I had never used any Vax product to clean my carpets before this one, so I didn’t know what to expect when I fired it up for the first time.
Being fed up with the nearly ten-year-old model we have at home, I decided to order one of these gizmos to see how they run.
A couple of days later, everyone had cleared out of the house; leaving only me, a filthy carpet, and a brand new Vax VRS801 Dual Power Max upright carpet cleaner to break in.
So then I plugged in the machine, gathered all the accessories, poured into the solution (the shampoo), and set the thing off on its maiden voyage across a sea of dirt, dust, and dog fur. Assembly was a cinch, as all I had to do was attach the handle to the body, turn a locking ring, and put the clean water tank in place. All put together, it was quite hefty, which probably makes it inadvisable for use in relatively smaller homes.
I noticed as I was running it across my carpet that it was slightly noisier than I remembered my old carpet cleaner. At first, I thought there was a defect, but all throughout the cleaning of the entire house, performance did not drop even in the slightest. The dual brushes made short work of my filthy carpets; although, the backward stroke doesn’t really leave the carpet as dry as I had hoped. Multiple drying strokes are needed if you want an entirely dry carpet.
I’ve heard it said by other Vax owners that only genuine Vax cleaning solutions should be used for this product, as using other cleaning solutions may cause some unwanted foaming. The contrast between the cleaned section of the carpet was plain as day; I never really knew my carpet could achieve such a vibrant red. I don’t think it was that bright when I bought it.
I gave my living room a thorough cleaning and had to replace the dirty water tank four times. I replaced the clean water five times though, as there was more volume in the dirty water tank than the clean one, probably because they were trying not to make the thing heavier than it already was. The dirty water tank was easy enough to clean as well.
The upholstery wash tool is reasonably effective at its job. It removed the dog fur scent from the upholstery well enough. Similar to the main carpet cleaner, you press the trigger as you go forwards to deploy the cleaning solution, and release it as you go back, letting the dirty water get sucked into the nozzle. The furniture gets considerably wetter than the carpet after washing, but that has more to do with the material being cleaned than the machine itself.
All in all, the Vax VRS801 Dual Power Max is something I would greatly recommend to any homeowner like me who has a pretty sizeable house. Its wide cleaning path and dual brush action lets you shampoo your carpets fairly quickly, and the added tools give it much more functionality than your average carpet cleaner. I give this cleaner a rating of 4 out of 5.
- Thoroughly washes carpets, upholstery and sucks up spills
- Powered water jets provide deeper carpet cleaning
- Twin tank technology separates clean water from dirty
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