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What a sucker!
Member Name: sas87
Advantages: Stylish, compact, powerful, affordable, quiet
Disadvantages: No "proper" on board storage (on the machine body not the hose)
Don't let it's size fool you - this is a powerful machine! In fact, so much so that don't bother with upright vacuums anymore, and use this all the time despite being a large family.
This is my first Samsung vacuum cleaner, and I was initially a bit dubious about Samsung as a brand doing anything other than Hi-Fis and TVs. But being on a tight budget and needing a new vacuum quickly, I decided to go for it based on the price (just under £70) and the fact I really struggled to find a bad review anywhere online. It has turned out to be the best purchase I could have made - it's just as good as my parents Dyson. It was going to be a "make do until I can afford something better" vacuum, but I honestly don't see myself finding anything much better!
So let's start with the looks. It's very sleek, shiny and stylish, and should please even the most fussy aesthetics-orientated people out there! Everything has been finished off well - from the enamelled extendible wand to the moulded front control panel. The on/off button and cord rewind button are flush to the front of the machine, rather than having clumpy buttons sticking out on each side or flimsy levers - even the handle folds down flush and is easy to miss at first! All the parts and attachments feel good quality and sturdy, and the dust bin is unbelievably simple to empty, and it clicks in place satisfyingly. These are touches you wouldn't expect on such an affordable vacuum.
As for performance - well this really is seen to be believed! It really is very powerful, yet amazingly fairly quiet in operation, and has a smooth noise to it like an expensive well oiled engine - as opposed to some which can sound like a clapped out boy racer car! I have a 1 year old daughter, who used to be petrified of my old vacuum cleaner which was so noisy you couldn't hear anything else. However, upon using this one for the first time she wasn't phased a bit. The ability to adjust the suction power with the little slider is genius, it now means I can use the vacuum for delicate dusting such as laptop keys and lampshades on the minimum suction, and can virtually lift the carpet on maximum, especially using the turbo brush. It also has a really clever little light on the front of the machine, which comes on if there's a blockage or if the filter needs cleaning (although hasn't yet come on for that reason for me yet). Even my husband likes using it, and he never used to clean before - so that's just one more way it's made my life easier! The power cord is a good length and the dust bin and filters are so simple to remove, clean and replace. I'm not sure on the maintenance cost for new filters when they are eventually needed, but they can't be any more expensive than bags which you obviously save on as this is bagless.
The only con I can think of, is that there is no proper on board tool storage. You can clip the combined small dusting brush/crevice nozzle/upholstery attachment onto the hose, but I find it gets in the way a bit there, and I've jabbed my leg on the sharp edge of the upholstery attachment a few times now! It's not a big deal to just put it in a pocket or carry it with you as you go though - and I don't use them every time I use the vacuum anyway, usually the floor head or hose (with no attachments) is enough for a quick clean.
Overall I am extremely surprised by, and more than happy with my Samsung SC8442. Don't be put off by the brand not being a big "vacuum brand" - it really is excellent and comes with a 5 year warranty which should allay any fears about trying it and was a big selling point for me.
Summary: An excellent little vacuum cleaner, if you need a new one buy this!!
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