Vax Airlift Steerable Pet Review

This is a review of the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet.  If you want a quick guide then please scroll to the bottom where I rate the vacuum our of 10.

Over the past five years I have become well acquainted with the service engineer from Dyson, we are intact on first name terms.  This is because of the amount of times that he has been to my home over the warranty period.  Subsequently now that I am out of warranty on my Dyson Ball and the only choice is a £100.00 call out and repair charge I felt that it may be time to look around and see if there is now an alternative that would be as good as a Dyson in performance but better in durability and  value for money as the replacement cost of my Dyson DC50 Animal was £299.99.  

Having looked online and read reviews myself, I was keen to have a look at the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet.  I want along to my local branch of Currys.  Fortunately for me the representative from Vax was in store for the day to demonstrate their range of machines.  She was of course delighted when I told her that I had come to the store especially to view the Vax airlift steerable pet.  

She demonstrated the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet to me and showed me all of the main selling points.  These were as follows:

1) Removable corded Cylinder - This can be easily removed at the touch of a button and because the hose is attached to the cylinder not the upright part of the machine, it would make easy work of cleaning stairs.

2) Simular cyclonic technology that first made Dyson famous meaning that you didn't experience lack of suction as the bag fills as on traditional machines.

3) A floor selection slider to reduce/increase suction on hard and soft floors or longer and shorter piles.

Vax Arilift Steerable Pet Machine


Can you stop the Brush turning on the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet

I was particularly interested to ask (as it isn't clear on the Vax Website) can you stop the brush from turning on the Vax airlift steerable pet whilst cleaning laminate floors as this was a feature of the Dyson that I had always used since I had damaged the corners of my laminate floor and had to completely replace the whole floor - The answer is Yes - you can stop the brush turning very easily by pressing a button next to the power on/off button.  I purchased the machine and I paid £135.00 as there was a special offer on for one day only at Currys.  At the time of writing this blog I see that in the sale (January 2015) the machine has been further reduced and is now £129.99.

Overall Review

Having now owned the machine for a few weeks I can say that I would give the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet 9/10.

The best feature of the machine is the powerful suction.  Currys rate this vacuum as an A for suction and my previous machine a C.  I would strongly agree with this rating and I would go further to say that going from a Dyson to a Vax Airlift Steerable Pet is like going from a traditional vacuum with a bag to a Dyson - It is that impressive!

I also like the extra length on the power cord.  With my Dyson I had to unplug and change sockets whilst doing to downstairs of my house, with the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet, I save time here and I can vacuum all the way through.

Anything that I don't like? The only thing that I don't like with the Vax Airlift Steerable Pet is that the power cord comes from the bottom of the vacuum.  I like to hold the cord in my left hand (I am right handed) and if you from the cord you have to bend down to pick it back up.  This wouldn't happen it the power cord came from the top of the unit.  Also if you don't hold the cord and you like to stand still and vacuum out you could rum over the power cord.

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