A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in a post that I would be putting the latest Kobold VK200 cleaning system to the test, so after going to the extremes of dry cleaning my own mattress… am I impressed by the vacuum?
There is no denying the utmost thought has been put into designing the Kobold VK200, it is the epitome of German engineering and efficiency. Even down to how it is packaged!
When the system arrived with me in a very large box, upon opening I found a lot more boxes than expected… alongside the very easy to follow, but rather extensive manual. After unpacking, it took less than 5 minutes to attach the EB400 Electric Brush (normal vacuum head) and set to work. However upon purchasing a Kobold VK200, an experienced advisor will always come out to you to ensure everything is set up correctly and demonstrate how to use it correctly. It is the extra personal touch that is appreciated and the rather knowledgeable and lovely Peter arrived on my doorstep the next day to show me how to use the ultimate cleaning system.
Peter explained every aspect of the vacuum and ran through how to use all of the many accessories that come with the VK200 and within a couple of hours I was left to test it to the max. I was slightly concerned about where I would store all the accessories, however the geniuses at Kobold even designed a handy pocketed bag to store the hoses and attachments in.
What have I been doing with the VK200?
I have vacuumed laminate floor, tiled floor, carpeted floor, vacuumed my living room light fitting, mopped at the same time as vacuuming the hard floors, dry cleaned my carpets and even dry cleaned my mattress. The only thing the VK200 doesn’t do, is make you a cup of tea!
Did I just write that I vacuumed my light fitting? I totally did! There is an attachment that acts as a feather duster to help make cobwebs and dust set at a higher level easier to clean. The work that would normally take several minutes work however leave you with an achy arm was achieved in less than a minute, both arms perfectly fine.
Everything about the system is designed to make YOUR life much easier and it really does. I never assumed I would write that I enjoy vacuuming, who actually does like the boring household chore? However the EB400 Electric Brush really does make light work of a painstaking task. Kobold VK200 vacuum bags (£18 for 6 filter bags) are required which have integrated odour pearls to neutralise bad odours – this does work and you do not have to deal with a usual vacuum smell. There is a cartridge section in the main body to Dovina fragrance tablets too. It is the best smelling vacuum ever!
With fully automatic floor detection, I was able to run across 3 different types of flooring with ease and the change in suction and the level of noise was noticeable immediately. The vacuum is certainly quieter than expected and Peter was easily heard even when vacuuming for me! 😉 The vacuum almost glides as it vacuums up dirt as opposed to pushing it further into carpets, it really is effortless to use. The fact you have several modes to choose from including Auto and a safe parking mode (the vacuum remains on but is simply idle) too when used on Auto means that it is definitely my favourite mode. The vacuum knows exactly what to do, I just need to push it! I had just used my previous vacuum downstairs and what the EB400 still collected both amazed and shocked me.
The system becomes much more than a vacuum when you start adding in the attachments. The VF200 Carpet Freshener is required to spread Kobosan snow into your carpets in order to dry clean, before being vacuumed by the EB400.
Based on wood obtained from sustainable sources, Kobosan is environmentally friendly, has a gorgeous fresh fragrance and is so safe you can actually eat it… as demonstrated by Peter – I cannot say I tried this myself! My carpets are now past the point of no return, years of abuse from muddy feet and paw prints mean a beige carpet is really no longer distinguishable, however the Kobosan and EB400 are slowly bringing the carpet back to life again. It does appear to feel softer to the touch and more puffy – more attempts with the Kobosan will hopefully lift even more of the ‘non beige’ colour!
Further attachments include the PB440 Electric Upholstery Brush which makes light work of vacuuming stairs, hard to reach edges and corners, curtains, upholstery and even your car. This for me would be an absolute must have, it is in theory ‘the nozzle of a vacuum’ and attaches to the body of the vacuum with the hose.
You may resemble a ghost buster when carrying it around but all you will bust is dirt! With the carry handle, the body lies horizontal as you carry it, making vacuuming the stairs even easier and less of a danger risk. The PB440 does also come as part of a mattress cleaning set along with the MP440 Dry Cleaning Mattress Attachment (massages Lavenia mattress cleaning powder into mattress) and MR440 Deep Cleaning Mattress Attachment which vibrates to loosen the dirt from the mattress surface.
At this point I am struggling on the direction of this post, there is so much to write about, however currently I need to inform you of my absolute favourite attachment, the SP530 DuoClean. This set comes with: the SP530 DuoClean head, SP530 Dosing Bottle, Koboclean 15 Universal solution and 4 x MF530 Universal Cloths – put all this together and you can mop and vacuum your floors at the same time. A task that would normally take me 20 minutes to first vacuum the floors and then mop several times, takes 10 minutes at the most.
This chore has in effect been cut in half time wise, it is no wonder I actually smile when I use the SP530! With the ability to clean stone, parquet, wood and all hard flooring, the oscillating movement (it jiggles) of the cloth holder does glide over the floor itself, you simply have to point it in the right direction. I noticed the difference immediately on my tiled kitchen floor, it really was much cleaner than if I had used a simple mop and it left me somewhat frustrated at all the elbow grease that has been wasted over the years! The cloths can also be washed in your washing machine at 60 degrees as they are re-useable! Absolute bonus!
There is no denying that I have totally fallen for the Kobold VK200 Ultimate Home Cleaning System. Every last detail has been considered, even making a head release catch higher up in case you are unable to bend down. Green buttons are very visible on the crisp, white freshness of the glossy vacuum and attachments and tend to release attachments from the main body with ease.
The VK200 system really does make light work of one of life’s most dreaded tasks… household chores. My time is precious and I would rather spend it with my daughter than worrying about vacuuming and mopping. The vacuum tells you when something is wrong, with the green LED lights on the body turning to amber when the bag requires changing and red if something isn’t quite right. The filters heads are very easy to clean with a simple place and click fit.
My only personal gripe is the price. The Kobold VK200 starts at £749, increasing as you include more attachments and sets. Yes, I can totally see the value in the VK200, especially as it is a powerhouse of a system coming with a 5 year guarantee, tending to carry on for around 20 odd years and the personal Kobold customer service. As a single parent budgeting is always at the forefront of my mind and when considering such a high priced item I need to consider what I would have to give up in order to have a VK200 system. Monthly payments are one of the finance options available, please do not baulk at the price of the system and the attachments you would want and assume that is what you would need to pay in one lump sum.
There really is so much to take in and so much more information to be mentioned but I truly understand know why it is fondly known as ‘the Rolls Royce’ of vacuums. To find out more about the Kobold VK200 system, check out the Kobold site, there you can piece together your ideal system, check out the robot vacuum and window cleaner, stock up on accessories if you are already a Kobold owner or even find out about how you can work with the company! If you wish to check out the Kobold VK200 yourself, you can also book a demonstation… but be warned, you will love the home cleaning system!