I purchased this vacuum about four years ago, and it has been GREAT! Such a good vacuum that I feel compelled to share my experience with everyone...
As a college student in her mid-20s, I can honestly say that I have not treated this vacuum the way it should have been treated. I have literally used and abused this vacuum. When I lived with room-mates, there were THREE indoor cats, (only 1 cat for about a year, now back up to two) and this vacuum has had no problems with fur and piles of litter that have been kicked out of the litterbox. I have also knocked over this vacuum multiple times, and nothing has broken off on it. In the past four years, I have replaced the belt about two times and have NEVER cleaned it (except for emptying the dirt cup). Not bad. I love not having to change bags.
Finally, after FOUR YEARS of use and abuse this vacuum "stopped working". I think what finally did it in was sprinkling flea powder over all of the carpet, and vacuuming it up. It was kicking up dust and had little suction, and became very hot to the touch. I was not too upset because I had clearly gotten my use out of it, but inspected the vacuum anyway. Turns out all of the filters were completely filthy and/or warped, so I bought new ones. (Apparently, responsible vacuum users would do this every couple months? Oops?) Twenty bucks later, and the vacuum works PERFECTLY again! It amazes me that I have a brand new vacuum after all this time! If it does ever stop working, I will be sure to purchase a similar model.
The vacuum itself is awesome: a hose, extended hose, a "turbo brush" that is great for small areas like steps, and a "crevice tool" that I use frequently for corners and that little crack that acquires dust/fur between the carpet and the molding. The dirt cup holds a lot and is very easy to empty, and the light on the front makes it easy to see in dark places. This is a fantastic vacuum without spending a fortune, and is perfect for average use (maybe not a restaurant setting). The only downside is that it is a little heavy. Honestly though, it can't be that heavy if an average-sized girl can carry it up 2 flights of stairs. If anything, the bulk/weight of this vacuum just adds to its quality. All in all, VERY impressed with this vacuum. I'm in disbelief that this beast is still running perfectly after four years.
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