I have had this vacuum for 9 months. I use it almost daily and have had one issue at my own fault. While vacuuming, I caught a string from an area rug. I shut the vacuum off right away and removed the string. I continued to vacuuming and smelled burning rubber. I shut the vacuum off, let it cool down. I figured the belt had broke. I took the bottom plate off and to my surprise THE BELT DID NOT BREAK, but had 'burn' marks on it. In the future, I will have to be more careful to not catch a loose string in it or the BELT will break. I have a parrot that produces a ton of feather dust, 2 long haired cats. This vacuum has, in the 9 months of ownership, sucked up feathers, feather dust, cat hair, cat litter, plant leaves, cat puke, and regular normal dirt. It has NOT lost suction, power or anything. It remains with the same power as when I bought it. This vacuum replaced my 7.5 year old $40 Bissell. That Bissell still runs wonderfully. the reason for the replacement: The lever that pulls the vacuum down to be used broke and kept falling over when not in use. If the newer Bissell ever breaks, I will continue to purchase Bissell and if this model is still available, I will purchase the same. Definately worth the price. Excellent vacuum!! As with anything, If you abuse it, it will break! I have somewhat abused this vacuum and don't expect miracles or a machine to last forever, not even at this price! I am VERY satisfied with this machine in the short time of ownership.
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