What vacumm cleaner do you like best??

berkJanuary 2, 2005

I am going to buy a new vacumm but don't know what to buy yet and hope you can help me.

I bought a bagless Bissel and hate it! It is so loud it is unreal plus no matter what setting I have it on it won't work on my carpet.

I have tried everything on it and cleaned it from top to bottom and it still is a piece of junk as far as I am concerned.

So please help me find a good one, one that runs quiet too.

Thanks for your help.

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Berk, this link is presently on the forum, it may help.


Here is a link that might be useful: Review on a couple of Vacuums

    Bookmark   January 2, 2005 at 5:08PM
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Berk! How funny you post this now. Yesterday I went and bought a new vacuum cleaner! I bought the Oreck. I used it last night for the first time and love it so far. It does carpet AND laminate floors wonderfully.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 10:35AM
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I've used my Oreck for 7 years now and love it!!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 7:03PM
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I always look to see what Consumer Reports has to say. Consumers normally gives a lot of good technical and user information on what vacuums are "about", then they test them head-to-head, and usually do many models, perhaps ten or more in the case of vacuum cleaners, both "tank" and "upright".

I am not in the market of the last few years, but I do recall seeing evaluations in 2004, so there should be up to date information. Strangle, perhaps, I don't recall the Oreck doing real well, it could be just my memory, but I'd expect the Oreck to do well, and if it didn't I'd remember that. I haven't gone back to my files, you should be able to find the reports at you local public library.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 9:09PM
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So who has the most recent issue of Consumer Reports?I caught the headlines on the cover in a clients house.This last issue has the updated vaccuum reviews.Anyone?I wasn't brave enough to crack the cover of someone else's magazine before they'd seen it.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2005 at 9:47PM
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Consumers July 2004
Uprights: Eureka Boss #4870 a "best buy" Other top performers, at higher cost: Hoover WindTunnel U6439-900, Kenmore Progressive 31912. Another good machine at very low cost is the Kenmore 33289 at only $80.00.

For canisters: Kenmore got the top two positions for 22612 and 23513.

My recollection on Oreck was correct. They tested an Oreck upright and placed it number 12 out of 31 units tested. A bit above the median machine.

If there were more tests after July of 2004, I haven't located them, or looked for them.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2005 at 10:49PM
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So who on this forum has a eureka boss?I have some questions.BTW,those Kenmores are a good cleaner,just a tad to heavy for me.If I can't find a lighter weight alternative I'll probobly go back to using them.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2005 at 9:42AM
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I have done a bunch of looking and I have ordered myself a new Oreck. My daughter has one and she loves her's and is sure I will be pleased. I hope so.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2005 at 3:11PM
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Berk, for what it's worth, I bought my Oreck the other day and so far I love it. Even the little cannister they give you for free is good too.

For some reason though, my cat hates it. He hisses at it when it goes by. He looks at it like, "One of us has to go"....... I'm gonna miss that cat.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2005 at 4:26PM
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My Orick is about 7 yrs old and I still like it a lot. only complaint is how noisy it is. It is not the workhorse some others are but it is great for hardwood floors and very light so easy to use on stairs.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2005 at 10:00PM
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I had a Bisell before this Oreck and you talk about noisy!! I cleaned it out from top to bottom and couldn't wait to plug it in and then it was still noiser then our shop vac!!
I would could to Oreck web site and ask why it is so noisy, it shoudn't be. Maybe it is time to change a belt or something. Just my thoughts.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2005 at 10:09AM
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My Kirby! You can always replace parts, it sucks stuff nothing else will. It may be pricey, but so far it's been 11 years and it's still going strong!

I have HUGE vacuuming messes...lots of pets, means lots of hair, and it's works great on dog hair.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2005 at 9:58AM
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annellis- I sold those blasted things one summer, and needed therapy to get over the experience...

why they mangle such a cool machine with all that hype and sales nonsense is beyond me...

but if I could have found one of the old metal ones, I would have bought it.

as it stands- the Dyson might just be better, I'm genuinely in love with it. and if anyone had told me last year that I'd pay more for a vacuum than I did for my first two cars- I'd have laughed.

then again, if anyone had told me last year that I'd be vacuuming my wood stairs instead of dusting them with a damp cloth- I'd have laughed.

took a little getting used to, with the sockets and the hose/wand assembly and the pop top this and the attatchments...but going over it was worth it :)

I'm thrilled with it.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2005 at 1:39PM
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I have been researching vacuums for over a week now. After reading 100s of reviews on here, epinions and amazon I was all set to purchase a dyson dc07. Then a visit to 2 vacuum repair/sales stores changed my perspective completely!

1) I was set on buying an upright, both sales/repair men insisted that for my house which is 70% hardwood and tile I needed a canister. Are you kidding me? That's the type of vacuum my mom loves. I don't want to turn into my DOM! :)

2) I was set on buying a bagless. No more bags, the dyson promised an easy clean bin and I was sold.

So enter the vacuum repair man. He said, "Look around my store. Do you see those 20 uprights sitting over there? They are all here for repair. That one is 10 days old, (A dyson dc07!) that I can't repair, I have to send it back to dyson because they will not provide me parts. Even though I can sell them, I can't repair them." "Now look at this side of the store. These are the canister vacs in for repair." 1 - yes, one!

That's when I said, "Show me what you got!"

I chose the RICCAR 1500
12 amps motor with Electric Power Brush
85" of waterlift suction power
Variable suction control
5-stage HEPA filtration
6' retractable crushproof hose
360 degree hose connection - This is awesome!
Ergonomic handle
Furniture guard
Full bag meter
10 ft. cleaning reach
Carry handle
"Motor guard" thermal switch
On-board tools
2-ply antimicrobial filter bag
No-scratch rubber wheels
Clog warning light
Metal bottom plate - who makes them like this anymore?!
Solid wood brush roll
Brush roll on/off switch
20' power cord
Auto Cord Rewind
21.4 lbs. weight
5 year warranty - WOW!

So the bottom line: I spent as much as (probably less) on an American made quality product with metal parts!!

I hope this review helps.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2005 at 3:57PM
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I forgot to mention that I checked Consumer Reports. They did an update on their vacuum ratings this month. CR for some reason were not kind to dyson.

