Hoover Air Steerable Review

The Hoover Air Steerable is designed for consumers looking for a portable, space
efficient vacuum that is easy to carry and to keep as a secondary vacuum for
larger homes. It’s a very unique machine, and it is very light and the form
factor makes it perfect for carrying, but the attachment system definitely
leaves much to be desired, and may be a problem for those looking to own this
machine as their primary vacuum.

TL;DR

This vacuum is a vacuum and that’s it. The attachments are not the best, but for
small spaces and as a secondary vacuum, this is a solid choice. Expect clean
floors, dusty crevices.

8/10

Floor Cleaning

The Hoover Air Steerable is an awesome performer with the addition of several
different floor care technologies. The first of these is the Hoover Windtunnel 3
system, which is made of th
ree separate suction channels, located in the vacuums
floor head. The front channel is designed to pick up large debris, mostly like
cereal, before it comes to the brushroll, where it is either kicked out through
the back or ground up for suction. The brushroll lies surrounded by the middle
channel, which acts as the main chamber for suction. This middle channel is
typically the only one present in most other vacuum models. The last channel,
the rear one, prevents any dirt from escaping through the rear towards your
feet while vacuuming. This is especially useful on hard flooring when using the
brushroll, which is activated by an ON/OFF switch. For larger dirt there is very
little kickback, where most vacuums would shoot the dirt backwards with great speed
and force, resulting in a bad time for the cleaner.

3 Channels of Suction

3 Channels of Suction

The next of the technologies Hoover packed this vacuum with is the addition of 8
separate cyclones in an interesting 1 + 7 arrangement. With most vacuums, when
they advertise a “multi-cyclonic” system or low suction loss, which most
commonly means that they rely heavily on a 1 + 1 cyclonic system (yay! math!).
In a 1 + 1 system, the bin acts as a lower speed cyclone to filter out the
larger dirt particles from the air before a smaller cyclone in the center
removes smaller dust. Flow then goes through another series of filters that
clean the remaining particles. This system suffers from the inefficiency of
lower airflow speeds and much less force to clear the air stream. The Air
Steerable uses the alternate system, where the bin acts as a large cyclone with
seven inner cylones that, while smaller, are faster and stronger that the middle
cyclone from the common system. What this all means is that the vacuum will last
longer with a high suction and efficiency than other vacuums before the filter
requires cleaning.

The last of the features is swivel steering with a smaller cleaner head for high
maneuverability in smaller spaces. In testing, the swivel steering system on
this vacuum was definitely better than most Shark models, but they are both
still not as wonderful as the Ball system on Dyson models.

Attachment Cleaning

The attachment system on the vacuum is definitely not the best, but it’s also
not the worst. Using it is just as uninspiring as the included attachments
themselves. The vacuum’s handle serves as a wand, and an interesting dusting
branch and crevice tool combo. The wand doesn’t feel too flimsy or cheap, but
the end is a little small. Unfortunately, this means that you have to wipe over
the same area a couple of times repeatedly as it won’t pick up everything at the
beginning. The combo tool was the most dissapointing, though, as the dusting
mode is very small and the brush is too stiff, makind dusting much harder than
it needs to be. Alternatively, the crevice mode is way too big, and it doesn’t
actually fit in spots that the tool was intended for.

While the tools may not be the most glamorous offerings, the vacuum is also far
from graceful when switching between floor cleaning and hose cleaning modes.
Most other vacuums you just pull the wand and go, although sometimes there may
be a pesky lock button, but this is as complicated as it gets. However, on the
Hoover, disengaging the wand requires a complicated series of steps that may or
may not involve a sacrificial goat offering under a blood red moon. First you
open a lock by button, then remove the wand, undo and release the hose, pull the
connector out from it’s dock, get to floor level and open a tiny door, then
slide the connector until it clicks into place. Yes, it’s not the hardest thing
in the world, but I feel like it is my duty to inform you that yes, this will
get very annoying if you rely heavily on attachments.

Conclusion

The Hoover Air Steerable knows its job and does it well, providing a solid
vacuuming experience overall. The attachments, however, leave a lot of room for
improvement, but they do not make the rest of the experience any less than it
is. The purpose of this vacuum is to provide a compact solution as a secondary
vacuum for a larger home, and for smaller spaces. It will be awesome at floors
and thats it; it’s a vacuum. It also has a HEPA filter that prevents any
collected particles from flying back out into the air, and in testing it’s
worked well. The only downside is the attachments system, but that’s not
important if all you want is a vacuum and just a vacuum.

