Stay away from the bag less type. Especially if you live in an
apartment and do not have easy access to the outdoors. In
the bag less variety you release some dust when you empty
the canister. You must also clean the filter which releases even
more. It is best to do this maintenance outside.
It is easy to be duped into paying way to much for a deluxe vacuum.
There are plenty of them out there. Why not settle for a much cheaper
mainstream vacuum that works almost as good as the deluxe impress
your neighbor variety. When the cheaper one gives up, buy another.
Look at the reviews on www.epinions.com
Check the newest issue of Consumer Reports, March, 2008. Their
highest-rated upright is a Sears Kenmore Progressive Direct Drive,
#35922 or 35923, $300, but in 6th place (out of 307 uprights tested)
is a Hoover Tempo Widepath U514-900, only $60 (Amazon says $67). It
was slightly noisier and cleaned bare floors slightly worse. The
highest-rated Dirt Devli placed #26.
I own this Sears model and a Dysan. The Dysan is way better in
everything except stairs. Consumer Reports is as usual full of crap.
As for dust. There is none. There is no filter to clean, but emptying
it inside is not recommended. I take ours to the outside garbage, and
just pull the trigger to empty it. I'd never trade it for a bag
vacuum. BTW the bags for that Sears vacuum are 5 dollars a pop, and
last about 1-2 weeks of vacuuming and changing the bag is 100 times as
messy as emptying the bag less Dysan.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 07 Feb 2008 in group alt.home.repair:
I have a Dyson, and I'll second his evaluation.
In my experience, the bag is usually fairly fragile by the time it's
full, and manhandling it off the filler pipe always spews some dust in
the air. You can't help squeezing the bag at least a little. Heaven help
you if you rip it.
The Dyson (the only bagless I've ever used) just dumps straight into a
container. I wrap a plastic grocery sack around the bottom, then push
the release button.
Dust can be released by both of them, but the bagless lets me keep my
hands clean. I would never empty either type inside the house.
By the way, I bought the Dyson after it got very good reviews in
Consumer Reports. It's a big improvement over my previous, bagged
vacuum, but I can't say it's the best out there. I *am* disappointed in
the stairway attachment. The brushes are turned by the air flowing in
the hose, and they just don't work well.
I'm so, so sorry. I've been sick all week. I have failed you. I shoulda
More seriously, I bought an upright Hoover in a garage sale, ten years ago.
Takes A-bags, they fill from the top. The vac is nice and heavy. Works
rather well, also.
I advise against any vac that takes bottom fill bags. Yes, stupidly enough,
they do make em. I also don't like the ones where the top fill tube is part
of the bag. Make a plastic tube, already.
I have a Bosch that wasn't terribly expensive for something
significantly better than department store stuff. Has a hepa filter,
which I like. The attachments seemed kind of lightweight compared to
the ones with my old Kenmore, but they haven't proven to be fragile.
The think I like most about this machine is that it is Q-U-I-E-T. I
hate the noise that vacuum cleaners make. This one I don't mind at
all. you can talk over it without raising your voice. I think I paid
about $300-350 for it. I almost bought it online, but checked with a
local mom & pop store, where it was the same price or lower than all
the websites, but included a supply of bags and a few other extras
that were not included in online deals. That meant if I had a problem
I wan't going o have the hassle and expense of shipping it back,
either. They have several canister vacs that look very similar but
have different levels of sophistication and features. They are
different colors. I bought the BLUE one. I'd buy the exact same one
again if I needed a replacement.
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