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Price : $389.00
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- Multi-Surface, 1300 Watt Power
- Warranty: 7 year motor, 5 year labor and non wear parts.
- Flex Neck
- Variable Suction Control
- Detachable Suction Hose and Attachments
- Amazon Sales Rank: #157361 in Home
- Color: Blue
- Brand: Sebo
- Model: Felix 4 #9824Am
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Updated Review... Great Vac, but not my preference for hard floors.
By Matthew G Smith
I have some updated recommendations if you have mostly hard floors at the end of this edit.
This is still a great vac, but after several years I have decided this is not the best option for a primarily hard floors home. I apologize to those who bought on my initial recommendations below. This is likely a very good minimalist solution for a carpeted home in the non kombi model (this "kombi" model does not have a powered roller so you need to buy a different model for primarily carpeted homes).
What I discovered is while this Felix is much more convenient than a canister vacuum which has hoses and you have to guide it around, it just doesn't clean nearly as well, conveniently or ergonomically for hard floors. Because it won't stand on it's own and has an articulating joint at the head, it's is a total pain (virtually impossible) to attempt to pick it up to manipulate the head for picking up stubborn objects. And since it's brushes don't really scrub the floor very well and tend to push things around instead of suck them up (this is a problem with all brushes... not just the Sebo) you get a very frustrating scenario.
Sebo makes a good vac so the following paragraphs are not meant to turn you off to sebo. The Miele vacs have the same problems except they are more expensive as are their bags which don't appear to be superior. There is not a perfect vacuum and we all have to pick our poison.
Here's the scenario you will find yourself in using the felix on hard floors. You will have a medium piece of detritus that just won't cooperate with the brush head and get sucked up. The head will just keep pushing it around. Because this thing weights around 20 pounds and the brush head will rotate all the way straight if you pick it up, you are going to have to bend over and pick up every little piece of junk that won't get sucked up. While bending over to pick up stuff you will be holding a vacuum that won't stand up by itself and is a little squirrely because it's so maneuverable. I got very tired of this scenario and I felt like the brush did not engage/scrub the floor to remove dust very well. I had this problem with both the kombi nozzle and the premium parquet tool. Also when you try to use the pull out hose/canister function it's not very pleasant. The vacuum is long and heavy and the canister hose is short. This is still a great vacuum but I don't use it any longer. If you have mostly carpet and KNOW you hate canister vacs the Felix is for you, just not the kombi model because you need a power head for carpet.
I have since bought a Sebo K2 Kombi canister vacuum and now I have two Kombi nozzles that I could launch into outer space. I hate the Kombi nozzles, but the reason you buy the K2 Kombi (or the K2 Turbo) if you have hard floors is to avoid paying for the power head for carpet applications. I added the 6391DA parquet tool (don't buy the 7200DG premium parquet tool!) at the time of purchase and recommend it as the primary hard floor tool with the K2. The reason I hate the Kombi nozzle and the premium parquet tools is they articulate when you pick them up off the floor (same problem as Felix, except with k2 it's just a light weight tube the nozzle is attached to, not a 20 lb vac). This articulation completely destroys your ability to use any ninja like moves to pick up funky junk because your vacuum is flopping around instead of being agile. I'm a big fat guy so the videos of the attractive women in business casual pushing their vacuums gently back and forth is always entertaining, but it's not how you use a vacuum! When you are vacuuming hard floors you want to dislodge the dust with gentle brushes but also be able to pick the suction head up and set it on top of an offender that is getting pushed around, not smile for a camera and gently push back and forth. The kombi and premium parquet tool make me sad when I use them. The 6391Da parquet tools on the K2 makes for an agile suction head that is easy to move around and pick up stubborn objects and get dust off the floor. On top of that the K2 has a long hose and a crevice tool on board. It has a small upholstery nozzle on board as well that requires you put the crevice tool on first and it's mediocre. in comparison to the Felix, the agility of the nozzle and the long hose while using the attachments makes the K2 a superior choice for cleanliness, but at the cost of a little more effort with the canister vac in tow behind you as you go having to keep track of it.
based on all this gibberish and doing the wrong thing a few times I recommend the following for people with primarily hard (non-carpeted) floors.
If you vacuum frequently/small jobs:
1. "K2 Kombi" and add the "6391DA Parquet" nozzle (You can use the Kombi nozzle on on rugs/carpet or sell it on Ebay, but use the 6391DA parquet tool for the hard floors)
2. or If i could roll back time I would get the:"k2 Turbo" This automatically adds the 6391DA Parquet tool, deletes the Kombi nozzle (yea!) and adds the turbo brush and is only about 50 more considering you don't have to add the 6391DA parquet like the K2 kombi model. I don't know if the turbo brush is worth the extra money, but it's a good bet and the Kombi nozzle is a total loser unless you have some carpet in the house.
