PROS / This flexible, robust vacuum can take on a myriad of household cleaning jobs.
CONS / There is no headlight.
VERDICT / This is an excellent, easy-to-use vacuum with superior filtration and great suction power.
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If you like versatility and great performance, the Sebo Felix Premium upright vacuum is just the thing to clean your carpets and bare floors quickly and thoroughly. You also can remove a portion of the machine to create a portable vacuum device for all your above-floor cleaning work. This German-made, bagged vacuum cleaner handily earned our respect for its outstanding maneuverability, durability and excellent filtration.
You will no doubt find vacuuming is a snap with the ultra-flexible Sebo Felix, which comes with a swivel neck that you can evenly – and almost effortlessly – move around in virtually all directions. This vacuum also lies in a flat-to-the-floor position with the vacuum body standing only six inches high, so you can clean quickly and smoothly under furniture or other tight spots.
The Sebo Felix has an outstanding filtration system that pulls dust, dirt and pet hair in through the top of the bag, which means the suction power will continue to be strong. In addition, you can neatly and hygienically snap Sebo’s dust bag shut with a “sealing cap” after you have removed it from the machine. This cuts down on, or even eliminates, any exposure you might have to escaping allergens, mold or bacteria, although if you are highly allergic, you might prefer a self-seal bag device. You also will find a helpful full-bag indicator on this vacuum that tells you when it is time to change the bag.
You will be pleased to find that Sebo uses a three-stage filtration system. Besides a top-quality filter for the vacuum itself, the Sebo Felix offers a filter to protect the motor, and another exhaust filter that means the vacuum is expelling clean, clear air.
The Sebo Felix uses an S-class filter, which is a European standard of efficiency that means the filter must absorb more than 99.9 percent of dust, pollen and other particulates as small as 0.3 microns. You can opt for HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters instead, which also must capture 99.97 percent of particulate materials as small as 0.3 microns. HEPA filters must meet efficiency standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy. The S-class filters are essentially the European cousins of HEPA filters, and both work exceptionally well.
You can adjust the roller brush to four different heights depending on the type of surface you are cleaning, and you can turn the brush off to avoid scarring hardwood floors or other flooring that is more vulnerable to damage than thick pile carpet. If you set the roller brush to the wrong height, a light will alert you to change it. And should you vacuum up a small toy or sock, the roller brush shuts off automatically. If the bag is full or clogged and the machine gets warm, the vacuum itself will automatically shut off.
The slender Sebo Felix weighs only 16 pounds, so you can carry it with one hand without any problems. However, it zooms along with a 1,300-watt motor and strong suction that make short work of any household messes, whether on wall-to-wall carpeting, bare floors or rugs. You get plenty of reach for any cleaning job with the vacuum’s 31-foot power cord, its telescopic neck, which extends out to 48 inches, and the machine’s nine-foot extension hose. In addition, this vacuum’s compact body makes it easy to store.
You get a crevice tool, an upholstery nozzle and a special brush for safely cleaning parquet floors with the Sebo Felix. This upright vacuum does not have a wand and, if you are a fan of wands, you might miss it. However, the suction-powered portion of the machine can be detached and used as a hand-held canister-style vacuum for such things as venetian blinds, curtains, bookshelves and more. Your wrists, shoulders and back will thank you when you use hand-held suction unit since it is equipped with an ergonomically designed carrying handle.
This vacuum is backed by a five-year warranty. You can contact the company by email and phone, and its web site provides information for service centers. The web site also is the place to find an excellent selection of videos that demonstrate the vacuum’s many characteristics and instruct you on such things as changing bags or cleaning the brush roller.
The multi-faceted Sebo Felix is tough on dirt, dust and allergens that invariably get ground deeply inside thick pile carpeting. However, you also can use this user-friendly upright vacuum to clean your sensitive flooring with great care so that it is sanitized but never damaged. If you are in the market for reliable and first-rate performance in a durable upright vacuum cleaner that comes loaded with useful features, then the Sebo Felix Premium may be the perfect choice for you.