Thread Number: 38045  /  Tag: Brand New Vacuum Cleaners
The Vax Blade 2 Max - Should you really get it?
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Post# 405461   2/14/2019 at 05:16 (416 days old) by mikanic (Leeds)        

If you're a design watcher like me, the answer is NO.

I do apologise if VAX or anyone else are offended by me saying all this, but it's the sad truth. Even though I have never touched hands on this cleaner, I have strong opinions already.

First of all, VAX have NOT re-thought their storage system, which is a cyclone with almost NO storage, inefficient filtration that gets dirty after just one use, and that cliché claim of 'no loss of suction'. Dyson uses that, Shark uses that, and now VAX does! Believe me, even if the cyclone is 'revolutionary', it will lose suction. Why? Because the filters are caked in dirt. Why? Because no one empties a cyclone and clean the filters after every use.

Secondly, the power. The adverts say something I can't remember exactly, but definitely something on the lines of 'as powerful as a corded'. Nothing cordless beats the mains, unless it's the top brand outside of vacuum cleaning which I can't mention, due to this being a vacuum-only talking site. From my experience, you NEED to have at least one corded cleaner in your collection. Why? It's most likely to have heavy suction to clean your cyclone's filters. For maximum reliability when cleaning filters without water, you need a BAGGED vacuum cleaner. A microfibre BAG would give this cordless VAX a lot, A LOT more power. From my experience, I have had a Hoover Whirlwind at 750W, cyclonic and a lot of suction, but now have a Hoover Purepower, once again at 750W, but this time bagged with a H74 microfibre bag, and it noticeably has SO MUCH more suction than the Whirlwind. Make a Vax Blade Bagged cordless cleaner!

The more over-featured a cleaner is, the less efficient the design. The whole VAX Blade series is over-featured anyway. So I would request re-shaping the unit, and making it a cordless full-sized upright so that it is actually VISIBLE that it has more power, or else just a bagged version which would give more storage and possible compression.

That's my honest debate about the newest Vax Blade 2 Max cleaner. I don't mind if anyone else thinks against me, because the handheld cleaner with an extension tube for cleaning floors is more compact for moving round tables and small rooms. I just think this handheld-unit 'stick' vac movement is badly affecting knowledge of vacuum cleaner design.

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