We currently own another "top" brand competing vacuum cleaner and really did not expect this Shark vacuum to come anywhere near it, especially given this Shark retails for half the price. Well, we were in for a pleasant surprise!
This came just before the weekend. I think my wife squealed a little inside when it arrived, LOL. We LOVE our other vacuum, but wanted to have a 2nd one as backup and that was a little smaller that our existing one. We unboxed it and were really excited, just from the overall quality of it! We were even able to fully assemble it without the use of the instruction manual.
Everything feels very sturdy and well-built. Even though most of it is made of out plastic, it's a really durable, hard plastic that has a great design and feel to it, as well as how everything is edged off and accented. My wife and I both tried this vacuum and we can't find any real complaints with it, as far as the vacuum itself goes. This thing has more suction than our other, much bigger vacuum cleaner. Granted, this is smaller, a little more compact and has less floor coverage (width), but it definitely seems to take up a lot more out of the carpet!
I love that there are 3 modes - Hard Floor, Carpet/Low Pile and Thick Carpet/Area rug. For the attachments, they all use the "Hard Floor" setting and you can really tell if it's not on the right setting. Switch it to Hard Floor and the results are amazing! Another thing we love, when using Hard Floor on well, hard floors, we noticed that it sucks up all dirt/dust/hair, etc, immediately and doesn't blow it back out or shuffle it around. This impressed us the most, as any vacuum we've ever used has almost done this to some degree. Not this one. This thing is also fully modular. The canister detaches from the main floor head and can be rolled around, taken to your car, used on stairs, etc, for easy cleaning.
We have a part hound, part beagle dog who sheds WAY TOO MUCH. Our other vacuum, as great as it is, just couldn't fight this hair. We rarely let the dog on the furniture, but somehow, hair still makes it's way there - we had to resort to using expensive lint rollers. We tried the small upholstery attachment and, making sure it's on the "Hard Floor" setting, it did a great job. While it didn't remove ALL the hair, it got about 90% of it. Good enough for us. :-)
Our only complaints, which really are minor and I wouldn't even go so far as calling them complaints, are:
1) The cord is a lot shorter than other vacuums we've used/owned. This isn't a deal breaker, as we have plenty of wall outlets. We just find ourselves plugging and unplugging to move the cord more often than our other vacuum.
2) The canister. It's really small. If you look at the picture, you can get a good idea of the size of it. In reality, I think they could have made it a bit bigger. Simply looking at the vacuum from the front-on, it looks like a lot of wasted space above the canister.
3) The side of the vacuum, where the one attachment goes, is right beside the bottom cord hook. When wrapping the power cord between the bottom and top hook, the cord presses against the attachment itself.
Also, as the dedicated ceiling fan cleaner of the house, I was really disheartened to see that none of the included attachments would work for ceiling fans and such. Our other vacuum has one that semi-works, but I've not yet found anything that works better than a wet towel and duster, lol. Maybe they will offer something like this as an accessory that can be purchased in the future?
Outside of all this, however, we are REALLY happy with this vacuum. In fact, given the retail price, we would certainly recommend this over our other brand, even though it is smaller and takes a little longer to cover the same amount of space. Take care of this, keep it cleaned (canister, filter, etc) and it should last you forever! We cannot express how much we love this vacuum!