Score

8/10
– It knows what it is, and it’s good at being a vacuum
– Small, easy to carry
– Attachments need work

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Eureka Airspeed One Review

We’re going to be reviewing the Eureka Airspeed One vacuum. To be honest, I
originally expected a lot more out of this vacuum than I ended up getting.
At its core, the Eureka Airspeed One is meant to be both low cost and high
performing, meaning to provide the best of both worlds. And it definitely
delivers on some of these promises for an average home. In the Eureka
Airspeed line of vacuums, it definitely features the low prices and high
airflow that they boast so proudly, which they use as leverage in their claim
to be far superior than any of Dyson’s offerings. Unfortunately, in reading the
fine print as you, our dear reader has entrutsted me to do, the comparison tests
are from a test against a very old Dyson model, noted by now as having been a
poor performer, not representative of the Dyson brand and its current offerings.
Of course, all the while I regret to inform you that, above all, this model of
Eureka has many flaws that prevent it from being the perfect choice in most
cases under which we are reviewing its performance.

TL;DR

Despite big talk and a design that maximizes airflow, the Eureka Airspeed One
leaves much to be desired, performing terribly on hard flooring, with a terrible
attachment system and filtration system to boot.

4/10

Floor Cleaning

Marketing of the Airspeed one touts it as more of a carpet power player, and
thus it comes with some features that help it with carpet care. To begin with,
the Airspeed has a couple of extra large tubes that lead from the dirt cup down
to the motor and floor head. The purpose of these tubes is to increase airflow
in comparison with the more common ribbed hoses found on other offerings from
Shark and Bissell. Additionally, the design of the attachment system prevents
any disturbance to the airstream as it flows throughout the vacuum cleaner, and
it contains a large brush width to enhance the cleaning experience.

The box and display at the store definitely had me sold, as all of these
features sound wonderful, but in actually using the vacuum it failed to deliver
what it advertised. To begin with, the Airspeed One’s lack of a self adjusting
cleaner head is an issue when moving between different floorings, such as from
carpet to hardwood flooring. This also causes an issue when attempting to pick
up debris of varying size.

To add to this, the Airspeed One comes with a, seemingly, cheaply made 10 amp
motor, instead of the more common 12 amp motor. Unfortunately, this decision has
led to poor performance and a LARGE amount of heat, which most likely means
that mileage may vary.

In this model Eureka decided to prioritize airflow, which should mean that when
put to the test against a smaller particle, it should definitely perform well.
We tested the vacuum against flour, and it did exactly the opposite; the vacuum
left a visible, large amount of flower.

Because of the absence of a clutch or separate brush motor, the Airspeed One
performs terribly on a hard floor. This means that you are forced to vacuum with
the brush going because it is not possible to turn off the brushroll, and thus,
this means that your hard floor WILL get scratched. This also leads to dirt
being kicked out of the rear end of the vacuum and thrown at your feet, at
least, it did in my own testing.

For hardwood floors, this vacuum will not suffice, and I instead recommend you
take a look at the Hoover Air Steerable
or the Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro.

Attachment Cleaning

The build quality of the Airspeed One really shows itself when used for
attachment cleaning. It definitely feels very, very fragile and flimsy. The
plastic feels cheap, and I was afraid of breaking it every time that I used it.
The hose is easily cracked and dented, the wand is so thin that I would warn
against pulling it off to quickly unless you are ready to replace it, and the
attachments all are poorly designed. Although the brush does have some
interesting features, I simply cannot recommend the attachment cleaning with
this vacuum.

Conclusion

Lastly, but certainly not the least, this vacuum’s biggest flaw is the terrible
filtration system. Most other vacuums have anywhere between two and five
different filters, made of materials that are stronger than the Airspeed One’s
offering of a single filer made of flimsy foam. To make things worse, the
position of the filter is right before the motor, which serves to blow the
motor’s harmful carbon emmisions directly into the air that you breathe as you
clean. The exhause are after a single use was covered in a fine layer of dirt
and dust after testing, acting as a perfect display of the filter doing
its job very poorly. Finally, just to add insult to injury, the craftsmanship of
the foam filter requires you to replace it every couple of months, on top of
cleaning the device after every 3 or 4 uses.

