Wasn't intending to buy a vacuum at this time, but had to have some floor repairs done in the bedroom, and my regular Oreck was in the shop. The large bed was completely out of the way, for once, and I could see where my cats had been hiding under it, out of reach of the Oreck, for at least two years. A "brand-name" challenge was never this effective. That cat hair was thoroughly embedded, and I'm fairly sure it would simply have clogged the brush, then the vacuum tube itself in the Oreck. I went ahead and worked on that area. I was amazed, yet dismayed in a way, by how much the Shark picked up. I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was That bad. The Shark grabbed so much cat hair that I had to empty the collector four times just from the area occupied by the bed! It also dealt readily with cat litter that had been tracked into the carpet as well, and I found out it had tracked much further than I had realized, but the Shark found it. I even tried torturing the roller attachment by trying it on the cats' beds, and it did amazingly well with those. I wasn't intending to clean the rest of the house, but I was so impressed that I spent the next several hours doing so. Gave it a thorough workout, and some very tough tests, using it as an upright, and trying the crevice tool and roller brush head. Love being able to see what is being picked up, and having on-board attachments was so much handier now (the upright Oreck can't use them, and I normally had to switch to the smaller hand-tool version that had a lot less suction). At this point, I've only had it a few hours, but I think I've already used it and abused it with far more brutal circumstances than I ever would with my Oreck. Used it on the vinyl floors in the cat box area, and it had no problem at all with the cat litter, not even with the dust line around the edges of their mats. After that, I did the living room, and moved nearly all the furniture out of the way too. Got the carpet the cleanest it has ever been since it was installed. When I finished, I even got down on my hands and knees, with my black pants that are the worst to grab cat hair, and I crawled around on the floor, deliberately looking for any remaining hair, and sure that my black pants would find it. But I couldn't see any, and there was none on my pants either! That has Definitely never happened before. Highly impressed with the vacuum, and totally disgusted that my floors had been that bad and I hadn't been aware of it. But now they're truly clean, and I'm happy, happy, happy. Thank you, Shark!
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