First things first: the Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Multivax vacuum and carpet cleaner isn’t going to win any design or beauty contests. What it will do, however, is leave your carpets and floors clean and dirt free, with minimal effort.
In this Vax 6131T review you will see how this powerful machine performs as a vacuum cleaner and a carpet cleaner. The third function of this versatile vacuum is the ability to clean up any spills quickly and easily. It also has a huge dirt and water capacity and is easy to manoeuvre thanks to the five caster wheels it sits on.
This is a bagged vacuum cleaner which makes it easy to empty, and it is simple to switch between vacuum and cleaning modes. Read on to see all of the features and benefits of this powerful 3-in-1 carpet cleaner.
Vax 6131T Review: Design and Appearance
Like I said before, the Vax 6131T isn’t going to win any beauty contests. The body is a large orange canister that resembles a more traditional vacuum cleaner from the 1970s and is nothing like the modern, aesthetically pleasing vacuums that are available today.
The vacuum cleaner is simple and has an industrial feel to it, which gives the impression of a machine that was designed purely for power, and not aesthetics. This is a good thing in my opinion; there are too many vacuum cleaners that look great, but really lack in the power and cleaning departments. Vacuum cleaners should be designed to clean, who cares what they look like?
None of that really matters though, and the most important thing is how the vacuum performs when cleaning your carpet. It is very easy to manoeuvre thanks to the five strong caster wheels, which also make it stable. The body is made from high-quality plastic and feels strong and robust. You get the feeling the Vax 6131T could take a real beating and still last for years.
Vax 6131T Features and Technology
The main feature of the Vax 6131T is that it is a total home cleaning system. It will vacuum your carpets and hard floors, wash your carpets, and it will also clean up any spills when needed. The great thing about all-in-one vacuums is that you don’t need to pay for two separate machines, and it will also save a lot of storage space.
The Vax 6131T Multifunction carpet cleaner has a powerful 1300 watt motor, and the suction power is great. As a dry vacuum cleaner, it has the ability to clean your whole house and the large 10-litre capacity means that you won’t have to empty it often. This machine uses bags which makes it even easier to empty.
Where this machine really stands out is when it is used as a carpet cleaner. It is simple enough to switch from vacuuming to cleaning, the whole process will take a few minutes. To switch, first, you need to remove the filter and the dirtbag, and the fill up the canister with the carpet cleaning solution. You then place the tank into the canister and attaché the washing hose.
Once this is done, you now have a powerful carpet cleaner that will take care of even the dirtiest carpets, and leave your home smelling and looking fresh. The capacity of the cleaning solution tank is 4 litres, while the dirty water capacity is 8 litres. This means you can use 2 whole tanks of cleaning solution before you need to empty the dirty water.
Some carpet cleaners don’t have enough suction to really suck the water out of your carpets. This is important, because if you leave your carpet wet then there is more chance of mould growth. Leaving the window open all night might not be practical, especially if it is winter.
The Vax 6131T has powerful suction, which enables it to remove the majority of water from the floor. If you use it to clean your carpets, they should be dry in just a few hours.
Cleaning Radius and Weight
The Vax 6131T has a cleaning radius of 13.5 metres, which isn’t too bad. It’s not as big a reach as some of the other wet and dry vacuums on the market, but it will ensure that you can clean the whole staircase in one go. You will be able to clean a single room without changing power sockets.
The weight of this Vax cleaner is 8.1kgs, which is about the same as other similar models. Keep in mind that the weight is when the vacuum cleaner is empty, so if you are using it as a carpet cleaner and the canister is full of water it will be almost double the weight. It may be a good idea to empty it when it is only half full to avoid doing yourself damage.
Dust Capacity and Filtration
The Vax 6131T carpet cleaner does not come with a HEPA filter, which is to be expected due to the low price. It does have a standard filter, but if you are planning on using this as your main vacuum then it may not be suitable for allergy sufferers. The fact that it is a bagged vacuum cleaner is a plus, as this ensures that no dust or other allergens will be released when you empty it.
If you are using this mainly as a carpet cleaner then the filter doesn’t come into it. The filter and dust bag are removed when switching to carpet cleaning, so the lack of a HEPA filter doesn’t affect the performance.
The Vax has a huge capacity of 10 litres when used as a dry vacuum cleaner. This is over 10 times larger than the latest cordless vacuums and is another example of putting convenience and usability before aesthetics. The removable bags are cheap enough, but you won’t have to change them much at all. To put this into perspective, Henry Hoover has a 6-litre capacity and this is considered large for a cylinder vacuum.
When you are using this as a carpet cleaner you will have a 4-litre tank for the cleaning solution and an 8 litre capacity for the dirty water. 4 litres will be more than enough to clean a single room, so you could clean every carpet in your home before you need to empty it.
Accessories and Tools
There are a number of tools that come with the Vax 6131T carpet cleaner, and thanks to the onboard storage you will not need to spend hours hunting for them. The accessories are for both the vacuum cleaner and the carpet washer, and what you get is sufficient considering the price.
The machine ships with a bottle of carpet cleaning solution so you can get started immediately. For the carpet washing mode, there is a Fibreflow wash head, which is the main cleaning head. There is also a smaller wash tool, and this is handy for washing stairs and upholstery. You can even clean car seats and mats with this thanks to the long cleaning range. The washing hose is what connects the machine to the cleaning tools.
For dry vacuuming, you get the main cleaning head which has a brush bar. The brush bar is good for getting deep into the carpet fibres, and you can flick the switch to turn the brush bar off. This makes it easier to clean hard floors, such as wood and tile. There are also two extra cleaning poles which you can attach for an even bigger cleaning range.
Other tools include a crevice tool, soft dusting brush and an upholstery tool. You also get 3 spare dust bags, which should last a while due to the large capacity.
A powered cleaning tool would have been a nice addition to really clean deep in the carpets, but at this price point, you get everything you really need.
Vax 6131T Review: Final Thoughts
The Vax 6131T is a powerful 3-in-1 cleaner that has just enough to leave your carpets and floors clean and fresh. It’s not the best-looking machine ever made, but if you are looking for a no-frills multifunction machine at a very reasonable price, then this Vax won’t let you down.
It has a large cleaning capacity, it is fairly simple to switch between dry vacuuming and wet cleaning, and the powerful suction means you don’t have to wait days for your carpet to be dry again. There also enough tools and accessories included ensuring every part of your home can be cleaned.