**NOTE:You must read my entire review to understand the title I chose for this particular review! My last paragraph(sneaky, eh? See, I can tell if you read the whole thing, haha)explains why I give the vacuum such high marks, but the title sounds like I hate it!
Recommend this product?
For anyone who has read my previous reviews, I had a Panasonic vacuum that I was completely unhappy with. After buying the Panasonic and using it for a month, I found out that I could not find bags for it anywhere. Who the heck carries Panasonic vacuum bags?!
I recently broke down and bought a new vacuum. I was hoping to be able to deal with having to buy non-fitting bags, folding them over and up, vacuuming my floor over 3 times just to pick all the bread crumbs up, etc. Well, I finally had enough. And I did something I never do! I didn't buy cheap! I actually spent a little extra money on something that looked like a decent product(and my husband isn't here to tell me not to<g>)!
Since I have been dealing with non-fitting vacuum bags for a couple of years now, I decided to buy a vacuum that I would never have to worry about finding bags for. I bought the Dirt Devil Vision MVP Gold vacuum. I have owned Dirt Devil brands before, and swore I would never own another. I have owned Hoover brands before, and swore I would never own another. And I have owned Panasonic brands, and I swear, I will never own another! But so far, I have to say I am fairly impressed with my new Dirt Devil Vision MVP Gold vacuum! I do a lot of vacuuming with four little ones, and a fully carpeted(including the dining room) four level house!
Why I am impressed:
-It's Bagless!- This was one of the biggest selling features for me. True, it's a little disgusting seeing all the nasty stuff that this vacuum picks up, but it's an awesome thought that I will never have to buy another vacuum bag(okay, until this vacuum *dorks out* on me)! This vacuum has a canister that holds all the dirt, food, Play-Doh, what ever it picks up. The canister removes easily, and you just dump it out in the trash and replace it! The canister has a filter in it, so all the dust and dirt doesn't just fly right back out into the air. The packaging for this vacuum claims that you only need to replace the filter once per year. I can wait one year to find out how difficult replacing a filter is going to be!
-HEPA Filter Cartridge- I guess since my 3 year old son has asthma, this is a big plus. The HEPA filter is supposed to trap 100% of all pollens and ragweed. Gee, wish it did the same for dust!
-12amp motor- I realized my Panasonic brand had a 10amp motor. No wonder the Panasonic was worthless.
-On Board Attachments- This part doesn't particularly matter to me. My children remove and lose all the attachments anyway. The only attachment I need is the hose for stairs! But,none-the-less, this vacuum comes with four different cleaning attachments, as well as a 'hose' extender. The packaging says this hose has a 16 foot reach, but I haven't tried it out yet. I don't have any reason to drag the hose out 16 feet away from the vacuum!
-Swivel Casters- This vacuum is really easy to turn and maneuver. In fact, it's so different from my Panasonic, I could say the Dirt Devil is like a Cadillac, and my Panasonic was like a tank!
The things about this vacuum that do not impress me:
-It's HEAVY!- And I mean it's heavy with the dirt canister emptied! This is probably one of the heaviest vacuums I have ever owned.
-It tips easily- When I am vacuuming with the hose, or on the stairs, it just falls over! There is a 'hose anchor' that is supposed to keep the vacuum from falling over when you are using the attachments, but I can't figure out how to use the anchor, and the hose at the same time!
Given that my list of dislikes is so much smaller than the list of things I like about the Dirt Devil Vision MVP Gold vacuum, I would highly recommend it to anyone! Just make sure you don't do like I did~I have never owned a vacuum with a 'level control' before. You can choose various height levels from bare floor, to shag carpet with this vacuum. Shag Carpet setting means it is lifted further away from the floor, and Bare Floor setting means it is closer to the floor. I was about to take this seemingly worthless vacuum back to the store, before I realized I was setting the height levels all wrong...
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