Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of vacuum cleaner would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
This is nowhere near silent
My admin person bought this about 2 years ago after I said I wanted a quiet vacuum cleaner at work. Unfortunately, it was neither quiet nor a very good vacuum cleaner. To be fair, she was not to know this based on what this machine was said to do.
It was always too loud for me. I could hear it being used through my treatment room door at work. I used to have an Electrolux UltraSilencer and could never hear that through the door- so I will go back to that one. But my admin person liked using the SilentPerformer and she was the one doing the cle...aning so I didn't really worry too much. However, now it's just me at work and I'm back to doing the cleaning (!) and this is a very noisy machine, moreso when you use the powerhead. So I use the all-floors head instead. The clean isn't as good, but at least I still have my hearing when I've finished vacuuming. This is used on carpet and linoleum and tiles. There is probably a fair matter of dust that is walked in by my patients but this machine should be able to deal with that. It used to do a better job cleaning 2 years ago and it only gets used 2-3 times a week on average for maybe 10-15 minutes each time. The suction is getting worse. It doesn't matter if you clean the filters. This machine does NOT last the test of time. It is past the warranty date so I can't do anything about that. I just don't think it's made well. Perhaps being used in a less dusty environment may have suited the machine better? The extension piece on the wand now gets stuck and is almost impossible to click into place after I finally manage to get it to extend. I am not 4ft tall and I don't want to bend terribly to vacuum! It even has some trouble unclipping at the head unit when I take it off to get into corners. And the back of the head struggles to glide into place on the side of the machine when you put it away now. It used to be absolutely fine to handle - but in just 2 years the ease of use has gone from good to bad. It's very easy to unclip the dust catcher...but it makes a mess when you empty it. I really do prefer bags. It also overheats. And the cord is not long enough - and pops out of powerpoints at the slightest tug. I really am struggling to find anything good about this machine! Basically, it is NOT anywhere near silent. Noisy, in fact. I have to say, I think they lied about that one (not that I have a sound level meter to check...) but it's always been quite noisy. Now, 2 years on, it just feels like a hunk of junk. I think a vacuum cleaner should last better than this. And I don't think it should have the word 'silent' anywhere in its name. The only way it's anywhere near vaguely 'quiet' is if you don't use the powerhead and you've got it on very low suction. And then it doesn't vacuum properly anyway! So really, there's no point to this machine. For the price, I've used far better and far quieter vacuum cleaners.
Purchased in November 2017 at Yass Electricals for $299.00.
- SilentPerformer Bagged Origin (ZSP2320)
- Verified purchase
Best invest in a expensive vacuum
Had this vacuum for only a week & already it overheats and stops working for long periods. On top of that it doesn’t clean my carpet as good as my old one (German).
Excellent Vacuum cleaner
For the price this is a very well performing vacuum. It is extra quiet and lifts dirt very well. We have used ours now for about 15 months and never had any issues with it. Very good all round vacuum.
Started off great...
Started off as a great unit, I think I have had it a year now and suction is not what it was...I got this after a Hoover I had at 14 months old had the filter come off and block the suction. I am starting to think this is doing the same. How can I get a good vacuum that isn't going to cost me an arm and leg and work for more than a year or two...!
Bought this vacuum today and OMG! I had the house cleaned last week but still managed to get 3 bags full of pet hair off the carpeted area in the living room. Great suction even at minimum and needs no effort to push around. Other reviews have mentioned short cord, didnt find that an issue. Happy with it, lets hope it continues to please.
- Verified purchase
Neither Quiet nor Good Performer
Shops urge consumers to post reviews immediately after buying. This is idiotic and I guarantee 90% of the reviews here have been posted within the first month of acquisition. They do this in order to push as many units through the door as possible by people reading 'positive' reviews of goods which have been owned for usually a matter of days.
I have had this vacuum cleaner now for 18 months. It is not particularly quiet; pretty much average as per noise levels. The worst thing about it is that the performance gets steadily worse over the mon...ths till when you get to this stage the suction is about nil. The design is poor: the release switch for wand extension has to be pushed up toward the body instead of the more natural movement of down toward the head. It overheats if you try to pick up anything larger than a couple of centimetres and you must allow it to cool down overnight. So basically it does not do what it says it does on both of these selling points. I would not recommend buying this vacuum cleaner unless you want your life to become an endless cycle of buying a new vacuum cleaner every 18 months.
Purchased in July 2018 for $199.00.
So impressed with my vacuum!
I bought this as it was an affordable vacuum. I wasn't expecting it to be great, however the power in this vacuum has me so impressed. It's quiet enough that I can vacuum when the baby is asleep which is perfect. Filter is easy to clean, and it packs away well for storage.
- SilentPerformer Green (ZSPG4301)
- Verified purchase
We bought Electrolux Silent Performer Green Barrel Vacuum and we really like it. It does an amazing job because when we just moved in, after 2 days we used the vacuum to clean the place and we got a lot of dirt, which we thought we shouldn't have since we just moved in and for sure the place was cleaned properly.
Purchased in May 2020 for $249.00.
