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my review of the Hyla
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Post# 386473   2/20/2018 at 21:17 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

The Hyla is another water filtration machine that I purchased recently, I now have five of those in my collection. While there are some similarities to the other machines, the Hyla does a few things differently. It has some similarities to the Vivenso as far as some of the components, but there are some differences that make the Hyla unique.
As with the other machines, we have the three parts, the dolly, the basin and the motor unit. The dolly is actually very similar to the one for the Vivenso and has the latch on the front. The basin is what latches in to the dolly rather than the motor unit.
The basin is completely open making washing it out very easy, there is a plastic tube on the front that the air is forced down in to while using the machine. The basin does have a handle which makes carrying it easier. On the Hyla, the handle is also what holds the motor unit in place.
As with the other machines, the motor unit is the most interesting part. On the front is the hose inlet and there is a cover that goes over it when no hose is connected. This cover should also be in place when using the machine as an air purifier. There is one button on the front for turning the machine on and off. When no hose is connected the machine will run on low speed, connecting the hose sets the machine to high speed. On the back of the motor unit is the exhaust cover which you can remove if you want to use the machine as a blower. On the bottom of the motor unit is the separator and it is unique to the Hyla. It has five different parts or stages to it, and Hyla claims that the separator cleans itself. It is not designed to be removed by the user. Apparently even the distributors are not shown how to do this and if it has been determined that an attempt was made to remove it, it voids the warranty.
Ok, on to the hoses and attachments that are included. There are two hoses included, one is electric and one is not. I much prefer this approach, the Rainbow uses only one hose for everything, I'm just not fond of the idea of vacuuming up water with an electric hose, the two hose approach is much better. The hoses are eight feet long and the cord on the machine is 26 feet long. The nonelectric hose does swivel and also has a suction relief control. The electric hose has an interesting approach to turning the brush roll on and off. There is a wireless remote control on the handle with two buttons, one turns the power nozzle on and off and the other turns the machine itself on and off, assuming the power button has been turned on first.
The Hyla includes two telescopic wands, one has a cord holder for holding the power nozzle cord which plugs in to the hose handle. It also includes two dusting brushes with hard and soft bristles so you can use the one that you need, there is also a nozzle that has two ends you can attach for cleaning upholstery, one has a brush and one does not. There is also a crevice tool. The attachment that the Hyla really falls short with is the hard floor brush. It includes one of those multipurpose nozzles with a pedal for switching between hard floors and carpet. With these nozzles, the bristles are not long enough to clean hard floors very well, also the machine includes an electric power nozzle which is what you would use for carpets. Fortunately I have several much better hard floor attachments I can use but this is something the folks at Hyla should improve. The hose uses the 35 MM size which is common on European machines. Adapters are widely available to allow you to use the 32 MM attachments.
The power nozzle that the Hyla uses is the Wessel-werk EBK340, although Wessel-Werk has modified the nozzle slightly for Hyla. The nozzle uses LED lights and the hood is slightly different.
As with the other water filtration machines, to use the Hyla you fill the basin to the max line, apparently this is around one gallon of water, set the motor unit on the basin and push the handle on the basin up from the front, towards the motor unit to lock it in place. The Hyla does not use side latches as the other water vacs do. The Hyla's low speed is similar to the Quantum's in that it's much higher than the other machines, you probably will not want to be in the same room with it as it would be somewhat disturbing. You could connect the nonelectric hose with the machine on and it will automatically switch to high speed. I would suggest turning the machine off when connecting the electric hose in order to avoid the possibility of an electric short. Interestingly, once the machine is on high speed, removing the hose does not go back to low speed, therefore if you want to use the machine as a blower on high speed, you will need to put the hose in the front port first, then remove it and put it in the blower port.
The Hyla cleans very well, it had no problems cleaning my area rugs and my hard floors, although I did use a much better hard floor brush than what was included, I used the sidewinder. I did connect my rugrat turbo brush to see how fast the Hyla could spin it, it's about the same as the Vivenso so it's one of the slowest for this test, however, as long as the machine can remove dust and dirt from the surface it is cleaning, it has enough power.
When you are done using the Hyla, dump out the water and wipe the bottom of the motor unit with a rag or paper towel. I always wash out my basins with water and dish washing soap. The Hyla's basin has a tube on the front of the basin that the debris goes through to get to the water, I drop some soap in to that as well and then let water run through it to rinse it out. Again, the separator is not designed to be removed. So far there has not been anything on the separator at all, it will be interesting to see if Hyla's claim about the separator cleaning itself holds up. When storing the machine, push the handle all the way to the back before setting the motor unit back on top, this will leave a gap to allow the Hyla to dry.
So, is the Hyla a good machine? Yes, it cleans as well as the other water vacs, and offers the extra benefit of not having to clean the separator, I will post another message if I notice that this claim is incorrect.
Since I'm a blind person and cannot take pictures of the machine, I will include a link to the video user's guide which should allow you to see what the machine looks like. Also, the Hyla, like the Quantum and Vivenso does not use a secondary filter the way the Rainbow and Sirena do so with the Hyla there is never a filter to replace.


Post# 386623 , Reply# 1   2/23/2018 at 11:40 by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

Thank you that was very informative.

Post# 386662 , Reply# 2   2/24/2018 at 03:04 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Interesting-the new Hyla you have seems better than the older ones.I have an older Hyla that was traded into the local Rainbow dealer for a Rainbow.Feel the Rainbow is better overall build quality.The powernozzle handle on the powered hose on mine is VERY flimsy.When I got it was wrapped in layers of duct tape to hold it together.Treat yours carefully-or has Hyla improved the quality of the hose handle?

Post# 386664 , Reply# 3   2/24/2018 at 07:41 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
hyla models

You probably had a Hyla MST, that was the older model, the current model is the GST and it's very well made. I love mine. The hose handle is very high quality.

Post# 386704 , Reply# 4   2/24/2018 at 23:56 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

My Hyla sits in the back of my vac collection along with my Rainbows-they just aren't my thing.Yes,they work but like other machines better.No watertrap vacuum will ever equal my MD Silentmaster!-and less mess to empty.

Post# 386708 , Reply# 5   2/25/2018 at 09:06 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
equaling a central vac

I don't think any household machine will equal a central vacuum, especially if you plug the hose directly in to them like we do. The water filtration machines definitely have enough power to clean, but if you want a machine with as much raw power as you can get, a water filtration machine will fall short, no getting around it. For the most raw power, connecting a hose directly to a central vacuum unit is the way to go.

Post# 386746 , Reply# 6   2/26/2018 at 00:33 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I also likje the MD unit better-as with most of my central units-they have bags-easier to empty and deal with.No water and wondering where to dump it-and no washing out water bins and filters.My watertrap vacs will stay at the back of the pile!

Post# 386887 , Reply# 7   2/27/2018 at 21:19 by Lux_Luthor (Tennessee)        

This uses water only, no other filters, like the Quantum?

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