1 Hoover WindTunnel Self Propelled Ultra U6439-900 $300

2 Eureka Boss Smart Vac Ultra 4870 CR Best Buy $140

3 Kenmore (Sears) Progressive with Direct Drive 34922 $300
4 Hoover WindTunnel Bagless U5753-900 $200

5 Kirby The Ultimate G Diamond G7D $1330

6 Hoover WindTunnel U6630-900 $300

7 Kenmore (Sears) 33289 $130

8 Hoover Savvy U8145-900 $280
9 Hoover Tempo U5146-900 $80

10 Kenmore (Sears) Progressive 35622 $190

12 Oreck XL21-600 $700

13 Dyson DC07 $400
DC07 Animal $500

14 Eureka The Boss SE 5855BZ $130

1 Kenmore (Sears) Progressive 24614 $350

2 Kenmore (Sears) Whispertone 23513 $300

3 Dyson DC11 Full Gear $560

4 Electrolux Oxygen EL6988A $500
5 GE (Wal-Mart) 106766 $150

6 Oreck Dutch Tech DTX 1400B $900

7 Miele Plus 1200 Watts S251 $480

8 Hoover WindTunnel Plus S3639 $200

9 Hoover WindTunnel Bagless S3765 $250

10 Miele Solaris Electro Plus S514 1200 Watts $800

    Bookmark   January 13, 2005 at 4:29PM
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I've seen some forums on vacuum cleaners that get down right nasty dirty (pun intended). I think there are some folks who are more loyal to their brand of vacuum cleaner than they are to their spouse or car. Quite a few years ago now since I have multi dogs, a cat, some birds etc I went with the Hoover self-propelled for two reasons, CR rated it tops on carpet and I have a lot of carpeting, fur, feathers to contend with. Even at that time I thought it was a bit much to spend on a vacuum but it still works like a charm albeit a heavy charm and a bit noisy so I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone who can't lift it if they have stairs, when it's running it's no effort

    Bookmark   January 13, 2005 at 11:09PM
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My mother loves her Kirby.
We thought about getting an Oreck, but in the reviews I read, it sounded like half the people loved it (mostly recent buyers) and others said they required too much maintenance.
I went ahead and bought the Hoover WindTunnel "Preferred" canister for $200, and it picks up well on carpet and I like the ease with which it goes under beds and other furniture.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2005 at 11:19PM
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We cleaned with our Dyson through a dusty, dirty eight month remodeling project and it performed flawlessly. The amount of stuff it sucked up was amazing. I've had a number of vacuums over the years and this one is incredible. It's the Dyson yellow.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2005 at 12:33PM
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Sebo X4

    Bookmark   January 16, 2005 at 2:48PM
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I love my Miele cannister. I have a combination of hard floors and Berber carpeting. It is quiet and does a good job. I also have severe asthma, so excellent filtration was very high on my list of requirements.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2005 at 3:31PM
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Still loving my Oreck.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2005 at 6:21PM
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I love my Orecks too! One was purchased used at a vacuum cleaner store for $175 - still going strong.
My upstairs Oreck is a more deluxe model - some anniversary - and it has a longer cord whih I like better. Bought the second one at a yard sale from a lady who had big shedding dogs in her house and when the vacuum clogged (as they do from time to time) she kept running it until it would suck no more. I tried it and it did not work well but thought it was worth the $10 I offered for it. Brought it home and cleaned it (no small feat) and it works just fine now.
I clean a construction office on the weekend and use a metal non self propelled Kirby there. The same Kirby for at least 10 years and it was used too. Kirbys are definitely workhorses but heavy workhorses and I hate lifting that thing up the small flight of stairs into the offices.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2005 at 6:34AM
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Hum, lots of loyality I seem to be reading.

I buy the one that cost the least and gets as least average Consumer ratings. Then a buy a new one 5-10 years later, and get all new parts, and technology. I don't see any advantage in paying high for something I'll have to keep running for 20 years to justify the investment.

Take your pick on price and looks, I don't have any brand at the top, but have owned mostly Kenmore (have a Kenmore upright and a Panasonic canister right now, they are about 5 years old, plus a HD shop vac what's suck the pages out of a book : - / not that you'd want to do that.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2005 at 4:19PM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

I will chime in here. I took my Eureka Boss (bagless) to the repair shop. She demonstrated how it would pick up sand and baking soda ground into the carpet. I could see how the baking soda shot up and got all over the top of my Eureka. Then she demonstrated a Kirby. One swipe, and the soil was gone. I ended up buying a used Kirby for $500 with a 3 year guarantee. The bags are special - some kind of filter, and cost $5.00. We have 2 golden retrievers so that seems rather pricey. But the first time I used it I almost filled up the bag, and I thought the house was rather clean.

I hope I didn't make a mistake. The Kirby is old. All of the attachments plus the shampoo parts came with it.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2005 at 7:00AM
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I did alot of research on vacumm's when I was ready to buy one. I did buy the Eureka Boss Smart. I am very happy with it. Works like a charm. Great suction and hoses are placed nice. It is a little heavy though.
Judy Good