Score

4/10
– Feels cheap and flimsy
– Terrible performance on hard floors
– The filtration system is poorly designed

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Bissell Deepclean Lift-off Pet Review

This machine is a bit odd in a number of ways, it tries hard to be a hybrid, a Microsoft Surface of sorts in that it tries to be two things at once. On one hand it tries to be a full size carpet cleaner, with the full performance (and weight) of any other unit. On the other hand, it tries to be a portable spot cleaner, with smaller than usual tanks, easy carry handles and a small footprint for placement on stairs and other surfaces. Bissell tried hard to make a machine that fills two needs, and in the process, makes a machine that’s awkward for all tasks. The machine works well at cleaning, but it does come with tradeoffs that you have to decide if you can live with compared to the competition and other devices on the market.

Carpet Cleaning:

When it comes to the actual cleaning of carpets the machine does pretty well, getting out most common spots and stains along with average household dirt. The machine also does a good job at tackling pet stains, but has a bit of a problem with pet hair, even if you vacuum the carpets before cleaning. The pet hair will start to ball up in the roller brushes, and can cause the solution to not be sprayed into the carpet properly. That said, if you use a good vacuum, and take your time vacuuming the carpets before you use the Bissell Deepclean Lift-Off Pet, you should be just fine. The only problem I really ran into with this machine is the smaller than average tank sizes for a full size carpet cleaner. This means that as you clean your carpets, you will have to refill the clean water tank, and empty the dirty water more often than most machines. In addition the machine’s low center of balance makes pushing and pulling it feel heavy and hard.

Attachment Cleaning:

The Deepclean Lift-off Pet has a feature that allows the cleaning unit to be lifted off the handle and base. This feature, called Lift-off, is designed to make cleaning stairs, cars, and upholstery much easier as you don’t have to mess with a heavy or bulky base unit. When used in this mode the machine works well, and does a good job at getting stains clean with a little bit of work and elbow grease. The carpet cleaner comes with a few attachments inside the box, which should help make cleaning easy. The only problem I found using the machine for attachment cleaning was in the weight of the machine. In making the tanks big enough to be passable for a full size carpet cleaner, they made the machine bulky and heavy. This makes the Deepclean Lift-off Pet awkward and hard to use in some spaces. Particularly on stairs, where the cleaner’s large size can make it feel like it will fall off the stair you set it on, even if it never does.

Overall:

To sum it up, in trying to be a jack of all trades, the Bissell Deepclean Lift-Off Pet does a good job, but has some serious ergonomic issues. That said, the machine comes at a lower cost versus buying a carpet cleaner and an attachment cleaner. In the end, if you can live with the cleaner feeling heavy and awkward, along with needing frequent fillings, then this may just be the machine for you. The machine cleans well, and has a long list of features that are sure to get your carpets, cars and upholstery clean.

 

Overall: 6.5/10

 

Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet Review

The Bissell Powerglide Lift Off pet looks to be a great vacuum with a low price, powerful pet hair pickup and swivel steering that will make vacuuming the house easy. In addition the machine features a large dirt bin which should help make vacuuming easier by not requiring many trips to the garbage to empty the vacuum. The system also includes a few attachments designed to help clean the house, especially pet hair that clings to surfaces in the home. Lastly the Lift-off feature makes the vacuum easily portable for attachment usage as the base separates from the rest of the vacuum so you can hold it in your hand and carry it to wherever you need to clean.

Floor Cleaning:

The vacuum is very efficient at floor cleaning with a wide brushroll and powerful suction that make it very good choice for anyone who wants to clean carpets quickly. The brushroll makes quick work of pet hair and can clean most of it with a single pass, with the rest being picked up by the second pass. The vacuum also has good airflow and strong suction which work along with the brushroll to remove deep dirt that’s trapped in the carpet pile. In addition the swivel steering, although nowhere near as good as the Dyson ball, works well enough to make cleaning easier by allowing you to turn a small amount by just turning your wrist. Overall the Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet does a great job at carpet cleaning and will also work out pretty well for those who want to clean hard floors.

Attachment Cleaning:

The vacuum does well for attachment cleaning as well thanks to the attachments included and the lift off feature that allows the machine to detach the base from the rest of the machine so you can carry it around, however the vacuum feels very heavy. This may not seem like a lot but it can start to hurt when you want to clean things like stairs or curtains. The turbo brush that’s included with the machine is great for pet hair thanks to the rubber pet hair system that can be attached to the brush. The pet hair system makes cleaning pet hair a breeze by collecting it and making it easy to suck into the vacuum’s large bin.

