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My vacuum cleaner is on its last legs

post #1 of 16
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My cannister one that is.

Last week I couldn't get it to turn on, then once on I couldn't get it to turn off. Now it doesn't stay on unless I hold the switch down (or tape it). Its a good 15 plus yrs old and not worth repairing!!

Its served me well and I do have the consumer reports magazine that reviewed vacuum cleaners so I'll have to do some research.

I have the upright for the carpeting and I guess I could temporarily use one of the shop vacs.

But as our wedding anniversary is coming up Friday I don't want to mention this as I'm afraid that this could be my "gift" (just great)
post #2 of 16
DYSON DYSON DYSON!!!
post #3 of 16
Dyson Animal!!!
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Dyson! Dyson! Dyson!

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Yes I wouldn't say anything about a vacuum, with an anniversary close, I mentioned I would like a carpet cleaner, I got one for valentines day
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IMO the Dyson's are not that great over time. We looked at them (made basically of plastic parts). We plan on getting a Raccar - which is steel and not heavy. It will be better in the long run. If you compare the two, you would not pick a Dyson!
post #7 of 16
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Well my upright is fine but I need a cannister for the hardwood floors and the steps.
Consumer Reports rates three Kenmores in their top five. The other two are electrolux.
post #8 of 16
My in-laws used to have Kenmore canister vacs. The last time they replaced with a Miele canister vac. My MIL loves it.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
IMO the Dyson's are not that great over time. We looked at them (made basically of plastic parts). We plan on getting a Raccar - which is steel and not heavy. It will be better in the long run. If you compare the two, you would not pick a Dyson!

My Sears Kenmore, which lasted over 15 years, was made of almost 100% plastic. I think that really won't make much difference, if the plastic lasts longer than the moving parts!

For cannister vacs, I DO recommend the Kenmore Whisper.
post #10 of 16
My upright vaccum died last month. The motor died. It was 8 years old, and I guess that's not bad for a vaccum.

I looked at a Dyson (one of the $200 ones), but went with a Hoover windtunnel canister. I think it was on Consumer Reports. Can't remember if it was a best buy or not.

I really like it. It's easier to use. I had an upright, and that's just a pain when you have stairs (and I do). The amount of dirt and cat hair it picks up is incredible! And it's light enough that my kids can use it. And they do.

Then we had to replace the dryer this month. That was 15 years old. I don't want to have to replace any more appliances in this house for a while now
post #11 of 16
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Well I went on Sears website and they do not have any of the model #'s listed from the CR magazine (it was March 07) and of course a sale on all cannister vacs until Thursday (my luck). The other top rated was Electrolux oxygen's. Guess I'll stop at the shop I bought my two orginally to see what he has to say.
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I want a Dyson Animal. They're amazing!!!! We have on at the animal shelter where i work for the rugs/etc and ohhhh my goodness- it is the best vaccume i've EVER used!!!!!!!!! It picks up fur sooooooooo well and really leaves everything nice and clean.
post #13 of 16
We need a vacuum rather badly--the one we have isn't all that great in the first place and really is on its last leg, I have to work twice as hard for it to pick things up because it constantly turns itself off.

Now, tell me.. how do you get an affordable Dyson Animal? We have three cats and a dog, so LOTS of hair around the place. And when I saw the Dyson prices, well... um.. yeah, you guys know.
post #14 of 16
I've got a Dyson Animal, and your talking to someone who's a stickler when it comes to cleanliness, and this baby made me feel like my house was filthy when i saw what it brought up.

It was mainly cat hair though, but still
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Originally Posted by noludoru View Post
We need a vacuum rather badly--the one we have isn't all that great in the first place and really is on its last leg, I have to work twice as hard for it to pick things up because it constantly turns itself off.

Now, tell me.. how do you get an affordable Dyson Animal? We have three cats and a dog, so LOTS of hair around the place. And when I saw the Dyson prices, well... um.. yeah, you guys know.
I bought mine off eBay, reconditioned, saved a couple hundred and I LOVE IT!!!
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I bought mine off eBay, reconditioned, saved a couple hundred and I LOVE IT!!!
Find me one Betsy!
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