1200W Upright Vacuum $89 from Kmart (Nationwide)

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Remember this vacuum cleaner from Kmart that everyone went crazy for and it was sold out last year, well its back again

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/the-89-vacuu...

I was browsing my local Kmart here in sydney and was stumped to find a shelf full of them. I thought maybe it was my store but I checked online at Kmart for all capital cities and there were stores that had stock of them (some having limited stock already).

Whilst its still the same price $89, I find this great value. I actually bought that Dyson vacuum cleaner that was on sale a couple of weeks ago for $249 but thought i'd try this one. Tried it at the new (rental) apartment and initial use did a pretty good job so might sell my dyson later lol

To check local stock;
http://www.kmart.com.au/product/1200w-upright-vacuum/1936931

enjoy :)

Comments

  • +4 votes

    This is the regular price, but they quickly go out of stock.

    This is hands down the best vacuum I have ever owned.

    As these are normally so quick to go out of stock you may want to consider ordering online, when I got mine delivery was $13.00

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      How long have you had the vacuum?

      Obviously a brand new vacuum will be better than a 1 year old vacuum.
      How will this go in 1-2+ years time?

      • +3 votes

        I bought it last September-ish, use it once a week-ish, no issues so far…-ish.

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          I've got the barrel version of the kmart cyclonic vac ….. 6 years on still works fine …. broke the hose handle (stepped on it), replace with one from neighbours hard waste collection.
          Most fitting are standard on vacs.

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          Well if that is consistently the case then I guess we are all getting conned.
          Who needs the Miele or Dyson when there is the Kmart's haha

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          @garage sale:

          Love hard rubbish! Even better when it acts perfectly as your spares repository!

  • +19 votes

    OzRRP

  • +18 votes

    This vacuum really sucks.

  • +1 vote

    So is the craze about this vacuum just a smart marketing, or there's some real truth to it? I briefly read some contradicting verdicts to its quality a while ago, and I am not sure what to make of this.

    • +5 votes

      I can vouch for this, I have a large high pile rug in my lounge that I have owned for several years, vacuumed regularly.

      It was looking awful and I thought it needed a good wash, I went as far as buying a high pressure cleaner, carpet shampoo and a wet/dry vacuum as I was going to drag it outside and wash it.

      However I bought this vacuum just after buying the above and one vacuum and it was looking brand new again.

      Had to empty the container twice, was actually embarrassed at how much dirt was removed.

      • +1 vote

        Container? So it is bagless?

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        Thanks for the info, xev. So for someone who has a tiled floor then it isn't that useful, I guess? I used to have one (small) rug in the center of my living room, but I don't remove my shoes while indoors and couldn't be bothered cleaning it, so I rolled it up and haven't used it for ages. I have no pets, kids, nor rugs, and I live by myself, so I guess I might need another product for hard floors.

        • +2 votes

          It's fine for tiles, I use it for my rugs, vinyl, tile and wood floors.

          There is a height control, they recommend on some surfaces to make sure the height is above the floor if the surface is prone to scratching, e.g. wood floors

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          @xev: Cheers. I might check my local stores for stock, and give it a go. Ta

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          I use vac on hard floors as it gets loose dirt off (removes it) and a broom tends to make the finer dust airborne(pushes it around), but you need a mop to get of dirt that is stuck because it got moist, eg on floor around kitchen sink, or where the wet soles of shoes have been.

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          If you only have tiles you are better off with something less bulky and easier/faster to use, as you won't see the benefits of the vacuum except for using the mini turbo head on furniture. If you have leather furniture you won't see any benefits to this vacuum at all and might as well just buy any cheapo one that's easier to use.

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          @Timothy-1: I was thinking to buy that Xiaomi, second generation robot vacuum (which I heard has a mopping functionality). I had a very old vacuum that kicked the bucket a while ago, and the Dysons seemed kinda more expensive to me, so will see which one I will get.

  • +13 votes

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/the-89-vacuu...

    That's just an advertisement pretending to be a review.

    Don't know how good or bad these things are, but Kidspot is owned by them.

    • +2 votes

      Good point, hence the usefulness of Member xev's comments above.

