This vacuum was incredibly disappointing! I'll start by saying I have a home with hardwood, tile and carpet and was looking for something that could work throughout the house. I originally purchased the Hoover Platinum bagged vacuum that comes with the separate canister. I love that one on the carpet and love the attachments. However it wasn't amazing on the tile and wood because it doesn't have the brush on/off switch. Some stuff (cat litter, pieces of mulch the dogs would drag in) would spit out and not get sucked up. So, I thought this vacuum would be better. Um, wrong. As others have said, it's heavy, but I thought the self-propelled feature would help. It was just awkward! I would push it and it would go about a foot then stop. If I was close to the wall or furniture, it would slam itself against it. Ugh. Annoying. I'm not sure the dirt finder worked because I was going over an area where our dogs sleep that was covered in hair and the light never turned red. With the Platinum model, you go over hair once, and it gets everything. This one I had to go back and forth three or more times. Then I got to the wood...yikes. the brush on/off switch is so inconvenient, and I had to turn the vacuum off to get it to move. Then I noticed it was leaving giant scuff marks everywhere! So I turned it off and raised the brush height which helped, but then it wouldn't suck anything up. Sigh. Also, the hose wouldn't stay attached, so every few minutes I would have to bend over and shove it back in. What a hassle this thing was! Fortunately, I hadn't returned the Platinum yet, so I'm going to just keep it. I didn't realize how awesome it was until I had this piece of junk to compare! I have no idea how this thing rated so well on Consumer Reports.
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