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I don't believe there is a better package out there!
Member Name: Ollie3366
Date: 06/08/11, updated on 07/08/11 (259 review reads)
Advantages: Build quality, design, looks, performance, value for money - Everything!
Disadvantages: Nothing! Tools could be better designed but that's all.
Strangely I rather enjoy writing reviews on products. I like expressing my experience with a certain product and telling people what to look forward to and what to look out for. I really wanted to write a proper review about this cleaner. I want everyone to know how good Samsung cleaners are and to get the message out there that people don't need to spend 100's of pounds on more expensive cleaners. I'll try and cover as much as I can in this review.
I'll also note i have had this vacuum nearly 2 years so it should be very comprehensive.
Okay let me work my way through this one from top to bottom covering as much as i can. Firstly - Looks, Design and Quality. I think this cleaner looks brilliant. As far as vacuum cleaners go this is the better ones for aesthetics. I love the colour tone - graphite grey & silver. It looks classy and expensive. Its very well finished (like other people have commented upon on this site) switches and handles etcetera fit well and are strong, well-oiled and fit flush. The wheels are rubber which means they are anit - scratch so they don't scratch hard floors, and they are big, like they fill up a good half of the backside of the cleaner. This means it's safe and sturdy and hardly ever falls over. Other than that it's well finished and looks great! Hose pipes, 3in 1 tool, extension tube and floor tool have proven reliable and well made. I will say the 3 in 1 tool isn't the best of design. It's all in one, on one end is a crevice tool, on the other is a upholstery tool and a set of bristles surrounding the tool which can by slid up and down to convert the crevice tool to a brush for book shelves, TV stands etcetera. The crevice tool and brush is nice but the upholstery tool end is useless because to use it you have to connect the hose to the crevice tool!!! So its flimsy and falls off, but I just use my own set or just use the hose handle thing . Now because i have had this cleaner nearly 2 years, during its life it has fought many harsh battles, cleaning land rovers filled with dogs, dust etcetera, garages, other people's homes and my own place I thought I'd be cleaver and give it a proper service. So i took it apart =) There must of been 25 odd screws! I took the two circuit boards under the on/off switch, handle and variable suction cover, disconnected the three wires, unscrew a inner cover and got down to the cable rewind and motor housing. This is where it gets interesting. The motor is housed in a white case, real thick plastic obviously for sound and heat deadening - quality! I got to the motor and brushed it out of its expected dust. I took out the carbon brushes which had hardly worn, replaced them back into the motor, washed the motor casing and vacuum body and screwed everything back together. (I don't recommend you do what i did as you need a lot of experience and a careful eye) My experience with that event found that the cleaner is very, very, VERY well constructed and finished. A tribute to the factory in Korea where it was made! Anyway as design, looks and QUALITY of build is concerned this is Rolls Royce class - no joke!
Ease of use and performance
This really sucks! 360 odd air watts of power coupled to a well machined 2000 watt motor results in pickup of debris and dust greater than any cleaner out there - including dysons, any uprights and Mieles! The expensive gear! I think this is helped by the cleverly designed floor tool. It's a standards design but with a simple yet effective strip of rubber, like found on a windows squeegee. This must part the pile of the carpet and use the vacuums power to pull out the dirt from deep down in the carpet. It's reassuringly nice to guild over carpet with a slight pull effect, but not too much as to give you a back ache. It picks up everything, human and pet hairs, dust, crumbs and all sorts. Also there none of that annoying "hair drag" as a better way to describe it as some floor heads have. The hair gets stuck to the bristle.(It is a 2 in 1 floor head for carpets and hard floors and by the flick of a switch a row of bristles come down, most floor heads I think have this) When the dirt does reach the dust bin its user friendliness from there on out! Vacuums of recent, especially since this bag less technology has come onto the market have never mastered the art of a simple, easy, hygienic empty. They always used to put filters INSIDE the dust containers meaning instead of the dirt collecting into the container, it would get stuck to the filter! People must know what I'm talking about. And then you'd have the job of banging or brushing the dust and dirt off! Terrible for anyone, especially is you suffer from asthma! But with the "Big Neo" (as these are otherwise known), all you do is literally pull the container out, take of the lid, turn it over into a dust bin and your done! The filters are foam and located underneath where the container sits, not in the container, and the carbon filter is on top of the cleaner. This means maintaining the filters are made easy. You only wash them once every 8 weeks, or until you notice a drop in suction as stated by Samsung. Other than that the hose is long enough and the extension tubes extend easily and to a decent length. I will say however that when the pipe is fully extended there is a "rim" of suction around where one end of the pipe joins the other. This is hardly nothing but is noticeable when you feel it with your hand. I don't think this has always been like it because i think my son may have been a bit aggressive with it possibly breaking something. Never the less it hasn't fallen apart and is perfectly usable and probably not a problem at all. It's just me being very picky. Oh yes and it is quiet. It doesn't make a horrible whinny noise like some cleaners do, possibly cheaper lower quality motors. This one sounds well-made and has a nice deep sound to it. Not irritating at all.
Value for money and verdict
I paid £65 for this 2 years ago and it's still on the market! I can't see why they would have any need to change it, possible for a different design or colour scheme like these companies do, I mean this is perfection - it's says it on the box! I think the price has gone up to I think £70 or so but still well worthwhile, and with a 2 year guarantee you can't go wrong. If looked after and properly maintained I think this should last at least 10 years or so, judging by the motor on ours it looked brand new! I know how important buying a vacuum cleaner is for some people. Buying flooring is a large investment and maintaining it properly prolongs the life of it, and is made easier with the right gear. And for those who care about cleanliness and who are house proud, you sure would show this off with a Samsung SC8442.
Thank you for Reading.
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