You just have to visit municipal waste tips to see how many appliances are thrown away. This is a sad reflection of the quality, or lack of it, of many appliances these days, and they are not all from the cheaper brands either! Many consumers are uncomfortable with this waste and cost, both to themselves and the environment. In today’s disposable society, SEBO, a specialist in high quality vacuum cleaners, is rightly proud that 33% of SEBO owners bought their machine/s, which are still going strong, over ten years ago. Results have been gathered after SEBO UK conducted a poll on www.sebo.co.uk asking 685 people how long they have owned their vacuum cleaner/s. A third of people have said they have had their SEBO vacuum cleaner/s for more than ten years. In fact, many are working way over 25 years later as the service/spares department can testify! SEBO’s cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners offer outstanding performance. They are easy to use and are ideal for all floor types. The machines can scoot under furniture enabling you to reach every nook and cranny. Constructed from the highest quality materials, you can be assured that your SEBO will give you years of trouble-free service. All SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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German engineering is revered as the best in the world; so choose a German-made vacuum cleaner for the cleanest home in the world! They are built to last, look fantastic and, thanks to their ergonomic design ‘drive’ like a dream! SEBO offers some handy top tips on what to consider when purchasing a new vacuum cleaner. Upright or cylinder vacuum cleaner? Uprights are great for a large carpeted area as they are easy to manoeuvre whereas a cylinder could be considered for small areas with lots of furniture and hard floors. Many vacuum cleaners, however, can do both jobs as many houses have different floors. Also, take a look at the attachments and make sure your whole home is catered for (bear in mind you’ll be vacuuming furniture and curtains from time to time) and if you have pets or allergies, look at models designed to pull up more hair. What floorcoverings do you have in your home? It’s not just the difference between carpet or hard flooring; it’s the type of flooring too. For example, if you have a loop carpet, you’ll want a model where you can turn off the brush roller so it doesn’t get caught. Hard flooring can be uneven so look for something designed to cope with this, such as a combination head. Who will be using the vacuum cleaner? Remember to think about who is using the machine. If the user is frail or small-framed, a lighter, more nimble machine is the way to go. Bag or bagless? When first introduced, bagless machines were the must-have, no-fuss option but, these days, bag technology has come a long way and, if you suffer from allergies or simply want a clean emptying process, look for a machine with micro-fibre high filtration bags which keep all the dust and particles inside. Energy efficiency and performance rating EU rulings state that all vacuum cleaners sold in the UK need to be clearly labelled with their energy efficiency level and performance ratings. Be sure to ask an expert in a reputable store to make sure you are buying the right machine! In conclusion SEBO’s cylinder and upright vacuum cleaners offer outstanding performance, they are easy to use and are ideal for all floor types. The machines can scoot under furniture enabling you to reach every nook and cranny. With prices starting from as little as £159.00, they are great value for money. With a model to suit every home, SEBO is the perfect choice. SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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SEBO’s airbelt E1 Plus vacuum cleaner is compact, lightweight and incorporates an array of intelligent features. Designed to provide a smart and efficient clean, the model features an adjustable, stainless steel tube, a 1200W suction motor, a clever airflow design and a low noise level of 72 dB. An innovative feature to ensure a longer life for each vacuum cleaner, the SEBO Intelligent Motor Protection System prevents overheating by sensing when the motor is getting too warm and reducing the power to cool it down, all without compromising on efficiency. The airbelt bumper is a handy addition too; the user can navigate the machine around furniture and corners without marking or damaging them. The easy-glide castors allow the vacuum cleaner to move with ease with just the lightest pull. The SEBO airbelt E1 Plus vacuum cleaner is suitable for all floor types and comes with a SEBO KOMBI professional cleaning head.
