Simplicity Gusto vacuum cleaner

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We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Riccar Immaculate Premier although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Bagged canister vacuums
About - Simplicity Gusto

The Simplicity Gusto is a canister vacuum cleaner available from Simplicity. The Gusto typically costs $1400 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on canister vacuum cleaner models like the Gusto.

Denotes whether the model has a disposable bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need routine cleaning or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a prefilter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.

Weight (lbs.):
Weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound.

Brush on/off:
An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Riccar Immaculate Premier were applied to untested model Simplicity Gusto, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Riccar Immaculate Premier
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Features & Specs - Simplicity Gusto
info Bag Yes
info Weight (lbs.) 27
info Brush on/off Yes
info Easy on/off Yes
info Manual-pile adjust Yes
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User Reviews - Simplicity Gusto
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Simplicity Gusto Upright
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Best Uses
Hardwood Floors
Tile Floors
We bought this 2-3 years ago as our primary vacuum cleaner in the house. We thought it would be easier to use than our Kirby was. Well, it is, but it takes a really long time to vacuum a carpet so that the dirt light shows green. I'm tired of spending so much time vacuuming. We do not have kids, no smoking, or any pets at all, so the carpeting shouldn't be terribly dirty from just us two. It has good suction but mainly only when there are no attachments on the end of the hose. The bags are very small so you have to change them out more frequently. Plus, the brush that is stored on the long wand has had to be replaced once already because all the bristles were starting to fall out. And a month ago, it just quit working, it just wouldn't power on. We tried the troubleshooting tips in the owners' manual but none of them worked. We took it in to get repaired and apparently it's still not done; I asked the lady at the vacuum place a couple weeks ago, and she said that she was waiting for a new circuit board to come in. I think a new circuit board is a pretty significant thing to replace if the vacuum's only a couple years old. In the meantime we bought a refurbished fairly new Kirby (elsewhere) so we'd have a vacuum to use--and I know that one won't need to be repaired for a long time, if at all. I'm disappointed in this vacuum cleaner. It was too expensive to have it die on us so soon.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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