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Air Force 2 Total Home U89-MAF2-T

11 Mar

Evening all, just popping on to share my latest thoughts on our latest Vax.

Being a Vax consumer tester is a brilliant opportunity and I was most lucky at being selected late last year. I’m now currently on the third product, which is the “Air Force 2 Total Home U89-MAF2-T” the latest upright in the Air Force Collection. This mighty machine is the daddy of upright cleaners and is a lot like the Vax air total that I reviewed right at the end of the year (December the 29th). Saying this, mine is however a cylinder vacuum cleaner, where as mentioned this is an upright. With this awesome compact little device already tucked neatly under my stairs and a mother with a vacuum cleaner that struggles to lift the smallest of crumbs, it was decided that I’ll pass the Air force 2 total home, to my mother! Of course the vacuum was welcomed by mum who really appreciated it which isn’t surprising given the lack of efficiency from her old cleaner. Now… as much a I love my mother, this was handed over with a few conditions attached! Condition 1) she vacuums, while I follow her like a lost pup in-order to comply my note and snap some pictures 2) She tells me what she thinks 3) She doesn’t run me over in the process. With all conditions agreed, it was time to test this baby out.First impressions: Myself and mother pretty much agreed with one another when stating that although it’s a really smart design, it is on the large side, also being quite heavy. However, the fact that this has nearly every attachment you could possible think off means, you can leave the body of the upright at the bottom of the stairs, what with its super long hose that easily reaches the very top of the staircase.

Instruction manual: Clear, easy to follow instructions with words and diagrams in host of languages.

Overall performance: This is 340 air watts and is listed as the brands most powerful muti-cyclonic upright vacuum cleaners Vax sells to date. We, meaning myself and mum, can second this statement! We found it to be extremely powerful, unlike nothing I’ve yet discovered (watch out this can super suck a number of objects quicker than a blink)! Mum almost sucked up the famous odd sock bag and demonstrated its suction power by attacking her own daughter, almost sucking me up and transforming me in to billions of dust particles (really… how childish)!
To manoeuvre the vacuum is pretty much OK, through it is a heavy machine so sometimes a bit tricky to get into the corners. Nonetheless, the many attachments give a solution for any given problem, however big or small.
Extra Long Hose and Cable: Big bonus… not only does this have a great long hose for the stairs but an extra long suction pole to reach tops of curtains and corners of ceilings.

Flat upholstery Tool: This is ideal for giving hanging curtains the once over. Perfectly designed to vacuum without the worry of actually suctioning them of their runners.
Large capacity: This upright has a very large 3 litre dust capacity which means more vacuuming and less emptying… Result!

Antibacterial H12 HEPA filter: My mother has a 9 month old pup as well as my sister and her new-born in the house, so, the antibacterial HI2 HEPA Filter was a must! This is a great filter for those with pets as it removes bacteria and allergens while actively reducing any pet related odours.

TurboTool: Another impressive attachment, that also come’s with my cylinder vacuum and I use excessively. I can see this being my mum’s new cleaning buddy, what with a puppy and growing baby in the house. The TurboTool is ideal for cleaning stairs, upholstery and car seats.

Flexi Crevice tool: Yes funny name I agree, through this craved tool gets down the sides of the sofa a treat, what with its almost paper like flatness.

Emptying the collecting container was easy, and locks back on with no difficulties. Did have small issue trying to work out how to remove filter for washing, finally worked out that I was meant to be twisting then pulling as opposed to just trying to pull it out. Not the Vacuums thought, more likely down to me being inpatient and probably had little sleep the night before, as mum hasn’t had issue removing since.

My mum has a new sheep skin rug and its recommended that you vacuum the rug to remove access fluff when you first lay it down. Well, I was surprised that there was any rug left given how much fluff was removed by the Vax Air Force 2, just check out the slideshow below!

Pros: Powerful suction, array of attachments, extra long hose, (no need to carry to vacuum stairs) large capacity of 3 litres, Anti-bacterial filters, easy clean, Massive 6 year guarantee included (giving peace of mind), removable handle shortening devices for storage

Cons: Little heavy (though with attachments and hose not much need for carrying) tad bulky so need some where to store.

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Attached Price Tag: RRP £279.99 (prices vary from one retailer to another) Click HERE to check it out over on the Vax UK official website

Value for money? This is super powerful, comes with great attachments and a 6 year guarantee! I classify that as an investment that you can rely on.
Specifications
Model no: U89-MAF2-TPower Multi-cyclonic AirWatts 340AW
Variable Power: No
Capacity: 3.0 litres
TurboTool: Yes
Turbo Brush: No
Cord: 10 metres
Filters: Anti-bacterial H12 HEPA
Hose: 4.2 metres
Suitable for hard floors: Yes
Weight: 8.8kg
Guarantee: 6 year guarantee
Other tools included: 3-in-1 crevice tool (crevice tool/dusting brush/upholstery tool), flexi crevice tool, flat
upholstery tool

REVIEW OF THE VAX AIR TOTAL HOME C89-MA-T

29 Dec

As part of the Vax Voice consumer testing team, I’m lucky enough to be given the opportunity to test some of the latest “Must have” Vax products on the market, feeding back my honest opinion to the world (well, anyone that will listen that is)! 

