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February 2, 2017
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SEBO VACUUM REVIEWS

Expert Review

Simply put, the Sebo Automatic X4 is built for extraordinary performance and longevity. It’s the preferred vacuum in areas where air quality is a concern such as in hospital settings and they even claim their vacuums are used in the White House and Buckingham Palace. While this is ultimately of no consequence to home users, there’s plenty to like about the features and performance of the Sebo Automatic X4.

The Automatic name refers to the on-board sensor that constantly adjusts the height of the brush bar to avoid damaging the floor. This vacuum can also detect blockages and resistance, shutting off the brush in order to avoid belt damage. The built-in filters are S-Class and HEPA certified, and the bags don’t expose the user to dust at any point.

The Automatic X4 can be laid flat to take advantage of its low-profile design, enabling the entire vacuum to fit under chairs and beds to clean hard-to-reach areas. These vacuums are manufactured in Germany, and come with a five year warranty as well as a lifetime belt warranty.Rating: 4.5/5

Sebo X4 Bagged Upright Vacuum

Please note: Partial assembly with screwdriver required.An on-board computer is at the heart of the enhanced reliability and performance of the Sebo X4 Excel. It controls the height adjustment automatically, meaning the brush is always at the best position for unsurpassed vacuuming.The 1300W motor and vertical design enable the air to flow into the microfilter, through the sides of the bag, bypassing the collected dirt. The result: a consistently high cleaning performance. As for the 5093ER bags…

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Customer Review
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Generally, a pleasure to use, May 10, 2013
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This review is from: SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4 EXTRA Upright Vacuum , Red (Kitchen)
I have a perpetually very dirty house, on account of two large, exuberant, shaggy, black dogs which came with the new man in my life. Combatting the dust, dirt and debris that come into the house from the three of them on a daily basis is really beyond my abilities.So, I’m always trying to find new tools that can help me out in that fight.I came to this new partnership of mine with one of the original Dysons. It still works, but, it is really not suited to all of the different kinds of flooring I now have: stone, tile, hardwood, and some fairly pricey Persian rugs. It scratched up some of my wood floors, I never could get the upholstery tool to work well enough, and because of the volume of cleaning that happens here the whole vacuum itself needs to be taken apart and cleaned way too often, which is a gross and dirty job itself. I want less dirt, less work, not more.The man came to this partnership with a Kirby, which he loves, because he thinks it does a great job. I think only a man, or an engineer, can love this machine. It is complicated to use, really heavy, and transitioning from carpet to bare floor is just not possible without swapping out the head on that thing or scratching the floor. I won’t use it.After a lot of research into new possible vacuum choices, I decided to try the SEBO X4. I toyed with the idea of a Miele, but after giving one a test drive at the local department store, I felt that thing was too heavy to maneuver around for the number of hours I have to vacuum every day.

So I’ve had the SEBO X4 now for two days. This is what I think:

Pros:
Compared to what I already have, it is a pleasure to use. It is lightweight, and it seems to pull itself around the room. The noise level is surprisingly low. The cord seems to be as long as the Dyson’s. The SEBO picks up the dirt, and it’s pretty good close up next to the walls. The way the handle and hose come out makes it easy to do corners and crevices. The upholstery tool works well (although that is something of a mystery to me as to why: it looks very much like the Dyson upholstery attachment, which I’ve always struggled with, so go figure). The SEBO transitions beautifully between different floor surfaces. One of the coolest things about the SEBO is that it can go fully flat, and I can vacuum under all of the tables and chairs and beds. I really love that.

Cons:
Only three so far.
One is I really hate the brush tool. I don’t understand the point of a triangular shaped head, and I find that the plastic part of the head of the triangle is what makes contact with the curved surfaces I’m trying to vacuum (pedestals for tulip table and chairs, and tufted parts of leather upholstery), when what I want and need is for the brush part to make contact. I’ll be looking around to see if there’s an alternative brush I can buy, the normal circular kind of one.
Two: I can’t just run over the 3×5 area rugs in the bathrooms and kitchen, they get sucked up into the machine which then automatically stops. To clean these things I have to pull out the hose and attach the upholstery brush, and probably get down on my hands and knees to really make it work (not going to happen!)(I’d rather throw out the little rugs and live with bare and sometimes wet floor).
The last issue is minor: the red surface of the vacuum itself has already been scratched by the overhang of my metal kitchen cabinets. The plastic isn’t that hard, (like the Dyson) and my “vintage” cabinets have already made their mark. I wonder what this machine will look like by the end of the month: it’ll be battle scarred for sure by the end of the year. But in the end, I bought it to clean the house, not be a showcase item itself, and for that I think it will do a decent job.

