Finally bit the bullet and bought a Dyson....it SUCKS!!!!!!
I mean it really sucks. And keeps on sucking! And I mean that in a good way.
We have enough dog hair daily to create a small litter of Pomeranians, and our floors NEVER looked clean. I'd taken to vacuuming the dark "wood" floors, because the broom always created static that basically just made the dog hair stick to the broom and smear all over the floor. (Swiffers were *powerless* against the amount of dirt we generate....)
But my stomach would always be in a knot when I went to vacuum because I KNEW that it would only work if the filter was clean, and it would only work well in the first 2 rooms or so. Then it would just push the doghair into piles, and wouldn't pick it up at all.
DH and were waiting on a movie to start when we wandered into Sears and found a customer-return Dyson DC14 for just a little over $300. I was SO expecting to be disappointed. I was really ready to replace our flooring because it NEVER looked clean.
Till we bought this machine. The Dyson rocks. It picks up everything, and sucks every bit as hard after cleaning the entire room! Those cheesy commercials really were telling the truth....