Devil Dynamite Bagless Upright On Board
First, I bought this vacuum cleaner based on the reviews of it that I read here! Please keep writing reviews so that we can all continue to make informed consumer decisions.
I stepped up to this full-size vacuum cleaner from a Dirt Devil Versa-Stick because I've developed allergies and need a HEPA filter now. That little vacuum was great! I got it to clean my studio-sized apartment and was not disappointed by its size or performance. In fact, I was so impressed that I decided that Dirt Devil was a brand I want to continue to purchase and support.
This machine is awesome! It's powerful and picks up EVERYTHING in its path. There are no longer ANY cat hairs on my floor, or dust, or powder in the carpets from the previous tenant - which the versa-stick was pulling up, just not quickly enough for my allergies. I also vacuum my couch and chairs with the main vacuum part, using the roller, and then again with the attached brush if I feel like I need to.
I love it. Now, I can lie on my floors without worrying about walking around with a hair shirt all day.
I checked about the cost of replacing the filter (every 6 mos. is recommended in the vac and filter documentation) and it'll only be about $7-8 and is available at Walmart and online from many different dealers, as well as from DD itself.
Cleaning out the vacuumed contents couldn't be easier! It is completely contained in the front tube-shaped compartment, which releases with a push of a button. NO DUST flies out when you do this, either! Big plus! I bring it outside to dump in the trash can. Then, per instructions, I turn the filter to release it and tap the filter against a wood post until all the dust flies away. Because of my allergies, I wear a bandana around my nose when I do this, but as long as I'm cautious I can position myself so that the dust doesn't fly back on me. I have also tossed the filter gently on the grass a few times to release the dust in it. The filter is made well and tough enough to do this without any worry of damaging it.
What else... the attachments are great. The extension hose could be longer, as others have mentioned, but it's been OK for me. Besides, I appreciate DD's well-made design. Everything is compact and neat, with no extra bulk or hanging stuff to get caught up on something when putting it away. The one extension tubes and the crevice tool are designed to fit into each other, which is also a well-made design that I appreciate. The brush attachment fits into its own slot on the opposite side of the back of the vac. The attachments do NOT fall off, either, while you're using the machine. I really love the design, so I can't say enough about that.
One more thing is that the handle for the vac is also retractable, so that you can push it into the body of the machine and carry the vac around with it's built-in handle. I do this when I'm going to put it away in the stairwell. It's completely compact and self-contained. And, I love it.
The weight is light. I think the manual says that it's around 7 pounds. So, I have been able to hold up the machine by its handle while I vacuum the ceiling fan and above picture frames with the crevice tool.
The machine is loud and terrifies one of my cats. But, I don't find this to be a reason not to buy the vac. It also blows out a high amount of wind from the front exhaust. I consider this part of the well-crafted design that makes sure the suction is powerful and the dust is trapped inside the machine where it belongs.
I LOVE to watch the dirt and hair be picked up and start to swirl around in the dust container! I really feel like its working when I see that. Well, it's no longer a feeling, actually, because it's immediate proof that it's working!
Another thing to mention is that the vacuum cleaner picks up from every type of surface. It vacuums up my kitchen linoleum, and hard wood floors, as well as the carpet. I don't have to sweep separately. This is what I expected from DD, due to my previous vac experience with their machines.
Anyway, I am glad that I bought the machine. It has been helpful for my allergies, I believe. I no longer have hair all over my apartment like I used to complain about - for years, I've complained about this. Because I have vacuumed it all up from every surface and crook in the place. It feels nice and clean in here, almost sterile actually. I wish I'd have gotten it sooner.