If you vacuum infrequently/big jobs and don't have fine art on the wall because you can back into things you may like a backpack vacuum. It's more effort to deploy, but you don't have to keep track of a canister vac in tow, just not knock things off the wall when you turn around:
ProTeam Super Coach Pro 6. Get a model with a "14" hard floor tool" or add it as an option. I have a "perfectvac" 6qt backpack vac. and I love it. The proteam looks better in retrospect thus it's recommendation. It is a superior vacuuming experience (wider, commercial quality hard floor tool, no canister vac in tow) but I have to be willing to drag out a separate extension cord, put it on my back and avoid knocking things off the wall.
After six months of using the parquet tool I can confirm you don't need it..... i just pushes stuff around like other reviewers have stated. It might be good to use after the kombi to get the floor a bit cleaner, but for most people it's not worth the money. The Sebo Felix with Kombi nozzle ~400 bucks is a a great hardwood floor solution. The only thing that would make it better is if Sebo would design a combi nozzle that had a rotating low density soft brush that is powered by suction to help pick up the bigger items (just like a push sweeper). This is a small in stature well built vacuum that can be hung on the side of your coat closet on a hook and it soemthing you can expect to last a while based on Sebo's reputation.
Edit: I went ahead and bought the parquet tool (7200DG, the last two digits denote the color that matches your unit). I decided I didn't want it at first because I read that it didn't work very good, but ultimately I decided to buy one to make sure I didn't vacuum with the felix for 15 years not using the parquet tool if it worked well. Turns out it works very good in my case. I just vacuumed up food(from feeding a toddlers) and it picked up the big pieces just fine. I like the fact that the brush will help get dust off the floor. I recommend the parquet tool based on my initial use. This makes the total cost 369 + 52 = 421, which is not bad considering the value I'm perceiving from using the unit the last few months. So far the bag usage have been very reasonable as well.
I have a house that has zero carpet. If I could have only one vacuum it would be the Sebo Felix Kombi. If I could have two vacuums it would be the Sebo Felix Kombi for small and medium size jobs and a back-pack vacuum for the days when I want to vacuum the whole house.
The Sebo Felix is sold in several different models with the nozzle (part that touches the floor) and the included attachments being different. Two of the models have two different width powered nozzles with beater bars. The Kombi model and what I'm reviewing comes without a power nozzle, but rather a "combination" nozzle that is meant for hard floors and light rug duty. The Kombi nozzle does not have any spinning parts such as a beater-bar or motor. The Kombi currently sells for $230 dollars less than the premium 1 model (premium 2 has a wide power nozzle). This is great because I'm able to own a new Felix for less than 400 dollars and since I have only a few rugs in a house that is hard wood, vinyl composite tile, and porcelain tile, I don't even need a powered nozzle! This is a big point for people with hard floors because most other vacuums that I'm aware of don't allow you to pass on an unneeded expensive feature. My backpack vacuum is like this too and I'll talk about it in a bit. At this point the Kombi model is less than twice the cost of a medium quality bag-less (yuck!) Junker that will last me a fraction of the time the Sebo will likely serve my family.
I've had my Felix just under two months and have used it no less than twenty plus times. Being a design engineer I understand the concept that no single design is optimized for all situations. A canister vac is good in some situations and horrible in others. My Kirby G4 upright is the Godzilla of vacuuming carpet as far as I'm concerned, but it's like using a tank to pick up take-out food in some situations. The Sebo is an upright vacuum (Kombi is a little weird read below) that is light weight enough that you can pop out the suction tube and carry it in one hand and have a canister-like vacuum in seconds..... with the onboard attachments you can grab the Felix Kombi off the wall (I have my hanging on a hook) and attack a wide variety of cleaning situations quickly, efficiently, and hang it back up. This contrasts many other vacuums in that they do not switch rolls very easily. My Kirby requires that I remove large chunks of heavy metal to put on a hose I have to drag separately to the location for attachments that are also not on the vacuum. The Sebo felix goes from upright vacuuming to a hose with a crevice tool in your hand in seconds without having to round up any additional parts (they are all either part of the vacuum or stored on it).
