Samsung VC12F70HNKC Vacuum Cleaner Review
It will follow you to the ends of your living room.
The Samsung VC12F70HNKC (MSRP $399), part of the VC-F700G series, sure has a distinctive design. Samsung is marketing its big wheels and swiveling body as Motion Sync: a feature that makes it easy to pull around while you clean.
Aside from the noteworthy body, the F700G has a couple nice features: Its user interface is well designed, and you can control most of the functions from the handle. That means you don't have to bend over or look away to make adjustments when vacuuming. (Unfortunately, if you do need to step away, the power brush has a tendency to fall over.)
All these nice design features, however, don't make the VC-700G any better at cleaning. Our tests show that it has trouble picking up food debris from kitchen floors or even picking up simple dirt from high-pile carpet.
The multitool approach
Most vacuums come with separate crevice and dusting tools, even though the two are often used in tandem: You dust a tight space and then you get the corners. So, we can't complain that Samsung decided to combine these two into a single attachment. And they're built right into the handle, so you'll never lose them.
In the box, you'll also find a parquet floor head, power brush plus, and two-step brush. The brushes both have dust sensors to tell you if an area is completely clean.
It's like the canister doesn't know what the brush is doing.
It's strange to see a superbly designed canister paired with a disappointing brush head. The canister is specifically designed to roll over gaps between floor and tiles, and turn as the user pulls it along. However, the brush head feels flimsy, and the wand is so poorly balanced that it falls over if you pause while vacuuming and step away. The brush does swivel, but after dirt got into the mechanism, it made an awful scratching noise.
As for the canister itself, it follows along with only a slight tug. But the mobility ends when you have to take it upstairs—at 23.6 pounds, this machine is a bit of a lug. But once you get it where you need it, the VC-F700G is easy to use. Most of the controls are on the handle for quick access, and the cord will retract at the touch of a button.
Good at dirt, bad with debris
In our lab tests, the Samsung VC-F700G did fine at picking up dirt off carpets, but struggled with deeper carpets. On average, it picked up 74 percent of all dirt on normal carpet and 14 percent on high-pile. Compared to all the other vacuums we've tested, those numbers aren't particularly impressive.
For example, the Miele S6 is closer to the top of the canister pack, but it costs about $200 more.
The VC-F700G faltered when it came to debris. It picked up rice and macaroni off the bare floors we use for testing, but once we placed the debris onto a carpet, this Samsung struggled. It went from getting a kitchen floor nearly spotless to leaving a visible mess on normal and high-pile carpeting.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Me and My Samsung Shadow
The Samsung VC-F700G is a competent machine that ranks in the middle of the pack. It performed well on bare floors in our tests, though it struggled on carpet. Overall, other vacuums in its price range do a better job cleaning.
However, the user interface is where this Samsung shines. The controls on the handle and body are easy to navigate. The multitool attachment built right into the body will keep you from losing track of separate crevice and dusting tools. If you want a simple, bagless canister that will follow you wherever you go, this Samsung is a good choice.
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