Vacuum World: don’t buy a new vacuum, buy a vacuum part

Miss Thrifty3 April 10, 2011

vacuum world I’ve just had a delivery from Vacuum World: a website filled to bursting with spare parts for just about every vacuum cleaner you can imagine. It carries more than 1,000 products for 30 different brands, from Hoover, Vax and Panasonic to lesser-known makes such as Nilfisk and Lervia. (Well, I’ve never heard of them…)

I’m going to wax lyrical about this website: good vacuums don’t come cheap, but a lot of the spare parts are cheaper than you would expect. Take my aged and much-loved Vax, a gift from Frugal Grandma’s next -door neighbour. I have no intention of parting with it any time soon: heavy, well-made and obsolete, the Vax 121 is the Mumm-ra The Ever Living of vacuum cleaners. It is one of those big round orange things, which could probably survive nuclear apocalypses and firestorms unscathed. So you would have expected the parts to cost few a bob, right?

Actually, the Vax 121 parts listed on Vacuum World – as with other brands on the site, evenKirby – are cheaper alternatives for some of the pricier branded items. As a result the prices are surprisingly low: £3.95 for a bucket seal, for example, and £8.95 for a four-part set of vacuum nozzles and brushes.

I ordered a pack of five vacuum cleaner bags for £5.79+VAT (yes, I know, this is the most glamorous blog EVER) and it arrived the next day – along with a discount code for my next order.

P.S. If you are looking for spare parts, another good site is eSpares, which carries parts for vacs, kitchen appliances, televisions and more.

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3 Responses to “Vacuum World: don’t buy a new vacuum, buy a vacuum part

Johnny Debt says:

The trouble with most equipment these days is, they are designed to be completely discarded when broken!! I used love tinkering with stuff and repairing it, nower days they are sealed units.

April 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

lovelygrey says:

Our last Dyson was a cool twenty pounds from the recycling centre and it cost an extra fiver or so for the spare part to get it up and running again. It’s still going strong five years on.

April 28, 2011 at 5:04 am

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