Conclusion:
If you have to do a lot of vacuuming, and you want the convenience of an upright (which I think is easier than a canister to retrieve and put away), then this SEBO machine has a winning combination of being lightweight, very effective, easy to maneuver, and capable of managing different floor surfaces without you having to do anything. It makes the drudgery of a household chore a little less onerous.

UPDATE: June 2013
I filled out and sent in the warranty card, where in addition to the usual name, date, serial number information, I filled out a very short questionnaire on why I bought the machine and any comments I had. I pointed out the things I like (the vacuum goes flat under tables and bed, it’s relatively light weight, and its overall intelligent design), but also that I hated the triangle brush and thought it next to useless. Well, what a pleasant surprise I received from the company: they sent me (gratis) a larger brush attachment that works much better for my needs, with a little note signed compliments of Lenny@SEBO. Now that’s customer service!

So now I think it’s a really good vacuum and a great company!

the following review helpful
on April 5, 2007
I have never used a better vacuum cleaner than the Sebo. It has excellent sustained suction and the automatic height adjustment is a godsend for my lower back. The included turbo cleaning head brings floor cleaning power to your fingertips over furniture and in the car. It glides over tile and hardwood flooring, medium pile carpet and several rugs of varying thicknesses in my home. The Sebo has a perfectly balanced weight, making it feel solid yet agile. The lay flat feature of the Sebo makes it ideal for cleaning under beds and tables without having to always move them. The cleaning wand is well thought out in that removing and re-attaching it feels fluid, making changing between cleaning with the floor vacuum and using the extended reach wand effortless. We have an indoor pet and my child has an allergy to pet dander, but regular use of this vacuum (especially in areas frequented by my pet)has virtually eliminated all of my son’s symptoms. The triple lined cleaner bag and filtered, sealed exhaust system removes potential allergens from the environment with great efficiency. Even the wrap points for putting away the cord are higher up on the upright’s handle, minimizing the need to bend over to wrap the cord. This vacuum does come at a premium price, but its well thought out ergonomics and superior engineering make it worth every penny.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2009
I cycled through several stages of cheap-vacuum ownership (denial, anger, bargaining, grief….) before finally dropping $800 on this Sebo. Until it entered my life, I had no idea how heavy, loud, awkward, and ineffective my (very highly rated in Consumer Reports) previous vacuum was. We considered a Dyson but it felt cheaply made, and reviews were quite uneven. This Sebo just rocks. The tools are wonderful, and the machine feels like it’s propelling itself across the floor. Dog hair: gone. Best of all, it automatically changes heights when I move from carpet to hardwood to tile. Expensive, but if it lasts as half as long as it’s supposed to, I will consider it money well spent – especially for a two-career family with grade-schoolers, a furry dog, and limited time to spend on cleaning.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2009
I’ve now owned my Sebo for two years and I still love it. My first vacuum was a cheap Hoover; it did okay but my sweet father-in-law killed it when he used it to clean up after a construction project. My second vacuum was a commercial Sanitaire. It lasted over 25 years and was a real workhorse, but it was noisy and heavy and didn’t have a wand. My son killed it when he tried to vacuum up a canvas belt and destroyed the vacuum’s belt and burned up the motor. Repairing it would have cost nearly as much as buying a new one. I spent months researching vacuums before settling on a Sebo and it has been a great purchase. Very expensive but I expect it to last at least another 20-30 years. My home is half carpet and half tile and I use the Sebo to vacuum up both. It adjusts height automatically and does a very thorough job on both surfaces. It is quieter than the Sanitaire but both are fairly heavy vacuums. If you have shoulder problems you may want to look for something lighter (such as the Sebo Felix). I particularly love the telescoping hose. It reaches 8 ft. and I have an extension hose that allows me to climb up a tall ladder and clean second-story window sills and wall hangings. I don’t recommend the stair and upholstery turbo brush as an add-on; it really doesn’t clean