Pros: Powerful, Multi-Functional, Good filtration, Glides easily and has variety of quality attachments!
Cons: Expensive if bought new, sales tactics are questionable (Not always some Kirby agents are great)
Ok, Lets get it over with: There is no denying that this is an expensive machine(new) & some of Kirby's sales techniques are questionable. I bought this machine of eBaY for $200 after having a four-hour home demo of the new machine.
Features: The machine has a large micro filtered bag, metal body and a host of quality accessories.
Attachments: There are over 25 attachments on my count. They include: Carpet shampooer, carpet fluffer, floor buffer, hair clippers, massager, sander, polisher, upholstry turbo brush.
Ease of use: It may take a little while to learn how to attach the pieces and you may need to read the book. I am one of those people that pull it out of the box and throw it together! To vacuum and use the attachments is easy and the carpet shampooer is a cinch! be careful of the carpet fluffer it can take off on you! Yes this machine is heavy, but it glides-the brush roll/beater-bar powers it along and makes it easy to push.
Cleaning Performance: If you have ever had a in-home demo you will know what I mean when I say it makes your home look filthy. It will pull the dirt from the underlay of the carpet. (My brothers friend is a carpet layer and he usually gets a 2cm layer of dust under the under lay of a carpet when he pulls up the old stuff, he went to a home with a Kirby and the floor under the underlay was spotless!)
Carpet Shampooer: This is an interesting feature of the Kirby, a foaming carpet shampooer-uses foam brused into the carpet and then vacuumed out to clean the carpet. This works suprisingly well, and the carpets smell great. I use wool wash instead of kirby suds as we live too far away from a dealer.
Quality: This is a machine that is built to last. i have never seen a multi-funcion machine that has lasted over 18 years! everything is repairable and isn't too expensive to replace parts. I have heard that a common problem is the fan shattering, considering from www.totalvac.com they are $6 I dont think that is a prob and the belts are cheap too. The attachments also seem to stand the test of time.
Filtration: This machine uses a micro-filtered disposable bag. These bags are huge and you dont lose suction like thee 'dyson' ads tell you; the vacuum path on uprights works like this: Dirt on floor-> Fan/motor-> Bag, The bag is the last stage so there is no loss of suction except in cases of picking up dust like plaster etc. ( Canister machines always lose suction as their dust path is: Dust-> Bag-> Motor)
NOTE: I have worked at Godfreys (Australian Vacuum Store) and I must say that there is nothing, NOTHING more damaging to a vacuum cleaner than deodoriser powder-don't use it it goes right through bags and damages the motor!
I will update this page as nessecary!
Thanx for reading
(Kirby is the trademark of the Scott Fetzer company)
Well I have since sold my Heritage! :( Oh well It had to go as I needed the space....But it was still in perfect order and was going as well as an Ultimate G So I can no longer offer any more tips on this machine. I found though - that the bags won't last as long in houses with dogs/cats because of the hair - but there will not be a sinle strand of hair left on your carpets.....