    Bookmark   January 31, 2005 at 4:59PM
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Anyone have the Electrolux Oxygen (up or can)? Are they quiet?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2005 at 8:24PM
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I was going to nominate my Hoover self propelled and after checking CR and much to my surprise, it's rated highly. Just what I thought ;)....as I do love it. I have back problems and the self propel feature is worth every penny.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2005 at 9:50PM
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I've had a Filter Queen for 40 years (since I got married), and it works like new. I have had a routine service on it a couple times over the years to replace belts, etc, but no real problems. When I purchased it, they didn't make the rotating brush heads, so I did purchase one of these about 25 years ago. I like the fact there is no bag, you just dump it. And because it operates on centrifugal force, it doesn't pull the air through a bag of dirt, thus reducing the airflow, and spewing dust into the air. I know many new vacuums have hepa filters, but these filters have to reduce the air flow due to the design.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2005 at 8:39PM
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Based on what some folks said on this forum, and what Consumer Reports said, I bought the Kenmore Progressive almost 2 years ago and I don't like it. :( It's way too heavy!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2005 at 1:20AM
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I also bought a RICCAR 8996. It's the best vacuum we have ever owned (and I've had many). It has metal parts rather than plastic, which have lasted longer. RICCAR is made IN AMERICA, St. Louis MO. A local shop offered the vacuum and a maintenance agreement, so I can have it maintained for free several times for a five year period.
We have two golden retrievers and three teens with long hair so you can imagine, the vacuum gets a workout everyday!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2005 at 9:33AM
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I'm not sure if you are still looking for a vacumm. But 2 years ago after killing my thrid or forth vaccumm. We decided to spend the money on a "GOOD" vacumm. I went to Sears, and several others stores. Looked are every kind of vacumm out. We decided on a Dyson Animal. Because we have dogs and a LOT of doggy hair. I have only 2 carpet, other area rugs in my house. One in the living room and 1 in the laundry room.Thats 4 bedroom,den and dining room with hardwood and 2baths and a kitchen with tile. And my Dyson cleans it all. I can stand at the foot of my stairs and clean then all with out moving the vacumm. It also will clean up my furniture so that it always looks fresh and new. And with 2 dogs on it all day it needs it. Plus no bags--no getting your hands dirty.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2005 at 9:30AM
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Does anyone have the Electrolux Pronto stick vaccumm? I was wondering if it is as good as it sounds to be and how long it vacummed before it used up its charge?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2005 at 1:33PM
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Is the Dyson heavy and hard to push? Is the Oreck light and easy to push? Which brand do you think is better? How much is the Oreck?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2005 at 2:37PM
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The Dyson upright is not motorized. When I switched from a motorized Hoover to the Dyson, initially I noticed that it took more effort to push it. But after using it a couple times, it just became natural. The Dyson weighs about 20 pounds, but Dyson claims that with the geometry of the machine, it feels like 4 pounds on your wrist as you push it.

I am petite, and I don't have any problem pushing it on my wall to wall carpeting. On my large orientals, however, the suction is so strong I almost can't move it.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2005 at 8:20AM
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I recently got a Dyson, and it's not any harder to push or heavier than my prior vacuum (Eureka).

    Bookmark   February 28, 2005 at 3:33PM
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I am shocked ...Not a single mention of the Rexair Rainbow. Don't always believe what you read in Consumers reports. Biased. If you were a true clean freak you would own nothing else. If you don't like the price go to Ebay pick one up used. My father bought our first Rainbow in '67 . He worked in IBM development and it was their choice for clean enviroment. We have used nothing else since. Can your vac pick up dirt and water too?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 11:37AM
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WOW, never heard of the Rexair and I wonder why, it sounds great!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2005 at 12:46PM
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I have an Oreck XL21 and Riccar R800. I love them both.

Most vacuums I tested were heavy, bulky, cheaply made & noisy. I learned that I prefer bagged. Bagless is convenient, and at first it's cool to see what you are picking up. But after a while it turned my stomach.

The Oreck XL21 is superlight (11 lbs). It did very good on the Consumer Reports Test Ratings (#9 out of 32). It's the quietest Oreck. And a pleasure to use.

The Riccar R800 is quality made in America. It's medium weight (16.5 lbs) and also quieter than most vac's.

Both have an easy on/off switch on the handle. And a nice headlight (not too brite or dim).

The Oreck was $700 but comes with a 21 yr. warranty. The Riccar was $400 with a 3 yr. warranty.

I have a shedding dog and 4 kids. If they can stand my testing, I highly recommend these vacuums.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2005 at 3:30AM
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I have a Tri Star. Canister with power head. Goes from carpet to bare floor with no problem. I vacuumed with my old Hoover Windtunnel and then vacuumed with the Tri Star. Where did all the dirt come from? Very pricey new. But all metal. Not real heavy. Very easy to glide around. I'll probably never need another vacuum.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2005 at 11:44AM
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I have a Rainbow that I have had for about 15 years and I love it, never had any problems, except to replace the belt.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2005 at 2:34PM
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I'm on my third Vacuflo central vacuum, ever since we had one three houses ago, we put it in every house. Cost is about $1200 installed, but worth every penny. Very strong. Another thing, it exhausts outside so you don't have any of the dirt blowing back into the house. Now you can get those cool "dust pans" too where you sweep up a little pile of dirt with a broom, step on a thing installed in your toekick, and it just sucks the dirt down.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 1:18AM
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I would get a Dyson.
Everyone I know who has one brags about it.
Too bad I don't need a vacuum at this time.
Hands down.... Dyson.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 2:09AM
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I have had a Dyson for about two years. I traded up when my twelve year old Hoover finally tanked on me. I have the yellow one (can't remember the model #),

I love the Dyson. I am also an avid Consumer Reports reader and I was a bit surprised about how harsh their review was. It is easy to use and maneuver and picks up dog hair like nothing else (I also own a beagle/shepherd mix, aka shedding machine). Where my Hoover would take a few weeks to fill a bag, I have to empty the Dyson 2x a week.

The only thing I don't like about it...it's not a very intuitive machine. If someone new tries to use it, the can't figure it out...not that people vacuum my house that often, LOL.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 10:33AM
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Barbara Olson

For those of you that mentioned having Kenmore's...
Kenmore's are always made by another company, to the companies specs or better, often sold a little cheaper (even though it's the same thing or better). You can usually tell by looking at the Kenmore, which brand makes it by appearance. If not, ask the salesperson who makes that item. Then compare it to that brand with the similar features, and you should be able to figure out what to buy.

Kenmore can only be bought at Sears, however if you find out it's a BrandX, you can usually find the comparable model and if you can find it on sale elsewhere for cheaper, great, if not, buy the Kenmore. They do it that way partly because they used to actually manufacture some of their own items and had a reputation. However, now they subcontract it all out and they usually add one or two extra feautres and don't have to price match on the Kenmore items, because no one else has them (well sort of ;).

For instance, Kenmore's Elite Washer and Dryers are GE's Duet Washer and Dryers.

I hope this helps.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 5:32PM
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This is probably a moot point now, since the thread is so old, but I just wanted to say that I have a Rainbow (Rexair) and I LOVE IT! We went through 2 Eureka Bosses, 1 Hoover and 1 Kenmore and then we bought this. We will never own anything else. This thing is a cleaning master! My grandmother had 2 Rainbows in her time, both used for more than 30 years and were still running when we sold them. They come with a total 20 year warranty, and you can't say that about any other machines that I know of.