well and I prefer to just use the vacuum and wand on my stairs. (Here again the Felix would be a better and lighter vacuum for this purpose). I’m amazed how long it takes to fill the bag to the replace line and the belt is guaranteed to last the life of the vacuum. It also has an automatic shut-off if you try to vacuum up a canvas belt, like my son did, so the motor won’t fry. It lays down flat and has a low profile so it can reach under furniture. It is recommended for allergy sufferers because of it’s great HEPA filtration system and it really sucks up the dog hair after my son and his dog have visited. I love this vacuum!2014 update- I’ve now had the Sebo for seven years and it is as great as the day I bought it. I recently bought a lightly used Miele Salsa for my downstairs, mainly because I wanted to compare the two brands, and it is also a good vacuum, but the Sebo is more powerful and well-built. The owners of two vacuum stores that sale both brands said they prefer the Sebo and consider it the better built and bigger workhorse of the two. I do like the lights and rotating head on the Miele, but prefer the longer hose, flat profile, and power of the Sebo. I consider it the Bentley of vacuums and worth the extra hundred dollars or so that it costs to buy the Sebo. I also recently used my neighbor’s Dyson several times while taking care of her cat in her home and, though it is much newer than my Sebo, it is a sad, sad vacuum. There is no comparison between the Dyson and the Sebo, or even the Miele for that matter. I was very surprised at the difference in cleaning between the Dyson and the others. The Dyson just isn’t in the same sphere as Sebo or Miele.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2010
We have three large furry dogs (over 70 lbs each)and have never had, until now, a vacuum cleaner that could handle the fur and dirt they bring in. We had been using Hoover’s Windtunnel. They had awesome suction power, were bagless, and self propelled. But every single one (we’ve had three) broke down within 3-6 mos. It’s like they were too strong for their own good. Well, I got tired of spending $[…]bucks every 3-6 mos and decided to get a REAL vacuum cleaner. I wanted a Dyson, but after looking at it in person, I didn’t like its weird configuration and awkward handling. The sales guy said, try this – and pointed to the Sebo. It was sleek, easy to handle, had thoughtful user features (eg: they include caps with the bags, so when it comes time to dispose, you can cap the openings so you don’t get a face full of dust, the cord is SUPER long compared to the Windtunnel – no more having to stop vacuuming because the cord doesn’t reach, the roller brush slides out easily for cleaning – no more dismantling sessions with screwdrivers and pinched fingers!). Then I looked at the price – OMG $800 for a VACUUM CLEANER!? But heck, I’d already spent around $900 in less than a year with all the Windtunnels I’d bought. I ended up getting the SEBO. I thought I’d hate dealing with bags again, but with the Sebo it’s no problem – unlike the bagless Windtunnel where I had to dump the little canister after every room – I can go five entire house vacuumings before having to empty the Sebo bag – and it’s NOT because the Sebo is doing a poor job – it’s doing a great job! I thought I’d regret it not being self-propelled – but the Sebo is so light and powerful, it doesn’t need to be. It’s been over a year with the Sebo and haven’t had a single problem. Am I happy – you bet!Update 2013: Now four years and still going strong. I have yet to smell weird burning smells or hear odd whining noises ( ie signs of imminent failure) from this vacuum. I’ve had to replace the roller brush, but that’s to be expected. Parts are expensive, but doesn’t come close to having to buy a new vacuum every 3-6 mos! 😉
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2010
I’ve owned an X4 for a couple years now. I paid somewhere around $500 for it new in Hawaii, but mine doesn’t have a turbo brush attachment. Check around on prices because all you really need is the X4 — it comes with a wand, a crevice tool, and a brush clipped on to the handle. Hundreds of dollars for the color red and a turbo brush? SEBO is better than a Miele because you’ll actually use it often. The canister vacs are too complicated to whip in and out of the closet to do a 5 min. vacuum. The SEBO is easy to whip around in a condo or small hourse. Don’t get the elngated head — it will make turning too tricky. Stay with the standard size unless you’re doing hotel hallways. The X4 is the best because of the automatic level feature. I go from kitchen floor to deep pile rug without missing a beat. The bag system is better than Miele if you ask me (my brother has a Miele Pearl — but seldom vacuums because of having to use the hose, the head, the canister etc.)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2008
