Pros: power, battery longevity
Cons: None, really, except attachments are lame.
I have owned two older Dustbusters with lower voltage batteries. They only ran for a few minutes or less, and then died before needing a recharge. This one is much better, and more powerful.
Time of ownership - 33 months
cost - about $35
usage - usually once a day or more
type of cleaning I do - stairs (rug runners)
and hardwood floors in two rooms, and misc.
Weight - fairly light, and comfortable to hold.
material - plastic. Have dropped it with no ill effects.
power - This dustbuster has two speed settings. This first is powerful, and the second is great. At the high speed, it can pick up coins on rugs and solid surfaces, but just barely. Lighter materials are easily vacuumed. I only use the lower setting, because that's all thats needed. (except for spiders, which I use high speed, just cause I can).
Collection system - Without going into extreme detail, the front nozzle is effectively the collector. There is a two-stage filter: plastic with many holes, and then a spun material filter that catches dust that gets through the plastic filter. You can simply empty the front nozzle after most cleaning, as well as wiping off the plastic filter which usually has "stuff" clinging to it. However, every so often you have to clean the second filter. This one is more difficult and messy. It has an accordion fold, and traps stuff between the folds. I use a toothpick to flick out the bigger stuff, then a stream of water to flush and clean the rest. It's a bit of a pain, but not torture.
Attachments - you'll never use them. If you clean something needing an attachment, use your big vacuum. The smaller attachment is only about a 3 inch extension and reducer, and the brush attachment is a hard, cheap nearly useless thing. But, you really don't need them, so forget the fact that they're pretty lame.
Battery life - The lousy batteries of my previous dustbusters made me throw them out after about a year of using them. After a while, they just didn't hold a charge. Twenty seconds of use, then you'd be done for. What a difference on this one! I did not write a review until I had this for a while, because I didn't trust the staying power of the batteries. When new, after a full charge, The unit ran for a full 15 minutes at the high speed. This is enough time for just about any smaller job. After 10 months, the batteries still allow for about 11 minutes of full power. This is actually quite good for ni-cad batteries. I also recommend highly (I mean it) that you need to run the unit until it's completely drained every few months. This is good for the longevity of the batteries. Do it. I am very happy with the batteries on this unit, and it renews my faith in Dustbusters in general. This is why it costs more, but IT IS WORTH IT. Don't buy the lower voltage models, this one is the one to buy.
Dislikes: The only thing I dislike is that the attachments that nest into the bottom of the unit fall out whenever they want to. Other than that, no dislikes.
Likes: Power of the unit. The larger wattage power pack makes this a winner.
Yes, a vacuum is the only product that you can rate highly and still say that it sucks big-time.
This is still functioning properly. The attachments can fall off, fairly minor annoyance. The battery is still good, but it won't run for the same 15 minutes. It's closer to 6 minutes now, still time enough for most jobs. I still like it.