Yes, they are definitely pricey, but considering that this vacuum has gotten dirt out of my carpets that even a professional cleaning didn't it's worth the money. Plus, no bags to deal with, and it's a canister vac. Also, about 2 years ago a national news report stated that they are the best vacuum for people with allergies.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 2:54PM
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A couple of months ago I was at a garage sale. They had an Electrolux Silverado with attachments with the big price tag of 2.00. Since my sister always raved about her Electrolux I decided to pick it up and pass it on to her if she needed it.If it didn't work, I was only out 2.00. Well, I decided to try it out. Quiet, so quiet compared to my upright, you could still hear the tv. The suction was unbelievable compared to my upright. I ended up vacumning all the drapes, baseboards, etc. Needless to say, my sister never even heard of the vacumns existence. Best 2.00 I ever spent.


    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 7:05AM
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I was wondering where you purchase a Rainbow vacuum? HOw much is it? Can it be suction only? I have new wool carpet and need a suction only vacuum.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 4:18PM
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Kirby! Just brought one. 2005 Model. Works Great!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 12:32PM
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I have owned a Filter Queen for more than 18 years now. Other than routien maintence...replaced belts and rotating brush in the power head and replacing secondary and final filters, it has been trouble free. It will still suck a coin off the floor with no hesitation! I paid about $900.00 for it back then... and it has proven to me to be a great lifetime investment.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 12:25AM
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The central vacuum is by far the best way to go, and the most expensive.But worth it in the long run..
The Dirt Devil is far too noisy as was the Hoover(which I threw away).
I have an Electrolux shop vacuum, fairly powerful, particularly when the fabric bag is "clean".
And she is very quiet.
The Electrolux must be quite old by now and may last forever !
And only $0.35 at auction - it was so quite than I think no one realized it was running when "demo'ed"..
There will be a central vac in the new house..

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 10:09AM
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I have a cleaning srvice. One of my clients have the yellow dyson. When I am using it , it stops spinning. Does this mean it has to be emptied? Or can I continue to vacuum-safely. The owners doesn't know they emoty after each room. Each room to me is quiet a bother!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2006 at 11:55PM
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Love Love LOVE our Rainbow E2 Series.

If anything can make cleaning fun, this machine does!


    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 4:43PM
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You may need to push a "reset button" to get the spinning going again. Sometimes they get over loaded and the button activates to stop it from burning up.

The button should be red and easily seen either underneath the vacuum or on the outside near the floor adjustment area.

If the thing is a pain, I would use my own. That's the reason I take mine, I hate using something other people have, plus alot of the time their stuff is not right for me, which takes up time.


    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 12:40PM
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My obsessive compulsive nature is wearing me out but I have finally narrowed it down. I read great things about the Miele but Allergybuyers club says great things about the electrolux oxygen. I can't go over 500 for a vaccuum at this point in my life.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2007 at 7:55AM
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Becks Garden,

Instead of spending all of your money on a vacuum etc., perhaps you should consider either re-starting or entering therapy??


p.s. please check your spelling for vacuum.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2007 at 5:16PM
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Any ideas for a wall to wall shag vacumm? Oreck would not move on it.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 11:26PM
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Rexair (Rainbow) is a great vac. I bought one in 1958 and used it for many years. It doesn't require bags; you pour water into the basin and set the vac with motor on top. You can see the water collecting the dirt and if you just started using it you have to empty the "mud" out frequently because it really does the job. I think I eventually killed mine by getting lazy and not emptying the water after each use, (gross, I know). I would love to have another one, but they are expensive and I no longer have a husband to buy one for me. : - )

    Bookmark   February 3, 2007 at 1:46PM
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I would definately go to actual vacuum stores and look around and talk to the repairman. For me its not how well it works new, but how long it has good suction over time.
Personal experience with a Riccar - when it was newly tuned up had the most suck of any vacuum I've ever had. I am one of those who tends try try to vacuum around stuff though so I was always sucking things into it and having to take it in. They are made here and can be repaired unlike many with plastic parts.
Bought a 4 year old used Kirby. Works ok. Its too heavy to move while turned off. However shouldn't have to shop for another machine for a long time and thats worth something to me.
I have heard many other pet owners expound on loving their Rainbows.
An old Hoover canister that has held up pretty well considering.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2007 at 9:18AM
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I have the Eureka Boss Smart Vac Ultra 4870 and really like it. I agree it is a little heavy but not too bad.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2007 at 10:45AM
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Any info on Thermax AF2 vs. rainbow? And, how do they work on shag?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2007 at 11:26PM
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Saw both through in-home demonstration. Went with the E2 Rainbow. Cleaned MUCH MUCH MUCH better and was far easier to haul around.


    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 12:33AM
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Acts10... I think you meant the dirt stops spinning, not the brushroll, right? I believe that Spiritualgardner misunderstood you. The dirt doesn't have to be "spinning". It is visually appealing, but it's OK if it doesn't. Dysons by their nature can't lose suction, so you just empty the bin when it reaches the max fill line and you will be just fine. Of course even if you do have to empty it after each room, the Dyson is the easiest possible vacuum in the world for that. No paper pleated filter to clack off in the garbage pail. No twisting and turning to unlock. Just pull the trigger and let gravity do the work, what could be easier?

The only people I wouldn't recommend a Dyson for are those who have long hair because it will tangle around the slender brushroll.

Becks... Please do not even consider the Electrolux Oxygen. It's a pretty color and relatively quiet, but that is where the benefits end. It is a re badged Eureka and the quality (or lack thereof) is not worth the price. If you can find one for 100 bucks with a power nozzle go for it, but you'll not find a new one for that price. Miele or Dyson or a newer Kirby would be what I would go with. Chinacat... I sold Kirbys for about 3 days and also needed therapy to get over the experience.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 8:11PM
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diane55_2007- Did you ever find out the best vacuum for shag carpet? I am also wondering this myself.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 1:22AM
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I have an Oreck that has been repaired a few times over the years, I like that it is lightweight, but a couple of years ago I got a Hoover Fusion. I think they are only at WalMart. It's a Dyson knockoff for $100 and it works great. Suction is good and we have dog hair from the pekingese that you can't really see well on the carpet but the Fusion sure picks it up.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 6:33PM
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I am a huge Miele canister fan. It is quieter, great filtration, outstanding suction that is infintely adjustable, compact, easy to store, great attachments, manuvers well and does an awesome job. I bought the smallest, least expensive blue one.

