I bought this unit along with two similar-priced models (Panasonic MC-CG301 and Eureka Mighty-Mite) for comparison. Both of those units use a bag, while this one is bagless, that's a toss-up in my book, convenience, but diminishing suction and added cost of bags vs. consistent suction and cost-savings, but messy complexity of bagless. I use the unit both for dusting and floor vac (hard floors only). I kept this unit and returned the other two because:
- High quality construction (thick hose, metal tubes, wheels that roll, swivel dusting brush)
- Uses standard diameter push-on accessories so I can use extension tubes from my shop-vac in addition to metal tubes in order to reach 12 ft ceilings, air vents, etc.
- Quietest of the three (9A motor vs 11A Panasonic & 12A Mighty Mite)
- Strongest floor suction of the three (measured by trying to lift a digital scale w/ floor nozzle)
- Low quality construction (thin hose, plastic tubes, wheels that drag rather than roll on hard floors)
- Loudest of the three (biggest motor), but less floor suction than AirExcel
- Has the longest cord and hose of the three and the only one that carries tools on board, but low build quality (particularly hose and hose connection to canister) were deal breakers.
- High quality construction, but suffers following deal breakers:
> No dusting brush included, and uses non-standard tube size so generic tools or tube extensions cannot be used.
> ridiculously short hose means that canister is getting yanked back and forth every movement of the floor nozzle.
> Very weak floor suction due to very poor floor nozzle design. It is wider (12" vs 10" for the others) but has no vertical swivel at the neck meaning that you have to be extremely vigilant to maintain the perfect angle as you vacuum otherwise the head will tilt and waste most of your air flow.
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