 My first product was the awesome Vax rapide ultra 2, the all new carpet cleaner that rated so highly with us! I’ve now been sent the latest Vax compact cylinder vacuum cleaner that goes by the name of ‘Air Total Home C89-MA-T’.

 When I heard this was the next product to be sent, I was pretty chuffed as this is a vacuum cleaner designed to help reduce pet-related odours & allergens, what with two cats yet to leave the house and explore the outside world, this was ideal. 

 The Air total Home C89-MA-T arrived in no time at all and before I knew it I was lifting my new vacuum cleaner from its box! First impressions were good, the product was lightweight, came with lots of accessories and looked dead sleek (as sleek as a vacuum can look) in its red and grey design.

Attractive design

 I have always used an upright which is fabulous but not ideal for use on the stairs, plus ours is reasonably heavy. I found that when using an upright on the stairs it’s hard work, even with the supplied attachments as it forever falls forward so, I was keen to give this compact device a try. 

 The extra long hose was a dream as it allowed me to reach the top landing without having to manoeuvre the vacuum cleaner whatsoever, so hovering the stairs is a much simpler job that takes a faction of time.

 As for the performance, I cannot fault it! The Air Total does what it promises, and for such a small device it has some almighty suction power! Vax, claim it’s their most powerful compact multi cyclonic cylinder and despite not having tested them all, I could easily believe it to be true! The suction power is the best I’ve yet to come across and even the little man who has Asperger’s syndrome and a little thing for vacuum cleaners gave it a big thumbs up (may sound strange but at least his always happy to help mum with the chores)! 

 This powerful suction power is down to the vacuums filters which don’t become blocked, all dirt collects in the container which is bigger than average and easy to empty, the vacuum therefore never loses suction and you don’t lose your rag!

Just check out that impressive extra long 4.20 meter hose

 I’ve been using the Air total Home C89-MA-T for almost a month now and can safely report that its never performed badly, I’ve never once found myself banging it angrily against the wall trying to dislodge a blockage. 

 As for the pet hairs, I found the Air total Home C89-MA-T removed them without problem! Note, the vacuum comes complete with a number of attachable accessories such as the Turbo tool and the Turbobrush both designed to lift stubborn pet hair with ease, through I found the brush I had already attached to do an already efficient job.

This is a really impressive little vacuum cleaner, that despite its compact size is big on performance and brings with it an impressive 6 year guarantee which allows you to clean in a worry free state. 

 If I had to report any disadvantages, it would be that despite all the great attachments supplied the actual device holds no storage capacity for these attachments! I would also suggest that you remove the extended hose for storage keeping this and the other attachments in a separate box as storing with this hose connected is much harder as despite the vacuum’s small compact appearance it becomes somewhat taller with the hose on what with it extending 4.20 metres in length (hard to explain so added a picture).

The attached hose does add height disconnect for storage (now you can see why this reaches tops of stairs). 

Nonetheless, the Air Total Home C89-MA-T with its overall performance, great suction, compact, lightweight design and antibacterial filters, plus fantastic 6 year guarantee, far outweigh any miner disadvantage of that given above. 

 With this now replacing our usually device, its safe to say that I think this cylinder vacuum-cleaner is the business!

The Vax Air Total Home C89-MA-T has a RRP of £249.99 for further info or reviews Click HERE

Disclaimer: As part of the team of consumer testers for Vax Voice I received the product in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own and haven’t been influenced in any way.

Review of the Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2

6 Nov

Vax Voice

How excited was I when those lovely lot at Vax invited me to be a Vax consumer tester by joining the new ‘Vax Voice’

What a great opportunity to be given, I was made up!

Now I wont lie, I don’t love cleaning, it actually drains my soul & I could think of a million & one other things I’d rather be doing! So, I’m not going to start this post by declaring to the world how much I love to clean!

What I do love is finding a product that will help me get the task at hand done in both the most efficient and speediest way possible. That’s why I’m dead chuffed to become a part of ‘Vax Voice’

I first discovered the beauty of Vax a few years back when I invested my pennies in a “mean machine” the nick-name I have given my first ever Vax upright vacuum-cleaner! Since then I’ve never looked back and continue to use the ‘Mean Machine’ to this day.

Being a mum is a time-consuming job, especially when you’re a mother of three, one with Aspergers syndrome and another fast approaching the age of two. I therefore like to use a product that’s not only going to give me the best results but one that’s going to do it in the fastest time possible. That’s what I get from Vax.

