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Great Vacumm but People please bargan!
on June 22, 2016
Alright so this is honestly a hard review for me to write I was very torn about buying this vac in fact I returned it the day after I bought it! Like many others on these review my wife had won some price and we had to watch some demo to get it. I said alright and I pretty much knew what was coming. With that said I cleaned out my top of the line Kenmore upright (new bag and filters) because I truly wanted to see how this vacuum would stack up to an upper end consumer market vacuum.
First and foremost my demonstrator/salesman was top notch and very smart, my background is engineering I work with satellites for a living so I am no push over when it comes to the design of things, this man treated us with respect which is key for me. We had not vacuumed our house in about a week when he came over to do the demonstration. I purposely did this because these people will always compare the vac you already have. When he started he was pulling tons of dog hair and dust up, to be expected honestly, so initially I was not impressed. Now being an engineer I know for a fact that most canister vacuums have better suction, truth is they have a much larger area to have fins and fans giving much higher air flow. They also have motors and fans that are not pass through, most uprights fans are exposed to dirt and dust which causes a loss of suction over time. Suction alone does nothing if you do not have airflow (physical volume of air not just speed), thus why dysons are not all they claim to be. I expected the Majestic to have better suction and air flow and it did. My parents own a high end Simplicity upright and i would say the Majestic even bests it due to a simple design. Also the way the motor housing and cone shape really are effective in keeping the filter operating at top efficiency. It creates a cyclone effect much like a dyson but with a lot bigger chamber. Engineering wise its pretty sound, and simple. I was impressed with the initial build quality as well.
His next test was to compare the Majestic to the Kenmore Elite, he ran my Kenmore over a dirty spot on my carpet for 10 passes then ran the Majestic. Much to the salesman's surprise my Kenmore did pretty damn good, BUT the Majestic did pick up something more and the only thing it had picked up was sand and dirt. Keep in mind both vacuums had new filters. Plain and simple science, the Majestic simply moves a lot more air though the carpet. Now there was no dust, pet hair, or anything else that my Kenmore had left behind. My guess is they use this gimmick because 90% of people don't do proper maintenance on their vacs. This is the difference with high end vacuums and I honestly don't even care what brand, they have much better air flow to get deep dirt out of carpet, that's it! And if you don't maintain them they will have as poor suction as any other vac. Also noting the filtration down to .1 micron to which not even dyson does.
Now we get to, is this vacuum worth $3,300? ABSOLUTELY NOT. At my best figures it costs Filter Queen between 600-800 bucks to make one, after all being all USA made that does drive prices up but not nearly 3k high. Right after we had bought the vacuum the next day I called it off, told him to come pick it up and refund me my money. At that instant he started dropping price like you would not believe. All the way down to $1,600 at which point he said any lower and he would loose money on commission. I still do not believe that but $1,600 was a much better price and I figured I'd be nice and let him get what he could out of it. So at the very least ANYONE should be able to get one of these new for $1600 or less I've seen some people get it for $900, if you don't its your own damn fault and if you couldn't afford it you should not have bought it. Fact of life. For the money I paid it is worth it, yes its an old style canister but that is an advantage. Cost to maintain is pretty cheap $60 bucks a year for all filters needed if you change them as recommended.
I will move onto over all use, Its a small canister and it rolls around rather well. Yes, yes you have to push it and pull it and you can bump into things but over all I like it. Its no harder to use than my heavy upright. Plus the light hose and power nozzle (beater bar) can be used on furniture with great ease and it cleans them very well. Mattresses especially. All of the attachments are no different than any other vacuum they work. I do find this easier to use on stairs than an upright. Emptying the thing can be a pain but honestly even with all of our pets its a 3-4 week duration which isn't bad. I dump it outside to keep all of the dust out of the house. Really its no worse than your dyson.
So is it worth it to buy this vacuum? Yes AS LONG AS YOU GET THE PRICE DOWN! Seriously you can get a fantastic vacuum for a good deal if you just bargain it out. The build quality is there in these newer models and I feel that the corporate company is growing. Another factor is the fact that Filter Queen is an underdog of the high in vacs, while they have a good product the company its self has about 200 employees. The distributors are independent of the company so don't let one bad salesman ruin the product. Another option is buying one on ebay for $400-800 you take your chances with how someone else treated it but that's also a good deal. If you are not into canister vacs just please don't buy it you wont be happy with it! To many people it just feels too "Old style" and that's okay. Go buy a Simplicity they have fantastic uprights for the same price $900-$1600. I gave this thing four stars only for the price, I wish this was a product sold in stores at a much lower rate than fighting with someone for a good deal, otherwise it cleans and works great.