After yet another low-priced vacuum started to lose any kind of sucking power, despite my replacing of the filter and the belt, I decided to look at getting one that would actually withstand some level of punishment and last me a good few years. Dyson's are great, from first-hand experience, but way out of my price range. Thankfully, one of Dyson's patents has recently expired allowing manufacturers to try their hand at cheaper clones. According to a number of message boards, this is the best of them so far. I can't argue with that from my experiences -- this is a very powerful vacuum and it was incredible how much dirt it pulled out of the carpet I had just cleaned earlier that day with a neighbor's borrowed vac. Doesn't skip a beat on cat hair. It's a little on the heavy side, but nothing unmanageable, but on the other hand it also feels much more solid than cheap vacs. Plus, it simply won't lose suction over time, as long as you take care of it. (Wash the pre-motor filter once each month, using water only, no soap, allow to dry. Wash the post-motor Hepa filter once each year, using water only, no soap, allow to dry. Replace drive belt (only cost a few bucks) every 1-2 years.) Anyway, best vacuum I've ever owned. And hooray for no more pricey filters to buy.
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