Summary: Bought it 8/29/2012 and threw it away today, 2 years later. The motor has been making an awful smell after about 5 minutes of use. The good things about it are the VERY long cord and it cleans well. I thought 'commercial' implied it would last longer, but now I just think it means 'no attachments included.' Any way, I'm going to buy a $50 Dirt Devil now; I bet it'll last 2 years!
Summary: It stopped picking up almost immediately and the belt came off and it was difficult to get back on. It still doesn't work very well and it sits in the back of the closet. Maybe I got a lemon considering all the great reviews. I should probably send it back but it's been awhile so I'm not sure I can.
Summary: This vacuum works well, has a good build quality, and is light and easy to use. The only issue (and not a big one for me) is that is does NOT have hose attachments. I went to buy another one of these for the second floor and the new model is available - with hose attachments - great! I bought the new model. My only disappointment was that I paid $138.00 for this model and the new model was $186.00. $60.00 for the hose attachment seems pretty steep.
Good for commercial use but maybe not commercial quality
6 January 2014
Summary: What is great about this vacuum is probably also it's biggest weakness. The vacuum is cheap which is great but the parts feel flimsy. We use this vacuum every day and it does work well. We like how it has a wide suction area and the cord it comes with is long. The belt has broke once in the matter of a year and a half, which I suppose isn't bad. But what also broke was the mechanism that locks the handle in place.
Summary: I was a little skeptical of this when I got it because it was so incredibly light. I have four dogs, two are husky mixes. All shed some. This vacuum picked up everything .And the ease of going to different flooring surface levels was really great. The best vacuum I have ever used thus far. And trust me this family is hardcore with vacuums. Teenagers,dogs , and my husband needless to say we vacuum daily. Will update in 3 months.
Summary: I'm a big fan of Panasonic Cameras, Stereo Equipment, Aircraft Carriers and Rockets, but this vacuum is just awesome. It's not stellar on hardwood, in fact, I think it just kind of tosses dirt around, which is cool, because my wife usually sweeps it up later. But on carpet, this vacuum is a beast. It's lightweight, so if you're frail and still vacuuming for some reason, this is a great choice.