Need suggestions! - Not a debate

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Okay ladies, I am in desperate need of a new vaccum cleaner...something reasonably priced & that picks up animal hair REALLY well. (My Sheltie sheds sooooo much!) The vacuum cleaner I have now is a really old model & it's pretty much on its last leg. Suggestions?

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Becky - posted on 02/07/2011

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I have a Dyson Animal and love it. We don't have a pet, but it was on sale, and I shed like a pet! haha! My sister just got a Shark, which is very similar to the Dyson, but much cheaper. She's very happy with it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/07/2011

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I have a shark navigator..it is purple and a little sparkly. It works well. I kinda wish I held out for a Dyson, but I didn't know about woot. I get daily updates on my phone, I just saw it on last week I think. I will let you know if I see it come up again. Mine does not have a bag, and you can buy it at wal mart.

Sharon - posted on 02/07/2011

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I loved my Riccar.

but if I could afford it again - I'd get a rainbow vac with a water based filter system.... damn those were friggen awesome.

Bonnie - posted on 02/07/2011

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I have a Dirt Devil. It is bagless and takes those hepa filters which are really good for those who have pets and for people who have allergies.

Louise - posted on 02/07/2011

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Dyson Animal. This has no bag and picks up dog hair easily. I have a golden retreiver that malts all year round and this vaccum takes a lot of punishment!

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My mom replaced the vacuum she gave me with a Dyson. She said she likes it, but not worth the $700 she paid. Her dog's hair clogs the filter, but so far, as long as she keeps the filter cleaned, it has not lost suction. She's had it about 6 years now, and cleans the filter about once a week.
Electrolux also has a cyclone vacuum that uses the same technology as the Dyson, but Dyson created that first, so they might be better. I've never known anyone who tried the Electrolux version so I can't say.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/07/2011

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I have seen WOOT selling dysons for under $300.00. It only comes up every now and again, so you gotta look everyday.

Sal - posted on 02/06/2011

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i have a bissel carpet shampooer it is pretty good but isn't a vaccum, mainly i want a dyson because they told me they will not lose suction even with the ash from the fire, mine does and i'm contantly cleaning the filter, the guy was stunned when i asked if i could return it if it clogged but did say that if i were unhappy they would, but it had never happened before....have seen a few of the smaller barrel vac for under $400 (not often but i amkeeping my eye out), i wouldn;t go higher than that. and sarah the guy at the store also told me to bring in any print or email add with the best price and he would match it, see if you can do that, i looked at the prices on line then rang around...

Stifler's - posted on 02/06/2011

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I have a Dyson. It's okay. But I don't think it was worth what I paid for it. I'd rather a Vax that can wash carpet but Harvey Norman doesn't sell them.

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2011

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Thanks for the suggestions so far y'all! :) My parents actually have a Rainbow & I LOVE that thing! The actual vacuum part needs to be fixed, but all the attachments and stuff are awesome. I find vacuuming a fun chore when I get to use my parents Rainbow lol. Is that weird? Unfortunately those vacuums are soooo expensive. :( The vacuum I have now is an older model Electrolux & it worked great while it lasted. :( I'll have to check out all the vacuums you guys have suggested! Thanks again.

Mary Renee - posted on 02/06/2011

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My boyfriend owned a restaurant and a minimart so every time he buys a vacuum cleaner he goes to the vacuum store and asks for a comercial grade vaccuum cleaner - one made for stores, restaurants, hotels... and we use that in our home. They are usually very durable, hardy, and work exceptionally well over and over again, often for the a same price as your typical household vacuum cleaner. Just an idea.

Sal - posted on 02/06/2011

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i have been looking too, and i have decided that the cheapest dyson on the market is probally better than the more expensive of anyother brand, but they are pricy, and i am waiting till the end of financial year sales if i can, my old vac is ok but during winter the filter clogs too much with the ash from our open fire.

Laura - posted on 02/06/2011

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Ok, I know it's not inexpensive but I have a Rainbow and it's awesome. I got mine 2 years old at a garage sale for $250 ($1800 vacuum) If you ever find a cheap one they are one of the best.

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I LOVE my Electrolux Versatility. I have loved every Electrolux I've owned.....which has only been 2, and the first was my mom's, because they last forever and are so easy to use :)



I HATED the Eureka Boss I had briefly after my old Electrolux died, and before I got the new one. The head was too wide, so I was constantly moving furniture, the "bumper" left black smudges on things if I wasn't careful, the steering was horrid--you had to back up and go forward like 5 times just to turn a corner, or stoop way down to lift up the front wheels--and the hose was stiff and constantly getting twisted and flipping back or getting away from me. Oh, and the filter.....I won't even go into that!



My Versatility has big back wheels for easy steering, the hose will stretch to 15 feet (the quick release handle makes vacuuming with it easier too). The filter is plastic & can be washed in the sink by just running water over it, the attachments are easy to access and use.



It is also very inexpensive considering the quality....I don't remember how much, but I think we paid less than $300 for it. The horrid Eureka was around $200!

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I second the shopvac! Between the dog & 2 cats, I have gone through 4 vacuums over the years. I've gotten really good at taking apart entire vacuums and cleaning them out, putting them back together. Learned more about small motors than I cared to learn. We picked up an inexpensive shopvac at Big Lots and it's awesome! OK, so besides the shopvac, I currently have a Bissel, and a Dirt Devil carpet shampooer. Plus a small yellow stick vac. Sears brand maybe?

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