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Vax U88-P3-B

Vax Vacuum Cleaners The mid priced Vax U88-P3-B features an upright design, medium capacity and a decent level of performance for a relatively modest price tag.

Vax U88-P3-B Review

Lightweight, and very good value. The built in 2000w motor provides plenty of power and a high level of suction. Predominantly constructed from plastic - however, it does seem hard wearing, and includes a 2 year guarantee.
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Vax U88-P3-B Review

Whilst some of the high end vacuum cleaners provide exceptional level of performance, we recognise that not everyone can either afford or justify spending a huge amount of money on a vacuum cleaner.  For some, a cheap or mid priced hoover will be more than adequate, and as such we take a look at the very affordable Vax U88-P3-B, which on paper seems to offer a considerable specification.

As you'd expect, construction on the Vax U88-P3-B is mainly plastic, which is perfectly acceptable as it helps to keep the price low.  Despite this, the body feels sturdy and hard wearing - it also helps to keep the weight down to a 7.5kg total.  The wheels run fairly smoothly on carpets and tiling alike, and it doesn't take much effort to transport or operate.  Similarly the handle is comfortable to hold, and doesn't flex during use.  The power cord is longer than average, with 10m of slack available should you require it - this is perfect for areas that don't have a mains socket in proximity, as well as for those who are too lazy to constantly unplug the vacuum when moving between rooms!

The suction produced by the 2000w (or 280 air watts) motor is pretty powerful, and will be more than substantial for even the fluffiest of carpets.  We tested it on mud, pet hair and sand, and it came up trumps every time.  The dust container has a 3 litre capacity, which is slightly smaller than average, but the HEPA filter will helps those with allergies and is washable, which should help to provide a high level of performance.  Storage shouldn't be a problem - the  U88-P3-B is 109cm tall by 33cm wide and 39cm deep - and so any reasonably sized cupboard or under stairs area will accommodate it.

So all in all what did we make of the Vax U88-P3-B? If you're looking for a cheap upright vacuum cleaner which doesn't cost the earth, but still actually works then it's hard to beat.  Our testers were all in praise of it's performance, and considering the retail price and guarantee, it offers good value.

Our Conclusion for the Vax U88-P3-B Vacuum Cleaner

If you're looking for a lightweight upright vacuum cleaner and not looking to spend too much, then the U88-P3-B from Vax is well worth bearing in mind.  Peace of mind is provided with a lengthy guarantee, and the 2000w motor helps to create enough suction for all floor types.  All in all, the Vax U88-P3-B is an affordable upright vacuum cleaner and one that, in our experience, will provide a high level of performance.

Vax U88-P3-B Hoover Features

  • Easy and hygienic dustbox emptying system
  • Plastic extension tubes - both lightweight and durable.
  • Overall Capacity is 3 litres.
  • Includes a crevice tool, dusting brush, 2 piece extension tube.
  • 2 year guarantee
  • 10m power cord to enable vacuuming away from power sockets
  • The Vax U88-P3-B is suitable for both regular carpets and hard flooring alike
  • HEPA filtration helps avoid allergies
  • 109cm by 33cm by 39cm dimensions
  • Weight of the Vax U88-P3-B is 7.65kg.
  • Length of hose is 2.5 meters, providing a huge overall vacuuming circumference
  • Manual cord rewind
  • Manual on/off system
  • 2000 watts of power which provides 280 air watts.
  • Powerful and easy to manoeuvre around furniture and household obstructions
  • Washable filter for easy cleaning
  • Stretch hose for staircase and awkward spot cleaning.
  • Side suction for edge to edge cleaning
  • On-board tool storage
  • Adjustable floor head to adapt to different types of flooring

Vax U88-P3-B Vacuum Cleaner Specification

Manufacturer: Vax
Vacuum Model: U88-P3-B
Vacuum Style: upright
Dust Storage Type: bagless
Total Dust Capacity: 3 litres
Power Supply: Mains
Power (watts): 2000w
Volts: 230v
Corded/Cordless: corded
Length of Cord: 10m
Colour Scheme: grey
Power Settings: 3
Overall Weight: 7.50kg
Measurements: 1090mm x 330mm x 390mm
Extras included: Crevice tool, a Dusting brush, and a 2 piece extension tube
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
Customer Rating:

Customer Reviews for the Vax U88-P3-B Vacuum Cleaner

"Needed a new vacuum cleaner after the old one broke, and eventually plumped for the Vax U88-P3-B, largely because I didn't want to spend a fortune, but still wanted something that worked.  I was pleasnatly surprised by how well it worked, keeps my house clean and gets the cat hair off the sofa.  Happy with my decision, would recommend." Judith, Newcastle

"I picked up one of the Vax U88-P3-B upright vacs for my mum - she always preferred the old style of vacuum cleaner, but couldn't justify spending hundreds of pounds.  She likes it - it's quite light and easy to store but also works well.  It comes with a 2 year guarantee too, so if anything goes wrong then we're covered.  I've never tried the more expensive models, but for what we required the U88-P3-B does the job.  It's easy to empty, and is supposed to be 2000 watts, so sucks up all the dust." Trevor, Torquay

"The Vax U88-P3-B seems to be a pretty basic upright vacuum cleaner, but does have quite a bit of power.  My old hoover finally broke, and I bought this one to replace it.  It works really well and stores nicely underneath the stairs.  It doesn't make too much noise either, which is an added bonus.  Very good value in my opinion!" Clive, Gillingham

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