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SEBO UK has been shortlisted for this year’s Which? Home Appliance Brand of the Year 2016 Award. SEBO boasts an extensive range of upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners; each made with the best quality materials so they perform to a consistently high standard year after year. All SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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Not only does the SEBO Felix Vogue Eco vacuum cleaner boast designer good looks with its sleek body and on-trend geometric-print design, this stylish upright is also light and easy-to-use and produces excellent results. It has an ergonomic handle grip for comfortable use and portability, and a flexible neck which can be steered effortlessly around furniture and under rugs. Its L-shaped head reaches right up to skirting boards and slides under radiators to ensure every inch of the floor is left perfectly clean. What’s more, its body can be flattened to glide under furniture, which makes cleaning under heavy items, such as a sofa or bed, simple. Ideal for all floorcoverings, Felix Vogue Eco’s variable suction control is easily adjustable to suit any task. It has a brush-height control too so the user can choose between gentle to deep brushing as desired. Convenient and hygienic, the Felix Vogue Eco has an S-class filtration and a sealable multi-layer bag to ensure no dust escapes, making it a clever buy for allergy sufferers. All SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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A recent survey by leading vacuum cleaner specialist, SEBO, shows that 56% of people looking for a new model are not influenced by the energy rating label. More important is weight, looks, floorcovering compatibility and price. However, SEBO has ensured that the new ratings are indeed nodded to! Following EU energy label regulations, the latest designs in the Felix Eco range from SEBO have been awarded ‘A’ energy ratings. The models in the Felix Eco collection, which includes the Navy, Pet, Rosso, Royale and Vogue vacuum cleaners, feature powerful, eco-friendly 700-watt suction motors. Due to the efficient airflow, the machines clean as effectively as ever before. SEBO offers a wide range of upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners. Pictured is the SEBO Felix Rosso Eco vacuum cleaner. All SEBO domestic vacuum cleaners come with a five-year parts and labour guarantee.
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“Buyer beware” and “too good to be true” are the phrases that come to mind when one considers the way consumers are manipulated by certain vacuum cleaner manufacturers who regularly use the lure of ‘sale’ prices. Everyone likes a bargain and there is no reason why manufacturers and retailers should not use a sale to sell goods that are genuinely reduced from their normal price. The problem comes when the bargains that consumers think they are getting are not actual bargains but the result of fabricated price structuring. Strict government guidelines exist relating to sale pricing that attempt to protect consumers by ensuring price reductions are genuine. The most important point to note is that, broadly speaking, before prices can be reduced in a sale, an item must have been sold at the higher price for at least 28 consecutive days before the sale. In addition, the item must not be offered at the sale price for any longer than it was sold at the higher price. While adhering to the basic principles that these guidelines set out, some vacuum cleaner manufacturers do not embrace the underlying spirit. They instead employ a policy of ‘high-low pricing’ where they purposefully set an item at a high price to give customers the impression that this is the correct price for a product and then, 28 days later, significantly drop the cost and present it as a deal that is too good to miss. These tactics are not confined to vacuum cleaner manufacturers but they are rife within our industry amongst certain brands. For those involved, there is a very real danger that, after a while, this contrived means of attracting sales will taint the brand because consumers become savvy to the yo-yo pricing and simply wait for the next sale reduction. More worryingly, there are trust issues with retailers who become upset that they have bought at one price and are potentially having to sell at a price lower than they paid for the product. Retailers also have to deal with disgruntled consumers, unwittingly caught out by these fake bargains, who have bought at the higher price only to see exactly the same product being sold for significantly less than they paid. As has been seen with Black Friday, the benefits for retailers of large price reductions are often short lived. The idea being established in consumers' minds that, if they wait, there will always be another better and bigger bargain creates unsustainable peaks and troughs in the market and undermines acceptable margin levels. In the longer term, the manufactures who consistently offer high quality products and attempt to sell at a fair price at all times are likely to be the real winners, along with the consumers who realise that a bargain is not necessarily what it appears and quality, ease of use and reliability are worth paying for.
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The biggest cost element in any cleaning operation in care homes and hospitals is the labour cost and this cost can only be reduced through an increase in productivity. With regard to vacuum cleaning, this requires moving away from cylinder vacuums and using upright machines which can clean a much greater area in any given time due to their wider floor heads and efficient operation. Also, they are likely to improve the quality of the cleaning, removing much more from the floor per pass of the floor head. The choice between carpet and hard wood floors can sometimes be tough but you need to think of the hygiene and cleanliness behind them. Carpeted floors give a feeling of luxury and comfort and reduce sound levels by absorbing noise. They also trap dust and dirt and need a tailored cleaning regime to keep them clean and of good appearance. At least, daily vacuuming is required with a rotating brush to agitate the pile and remove dust and fibre, with periodic deep cleaning with either a wet or dry system. There are many advances in floor cleaning technology and we want to use these advances to help prevent and control infection. The use of water-free polishing systems removes the moisture microbes need to multiply. The latest micro-fibre vacuum bags are excellent for retaining even fine material, preventing harmful particles escaping into the air. People often forget that floor cleaning machines also need maintenance and cleaning. With regard to vacuum cleaners, they should be regularly checked over, paying particular attention to cable damage, as well as inspecting filters and replacing if necessary. The floor heads should be checked for damage and cleanliness, and worn parts such as brushes replaced.
