The Rubbermaid Executive Series Backpack Vacuum Cleaner is an excellent, affordable choice for those looking for a lightweight and quiet backpack vacuum cleaner. Currently priced well under under $200 (as of June, 2016) it is one of the most affordable models currently on the market, but it still has excellent customer reviews from actual users.
This backpack vacuum features an innovative frame design that helps keep the heat from the vacuum’s motor away from your body during use. The model is also surprising quiet, registering at just 66 dBA, making it perfect for noise-sensitive environments.
The Rubbermaid backpack vacuum cleaner also features a comfortable, adjustable harness design which promotes airflow between the user and the vacuum cleaner, making it an ease to wear this for extended periods. A swivel-head nozzle allows users to easily maneuver around tables, chairs and corners.
Consumer Ratings and Reviews
As of this writing, the Rubbermaid Commercial Executive Series backpack vacuum has a solid 4 star rating (out of 5) at Amazon.com, with a total of 209 customer reviews. A survey of the reviews suggests that many cleaning professionals rely on these models due to their affordable, comfortable design. Here is one example from Amazon.com:
By Marcelo Silva on January 15, 2014
Size: 10-quart Verified PurchaseI operate a commercial janitorial services company, and for the cost, these are the best backpack vacuums on the market. But it is not perfect.
Some of the rivets may break, some sooner than expected (we now have 8 of these, so we bought a cheap rivet tool), and the electrical cables that goes into the vacuum will eventually get loose (they twist off by themselves, if you catch it early, no biggie), and I wish the top would latch on a bit tighter.
Replacement parts are expensive/hard to find
Light, powerful and comfortable (this can not be overstated, the back harness is great)
Not a single issue in relation to the motor.
Quiet (in relation).
Are there better vacuums? Yes, but in the $350.00 to $425.00 range. As far as we are concerned, this is far and away the best value.
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For those looking for an affordable, quiet model, this may be best choice currently on the market. Although it may have a few flaws (weak rivets was the most common complaint), most owners found the model to be reliable and were very happy with the price.