As for Consumer Reports, before I bought the Miele, I bought exactly what consumer reports reccommended..a Kenmore canister at the time. It was big, clunky and weighed a ton. Even the hose and wand were big and clunky. Once it got upstairs, it stayed there and vice versa until I could get somebody to move it for me. I also heard that most of the testing at CU is done by men which seems foolish to do when testing appliances used mostly by women. I'd like to know there are women of various heights, weights and ages testing the appliances that are mostly used by women.

Some advice especially to upright users: pay attention to the edges along all baseboards. Use your crevice attachment to get the dirt and pet hair right along the edge. Even professional carpet cleaners can't get at that. I'm a realtor and you wouldn't believe how many people have the nice lighter neutral colored carpet with blackened edges along the baseboards. After years of accumulation, you can't get it out. Buyers want the carpet replaced because it makes the rest of the carpeting look old and dirty even if it's not. We are talking about thousands of dollars down the drain. People who keep after their edges can have the same carpet with the same age & wear yet, after a good cleaning, it looks pretty new.

I always do the edges with the crevice tool first, then put on the power head. It might seem like a bit of a pain but it's worth it. My Miele gets very close but it not as good as using the crevice tool. You might not have to do this every time you vacuum but don't let it build up so long that you can't get it out. Maybe some uprights do a better job of this.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 8:14AM
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We love our Rainbow vacuum. It is wonderful on dog hair (which we have a lot of). Disadvantage is that it is heavy to haul around and up/down stairs.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2007 at 12:58PM
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Had the in-home demonstration of the Rainbow several years ago and while we were initially impressed, it eventually dawned on me what a pain it would be to empty that dirty water. YUCK!

I wanted a canister vac that had a large capacity bag because of the enormous amounts of dog hair I was vacuuming up every day. Also, I wanted to be able to fill it up as much as possible without losing much suction. I came to this forum and lurked for several months. I don't know if it was staged or what but the vast majority of people posting were endorsing Airway, a brand I'd never heard of.

While I might have been able to get another machine for a lot less, I don't think I could've found one that satisfied the two criteria above unless I went with a shop-vac.

Several years later, I'm still satisfied with my Airway. It's heavy (made of metal) but I really can fill those bags up to the very top without losing a lot of suction.

It's an old-fashioned looking thing and I have to send away to another town on the other side of my state to get bags but it's been reliable. Can't ask for more than that, I guess!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2007 at 5:12PM
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Liked the Oreck's power but didn't like the fact that it's two parts (upright and small cannister). Dyson tooooo heavy, returned it the same day. Miele is great but you need to buy one with a motorized head not just the rotary brush head, or it won't give you the suction needed for most carpets. Now have a Sebo (pricey but I use it every day and it's worth it). Should have bought that in the first place - 10 years ago instead of wasting so much $.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2007 at 10:20PM
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Miele is it for me. I bought a used one - quiet with great filtration and high quality attachments. I have wood floors with oriental rugs. My previous Panasonic upright usually "ate" the fringe on the orientals!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 1:13PM
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I also have an Oreck & I LOVE it!!! They are kind of pricey, but I think it's worth it & you usually get "free" stuff w/ it. Plus you can try it for 30 days & if you don't like it send it back, that's why I tried it b/c you're not losing anything. (No, I don't work for them.) I have a long haired St. Bernard and a Chocolate Lab & used to have 2 long haired cats & the Oreck has no problem picking up any of that. I also like to use it on my kitchen hard floor, works great! It's not the quietest machine, but I don't think you're going to find a really quiet vacuum that actually does what it's supposed to do. One negative is that I live in a rural area so there are no stores that sell the bags & I have to order them off the internet, but I don't have a problem w/ that, you just have to make sure to do it before you actually run out. Mine also came w/ an 8 year warrenty & you can take it & get it maintenanced every year for free, so that's good.

My parents would always go out & buy the cheapest vacuum they could find and then have to replace it in about 6-12 months, so I think it makes more sense to pay the higher price, but know you have something that's going to last. Just my opinion.

(PS~ They also have a payment plan I think.)

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 1:57PM
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sebo x4, has long life, great filtration,great features and weight is 16.9 lbs.
check it out!!!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 9:52AM
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Lemme see. So far in my collection I have a new Kirby, A new Rainbow E2, a new Dyson Ball, a Music & Sound Central Vacuum and an older Electrolux Canister. By far my favorites are the Rainbow E2 and the Dyson. They outclean everything else and the carpet looks so well groomed after they are used. We have several long haired cats so frequent vacuuming is a must and these vac's stand up to the challenge. They're easy to use (Though my housekeeper says the Dyson wins the ease of use challenge, hands down) and I cannot stress enough how well they work.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 8:31PM
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When I was researching vacuums a few months back, the repairmen at several vac shops told me that the Hoover and Eureka that were rated highly by CR were junk as far as durability goes.
I also looked at the Panasonics with the tri-force motors and liked them pretty well, but I was even more impressed with the Riccar line, especially the 8900 which has a bare floor selector that turns off the brush. I like the brush design better and it pushes easier than the Panasonic. The machine wasnt in my price range at that time but I will own one in the future. Find a dealer in your area and go look at one as well as try it out compared to others. It wont cost you anything to try it out

    Bookmark   December 10, 2007 at 6:01PM
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I just purchased the Dyson Slim. Now that I'm not as young as I used to be, and my son is planning to go away to college in the fall, I decided it was time to get a vacuum I could carry up and down the stairs myself. This was the only light weight vacuum I could find that had what I wanted on it... attachments for cleaning above floor, no more than 17 lbs, easy to use, and of course it has to work well. I love the extra long hose for the attachments. I think it is about 15'. I can vacuum my entire staircase while the machine sits at the bottom of the stairs. It weighs just under 16 lbs and is very easy to carry. It is designed like Dyson's Ball vacuum so it is extremely easy to maneuver. And it actually sucks! Most light weight vacuums I have tried don't pick up things like lint, thread (I'm a quilter), and rabbit hair. This one does. I did try a friends Oreck, but I hate having to use two vacuums, I would have considered it if it had attachments but it doesn't. My friend actually uses the small canister she got free with her Oreck more than the one she bought. It is also very easy to empty. I have not had any problem with dust getting everywhere when I empty it like a different bag-less I had. A friend of mine has a Kirby, she said it is the most powerful vacuum she has ever used. Unfortunately it is very hard for her to maneuver, and she can't carry it up and down stairs so she just keeps it in the basement (finished and carpeted).

