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DirtDevil Ultra hand vac.
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Post# 391091   4/26/2018 at 12:07 by mariotron (Texas )        

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I was looking for a handvacs to replace my shark pet perfect (Good suction horrible quality) and came across the Ultra which appears to be a cheaped Royal Prince or Kirby Hachette.

Anyways it's on sale and I was wondering if it's worth picking up. I'm not going to heavly use it i just need for quick pick up and my cat's litter mat.


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Post# 391151 , Reply# 1   4/27/2018 at 13:50 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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It's loud and it doesn't clean well. Would not recommend. You should just get an original Dirt Devil Hand Vac from the 90s. They're always at thrift stores.

Post# 391154 , Reply# 2   4/27/2018 at 14:37 by Evilvacuumman (Los Angeles)        

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Agreed. Original is better. I remember my parents owned one and they had to wear ear protection when they were using it. The Hoover brush vac is also a good choice.

Post# 391163 , Reply# 3   4/27/2018 at 16:50 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana, United States)        

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I had one of these briefly. My dog found it and shredded the cord when he was a puppy. Bits of paper and rubber and copper strands all over the floor.

Post# 391164 , Reply# 4   4/27/2018 at 17:25 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Why not try the Eureka Easy Clean hand vac? Though itís bagless, it has a hose and a nifty way to wrap itís long cord:

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Post# 391180 , Reply# 5   4/27/2018 at 22:26 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The late 80s early 90s dirt devil vacuums are garbage. My royal 501 prince my doublas bee and kirby vacuette are light years better. I have a 1930 pa geier handvac that is alot better. I also found dirt devil im providing a link to. It has alot of power. I don't mean to bash others opinions but the dirt devils dont suck.
I used new dirt devil on low pile stairs that are purple nylon carpet. I usually use my sentria with zipp attachment. I used this vac and if i closed my eyes it felt like a kirby. I also vacuum by the cat box and it made shortt work. Imagine the 90s dirt devils on horse steroids. It is a little pricey but it's worth it.

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Post# 391249 , Reply# 6   4/28/2018 at 23:32 by mariotron (Texas )        
Thanks for the replies.

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I really wish they still made more hand vacs like this. I like the idea of it being bagged.
Anyways I might get it just because it's on sale just to have it (I like the way it looks) and get a better one too.

But really guys. I appreciate your input!

Post# 391252 , Reply# 7   4/29/2018 at 00:10 by broomvac (N/A)        

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The Dirt Devil Ultra is actually a decent cleaner; it's actually the cheap single-layer Dirt Devil Type G paper bags that choke the machine terribly.

I am not exaggerating when I say that the machine's power is almost instantly sapped by these bags as soon as you start cleaning. Case in point: I put a fresh, genuine bag in my Ultra and cleaned TWO of the carpeted steps in my flight of stairs and the cleaner had already lost about half of its suction. I do not have particularly dirty stairs; the bags are just that bad.

If you can come up with an alternative to the cheap-o paper bags, I think you will be happy with the cleaner.

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Post# 391255 , Reply# 8   4/29/2018 at 00:56 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have one of these-it works well has a handheld----FORGET the hose and attachments-not enough suction to make them useable.A shutter closes the nozzle on the bottom.However enough air leakage makes it so the hose won't work.I thre the hose out-the useless hose made the machine awkward to use as a hand vacuum.The older machines where the hose was connected in the front were better!

Post# 391258 , Reply# 9   4/29/2018 at 07:54 by mariotron (Texas )        

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Now that mention I found someone in the comments on Amazon who's using Kenmore cloth bags in it. It seems like a interesting project to try out.

I'm honestly surprised Royal themselves aren't selling a better version of it. They do make one of the bagless version.

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Post# 391264 , Reply# 10   4/29/2018 at 09:54 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I remember when these came out, wasn't it 1996 or so?

I'm assuming they don't make the bagless Classic model anymore. It looked similar to the original ones but it had a bagless cyclonic bin on the back. It had attachments but they used a pan style converter.

Post# 391270 , Reply# 11   4/29/2018 at 13:29 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I wouldn't go with the Eureka either. It's very bulky and heavy. I would go with the Riccar Squire.

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Post# 391326 , Reply# 12   4/30/2018 at 11:50 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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I never liked the Ultra, but I've always liked the way it looks so I wouldn't mind having one of these in my collection.

Post# 391771 , Reply# 13   5/10/2018 at 07:54 by mariotron (Texas )        
I went ahead and got it.

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To my surprise it worked really well!
Only problem I have with it is I don't know how to properly loop the cord. Right here just wrapped it around the head and then put it in the loop.

BTW know of any better bags? I know the DD bags are single layer so if there's any multi layer bags please let me know.

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