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Prolux 7000 - Great Value in a HEPA Vacuum
 from SE KS,  Dec 5, 2013

My first impression of this vacuum came while I was unpacking it. I liked the color, a Candy Apple Red Metallic. When I got it unpacked, which was not difficult, I looked at the fit and finish of the vacuum's pieces / parts and did not notice any flaws. The color was smooth and even and all of the parts, plastic and metal, were nicely finished with no sharp edges or flash / burrs from the plastic molding process. And everything fit together properly. The friction fit cleaning tools are well made and finished as well, and everything connects properly and securely. A well made, solid vacuum. I can see why it has such a good warranty, and it is an amazing deal for the price. Note: you will need a flat blade screwdriver to attach the handle, but a quarter will work if you don't have a screwdriver handy. After using it extensively for several days I still like it. It is probably the quietest vacuum that I've ever used. I don't feel like I need hearing protection to keep from hurting my ears, as compared to many of the vacuums I've owned / used. The stretch hose does have a tendency to cause the vacuum to tip, or to "follow" me, when I'm using it at close to its full extension, but this seems to be typical for upright vacuums of this style. It does seem to be less prone to tipping than the other uprights I've owned / used, though. But, with the (VERY convenient) extendable main wand, which securely locks in place where you want it, and the removable extension wand attached, you do have almost 12 feet of reach. So using the vacuum with the hose fully extended was not necessary for me. And with the 30 foot power cord I could vacuum a large area before having to switch to another outlet which is real convenient also. The vinyl wheels roll easily on all surfaces, and quietly on wood and other hard surfaces, and it is quite easy to maneuver. The carrying handle on top of the tank is comfortable to use and the vacuum is well balanced at that point, making it easy to carry when needed. And the attachments all fit neatly in the back of the vacuum, with the Mini Turbo Head stored securely and unobtrusively on the side, so everything is always right there handy when I need it. After giving my home a good top-to-bottom cleaning, I'm still using the 1st bag and the Full Bag indicator still has not come on, the HEPA filter still looks clean, and the vacuum still has good suction. And speaking of suction, the adjustable suction control is handy for reducing the suction when needed. It was a bit stiff to work at first, but it has smoothed out with use and works much easier now. The bags, HEPA Filter and post filter are all easy to get to for changing when needed, and the slide latches on the bottom plate make removing it a breeze when you need to change the belt or clear a clog. No screwdriver required, and NO lost screws either! Another plus is that when the beater bar brushes wear down, you can replace just the brushes, without having to replace the whole beater bar assembly. The bottom plate has channels for edge cleaning on both sides, and they seem to work quite well, whether on bare floors or carpet. And the Prolux 7000 really surprised me when I used it on my one bare floor, it didn't throw crumbs and other debris around, but sucked them right up, something I've never had an upright vacuum do before. The only Con I found is that when the handle is in the low position, actually laying flat on the floor, which I need it to do to vacuum under my bed, the nozzle/beater bar lifts up just enough that it does not contact the carpet. You have to hold the handle about 14 in.above the floor to have the nozzle/beater bar be in contact with the carpet, limiting this vacuum's ability to clean under furniture that is low and/or wide, like my bed. All in all, I would have given the Prolux 7000 a RESOUNDING 5 Star rating, except for that Con. But, because of the way I use my vacuum, I can only give it a 4 Star rating.

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