Overall:

The Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet makes cleaning very easy for carpets, hard floors, and attachment usage. The vacuum performs quite well on carpets and removes a large amount of pet hair, and does great at attachment cleaning. If you can get over the machine not feeling very comfortable to lift off and carry around then this machine might be just right for you.

Score: 8/10

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Good overall carpet performance at a great price point.
8 / 10 stars

Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Review

The Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet cleaner looks to be a great machine from the outside, claiming pressurized spray, great suction and high speed brushes. This may all be true but in reality, the cleaning performance leaves a lot to be desired, as the machine gets the dirt out of the floor, then has a tendency to leak it back out, leaving your stains and spots worse than you started. This machine is a huge waste of your hard earned money, as it WILL leak everywhere. If you want to read on and see my full review, feel free to do so. If you want to save time, I highly recommend the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge (click to see my review).

Carpet Cleaning:

For the purposes of the review I’m only going to talk about getting the cleaning process of this carpet cleaner, by that I mean I will only review removing the dirt from the carpet. I say this as the overall carpet cleaning process of this Hoover is marred by the fact it has a tendency to spew the black, soapy, dirty water it picked up back onto your carpet. For more about that, see the section below named “Leak Problems” to see my true feelings about how well this machine cleans.

This deep cleaner differentiates itself from less expensive models in Hoover’s range of carpet cleaners as it has extra brushes, pressurized cleaning and a rinse feature. The Hoover MaxExtract branding is shared by this machine, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro, and its more expensive brother, the Hoover MaxExtract 77 MultiSurface, which adds an auto-rinse feature, extra brushes and a hard floor attachment in the box.

The process of using the MaxExtract 60 starts like every other carpet cleaner I’ve had the chance to review. That is to say that you must move your furniture out of the way, vacuum very thoroughly with your standard vacuum, mix the soap and hot water in the deep cleaner’s tank and plug the machine in. This machine differs from some others a little bit in the best way to use the machine. Some carpet cleaners I’ve reviewed work best if you squeeze the trigger and go back, whereas this machine works best if you hold the trigger and go forward, allowing the soapy water to get scrubbed in before pulling back and allowing it to be sucked up. This machine has the unfortunate problem of both having weak suction for the amount of water it puts down, an uneven suction distribution at the floor head. What does that mean to you? For those with lighter carpets (like me), you’ll have streaks of clean carpet interspersed with uncleaned carpet. Those uncleaned streaks are WORSE than when you started as the water you added to the carpet has caused all the dirt to wick to the top of the fiber and darken the color of the carpet.

To sum up carpet cleaning with this machine, most of the time your carpet will turn out streaky and worse than you started.

Attachment Usage:

This machine comes with only one attachment,  a manual brush. I found this a bit odd, given that the lower end model, the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, comes with both the manual brush and a powered turbo brush.

When it comes to the actual cleaning, the machine does a very good job, and extracts the majority of the dirt out of the surface being cleaned. In addition it does a very good job at getting the fabric dry if you do a few dry passes at the end of the cleaning. Overall, attachment cleaning (minus the leaks I’ll talk about in the next section) is very good on this machine.

Leak Problems:

As you can probably guess from the title of this section, this machine has some major leak problems. It got to the point where the machine was leaking in ways I did not know where possible at the end of my review testing. Here’s a list of a few of the various leaks I encountered:

  1. Clean water leak at rear of machine
  2. Dirty water drip from bottom of machine
  3. Spewing black water from exhaust when using attachments
  4. Shooting black water out into carpet when moved too quickly
  5. Leak from dirty tank when being carried to be emptied
  6. Leak from clean water tank into bottom of machine when left alone and unplugged
  7. Dirty water not being sucked up nozzle and deposited out the front when machine is turned off

Overall:

Overall the machine does not do a good job at all when it comes to cleaning. I cannot recommend this machine at all, and would highly recommend you look at other machines.

Score: 2/10

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Bissell CleanView OnePass Review

The Bissell CleanView OnePass vacuum is a cheap, light-ish weight vacuum that promises a lot, like being able to get completely clean in one pass. The machine makes a lot of promises about cleaning performance, and in the end, it does a very good job for the price point. The machine come with good attachments and decent build quality, but the real great feature of the machine is the technology they used on the floor head.