I guess the best vacuum depends on what you want.

Best of all I got my Dyson slim at Linens n Things with a 20% off coupon. I could have got it slightly cheaper from Amazon, but for the price I wanted the option of returning it if it did not work as I hoped.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2007 at 3:39PM
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I have a kirby & love it. Wish I'd bought one 30 years ago. I amk amazed, every time I use it, at how much dirt it sucks up. Well worth the money, if you ask me.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 1:34PM
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we have a central vac... far ansd away the BEST answer in my book... you only HEAR the motor in the carpet head... when dong hard floors youcan watch things like pet hair start sliding to the attachment from about 8 inches away... awsome sucking power... quiet... and the bag holds tons... and it's in your garage or basement when it's time to empty it... not in your living area...

Most reputable installation companies can do them after constructio without a big problem...

    Bookmark   December 13, 2007 at 7:55PM
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ps- Now that I think about it- I believe the Panasonic was even used..Yes, it was a trade in At the local Vac store....I'm pretty sure I only paid $164.00 and that included a 4 year warranty! I think I paid extra for the warranty cause the vac was cheaper being used. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the extra warranty, I am cheap, lol, but did anyway. Well never ever needed to use it or ever had it in the shop for anything....in 24 years. Yea, ok, knock on wood. So the unit could be almost 30 years old! PANASONIC ALL THE WAY!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 8:29PM
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I have a Sebo, which has worked great. I especially love that there's no belt to break. The Eureka I had before it had to have its belt replaced every couple months...plus it was so hard to replace I had to get a friend's husband to do it.

I'd like to get another vacuum and have been thinking of the Dyson. I have cats, plus also have asthma and allergies (and no, I'm NOT allergic to the cats!) :)

I haven't done the research yet, but does the Dyson have a belt? What others do NOT have a belt is probably the better question to ask...

    Bookmark   January 29, 2008 at 3:45AM
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Consumer Reports report that the Dyson Animail tested poorly.

They say the Eureka Boss Smart Va Ultra 4870 is a CR best buy.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2008 at 8:10AM
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As I write this, my Hoover WindTunnel (with a bag) sits at the curb, waiting for the trash truck.

I bought the WindTunnel about 2 years ago, based, primarily, on Consumer Reports' ratings. Since then, I've replaced expensive belts numerous times. This time, I think the motor seized up.

I've never really like the WindTunnel, mostly because the darned thing is HEAVY. It had great suction, but that was a double-edged sword. Because the suction was so good, and the hose so short, it was VERY difficult use the turbo brush to vacuum furniture. The darned thing kept falling over, usually on my leg!

So, I'm shopping for a new vacuum. I've looked at the Dyson, and found it to be too heavy. Plus, I don't really like bagless - usually too dusty when emptying the cup. I looked at Miele - to the tune of $900!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, I'm looking hard at both Simplicity and Panasonic.

I guess my point is, use Consumer Report as a guide, not a "bible".


    Bookmark   January 29, 2008 at 10:12AM
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Amen, Ellen. My wife and I based many purchases on CR years ago. Bought a Panasonic upright that was rated number 1 and had nothing but problems with the machine. It was actually discontinued less than a year later. Washer and Dryer set, no problems with the Dryer but several with the washer. Of course it happened right after the warranty expired. So, do yourself a favor folks and research more than just CR.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 11:17AM
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I have upright and canister Riccars, love them. And, if they do need repair they can be repaired locally. Another plus is they are made in America.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 10:57PM
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I agree on the Consumer Reports opinions. Had the Kenmore Progressive; suction continues on a downward spiral every time you use it. And I changed bags more often than needed. The Eureka Boss was by far the worst vacuum I ever owned, and I replaced it within a year with the Kenmore. I now have a Dyson after going to every store possible and trying them all out. I absolutely love it. I also liked the Rainbow, but am not hauling water upstairs and down, nor paying that much.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 8:11AM
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Dyson owners should be aware that there is a paper elemented Hepa filter on several models that does need to be changed on occasion. Especially those that have done remodeling because of the fine sheetrock dust. And carpet fresh or any type of powder will also shorten the life of the filter.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 10:07AM
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That appears to be a matter of opinion. This from Dyson:

Thank you for contacting Dyson, I apologize for the delay with this response. The Hepa filter does not ever need to be replaced. If you want to replace it, you can, if you feel it need be. But they are designed to last the life of the vacuum. If you have any other questions, please contact our helpline at the toll-free number listed below.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 10:14AM
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"But they are designed to last the life of the vacuum"

Does this mean they think the filter will last a long time or that the vacuum won't? LOL

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 10:44AM
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The Vacuums have "Lifetime Hepa filter" advertised right on the machines. Why would Dyson tell someone otherwise? Thats no big surprise. Change the filter if you like, or maybe at least open it up and look at it. If you do, you will be inclined to change it. One of my friends wife is supposed to buy a new filter for their Dyson soon, maybe I can take a picture of both filters and post it.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 12:18PM
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I looked at the 2 filters tonight and there is no doubt that the filter needs to be changed. I have taken a picture of the two filters but not sure I want to post it just to prove a point. Dyson owners, check your Hepa filter and change if needed. A dirty filter causes a reduction in air flow and can cause the motor to run hot. Or, you can ignore it and pretend that it isnt a factor, which I can understand some doing to justify their purchase. Take a look at your filter and decide for yourself.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 11:54PM
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At the moment I'm using a small, cheap Sanyo with a re-usable bag. It's the best vacuum I've had so far, not so much because of suction (it doesn't have a huge amount) but because it was very cheap and is easy to carry up and down the stairs in our little terrace house. I sort of figured when I bought it that it would last us until the cheaper end of the bagless vacuum technology market improves. Call it my five year vacuum plan ;)

What I would really like would be a cheap, very light, bagless vacuum with a very long cord, that could be worn on my back and with all controls and accessories reachable without taking it off my back.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 2:14PM
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I've used the Bosch Formula hepa 1400W canister for about two years. I like it; it's -Much- quieter than the Oreck upright. I used to wear hearing protection with the Oreck. The powered head on the Bosch does real well for dog hair. I've replaced the hepa filter once in two years. Bag changes are easy and relatively clean, though I do them outside. The Bosch could use a better crevice tool for the car, otherwise a good machine.
Just ordered the Nilfisk-Alto Attix-8 for the garage, because sawdust and sheetrock dust are rough on the Bosch.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2008 at 9:54PM
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In my experience, I would by a Panasonic if you need a upright to do it all. If you want to just clean carpets, go with Sanitaire Professional (SystemPro) models. Nothing cleans as deep as these simple basic machines. And they are very durable and easy to repair. There is a Sanitaire S647 that we use at work for cleaning the office carpet. This machine is abused daily, and has held up very well.

