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With strong suction power and an aerodynamic design, the Sebo Automatic X series of upright vacuum cleaners removes dirt from your floors with ease. The Sebo Automatic X also offers a five-year motor warranty and a unique detachable roller brush that makes removing tangled a hair and string easy.
The Sebo Automatic X bagged cleaners have a sealed system. That means every compartment of the vacuum has an airtight rubber lining so that dirty air cannot escape. There are three stages of filtration, so in addition to the sealed system, air must pass through a HEPA, exhaust and motor filter before traveling back into your home. Rather than picking up dirt from your floors and leaking dusty air into your home, this machine captures dust and allergens and expels clean, filtered air.
Sebo upright vacuum cleaners use an S-class filter, which is a European designation that requires the filter to absorb over 99.9 percent of dust, pollen and particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. You also have the option to use a HEPA filter, which captures 99.97 percent of particulate materials as tiny as 0.3 microns. For comparison, 100 microns is the diameter of a human hair. The advantages using of an S-class filter in comparison to a HEPA is that the S-class filters are superior in regards to airflow, they last longer and they cost less.
Dirt is trapped and retained in Sebo's four-layer dust bags. The dirt enters from the top of the bag and fills from the bottom up. This top-flow method allows air to move out through the sides, so there is a stronger airflow than you get with other systems. The bag itself is large enough to hold up to 1.4 gallons of debris, so you do not have to change it often.
The Sebo Automatic X features an electronic controller that regulates the automatic height adjustment. The controller uses a microchip that measures the resistance of the roller brush against the floor. It then automatically adjusts the power head up or down to the height of your carpeting or flooring. You do not have to guess which height setting is best because the machine does the thinking for you. In addition, each machine is equipped with a unique sealing strip that sits behind the brush roller that helps prevent debris from
scattering when you transition from carpeting to the kitchen floor.
If you run over a toy or shoe, the red Check Brush warning light comes on and the machine will shut off. This feature protects the motor, ensuring its longevity. In addition, an indicator light warns you if there is a clog or full bag.
It is easy to remove the brush for cleaning. You simply press the release button; snap the roller out, remove the tangled item and snap the roller back in. No tools are required. We are impressed with this unique feature.
Sebo uses high-quality materials to build these machines. Because they are constructed using thick, reinforced ABS plastic, as well as aluminum and metal parts with steel axles and bearings, you can expect durability. The best vacuum cleaners avoid using cheap plastic parts so they last longer.
You get plenty of reach for any cleaning job with the vacuum’s long 40-foot power cord. A rotating cord hook located on the back of the handle makes it easy to store and unwind. The machine weighs 16.9 pounds and has a built-in carry handle so you can lift it with one hand.
This vacuum cleaner has a handle that reclines back to a low 5.5 inches off the floor. That means it can clean under beds, coffee tables and low furniture. With this vacuum cleaner, you will not have to move heavy furniture to clean underneath it. However, there is no headlight to illuminate your cleaning path.
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This vacuum cleaner includes a crevice tool, a dusting brush and an upholstery nozzle. There is no wand included, but you can purchase one separately on the Sebo website. The hose length is 6 feet long, so you can use it for above floor cleaning and some stairs.
Not only does Sebo guarantee the vacuum’s motor, non-wear parts and labor for five years, it offers a lifetime belt warranty. This is the most comprehensive coverage we have seen. If you cannot find a local service center, the company will pay the shipping cost to have it serviced. The website has contact information, including telephone numbers and email addresses. You will also find instruction videos that demonstrate things like how to change the bags or clean the brush roller.
Sebo expects its vacuum cleaners to perform for 10 to 15 years or longer. With an excellent overall design, the Automatic X series has earned a spot among the top vacuum cleaners we reviewed. With unique features that include an easy-to-remove roller brush and a flexible handle that reclines flat to the floor, the Sebo Automatic X is easily one of the best vacuum cleaners on the market today.