Floor cleaning:

The floor head is designed very well, and the machine fulfills on it’s promise to clean in one pass most of the time. There are times when the machine fails to get everything in one pass, but on the standard VacBin test track the Bissell CleanView OnePass performed very well on the common household dirt tests. The OnePass is also very good at getting pet hair, and is great for anyone that needs to clean up after a shedding pet. The floor head has many specialized features including a brushroll that has varying bristle lengths. The various length bristles help effectively agitate your carpet by getting both the deeper levels and the surface level. In addition Bissell took a page out of Dyson’s book and attempted to make the floor head seal to the carpet.

The machine works very well on carpeting, yet it has trouble on hard floors. If you are looking for a vacuum to do both carpets and hard floors, this is not the machine for you. The brush cannot be disabled, and as such will kick any debris you encounter out of the back of the machine toward your feet.

Attachment useage:

The Bissell CleanView OnePass does alright at attachment cleaning, but it feels like the attachment system was designed as an afterthought to the floor cleaning. The CleanView OnePass has a short hose that will topple the machine if you pull it too far, yet the attachments are well designed. The machine can feel a bit awkward to use at times because of the short hose and the, but if you are not using the attachments often this won’t be too much of a problem.

Filtration:

The Bissell CleanView OnePass has a HEPA filter onboard, but unfortunately, the filtration system is not sealed. This means that dirt and allergens that are sucked up can be blown right back into the air. In addition the CleanView OnePass vacuum is a two stage cyclonic system, in laymans terms there are only two cyclones in the machine, with the inner cyclone being large, and therefore inefficient. To the average consumer, that means that the pre-motor filter (the yellow piece of foam above the bin) will need to be washed often, and the performance will degrade much faster than a system with more cyclones.

Overall:

The Bissell CleanView OnePass vacuum cleaner is not the best machine out there, yet for the price point it offers great performance if you can live with an unsealed filtration system and a short hose. In addition, if you have hard floors, this probably isn’t the machine for you. That said, if you have mostly carpets, and don’t use the attachments often, this is a great choice for a lower budget!

 

Score: 8/10

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Dyson DC44 Review

From the first time you see the DC44, you can tell that it’s not your average vacuum cleaner. Dyson took a lot of risks on this innovative machine, and you can see it from a first glance. Yet, at the same time some of the most innovative things are inside the plastic housing, nestled tightly together and hidden away from view. Things like the Dyson Digital Motor, a motor that provides amazing performance, yet sips power and is very lightweight. Other innovations are easier to see, like the carbon fiber on the brushroll that helps reduce static cling on hard floors.

Carpet performance:

The Dyson DC44 comes with two different heads to clean carpet. The first head is the general purpose floor head with a motorized brushroll. This head does a great job, and is very maneuverable thanks to their V-ball system which allows the head to pivot around corners and objects simply by turning your wrist. This head does a very good job at getting carpets clean, even if you move it quickly as you pass over the carpet. The only problem I have found with this head is how quickly the brushroll gets tangled with hair, but that is a minor problem due to how easy it is to remove the tangled hair (it just takes a quarter turn of a quarter to completly remove the brushroll for cleaning).

The second head is the mini motorized head, which is much smaller, lacks the V-ball tech, and has much more space in between the bristles. This head is great without the wand for cleaning a small intense spot, or for cleaning tight areas. Perfect examples where this head would perform its best would be a pet bed, a small area of carpet or the floor mats of a car. This head concentrates the suction of the machine to a smaller area therefore making it ideal for small messes as opposed to everyday cleaning.

Hard Floor Performance:

The vacuum performs very well on hard floors when using the general purpose head thanks to the good suction and effective brushroll. Dyson designed the DC44’s brushroll with carbon fiber filament, which works on hard floors to minimize static electricity. In practice this means that there won’t be dust stuck to the floor with a static charge after you are done vacuuming. Overall, the performance of the DC44 on hard floors is quite good, and it does a great job at cleaning up quickly.

Attachments:

The DC44 comes with 2 main attachments in the box, with more available on Dyson’s website for purchase if the need arrises. The first is the crevice tool, which works pretty well  and has a wide opening for large objects to enter. That said, the crevice tool is nothing to write home about and really isn’t that special. What IS special is the second attachment, a combination tool that dusts surfaces and sucks up large particles. The tool is special as it converts from dusting mode to straight suction mode very easily by pressing a catch and sliding the bristles back, allowing you to easily change modes while cleaning.

