We have a dog who sheds, so I was looking for a vacuum that would really pick up the pet hair. Also, I didn't want to hassle with a bag. On both of these counts, this vacuum is a winner. Where it falls short is the hose and the attachments. I read reviews that the hose was short and hard to work with, but I thought, "How bad can it be? It's Hoover!" Well, the answer is "pretty bad." Unlike with my trusty Panasonic, you have to bend over and unclip the hose every time you want to use it, add the wand/s, and reverse the process when you want to go back to vacuuming the floor. The length of the hose is actually acceptable if it would just uncoil with a slight tug, but you have to pull it mightily with one hand while holding onto the vacuum so it doesn't pull over in the process. (It just hit me in the head as I was kneeling on the floor, hence I am annoyed enough to stop and write this review!) I miss having a soft brush for dusting, too. I do like the variable height adjustment that makes the vacuum work well on hard surfaces or carpet with one turn of the dial. Another negative is that the vacuum is much heavier than I expected, so it is not easy to move between levels of the house. All things considered, this is a great floor vacuum with a poorly designed hose system. If you rarely use the hose and don't have to carry it around a lot, it would work well for you.
I needed to replace my old Panasonic canister vacuum with something that would remove pet fur from my carpets and furniture. I love this vacuum because it does just that. The dust bag holder has a handle on it so you can remove the basket with the full bag. The hose is shorter but that isn't a problem for me because the wand extends quit a bit. In all, I am glad I purchased this vacuum because it does a great job picking up the fur from my 2 Pomeranian's and 1 cat.
Bought this vacuum to get the pet smell out of my carpets. Works great. Didn't understand all of the features but call customer support and they were ver helpful. Thanks Panasonic.
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