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Vacuum Cleaners: Don't pick up the Dirt Devil Lift & Go
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Vacuum Cleaners: Don't pick up the Dirt Devil Lift & Go

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Cleaning with this vac is frustrating, especially since it doesn't get the job done well.

[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Andrew Gebhart for CNet. I'm here today to review the Dirt Devil Lift & Go convertible vacuum. Dirt Devil's known for its budget vacuums but this one, for $130 packs in enough features that it almost makes me think, this is a high end vacuum. Unfortunately, nope. No, [LAUGH] this is, this is not a high end vacuum. Some of those features I was talking about. It has a removable canister vacuum. It comes with a couple of attachments that secure right to the vacuum itself. It even has a wand and hose that snap right off for easily reaching the corners and the ceiling. But the most interesting feature is this Vac Plus dust tool to clean hardwood floors. This is a Swiffer-like pad to dust, which attaches to this, which vacuums. So you can dust and vacuum your hardwood floor at the same time, and all of this attaches right to the wand of your vacuum. So the Lift and Go tries to do a lot with all of its stuff, but all of that is undermined by a few glaring design issues. For starters, the cord and the hose try to occupy the same space. You can easily get to one or the other but not both. Secondly, if you wanna clean the brush roll, you can't detach it. Meaning you have to flip the vacuum over if anything gets tangled and pull the hair out yourself while it's still attached to the vacuum head. You also can't adjust the height of the brush roll or turn it off. Meaning, this fun optional attachment isn't optional anymore and becomes much less fun. Because, in order to clean hardwood floors without flinging everything everywhere, you need to bring this with you. And this is the one attachment that won't store on your vacuum. All of this, including the minor gripes I have about it, might be forgivable if it performed well as a vacuum. Well, unfortunately [LAUGH], it does not. We test our vacuums on sand for small particles, Cheerios for large particles, and pet hair. On sand it did worse than just about every other full size upright vacuum. Cheerios it either pushed them aside, occasionally it would fling them. And pet hair, it would leave matted clumps all over the place. This works very, very well, as a coat rack, as a paperweight, even perhaps as a baseball bat. As a vacuum, you're gonna wanna look elsewhere. If you're looking for a budget vacuum, try the Bissell PowerGlide, the Shark Rotator Pro, or the Hoover WindTunnel. If you do end up going with this one, just know that you might need to use other tools to supplement your cleaning. For example, a different vacuum. For Cnet, I'm Andrew Gebhart. [MUSIC]

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