2 thoughts on “GV 8 Qt Light Effective BackPack Vacuum Loaded

  1. Funky Space Cowboy
    115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A real back saver, June 21, 2011
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    Funky Space Cowboy (Houston, TX) –

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    Overall this is a really impressive vacuum cleaner, especially for the price. I wanted a canister type vacuum because my house has a mix of hardwood, tile, rugs and carpet so uprights just don’t have the flexibility. But regular canister vacs drive me nuts their little wheels are always jamming or getting caught on the edge of a rug etc… I was pretty much sold on the idea of a backpack vacuum as soon as I saw them on Amazon. This one is pretty much everything I was wanting.

    Now this vac is basically a commercial unit rejigged for home use and is missing some of the features you’d expect like a retractable cord, a motorized head etc… but makes up for it with an enormous amount of vacuum power, low noise and an extremely light package.

    Good:

    * Very light

    * Very quiet, much quieter than the Kenmore canister I had prior to this.

    * Telescoping steel tube

    * The air powered power brush for carpets works well on low pile carpets.

    * The main floor attachment head is fantastic

    * Having the motor and exhaust up off the ground keeps the vacuum from blowing around cat hair tumbleweeds while you’re trying to clean them up.

    * Ambidextrous

    * Solid, simple latches and cover for bag changing etc… no flimsy but pretty hinged covers.

    * Very powerful

    * Comfortable to wear while working, comes with waist strap to take weight off of shoulders/back.

    The less good:

    * Attachments are just friction fit onto the tube, could be an issue years down the road.

    * The pneumatic power head doesn’t work quite as well as electrically driven ones

    * Built in power cord is only two feet long – be sure to order a 13 amp or better extension cord too, 25ft works well for me.

    * Impossible to not look like a huge dork when using it 😉

    The good points well outweigh the bad and it’s currently offered a very good price, definitely worth the cost.

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  2. laura heitzman
    50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exactly what I was looking for! Cuts cleaning time in half!, March 7, 2013
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    If you have mostly hardwood floors & tile, you will be in love with this vacuum!

    I live in a long, tall & narrow 1,900 sq ft 2 story home. House is all hardwoods with area rugs in most rooms. I have 3 dogs & a cat. The animal hair in our house takes on a life of it’s own! While the house has plenty of square footage, the narrow lay out meant that when it was time to vacuum the floors, I had the task of either moving each piece of furniture to try to vacuum around & underneath it or trying to maneuver my way around each room hoping to not bump or scratch the furniture or knock something over.

    The routine looked like this: lug upright around for the area rugs (upstairs & downstairs), get out stick vacuum for hardwood floors, get out swiffer to get behind & underneath all the items where the vacuum wont reach. Use vacuum again to suck up all the dust bunnies the swiffer did not pick up. Change swiffer and dust all the baseboards. This would take a couple of hours!

    I can now do my entire house in less than 30 min! All I have to do is put on the backpack, plug it in, and go! The vacuum is very, very powerful and picks up everything in it’s path. The tools are easy to change out and most of the tools store right on the backpack belt so they are always with in reach. The metal extension wand works like a dream, quick and easy. No more lugging and bending and maneuvering to get into corners and underneath furniture. This vacuum has given me back hours of my life!

    I am just barely 5′ 2″ and about 140 lbs, this vacuum is not heavy to me at all. It is very easy to move around and even walk up the stairs with the backpack vacuum on. I find it much easier on my back than all the stooping, lugging, etc I had to do before. I also find that it is not too loud either (I was worried about that with the unit being so close to your head and ears). My vacuum came with a 25 ft cord. I saw that other reviewers said the cord on their unit was only 18 inches long….. mine was 25 ft, so don’t know maybe they now sell it with the longer cord? I only have to move the plug twice when doing my entire house and never have to worry about getting tangled around furniture since the unit is attached to me and not what ever cleaner I was dragging around! Can’t say enough good things here!

    Just a side note: The power nozzle is air driven (meaning the suction power of the unit powers the nozzle). The suction is so strong, it powers the brush roller with no problem. You just have to the keep the unit moving back and forth and the rollers work perfectly. I really only need this tool on the area rugs. Works like a dream on my flatweave area rugs, I have one plush, deep pile area rug that requires a bit more effort but it still does the trick. ***IF YOUR ENTIRE HOME IS CARPETED- you will probably need/want a different vacuum with an electric driven brush roll.

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