The Product… Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra Carpet Washer 

I couldn’t wait to discover what these guys had in store for me. Well, in true Vax fashion I didn’t have to wait long to find out! Early morning I was greeted by a guy with a massive box stood outside my front door. The guy (aka the delivery man) had just become my father Christmas delivering me my new, ‘Vax W90-RU-P ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ carpet washer. Out came a knife to score open the very large box that held my new appliance sent to get my carpets all fresh and sparkling clean in the quickest of time! My first impressions of my new appliance was, “What a handsome devil you are”

Despite its intended use the ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ was surprisingly light and reasonable slim. ( though this is without the added water). Everything had its place, meaning it was extremely compact what with its removable handle allowing easy storage (new home allocated under the stairs).

Accessories included were

Float chamber, handle locking pin, pre treatment wand & holder, cleaning solution.

I’m normally a really naughty girl when It comes down to reading the enclosed instructions/user guide. I fully admit it! I’m the person that everyone hates, the person who never bothers to read the manual, only moaning later when I don’t fully understand how to work something. I somehow come to the conclusion that me and my new product, what ever that may be, will just gel, understanding what one another expect.

So, with a coffee in one hand and the user guide in the other I hit the sofa and engaged myself in some serious reading.

I Waited till both my elder children had returned to school following the half-term before putting the ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ to the test! (Little man and gadgets together is far too much to think about.)

Before you get started!

First I needed to assemble my product, first was the handle, this was easily done in a few simple steps.

Next up was the Pre-treatment wand that fitted to the front of the cleaner, again with the easy to follow step by step instructions given in the user guide I done this easily by myself.

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 Pre-treatment

I started with the recommended pre-treatment which is recommended for any hard to shift stains. I was doing the hall carpet that has seen better days. Lots of muddy shoes and bike wheels have graced its path over the course of the year. The solution needed to be mixed with water and then added to the cold water tank. Using the attached wand you then spray the desired area.

Vax recommends that pre-treatment is left for the full recommended 10-15 minutes before starting the full carpet cleaning process.

Getting on the job

The ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ uses a rotating brush action that is triggered when reclined which was easy to do with the use of a foot pedal located on the base of the appliance. The rotating brushes ensure a deep clean removing any allergens and odours (which is great if you have pets). I found it very easy to navigate around the hallway and even with the water tank filled, it still wasn’t overly heavy, (I recommend you don’t carry this up the stairs filled with water as this will make it much heavier). ‘The Rapide Ultra 2’ also comes with a hand-held brush for the hard to reach areas. Cleaning solution is dispensed via a number of trigger buttons. When using the upright cleaner this is done via the easy to reach button located on the top of the handle where you place your hand to steer the cleaner. The ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ uses a float which you fit to the dirty water tank. It’s this float that alerts you by a change in engine sound, when you need to change the water.

There are a number of gadgets that together with the appliance make this a fantastic product (you can even suck up spillage’s quick and easily) which is a great feature for any mum!

Thoughts

All the parts were easily removed and reattached (including the water tanks). The hose wheel located at the back keeps your appliance looking tidy and compact as did a number of other clips for the various parts.

The maintenance is very low-level, with the float chamber only requiring a rinse under a running tap and the tank just needing to be cleaned with fresh water and dried before being reattached.

The ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ done a grand old job on my tatty carpet (tatty it is no more). It was simply to set up and the ease of use was fantastic. I did worry that the carpet wouldn’t be dry in time for the children return home from school, but I need not have worried as like it promises the carpet dried reasonable quickly. The cleaner doesn’t let off excess water making your carpets soaking like many others tend to do. This is the result of the New Dual V technology that ensures consistent, powerful suction so carpets dry really quickly.

The only disappointment for me was the fact I didn’t carpet the living room as I wanted to last year (Instead went with the option of wooden flooring, what with my children, I thought this would be the best option) I take that back now as this was easier than scrubbing the decks so to speak.

Product information

The ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ does display a price tag of £279.00 and yes, I am extremely lucky to review this as I currently couldn’t afford this kind of money, however saying that, if I could then I would invest it in this. The good news is, Vax are currently selling it for a  special price of £169.99 for a limited time only!

 My ‘Upright hover’ I invested in a few years back is still going strong and normally by now I would have replaced an average hover maybe 2 or more times.

If you have carpets that regularly require cleaning, especially if you have young children, then I highly recommend the ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ as the perfect cleaning companion.

(Note the small hand brush means car interiors, stairs,upholstery and more can be cleaned using the ‘Rapide Ultra 2’.)

If any problems occur with any Vax appliance they are quick to help, all you need to do is call their customer service team and they will do their best to help. Plus The Rapide Ultra 2 comes with a 2 year guarantee.

Click HERE to buy or gain more information. 

Click HERE for a video demonstration & other consumer reviews.

 (Note spares for your ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ can also be brought online with ease.)

We were very lucky to be given the ‘Rapide Ultra 2’ in exchange for an honest review. This hasn’t influenced my opinion in any way, all views remain my own.

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