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My Love / Hate Relationship with this Vac
on September 26, 2011
Growing up my parents had a very expensive canister vac, and as a young girl I thought it was fun to vacuum, now it's NOT so much fun - and this will take some getting used to before I decide if I like this canister after using uprights for years. I have a 2 year old Dirt Devil upright and it has some similar features as this, such as the one-touch-to-empty dirt cup which I love. In general, uprights are easier to use because you don't have the canister tagging along behind you, getting caught on corners of furniture, and even the walls. However, the uprights are also heavier to push and can't go in every nook and cranny like a canister can.
This vacuum was easy to assemble - I didn't bother looking at the instructions to hook-up the handle/wand to the hose, and to the canister, it was easy to figure out just by looking at the various parts and snapping them together. However, as to vacuum use, I did read the manual and I wish they had made it a little easier such as larger drawings, and English instructions being all grouped together, Spanish and French all grouped together, but it was not. All 3 languages were jumbled together in each section of the manual.
Things I Like:
> Suction power is strong - especially when using the 2 attachments (dust brush & crevice tool), which by the way, are stored on the canister so they are always with you when you need them. This is my FAVORITE "Like" - better suction than any upright I have ever owned.
> Canister section is small (measures 15" long by 9" across), easy to pull, and the 2 front wheels are actually swivel casters so it's easy to maneuver around corners.
> Dust brush accessory did a good job of picking up cat hair from the furniture - but the bristles are not soft and may scratch
> Being a canister style, the motorized brush section fits in places an upright cannot, such as under TV stands, and under the bed.
> Quiet for a vacuum cleaner, but the cats still hide under the bed
Things I Don't Like But I Can Tolerate:
> The power cord is too short, I got out the tape measure and it's 14 feet to the yellow tape marking, which is as far as you are supposed to pull it out.
> Currently the hose is very stiff and wants to curl around in a different direction than I want to go, maybe that will loosen up after awhile, or maybe not. Edited to add: It has not loosened up after 6 uses, it's like a garden hose with kinks making it hard to wind up (reminds me of this, but there are no kinks in the vacuum hose).
One Thing I REALLY Don't Like - AND the Deal Breaker for Me!!!
> The description here says the "reach" is 9.5 feet. The problem with this is they are counting the length of your arm in the total calculation. I have 11 foot vaulted ceilings in my living room, dining room and kitchen, and with the extension wand all the way extended, I can't reach the highest point of my ceilings to reach the cobwebs, not even on my tip-toes. From the handle to the end of the crevice tool is 47" long. I'm 5'3" tall so maybe Dirt Devil is assuming everyone is 6 or 7 feet tall. At any rate, all the stretching/reaching to do ceilings with this is tiresome, considering the weight of both the large black plastic handle and the metal extension wand - both are heavier than what I anticipated they'd be. I guess I need to start lifting weights to bulk up.