My vacuum cleaner review
My vacuum cleaner review is not of course going to compare with the Which Guide – but is my own honest feedback now that I am the proud owner of three yes three vacuums.
This vacuum collection has come about quite by accident. I should make clear this is not because I love cleaning – I don’t. In fact I see cleaning like painting the Forth Bridge once you have finished you have to start it all again.
However I do like the house to be clean and tidy so establishing the quickest and easiest way to achieve this is important!
The back story
So here is the back story. I was a loyal Dyson owner for many years. I loved it but my long suffering cleaner did not. She used to bring her Henry to my house – she found it far more robust and did not have to spend unnecessary time cutting hair, string – and anything else long and tangly out of the brushes. Bearing in mind we have two dogs and daughters all with long flowing hair. It also did not object to what it vacuumed up – in terms of small stones etc.
When my cleaner very sadly retired and my vacuum cleaner went on the blink I rather embarrassingly went off and purchased a Henry Vacuum, the upgraded Harry vacuum cleaner for people with pets.
Anyway I have to agree with my cleaner- she was right. It is robust, cheap and never breaks down or ends up with you having to get scissors out to cut away the hair. The only disadvantage is that it can be a bit of flaff to get out and put away again.
Gtech cordless vacuum cleaner
This is why about a year ago I went off and bought the Gtech – firstly Gtech Power Sweeper. Very useful for in between cleaning stints in the kitchen.
A few months later I invested in the the Gtech cordless vacuum along with the Gtech Multi Hand-held Vacuum . (Ideal I thought for the stairs).
Well both vacuums and the power sweeper have come in really handy and have their place in my cleaning regime.
After twelve months I really would not be without the GTech Air Ram Vacuum Cleaner. There is no doubt about it – not having an electric chord saves a heap of time; much more in fact than you would consider it would.
The advantages and disadvantages
The Gtech is very light and incredibly powerful. My carpets never looked so clean. Of course the downside is that it can run out of power.
Personally, the Gtech running out of power has never been a problem. I charge it up when I finish using it. If it runs out of power while cleaning which has happened occasionally, I carry on with alternative chores for 40 minutes until it has charged up and then off I go with the Gtech again.
Since I first wrote this review Gtech have brought out a number of other models of Vacuum cleaners. They do seem to have really listened to their clients. So they now sell Bagged Vacuum cleaners and ones which are designed for people with pets (like us). They also have models which use disposable vacuum cleaner bags. So this may resolve the one of the Gtech disadvantages – with the roller mechanism getting all knotted up with long straddley stuff – hair and the like which the Hetty, Harry and Henry do not.
The Gtech also has filters which need to be changed. As one of the undoubtedly most caggy handed people on the planet this has lead to me spending many, many minutes watching Utube videos of how to change a filter on a Gtech. (And I am not someone who generally passes the time watching Utube videos – so that tells you something).
The Gtech – saves time
However despite these disadvantages I do still really love it – well in vacuum cleaners terms anyway. And the hand held one for stairs and other nooks and crannies also means my stairs can be vacuumed in a few minutes and with no great effort required and a great deal safer.
The Gtech series are great little vacuums not the most robust – but when you are in a hurry or just want to do a quick clean they are perfect. They are also very light. For more information and any special offers take a look at our Best of Web
I always feel that I have done the vacuuming without feeling that I have been doing the vacuuming – if that makes sense.
The Shark upright vacuum cleaner
So how did I come about with the third vacuum cleaner. Well the Shark Ninja I won in a drawer. I must say I was most surprised when I got the call.
Now the Shark Upright Vacuum cordless has a lead and is electric, so no charging issues. It is heavier than the Gtech but still a great deal easier than the Henry to get out but does not have the attachments that the Henry does. It is a very powerful vacuum cleaner like the Gtech but the Shark Ninja is much more robust. (However, I have not had to change the filters yet!) It does also have the tangly hair needing to be cut out problem, but despite that I also love it – and would not be without my Shark Ninja.
So there you have it 3 vacuum cleaners. The Gtech living upstairs, the Henry and the Shark living downstairs. All have their place and mean that vacuuming is not the chore it used to be.
In short – want a small compact and powerful vacuum then the Gtech/ Shark are perfect. Want an all round cleaner with attachments for heavy duty vacuuming, that is cheap and robust – and storing it is not an issue then the Henry is the one for you. Or like me just get all three and you have everything covered especially is one should break down.
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