At home I have a Panasonic that I bought in 1999, and it works very well in dealing with pet hair. The Riccar machines seem very nice, but the Panasonic is always cheaper, or has some form of discount. Happy shopping!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 9:17AM
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My central vac. you can not beat central vac.would never be without it!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 10:48PM
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"As I write this, my Hoover WindTunnel (with a bag) sits at the curb, waiting for the trash truck.
I bought the WindTunnel about 2 years ago, based, primarily, on Consumer Reports' ratings. Since then, I've replaced expensive belts numerous times. This time, I think the motor seized up.

I've never really like the WindTunnel, mostly because the darned thing is HEAVY. It had great suction, but that was a double-edged sword. Because the suction was so good, and the hose so short, it was VERY difficult use the turbo brush to vacuum furniture. The darned thing kept falling over, usually on my leg!"

Wow, I could have written these exact words as I must have the same model you do. I researched mine heavily in CR before purchasing and am just about ready to trash mine, too.

I agree on all the points you made about the suction being good but the weight/tipping a problem.

My big issue is mine only works for about 30 seconds at a time before the motor shuts off. Obviously this makes cleaning a total pain as I have to turn it off (if the button isn't switched to "off" I've had it not work for weeks) and wait for it to cool down.

I'm not sure if it was a lemon from day one or what (others have had issues with overheating). My mom did use it to vacuum up after some plastering and painting and they advise not to do this because small particles clog the bag/harm the motor.

Anyway, I'm now living in a house with mostly hardwood and while I can turn the beater brush off I still worry about this thing damaging the floor, plus it's a pain to have to be so gentle with it.

I think I'm going to look into cheap cannister vacs. I've come to the conclusion that even the "best," priciest vacs (that Wind Tunnel was $300) don't have much life in them.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 5:09PM
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I like my Kirby very well and though I didn't pay retail I did negotiate a good price. And if I had a budget of $300, I'd get a good used one knowing it would outlast the average plastic machine out there.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 11:20PM
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I just did my regular "quarterly maintenance" on our Dyson DC07, and the only thing I still can't address is the hair on the portion of the beater bar under the drive belt (I agree with vacuumfreak's recommend for people with long hair to avoid Dysons because their hair will tangle around the slender brushroll).

The Dyson is heavy and complicated but (knock wood) has performed well for us. Has anyone noticed a performance improvement after washing their Dyson's pre-motor filter?

After moving to a new (to us) home with more hardwood floors and antique rugs, we're going to add a canister to our cleaning arsenal and are considering Miele, Riccar, Sebo, and Panasonic. With so much information and so many opinions available, I feel like flipping a four-sided coin and that's just to decide on a brand. Then comes the decision on a model!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 12:22PM
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I too have a Dyson (Yellow Ball) and it is the best. It has two switches that work independently so you just cut one switch to off when you are on a wood or tile surface to stop the front motorized beater bar but the suction continues and then when you are on the carpet you just mash that button again and the beater bar starts to rotate and it cleans your carpet and it picks up everything as evidenced by the clear container contents. Also, the Dyson has an initial Five (5) year warranty. With that ball you can maneuver around furniture and into spaces you would not believe. If they ever make a Dyson race-car, I want to drive it because it will be a winner too. Consumer Reports sure failed their mission when they didn't put Dyson at the top.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 3:47PM
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If you want a bagless and you also want a cannister, check out Home Depot for their Everstar. It's about $50 and has a lot of power. It's made to be very efficient. You can keep all the well known brands. They're way too expensive in the cannister style.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 8:30PM
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Dyson Animal. I used to have a Fein and Electolux. I hated vacuuming, now I actually enjoy doing it every day.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 12:17AM
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I am in desperate need of help. I am on my third Kenmore Progressive and I don't think Consumer Reports are right with the ratings. I hate my Progressives and I had THREE different models in the range of $150-$500.

My sister owns a Miele. It's expensive and I am not sure whether it will work for me. I have hardwood floors and area rugs. The carpet attachment on my latest Progressive broke and I already fixed it twice. I am not getting it fixed again. I still manage to vacuum with it but feel that my rugs never get cleaned. So I need something that will do a GREAT job on my rugs, something that is easy to use daily (I have 3 little kids), and something that will last me at least 10 years. I am willing to buy a Miele but only if it will meet my needs. I am also am very confused about the different Miele models and attachments. Which one should I get?

What other vacuum brands should I look into? Any advice will be appreciated. Many, many thanks.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 5:00PM
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I bought a Miele cannister vacuum within the last month.

Our house also has area rugs with hardwood floors.I had been using an upright but finally decided to switch to the cannister and am so glad I did. I tried the Kenmore Progressive but it felt too cumbersome. The Miele is much easier to use.

For us, a HEPA filter was a must and it had to use bags.

The Meile is so easy to use that I'm vacuuming more often which is a good thing since we have a lovely, sweet golden retriever whose one "vice" is the amount of hair that he sheds. The Miele does a GREAT job of removing dog hair from the area rugs and is so maneuverable that it's easy to get around furniture and into the corners where the hair collects.

The only disadvantage that I've found is that the electrified wand is quite heavy for vacuuming anything overhead, such as drapes, spider webs near the ceiling, etc. I had an old plain plastic wand that just happened to fit and I use it if I'm going to do more than minimal up-high vacuuming.

Can you borrow your sister's Miele and try it out? It is a big investment and I did a lot of research before buying ours. It needs to be right for YOU since you'll probably be using it for many years.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 8:59AM
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Love my Dyson DC14. It is a pleasure to use.

