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Vax Advance Pet Vacuum Cleaner VX71C review

Barrel vacuum. Priced at $179.

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Type View more details.

Barrel vacs (aka cylinder vacs) are the type you pull along behind you – their long hoses and wands make them well-suited to cleaning a variety of spaces, including stairs and car interiors. Upright models are good for cleaning large areas of carpet as they have built-in power heads. Stick models are included in this review if they are plugged in rather than cordless.

Barrel
Dust collector View more details.

Bagless vacs have on-board bins which can be messy to empty, but at least you don't need to worry about buying bags. Bags can be less messy to remove and replace, but are an ongoing cost. See our buying guide for more info.

Bin
Recommended View more details.

We recommend barrel and upright vacuum cleaners with a CHOICE Expert Rating of at least 75%, and at least 70% for both quick carpet cleaning and complete carpet cleaning.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of cleaning performance score (55%), ease of use (30%) and pet hair removal (15%).

Cleaning performance score View more details.

This score is a composite of the quick carpet clean score (67%) and the complete carpet clean score (33%).


Quick carpet clean score View more details.

The quick carpet clean score is based on just four passes over the carpet rather than the eight performed in the deep clean test. This test simulates typical everyday cleaning. We pre-load the vacuum cleaners with artificial household dust, and embed sand evenly into a section of carpet before vacuuming it to a set pattern and speed. The sand collected is then weighed and recorded as a percentage of the sand applied; this is repeated twice for each vacuum cleaner and results averaged. We rate all models based on the dirt pick-up performance from carpet using the standard cleaning head.

Complete carpet clean score View more details.

The complete carpet clean score is based on eight passes over the carpet. We pre-load the vacuum cleaners with artificial household dust, and embed sand evenly into a section of carpet before vacuuming it to a set pattern and speed. The sand collected is then weighed and recorded as a percentage of the sand applied; this is repeated twice for each vacuum cleaner and results averaged. We rate all models based on the dirt pick-up performance from carpet using the standard cleaning head.

Ease of use score View more details.

Ease of use is based on how easy it is to manoeuvre the cleaner, and move the cleaning head on the carpet and under low furniture. We assess how difficult it is to empty and change the dirt receptacle; operation of the controls; and how easy the supplied accessories are to use and store.

Pet hair removal score View more details.

To test pet hair removal, we embed cat hair in the carpet and, as with the dirt pick-up test, vacuum it to a set pattern and speed. We rate the results based on how much cat hair is left behind after the test. Where supplied, the turbo brush or power head is used for this test; otherwise, we use the standard cleaning head. Pet hair for testing supplied by Woof Cat & Dog Grooming, Bondi, NSW.

Cleaning corners and edges score View more details.

To test this, sand is spread into a right-angled corner. Using the standard cleaning head, it's vacuumed to see how close to the corner each cleaner is able to pick up dirt.

Noise (dB) View more details.

Noise is measured at the user's position at maximum power setting. For comparison, a typical conversation is carried out at about 60dB, while city traffic is measured at around 80dB.

Availability View more details.

Tested models are currently available in shops. Discontinued models are from earlier tests and are no longer available, though you may find them in second-hand stores or discount retailers as stock is cleared.

Tested model
Price View more details.

Recommended or typical retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around.

$179
Cost per bag View more details.

For bagged models, the average cost per dust bag.

$N/A
Warranty (years) View more details.

This is the manufacturers stated warranty.

Shop Ethical rating View more details.

Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

Reliability score View more details.

These scores are taken from our latest brand reliability survey and do not contribute to the CHOICE Expert Rating. The score refers to the brand, not a particular model. N/A or Not available means there weren't enough responses for that brand to get a score.

Satisfaction score View more details.

These scores are taken from our latest brand reliability survey. When rating satisfaction we ask owners to tell us what they think of the products they own. We use this information to give each brand an owner satisfaction rating so you can see what people who use the brand each day think of them. N/A or Not available means there weren't enough responses for that brand to get a score.

Country of origin View more details.

The model has a claimed origin. This ought to be taken with a grain of salt, given it's rare that all the materials for a product came from the one country.

China
Power stated (W) View more details.

The vacuum cleaner's stated power consumption (usually its claimed maximum power).

2000
Power measured (W) View more details.

The power consumption we measure in the lab, on the maximum power setting after a two-minute running-in period. This can be different from the stated power consumption – this may be due to differences in how manufacturers measure it. Take the stated power consumption as a guide only. 

Measured dust collector volume (L) View more details.

The bag or bin's volume in litres, measured in our lab.

Reach from power point (m) View more details.

This figure (measured in metres) incorporates the distance of the suction hose and unit, as well as the power cord.

7
Weight (kg)
6.98
Items supplied with vac View more details.

What we received out of the box. You may be able to order additional accessories/attachments at extra cost.

Wand, hose, carpet/hard floor tool, turbo brush head, mini turbo brush head, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool, and tool holder.
Website
vax.com.au
Carpet-hard floor head View more details.

The standard head for many vacuum cleaners, this head can be used on either carpet or hard floor, and usually has a foot-operated switch to adjust between the two modes. It usually has brush edges that lower in hard floor mode to protect the floor.

Yes
Power head View more details.

Has a motorised brush and is a good option for quickly cleaning up pet hair and lint as well as extracting dirt from carpet.

No
Turbo brush View more details.

Has a rotating brush driven by the vacuum's air flow. Good for picking up pet hair and lint, though generally less effective than a power head.

Yes
Hard floor tool View more details.

A head or tool attachment specifically for cleaning hard floors.

No
Crevice tool View more details.

A long, narrow attachment for cleaning narrow gaps (e.g. between sofa cushions).

Yes
Upholstery tool View more details.

An attachment for cleaning soft furnishings such as curtains, sofa cushions and so on.

Yes
Dusting brush View more details.

An attachment for dusting and vacuuming hard furniture, along skirting boards and architraves, and so on.

Yes
On-board storage View more details.

It's more convenient to store the tools and attachments in or on the body of the vacuum cleaner than to have to keep them separately elsewhere. Some models only have storage for one or two of the supplied tools.

Yes
Wand suction control View more details.

A small hole with a sliding cover on the wand that allows you to reduce the suction for delicate cleaning jobs by letting some air escape through the hole.

Yes
Variable power View more details.

A control on the body or handle of the vacuum cleaner that lets you set different power levels for different jobs, from delicate cleaning of upholstery to more powerful suction for carpet or hard floors.

Yes
HEPA filter View more details.

High-Efficiency Particulate Air filtration - a filter for trapping very fine dust and pollen. Useful if you have allergies or asthma. Some are washable, others need to be replaced every year or so.

Yes
Washable HEPA filter View more details.

A washable HEPA filter means you won't need to buy a replacement, but remember to clean it regularly for maximum performance.

No
Dust bag full or clear bin indicator View more details.

An indicator that the bag is full and needs replacement (or a clear bin that lets you see when emptying is needed).

Yes
Blower facility View more details.

The vacuum can switch from suction to blowing out air. Handy for inflating things like airbeds and balloons, or for blasting dust from hard-to-reach areas.

No
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