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Date: 5/20/10 2:06 PM

Help-my latest vacuum cleaner is circling the drain and I need advice on choosing a new one. I refuse to get my current one repaired again, it's just not worth it, anymore. Here's the thing, I burn through vacuums like other people go through boxes of tissue or jars of jam. I have four animals and I live in a part of the country that rains dust. My latest vacuum has lasted over five years ( a record, actually) but it started dropping plastic parts after about a year or two. I've taken it in for costly repairs a number of times. This is a highly rated (from Consumer Reports) Kenmore, which, I have to admit, sucks up garbage like a goat - too bad the casing has proved inadequate. Soooo ... I need something heavy duty with a lot of power, kinda like my Bernina. The local sew-vac has Miele brand vacuums, which appear to be well built. Does any one have experience with this brand, or can recommend another? I don't mind paying extra for something that will last. Any advice appreciated-thanks! Also, I use a canister, if that makes any difference.
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Date: 5/20/10 2:10 PM

I bought an Electrolux Oxygen through Amazon.com a few months ago and I've been pretty happy with it. It has better suction than the previous Hoover. One of the things I like is that you can use the power head on floors and carpets, switching between them by pressing a button on the handle. That means that in my four-story row home, I don't have to trek up and down stairs dragging all the attachments around. I can't comment on long-term potential, but it was less than $400, so maybe it would be an option for you.

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Date: 5/20/10 5:42 PM

I just bought the Dyson DC25 Animal verison of the vacuum that rides around on a ball.....I love it, and my carpet is begging for mercy. I have a short hair dog that sheds like crazy and this vacuum picks up everything. I also got the car attachment set so I have an upholstery tool that includes a rotating brush....I was shocked when I saw what this thing sucked out of my couch!

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Date: 5/20/10 6:16 PM



based on consumer reports, I 1st purchased the highest rated Kenmore... that thing was GREAT but I really just wanted a Dyson...

the best thing about the Kenmore was not only did it suck up anything, there was a light indicator that let you know when you got everything up from that particular spot...

I have had 2 Dysons ....of the Dysons both were :animal" versions but only 1 was the "ball" ... the Animal 1 that rides on the BALL is the best...the ball makes maneuvering so easy & the "animal" part means it will suck up anything...

I like it because it also works on hard floors so I can vacuum bedrooms & move to living room where there are hardwoods floors and down to family room where there is ceramic tile...


recently LG came put with a new vacuum that is gettign RAVE reviews... I highly doubt if I will be needing one in the next decade or 2 but if so, along with checking out the latest Dyson, Id be looking at Electrolux & LG... I wouldnt bother with much else... DEFINITELY not a KIRBY

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Date: 5/20/10 6:17 PM

I also have a Dyson that rides around on a ball.
No costly filters to buy and like Kathi's carpets, mine are begging for a break too.
It sucks up everything including dog hair, like a twister. Worls brilliantly on hard and carpeted surfaces.
The dust cannister and filters are all washable.
The attachments are super good too, on eof them is brilliant for car carpet.
My Dyson is around 8 years old now and have never had a problem. All plastic is still in good shape.
Last year we had a bad dust storm that blanketed everything with red dust from the desert area. Dyson took care of it.

Vonne

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Quote: Kathi R
I just bought the Dyson DC25 Animal verison of the vacuum that rides around on a ball.....I love it, and my carpet is begging for mercy. I have a short hair dog that sheds like crazy and this vacuum picks up everything. I also got the car attachment set so I have an upholstery tool that includes a rotating brush....I was shocked when I saw what this thing sucked out of my couch!




I have used the car attachment to clean my sewing machines

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Date: 5/20/10 6:53 PM

This is a timely thread, as I recently killed our vacuum.

We only have carpets in two rooms of our house and only 1 sofa covered in fabric. Everything else is wood or leather.

I killed the latest one when I was using the hose, but the beater bar was still spinning. It grabbed a sock and burned out the motor.

With only two rooms in carpet, I do not want to have to pay hundreds of dollars to buy something that works.

We do have pets, so lots of fur and the puppy loves to chew up stuff and leave it on the carpet, there can be bits of wood, or cardboard etc.

I would pull up the last of the carpet, but it is in the basement on a slab and helps to keep the rooms warmer in the winter.

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Date: 5/20/10 7:53 PM

I just bought a Miele a couple of months ago and so far it is worth the price. My previous vac was a Kenmore progressive. While it did a really good job sucking up the crud, it was a PITA to use...the wand parts wouldn't stay together and would drop off in the middle of using them. The kenmore only lasted 2 years before the brush motor went out.
What I like about the Miele: Aluminum wand! When was the last time you saw that on a vac. I love the twist feature and I won't go back to a fixed wheel vac. The bags do a good job of filtering the air, but I think I'm going to order the hepa filter because I can smell the dust when the bag starts filling up.
Mine is the bottom of the line Miele Twist (blue upright). I know that if you get a higher end model, the hepa filter is included. The hepa is $$, but it lasts for a year. So far, except for the hepa, I have not missed any of the bells and whistles that come with the more expensive models.
Hope this helps you and good luck vacuum shopping!
Tammy

ETA: I just remembered something after reading Michelle T's post. The Miele has an auto-shut off on the brush motor for when you suck up socks and what not....I..er..know that it works very well. :)
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Date: 5/21/10 9:15 AM

I absolutely love Miele. Mine is bottom of the line, bought about 10 years ago and still works beautifully. I use it on carpet, tile, laminate, does a good job on all surfaces. Try one out in the store and see how you like it.

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Date: 5/21/10 9:50 AM

I mega heart my Dyson.

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