Overall:

The DC44 is a great machine for cleaning up messes, big or small with its compact size, powerful suction and well designed tools. Although the price might be slightly high, the performance, reliability and ease of use make up for the high perceived price. Overall, this is a machine I keep in my home, and I use it many times a week because it does a great job and helps keep the house clean before a mess piles up.

 Score: 8/10

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Shark Rocket Review

This vacuum promises a great deal of things both in the advertisements and even on the box of the product itself. It claims to have more power than a Dyson DC40 upright vacuum cleaner. Shark then goes further and shows the Rocket next to various upright vacuums in their advertisements. Shark markets the machine as a replacement for an upright vacuum. Unfortunately the Rocket simply lacks the performance to compete with an upright vacuum, and has other flaws that prevent me from recommending the Shark Rocket to most people in the market for a vacuum. Read on for more information about why I can’t recommend the vacuum.

Carpet

The Shark Rocket is quite easy to push on carpet, at most times feeling almost self-propelled due to its light weight and fast brushroll. That said, the ease of use is negated as you will be spending a great deal of time going over the same spot multiple times if you want to actually clean your carpets. Unfortunately, the Rocket seems to lack much weight on the cleaning head, as such the brush cannot dig deep into the pile and get out any dirt. Furthermore, the dirt that is on top of the carpet is often either pushed forward (this is called “snowplowing” by the vacuum industry) or shot out the front as the suction is too weak.

The Rocket was also bad at pet hair pickup, leaving most of the dog hair on the floor rather than in the bin. In addition, the Shark doesn’t have a HEPA filter or a sealed bin (more on this in the Design Flaws section below), which caused me to launch into a sneezing fit after using in (in fact, it took 3 takes to get the Carpet section of the video review because I kept sneezing). This means that the dust and dirt that you just spend time picking up will be blown out the exhaust and land on your floor again. Overall, the carpet cleaning experience is inexcusably bad, and a sick joke for a machine claiming to “Out clean full-sized vacuums” (Shark’s website and the Rocket box).

Hard Floors

The Shark Rocket has two ways of cleaning hard floors: the Dust-Away attachment, or the standard cleaning head with the brushroll. Both of these methods have their problems, and neither will do a great job at getting your floor clean. To start, let’s talk about the standard head. First, the head sits low to the floor and will not suck up large particles, instead pushing them along. Second, you cannot turn off the brushroll, only turn it to low speed, which will still kick the dirt that enters the head out. Third, the suction is too weak, and as such dirt won’t get picked up.

Shark Rocket Dust-Away Tool
Shark Rocket Dust-Away Tool

On the Dust-Away side, things aren’t much better. First, the suction channel is raised too high for the weak suction to be used effectively. This means that most dirt and dust will not get picked up by the Rocket.  You can see this in the review video as the honey nut scooters were pushed across the floor and not picked up. Second, the vacuum will not stand up by itself and will fall over quite easily when in this mode, even when leaned against something like a wall or a chair. Third, the pad tends to simply push most of the dirt along the front edge, which can end up scratching your floors.

Attachments

The one area where the Shark Rocket does well would be attachment usage. The Rocket’s light weight allows you maneuver it into tight spaces and get the dirt. The Rocket comes with three attachments in the box: a wide dusting tool, a combo brush, and a crevice tool. All three tools are good quality and do a good job at getting dirt and cleaning most items. Once again the lack of good filtration is a problem as the dirt that you just collected is being blown out the exhaust.

Shark Rocket Dusting Brush
Shark Rocket Dusting Brush
Shark Rocket Crevice Tool
Shark Rocket Crevice Tool
Shark Rocket Combination Brush Tool
Shark Rocket Combination Brush Tool

 

 

Design Flaws

Due to the sheer number, I simply put my findings into a bullet pointed list.

  • No HEPA filtration
  • Bin leaks dirt due to lack of a seal
  • Cord attached and bin not removable (when you want to empty the small bin, you must take the cord with you as the bin is attached and not removable)
  • Does not stand up in any mode
  • Weak suction
  • Filters get dirty fast
  • Snowplowing is a problem on carpet
  • No option to turn off brush
  • Small bin
  • Cord hook not ergonomic at all
Shark Rocket in storage mode, look at the cord has to be wrapped
Shark Rocket in storage mode, look at the way the cord has to be wrapped

These are just the flaws I found in the short amount of testing I have done with the Rocket.

