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June 23, 2021

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We moved out of our Idaho house last week and after everything was packed in the truck and it drove away, and it was just us–the house felt so different. A lot less like us, to be honest. We scheduled cleaners to come and deep clean the entire house before the new owners moved in, but before that, I experienced the unexpected therapy of vacuuming all of our empty rooms with the Samsung Jet 90.

I’ve tested a lot of vacuums in my day and this one is perhaps the most lightweight, about six pounds, so pushing it around and carrying it up and down the stairs was really a breeze. There’s a 180-degree swivel head, and I can proudly say that I got into every nook and corner (and between all of the stair bolsters). Since there are four available lengths, I adjusted it to the tallest setting and really took it for a stroll and thought of each room while doing it.

Charging is easy with the Jet 90: The vacuum comes with a freestanding Dual Charging Station, so I actually charged two batteries at once. Each battery lasts for about an hour, so I could have enjoyed two full hours of vacuum “therapy” before I plugged both batteries back in. (Heads up: You have to order the second battery, and the batteries take 3.5 hours to fully charge.)

I was both horrified and delighted by what this vacuum picked up (it’s so powerful!): pollen, dust, dirt, hair, and even pet dander from our sweet Willow (who passed back in October, but turns out I’m still vacuuming up after her). The filter system picks up large clumps of dust, captures fine dust and traps 99.999% of microdust.

The dust bin is pretty big at .8 liters, which meant I didn’t have to empty it as often. This canister is even dishwasher safe, but my *favorite* part was connecting it to the Samsung Cleaning Station. Legit, it’s fun and the biggest reason why I HAVE to recommend this vacuum. Emptying the canister of a stick vacuum is arguably the worst part about it. It’s messy and dusty, but this one is easy and very clean! You just place it on top of the Cleaning Station, and it automatically empties it. But since these are double-click connected — none of the dust and dirt that I just picked up ended up back in the air, and the bin is locked in and doesn’t open during its cleaning. There’s even pulsating airwaves making sure all of the dust has been loosened from the bin. It kind of felt like a miracle or a magic trick or both. (It also comes in silver.) A blue light changes to red when it’s time to empty the dustbin.

Samsung’s Jet 90 cleans hardwood, tile, and carpeting, and we had them all in our sweet Idaho house. We already miss this home, but I feel at peace with how we left it — looking its best.

We’ll be in our new home on Saturday, and you better believe the first thing I’m going to do is vacuum. Can’t wait to share!

What do you think?

  1. Katie says:

    Wait a minute- I thought you were Team Dyson, by looking back at your posts! Given that the Dyson Animal and this Samsung vacuum are so similar in function, style and shape, which one is truly better (for those of us who can’t have both)? Thanks!

  2. Stacey says:

    Thanks for sharing! I would love to know if it is a mess to clean the dustbin; please share when you get to that task.

  3. Claudine says:

    Sis I miss a post…Willow passed away in October? I am so, so sorry. The girls must have been (and likely still are) heartbroken. I am sending pet-loving hugs to you all.

  4. Allie says:

    We’ll miss this house too–but excited to see you make the new one feel like home!

    QQ– How did you get the outlet and faceplate in Faye’s room to match the wall color? It looks like the same paint color–but it’s not scratched/chipping the way that latex paint would wear off with use.

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