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.
Much better value and more efficient than some big priced items like Dyson.
We had an expensive piece of garbage than just stopped about a month out of warranty. To even evaluate it for repair would have cost over $100 ("These are very difficult to fix") were the exact words so we went to Bunnings and purchased the Vax and haven't looked back. We had a Vax previously and it lasted 10 years but my wife was talked into an expensive one that not only was useless but also hurt your back. The moral is "if you find a reliable product stick with it and don't listen to the hype of salesmen oops salespersons.
Best vacuum cleaner I've ever had
Great vacuum cleaner. Good suction and it can hold a fair amount of rubbish before the bag needs to be replaced. We also us it in reverse and blow down the veranda with it. It wheels great. Nice and smooth and never tips over. The only negative of this vacuum is I don't like it's head. It's just too simple. Perhaps add some more detail or soft bit on the bottom.
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Plain and simple, and it works
I bought this vacuum cleaner after using the same type at our ski lodge. and because I absolutely hated my horrible Hoover Pet one, which was (and still is) useless.
You can actually use this without the dust bag and I tried that, but decided it's probably better with a bag. Have been working through the bags at Bunnings, but so far no luck, but you can get these bags on eBay for less than the official price.
It's noisy but not too bad, it sucks up stuff including off a hard floor (which stumped the Hoover) and I can use the Hoover's attachments too, but haven't bothered yet. Nice long cord, very portable (I have lots of steps), and it WORKS.
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Good for a workshop vac
I bought this to use as a shop vac/dust extraction system but to also use the wet vac feature on upholstery and rugs. So far i have only used it for dust extraction and general workshop vacuuming but it works well. Yes it is noisy, but it is also very powerful. It seems pretty well made apart from the attachments, i don't like the idea of attaching 3 poles together to make an extension, and the main head is not great. these are minor flaws in my mind because I really don't need these features for my needs. The replacement dust bags are expensiv...e but I think I'll just empty and reuse the same one that came with it....because im cheap. in terms of suction and power, this vac delivers and i look forward to trying the wet vac feature when the need arises.
Disappointed in the Vax’s lifespan
Purchased in August 2016, I had no issue with the Vax until November 2017 when the power cord came away from the motor and had to be replaced, and then the vacuum completely died this week, and I’m not prepared to fork out more money for repairs on it. Soot on the inside of the barrel makes me think that the motor has burned out, after less than two years of only dry vacuuming, 2-3 times a week in a small house.
The wand, vacuum head are plastic and very flimsy, and it’s a very noisy appliance-my neighbours always knew when I was vacuuming the house!
Not overly impressed-I had believed that it was a sturdy, reliable appliance, but I’m disappointed to say that this is not the case at all.
The Wet filter is extremely fragile. It Tore while i was putting it on. I Would not recommend this cleaner for anyone wanting to use it on wet areas. The Suction appears to be good and the hose clip and handle are good, but bearing in mind the poor quality of the foam filter, worry that it's just not going to be good value.
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Wish I'd known it had a dust bag
Someone said this vacuum doesn't have a dust bag. It does. It only comes with one and they are expensive. I wish I'd known that when I bought it. I wouldn't have. Also it is very noisy and doesn't suck very well. The plastic head is too small and feels flimsy. I bought it to clean up wood dust and shavings but it has a hard time with that.
I ended up sweeping up most into a dustpan. I'm really not happy with my purchase.
no frills power
this vaccum is good value for money, plenty of power makes easy going for hard floors and carpet. the unit sounds like a jet aircraft and is quite noisy to operate.hoses and wand tubes are flimsy and the replacement bags are expensive but for under a hundred dollars it's pretty good
Great extension. cant live without.
This VAX 20 litre wet & dry Completely does the lot. With its wet and dry features it sucks up completely, not only dust and dirt but water itself. Leaving a flawless and faultless finish it directly reaches into all the hard locations with its super long flexible hose and extension tubing. Which is great for backs also if u don't like bending. Also able to reach high up features without lifting vacuum or standing on stilt chair as to avoid clumsiness. This is ideal a really great feature and it has an eight metre lead, cord can make vacuuming ...so much easier without replugging so often as it reaches further than most vacuum previously owned. I would rate a 4/5 due to extension, coverage and it really does a decent job to say least. At a bargain price of $99 it is a great buy. Purchased from The Good Guys during the month of July. Unquestionably a great Purchase, losing only one point due to not being a bagless model. Bags to be purchased separately, containing only one.
It's great... except for one thing
This vacuum is great, I use it everyday
But there is one thing I didn't really like & that is the vacuum head, both tube & head is plastic & the head doesn't do very good on carpet because of the fantastic suction it just doesn't move, but other then that it is a great vacuum, :)
Good, noisy, very noisy.
Purchased last December to try and clean the carpets a little and replace my aging Electrolux. Does not vacuum as well as the Lux and is definitely much noisier than any vacuum I have ever used. Performance is very average. Is now a permanent resident of my workshop, coupled up to a tube for catching wood dust and also cleaning the floor. I do not recommend it to any user with carpet flooring. Unless you can remove hearing aides.
Great vac compared to the bagless ones I have used. Excellent suction, lightweight and easy to move around. Picks up cat hair no problem. Only negative is that this model only comes with cheap plastic non adjustable wand which can fall apart while vacuuming if you don't keep pushing it back in. Am considering purchasing a steel adjustable wand.
Vax wet/dry vacuum
The Vax VX40 wet/dry vac is a brilliant little drum type vacuum. Has great suction and capacity. Is also very easy to manoeuvre around the house. In my opinion, I think the only thing that lets down this model of Vax is the plastic vacuum tube. It has a tendency to warp whilst vacuuming which makes getting through thick pile carpet a little time consuming because you don't want to put too much pressure on the vacuum tube.
Questions & Answers
Is this vacuum cleaner suitable to use on a stenciled concrete patio. It has a sort of 'rough' texture, also is the wand very long as i don't like to bend due to back problems. Thank You
yes, this is quite a basic vacuum, no fancy moving parts or things to break. The wand is in bits, plastic, and is longer than my old crappy Hoover. The head is quite basic, plastic, but it swivels around and I think it works well. Small head too so it gets into things. The only annoying thing is buying it bags, it's the one vacuum that Bunnings don't sell bags for.
Frankie, I am 70 also with a bad back. Unless you're very tall, the handle is long enough to use without much strain on back. There will always be some strain with vacuum cleaners. As for the stenciled concrete patio, I think that would be much like patterned vinyl tiles which we have and the vax lifts the dirt up when we use the carpet setting. Hope this helps
How do I wash carpet with Vax?
Unfortunately, we haven't got around to using the Vax for carpet cleaning as we have a separate unit in good condition for that and it is easy to use. I noticed when I unpacked the Vax a lot of attachments for carpet cleaning and at the time I recalled being somewhat confused about the carpet cleaning function. Sorry I can't help but we really purchased the unit for vacuuming carpet. Maybe a call to the manufacturer might help. Best of luck anyway.
Do the vax have a thin head?
The vacuum head that comes with it is quite small and slim, very-low tech but it works well. You can fit heads from other vacuum cleaners onto it which is handy. I'd be checking availability of bags for it though, it's one of the few bags that Bunnings doesn't stock.
You can purchase the bags online . Certainly not cheap but then you can use a bag quite a few times. Regards
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