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There are three parts to assemble when the unit is unpacked, the body, the shoe (or foot) and the handle. The only slightly tricky bit is connecting the two pin power connector between the base and the body which is a swivel motion.
During my couple of weeks testing it my own vacuum was put aside and this got a good workout. As with most modern uprights you can remove the hose from the body and attach various supplied fittings to do stairs and curtains etc.
The power cord is just short of seven metres and for me that is around 50cm short of being able to vacuum everywhere from one central plug. A minor point for those who have several floors and are therefore used to unplugging.
One thing that pull along units have in their favour is the cord is retracted inside the machine; here you just loop it up.
From the floor to the handle on top of body is 65cm, the extension handle can add another 47cm to the overall height. The brush width is 28cm while the actual shoe width is 30cm so it does not go exactly to skirting boards.
From front to back the unit is 36cm. The rear wheels are fixed but there is a pair of retractable wheels 7cm from the front to enable easy moving of the unit when in the vertical position, they retract when in working mode.
The body can twist from side to side to aid steering I would say around 20degrees either side of the straight ahead.
On the front of the shoe is an easy to move adjuster that allows you to set from solid floors to quite thick carpets, there are a total of four clicks.
There is a filter in the shoe to remove small particles of dust from the air. Another filter on top of the circular bin extracts more particles. The dust and small items of grit are on display in the clear bin, a single clip holds it in place and it is easy to lift off and to drop directly into the dustbin or plastic bag if you keep your bin pristine.
Back left is the foot operated button to lower the unit to allow it to start vacuuming, a firm but not over heavy push is required.
It is stated to clear pet hairs and be capable of doing a ’13 stair dash’ by the expansion in the hose of the main unit.
There are three models, 1103, 1106 or 1109. I was sent the mid price 1109 model. All their Globe units come with a five year guarantee. However one proviso is that you have to register it within 28days of purchase to extend the basic one year guarantee to five years reading the form carefully no cost is involved in this extension.
It can stow away in a smaller space than most similar units, it is quite light so easy to carry up stairs, however I did miss edge to edge cleaning, admittedly it was easy to extract the hose to do near the edges that it could not get into.
The Hoover Globe GL1109 is available from the link below for £229.99 with free delivery.
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