Keeping a clean and organised family home with a toddler and a wappy cocker spaniel is never an easy task and requires a super powerful and reliable vacuum cleaner. I find that giving the house a daily vacuum can make the world of difference and I love that it can look like I’ve had a full cleaning spree just by doing a quick ‘once over’ with the vacuum! If I leave it too long, anyone with a dog will know that dog hairs really do get everywhere and the general grub that comes with toddler hands and muddy paws can quickly start to take over.
The VAX Air Stretch Pet
We were recently offered the chance to review one of the vacuum cleaners from VAX’s best-selling Air range. We chose the VAX Air Stretch Pet which is a multi-cyclonic upright vacuum cleaner which apparently means it has no loss of suction. I also chose it because of its 17 metre power cord – we live in a bungalow, so this is ideal and means that I don’t have to keep unplugging the cord throughout the house. The VAX Air Stretch Pet also comes with an additional TurboTool which is perfect for removing pet hair from sofas and other upholstery around the home.
What’s in the box?
The VAX Air Stretch Pet is super easy to assemble. All I had to do was insert the handle, attach the hose and place the additional tools into the storage area at the back. I really like the 3-in-1 tool which includes attachments for crevice, dust and upholstery. There isn’t anywhere to store the TurboTool on the vacuum, so this has to be kept separate.
Using the VAX Air Stretch Pet
Once assembled, it was time to put my new vacuum to the test! One of the things I immediately noticed about the VAX Airstretch Pet is how lightweight it is and easy to maneuver. We have hard flooring throughout the living areas in our house and carpet in the bedrooms. There’s the option to select the floor type – either low pile carpet & hard flooring, or deep pile carpet. You can also choose to have the brush bar on, or switch it off for hard floors.
I started in our kitchen, lounge and hallway areas with the hard flooring option selected and was really impressed with the suction.
It’s worth noting that I had a Dyson prior to receiving this and I would say that the VAX is slightly more powerful on the hard flooring/low pile setting – I know this because when I tried to hoover our flat mat by the back door it totally sucked it up! (changing it to the long-pile sorted this).
One of the main flaws of the design for me is that the extension tube isn’t connected to the hose – you have to do this manually using the stretch hose whenever you want to reach above floor level. I like to get the cobwebs above (yes I have plenty!) as I’m moving around our house and do find it a little tedious having to alternate the hose between the upright and the extension tube. However, the stretch hose does make for a very long extension, which is ideal for reaching very high ceilings or for vacuuming cars etc.
Using the tool attachments and different settings
In the living room I used the upholstery tool on our sofa which really was excellent. I was ashamed to see the amount of dog hair that came off it – and it really did make a pretty quick job of it, so something I’ll be doing a lot more regularly. The sofa looked so much fresher afterwards!
We also have a long-pile rug in the living room which I’ve never really been able to vacuum clean previously – with our Dyson I found that the short pile option would rip out the threads, but the long pile option would have zero pick-up and I’d have to ‘fluff it up’ with my fingers. I switched the VAX onto the long-pile carpet option and was super impressed with how much it managed to pick up beneath the long threads.
Onto the bedrooms I switched the setting back to low-pile. Woah! The suction really is powerful…with it being so lightweight I did find the hoover quite difficult to maneuver over the bedroom carpets with such a powerful suction. It’s not a problem, but it doesn’t always go where you direct it, so you have to put a bit of welly into it! Of course, I could’ve changed the setting to long-pile, but at the same time I like the idea of having super clean carpets. And yes, they really did look great afterwards – I don’t think a single spec of dust was left behind.
Using it in my car
I really try to keep on top of the filth in my car, but admittedly it’s not a possession I’m hugely proud for people to see, given that I usually have a dog jumping around in there and a toddler pushing raisins into the crevices…I vacuum it regulalry, but getting dog hair out of the car boot is no quick task, so I was looking forward to using the TurboTool.
The TurboTool attaches to the hose – or the streth hose if you want a really long connection, which I obviously did. This made reaching into my boot a doddle. The TurboTool is definitely the best vaccum attachment I’ve used on the boot and it helped lift the dog hair so much more easily than my previous efforts. I also used the crevice tool on the leather interior of the car which was perfect for getting into all of those crumbs out of the nooks and crannies.
Overall I was really impressed with the VAX Air Stretch Pet. VAX’s claims about no loss of suction really are true, and if you have a pet in your home this vacuum is the perfect option for keeping on top of pet hair and makes cleaning your upholstery a doddle. The one flaw for me was the need to attach the hose to the extension tube, making it more difficult to get to your ceilings as you go along your floors.
However, the benefits of this vacuum far outweigh this one negative. The extensive 17 meter reach power cord is also a nice addition and means that I can vacuum my entire house, by only switching power sockets once. The additional stretch hose attachments and the TurboTool, also make it the perfect vacuum for pet owners to keep their vehicles looking far more presentable.
I have to admit that prior to receiving the VAX Air Stretch Pet, I was unconvinced that it would be an improvement on my trusty Dyson. I was wrong. I’d definitely recommend this vacuum to other pet owners and at a current sale price of £129.99 (from £249.99) it’s worth every penny.
Disclosure: I was sent the VAX Air Stretch Pet in return for an honest review. All views are my own.