Conclusion

Overall the Shark Rocket is a very disappointing machine, because it promises so much, yet delivers so little. Overall, I cannot recommend the Shark Rocket in good faith as the machine does not perform anywhere near as well as it should, especially for its price ($150-250 depending on package). Perhaps Shark will fix these flaws and release the Shark Rocket 2, but until then, I would stay away from the Shark Rocket.

Score: 4/10

 

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Shark Rocket News

Update 10/13/12

The full written review has been uploaded, CLICK HERE to read the SHARK ROCKET REVIEW

Update 10/12/13

The videos are now being uploaded for the Shark Rocket, here are the videos that are currently online:

Unboxing and First Look

Watch below or CLICK HERE to watch in in a large player on YouTube (Recommended)

Review and Test

Watch below or CLICK HERE to watch in in a large player on YouTube (Recommended)

Update 10/11/13:

VacBin now has a Shark Rocket vacuum and will be posting an unboxing soon. The review will be up shortly, along with more info! In the mean time, Here are some pictures of the box:

Shark Rocket Box Top ViewTop view of the box

Shark Rocket Box  SIDE1

One side of the box

Shark Rocket Box  SIDE2

Another side of the box

Original Info:

As many of you know the Shark Rocket vacuum was recently unveiled and put on sale by Shark. Shark is now using the Rocket branding on two machines, the Shark Rocket PRO vacuum, which is just a Shark Rotator in a new color scheme (you can even see the Rotator label on the front) that machine can be seen in the picture below.

rocket

The other machine is called the Shark Rocket, and this is a brand new machine. The new machine looks a lot like the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum and many people are looking for a comparison of the Shark Rocket VS the Dyson Digital Slim. The simple truth is that they are two very different machines with different purposes. The Shark Rocket is designed to be an upright replacement whereas the Dyson Digital Slim is designed to be a quick pickup machine.

Hoover SteamVac Review

This review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is Hoover’s most popular model and has been on the market for years. This design is tried and tested over a multitude of years, with many variations, but always the same base of the SpinScrub brushes and a two tank system. There are many different models in the Hoover family, but this is the one synonymous with SteamVac.

Setting Up

The Hoover is an easy machine to set up and use, first you must vacuum your carpets very thoroughly, this is quite important and you should take a while to ensure that all the dirt you can pick up is removed. If you skimp on this step your carpets can be ruined. After you finish vacuuming you should use pre-treater if you have any. For pre-treater I use Zep High Traffic Carpet Cleaner (Shown Below).

This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowes.
This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

After pre-treating you must prepare the solution for the machine to use during the cleaning process. The process to do this is pretty simple, as you must fill the clean water tank with hot water, then use the lid, which doubles as a measuring cup to add the solution to the tank. The solution is concentrated and you don’t need much to get a great end result. After you re-insert the solution tank the setup is done, and you can move on to cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning

I have tried multiple machines that claim to work on carpet, from various Bissells, to the new Shark Sonic Duo; gut none have worked as well as the Hoover. The Sonic Duo does almost nothing outside of removing spots, and the Bissell machines always leave the carpet far too wet while not getting much dirt up. This SteamVac costs less than the other machines and does a much better job at getting the dirt out. The Hoover actually dried so well that my carpets were ready to use in just an hour and a half, the Bissell would sometimes take 6 hours to dry!

The Hoover uses SpinScrub brushes which rotate in a circle, as opposed to the Bissell which work like a vacuum cleaners to only clean the top of the carpet. The SpinScrub brushes also leave the carpet feeling much better than the Bissell or the Shark. With the Bissell the carpet always felt crunchy, whereas the Hoover makes the carpet feel nice and fluffy after it dries.

Attachments

Although the Hoover is not the most intuitive when it comes to attachments the system does a very good job. I used the attachment system to clean the floor mats of the car and the results were spectacular! The water coming out of the mats was black, and the mats dried very quickly, thanks to the SteamVac sucking all of the water out of them. When the mats dried they looked and smelled great, almost as if they were brand new. The SteamVac also was very easy to clean and dry.

Conclusion

The Hoover SteamVac is a great machine, with the some of the best performance you can get in a home carpet cleaner. The price point of under $150 just adds to the great deal of the machine, and the excellent value that it holds.

Rating 9/10

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