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Not good on carpet
on January 19, 2010
I received this as a gift and have used it on the main level of my house, which consists of hardwood, ceramic tile and two area rugs. It seemed to work decent on the hard surfaces (nothing I'd call amazing), but the whole reason I wanted a stick vac was to be able to also clean my area rugs without having to switch to a regular vacuum to get the job done. I was NOT able to do that with this stick vac. It would probably do ok on very low-pile rugs, such as indoor/outdoor carpeting, but my area rugs are probably around 1/2" high and it basically just pushed the lint wads around on them. I had to stand there and swipe over the rugs for what seemed like forever to get it clean, and will definitely not be using it for that purpose again. So if you are someone who is hoping to glide across all your hard surfaces with area rugs sprinkled in between with only ONE vacuum, look elsewhere, as this one will annoy you to no end. I've realized that I think what's important for successful clean-up on carpets is the simple addition of a brush-roll (like on regular household vacuums). This stick vacuum does not have that, it only has a hole that the suction comes from, and one thin bristled comb-like bar that drags along the floor. I've been reading reviews on the Eureka Quick-up, which has a roller brush that stays off while on hard surfaces, but spins when switched to the "carpet" setting. That might be my next try.