SWMBO started harping on me, last night, to get a new vacuum
cleaner. Old one still "works" but I guess after a few decades
of looking at it, she's decided she wants to look at something
Knowing this was "coming", I've been casually trying to notice the
"current offerings" in various places that we shop -- not going
out of my way to chase down all the possibilities (e.g., specialty
It seems like damn near all are uprights -- in some form or another.
And, all are "cheap plastic" (though not "cheap" as in "inexpensive"!).
As this will eventually turn into a maintenance task for me ("Don, the
vacuum's not working..."), I'd like to avoid any obvious "issues".
My current short list of selection criteria to be wary of includes:
- availability and cost of replacement bags and filters (if any)
- power cord retractor reliability
- "drive motor" mechanisms (e.g., rug beaters, etc.)
- overall durability
- physical "deployment" requirements (e.g., nothing to be carried!)
I don't expect to find any *current*
offering like a Kirby (in terms
of "durability") or even an old Electrolux canister. But, it seems
like most things are more "fashion statements" and "marketing hype"
than anything else. Comments from neighbors suggest that anything
"new" will likely be short-lived: PLAN on replacing it, sooner than
[Cost isn't as important an issue as wanting to avoid the time and
effort of ANOTHER "shopping adventure", shortly after *this*
Rather than asking for make/model recommendations, I'm more interested
in issues/criteria that folks have noticed/discovered in their appraisals
and actual use of these appliances. E.g., my "retractor" concern
stems from years of fighting a poorly designed cord retractor in the
current device (WASTING many minutes to coax the cord back into it
after each use).