not a single problem with it...... and seeing as we have a dog, the Vax doesn't get an easy life.
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