by Brad Nelson 11/29/15
There’s a back-story to this purchase that you don’t want to hear about. Suffice it to say, there is a Sears employee out there who never wants to see me (and my mother) again. Add a tenth circle to Dante’s hell in terms of shopping for vacuums. Long story short, we finally bought this vacuum because my mother needed a lighter one and this was the only vacuum that qualified. She wasn’t looking for cordless but it was the lightest vacuum they had that looked marginally capable.
And it is light and very portable, particularly given that it is a battery-operated cordless. This does not having the sucking power of a higher amped one. But it is more than adequate for an office (where I have it now…another long story…you don’t want to hear it).
This one is a Sears floor model. It was the only one they had. I’ve shopped for years at Sears but they are becoming increasingly bothersome. This salesperson was willing (and patient) but was full of half-information about this vacuum. Basically I had to figure it out for myself. And this floor model was more than a little used so when it came time to purchase it, I did what I could to Jew him down on the price. (Can I say that? Well, I just did.)
If, by chance, you actually find a product that you like at Sears (and they do have lots of good stuff), good luck getting through their check-out counter. It’s a nightmare of paperwork, questions asked, and buttons on the swipe machine to be dismissed. They’ve become the Dilbert of companies.
But I digress. I have this vacuum down at the office and because it is cordless it is much easier to whip out and use. That is, the place is a little cleaner around here because of it. The charge lasts a good long while. It comes with two batteries so it’s easy to always have a fully-charged spare.
But this is by no means a robust pieces of plastic. One of the wheels has already come off (still trying to find a permanent solution to that) and the rotary sweeper soon broke (although I’ve since fixed it and replacements are available). I know that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, but I suspect this floor model was beat to hell. If you buy this new, I think it will be fine.
And although I was finally able to…err…negotiate the price down, you can get a new one cheaper online from Amazon. At the time, the Sears salesmen told me it had been discontinued and the floor model was all that remained. And dealing with the 10th circle of hell, I just wanted to please who needed to be pleased and get out of there before I went postal.
Who knew such an adventure could be had from a vacuum? I may write more about it someday, but I’m still recovering from the experience. And do beware, if only a little bit, of Sears these days. But I think you could love this vacuum.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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