My Hoover Windtunnel Self-Propelled is a PIA -- constantly needs to new belts.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 11:01AM
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newtoremodeling, find a Riccar dealer near you and go take a look at them, it wont cost you anything to look and chances are you can compare them to others mentioned here

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 12:20PM
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I LOVE my Miele hepa filter canister!!!! I've had it for over 10 years. I went through two hoover uprights (10 years each) and liked them but didn't like pushing the whole vacuum around. Eventually stress broke the metal pieces that hold the bottom to the top. They were fine but not great. I went to a specialty vacuum store and they sold me on the Miele upright. I haven't turned back since. (of course I spent a fortune on it and my husband almost killed me, but now he loves to vacuum too!!!) Any time I need anything done to it (rubber belt changed once, plug changed once) they do it for free! I loved it so much that I went back last year and got my daughter a used one for $100 - similar to ours!!! I have a whole house central vac, which I always wanted (came with the house), and absolutely HATE it! All I was doing was draging this HUGE hose all around my large rooms and knocking things over. I have a 3400sq foot home with area rugs, wood floors, tile, marble and wall to wall. I am a Miele convert!!!!!! ~L

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 10:17PM
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Electrolux, the orginal, now called aerus electrolux, Made in the USA, great service, Great sealed systems, will last forever.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 3:23PM
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I've had my Rainbow 2 speed for five years. Love it. There is a learning curve. I never understood the big deal about dumping the water down the toilet and putting clean water back in and continuing to vacuum.

The main reason I like the Rainbow is that (even though it's somewhat of a bigger pain to use and takes a little longer while you're cleaning, you ultimately don't have to clean AS OFTEN (especially where dusting is concerned)

The Rainbow actually has a hepa filter on it. Mine still has it's original hepa filter (which I have taken off to examine it) and it's still brand new looking on both sides and even smells fresh.

These machines are great if used properly. Change the water before it gets too nasty and don't suck up anything non-wettable like fireplaces ashes, talc powder, flour etc. and you will be maintenance FREE for a LONG time

All of that being said. I think Rainbow's sales tactics leave a lot to be desired. Get one refurbished from a REPUTABLE vac shop On or OFF line. I've seen Reconditioned E2's that look brand new that are as low as 500 to 600 dollars. And some of the previous Rainbow models even cheaper.

In addition to that there are other vacuums extremely similar to Rainbow (though I've never used one). Pro Aqua. Ocean Blue. Hyla and Thermax (though I don't think Thermax uses Separator technology. You can look for those refurbished as well.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 1:13PM
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THE YEAR IS 2013 MONTH JUNE I am posting from a mount high with my Valkyrie horns and piercing Wagnerian Opera singing voice strong enough to break a crystal goblet. -- trumpets blaring singing highest praises to the best vacuum cleaner I have used in my entire life! I am 52 and housecleaned for years in my youth before I became a forensic psychologist. I cleaned households of wealthy cocaine dealers in Marin County, California in the late 70s early mid eighties and the houses of Rock stars thereby becoming acquainted with all of the best, most expensive, well established vacuums in the entire world. Naturally those days fell away as I was able to escape the depraved world of my criminal drug dealer rock and roll roadie father I was born to, to attend UC berkeley and Post Graduate School to enter forensic psychology as PhD assessing dangerousness for highly violent psychopath inmates in the California criminal Justice System. Though very busy and engaged in this high paying, dangerous work cut out for the select few, I always cleaned my various domiciles myself, availing myself of fine vacuums on a high salary. It was not until 2002 that I came across the vacuum cleaner of my dreams! This vacuum has been with me for 11 yrs. requiring nary a single repair and works as well as the day I so luckily bought it for pennies from a young gentlemen who bought it brand new but was suddenly forced to leave the country in 24 hrs. to catch a flight to Germany to work at his dream job of a lifetime, at Adidas Headquarters! The vacuum!? A Miele 246 Naturelle cannister vacuum cleaner. This vacuum is wonderful! It will suck up anything on anything! I dont even change the attachments, I just take off their standard floor rug head, and use the tube for corners and all else. This is because the power suck is so strong there's no need to jack up the PSI with attachments that narrow the square inch factor for smaller harder areas. In fact this vacuum is so strong I almost sucked up my parrot! It's not a large parrot like a Macaw, its barrel chested and stocky but only the height of a Robin. My poor parrot ran in front of the field zone of my vacuum path and got sucked right into the entrance hole of the hose! Horrible, The sqwauking and screaming that entailed!!! Because he was larger than the circumference, and a strong, athletic little tough bird, he wasnt dragged up the tube, but he was momentarily pinned at the ingress. I flipped off the power in 2 seconds, releasing him, befuddled and recouping while he rustled his feathers and scampered like a bowlegged pigeon toed football running back across the floor to safety. He was not the worse for wear and hence forth he was caged during vacuum times. Nevertheless my parrot's frightening experience speaks volumes to the vacuum power this cannister has and still does!! This Miele is lightweight on wheels and easily maneuvered. It has not required a single repair. I just change the couple filters when needed and keep it in a warm dry storage. It never blows dust or stinks like so many vacuums do after awhile. It handles wood, tile, low carpet, ciellings and corners equally beautifully and it is pleasantly quiet for a vacuum cleaner - really helpful when I feel compelled to push the limit of shared wall apt. living by vacuuming compulsively some visually irritatting debris off the floor at an off hour. I havnt received a single complaint even for a 20 minute vacuum session at 2am in the morning right below my upstairs neighbors bedroom!! This leads to my last point. Which is I love this vacuum cleaner so much after all these years, and this will sound a little perverse maybe - but I actually look forward to almost any time I get to use it! The ease of use and the immense gratification of such dramatic clean up results while feeling the power of this little muscely whirring German mini- tank of a machine is just so satisfying, at times, I can scarcely stand it :-) :-)!! This German engineering and quality reminds me of a very high end little racing power coupe BMW. As Ive had those too. No machine engineering rivals those pesky Germans! Why do you think they almost ruled the world?! Kiss your Kirby, Hoover, Oreck, Dyson... blah, blah....goodbye forever and invest in one of these cannisters from Miele and you will never have to buy another vacuum cleaner your entire life!! I personally have the Naturelle 246. I believe its pricing is highly competitive and its the best of my life as a discerning, intelligent and highly experienced house cleaner as most women are anyways.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 7:46PM
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Dyson DC39!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 9:31PM
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I sounds as though while cleaning for the cocaine dealers that U took the vacuum bags with you and are still using your ill gotten gains! LOL

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 1:50AM
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Dyson DC 39

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 12:11AM
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