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I recently had the chance to use and review Dirt Devil’s Self-Propelled Vacuum Cleaner. My Mother had purchased it for my Grandmother to use because of the power assisted pushing feature. My Grandmother was battling cancer which took away some of the strength she needed to push the vacuum. The power assisted pushing feature would require less of an effort on my Grandmothers part and ultimately help her stay self-sufficient. Here are my findings after trying the vacuum:
Advantages of Using the Dirt Devil Self-Propelled Vacuum Cleaner:
1. This vacuum cleaner has the most powerful suction I have ever seen. It picks up every piece of dirt and leaves the carpet looking incredibly clean.
2. This model is bagless. Not having to buy bags can save quite a bit of money over time. Plus replacing the bag in my opinion was always a hassle. I could never seem to get it on just right.
3. It is equipped with a Hepa filter, which traps 100% of pollen and ragweed as well as 99.97% of other dust and allergens. Definitely a necessity during Spring when pollen counts are at their highest.
4. Speed Control. Since the vacuum drives itself it comes with two speed settings. Slow and Fast. For my Grandmother slow would be the setting of choice.
5. Scuffgaurd. This vacuum is equipped with a scuffgaurd to protect your walls and furniture.
6. Attachments. This model comes with the regular attachments plus a Turbo Tool (a powered brush that cleans upholstery quickly) and a deluxe automatic stretch hose which extends your cleaning reach over 13 feet. Perfect for my 5′ Grandmother to get those hard to reach places.
7. Pick your setting. Choose from 5 different settings (low pile to high pile).
Disadvantages of Using the Dirt Devil Self-Propelled Vacuum Cleaner:
1. This vacuum is suppose to make vacuuming effortless because of it’s assistive pushing. I found, however, that if you don’t push the vacuum hard enough (to go forward) or pull it hard enough (to go backward) it jolts, makes a noise like it is mad at you, and resists going. This defeats the purpose of my Grandmother using it because she wouldn’t have enough strength to push the vacuum to make it go.
2. The Hepa filter easily becomes clogged and even after vigorous shaking doesn’t come completely clean. After the first few uses it isn’t clear how much of the pollen, ragweed, and other allergens you are really being shielded from.
Overall, if you are a healthy individual and have no disabilities that would prevent you from pushing the vacuum, I would suggest you buy it for the sheer fact that it is extremely powerful and sucks up even the hardest to reach dirt. However, if you are limited in the area of strength, this vacuum is not for you.