I had purchased a used Rainbow for a couple of hundred dollars and wanted to test the claim of the Shark. The main feature that I was curious about was the suction compared to Dyson. I don't have a Dyson, but did buy a small "Dust buster" type Shark a few years ago that quit working a few months after purchase. Instead of all the accessories that they show on the infomercial I just wanted to see how well it vacuumed my carpet. I used it twice to make sure I gave if the full benefit of doubt. It picked up a lot of stuff, but I noticed that where I had to move my throw rugs when using the Rainbow, the Shark didn't pull them up at all. Finally I went back over my work with the Rainbow and the water got muddy just as I was afraid of. I didn't expect it to be entirely clean, but quite a bit of dirt was left after 2 uses. I'll be returning the $400+ Shark as soon as I can figure out how to get it back in the box.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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