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Kirby vacuums are pretty much the undisputed champions of Airflow, nothing else really comes close. For example at the floor head we measured 5079 fpm of airflow, or 132 cfm which is just amazing, for context the Dyson Ball Animal 2 which is one of the best regular consumer vacuums in the airflow category measured only 2126 fpm That means the Kirby has more than double the amount of airflow of the most powerful model in Dyson’s lineup, which is pretty crazy if you think about it.
That basically means the Avalir 2 pretty much sucks up everything in its way, and can do things that other vacuums just cant do because of its crazy amount of airflow. .
In canister mode, with the hard floor attachment, the airflow is reduced somewhat but it still measured 2736 fpm, again for context the Dyson V10 which has the highest airflow of any cordless vacuum we know of measured 1929 fpm at the cleaner head, so the Kirby has about 30% more airflow than they Dyson V10 even is canister mode.
Another thing that Kirbys are really good at, and the Avalir 2 is no exception, is carpet agitation. Kibry’s powerful motor, combined with a sturdy wooden roller with stiff bristles means that the brush roll agitates debris that hides all the way at the bottom of carpet, and the aforementioned airflow then sucks it all up. Its basically designed for deep cleaning carpets. This is why they have been successful in a door to door sales, because they can have people vacuum their carpet with their old vacuum, then runs the Kirby over the same area and show them how much dirt their old vacuum missed.
The third thing that Kirby’s are really good at is being incredibly versatile. Its an upright vacuum, but with the right attachments it also can convert to a canister vacuum, a carpet and furniture shampooer, a hard floor polishing machine, a blower, a paint sprayer a handheld vacuum for mattresses and furniture, a mop, a tile and grout cleaner, and more.
As a carpet shampooer, it uses what’s called a dry foam technique which allows for faster drying of carpets. It took me a minute to figure out what I was doing, as I had the foam up too high and the height adjustment all wrong at first but when I did figure it out I found that it cleaned all the mud off our test carpet and dried by the next morning. The setup wasn’t too bad, especially once you know what your doing. I plan on more tests with the shampooer in the future but for now I will just say that I was impressed, and I look forward to see what it does with tougher stains.
Alright, lets move on to the cons.
Kirbys are heavy, to be fair Kirby has lightened the load over the years and added things like a self propelled transmission where you can put it in drive and basically its like pushing a an incredibly light vacuum. I have no issues with that aspect, and found it worked really well, but even in canister mode it weighs about 18lbs, which again to be fair only comes into play when you have to carry it up stairs, because as a canister it follows you around pretty good, but if you do have a lot of stairs the Kirby’s weight would be a big con.
Another con would be that its not great for hard floors in its upright mode. As long as you turn the brushroll off it does a pretty good job on hard floors but if you encounter a lot of bigger debris you need to adjust the height a lot, too low and it pushes it around, too high and it wont pick it up. And because in upright mode the Kirby doesn’t have a hose you can pull out for larger debris you are stuck with adjusting the height to get the debris. Kirby does have an attachment which I don’t have but it basically snaps on to the bottom of the Kirby in Upright mode and apparently makes it much better on hard floors without switching to canister mode.
Still though if you have a lot of hard floors the Kirby in canister mode is what you want. It takes me about a minute and a half to switch it over.
The super powerful airflow can be controlled with a switch on the handle.
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