Just because we have dogs it doesn`t mean our houses have to be full of dog hair and smell. Several vacuum manufacturers have created pet vacuums with great suction and allergen filters aimed specifically at dog owners. Here we test the Vax Mach Air Force pet vacuum which Vax are marketing as 'the most powerful multi cyclonic upright in the world'.
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I love a good gadget and have even written a post on dog gadgets so when Vax asked me if I wanted to test their new pet vacuum cleaner I jumped at the chance. The Mach Air Force Pet vacuum cleaner is dubbed as the ‘most powerful multi cyclonic upright in the world’, but how does it cope in a real household with a German Shepherd (cross) in shedding season?
Having two dogs myself I bought the Dyson Animal a few years ago, the Animal is also marketed towards pet owners having a HEPA filter and great suction and has been the stalwart of our house. Dog owners put great demands on their vacuum so a vacuum aimed at pet owners is setting a tough job for itself. Before the test I decided to groom my German Shepherd cross Molly on the rug in the front room much to the dismay of my wife looking on. Not great for her allergies but perfect to test a pet vacuum. Read the review of how the Mach Air Force fared.
I’m a guy as as such we don`t read instructions. Fortunately the Vax comes out of the box, attach the handle and off you go. I did have one problem here though, the Vax was too short and I had to bend down to use it. Had I read the instructions I would have known about the telescopic handle! It took a few minutes to realise that I could adjust the handle to suit my height, once I’d done that the Vax was set up and ready to go. It is so long since I bought my Dyson that I c`nt compare the two here but the Vax was certainly easy to set up.
Vax aren`t known for their design flair and the Mach Air Force looks like a brute. The dust collection and filter areas on the front are bulbous and the basde looks rather plastic. The dashes of colour help to brighten up the Vax but compared to the ball design of the Dyson the Vax aint pretty.
When I unpacked the Vax it looked like a bit of a beast size wise, but putting side by side with my Dyson the Vax actually has a smaller footprint. This means that it will comfortably fit in a cupboard or tight space, the handle is easily removed to aid storage further.
Like the Dyson the Vax is bagless and features an easy emptying system, press a button and the bottom flips open allowing you to dispose of the dust and hair. The Vax has a much bigger capacity than the Dyson at a whopping 3 litres compared to the Dyson 1.3 litre. The small capacity of the Dyson has been a bugbear, the Vax will go for twice as long without needing emptying. The extra capacity and power of the Vax comes at a cost, but only a small cost. The Vax weighs in at 7.8kg, slightly more than the Dyson 7.4kg however the main carry handle is larger on the Vax and seems to distribute the weight much better so in real terms, for me at least the Vax felt lighter.
Moving from one flo0r type to another the Vax is a clear second to Dyson. The Vax has a knob on the base, turn clockwise for hard floors and unticlockwise for thick carpet and adjust to suit your own carpet. If however you are like me and have mainly hard floors downstairs with littered rugs swapping between the two is a pain. The Dyson has a button next to the on/off switch, a quick press and off you go.
The telescopic handle is a big plus especially for the smaller or taller of you. It will also be great if you have a bad back or another ailment as you can adjust the height of the handle to suit you perfectly.
The hose is easy to use and is of a good length which almost allowed me to vacuum the stairs from bottom to top. There is also a clever 3-in-1 attachment meaning you don`t have lots of attachments lying around, just make sure you don`t lose it though.
The Mach Air Force Pet vacuum cleaner comes with a huge 10m long cable which for me is a big plus point. The Dyson Animal compares with a 7.5m cable. The cable hooks at the back of the machine are a little close making it quite difficult to loop it all back around though.
The main feature of any vacuum, does it suck up dirt and hair? The Vax is also marketed as the most powerful multi cyclonic upright in the world so I had high hopes and boy did it deliver. A quick press of the on button and the fury was unleashed. The Vax boasts an immense 340 air watts whereas the Dyson has 220 air watts. I have no idea what air watts are but the extra 120 almost sucked up the whole rug the vacuum was placed on! With just one pass of the Vax the dog hair was gone, whereas the Dyson took two goes at it. Take a look at the video below
The Vax ships with a 6 year warranty, one year more than Dyson so another bonus point for Vax.
The Vax Mach Air Force Pet vacuum cleaner certainly isn`t a looker but if you are after a powerful vacuum that makes light work of dog hair and household dust then it does a great job. The washable HEPA filter is great for people with allergies and the TurboTool works superbly on stairs, in tight spaces and on furniture.