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Another rave review, but with a caveat
November 30, 2014
Original review: 11.14.14
Normally, I wouldn't write a review when there are 554 others, but this vacuum cleaner has changed my life! It's hard to believe how much dirt it gets up-*every* time I vacuum...which means it's hard to believe how much dirt I was living in before, in the world of the Hoover upright. I'm still experimenting with all the attachment doodads--it's way more vacuum than I've ever had before.
But even though I love it, there are a few things that are less than ideal, for me at least:
*The cord is way too long. I get tangled up in it. It would be easier for me to unplug a shorter one and put it in another outlet in another room.
*The little devil is so powerful that it pulls me across the room.
*The dirt cup is hard to get off. I have to use a knife handle to push the release button while I open the cup with the other hand.
*I do wish it stood up by itself.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to persuade all my friends, clean-freaks and otherwise, to get one.
Here's the caveat, which maybe everyone else would know to look for, but I didn't. The vacuum cleaner fell over tonight and as I bent to pick it up, I noticed that the bottom was turquoise blue…just the color of my rug. When I looked closer, the entire beater bar was wound tightly with cat fur and blue strands from the rug. It took me 25 minutes to cut, pry, and pull all of it off--see the photo for how much there was. So now I know to clean off the bottom of the vacuum in addition to emptying the cup every time and washing the filter once a month.
My little Shark Rocket is still going strong.
*The dirt cup is no longer hard to get off--the latch is not as tight as it was when it was new.
*Now that I know to check the beater bar whenever I put it away, anything that gets caught is easily removed. The suction is still strong though--it once ate a sock.
*As it ages, the locking mechanism that keeps it upright doesn't work as well. It needs to be firmly propped up against a wall so it doesn't come crashing to the floor.
It still pulls in the most amazing amount of dirt, dust, and cat fur, even if I vacuumed the day before.