We have had this vacuum for a few weeks and we really like it alot. It has great suction and adjusts automatically to any surface. I even use it to vacuum my ceramic tiles. It is very light for a vacuum cleaner this powerful and has a long cord. I can clean my whole bottom floor with out having to change electrical outlets. It folds down flat to clean under beds and coffee tables which is a nice feature. It is very well built, I don’t think I will have to replace it every 5 years like my other vacs. We also have a cocker spaniel that sheds alot and the Sebo does an excellent job of picking up hair. The bags are expensive,but we had a bagless vac last time and the hastle of emptying out the dust cup and sometimes spilling it inside my home made it worth it to me to pay for the bags.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2010
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I bought this vacuum to replace a Kirby. I’ve had my Kirby for more than 15 years, and it still works great, don’t think it will ever die. However, over the years I have been replacing my carpet with hard floors, and now I only have carpet in the 3 bedrooms. I have 7 dogs and have to vaccum A LOT. Dragging the Kirby around on the hard floors and changing out attachments (none of which attach to the Kirby when not in use) for the carpet and furniture was a pain. I finally decided I needed a vaccum that better met my needs. I researched quite a bit and decided on the Sebo and I am thrilled with it. vacuuming takes me about half as much time now, I easily go from one room to another and if I decide to use the wand it is right there. The Sebo picks up dirt and hair on the hard floors much better than the Kirby did. As far as cost, it is less than I paid for my Kirby, which came with many attachments I didn’t need and never used. If I go another 15 years before buying another vacuum I can’t complain.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
The sebo X4 X5 are excellent vacuums. I have used the x4 in a variety of situations and have always been impressed. It has honestly helped my allergies. I find it very easy to use, so I tend to whip it out more often than previous machines. It cleans brick, wood , carpets with equal ease and effectiveness. The units are very solidly built, and reliable. All bags, filters are easily found at local stores or delivered to your door by multiple internet sites. The design is tested and true, so no problems — you won’t be a test subject. The only down side to a Sebo is the initial investment. However, the are built to last, so consider the per use cost. This makes it much easier to pay the money for one. These vacuums have stood the test of time and proven to be the best. They are used in many commercial applications such as hospitals, and Buckingham palace. I do not own any stock in Sebo, but have done extensive research and testing with many brands. These are top of the line machines that will impress you if you give them the chance. There are some retailers ( govacuum) that give 30 day test drives and will actually take the vac back if you are not satisfied. Check them out, they are worth it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
Over 34 years of marriage, three kids and two dogs, we (finally) bought a professional quality vacuum cleaner. We had a Hoover a Panasonic a rebuilt Kirby that was just too heavy for my wife to handle. Then, around 2006, a DYSON. All performed well for a while and then parts fell off, things like lights stopped working and in the end, I got tired of repairing them.
One day when my wife was working, I went down to the vacuum shop in town with the idea of buying parts for my Dyson. While there, he told me about the SEBO Vacuums. For the money, I was skeptical. But after thinking about it, I bought one. My wife was pleased, but thought I spent too much money. Six years later, it hasn’t failed once, works as well as the Dyson claims to and is easy to clean. We have the X4 Model. Only thing I’d advise, is that there is a little “Door” behind the front brush. This door is access to a bend in the suction line and it’s very important to occasionally lift the spring loaded door and check for debris. One day, the red light came on indicating lack of vacuum. After installing a new bag and checking the brush, the red light was still on. I checked under the door and found a “wad” of dog hair and sewing string. I pulled it out and it’s worked great since.
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Most helpful positive review

