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.
The power head is amazing, made my dog/cat hair covered rug new again.
My last VAX lasted 5 years and it was the bottom of the range, and this one has a 2 year warranty.
The hard floor head it nice and simple, it doesn't have any buttons or switches on it to change from carpet to hard.
Great on hard floors, even better on carpet.
No problems with the vacuum cleaner tipping over and it also has a very long hose.
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Excellent Bang For Your Buck
I vacuumed using our Dyson DC08 Origin this morning, and felt it was time to look for a new machine as teh Dyson simply wasn't cutting it anymore. I jumped onto the Choice website, and based on their tested and recommended models which also achieved a score of 100% for pet hair removal, the Vax VX59 was the second best model listed. With a price difference of around $1,000 between the Vax and the best model, the Vax was far more affordable and more widely available. So, I grabbed one from Bing Lee.
With 2 small short haired dogs, our house nee...ds a vacuum on a regular basis, and after the first vacuum with the VX59, it was clear that our old machine was simply no longer up to the task. Bye bye Dyson. The electric power head on the VX59 is fantastic, it combines the strong brush power of an upright vacuum with the easier mobility of a barrel. Instantly, the suction and the power head impressed me with their strength, and it was great to see how much was being lifted out of the carpet. The machine feels sturdy and very capable, is not loud, has a HEPA filter, and is easy to empty. As I said in the title of this review, the VX59 offers very good bang for your buck.
Amazing performance for the price
Purchased from Bunnings for $269 to replace my Dyson Animal (the powerhead packed it in and a spare part costs as much as this tax).
As my entire apartment is carpeted and my kids have mild asthma and dust mite sensitivity, this has helped greatly. The powerhead agitates the carpet and draws out the nasties. The chamber fills up quiet fast with the amount of construction dust and general crappy Sydney air quality that makes its way into the apartment during the day when the windows are open.
A feature that would have been nice is adjustable suction levels like how a Miele or Wertheim has (mind you they are $700+)
Why are you reading this instead of going out and buying the VX59?
This is the second Vax "pet" vacuum that I have owned. I have black cats and off-white carpet, not the best combination I know. I shampoo the carpets once a year however within a week the black fur is obvious again. Before I bought the VX59 I was having to "sweep" my carpet with a stiff brush to try and remove the hair before I vacuumed. I looked for cleaners with powerheads since my mother had one on her Electrolux back in the early 80s. Some of those powerhead cleaners cost more than my first car, but I saw the VX59 and it was available at Bu...nnings for less than three hundred dollars. I read the instructions when I got it home (because the vacuum was pretty flash and I didn't want to damage it on it's maiden voyage) and I learned that the vacuum will cut out if it overheats. No chance of that I figured but read on. Starting it up with the powerhead on, it literally took off. It started rolling like a Sherman tank into Berlin and I had to reel it back in. It didn't take long to get into a rhythm and I could immediately see the carpet was cleaner (plus I didn't need to pre sweep). I almost finished the house when the vacuum stopped. It had overheated. That's when I noticed that the receptacle was full and choking the filter. Watch out for that! This vacuum will clean your carpet better than it ever has been cleaned. The following week my carpets still looked clean, but the VX59 still managed to pull up dust from the depths of my shag. I am starting to suspect my carpet has been laid straight onto dirt. The Vax just keeps cleaning and cleaning.
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Very good value, for the money
With a vacuum cleaner the main thing is, does it pick up the dirt? And when you tie down the 'experts' they mostly tend to agree a powerhead is what makes all the difference. This model comes with a power head. It's replacing a 10+ y o $800 Wertheim, with powerhead, and doing an equally good job for $269. It may not last the same time, but technology is improving daily. It's bagless plus easy to empty and clean! Under 5kg to carry up stairs and hasn't tipped over, so far. There is a special head for hard floors and the 3-in-1 tool is handy. Only gripe, and it is a small one, the clip to hold the 3-in-1 tool to the handle is pretty ineffectual, that needs a rethink by the designers.
Very Effective Vac but Cannot be Cleaned
Very effective vacuum cleaner with a power head; very good suction for carpet vacuuming; and the power head glides over the carpet, very easy to maneuver. But the dust has quickly coated the small compartments which cannot be cleaned or washed with water. The inlet seal connecting between the vacuum body and the tub seemed to be not sealing tightly as I could see some dust collecting at the base of the outlet of the vac body connecting to the tub.
It is light comparing to the Hoover power head vacuum cleaner (bought from Godfreys) I had, which broke after 5 years of use. This Vax VX59 is less than half the price of the Hoover I had.
Good on carpets, not on hardfloors
If you want a good allrounder vacuum, then this vacuum isn't for you. Absolutely awesome on carpets, lifts every bit of dust, human hair, cat hair, etc. has basic suction on hardfloors without the power head on. If you have the power head on while cleaning hard floors it will just spit most things back out at you, particularly bigger things like popcorn, kitty litter crystals, toast crumbs, etc. It will also spit some of the bigger things back out on the carpet too but not as bad. Its ok. It will do us until it dies but I won't be buying another.
Questions & Answers
Most of the vax vx59 mention wonderful on cleaning carpets. My house is all wooden floors and was wondering if this vacuum cleaner is for me.
Hi Robyn. I would have to say that you're right, the standout feature of the 59 is its carpet power head. For non-carpet floors, the suction of the 59 would be perfectly adequate but the power head would be of no benefit.
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