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A year on and consumers are just as confused over EU rules governing the labelling and power of vacuum cleaners as they were when the requirements were introduced. Nothing has changed, except that manufacturers are attempting to sue either each other or the EU; and consumers are buying vacuum cleaners that they may be ultimately unhappy with. Often consumers are finding that vacuum cleaners, particularly cylinders, are harder to use than before. This is due to the fact that, to meet the EU requirements and achieve the pick up of dirt that is specified, manufacturers are making machines where the floorhead sticks to the floor. In reviews, where vacuum cleaners have been tested in ‘real world’ situations, this is a common problem. Anecdotally, retailers have seen an increase in returns on some manufacturer’s models because customers are finding the machines difficult to use and not performing as expected. Indeed, the level of customer dissatisfaction has led some retailers to stop stocking certain models. When it comes to the labels themselves, it seems likely that the majority of consumers are taking little notice of them and, where they do, are probably left confused. They will almost certainly have scant grasp of what the data shown really means or how little the tests used to gather it relate to the actual everyday use of a vacuum cleaner. Ironically, it is now often the case that the better the vacuum cleaner performs, the worse the rating on the label. Our key objections to the legislation surrounding the energy label have always concerned the testing procedures, particularly the tests for pick up. Both the hard floor and carpet pick up tests require that a special type of sand be used. This is not something that is normally collected by vacuum cleaners: generally 80% of what is picked up is fluff, hair and fibre. The hard floor test also involves removing dirt from a 10mm deep by 3mm wide crevice. It does not take into account the need to clean the surface of the floor! The noise and filtration tests are equally farcical and in no way make for a more efficient and better-designed vacuum cleaner. ‘Ease of use’ is not part of the tests. There is little transparency for the consumer. In light of the Volkswagen scandal, it seems astonishing that the energy labels are self-certified and are open to abuse. Indeed, some of the ratings given by manufacturers are questionable to say the least. No wonder a generation of ‘tick box’ vacuum cleaners is being developed that are poor at picking up what needs to be picked up, good at picking up what does not need to be picked up, and frustratingly difficult to use. This is only the start. Currently, 1600w is the maximum wattage for vacuum cleaners but this figure drops to 900w in 2017. While quality brands will hopefully always offer superior performance, in future it may take a lot longer to clean a floor!
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“Buyer beware” and “too good to be true” are the phrases that come to mind when one considers the way consumers are manipulated by certain vacuum cleaner manufacturers who regularly use the lure of ‘sale’ prices. Everyone likes a bargain and there is no reason why manufacturers and retailers should not use a sale to sell goods that are genuinely reduced from their normal price. The problem comes when the bargains that consumers think they are getting are not actual bargains but the result of fabricated price structuring. Strict government guidelines exist relating to sale pricing that attempt to protect consumers by ensuring price reductions are genuine. The most important point to note is that, broadly speaking, before prices can be reduced in a sale, an item must have been sold at the higher price for at least 28 consecutive days before the sale. In addition, the item must not be offered at the sale price for any longer than it was sold at the higher price. While adhering to the basic principles that these guidelines set out, some vacuum cleaner manufacturers do not embrace the underlying spirit. They instead employ a policy of ‘high-low pricing’ where they purposefully set an item at a high price to give customers the impression that this is the correct price for a product and then, 28 days later, significantly drop the cost and present it as a deal that is too good to miss. These tactics are not confined to vacuum cleaner manufacturers but they are rife within our industry amongst certain brands. For those involved, there is a very real danger that, after a while, this contrived means of attracting sales will taint the brand because consumers become savvy to the yo-yo pricing and simply wait for the next sale reduction. More worryingly, there are trust issues with retailers who become upset that they have bought at one price and are potentially having to sell at a price lower than they paid for the product. Retailers also have to deal with disgruntled consumers, unwittingly caught out by these fake bargains, who have bought at the higher price only to see exactly the same product being sold for significantly less than they paid. As has been seen with Black Friday, the benefits for retailers of large price reductions are often short lived. The idea being established in consumers' minds that, if they wait, there will always be another better and bigger bargain creates unsustainable peaks and troughs in the market and undermines acceptable margin levels. In the longer term, the manufacturers who consistently offer high quality products and attempt to sell at a fair price at all times are likely to be the real winners, along with the consumers who realise that a bargain is not necessarily what it appears and quality, ease of use and reliability are worth paying for. For more information on the SEBO range, please call 01494 465533 or visit www.sebo.co.uk. -ends-
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