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UPDATED REVIEW-No longer works after 1 year of irregular use! Can't recommend.
on September 10, 2011
UPDATED REVIEW OF 11/7/13: I purchased two of these because the first one worked great and wrote a glowing review. Now after two years, I have to update. After one year, the first one died, followed quickly by the second one. I used both of them irregularly for normal use on bare floors for crumbs, pet hair etc. As a result, I CANNOT recommend these anymore. Once the warranty ran out, so did these vacuums. Basically, they are pieces of garbage.
Original review:I had an older model Dustbuster for many years; at least 10years and I loved it. When it expired, I replaced it with a Dirt Devil that was adequate, but wasn't nearly as powerful, and lasted less than four years doing the same job. I bought this one as a replacement and am pleased with its power. I use it for a quick run around to pick up cat litter in the bathroom and loose pet hair; to dust around a large kitchen, dining room and living room. It does a nice job with lots of power for the duration I need it.
The wall hanger is not hooked up to the charger plug, as with its predecessor and the Dirt Devil. With this one, the wall hanger is one separate piece. You place the hanger on the wall, run a bit of section of the cord through it, hang the hand vac on it, then plug the end of the cord into the vac. Not ideal, but it does save wear and tear on the wall hanger, so it is acceptable to me.
Clean up is a breeze. Take the two pieces apart, empty the filter and you're all set to go again.
The instructions tell you that the first time you use it, discharge it completely in order for the battery to recharge fully and quicker from then on. It is true. The first time I used this, the first few minutes of power were strong and steady then it dwindled down to nothing. I let it run until it discharged completely, then let it charge for a full 24 hours before reusing and the powerful charge lasts for at least 15 minutes. I haven't run out of power yet while using it.
A word of warning, when I bought this vac, Amazon listed a filter as being compatible, but it wasn't and I had to return it. Get the vac first, then wait until you need the filter in order to get the correct one. The manual says the normal life of the filter is 6 to 9 months use.