I had another Maxima for a few years and it really did work well. I would not say it is the best design ever, pulling out and returning the attachment hose is slightly annoying but for pure suction power with carpets - it was great. Well it stopped working after a few years and I bought another. Again, great suction, really cleans, I like a bagged vacuum. One other design problem with the maxima is that you have to twist off the top where the bag is contained to change bags - not a big deal unless you get some grit/dirt in it - which you tend to do in a vacuum - then you need some muscle to get it open. Well the second one did not last so long, I think I had it for around 6 months when it stopped suction at the power bar. My Husband looked at it and it appears there is a spring mechanism that, one assumes, allows it to function at different heights between carpet and hard floors. Well I guess it's stuck in the upper position because, despite the suction still being there in the attachment hose, we can no longer use it on carpet. I won't be buying another Maxima, but it is too bad that they couldn't get the design right because it really was good at cleaning.
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