I don't understand the fixation some people have with vacuum cleaners. They
are a just machines the brush through the pile of your carpet and suck up
the dirt. They won't change your life or cure diseases. The very cheap
ones tend to fall apart after about two years. The very expensive ones last
longer. Kirby is OK, but the one I used (which belonged to someone else) was
very heavy and loud. It had a plastic fan blade that would shatter if you
accidentally sucked up a penny or a small stone. Most people pay a king's
ransom for these machines and they are definitely not worth it. If you paid
under $200, then you probably got a reasonable deal.
I don't understand why people ask questions like this. You already bought
the machine. It either works for you or it doesn't. Just because I think it
is heavy and loud you may not. There is an entire industry that revolves
around sell things like appliances and cookware for exorbitant prices with
the claims that the product will change your life. Kirby is a good example.
These things are sold by high pressure hucksters who make fantastic claims
and charge fantastic prices. I realize that you say you got your sweeper
for a good price and that is fortunate. Many people have paid many hundreds
of dollars for these things. As I said it is just a sweeper. In the end,
it either meets your needs or it doesn't.
Because there is a huge bunch of extremely positive opinions on the web, as
wel as the negative ones. Because those positive ones claim that one has a
'cadillac' of vacs. Because I had it demonstrated at home and got knocked
out by the price. Because I did not buy a new one - definitely a rip off -
and went and bought a used one of an older generation, which I did not see
'acting' on my carpets. Because I am interested. Because.
I do not understand why some people wake up on the wrong side of their bed.
Exactly. You aren't looking for information. You are looking for the
"right answer." In other words, you want someone to validate your purchase
decision. You haven't said if the vacuum functions to your satisfaction, if
it is easy to use, quite, if the attachment work well, if it spews dust or
not, nor have you stated the purchase price. There is always a
price/function ratio at play. I would find an average sweeper that was
given to me a great bargain and a very good sweeper that cost $2800 a very
poor choice. There are other factor like the cost of bags and belt and if
the belts are easy to change.
On Fri, 16 Apr 2004 06:28:30 GMT, "Ania Björk \(sveana\)"
Your continued nastiness aside,
If you wish to compare your opinion with other owners, I'd suggest
going to their website (if they have one) and seeing if there is a
forum designed specially for Kirby owners.
A home cleaning newsgroup that gets very few posts isn't likely to
give you the information you seek.
Before I decided which vacuum to buy, I stopped by a vacuum-cleaner
repair shop to ask the repairman which brand(s) do you see the least?
His answer was...Panasonic. I bought a Panasonic 12 years ago, and
it still runs exceptionally well today. I had to replace one worn
belt, but that's not bad for vacuuming a 2700 sq foot house 2-3 times
a week. I think the cost was just under $200. It has three filters
to help reduce dust thrown into the air. The bad part is that the
bags can not be found locally anymore, but there are plenty of online
stores that sell bags for cheap, some free shipping.
About vacuuming. I learned that vacuuming first, then dusting several
hours later will pick up the stirred dust made by vacuuming. Doing
the dusting first just does not make sense, yet some folks schedule
their cleaning chores in this manner.
I bought a Kenmore that was a badge engineered Panasonic around 1988 and it
is still going strong. I decided to get a second vacuum so I would have one
for the two of the three floor that we use the most. I got tired of
carrying that thing up and down the steps. I happened on to a Eureka at
Tuesday Morning that was going for $99. I is exactly the same as the
Electrolux Aptitude selling for $350 at Lowe's. Both units work very well.
...fascinating idea... one that hadn't ever occured to me... I always vacuum
last, thinking that by doing so I'll vacuum up any of the dust, cobwebs, etc
that I've pushed to the floor... but your theory is interesting. I may have
to test that out on one of my clients this week..
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