What I was looking for was a bag less vacuum that didn't simply regurgitate dirt and dust back into the air, as we live in a rural area with dirt issues to begin with. The 356E seemed to get very good ratings from various reviews on it's ability to control dust. I liked that it also converted to a lift away. The one common knock on the unit is the smallish powerhead, which for me was actually a selling point, as we don't have a large amount of carpeted area, but we do have many obstacles and small places to clean, and it works very well for us.
The dust cup empty's both bottom and top if necessary, and seals nicely, suction power is robust, and can be reduced with a twist of the air bleed collar. The 356E is also pleasantly "quiet", and "steers" well when using it on carpet.
Things I would like to see improved are, more stability when using hose attachments, unit tends to fall over, stability could be accomplished by having the flex hose come off the base instead of the top, and having a separate, or longer hose, as reach is limited, user height handle adjustability, and a retractable cord reel would also be nice. All in all we are quite happy with this product, considering the myriad of vacuum cleaners on the market, for the price, you simply can't go wrong with this thing!
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