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Not what I expected, but cute toy!
on March 29, 2013
I was a bit confused by the part where it says it has real suction and functions as a vacuum. My 5 year old daughter had her heart set on a an actual vacuum she can use to clean her room, so when I saw a miniature version of my Dyson vacuum I was all over it. If you're looking for a cute TOY vacuum for your kid, this is a great item! It has a quiet but realistic sound, the canister has spinning coloured confetti and it looks identical to the real full size Dyson. It doesn't roll on the ball (which is glued into place)...instead it rolls on side wheels that double as a stand when you snap them into place. As far as having suction....it's got a less than 1" x 1" opening in the middle of the otherwise flat/smooth vacuum head that sucks (weakly) and sends what it picks up into a little container that's about 1 cubic inch of capacity. It doesn't work on carpet, but does pick up dust bunnies off smooth floors. The container slides out of the back of the ball to be emptied, but it took me about 5 minutes to get the container out, as it's really awkward and tight. There are two separate buttons - one for the canister to spin the confetti and another for the 'suction' from the head.
Some people said it doesn't stand at all...but mine stood fine when the wheels were locked into stand position. The height would best suit a 2-3 year old.
I returned it as it obviously wouldn't have served my purpose...but for a 2 year old who just wants to pretend play, this would be a very cute toy, and from what I could tell, it was pretty well made. The handle is really sturdy and clips into place tightly...so tightly I could NOT get it back out to fit it back into it's box for returning. I doubt you'd have to worry about it falling out while your kid is playing. I just wouldn't pay more than $35 for it...which is the sale price I got it for.
On a positive note, Amazon was GREAT with my return and gave me a full refund with no hassle, and paid the full return shipping. I really do love buying from them!