Samsung VU12F70SHAF Vacuum Cleaner Review
In Sync and in step with what consumers want.
The Samsung VU12F70SHAF (MSPR $449), often referred to by retailers as the VU7000, is a bagless upright vacuum with Samsung's Motion Sync and cyclonic suction technology.
More precisely, it's Samsung's response to the Dyson DC65 Animal, a popular upright that's known for its ease of use.
Both the Dyson and the Samsung have great handling and the ability to glide smoothly around corners. Thanks to a recent Dyson price reduction, these close competitors are now equal in price, on sale for around $369.
The VU7000 adds a detachable "mini vacuum" for spot cleaning, but in general it had difficulty picking up large debris like cat hair or food particulates. Its low profile also made hard work of cleaning high-pile carpet.
Neither the Samsung nor the Dyson stood out as spectacular, but either vacuum is a good choice if handling and design are more important than pure pickup power.
The VU7000 is a bagless vacuum. Like a Dyson, its dirt holder empties from the bottom, unloads at the touch of a single button, and comes with a washable, HEPA filter.
When it comes to accessories, the Samsung VU7000's big draw is its two-in-one nature: Use it as a traditional upright, or break out the built-in hand vacuum. Using the hand vac in conjunction with the dusting and crevice tool is very convenient: The lightweight hand vac has a telescoping wand that makes it easy to suck up dust anywhere in the home, from behind the sofa to the top of your drapes.
Otherwise, it may seem a bit sparse. Out of the box, it comes with a handy two-in-one dusting and crevice tool. This tool is built right into the body of the vacuum, so you don't have to worry about losing it, and you'll probably be more likely to actually use it.
More accessories are available, but they're sold separately. You'll have to shell out an extra $90 for the complete package.
Corners like a Lamborghini
The Samsung VU7000 is equipped with Motion Sync, meaning the brush head has two large wheels that pivot the 18-pound body around with ease.
The motorized body requires just about three pounds of force to push forward, and about four pounds to pull back. That means the VU7000 is relatively easy to operate, yet still offers a sense of control. Moving from carpet to hardwood floors is seamless, moving back, however, is a bit more difficult due to the low-profile brush.
All that maneuverability means very little when it comes to stairs, where the 18-pound body quickly becomes a drag. Its height also makes it difficult to reach under couches and tables. The detachable hand unit helps, but it's not really meant for larger jobs.
Can't handle the big stuff
The Samsung VU7000 excelled at picking up small-grained dirt. On short carpet, it removed 59.6% of the dirt after just one pass. Most consumers tend to make a few passes before moving on to another area.
Unfortunately, the nose-to-the-ground design made it hard for the VU7000 to deal with dirt on deep-pile carpet. During our tests, it suctioned up 26 percent less dirt than any other upright we've tested. This issue carried over to large debris like uncooked rice and macaroni, where it truly struggled on high-pile carpet.
The detachable hand vac allows you to spot clean, but it's not a terribly effective solution in terms of time and energy. Plus, this is vacuum costs over $300, making these issues all the more disappointing. For that kind of money, consumers shouldn't have to deal with such a large issue with a vacuum's cleaning ability.
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Before You Buy
The Samsung VU7000 was once cheaper than the Dyson DC65 Animal, but still included new concepts like Motion Sync. However, now you can get the same high-end design from Dyson for around the same amount of money. Given the Samsung's poor performance with high-pile carpet or large debris, we recommend the Dyson unless you've only got low carpets or hard floors. And if that's what your house looks like, be sure to check out a canister vacuum, which can make quick work of cleaning wood floors.
The VU7000 does have some well-crafted accessories, but you'll have to pay another $90 to get them all. Despite its unique secondary vacuum, we'd still recommend passing over this Samsung for the better-performing Dyson DC65.
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