If you want a bagless canister vacuum but don't want to constantly empty the dirt canister, the LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus is an excellent choice. It offers powerful suction that picks up pet hair better than most canister vacuums, and it also works on low-pile carpeting. With easy-to-use attachments and conveniently located controls, the LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus is a versatile canister vacuum for a variety of household cleaning tasks.
Overall, a versatile vacuum. In one professional roundup of 38 canister vacuums, the LG Kompressor earns only fair scores for pet-hair pickup, but very good scores for carpet performance and an excellent rating for bare floors. Users posting feedback at Amazon.com say it has powerful suction, although opinions are mixed on the bare-floor tool. Some say it's useful, while others prefer to use the power nozzle for more efficient dust and debris removal. There are a few complaints of defective motors. Some owners say their vacuum arrived defective right out of the box, while a few others had similar problems within the first few months of use.
Loaded with convenient features. One expert testing organization gives the LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus fair scores for ease of handling. At just 14.3 pounds, this is one of the lighter canister vacuums available. It compresses the dirt inside the canister as it works to increase the amount of surface that can be cleaned before emptying and reduce the mess of doing so. Owners like the foot pedal for adjusting the height and the convenient handle controls, such as suction power and floor settings. Side suction on the floor nozzle makes it easier to clean the edges of a room.
Ultra-quiet operation. Professional testers say the LG Kompressor is quiet, and owners report that family members can watch television in the same room while the vacuum is running. One HomeDepot.com reviewer says it's the quietest vacuum he has ever used, noting that it doesn't disturb children who are otherwise bothered by loud noises and can be used while other family members are sleeping.
Low emissions and HEPA filtration. The LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus gets excellent scores in one expert roundup for its low emissions, and there are no bags to empty and dispose of. Two filtration levels and HEPA filtration technology produce cleaner air for allergy sufferers, and the vacuum's dirt-compacting technology means less dirt and dust escapes back into the air when emptying the dirt cup. Some owners say that some dirt gets clogged into cracks and crevices in the canister and must be removed with your fingers.
Long warranty; customer service could be improved. The LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus is backed by a five-year parts and labor warranty. We read a few complaints of defective units, and customer support is mostly cooperative, owners say. However, one Amazon.com user who had this vacuum repaired several times had difficulty getting return calls from customer support or getting the remedies he requested. Others say customer support reps use scripted responses instead of engaging in real conversation and resolving issues. However, most owners don't need to call customer service.
ConsumerReports.org includes 38 canister vacuums in its latest roundup of professional vacuum cleaner testing, including the LG Kompressor Pet Care Plus LcV900B. Each model is rated for noise, emissions, handling, airflow and performance on bare floors, carpets and pet hair.
Review: Canister Vacuum Cleaner Ratings & Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Updated September 2012
More than 290 owners contribute to an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. They say the LG Kompressor's canister holds more dirt and doesn't create a mess when emptying. However, a few users have updated reviews to indicate durability issues.
Review: LG Kompressor Canister PetCare Plus Vacuum Cleaner LcV900B, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
About 80 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 for the LG Kompressor PetCare Plus at HomeDepot.com. They say this canister vacuum has great suction and intuitive controls that are conveniently located on the handle. One reviewer calls it the quietest vacuum he has ever used.
Review: LG Electronics KOMPRESSOR PetCare Plus Canister Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of November 2013
4. Real Simple
Real Simple magazine names the best vacuum cleaners in various categories based on a "road test," although specific methodology isn't described. The LG Kompressor is named the best canister vacuum. Stephanie Sisco notes its self-cleaning capacity, easy-to-empty canister and convenient controls.
Review: Road Test: The Best Vacuums, Stephanie Sisco, Not dated