58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5Generally, a pleasure to use
on May 11, 2013
I have a perpetually very dirty house, on account of two large, exuberant, shaggy, black dogs which came with the new man in my life. Combatting the dust, dirt and debris that come into the house from the three of them on a daily basis is really beyond my abilities.So, I’m always trying to find new tools that can help me out in that fight.I came to this new partnership of mine with one of the original Dysons. It still works, but, it is really not suited to all of the different kinds of flooring I now have: stone, tile, hardwood, and some fairly pricey Persian rugs. It scratched up some of my wood floors, I never could get the upholstery tool to work well enough, and because of the volume of cleaning that happens here the whole vacuum itself needs to be taken apart and cleaned way too often, which is a gross and dirty job itself. I want less dirt, less work, not more.The man came to this partnership with a Kirby, which he loves, because he thinks it does a great job. I think only a man, or an engineer, can love this machine. It is complicated to use, really heavy, and transitioning from carpet to bare floor is just not possible without swapping out the head on that thing or scratching the floor. I won’t use it.

After a lot of research into new possible vacuum choices, I decided to try the SEBO X4. I toyed with the idea of a Miele, but after giving one a test drive at the local department store, I felt that thing was too heavy to maneuver around for the number of hours I have to vacuum every day.

So I’ve had the SEBO X4 now for two days. This is what I think:

Pros:
Compared to what I already have, it is a pleasure to use. It is lightweight, and it seems to pull itself around the room. The noise level is surprisingly low. The cord seems to be as long as the Dyson’s. The SEBO picks up the dirt, and it’s pretty good close up next to the walls. The way the handle and hose come out makes it easy to do corners and crevices. The upholstery tool works well (although that is something of a mystery to me as to why: it looks very much like the Dyson upholstery attachment, which I’ve always struggled with, so go figure). The SEBO transitions beautifully between different floor surfaces. One of the coolest things about the SEBO is that it can go fully flat, and I can vacuum under all of the tables and chairs and beds. I really love that.

Cons:
Only three so far.
One is I really hate the brush tool. I don’t understand the point of a triangular shaped head, and I find that the plastic part of the head of the triangle is what makes contact with the curved surfaces I’m trying to vacuum (pedestals for tulip table and chairs, and tufted parts of leather upholstery), when what I want and need is for the brush part to make contact. I’ll be looking around to see if there’s an alternative brush I can buy, the normal circular kind of one.
Two: I can’t just run over the 3×5 area rugs in the bathrooms and kitchen, they get sucked up into the machine which then automatically stops. To clean these things I have to pull out the hose and attach the upholstery brush, and probably get down on my hands and knees to really make it work (not going to happen!)(I’d rather throw out the little rugs and live with bare and sometimes wet floor).
The last issue is minor: the red surface of the vacuum itself has already been scratched by the overhang of my metal kitchen cabinets. The plastic isn’t that hard, (like the Dyson) and my “vintage” cabinets have already made their mark. I wonder what this machine will look like by the end of the month: it’ll be battle scarred for sure by the end of the year. But in the end, I bought it to clean the house, not be a showcase item itself, and for that I think it will do a decent job.

Conclusion:
If you have to do a lot of vacuuming, and you want the convenience of an upright (which I think is easier than a canister to retrieve and put away), then this SEBO machine has a winning combination of being lightweight, very effective, easy to maneuver, and capable of managing different floor surfaces without you having to do anything. It makes the drudgery of a household chore a little less onerous.

UPDATE: June 2013
I filled out and sent in the warranty card, where in addition to the usual name, date, serial number information, I filled out a very short questionnaire on why I bought the machine and any comments I had. I pointed out the things I like (the vacuum goes flat under tables and bed, it’s relatively light weight, and its overall intelligent design), but also that I hated the triangle brush and thought it next to useless. Well, what a pleasant surprise I received from the company: they sent me (gratis) a larger brush attachment that works much better for my needs, with a little note signed compliments of Lenny@SEBO. Now that’s customer service!

So now I think it’s a really good vacuum and a great company!

