Well, the Electrolux was unwieldy, with skids. But I didn't use it.
My mother did the vacuuming. What little experience I have with it
says it sucked.....just fine. Only canister vacuum that's been used
where I've lived.
We've been using a Bissel Powerforce Bagless for about 5 years.
Doesn't eat belts like what we had before. Think it cost $49.99.
After we tried it out I bought another one and put it in the garage
rafters. Good price, and it's a good vacuum for us.
It's still there, in its box. I'm set for life.
On Friday, February 20, 2015 at 3:54:25 PM UTC-5, Vic Smith wrote:
You bought TWO? OMG. You must be a LOT younger than me. I'm at the point where I only fill the gas tank halfway.
(and I have to run to the store often - I never buy more than a quart of milk at a time, and green bananas haven't been on the list for some years now)
A canaster Elecrtolux we bought about 30 years ago had the retracting cord.
I just wish that we could have found an upright that has a bag for it.
Looked around several local stores and all they have are bagless. I hate
those, but did not have much choice.
You must be a young'un.Kenmore vacuums were not "high end" and the
vast majority of them had retractable cords. Most of the old
"torpedos" didn't and very few uprights - but the squat canisters
almost all did. Hoover built retractable uprights -= and in fact still
do.. And at $129 it is NOT a high end machine. Eureka's AirSpeed is
not that expensive either at $129-$159 - and has a retractable cord.
So does the Panasonic JetForce ($250) and JetTurn ($166)
In canisters, the Bissel Cyclonic, ($140), and Hoover WindTunnel
($180), The Kenmore Elites, and Progressives ($350) ,the Koblentz
Commercials ($149), - just for starters in CURRENTLY AVAILABLE units.
Nope. As long as it has a driven brush and good suction and is
reliable it works for me. Don't need headlights and a horn on it.
I don't have wall-to-wall carpets. Just area rugs and runners on
hardwood floors. My $50 vacuum cleaner works well. But since it
cleans 8x5 carpets just fine, I suspect it would clean 30x40's as
well. Just have to empty it more often.
Why spend money for nothing?
I've got a wet/dry shop vac too.
If you ever have a chance to compared them side by side on your rug,
say use your 50.00 one first and then go over the rug again with high
end one and see. There is a noticeable difference. I have pets in the
house. Years ago when built in ones start showing up, I called a
salesman for a demo in my house. I just vacuumed whole house using name
brand canister one. When the demo unit went over the living room carpet
again, I couldn't believe what it picked up. Since then I always have
I don't see where there would be a difference, unless spending more
gives you magic.
The 50 buck Bissell has so much suction it will pull the rugs up off
the floor if you move it too slowly. The brush does its job too.
Don't know the HP, but it draws 10 amps.
We don't want a central unit because the wife doesn't want to drag 30'
of hose around. Just the hose takes up more space than the upright.
Piping to every room, holes in the walls, the hose dragging on and
marring the woodwork. I know some people like it, but I think it's
just a fetish.
If it's expensive, it must be "good."
And nothing will clean a carpet better than a carpet beater.
Anyway, my wife is happy with the Bissell. She's the one who wanted
an extra one in case the first one ever quits.
We just have one little dog now, but before our long haired big dog
died, her hair messed up the brush bearings on our previous upright
Dirt Devil. Think that was 50 bucks too.
Bought 2 new brushes for it.
Haven't had that problem with the Bissell, but it could be because the
dog is gone.
On the other hand, I think no matter which one goes first, you'll find
plenty of dirt in the second vacuum too. That was the secret that
door to door salesmen relied on, when they tried to show housewives that
there current vacuum was no good.
On 2/20/2015 3:14 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I learned to stop buying those cheap vacuums and buy only commercial
machines. Metal beater bar, steel foot release, steel bottom plate, 50'
cord. Generally $200-250 and not available at department stores. You
either get it at a vacuum store or a place like the Costco Business
Center (not regular Costco).
Generally when buying appliances you want appliances that don't
"suck" $50 vacuums dont suck, they "suck"
I've rescued quite a few vacuums from the kerb over the years - some
cheap ones and some high end ones. The high end ones are worth sorting
out - usually just a bad connection somewhere. The cheap ones are
seldom worth fixing, but I waste time on them anyway - I give the good
ones to good homes. That's where the Kirby came from. Just shortened
the cord by about 2 feet and it was fine. (that's a "high end" upright
at $2000 a pop!!!!!)
And save the plug and 6" of cord from appliances one throws away in the
future. At least one of them.
But has anyone suggested Ace Hardware or True Value. In many areas they
have a lot more stuff than Home Depot.
Or buy a 3 prong plug and cut off or tear out the the ground prong. The
remaing two are still polarized iirc.
OP, just looked at the Amazon url, and I dont't think it's quick attach.
And I think they sell this at real hardware stores, if not Home Depot.
Now that Amazon is pushing one-day shipping, or even 2 or 3-day, they'd
better start giving the shipping charge, because if people want
something in 1 to 3 days, they're not going to have time to build up a
35 dollar order. For some reason I think the shipping is quite high if
the order is under 35 dollars. And yet they raised the amount for free
from 25 to 35 not long ago. Amazon now charges sales tax in Md. and
almosty every state soon, because they have put a warehouse in Md. and
plan to in the other states. I wonder if their cleverness is on the
Why take out the ground? Your house has 3 wire outlets, and only lamp
extention cords are 2 wire. And no, most 3 wire plugs are NOT
polarized - they don't have to be because it is virtually impossible
to plug them in backwards.
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