I've owned a Hoover Windtunnel prior to this one (one of those pesky bag types) which towards the end despite my best cleaning efforts just didn't seem to pick up any dirt and then finally quit.
I was looking into the Bissell line and esp those with the cyclonic power and bagless. Then when in the store I came across this one and it was about 20-25 dollars cheaper than the Bissell, plus it had a few attachments that the Bissell didn't. So I bought this one.
I'm AMAZED at the power of this one. We assembled it immediately and tried it, we had to empty the canister once and filled it probably about 1/3 of the way during the second half of our vacuuming the first time, and I had just vacuumed with the old bag-Hoover 3 days prior. It sucks up A LOT of stuff - even sucked up rubberbands and crayons the kids had left out.
I must admit we had to disassemble the stair/upholstery tool the first time using it on the steps, as it clogged up with hairs, but upon removing all the hairs that tangled up in the bristles it worked fine. I'm in love with this vacuum, it actually FEELS clean after I'm done vacuuming now. A few extra points in my book:
* The cyclonic power, it keeps the first pushed out to the edges and doesn't clog up, UNLESS you pass the "full line" on the canister.
* The upholstery/stair attachment is worth it all in my book, the stairs were always a problem area for me, not anymore! Actually all the attachments are good, 2 extensions, the upholstery brush, the regular two plastic ones, one with a removable bristle edge. The clear hose has good reach, I can leave the vacuum on the bottom of the stairs and reach all the way up to the top step with it, without an extension.
*Cord rewind, love it, I always hated rolling up the cord and storing it on the old unit - esp when the holder broke off of it. Its a bit sluggish to get the cord in towards the end but it stores it.
* The on/off switch for the bristles, as well as the turn off feature when its running in the upright position - no more eaten carpets. Move furniture out of the way while its still running, hook up (an optional) fan blade cleaner and clean the fans while its running in the floor. A few negatives:
* Cord is a bit on the short side, I've got a mid-entry house, so 3 floors, not very large house, but it just barely vacuums all the rooms (depends on where I plug it in, has to be a central place to reach all the rooms).
* Cord holder - its pathetic and since the cord comes out from the bottom of the unit it easily tangles around your feet and vacuum, I've found its easier to keep track of it but pulling it through the handle while vacuuming so I don't run it over.
*The price, it was a bit more than I wanted to spend on a vacuum to be honest, but after having used it for several weeks - its worth EVERY PENNY!
*Canister needing to be emptied fairly often - with the bagged version a bag didn't seem to fill up for 2-3 months, so the need to empty the canister every other use is a bit of a pain, but maybe an indication of how much it actually sucks up and not leaves behind? If you have an old vacuum that doesn't seem to do the job anymore, I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one - I LOVE mine, it really does do a good job sucking up dirt, dust and whatnots.
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