Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 33
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PJCC Hands free, upward moblility for high places, strong suction
Best features are upward mobility, hands free backpack with cushioned back, and strong suction. It has cheap plastic parts that require gentle handling.
Upward mobility isn't a term often applied to vacuums. Having designed an environment for young cats who love to climb, it is the main feature I look for in a vacuum. Strong suction is the second must have. My third is a reusable hand washable bag.
Out of the box, I cleaned tall bookcases with an attached scratching post, a cat climbing wall, crates and corners.
I sweep more than once daily and groom my cats. It isn't that there is a great deal of hair. The problem is where it gets caught, upward everywhere!
The built in thermostatic overheat safety feature will turn your vacuum off if it overheats. Be careful to read the directions and take them seriously. Don't block the air passage, but using the correct attachment helps. After the thermostat shut mine off, it would not start again until I took the hose attachment off and put it back on. It snaps off and on easily.
I've a multiple sweeper household and each sweeper has a specific task. I balanced my decision on quality here by weighing the cheap plastic design against the multiple features. Honestly loved the features, including that it was lightweight about 7.5lbs!
Pictured, this backpack sweeper came with 6 attachments, one reusable grey bag that is easy to empty, several disposable bags and a mesh bag to store it all. It would be useful if Gruene had an online marketing video using the various attachments correctly.
The 24 Foot electrical cord allowed me freedom to move in a large room end to end or upward. The expandable 36 inch tube stretches to 60 inches. A handheld handle with an easy on/off button is attached to the stretch tube. Connecting two solid tubes with your choice of attachments adds almost another 3 feet. I used it under the entire queen bed!
The disposable paper bags are small, but the reusable is the best for pets. I need to throw out or clean out a bag after every use in Florida to control bugs.
A disposable bag and small filter are pictured attached to the sweeper. The cover for both are plastic, sometimes the covers did not snap in place easily. It scratches and scuffs easily.
As expected, this snaps securely in the front and puts some stress, like a backpack. on the front chest.
I was excited to use it right away. Breaking it the first time out, I was honest with the company. I was told the warranty did cover burn out, not mine but the vacs. I've a new one on the way.
April 6, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DRS not enough suction
suction not good for german shepherd dog hair. I returned it.
October 20, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JOSH DISAPPOINTING
I LIKE THE WEIGHT AND STYLE OF THIS VACUUM BUT IT WON'T START SOMETIMES. WILL START AFTER COOLING DOWN, MAYBE I HAD A BAD ONE. BUT I CHOSE TO GET SOMTHING DIFFERENT. JUST SHARING MY EXPERIENCE.
August 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by classyrabbit suction is so so, back pack model is fabulous.
this is a good vacuum. the cord length is good, the weight is good, the useability is excellent. my only complaint is that the suction is average. i have hardwood floors and persian rugs, so i cannot use a beater bar. i need good suction and this is ok, but not wonderful. i am moving up to a more expensive model for better suction. this has only 800 watts, the one i have just ordered has 1400.
i really do wish that the manufacturers consistently included the water lift ( is that the correct measure?) so i wouldnt have to keep buying units to find out how strong the suction is.
i dont think this is a workhorse. but it's ok
January 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KCTM JUNK!!!
The vaccum was a Christmas present. By the end of March the on and off switch wouldn't work. The switch started to work intermittenly about 60 days out. Now when you press it the vaccum won't stay on. The tools frequently become disconnected at the handle that functions as the connection point as well as the on off switch. The suction of the vaccum is also poor. I frequently have to disconnect the floor attachement to suck up items as small as a popcorn kernel.
This thing is junk. Don't waste your money.
April 4, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by IMBS1124 It's alright
There is no denying this product is alright for its price. Other than of course the bags are very small and fill up rather quickly the one thing that bothers me the most is the suction, I wish it was more powerful. Having a German Sheppard was the reason I purchased this vacuum because her hair is constantly on my hard wood floors. If I was looking to vacuum other than her hair and dust I would definitely purchase a much better one. Over all is a good vacuum for light cleaning.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by qwerty cool little backpack vacuum
my wife wanted to try a backpack style Vacuum, as we have mostly wood floors
and area rugs, but most models we could find are too large and heavy for home use
(mostly commercial designs and usage)
Rubbermaid supposedly has a smaller size model too, but it's vaporware - even
Rubbermaid headquarters out in Virginia didn't have one, or could even find one
anywhere or a dealer who ever stocked one several phone calls to them)
finally i spotted this one on the HomeDepot site.
I feel safer ordering something sight-unseen with HDepot, with Ship-to-Store so I can unpack it THERE make sure it's what it's supposed to be and in good shape, then because they allow
a generous amount of time to try it and you can bring it back to a store if you don't like it
but my wife LOVES it so we'll keep it
oh, BTW HDepot has a PriceMatch policy - so if you see something online somewhere else
that you would have to buy sight unseen, check online at the Depot and just use the online
chat to ask for a price-match - works easily - then you can enjoy the added security of
shopping like we do - with a company you know - rather than with someone on the Internet
you've never heard of at someones fake "Marketplace"
March 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hjf2bme Oh, what a relief to my back!
The back pack vacuum really does make a difference! It doesn't have as much suction power as I would like, but I don't have to worry about tripping over the canister, or trying to get underneath furniture with an upright! I love all of the attachments it comes with, and especially, the reusable bag!!
March 3, 2015