This is just a terrible vacuum. I've had it for about a year and every time I use it I want to chuck it out the window. I don't want to pony up for a new one but I just can't stand this piece of crap anymore. It leaves just as much dirt and dust laying around as it sucks up. Dirt and carpet fibres get stuck in the hose over time and it's impossible to clean because you can't take the main hose coming from the base off. Believe me I've tried to clean this thing, you can't get it clean enough to avoid the clogs. The more clogs, the stinkier it gets as well.
The design is awful, the gap inside the chamber where the dirt enters isn't big enough, and dirt/carpet fibers just get stuck. You have to empty the thing every 5-10 minutes and you actually have to reach inside the container to pull out the gunk that's stuck. I just cannot believe how crappy the design is. Do they even test this crap before trying to sell it? I wouldn't pay $1 for this garbage vacuum.
The suction power is probably the worst thing about this vacuum. It can take 4-5 runs over one piece of lint/string/dirt before it picks it up. Not only that but when you detach the hose from the base to try and do edges/corners by hand, you need to drag the base around with you as the length is only a couple feet. The suction power is so weak even putting the hose over a piece of kleenex/paper doesn't work, you have to pick up the dirt and feed it into the hose! Pathetic!
Absolutely my last Hoover. I thought products and technology were supposed to get better over the years? Seems Hoover has gotten much, much worse.