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No Frills = No Bills
on August 13, 2011
I don't know about you, but I don't think I'll ever be able to justify spending $700+ on a vacuum cleaner. Dyson, Miele, SEBO, Oreck, and the other "top brands" all seem hell bent on convincing the general public that their product will suck the ozone layer right out of the sky. But in this uncertain economy, most of us just don't have that kind of money to spend on a product that only gets used a few times a week.
Enter this Royal commercial vac. I don't know if I'd call it "lightweight", especially considering that it comes with a heavy-duty industrial-type 3-prong cord, but it's an excellent general purpose cleaner. I debated a looong time about whether to buy another bagless one; but after reading too many complaints from people who lose suction when their filters clog up or the seals break down, I decided to go back to an old-fashioned bagged one.
The bags are generously sized & easy to change. I have a floppy, old Saint Bernard & a little guy with autism who likes to dump stuff all over the floor; so I'm vacuuming 4-5 times a week. For this price point, I love that it comes with a headlight & the hose is easily detached from the unit to grab up little pellets of dog food or dry roasted peanuts. And the suction on the wand is FANTASTIC. Yesterday afternoon, I accidentally sucked up one of my son's big, fat, baby crayons & it was transported into the bag before I even realized what I had done. My last vacuum, a P.O.S. LG Kompressor, lost all suction after 6 months & wouldn't even pick up a Cheerio off the carpet. The cost to send it back or have it repaired locally was 2/3 the price of a new one, so we sent a scathing letter to LG, junked it, & moved on.
The on-board tools are handy, with both a crevice tool & a brush. I really didn't want a lot of bells & whistles again. In order to use the wand on the Kompressor, you had to press a lever, pull it out of it's holder, take off the rotating brush at the end of it, set it on the counter & forget where you left it, extend the wand to the right length, put the crevice thingie on the end of it, attempt to vacuum the bits of popcorn off the couch, swear a bunch of times when it doesn't pick up anything larger than a spec of air; then repeat the whole process in reverse. Except you'd have to stop & empty the dirt cup and inevitably forget where you left the rotating brush, leaving you to scratch your head & contemplate Alzheimer's treatments while trying to find it, since the vacuum wouldn't function until the brush is back in it's rightful holder. With this vacuum, you pull the hose off the vacuum, push the wand onto the end of it, and start scanning under the furniture for bits of fruit snacks to pick up. That's it. No levers, no buttons, nothing.
And I have to admit, orange is my autistic son's favorite color; so I bought it with the secret hope that he'll someday (soon) want to start "helping" me vacuum. =)