    • +5 votes

      I agree, with the amount of positive articles news.com does on kmart it is likely paid.

      However, the vacuum is very good. I highly recommend it.

      Though, I should charge Kmart for these comments, they're obviously willing to pay for good exposure.

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        Do you know if there's a good but cheap carpet cleaner?

        Going to hire one from Bunnings but will have to regularly do that as I have an indoor dog.

        • +1 vote

          Sorry no, as above. my solution was going to use a high pressure cleaner and wet/dry Vacuum outside, but I was going to buy those items anyway. I have used the wet/dry vacuum for some spot cleaning.

          Hopefully someone else may be able to provide a recommendation for you.

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          @TarquinOliverNimrod:

          I need a proper cleaner, not a vacuum.

          Carpet is dirty and stained from the dog.

        • +46 votes

          I had Vax carpet shampooer from deal many years back. This is their current model. Works great, I'm still using it every year to clean our carpet, only do it during hot summer day so the carpet dries faster. You'll be surprise on how dirty the water is.
          Also if you decide to get one, do not buy the shampoo/cleaning solution, just make your own. The shampoo is equivalent to printer's ink. Here's the recipe:
          (Measured using the little cup from cough syrup)
          40ml Liquid detergent
          2cup (40ml volume) Napisan
          40ml Fabric softener
          40ml Ajax spray n wipe multi-purpose
          (Ajax from Woolies the rest from Aldi)
          3ltr Hot water from tap
          This will makes 3 ltr concentrated shampoo/cleaning solution. I use around 200ml per vacuum tank, and again fill it up with hot water.
          You can adjust the ingredients +- 20ml. Do not over-do it, it will makes your carpet very soapy and sticky.

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          @Jackfruit: Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

          Would up-vote but I've reached my limit.

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          @Jackfruit:

          Thank you.

          Was just looking at the ones available, tossing up between the Vax and Bissell.

          Don't need anything fancy as the carpet here is cheap quality and only two small rooms.

          Still figure buying one will pay for itself instead of hiring one.

          Will probably go the Bissell as they currently have a 60 day satisfaction guarantee.

        • +3 votes

          @ Scab
          We bought a Bissell carpet cleaner many years ago. It is one with a built in water heater.
          It does a great job, carpets come up better than the commercial cleaners that come to you and leaves it much drier.
          Only thing is that it is a slow process because it is not as wide nor as powerful as the ones you hire so it's best to just do a couple of rooms at a time.
          We found that the Bissell liquid is worth the extra $ over the generics.
          Ours also does furniture & your car … it has a flex hose with tubes in it and a mini cleaning head.
          It is a bit fiddly cleaning the dirty water out and you may have to do that a couple of times with say a master bedroom.

        • +1 vote

          @xywolap:

          Thanks, would love the heated one but too expensive and overkill for my needs.

          Will probably get the Bissell pet one for $229.

          Hiring one is $40 plus petrol so it would pay for itself after 4 or 5 uses.

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          The Bunnings hire one is awesome. Don'waste your money on the special shampoo… DOES NOT clean anything.

          I used white vinegar and the pine o clean equivalent both from aldi.. got years of dirt and dead skin off a suede couch we bought second hand

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          @Scab:

          Any link for Bissell pet $229?

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          @Scab: Yeah, you probably should go for Bissell, as the new Vax doesn't have power-brush, seems to be a step-down model than the previous one. Don't need to buy the heated one, just fill up the tanks with hot water. Btw, bissell is only $209 at good guys.

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          One more thing, this carpet cleaner is super loud. But I assumed all ozbargainers have anc headphones, this is one of the moment that my Sony x1000-2 is really useful.

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          @Jackfruit:

          That's amazing, thank you

        • +1 vote

          @xev: >Would up-vote but I've reached my limit.

          Here done it for you mate

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          @Jackfruit:

          Btw, bissell is only $209 at good guys.

          I saw that, think it's discontinued.

          Was looking at the current one for $229 at Bing Lee.

          Not in a rush so will wait for an eBay promo.

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          @Scab:

          Does it come with Upholstery cleaning attachments to wash furniture & car seats?