Most helpful critical review

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3Scratches hardwood
on December 30, 2010
I’ve had my Sebo automatic for about 8 years. It has serious suction power, especially when you put in a new bag. The only problem I have with it is that the beater bar lowers too far down when I’m vacuuming my wood floors and it will scratch them. It’s great with carpet and tile. I use a swifter vac on my hardwood. If I were to replace it, I would not buy the automatic.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
I could spend paragraphs talking about how awesome this vacuum is, but you have no doubt read several by now to know that this is not your ordinary vacuum. Yes, it’s a commitment, I mean, $800 for a vacuum cleaner is a lot of money, no arguments here. But you know what, you will never find another vacuum as great as this machine. Ever. So if you are on the fence about buying one like I was, let me just tell you that I have never regretted my purchase. I have owned mine for over 2 years and I am still as much in love with it as I was the day I got it. Even my husband (who hates to spend money) and who griped for months about such an expensive purchase admits that this was the best purchase we ever made. Disclaimer: We have 2 husky’s and 2 children so we needed something fancy to suit our needs. If you do not suffer from allergies or have big furry dogs and children to clean up after you, you may think it’s silly to spend such money on a cleaning device. But if you are someone who is tired of your vacuum not sucking the way it should or breaking down after a year, please know that you will not have any issues like that with this machine. I have no doubt that this vacuum will last us for 20 or 30 years. Buy one now, you won’t be sorry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
Verified Purchase
I own 2. And these sleek small vacuums work period !!! I had a top of the line dyson that was powerful when it was not broken. Which it often was. My first Sebo is working great after 12 years and this new one is too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
Verified Purchase
My Sebo 9559AM Automatic X4 Arrived promptly, but I just opened it tonight. It was easy to put together. I have a Newfoundland dog, a mostly Lab mix, and a tiny cat who is in charge of the household! My grandsons(ages 7 & 10) have been spending time running in and out of the house having a great time. I had not vacuumed for a week, so I had dirtier floors than usual. The Sebo was up for the challenge, moving from wood floors to area rugs and even a slate floor with no difficulty, leaving a clean path with just one pass through. It amazed me when it flattened and cleaned under the bed. I am delighted with my purchase.I had considered a Miele canister, but my friend has been very dissatisfied with her Miele.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
Verified Purchase
For years I had a central vac and was glad to get rid of the the large hose. From there, I had a canister model but still had something to drag behind and crash into things. I have decided to try an upright and wanted the best and long lasting. After research, I decided on the Sebo 9559AM. So far it has be very easy to use and does carpets very well except thin throw rugs. The bare floor are a toss up. I havn’t notice any marring the the hardwoods, but it is hard to apprise if it cleans as well as the canister. It adjusts to different floors well. Like how handy the tools are and the cord to unwrap by turning the handle up. For quick jobs, it is wonderful. No carrying the canister for quick jobs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
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This product is way better than I imagined! I love this vacuum. I love the super long power cord, I love the different hose lengths, the hose attachments, and the awesome job is does. The first thing I vacuumed were my carpeted stairs and it was so easy with the long hose and the pet hair came right up. It was amazing!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
Have used this product for last 6 years and I must say it is very dependable and user maintenance friendly. The bags last a very long time and disposal is clean and easy. The power cord is excellent and suction capacity is strong however you will need the long hose attachment for many jobs. Although the price is high I think you probably can depend on it lasting for a lengthy period of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
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I fell for the Dyson story about the little guy getting taken by big corporations and was never so unhappy with the purchase. We have pets and this vacuum really sucks the hair up! The only complaint would be that it becomes tipsy when using the hose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
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This vacuum gets used daily to clean my office. I have been thru 5 vacuums in 17 years and I buy good ones. This is the best so far. My staff loves it !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
I bought the Sebo X4 so many years ago that I can’t even remember when it was, but at least ten years. Before that, I had been buying Electrolux canisters which cost a fortune and always required expensive repairs. Then Electrolux was bought out by another company and I decided that I really would be better off with an upright. I have a large apartment with wood, granite and carpeted floors. When the motor on this vacuum stopped working, I called the company and they said to send it to them and they would fix it. So for the price of having it packed and shipped by UPS, the motor and all the belts were replaced, all the moving parts were oiled and the vacuum was returned to me like new. That was a few years ago and I expect to get another ten years, at least, out of this machine. I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to buy it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching this vacuum. We had a Dyson and it literally feel apart. So we bought a cheap Bissell. It was junk and barely lasted a year and it was a constant battle cleaning it. I decided to buy a “real” vacuum.Originally, I wanted a Miele Pet and the reviews on it are very good, with a few exceptions. But a few reviews said skip the Miele and get a SEBO. What the h..l is a SEBO? Never heard of it. But the more I read the more I liked every feature. And other people were glowing about this vacuum.I went to a vacuum store that didn’t sell SEBO and they told me they are great and he gets very few for repair. He tried to sell me a Miele or Simplicity but even had to concede that SEBO is a great vacuum.Bottom line is my wife loves it. We have a Golden Retriever and she likes to vacuum several times a week. The SEBO is so light and so powerful it makes vacuuming a breeze. It has a great bagging system, NO dust anywhere (the Bissell was ridiculous in this regard) and cleans with one pass. She said it takes only one pass to pick up everything versus 2-4 with the other vacuums.

