We've been through 4 or 5 vacuum cleaners over the last 6 years.
Hoovers, Kenmoores, some other brands as well, with no luck. They last
6 months to a year, and then just crap out. We take them in for
repairs, and they come home still broken. I'm at the end of my rope.
Does anyone have experience with an upright vacuum cleaner that will
actually last 5 years or more?
With Kirby, you will be paying for it. They are quite heavy, but they have a
good reputation. I use a Vax x3 which you can get from Best Buy. I like the
fact it is bagless. And, it is pretty powerful. Only 1 thing, pay attention
to how tight the hinges are. I've seen a couple of the vacuums where the
hinge was a tad too tight, preventing the automatic adjustment for the head
working properly. Had to return one because of this problem, and saw another
on the floor with the same issue. Fortunately, the salesperson let me put
the replacement together and make sure this wouldn't be a problem.
I've got a Kirby that is probably older than you are and it still works
fine. It probably weighs 50 lbs, but that's the price of rugged. We
seldom use it, as my wife prefers the tank type. I'm looking for a
Tri-star to fill that slot as her 20+ yr old Electrolux is getting a
little long in the tooth, it still cleans OK, but is clumsy and a bit
inefficient compared to the Tri-star.
We are using my grandmothers mid 1970's hoover upright. All parts are still
available at a reasonable price. The vacuum never broke down until 2003. We
paid $40.00 to repair and have used it daily since. Don't buy an expensive
new fangled vacuum buy a good vintage one.
I find vacuum cleaners of all designs in the trash all the time and
the only problem they have ever had is being clogged with stuff.
Not even disgusting stuff, just the stuff that gets vacuumed up.
After being unclogged, they work fine. This includes several
This year I'd picked up some tweezers that are heavy duty and about a
foot long. I didn't know what I would use them for but they were
cheap. Turned out to be great for pulling stuff out of vacuum
cleaners. But could have done it without them also, like before.
What this is called is "VCR Syndrome" VCR's were the first disposable
electronic item, soon followed by Televisions small appliances and so on.
Now it's spread to larger items such as vacuums, fans, lights and that sort
of stuff. They say buy 2010 ovens, refrigerators,washers and dryers will all
be sealed so no repairs can even be done. That's progress!
Try consumer reports. They rate this kind of stuff.
I have a canister type hoover vacuum for more than 10 years and it still
works. In my experience, vacuum cleaners don't break easily and if they do,
it is not hard to fix it yourself.
IMO Consumer Reports rates all the stuff that doesn't matter much (if
at all) and very little of what does...
For upright, I'll reiterate Kirby. As someone else noted, they're not
light and dainty but they last and are very effective, especially for
Shop around and get several estimates on installation of a central vacuum
system for your house and garage. Usually best to buy from same company that
installs. They are definitely cleaner, more powerful and practically trouble
free. Easy clean up and no blow-back in the house.
I had a Hoover recommended by Consumer Reports. It died. Dug into it and
discovered the motor brushes were pretty chewed up. I cleaned them up and
reinstalled. Within a few minutes, they were toast again. Seems the
spindle has got a gouge or something on it. That was after light use over
about 2 years. I then went with a Eureka Boss and it's worked pretty well.
But I've actually gone one step further and just removed all the carpeting
from the house. It's nasty stuff anyway and wood floors/saltillo look
better IMO. I've got a few area rugs that still require the vacuum but by
and large, my $4.99 broom keeps my floors clean (except for the odd
washing). It only cost me about $3k to get there!
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