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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Vac :-( and Sew :-) ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 6/26/05 7:46 PM

It's time for a new vacuum cleaner, and I could use recommendations. I'm more inclined to pull out and use an upright than a canister, don't particularly want a bagless, and don't want to pay a fortune; that could reduce the amount of money available for fabric! And I want to avoid, if possible, anything that sounds like a B-52 on a takeoff roll. If it comes with a willing operator, THAT would be a plus...

Do you have a vacuum cleaner you'd like to recommend - or one you want to warn me about? Thanks!

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Date: 6/26/05 8:33 PM

The couple who clean my house love my vacuum cleaner - it's a Sharp upright. They say it's miles better than my Hoover. It does have better suction but that's about all I can tell you about it.

I don't like the bagless vacuums. I had bagless vacuums for about ten years. The bags actually act as another filter whereas my bagless vacuum just became all clogged and eventually stopped picking up anything. I bought a canister (we have all hard flooring now except in my shop) last year and spent a lot of time comparing different ones. Every vacuum cleaner shop recommended vacuums with bags over bagless. I do see a big difference there. My floors stay a lot cleaner longer than they did with the bagless. We have a lot of cat hair flying around so I'm grateful for that. I was previously vacuuming the floors every day - now I do it a couple of times a week at most. Less vacuuming = more sewing time. :-)

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Date: 6/26/05 8:49 PM

Karla - I've got a bright yellow Dyson and love it. I use it on the hard wood floors and the carpet. Super siimple and the attachments are right on it. You can see how much dirt you are picking up (I'm not sure that is a good thing) Also have a Oreck at the weekend house - okay, but nothing to right home about and no attachments.

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Date: 6/26/05 9:30 PM

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The bags actually act as another filter whereas my bagless vacuum just became all clogged and eventually stopped picking up anything.


It might depend on the type of bagless you were using. For several years, I had a Fantom Thunder and it was MUCH better than the bag vacuums I've used. It cleaned everything wonderfully, never left dirt on the floor, and left the air clean, not dusty.

I've also made the mistake of buying a cheaper bagless, a Eureka, which had a useless filter (constantly required cleaning) and spit out cat litter everywhere. It lasted less than two years before it broke.

I haven't been able to find Fantoms in local stores. If I were shopping for a vacuum that was going to be used a lot, I'd probably buy a Dyson.





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Date: 6/26/05 10:07 PM

Hi Karla,

I worked for a sew 'n vac a few years ago, and have sinced moved, and no longer work there, so NAYY... I agree with Gigi about the Sharp vacuums. I bought one about 7 years ago. It still works great. The sharp vacuums dont send the dirt through the motor, so there is much less chance of breaking the fan blades, one of the most common vac repairs. I had a Fantom vac previous to my Sharp, and found it very messy to empty. Vacs with bags are much cleaner to empty. A vac with a HEPA filter will keep from exhausting smaller particles back into the air. Be sure to check the cost of replacing the filter on the vac, since they should be replaced about every 6 months, and some can be very costly.

HTH, Debbie

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Date: 6/27/05 6:47 AM

I bought a Kenmore upright that uses bags about a year ago and love it. Excellent suction, and HEPA filtration, plus it uses the microfiltration bags now available. They're more expensive than the paper ones, but they make such a difference in the air quality- well worth the expense!
I did look at a Dyson too, but couldn't bear to part with that much money.
Good luck with your search!

Becky

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Date: 6/27/05 7:24 AM

A trip to your local public library could offer some help in the form of Consumer Reports review of vacuums this past January. Even if you do not go along with their reviews the article will give you a good idea of what to look for, what to avoid, and what current prices are. The CR "Best Buy" was the Eureka Boss Smart Vac Ultra, 4870 for $140. hey make a similar one for Sears.

NAYY, I just happened to have done the research yesterday for a blind friend who needs to replace her vac.

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Date: 6/27/05 7:30 AM

We just bought a new house and have mostly hardwood, except for the basement and stairs. We bought a sebo. It is a upright and highly recommended. It works wonderfully! We had central vac before, which I loved. This vacuume is very nice. I would check it out. It goes from the hardwood to the carpet without missing a beat. Great suction. And it does have bags. I hate the bagless.

Hope this helps.

Janet

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Date: 6/27/05 10:05 AM

The bagless vacs which do NOT have the filter visible in the see-through part are much cleaner to empty than the one which have that cylindrical pleated filter visible.

My Fantom had a flat filter which was enclosed in a separate part of the machine. It didn't require cleaning, I didn't change the filter for 3 years (in a house with cats), it never clogged, and there was very little dust flying up when I emptied the dust can.

Bags vs bagless is probably just a personal preference. I always hated the bags because I couldn't remove them without making a big mess.

You do have to empty the bagless dust cans gently, without shaking. Otherwise you will have dust flying in your face. If there is a filter in the dust can which you have to clean, it's very hard to clean without getting your hands dirty and causing dust to fly everywhere. Which is why it's better to have the type of vac without the filter inside the see-through dust can.

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