We have a small house so the 12″ head is fine but for larger homes consider the 15″ head. However we can get between chair legs easier with the smaller head.

She has not used the wand much so we can’t comment on the tenancy to tip over when using the wand. But every thing else has exceeded our expectations. And she loves the Ferrari red color.

This is just a great vac. We’ll see how it holds up but we have high hopes.

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The Sebo Automatic X4 is the preferred vacuum in areas where air quality is a concern, meaning you’ll find these high-end upright vacuums in places such as hospitals. While the boxy 80’s styling may seem archaic, very few other vacuums pack in this much cleaning technology.

The Automatic name refers to the on-board sensor which constantly adjusts the height of the brush bar to avoid damaging the floor. This vacuum can also detect blockages and resistance, shutting off the brush in order to avoid belt damage. The built-in filters are S-Class and HEPA certified, and the bags do not expose the user to dust at any point.

The Automatic X4 can be laid flat to take advantage of its low-profile design, enabling the entire vacuum to fit under chairs and beds to clean hard-to-reach areas. These vacuums are designed and built in Germany, and come with a five year warranty as well as a lifetime belt warranty. Simply put, the Sebo Automatic X4 is built for extraordinary performance and longevity.Rating: 5/5

 

Maytag Vacuum Review

y Matthew Kronsberg
April 24, 2015 3:21 p.m. ET
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THE QUESTION of which type of vacuum is best—canister or upright, bagged or bagless, corded or cordless—remains a polarizing one. Just watch couples in the appliance section of Best Buy. Or read the comments on the community-driven website Reddit, where an online chat with Brian Driscoll—a vacuum repairman who manages a shop in Fort Worth, Tex.—was more popular than similar Reddit Q&As with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Murray.

Whatever your style of choice, with allergy season here, it’s worth remembering that a good vacuum makes your home not just cleaner but healthier. Your carpets and rugs are likely dirtier than your toilet, according to Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr., a professor of microbiology and pathology at the NYU School of Medicine. He enumerated the many unsavory particulates that often settle into carpet. We won’t. But in his book, “The Secret Life of Germs,” Dr. Tierno tells of a family that was recontaminated with Salmonella each time a poorly sealed vacuum was used. And you thought stray dog hair was challenging.

Vacuums with HEPA filters—which are rated to trap nearly all of even the smallest particulates—can help, but even those don’t remove all the debris, Dr. Tierno said. “The best vacuums will have a totally sealed unit so that there is no blow back into the room.” (The Maytag and Miele shown here meet that criteria.)

Ultimately, your preference of vacuum type may be purely personal—and perhaps immutable. “Getting people to go from an upright to a canister is difficult, because they’re so set in their ways,” said Mr. Driscoll (who prefers the latter). The same holds true of bagged versus bagless vacuums, he added. When bagless vacuums first came on the market, accusations that bagged models were messy and often lost suction were largely true, he explained. But times have changed. “Good manufacturers fixed that over a decade ago.”

Preferring not to get embroiled in the debate, we sought out new models which feature the latest technology of each type. Here are four ways to help you clean up your act.
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The Ultimate Upright

Maytag M1200

This American-built beast of a HEPA vacuum was made for conquering vast expanses of wall-to-wall carpeting (though it also does a fine job on hard surfaces). Drawing 12 amps of power for its dual suction motors—yes, there are two—the M1200 emits a joyous, Harley-Davidson-grade roar. The attached metal and rubber hose, which extends to a McMansion-friendly 17 feet, is a wonderfully over-engineered alternative to the easily cracked plastic hoses that plague lesser vacuums. Self-sealing bags for this model can be changed without so much as a puff of dust. $900, maytagvacuums.com

Maytag M1200 Named “Ultimate Upright” in the Wall Street Journal
In its April 25 “Best Vacuums for Allergy Season” article, the Wall Street Journal called the Maytag M1200 the “ultimate upright.”  The article describes the M1200’s reach as a “McMansion-friendly 17 feet” and points out its self-sealing bags, American-built, multi-surface cleaning and powerful motor that “emits a joyous, Harley-Davidson-grade roar.”  Read the whole story here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/best-vacuums-for-allergy-season-1429903302

 

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