Purchased this item a few months ago so I've had enough experience to provide a full review. I'm very happy with this vacuum as it does a really good job on our hardwood floors. We also use it on our area rugs and it does well with those as well. I haven't noticed the high pitched noise others have referenced and I'm normally pretty sensitive to that sort of thing. I'd say the noise level seems pretty average for a vacuum. The detachable wand works great for getting ceilings, corners etc.
First off, bagless vacs are dumb: you have to dump the canister and the dirt gets all over, and half of it stays stuck to the plastic. All the weight -- including the motor is in the handle, so you're taking all that weight in your arm and shoulder. if you're old and have bad joints, it's going to hurt. (Plus side; my wife gets me to vacuum now!) The handle swivels; trying to mimic the Dyson Ball vacs -- it takes some getting used to, and adds to the strain on your shoulder/arm. Finally, the motor emits a high pitched squeal that hurts the ears. We have to wear ear plugs to dampen the noise. Plus side: handle comes off & has an integrated smaller head for vacuuming under the bed etc. Has a telescoping handle for getting cobwebs on the ceiling. There's a vacuum relief valve to reduce the suction when needed. The vac does seem to suck up the dirt & dog hair pretty well.
I bought this vacuum to replace my Kenmore Progressive canister vacuum in December. Pros: It is definitely more powerful and does a better job on carpets. It is easy to detach the wand and it has good extension. Cons: I do not love the bare floor attachment, it is a bit flimsy. I will be shocked if it lasts a year. I also really wish is was designed more like a brush. What I find most disappointing is the Pet Mate attachment. As soon as you touch it to fabric or carpet the brush stops spinning. The suction on it is fine, but it's basically a smaller version of the bare floor attachment. I used the PetMate attachment on my canister vacuum all the time for furniture and stairs, but this one doesn't cut it. It's virtually useless in my opinion.
Sorry, but this machine has poor suction. My hand held vacuum cleans faster. Very disappointed.
Powerful suction whether upright or canister. CR recommended this a good value for the $$$. The smallness of the dirt cup makes frequent emptying necessary and t is noisy.
I’ve been using this product for several weeks and am very pleased with it. I have two black mixes (read pet fur challenges) and my house is noticeably cleaner after using my new vacuum. And it is so easy to pop the wand out to clean the base boards.