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Post# 184679   6/7/2012 at 11:22 (2,863 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well, I mentioned this earlier on previous posts that with the likes of the Sebo Felix and its various different pattern colours you can get with their exhaust wraps, not least the British flag for the Jubilee, Hoover UK now have a "new" release based on their Turbo Power bagless upright vacs. It's called the "Jazz" and you get a sheet of stickers in which you can "personalise" your own Hoover. What isn't stopping owners from doing that already with pound shop stickers and likewise, I'll never know. Despite the fad, I like the colour Hoover UK have given here instead of the blue or red. 


Not sure about whether I'd go to the bother of changing the colour of the bin though and the "upgrade" smells like another cheap way to make money.




Post# 184681 , Reply# 1   6/7/2012 at 11:49 (2,863 days old) by sensotronic (Englandshire)        

I was expecting to see that Sebo had launched the Felix Premium Crystal in the UK after reading the subject line.

I saw the Jazz on the Hoover website last week. Just a Turbo Power with another name by the looks of it.
I'm not tempted, especially as I saw yet another brand of vacuum looking exactly the same as the Turbo Power when I was surfing

I have some recent Hoover models such as the Freemotion and Freedom upright, but at least they seem to be Hoover designs and not just re-badged models.

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Post# 184683 , Reply# 2   6/7/2012 at 12:25 (2,863 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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O.M.G. I had no idea; thank you for that link. I once had a Slalom but didn't like it. Wouldn't mind the Freedom Eco / Dustmanager Eco model. Mind you just having a look now at the link and further ahead, Clean Maxx appear to be a trader brand - a lot of the steam mops come from Hometek and even TTI ones.

Post# 184687 , Reply# 3   6/7/2012 at 13:04 (2,863 days old) by sensotronic (Englandshire)        

Here's the other "Turbo Power" available from Aldi in Australia.

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Post# 184688 , Reply# 4   6/7/2012 at 13:55 (2,863 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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yes all well but were are the chrome wheels and the 20"sub woofer . :) , actually I think it looks like a good idea, If you personalise your vacuum you may take better care of it too

Post# 184692 , Reply# 5   6/7/2012 at 14:47 (2,863 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Why do the UK Hoovers look so cheap? Those Jazz models look like mid-range DirtDevils here, and everyone knows how long those last. I would pass on that Hoover.

Post# 184985 , Reply# 6   6/10/2012 at 06:31 (2,860 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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The problem is, most domestic modern vacuums these days are being made with so many "stylish" design points, some brands are running away from the problem that their machines are less than better than their previous models, or are just as rubbish as their bagless counterparts. Cue example Hoover Turbopower 2/3 versus the Purepower uprights and corresponding bagless versions, the "Dustmanager" (not to be confused with the separate "Eco" model that Hoover UK have now rebadged using the existing "Freedom" body.) 


The P/P is curvy and full of soft feel edges compared to the blockier Turbopower 2/3 uprights - yet there seems to be more owners happy to keep onto their TP models compared to Purepower and no wonder. If someone was to offer me a base Turbopower 2 with no additional electronic features to the "top of the range" current Purepower with a much higher suction motor, I'd still pick the older TP2. The bagless version of the P/P has different colours and even different colours given to the bins - for all that it makes a difference - even going as far as adding a glitter matt paint to some bodies that Panasonic achieved in the 1990's with their bagless uprights - in a ploy to pull buyers away from Dyson, who I think were one of the first to give their machines a better look, paint wise.


Hoover's Purepower seemed to have more of a tendency to have bits break off like the height adjustment, chassis breakages, constant replacements to the pedal release to the handle, amongst other plastic orientated design faults. I thought that this was an isolated case but I seemed to see a lot more Purepowers and their corresponding bagless versions chucked at local dumping sites as well as other Chinese built vacuums like the Electrolux Powerlite upright which, IMHO is far better and easier to use than the Purepower, but made in a injected-mould body that isn't as durable. Bissell uprights also have a tendency to break early, but this is dependent on specific models. I've seen a lot of the base Powerforce bagless uprights chucked away because the main pivot hinge has broken, chassis splits and even worn down brush rolls. Buyers feel largely that if a model is cheap, another can be bought instead of sending for replacement parts or sending the machine back to the brand for an expensive repair outwith guarantee.


In most cases the cost prices reflect what you get - you could buy 2 or 3 Hoover Purepower models for the "base" price of a single Oreck, Sebo, Miele upright counterpart. 


Our appliance market has become so heavily dependent on cheap and cheerful rebadged brands, that it is hard to keep up to seek out the best quality. Established brands like Kirby, Miele, Oreck even Sebo are having to adjust their products accordingly so that they don't become too expensive, or out of buyers reaches. The downside to Oreck in the UK at least is that buyers are getting older machines for higher prices. We've yet to get the same range as available in the U.S


Not all commercial companies have provided good products - I was disappointed by two Karcher models that seemed to have the worst quality of pipes and suction heads, as well as producing a line of vacuums in the poorest quality of flexing plastics, unable to sustain the "robust/durable," claim.


Numatic has a market all to itself as a result. Their likewise "similar size" tub vacuums that Karcher and Vax sell are far better made and longer lasting. Yet Numatic are commercially based and their simpler vacuums are far cheaper to buy and maintain thanks to popularity and constant use in both trade and domestic applications.

Post# 184991 , Reply# 7   6/10/2012 at 08:41 (2,860 days old) by jakesvacs ()        

I love how Hoover are aiming this at a certain market!

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