          Something like this one
          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/118857

        • +2 votes

          @Scab:
          I have the bissel pet brush one since about 5 years. We have 3 kids and light colored carpet, so it gets used quite a lot. Probably do a full clean 3-4 times a year.

          Other times its just used to suck up spills.

          Its great will buy again when this one dies.

          Yes its very loud (they all are at this price range). I use ear defenders when using it for big jobs.

          I get the Vax or rug doctor fluid from the supermarket. It has stain guard stuff in it which helps seal your carpet so spills take longer to soak in.

        • +1 vote

          @mazuko:

          No, you would have to get the next model up that's about $100 more for that.

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          @RB260483:

          I am so glad it was not living skin ;)

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          @Jackfruit:
          Thanks for detail info

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          @D6C1: Thank you, limit now reset and am spreading positivity again.

        • +1 vote

          @Scab: I think you can put hot or warm water in the non heated one anyway and still get the same result.
          Its worth looking at some youtube tips on using it. Slower than the bigger machines as i already said but does a great job.
          In true ozb style… go hard on the price then sting them up for a free bottle of the bissell solution to seal the deal… I did :-)
          BTW.. never found it to be a noisy machine.

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        Yeah, yeah, you've already mentioned in 4 different replies that this vacuum is amazing, we get it.
        My friend has one, it looks pretty cool but he says it's bulky / heavy so he isn't a big fan.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah I've seen at least 10 articles on news.com.au in the last year about how great the products at Kmart are. While some are alright, others will find their way to the bin pretty quickly.

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      Yeah, that's the story I heard about re this vacuum, and why I was little bit skeptical. If some OzB members have used it, and can vouch for its usefulness, then all good. Luckily it isn't that expensive.

    • +1 vote

      Noticed that ACA often doing what must be paid KMart spots masquerading as stories too recently.
      Shameless bullshit Demtel. Not that I have any trust or expectations in ACA

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      Vacuum overall highly rated by (and I dare say frenzy generated from) the Kmart Mums Australia FB group (296k members, noting that they usually nitpick about every minuscule problem of a product).

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    It’s out of stock online already.

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      That depends on where you are located, if you are after one I would recommend just buying it online as soon as you see it, postage cost me $13.00

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      Plenty of stock @ Toowong Village, Brisbane at 10.30 this morning when I got one.

  • +2 votes

    YMMV but I've bought and returned 2 of these due to small flames/smoke/loud noise coming out of them. They didn't suck up very well either. Others seem to have had better experience than me, and at least it's easy to return to K-mart. Ended up with an Aldi version that works great.

  • -1 vote

    I can’t believe Kmart took so long to get this back in stock, considering it’s popularity. I was going to buy this vacuum but it never came back, so I brought a Vax from Costco that i’m quite happy with, but I paid double the price of this.

    • +1 vote

      They come back into stock all the time, but each store may get 10, and they sell out by lunch.
      At least that's what a couple of Kmart employees told me.

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    Was gonna get it then was given a Miele for free by a relo. Score!

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    How heavy is it? Used to a normal vacuum cleaner with the wand and tugging the machine along.

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      Not really… Having the motorhead too low creates a lot of friction and suction thus giving the impression this vacuum is heavier than it is.

      You can remove the entire handle assembly and plug the suction hose straight into it so you can use it like a traditional vaccuum for hard to reach nooks

  • +1 vote

    Got 1 at my local Kmart today. Thanks op

  • +7 votes

    Also vouch for this highly. I had a stand up dyson and a v6 handstick… No more dyson standup and handstick is now just used for the car.

    As for reviews on "quality" it does feel plasticy and makes some plastic rubbing/squeaking noise when you drive it like Colin Mcrae, but it does feel solid.

    As for quality of the cleaning, also hands down the best i've owned and used.

    The motorhead, though more basic in design compared to dyson, is far superior. The dyson is spun by a separate electric motor that shuts off for safety when there is too much load and can cause overheat. The kmart motorhead is rubber belt driven straight off the vacuum compressor (you also get a spare one packed with the manual), therefore it never stops. On the lowest floor setting, it is strong enough to "scrub" off dried food our baby has left on the floor. On the other hand, if you set it too low and "scrub" old carpet with it you'll take a lot of carpet fibre with you… This did however make the old carpet feel fluffier.

