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Better than I expected
on February 13, 2010
This turned out to be a pretty good little vacuum. Very lightweight, but then I've been using an ancient Rainbow and a bagless Dirt Devil, so just about ANY vacuum would feel lighter.
The 6833D has nice pickup power and the power beater bar is very effective. This model differs from the SurfaceMax in blue (don't see a numerical model identification) by having a different style handle grip, a 13 inch cleaning path and an automatic cord rewinder.
The on/off control for the beater bar is conveniently located on the handle grip, making it easy to go from smooth floor, without the power on, to your carpet or area rug - with the power then switched on. The adjustable suction control works great for vacuuming light weight scatter rugs.
What isn't so great is the lack of a swivel connection on the hose at either the handle or the canister. Makes maneuvering a bit clumsy, but not a huge problem because the unit is so lightweight.
This model came with a Turbo Nozzle/Power Paw, which only worked so-so for removing cat hair from upholstery, a dedicated Bare Floor Brush if you don't need the beater bar, an Upholstery Nozzle and an on board Crevice Tool and Dusting Brush fitted inside the canister. The upholstery nozzle was worthless as the first time I used it, then attempted to clean it using the bare vacuum wand, half of the glued-on "bristles" peeled off like false eyelashes and instantly disappeared into the depths of the canister! Oh well... I can use my old attachments left over from a prehistoric Kenmore.
I read a lot of reviews on many different vacuums before I decided on this one. I didn't want to spend a great deal of money, so I had to weigh which features were important to me. Lightweight, HEPA bag and filtering, which this model DOESN'T have - it has something called an Allergen FILTER, but no HEPA bag - my mistake. Unlike what was reported on another website, this vacuum has no problem picking up stray kitty litter and I don't see any marking on my floors from the hard plastic wheels. After wrestling with cords on both my old vacuums, the rewinder sure is nice to have.
True, the reports of fragile plastic parts and canister body are of concern, but that is what you exchange for "lightweight." Also, one may well suspect the hose will need replacing at some time in its lifetime. It is unlikely that I will be using this vacuum for 25 years as I have my old Rainbow, but ease of assembly and use rank high in my book. So, if you are looking for a manageable, uncomplicated everyday type vacuum, this will probably do the job.