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      01-02-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Hand held vacuum cleaner

My 20 year old Dirt devil vacuum cleaner for the car is on its last legs and I need to replace, anyone any recommendations of what they use for the car.

Not really keen on rechargeable or even plug in to the car as the power is generally low so prefer mains powered. Also want a flexible hose with a crevice tool for getting in around seats etc.

Have seen a Black & Decker VH900 for around 50 which seems decent value with good power but just interested in what else anyone uses.
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I wish Dyson would come out with something.
I have their DC31, but it's not really good for using in the car as it cant get into the little nooks and crannies, only good for about 6 mins, and it's pretty heavy weighted at the back.

It's good for the mats / seats tho and is quite powerful.
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Dyson DC31 mate - it is rechargeable, but is sooo powerful (battery lasts 10 mins). Its even got a turbo mode

Only downside is the cost - but you wont look back and it seems to get more use than our main hoover!
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I bought a 'Henry' for car cleaning duties...brilliant.
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Can't see the Dyson is much use around the car, doesn't have a flexi hose does it?
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Why the flexi hose?

I don't like flexi hoses in a car, they just thrash all your trim and your door cills as they drag around, unless you are uber careful.

Just a 25 quid dustbuster type thing with a good pointy nozzle gets everywhere. it covers for house and car use.

I find the batteries are shagged after about a year as they sit on trickle 24 hours a day, but at 25 quid a pop for a whole new unit, who cares?

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Can't see the Dyson is much use around the car, doesn't have a flexi hose does it?
No, there's no flexi hose with, (which is why I wish Dyson would bring something you can use for the car out) but it's still good for the seats and mats
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Dyson DC31 mate - it is rechargeable, but is sooo powerful (battery lasts 10 mins). Its even got a turbo mode

Only downside is the cost - but you wont look back and it seems to get more use than our main hoover!
+1 on this; the Dyson is 125 ish but well made and great suction (ooer Matron).

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Flexi hose I reckon is essential to get down the sides of seats etc. If only doing seats and mats then a fixed head would be ok but anything around seats and around pedals etc needs a flexi hose to get right in there.

Something that runs out after 10 mins doesn't sound much use either, thats why I prefer mains powered so there are no issues.
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I have this Oreck small portable vacuum - I spotted it in a car magazine that was featuring detailing, this was the one that the pro detailer was using and got fantastic results.

For 100 it's a bargain and dead useful round the house too!

The crevice tool is good for around the seats, the soft brush is ideal for the dash/vents/leather seats and the carpet tool leaves nice stripes on the mats

Had it for a couple of years now and it's really good - doesn't look much I admit but very functional and from a US brand with a solid reputation. I also have a small Dyson vacuum which is OK for quick clean ups but no good for a proper vacuum out as it wont get round the seats etc and the battery dies before the car is finished (and totally useless when washing/vac'ing both cars)
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Dyson DC31 - Love it - Never have a battery issue and is really powerful.

I use it in the car most days.
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We've owned a Black and Decker rechargeable for about four years now, still going strong, great for little jobs around the house and car. It still amazes me just how much it picks up and only about 60
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