I would consider:
- Noise. I have used only two vacuums that do not hurt my
ears: a muy expensivo (and heavy) Miele and a $125 Shark.
- Consumables Cost: Bags cost money. Some bagless vacuums have
"Filters" that also cost money. Other bagless vacs have
no consumables - you have to rinse a piece of foam and that's it.
- Weight: Some vacuums are quite heavy, which could be a consideration
if they have to be carried up-and-down stairs.
- Convenience of the hose/wand option: Some vacs don't even have
it, but those that do vary in convenience of deployment.
We have two of those Mieles, but I did not have experience with the
Shark when I bought them. If I were doing it over again, I would
start with a Shark and, if it worked out long-run, get another one
On 11/23/2014 6:27 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I never bought into the bag-less thing and Hoovers have always performed
well for me. I think I've only bought 2 in about 40 years. Cheap to
repair and parts are very easy to find.
If I had money to burn I'd probably buy a Rainbow. I've demoed a few and
they are impressive. They seem to be worth it but I just can't see
spending that much on an appliance that I only use a few minutes a week.
If someone in your house has allergy problems, and you love your
carpets, a Rainbow would probably be worth looking into.
Not interested in built-in type? For upright I am for Miel.
Expensive but worth it. My house has built in one.
Two size power heads with DC motors light and powerful. I think Dyson
is over rated. Go to the store and try out the Miel.
On 11/23/2014 06:27 AM, email@example.com wrote:
My Electrolux that was made 60 years ago is still in perfect working
order. I've had it for 40 years and replaced the hose once.
I did a quick on-line search and from the on-line reviews I saw, they
still make a hi-quality item.
My wife has a 40 year old Kirby that's still working perfectly...they
are a bit more expensive I think.
What ever you do...do not get a Dirt Devil.
Years ago I had the opportunity to try to use a new one and it spewed
dust out the exhaust...even with a new bag.
ametek motor. the best.
as for home use, without built-in (and retrofitting built-in is not much
more having a home built and ordering built-in), check out sanitaire
On 11/23/2014 7:27 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The bagless just look messy to deal with. Both our vacuums are over 25
years old so I can't say how good the brands are today. One is
Electrolux, the other a Hoover.
Personally, I like the idea of taking out a bag and putting it into the
trash bag with no mess, nothing else to clean.
I've heard good things (but never used them) about the Shark and Meihle
brands so they may be worth checking out. The Rainbow and the other
door to door brand are greatly overrated from everything I've read.
Dyson is overpriced
On Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:27:45 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I've had several hoovers with disposable bags. Always worked well for
years and years. I also have a kirby that was purchased 25+ years
ago. A pain to clean so its used little. A few years ago I purchased
a hoover bagless and I HATE it. Stinks, filters cost a bundle and
even disassembling, cleaning, and new filters it still stinks. So in
order to get something general I just purchased a $63 Might Mite from
Amazon as it has both bags and a very good review. Its materials seem
cheap compared to the other brands but it works really well. So I'd
rather replace a bagged $63 unit if necessary. Good luck.
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I'd consider buying an older used vacuum cleaner. The new stuff is
Agree. Those things will last for freakin' ever! OTOH, not the best
vacuum for picking dirt up outta yer carpet.
I'd recommend a used Kenmore canister w/ powerhead. Those things blew
away the competition in their day. Even smoked Kirby's and commercial
Hoovers. I've done time as a janitor, in my youth, so have vacuumed
more than a few carpets with a lotta brands.
Agree. Total junk. I've watched my grown daughter and my ex-wife and
late sister-in-law buy at least 3 of those bagless swirly chamber
vacuums (Hoover, Eureka). They all ended up in the dumpster, in short
Look around before you toss big $$$. I have a perfectly fine Kirby
I'll sell you for $75. Older commercial Hoovers (upright/bag) were
quite good. I found one in a dumpster with only the beater brush band
broken (say fast five times!). Fixed it fer about $5 and used it fer
Most older vacuum cleaners will last a long time. That's why there
are used vacuum cleaner businesses. If a machine is 30 yrs old and
still works great, it will probably work better than ANY newer vacuums
on the mkt, today.
jes my 2¢
I was a member of an organization and they had a new Dirt Devil that
just spewed out dust. One day as I was driving there & I saw a vacuum
cleaner in the trash...probably a Kirby.
I took it with me and just pulled out a lot of dog-hair with the needle
nose...the darn thing worked great, so I threw the Dirt Devil away.
Years later I found out that those Kirby's really cost a lot of money
new. OTOH: When I had to buy replacement bags I did not get soaked...and
the replacement drive belt was something like two bucks.
Yes, Dyson are expensive, but I don't know how the price compares with
others. We love ours -- one of the early models.
I happened to be in the UK when the court there ruled against Hoover
(and another?) for infringement of Dyson's patents -- after spending a
lot of money dissing Dyson.
Consumers likes the Shark and Hoover, both bagless I think. Know
nothing about a Miehle - Gotta check who carries that.
My Hoover is a so-called Bagless Upright 'twin chamber system'
I dunno what broke on my Hoover - I have medical/in home care for me
and my dimentia-laden, handicapped wife, and the lady actually broke
the thing, but didn't tell me. I just went to clean it and found it
deceased. I found it hard, if not impossible to take apart - with
lots of screws - some hidden I'm thinking. As I was working on it
four or five large 2-3" gray plastic pieces fell out, leaving one
inside rattling around. The motor is jammed, The belt for the brush
thingee is broken. I plan to scrap it.
On 11/23/2014 7:27 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have a Hoover Windtunnel, which I love. We are two retirees and one
small dog, so it doesn't get heavy use. It has hepa filter, so no dust
backfiring from it and no odor. I am surprised at how much junk,
especially real fine silty dust, it get from our white shag carpet. It
is very noisy and not great for bare floors, but those are easy to sweep
and mop. There is a "power" brush that fits the hose for furniture, but
it doesn't have a motor, works on suction power, and is pretty weak.
Don't know the price because it was a gift from our son.
My 50+ y/o Electrolux tank model still works, but hose is iffy so it
loses power; not worth using any more.
We still have an old Electrolux canister, the unit is fine, but -- like
yours -- the hose has power problems at the end.
I haven't tried to fix it, but parts are readily available on ebay.
I just use it without the power vacuum attachment for the rug...
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