Friday, February 15, 2008

Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac Review

Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac Review
Hoover F5914-900 Steam Vac Rating:
5 stars out of 5 for being easy to use, clean, and actually working
Price: $159
Buy The Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for the lack of blogs as of late. It takes a lot of time to write and produce a proper video vacuum cleaner review and I’m focused on getting more up as relevant models become available to review. I wanted to shift gears today and write a more traditional text review of the Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac. Without anymore rambling, here is my steamvac review!

If you’ve been doing your homework, I’m sure you’ve been trying to tell the difference between the F5914-900 and some of the other Hoover SteamVacs out there. To tell you the truth they’re virtually the same. Vacuum Cleaner companies will often re-release their vacuum cleaners every 12-18 months with a few aesthetic improvements and a slightly different name. It’s a common practice in many industries; you can stop flipping between Amazon and the Official Hoover Website to distinguish the difference between the two now.

There are essentially three things to look for in a good steamvac: attachments, ease of use, and if it actually works. The Hoover F5914-900 comes with one attachment, but it works very well. It has bristles on the end for cleaning and DOESN’T leak so long as you make sure you hear the “snap” when you connect it.

As far as I’m concerned all SteamVacs are a pain to set up and use. Water and cleaning solution as to be mixed, furniture moved, and bucks emptied and cleaned. But, this is one of the easiest to use. The cap for the cleaning solution tank has a built in measuring cup so you always have one on hand. There are two tanks, one for clean water and one for dirty water, just rinse them out and they should be fine for next time.

Now, the most important reason to buy a steamvac, does it actually work? I’m proud to say it does. The Hoover SpinScrub is one of the best SteamVac lines out there and you’ll more than likely notice a stark contrast in smell and color after giving your carpets a thorough cleaning with the Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac. If you go with this Hoover SteamVac you won’t be disappointed. You don’t have to believe me, you can read the nearly the 400 user reviews on Amazon that attest to the impressive cleaning power of the Hoover F5914-900 SteamVac.

5 Star Rating

*One thing I would like to note is that assembly can be a little tricky. I’ve read many Amazon customers saying they’re getting a refund because their Hoover Steam Cleaner leaks like a fountain. I’m sure there are a couple genuine cases of defective products but the most likely reason is they failed to assemble their steamvac properly or a hose is loose. Just be sure you’ve followed the instructions to the letter before sending your Steam Cleaner back to Amazon or write a 1 star review because of an easily fixable problem.

Friday, February 1, 2008

About Me

Douzo Yoroshiku!

You might be here because you’re wondering who I am and why I talk in all these funny little voices about vacuum cleaners. My real name is John Bravo. No, I’m not Japanese, but I do have a fascination with Japanese culture and a semester of Japanese under my belt. I don’t own a vacuum repair shop, I don’t claim to be an expert, and I won’t even pretend to have all the answers. But I do promise to provide my honest opinions and strive to provide accurate vacuum cleaner reviews to help you make the best decision with your hard earned dollars.

I don't own every vacuum cleaner I review, but if it's in one of my vacuum review videos, I've thoroughly used and tested it!

I invite you to browse my site, hopefully you’ll find something you like or helpful. Enjoy!

- The Vacuum Sensei

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Turbo 37601

Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Turbo 37601 Review
Vacuum Cleaner Rating: 4 stars out of 5 for an innovative design but troublesome filter system
Price: $179.99
Suction Rating: 622 pennies
Buy The Bissell Liftoff Revolution Vacuum Cleaner

Before I get into the meat of this vacuum cleaner review I would like to thank everyone involved in my first video vacuum cleaner review, and by everyone I pretty much mean me. It was a labor of love though!

I was extremely impressed with the filter system. It’s definitely clear that Bissell has made a concerted attempt to manufacture a vacuum cleaner that keeps your home clear of dust, allergens, and animal dander. There are three separate filters, two of which can be washed with water and reused and a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter is rated to remove dust from circulating in your vacuum cleaner as small as 3 microns and can’t be washed. If you live with allergies or have people in your home who suffer from allergies you’ll definitely appreciate the lengths Bissell has gone to make your living environment allergen free.

It’s difficult to determine if the dustbin on many canister vacuum cleaners has been attached correctly. As demonstrated in my video, the Bissell Liftoff has a locking lever that visibly lifts the canister and makes a locking sound when you’ve properly inserted the canister. Your Sensei has had instances where thought he attached the canister properly and wound up with dust all over his face!

What am I forgetting? Oh yeah! The reason why it’s called the Bissell Liftoff! The canister can be detached from the cleaning head making this vacuum cleaner excellent for homes with stairways or the thorough housekeeper that can’t stand cobwebs on the ceiling or dust difficult to reach corners. It is on the heavy side though it can stay upright just fine on its own.

I would have preffered to see a vacuum cleaner in the $18O price range include a drive system that helps propel the vacuum cleaner forward. It does fine without one, but I still would have liked to see Bissell include a self propel feature.

Maintaining the filter system can be a bit of a pain. Higher end vacuum cleaners like Dyson have much easier filter systems to maintain; in exchange Bissell offers a vacuum cleaner with a somewhat comparable filter system for less than half the price and your Sensei is satisfied with that. Oh, and make sure you clean out the filters at least once a month, clogged filters will disrupt the flow of air in your vacuum cleaner!

The Turbo Brush is a gimmick. It stops working almost as soon as you place it up against a surface. The Turbo Brush / Power Paw trend is gaining speed and these attachments do seem to sell vacuum cleaners. The problem is I just don’t know why. Almost none of them work. The spinning brushes inside these attachments including the one packed in every Bissell Liftoff Revolution Vacuum Cleaner box is powered by air. These attachments need to be powered by electricity before I’ll take any of them seriously.

Final Analysis
The Bissell Liftoff Revolution is a solid vacuum cleaner by Bissell. It offers plenty of suction and features and almost justifies the $180 price tag. My major gripe with the Bissell Liftoff is the price – it’s a little high. I would like to see it sell for $20 bucks cheaper, and then the Bissell could move in to higher territory. The Bissell Liftoff has earned 4 stars out of 5.