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This one is NOT made for carpets!!!
on April 8, 2008
If you're looking to do away with your broom and dust mop like me, look no further. I had this little bugger together and in use - without the directions - in 5 minutes flat. I have no idea why someone would buy this to use it on carpet (it doesn't have a beater brush/roller. I took a quick look at the underside of the display at Lowe's to be sure, because I didn't want something scratching up my new hardwood floors). If you want a cheap vacuum for carpets, buy the hoover tempo (and some earplugs - it's pretty loud), it does a GREAT job. I bought the hoover for our carpet from JCPenney for about $65-. This Shark's a fab find for hardwoods, tile, and vinyl for about $45- plus tax. As for the reviewer that says it blows, I guess I can see how he/she might think so, because the exhaust is quite strong, however it blows straight out in front - up kind of high, and since I usually tip the vacuum back as I'm working, it wasn't an issue for me, because it blew the exhaust up. If you hold it straight up and down as you're working - which I think would be really awkward, you might have a problem, but I'm pretty sure most people vacuum with their vacuum at an angle like I do. I don't know, maybe the reviewer got a defective model that blew its exhaust out downward. As for the vac being a 4-star versus a 5-star, the reviewer that was upset about the awkwardness of it, he/she was spot-on. It will not lock upright, which stinks to me. If you want to detach and use the hose, you would have to keep one hand on the vacuum to keep it from tipping over, because it IS quite top-heavy. All in all, it's a keeper, though, as I'll be using my carpet vacuum for those kinds of jobs, anyway.