Felix Standout features:
Bag and air handling design is superior. Ribs in the housing make sure that suction is maintained when the bag is partially full.... This means the smaller bag gets fuller before you need to replace it making it comparable to vacuums with larger volume bags. The bag has an integrated cap in a plastic injected molded top that can be snapped shut before you pull the bag out. That means you can swop bags without making a mess. The variable speed suction motor is very nice..... Similar to a dimmer-sliding light switch the motor can be spun up slowly.....this is a very nice feature if you have infants or people sensitive to noise (autistic child) because you can suck up light dirt reasonably well with very little noise (applies to Kombi... don't know about the power nozzles because I don't have them). The ability to pull the suction tube out on the fly to vacuum a sliding glass door track or similar (2 attachments are on board) is awesome. The nozzles rotate or pivot about the vacuum body, this means you can pivot it around and get into tight places a Kirby would never dream of trying to park in. The cord is high quality and is easily deployed and wound up. I wind my cord in a criss-cross pattern and it falls off perfectly with no tangling. Has a bag fullness indicator based on suction (still on my first bag after 20+ smallish clean up jobs and one full house cleaning.
Because the Kombi nozzel is so lightweight and the nozzle head is small, the designers made the nozzle such that the main body cannot go completely vertical. This means it won't stand upright on its own. This is a design trade off they made to keep the size small and the weight down, but it won't stand up on its own. I find this somewhat inconvenient, but I know others will consider it a deal breaker. My wife does not mind, but when we want to stop and do something else in the middle of vacuuming we have to set it against the wall (the handle has a nice rubber pad to keep it from sliding) or what we usually do is lay it down. Again, the whole thing weighs less and is smaller for this trade off. I think they made the right choice, but some people will flip out I'm sure. The marketing photos are misleading for the Kombi as they show it standing on its own or at least they imply that capability. I don't really care, but it's a little slimy that you have to buy it to find out it does not stand on its own. The nozzle is not as wide as I would like it.... Another 1.5 to 2" would be nice.
What makes me smile most about my Felix, is not that it's perfect, rather the designers obviously vetted the design approach against a large set of criteria and did the best job I have ever seen in a vacuum design. That's not to say that it's better in all categories, rather it does everything I want and each design feature is thoughtful. Sebo has a very good reputation for quality, but I can't prove that at this point other than to say the vacuum feels solid and appears to be made from quality materials.
The premium models come with the parquet tool (a wide nozzle attachment with hair brush around the whole perimeter for hard floors), but the Kombi does not. I've read one person that said the parquet tool just pushed things around and did not pick them up. This makes sense because the way the parquet nozzle is designed you can't "tilt" it back so the front goes over the pebble or whatever it is you are trying to pick up. The kombi nozzle is nice because it is 1/8+ inches off the floor so things get picked up pretty well. The Kombi nozzle has a small brush behind the suction area that can be lowered or pulled up into the nozzle so it does not touch the floor..... it's a small brush that helps, but it won't scrub stuck on things off the floor very well. My back-pack vacuum allows me to tilt the nozzle and scrub with the brushes to get stuck on things up better than the Kombi nozzle. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to buy the Felix parquet tool just to see if I like it because it would be a shame to not use it for the next 10 years if it works better than the Kombi nozzle on my hard floors..
I mentioned I have a back-pack vacuum. These are primarily sold to professional cleaners, but I picked one up. The back-pack vacuum cleans faster and better than the Sebo on my hard floors. The reason being is it has a wider parquet style tool that is attached to a metal tube I hold that is then attached to a plastic flex tube that goes into the top of the back pack vacuum. It's extremely agile and light weight and cleans very well. The problem with the back-pack vacuum is that it's too difficult to get out quickly for small jobs (we like to vacuum the high-traffic areas and places that get dirty every few days at a minimum, often daily due to lots of backyard traffic and small child). All the parts for the back pack vacuum are separate so it's more difficult to deploy. If you are going to vacuum a large house of hard floors fully each time you pull out your vacuum, search for "back pack vacuum" on Amazon. Sandia or Pro-team back pack vacuums look nicer than the brand I bought. Compare the design of the straps and back support before you buy.... The Sandia looks comfortable. 6quart models are fine for a homeowner. Only drawback is you have to get used to not turning and hitting the vacuum on your paintings and walls and so forth.
I would characterize the Felix as a jack of all trades that is smallish, thoughtfully designed, does not weight much, is very quiet, and is well built with available parts should you need them in the future. Its most outstanding feature is that it does almost everything well and the design is very thoughtful. Like I said, if I was going to have only one vacuum the Felix would be it without a doubt.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
great for hardwood floors
Excellent vacuum cleaner - easy to maneuver and works great on hardwood floors - much better than swiffer or other vacuum cleaners.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Why the high price and false advertising?
By graciela diaz
This vacuum is made solely for floors I think, although the manual says other wise. It pushes slightly big items around, instead of suctioning them, and will NOT collect pet hair, WHAT. SO. EVER. it rather rolls it all into a ball which I later had to pick up by hand. The pet hairs were from a long haired german shepherd pup, so as to give you an idea of the type of hairs. It's crazy that this thing costs so much aand does so little. The manual said "all sebo vacuums collect pet hair effectively". HA!