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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Our New Vacuum Has Arrived!

One month ago our 25 year old Rainbow vacuum finally died. It was a great vacuum and I will miss it. I will especially miss it's ability to vacuum water. That was a really nice feature when I defrosted my big upright freezer. I've been shopping for a new vacuum ever since and thought I wanted the Dyson Animal Ball but I just couldn't bring myself to pay over $400 for a vacuum. If any of you have ever owned a Rainbow, you may find it funny for me to say that since I paid around $1000 for that vacuum! But I've gotten older and wiser and maybe tighter! My husband and I buy tons of stuff from Amazon. Their prices are great and most of the things we buy qualify for the Amazon Prime shipping. The product reviews are extremely helpful.

As I read about different vacuums, I noticed that a lot of people compared their vacuums to the Dyson Ball. The Shark Navigator NV22L appealed to us for a number of different reasons. The price was good ( less than half of the cost of the Dyson Ball) , the filters were lifetime, it is compact, fairly lightweight, baggless and has great attachments. The turbo hand held brush is important to us since we own two little dogs who love to shed!
Yesterday our vacuum arrived and we assembled it right away. I've been using a small little upright that we have for small jobs but it just wasn't doing a thorough job so our house was in desperate need of a good vacuuming.

We opened the top flap on the box...

The instructions!

The accessories.

And there is it!

The short crevice tool and dusting brush have storage places right on the body of the vacuum but the turbo brush and 24" long crevice tool have their own storage bag.

Here it is all laid out on our living room floor before we began the three step assembly which was as easy as they claimed!

These are the accessory tools which I explained above.

I started vacuuming right away and was impressed with how quiet it was! I could talk to my husband while vacuuming and he could hear me. You can see that in the video below. It was amazing how much suction this machine has. In fact, my only complaint is that it has so much suction that I had to turn off the beater brush to do the runner in our hallway. It sucked the rug up enough to cause the beater brush to stop turning and thus turn on the over heat light. Little scatter rubs will suck right up into the machine. It got a ton of pet hair and dirt out of our carpets. I had to empty the dust bin 4 times and we have a small house! I'm hoping we won't always have that much dirt but our other vacuum was old and we haven't had a decent vacuum for a month.

Today I used the turbo brush attachment and the crevice tool to vacuum our van and it did a great job. So as of right now, I'd highly recommend this vacuum!

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