Crazy to hate my central vac??

livebetterAugust 25, 2010

I have come to the realization that I hate the central vac. It cleans well (Beam) and I have lots of attachments.

The system was around 8 years old so I invested in a newer (lighter) hose thinking that would help - NOT.

I HATE lugging those 35 feet of hose around. I also have two small kids so I vacuum constantly - it seems the hose is always lying in my front hall (closest to the kitchen where I vacuum the most) Â which looks awful. My husband wants to know if itÂs become a piece of furniture.

Also, if you want to use attachments you have to lug them with you too. I have a mix of hardwood, tile, area rugs and broadloom so I need a few different floor tools. Also, the dusting brush which I use a lot. At least on the vacuum I'm considering, some tools come onboard.

I am seriously contemplating getting a Miele (as I believe them to be the best at cleaning and at indoor air quality  with the Hepa filter).

I looked at a canister today but want to see the S7 upright before I decide. Is this crazy?? I feel that the vacuum would not be so cumbersome and takes up less space than a 35Â hose.

Does anyone else hate their central vac??

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I think central vacs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Have you thought about getting a second, shorter vac hose to keep near and use in the kitchen?

When I had my central vac, I used three attachments - the motorized brush for carpets, the hard floor tool and the round brush. I loved the ease of switching the attachments.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 9:17PM
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My husband who installed our central vac isn't a fan either because of the long hose. But what he fails to realize (being the person who rarely vacuums) is that the alternatives are much worse. Uprights might be easier to use but we have little carpet (which we both are happy about) so that would be the wrong choice. And canister vacs? I think lugging around that little robot is far worse than a hose.

I consider my central vac to be the best solution. It can do everything well. We can vacuum out our cars and for nothing is better on stairs.

I think you might need a small portable upright for those quick fixes between the weekly vacuuming. I purchased a Hoover stick vac for just that purpose (mostly my constantly shedding cat). It has a setting for hard flooring and one for carpeting (beater bar on) and it does a pretty good job. I recommend a spare battery to swap on the fly.

Together with my Bona mop, my Hoover Platinum Stick Cordless Stick Vac and my central vac, I'm pretty well covered for all types of cleaning.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 10:12PM
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Jean Bo

I love my cents bad too! Mine also gets left out unless I drag into the garage. But the vac is powerful and I love it. I have considered getting a trunk for the hose so I could quickly dump it in.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 11:54PM
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I'm definitely in the minority where our summer home is (maybe GW too) in that I absolutely h-a-t-e it. The maid grumbles with it, the dog hates the sound and I detest lugging the hose which catches on everything. Lol. Mostly, the components stay locked, hidden away in a bedroom closet off the butler's pantry like a Gremlin fed after midnight.

In January I bought the Capricorn canister and an S7 upright from Miele, threw in a Shop Vac for the garage and haven't looked back.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 9:24AM
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Graywings, I actually had to get a longer hose - my original was 30' but did not reach the farthest corner of my kitchen so I got a newer, lighter one that is 35'.

Our house was built in '81 and we gutted and reno'd it. The CV was already in place - one outlet in the centre of each floor (except the basement which we finished and put in two).

Westvillager, ooooo, sounds great. I am currently trying to decide which is better for me (S7 or canister). I am leaning to the canister for practicality but I really like the upright. Since you own both, what do you recommend? Top floor has three bedrooms and a hallway with broadloom. One bedroom hardwood with an area rug - all bathrooms are tile. Stairs are all carpet (for now  thinking of changing to hardwood). Main floor is all tile and hardwood with 4 wool area rugs (one Persian). Basement is laminate and tile with one area rug.

Last night I was awake pondering it. It just seems easier to pull out a very small Miele canister for frequent clean ups than a 35 hose. The Miele is incredibly light and so well planned out  love that you can hook the power head on in two different positions  so smart! I have a walk in pantry off the kichen that doesn't have tons of space but could hold this little canister.

I think Miele prices are less here in Canada and I actually live near to the Miele "unboxed" store that sells discount items. Also, I live near another outlet that sells refurbs and dint/dents. They currently have BNIB the S7 lotus white - $399.99 and the S5580 Saturn with HEPA (with the parquet tool and SE236 powerbrush) - $599.99. Seems like a really great deal. Miele unboxed also has the S7 lotus white for $350 (they have about 17 units available).

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 10:13AM
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Without providing excruciating detail, lol, the canister is the best all around. It's so much easier to maneuver on hard flooring (wood, lam, tile, stone, etc.) and under furniture. Not to mention the stairs! The combination rug/floor tool is a must-have, I think, for daily clean ups. It's got natural bristles for hard and clicks to a flat surface to use on a low pile/flat rug. The powerbrush would be great for deeper cleans of your wool rugs.

The S7 works amazing but it's kinda hard on the bathroom tile. The only reason it was purchased was b/c there used to be more carpet to vacuum. If I had all carpet, I'd choose the upright but would be totally satisfied with the canister alone plus powerbrush. Hope that helps some! :)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 1:13PM
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Westvillager - do you a sock covering the central vac hose?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 2:02PM
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There are accessories for your Central System, to make cleaning easier. There is a clip-on attachment holder for the three smaller attachments. There is also a stretch hose for quick clean-ups.

If you want another vacuum cleaner, I think the canister would be the better choice. If you have quite a bit of hard surfaces to vacuum, a floor brush is easier and quicker to move around the floor compared to moving the whole upright across the floor.

I would suggest the S5 series if you have alot to vacuum, because it has a larger bag. If finances are an issue, check out the S2 series. The S2 series is their cheaper series.

What you could do is pull out the canister during the week, for those quick clean-ups and then use the CVS for the once a week thorough cleaning. Though, I have a feeling you will be using the Miele all of the time.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 2:28PM
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graywings: There is indeed. This house is base molding city and I suspect the original owner wanted to protect them. The noise is still troublesome for the dog. Lol.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 7:50PM
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We have a Meile S4 canister with HEPA filter, and love it.

We've got all hardwood, two wool area rugs, and a small rough slate entryway. Three levels, hardwood stairs.

The (horsehair) swiveling parquet floor brush is great. The canister itself is very light and maneuverable. Small and easy to store.

Is there a good vacuum retailer in your area? I'd go in and just test-drive a few models. Doing that with a knowledgeable salesperson can be very helpful.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 9:42AM
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So, I test drove the S7 and the S5580. Wow! The S7 is a heavy sucker ... it was easier to push when running but it is truly heavy.

I don't know if all canisters are the same but I found the hose on the S5580 not the most flexible. I also found the SEB236 large ... hmmmm ...

I'm wondering if I should get a small S2 Contour from Costco for quick pick ups on the main floor and keep with the CV for major cleaning ... decisions ... decisions ...
S2 price is slightly less in the warehouse.

I found someone willing to sell me an S7 (less than a year old) for $200. Even though it's heavy - I think it would be great for the broadloom upstairs instead of lugging the house out .... hmmmm ....

Here is a link that might be useful: S2 Contour - Costco Canada

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 8:25PM
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I leave my central hose hanging on the wall in the garage.
I use it to clean the car in which case the long hose is very helpful. Occasionally I vacuum the garage floor with it.

Inside I have an intake under the kitchen cabinet that requires no hose, just sweeping trash up to it with a broom and kicking a switch. I seldom use it.

I have the animal Dyson for most inside cleaning, and really like it.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 10:51PM
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