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Post# 403220   12/28/2018 at 14:07 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hi everyone!

Hope you all had lovely christmases.

I managed to pick up this lovely brand new in box Sebo X7 ePower Pet this week. This is the TOL Sebo X series machine and retails for £349 ($443), I got it from Cash Converters new in it's box and never even assembled for the grand total of £140 ($178).

Now, those of you who have spoken to me before will know how much of a fan of Sebo cleaners I am. I've loved them ever since I first got to use an X1A back in 1998 when my friends parents replaced their Hoover Turbomaster U5094 with one. I'll never forget the way it just cut through the dog hairs like a mower through long grass. It was such a satisfying sight.

I've had 2 X1.1's, an X4, Felix Vogue and a C2 Total in the past and always mostly stuck with a Sebo as my daily driver.

The new X7 was launched earlier this year to meet the new EU regulations for vacuum cleaners (lets not get into a debate about that here!). Compared to the old X1.1 and X4, it features a redesigned cleaner head, more refinded automatic height adjustment, higher filtration in the form of redesigned exhaust filters and a lower powered 890w motor compared to the old 1100w X1.1 and X4 (previously 1150w and 1300w respectively).

I've not done a full house clean yet, but so far I am impressed. The automatic height adjustment definitely adjusts quicker and is more accurate, even without the boost selected (this lowers the cleaner head slightly more for worn carpet). The cleaner head is more sealed around the edges, giving more concentrated suction power. However there are small suction release holes at the front of the cleaner head so despite this, the cleaner still feels light to use, which has always been an advantage of Sebo X series.

The cleaner head is slightly chunkier than the older style, I'm not sure why. But this adds a little extra height to the machine. Not a problem as such, but very strange getting used to after using the old style for so many years. The chunkier base and edges do feel a little bit more cumbersome than the older ones. I'm not sure if it actually is more cumbersome, it could just be size perception as I'm so used to the more curved X1.1. Time will tell on that one once I've cleaned the whole house.

Part of the added chunkiness is due to the new style brushroll release, which has a spring-loaded leaver inside the cleaner head that pushes the end cap out. It takes far less force to remove the brushroll cover on this model than it did on the older ones.

The addition of the boost feature mentioned above (only available on the pet model) and the LED headlight, whilst not essential, are nice features to have.

The only thing I'm not so keen on is the replacement of the handle release from a metal support to a plastic one and removal of the switch which gave the user the option to either be able to tilt the cleaner head back or vacuum flat to the floor. Choice is a good thing IMO, so giving the user their preference was a nice little touch. The plastic handle release has been used on the BS36 COmfort commercial uprights for years, but even though I know it's a tried and tested design, I liked the metal handle release - it was more reassuringly quality.

All in all, I'm very impressed. It's good to see that Sebo haven't made too many changes to this classic and "typically Sebo" design, but have still responded to the requirements of the modern market. And with features like the boost button and headlight, it's clear that Sebo have listened to their customers feedback with this.

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Post# 403221 , Reply# 1   12/28/2018 at 14:12 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hereís a few more photos showing the new and old exhaust filter set up, the new brushroll cover release, the old and new style handle release and finally the suction release vents on the underside of the hood.

I also forgot to mention, even with empty bags in both cleaners, the X7 does have stronger suction despite being lower powered.

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Post# 403224 , Reply# 2   12/28/2018 at 14:56 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Here are the sales videos for both the new X7 range and the older style X1.1/X4

Post# 403257 , Reply# 3   12/29/2018 at 01:23 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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You get better pricing over there on SEBO that's for sure!

Post# 403260 , Reply# 4   12/29/2018 at 04:17 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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We get better pricing on most vacuums. Dyson are considerably cheaper here too.

Post# 403311 , Reply# 5   12/30/2018 at 12:01 by matt8808 (Teesside - North East - UK)        

Quite the bargain indeed!

Will Sebo honour the 5 year warranty given where you bought it from?

I bought a basic X7 and an E1 Komfort a few months back as a cleaning duo. Couldn't quite get away with the auto height adjustment so returned the X7 and drove down to Manchester Vacs to try out some of the commercial range. Ended up buying the Evolution 350 and then further added the extra dusting brush, stair hose, extension wands and Kombi floor tool as the hard floor performance in upright mode is somewhat questionable due to it not having the plastic sealing strip behind the brush roll like the domestic models do.

Have been quite happy with the performance of it and still have it now as a daily driver so it has lasted quite a while for me haha

Although a few weeks ago I adopted a young Siberian Husky and this has promptly seen the E1 replaced as it wasn't best suited to my new cleaning needs. Not quite sure how a dog can create so much mess but vacuuming is now a daily must (sometimes twice a day in some cases), and when she starts to blow her coat in the spring I've been warned i'll be vacuuming 3+ times a day easily.

So I'm now running the Evolution 350 alongside a Henry Xtra as daily drivers and have a Shark AX950UK as a spare machine (same machine as the US model Apex) - the Shark performs fantastic but even with it being the XL model the bin only holds something like 1.5 litres and being bagless doesn't compress the dog hair so the novelty of having to empty it twice a day soon wore off!

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Post# 403322 , Reply# 6   12/30/2018 at 15:01 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I've still to do this day never had an issue with the automatic height adjustment, I've always found it to acheieve the right balance between cleaning, ease of use and wear & tear to the carpet and vacuum. The newer style cleaning head especially deals with our shag rugs incredibly well. I was happy with the X1.1 and Vorwerk Kobold but this really does have the edge. Glad to hear you're happy with your current set up though. I sold my Henry and got a Henry Turbo - 160 sized but comes with the newer style turbo brush. Henry is the garage vac though, it's rare I would need to use him in the house.

I'm not sure about the guaruntee. I will register it and we'll see what happens - I'll keep you posted.

Yeh, you're in for an interesting ride in the summer when the dog starts shedding. It's bad enough with the cat fur. It wouldn't be so bad if it just stuck to the floor, but it gets everywhere and flies up in the air. We find cat hair in the most unusual of places lol.

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Post# 403334 , Reply# 7   12/30/2018 at 16:38 by matt8808 (Teesside - North East - UK)        

My Henry Xtra came with the new style airo brush however I'm not sure if I preferred the older style... the brushes seem a bit softer on the new style head. Not sure if that's just my imagination though. Not that it really matters as I only really use the supplied parquet tool as Henry is mainly the hard floor + stair vac and I use the Sebo for the carpets.

It's a shame Sebo decided to do away with the little handle locking tab on the new machines so you can no longer tilt/lift the head of the machine over rug edges etc the Evolution has the same style of handle release as the X7's

Post# 403335 , Reply# 8   12/30/2018 at 17:04 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Matt thatís the one thing I think is missing from the X7 - the metal handle release and the switch to change the handle release. The plastic one, though tried and tested on the BS36 Comfort, just doesnít have the same quality as the older style one.

According to my friendly local Sebo rep, they had issues with the metal handle release damaging the cleaner chasis if it was dropped or knocked too hard. The plastic one was designed to give way under pressure so that if it does break, itís easy to replace and doesnít cause any other damage. I can see the sense in it but the metal one was still reassuringly robust.

Post# 403339 , Reply# 9   12/30/2018 at 18:02 by matt8808 (Teesside - North East - UK)        

Yeah I'd heard the same thing about why they changed to the new style pedal.

I don't mind the new style pedal too much I just wish they had kept that little locking tab!

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