    The bagless design is also superior to a dyson. It's 1.3litres and the filter/inlet is at the very top so it never clogs or affects suction power till nearly full.

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      Thanks for the honest review

      It's 1.3litres

      Isn't it 3.5L?

      Also, how long is the hose please?

      • +3 votes

        Sorry you're right it is 3.5l.. no idea where I got 1.3l from.. may have been the Dyson.

        As for length, its quite stretchy, but after about 1.5m, you'll start dragging the vacuum with you unless you hold it as it will lose balance.

        Heres the mrs modelling it for you:
        https://photos.app.goo.gl/V8u2cw31r7FpT0Jq2

  • +1 vote

    I was at kmart yesterday, they have this at the castle hill tower store, it is quite heavy, it weighed like 3x my dyson small ball.

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    I like how this vacuum sucks so much.

  • +1 vote

    Read this Product Review before considering a Bissell!

    https://www.productreview.com.au/r/bissell-pro-heat-2x-revol...

    The cheap VAX carpet washers and other Chinese clones (Godfreys etc) are just toys!

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      Funny how the page opens to the only 1-star review. There are 10 others that are 5-star or 4-star, including more recent ones.

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      Yep I bought a Bissell after reading a few good reviews online and it’s a piece of crap. So disappointed- barely used it three or four times and it’s suction is almost non existent- even when completely empty and cleaned out !

  • +4 votes

    I'd be interested to see how the other Kmart vacuum cleaners compare to this one (the 1200W upright). I'm not really a fan of upright vacuum cleaners, they feel really unwieldy and awkward compared to the ones with the hose. For only $10 more, Kmart sell the following 2400W vacuum:

    http://www.kmart.com.au/product/2400w-bagless-vacuum/1196304

    Does anyone have one of the above 2400W cleaners?

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      would like to know too!

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      It seems what make this particular (upright one) great is the motorised head. One that brushes hard and forms a good seal with the floor. The barrel one you linked to is just a standard suction only one.

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        The barrel one you linked to is just a standard suction only one.

        I took a picture of the contents page of the manual and it comes with a "large turbo floor head" which doesn't seem to be motorised yeah. But it does come with a lot of attachments at least, like the "inline dust interceptor" which seems useful.

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    I've got one in a 3 bed apartment and it is ok. Definitely good value for $89. but it's relatively uncomfortable to move around and the cord doesn't retract. honestly i'd rather have a decent miele (so it may be more of a vacuum cleaner type issue).

  • +1 vote

    If I didn’t have an upright Dyson, a Kirby and a bissel stick vac I’d definitely get this no questions asked! I have a weird fettish for decent vacs because I love to live dust free but my friend made me jealous when she got one last year. I do think for $89 you’ll likely need to pay super big attention to filter cleaning as I predict they will be a throw away item if the filter clogs causing it to overheat. But for $89 why not buy 3 or 4? Heck buy 10 and they’ll outlive a top model Dyson I’m sure!

  • +1 vote

    The new store in burpengary has 16 on the shelves

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    Thanks OP. Just sent the wife down to grab 1

    • +1 vote

      Just vacuumed our floor. Pretty happy with it. Got the floors very clean.

      Cable is shorter than our old vacuum so i had to change power points a couple times. I found that the cable managed to get in my a bit so i had to hold the cable up with my other hand. At this price i would definitely call it a bargin!

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    This thing looks so much like Kirby. Anyone used Kirby here? Very pricey but not sure how much better it is compared to this one.

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      My old housemate used to sell Kirbys. They are taught pretty aggressive sales techniques, but the product is pretty great. No matter how clean someone thought their carpet or mattress was, the Kirby always pulled a ton more crap out. Really expensive though. This was some years ago, so not sure how they have changed.

      I have a friend who owns and loves a Kirby also.

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    Knox and Boniria have stock.just got two,

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. Bought this morning around 11am at Endeavour Hills VIC. Had about 6 or so in stock.

  • +2 votes

    Thanks OP, got one from Fairfield NSW, plenty left.

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