The Prolux Tritan bagged canister vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration is a low cost unit that has great suction and is a real work horse.
Verdict: Should You Buy It?
The appearance and casing of the Prolux Tritan might look cheap, but the suction can perform as well as a Miele or a Dyson vacuum that costs eight times as much. Owners of this vacuum love it, since it is a cheap little wonder that offers big power at a low cost.
The Tritan’s ease of use makes vacuuming fun. It offers five levels of suction power, but users almost never need to use more than half of it. In fact, at higher levels, the suction of the Tritan might be too strong, making it tough to move the vacuum around.
This bagged canister vacuum works best for hard floors, and it’s able to clean carpets as well. However, you should get the turbo-style floor tool upgrade if you are going to use it for intensive carpet cleaning. It’s not the best carpet for vacuum, since the turbo-style head is non-motorized, but for the price and performance, the Tritan is a real work horse.
YES, the Prolux Tritan is good if you clean mostly hard floors and some carpets. The Tritan is good for picking up pet hair too, and the low price sweetens the deal. The issue is that the metal wand easily falls off, and the replacement bags are difficult to find.
Prolux Tritan Reviews from Customers
Is it Good for Cleaning Carpet?
The Tritan has a powerful suction, even at a low setting. You don’t have to use the highest suction power to clean thick carpets, but the choice is there. Some users even need to dial back the power knob when they are cleaning carpets.
There are two floor tools or heads you can use with this vacuum. One is the combination floor tool that has a button to switch between cleaning floors and carpets. The other one is a turbo-style head with a non-motorized (non-electric) spinning brush roll that is better for carpet cleaning. This head is an optional upgrade (bought separately).
If the Tritan is difficult to move on carpet, or if it sucks up throw rugs, set it to number three on the power knob (which is meant for rugs). It’s recommended to get the optional head if you live in a home with plenty of carpet areas. This attachment upgrade is more effective for carpets than the default combination floor tool that comes with the Tritan.
However, the non-motorized brush roll is not as strong as a motorized one. It rolls the brush using the power of the suction, not using electricity. If you have wall-to-wall carpet areas, you might want to look for a vacuum with a motorized brush that has optimum performance.
How is it at Cleaning Hard Floors?
Having the combination floor tool as the default vacuum head means this appliance is designed for mostly cleaning hard floors. It does the job very well for that, and most users agree that this device works best for hard floors.
Even so, some owners wish the Tritan had a hardwood floor brush tool. They replace the default one with a better floor brush since they want to avoid any harm or scratch to their hardwood. The bristles on the Tritan floor tool are stiff, but most users say it doesn’t scratch their floors.
The Tritan uses 35mm connections for the floor tools and attachments. You can change the Tritan floor brush tool with one from a different brand, such as Miele. One user did that and says the Tritan now works like a premium vacuum.
Is it Loud?
Most users feel that the Tritan is a quiet vacuum. Some owners say this vacuum is the quietest one they have ever owned. When turned on, other family members or guests can still listen to the television or talk on conference calls while you are vacuuming.
At the highest setting, there is some whistling noise. But due to the suction power, some users say they never need to turn the power dial higher than the lowest speed.
Can it Pick Up Pet Hair?
Though it doesn’t have any tools specific to pick up pet hair, the Tritan is a capable vacuum for this job. Using the crevice attachment, it collects hair strands that accumulate in your couch and other corners. The upholstery attachment helps you get pet hair off the sofa.
If you have three or more cats or dogs, you may want to get the head with the spinner brush for better performance. Users who have multiple pets say the Tritan picks up all of the hair with no problem.
Are the Bags Easy to Replace?
The bags that come with the Prolux Tritan have HEPA filtration seals with three stage filtration to seal in dirt and allergens. This type of bag is recommended if you are prone to allergy from dust.
How long the bags last depend on how often you clean. One user who has three dogs and cleans every day replaces the bags every two months. In most cases, you won’t need to change it very frequently.
The bags are specific to this model, meaning that you can’t use any other bag. You get five extra bags with the Tritan when you buy it. However, recently many customers report that finding replacement bags is difficult, since the sellers are currently out of stock.
The bag dimensions are 14 x 12 x 0.3 inches. An alternative bag type you can try is the Bissell Bag Type V bag, number 2037270. Some customers use this bag as a replacement.
Features of the Prolux Tritan
- Adjustable power knob (settings 1-5)
- Adjustable metal wand
- 23-foot cord with an auto-retract button
- Duster brush, crevice tool, and upholstery tool
- 15 lbs weight (in the medium weight range)
- Rubber wheels to prevent scratches on floor
Use the low setting on the power knob for cleaning upholstery and other fragile surfaces. The high setting is used for thick carpet, though it might be too strong. The floor tools that come with the Tritan have low enough clearance to fit underneath a sofa, or to clean around kitchen chairs without moving them around.
The relatively long cord and adjustable metal wand allows you to clean quite a large area without unplugging the vacuum. That said, some users wish for a longer cord since they have large living spaces. Some feel the hose length is too short, and the adjustable wand too, making it hard to clean high spaces.
The problem with the metal wand is that it attaches to the hose by friction. Therefore, it might slip off during vacuuming, which some users have complained about. Most users agree the holder (or on-board caddy) for the attachments on the vacuum is not that useful, since the attachment parts easily fall off. It’s easier to keep the attachments in your pocket as you vacuum.
This vacuum is not the most lightweight, but it isn’t heavy either. At 15 lbs, it’s a small and compact appliance that you can store in tight spaces, a good fit if you live in a motorhome or trailer. Users with arthritis (joint pain) say this vacuum is comfortable to use.
If there are any issues, Prolux customer service is worthy of a 5-star rating. They have sent new vacuums and replacement parts to buyers that receive wrong or missing parts, or a faulty vacuum. You also get a one year limited manufacturer warranty.
The Prolux Tritan ranks fourth on our list of best bagged vacuums here: http://vacuumgroom.com/best-bagged-vacuum/