On hard floors works well. On carpets it’s good enough for what you need. Would possibly help having a motorised brush head. Have to turn the power to minimum for doing rugs. So quiet compared to others, you can even have a conversation whilst using.
Love it it's awesome
This is the most powerful vacuum I've ever had, and am completely happy with it. Could not believe what it picked up. Easy to empty, easy to use, long cord etc. At such a reasonable price you can't go wrong.
- Verified purchase
This vacuum cleaner is very easy to use, durable and really does the job. It is very powerful, so if you've got so much dust at home and you really need to clean every day, this one's for you. However, it is quite noisy, bulky and heavy, so it is not really advisable for those who have two-floor houses. But overall, it does perform well and it's very easy to maintain.
Not too silent for price to pay
Not too silent for price to pay, this Vac was really good performer till the warranty went on, Literally one day after the warranty finished harvey norman did not want to respond us. First thing they told when we called was to ask us how we have cleaned machine, they asked us to bring machine to store, upon bringing the machine to store. Store always found something wrong with how we have maintained the machine but never bothered to helps us professionally clean the machine. Machine is still the same noisy, low on the suction and unable to perform.
I purchased this vacuum from The Good Guys and they were flexible on price and the sales person was across the aspects of the model. I have been impressed with its performance. I have only previously owned Dyson's and this vacuum is out performing the Dyson for suction and cleaning for the price. Highly recommend
Great vacuum minor issues.
Owned for 10 months now. This vacuum is probably the best vacuum I have ever used or had. It has extreme carpet lifting suction. Only two gripes. The lead is short, you have to move room to room. If only it was even just one metre longer. The other issue is the rear(final filter), it is washable but the two layers of filter come apart after first wash so will need to replace after maybe 6 months if you have messy kids and animals with finer dust. It does benefit from a good wipe out and all filter wash after maybe every third fill especially if a lot of finer dust in the place. Overall great vacuum though.
- SilentPerformer Bagged Origin (ZSP2320)
- Verified purchase
Huge suckage! Not so huge silence!
I bought this vacuum to replace a Dyson and a Vax, both bagless and both absolute wastes of money. We have a hairy household; 3 humans with hair and 3 cats who seem to shed more hair than they own. This vacuum sucks so hard it lifts my carpet up. I've had to dial it down to prevent it from removing my carpet all together. It doesn't come with a powered head so it does require significant strength to push it across the carpet, but I bought a cheap $36 head from ebay that fits all and it does the job perfectly, though the amount of suction still ...means I get a good workout. Combined with the amount of heat this sucker pumps out you'll sweat and feel like you've done a good cardio session after vaccing. I'm not sure if this is a pro or con, but considering I vacuumed the house with way less swearing than I usually do with the bagless varieties, even taking into account the sweat, I'm calling it a win. One thing though; whatever marketing genius came up with this name must be residing on an alternate universe. Or lives in space where there's no sound. This machine howls. And screams. And is quite honestly deafening. While I didn't mind the sweat, it took longer for me to regain my hearing. My kids found it hilarious to yell at me about how loud the silence was while I was unable to her anything apart from the sonic boom of this thing. So don't expect silence, or even relative quiet. This machine is LOUD! But it sucks really well. And you get a free workout. All up I'm strangely happy and would recommend.
Recently, I lived in France and got a similar Electrolux canister vacuum. It was red and I LOVED IT. Sadly, due to the difference in voltage between France and the US, it didn't make sense to bring it home with me. The closest I found was this black version. While a little different they both perform EXTREMELY well. I have had 2 Dyson vacuums in the past and this one does a far better job than both of those in my house.
Previously, I had 2 cats so it is really important to have a vacuum which works well.
The multi-tool is really useful and ha...
Lives up to its name
This is a very good vacuum cleaner that picks up long haired cat fur because of its very good suction. It is much quieter than other vacuum cleaners I've used and the best feature is that it does not frighten the cat! I recommend this vacuum cleaner to pet owners.
After years of basically disposable kmart vacs i decided to buy a decent one. Best choice i could have made. Sticks to the floor and runs so quietly. I love the power switch so i can turn down suction to make it easier to move the head. Would buy again.
Pretty Good Not Amazing
This is a small vacuum and it does a generally good job around the house and an excellent job on tiles and floorboards. I would rate its a average on carpet though. The suction power is not super powerful but it does the job. As for "silent" well not really but it is quieter than average so that's good. Emptying the dust is easy and the cord length is generous enough to easily reach around the rooms at my place.
The performance is fantastic. It’s sucks all dirt from carpet and tiles even through grout is does the job. It comes with excesorries that allows you to reach small hidden places that need vacumming. The most important and favourite feature has to be the longgg cord that comes with it.
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Questions & Answers
How to install?
I bought it before two months. Worked perfect, but in last few days the brushes( suction extension) works very bad. They dont have the power and cant suck it all. Also it started to turned off after 3,4 minutes od work. Please help me, why? It is almost new...
I had this vacuum now for two years always clean it properly after use but now the suction just slowed down after a few minutes. No obstruction in hose or head. Do you know what is wrong?
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