Safety cover pulls over motorized power brush when using hose attachment
The only thing from the new Fantoms worth purchasing
I have owned a Fantom Thunder for the past 5 years and continue to love it. When I saw that Fantom had a hand vac, I was skeptical. It was a Euro-Pro product, and I had read many reviews saying that Euro-Pro products are POS's. I bought it from Best Buy in November, and I was satisfied at how well it cleaned. I had no pieces falling off or electrical problems, but I exchanged it for a King of the Hill Season 2. Then I read the reviews for this product and found they were mostly 4 or 5 star, then I decided that I wanted to get it again. Best Buy had one left in the box on clearance for 21.99, I bought it along with the 2 year replacement to avoid the horrible customer service, plus if it breaks, I'll get my money back. This machine did great in my car, and it picks up pet hair well. I give this 4 stars because the Tapclean filter is a pain to clean and I don't like that it's in the dust cup, but I found that most other hand vacs have a filter in the cup. If Euro-Pro made this with the cyclonic technology and filtering system the original Fantoms had, I would give it 5 stars.
I love this vacuum!
I use the Fantom to vacuum my cars. I am absolutely amazed how much dirt it picks up from a car carpet that doesn't look all that dirty. I've had no problem with "parts falling off", and find the filter and dirt trap reasonably easy to service - it beats the heck out of dealing with bags! I love the hose attachment, and found it very easy to swap between the powered brush and the hose. Is it loud? Yes, but that's due to the powerful suction - it takes a lot of air movement to pick up dirt like this little jewel does. At 750 watts (1.0 hp) I would definitely recommend it for small to medium jobs (cars and upholstery, for example). But for bigger jobs, (a set of carpeted stairs, for example), use a Kenmore with a 5.4 horse motor and a power head attachment. It's all about having the right tool for the job, and for small vacuuming jobs I don't think there's any better tool than the Fantom 430.
I agree with the last review. The first two reviewers almost convinced me not to get this unit but it was one of the few still out there with a powered brush. DO NOT GET AN AIR DRIVEN BRUSH UNIT! They stop rotating as soon as you contact something. I took the plunge and bought it (though not thru amazon, I found it locally on sale).
The filter is easy to clean. A bit messier than bags but you don't have to keep replacing it either. As for the suction, it has as much as any other decent hand vac if the filter is cleaned frequently. Does a great job getting pet hair off the furniture and cleaning up our occassional spills. I would recommend it.
Powerful if high maintenance
I read the other reviews and didn't find the complaints familiar. I bought the FM430 and have used it for almost a year (I have a big dog who sheds) and found it useful for the stairs and the upholstery (and my bedcover, or should I say, my dog's bedcover...). The only reason folks might have had issues with the suction is that the filter clogs with grit and dirt easily. I always washed it out after every use using the sprayer on my kitchen sink with something like Formula 409 and hot water, and the unit performs very well every time. Only thing is, the filter can take a day to dry even when set in front of the forced air heating vent, so I will probably buy another filter for interim use. One other thing that I found helpful: with the attached hose / brush, I wrap a band of plant velcro around the bristles when not is use to keep the bristles in proper shape (otherwise they end up all ratty looking, but no surprise there, I think that would happen with almost any long-bristled unit).
Looks good in person and on paper but that's about it
I bought this thinking it would be great for my upholstered furniture since it has a brush head and a HEPA filter. I have 3 cats at home and this vacuum doesn't do ANYTHING. It's loud - that's about it. Sounds good and looks good, but a waste of money. You can get better cleaning results using a tooth brush on your furniture.
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