It's cheap and fast ... just how I like it!
We recently moved into a new home where there seem to be miles of flooring that the kids and cat track in dirt and grime. So we popped over to the local Sears for new vaccuum bags and left with both a carpet sweep and floor steamer. Roughly 40 bucks each.
The Shark sweeper gets DAILY use - my kids fought over who got to use it for the first week or so, then the novelty wore off. But just this morning, my 7 year old voluntarily retrieved the Shark and vacuumed up the crumbs under her spot at the breakfast table. THAT was worth $40 bucks right there!
The Steamer pulled up a lot of grime this weekend, and it uses plain water - so it doesn't add any nasty chemicals to the household environment.
I doubt they will last for years, they are rather lightweight. However, in my book, the pluses are outweighing the negatives.
Not bad for a total impulse purchase!