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Post# 462004   4/3/2023 at 13:08 (241 days old) by candy1710 (Okemos)        

Hello everyone, What is the best vacuum that is on the lighter side (as far as weight) for shag carpeting? Thank you.

Post# 462007 , Reply# 1   4/3/2023 at 14:25 (241 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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I'd recommend going to a local vacuum shop or several and try out the vacuums that you would be satisfied with on shag. Some may even have shag rugs that you can demo out and see if they'd be light enough for you. The brands I'd consider are the higher end ones such as Sebo, Miele, Riccar, Lindhaus, etc.

Post# 462008 , Reply# 2   4/3/2023 at 14:47 (241 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
For shag?

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I'd say the Soniclean soft carpet would be a good bet. The bags are a little costly and you won't have local dealers for them but they're made to be light and work with thicker pile carpets

Post# 462011 , Reply# 3   4/3/2023 at 17:20 (240 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp MI)        
Easy decision..

Sanitaire SL635. Lighter than the other models, has full height adjustment up to shag height.

Post# 462017 , Reply# 4   4/3/2023 at 19:54 (240 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        
Idk

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That I'd recommend sonic clean it's light and similar to the riccar supralite 4 that I used to have. It got very bogged down and didn't do a great job cleaning.
The riccar supralite with a metal brushroll and lifetime belt is probably the best lightweight but I wouldn't reccomend it.
Get a sanitaire even a 5 amp classic iirc is 13lbs and it will do good. The 7 amp sanitaire is what I'd recommend.


Post# 462026 , Reply# 5   4/4/2023 at 02:15 (240 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
I agree,

Les is right. I had shag carpeting in my last place, and when I got my first Sanitaire I noticed how much better the carpets looked. The red 7amp SC888 that I have is a beast! Powerful and light weight too.

Post# 462032 , Reply# 6   4/4/2023 at 10:50 (240 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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Post# 462040 , Reply# 7   4/4/2023 at 14:37 (240 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I used a Hoover decade 80 with great success!

Post# 462048 , Reply# 8   4/4/2023 at 19:47 (239 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I second the Sanitaire recommendation. Go for the simplest Sanitaire with a Dial-a-Nap height adjuster. If you can find one with the ST top fill bag set-up, like the SC888, that would be best. There is another model with a grey plastic motor hood that may be even lighter in weight.

These are classic Eureka uprights that always did well on shag carpets.


Post# 462077 , Reply# 9   4/5/2023 at 22:25 (238 days old) by beagledad (Florida)        

If it's a true shag carpet, not the shorter frieze variety, then you would only want to use a straight suction canister on it. A rotating brush would damage it. There are shag rug carpet tools for canisters.

Post# 462156 , Reply# 10   4/9/2023 at 18:04 (234 days old) by Mike811 (Finland)        
Kirby Tradition

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I really liked Kirby Tradition on shag rug. Gentle brushroll and height adjustment made it easy work.


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Post# 462166 , Reply# 11   4/10/2023 at 06:30 (234 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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We had a very thick shag rug in our basement den in the 1970ís. Our Eureka Upright 2083 Gold CordAway Rugulator upright cleaned it really well when setting the Rugulator to a proper height. It never damaged that carpet. Current Sanitaire clones of the 2083 should perform similarly.


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