What kind of vacuum do you use?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by bmstrong, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    I've got a cheap Bissell, bought at Wal-mart, that's ready to die or I'm ready to kill it. It's never performed to my satisfaction even though I don't have a lot of real-estate to clean. Some carpets, wood and tile.

    What do you use and recommend?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  3. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
  4. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I have a Roomba, and some cheap $30 Dirt Devil stick vac for quick cleanups or areas the Roomba has difficulty getting into. Works well for my one bedroom, childless, petless apartment.
  5. codymac macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    LOL - I'm actually watching the classifieds for an old Hoover convertible.
  6. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There

    Yeah, they're so powerful, lots of suction
  7. CXsjr macrumors regular


    Dec 6, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    .... and another!

    Try vacuuming your house with any other make, then go round again with a Dyson, you'll be amazed how much extra cr*p you pick up!

    I have 2, a DC14 upright and a DC31 Animal handheld - both great!
  8. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Oreck XL21. We would have gotten the Dyson upright except that from our in store testing at Sears we did we found that it weighs a ton a half compared to the Oreck and the Dyson was also really hard to push. Not good for people with arthritis like my Mom.
  9. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    I like Dysons as well; they're quite loud but the suction is great. We have a DC 22 I think; one of the small ones.
  10. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    When my Dyson died I didn`t have the cash to replace it so I got a "Henry" and it`s been a tank so far. good cheap vacuum.
    Still want another Dyson tho.
  11. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    Another Dyson vote. We have had the original model for a few years, and it's still going strong.
  12. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    A Henry for the building site (well, three, actually) and a Hetty for the house. Dysons suck.
  13. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I've got a Kirby G7D. It blows the Dyson I use to have out of the water, or should I say sucks. They are also good for 20 to 25 years, though I suspect with proper maintenance they will last much longer.

    Although I would buy a rebuilt unit with all accessories, they run $250 to $300 for a 4 year old unit that still has 16 to 21 years of life. Rather than $1800 for a new one.

    I know some reviews have shown cheaper brands being equivalent to Kirby in power. But in 10 years those plastic pieces of s*** will be in the trash while the heavy duty aluminum Kirby with a rebuild-able motor will still look and act brand new.

    Even when the bag is nearly full it has more suction power than an empty Dyson. A review I read convinced me to get a used Kirby "Kirby or Dyson Vacuum - Which is Better?".

    There are two big drawbacks to the Kirby. It is heavy so not a great option for the weak or with back problems, though the carrying handle helps a lot. The other is going from vacuum to attachments. Which is not that big of a hassle. I've timed it at about 20 seconds to switch from the vacuum head to the hose. A small drawback is vacuum bags but they are good for about 5 months of weekly use.

    The advantages of the Kirby beyond the power and long life. The parts are easy to clean. Most any normal maintenance part can be accessed without tools. There are many accessories mine came with a carpet shampooing kit. They also have attachments for polishing floors and sanding them. It is quite compared to many vacuums.

    The standard accessories include an edging cleaner, upholstery, angle handle, hard floor roller, pet groomer (my cats flee from this), wall and vent tool plus many others I can't identify.
  14. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
  15. atlanticza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
  16. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    I have a Royal Powercast 9100 vacuum. My mom used Royal as I was growing up and man they are a beast. Yes they are heavy and loud, but that's because they are quality products and they last. I've had mine for several years and it works great. Here's an actual video review of it.

  17. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    The entry lever Miele is great for my hardwood floors, light and quiet. Has been reliable for years. So much better that those horrible plastic things they sell at WallofChinaMart.

    The Dyson sounds awesome as well. Like the commercials and good reviews.
  18. genejockey macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Miele. Its filtration system limits the amount of dust and fine particulates that get released in the exhaust air flow. The machine is relatively quiet as well. Kind of pricey and our model doesn't have the black hole space-bending suction power of the Kirbys, but we find it to be quite sufficient for our purposes (hardwood floors plus rugs, 4 active but relatively civilized kids, no indoor pets).
  19. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I got the Dyson DC 25. In fact, there is a thread somewhere around here about that very subject. I got convinced after a friend bought one and ran it immediately after running the old one through the house. The Dyson picked up a bunch of stuff the other one left behind. I NEVER thought I would be spending that much on something like a vacuum, but it was worth it. I guess it's kind of like spending more to get our favorite computers. :)
  20. bmstrong thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    Had a chance to do some leg work comparing the size of the Dyson models:

  21. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Dyson. If you have a pet then you'll be thankful you have one of these. Even if you don't, you'll be amazed at what it picks up even after using your old vac. Pretty pricey but worth every penny IMO.
  22. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    We have a Dyson DC28 Animal, and it has been completely worth the $600. When we bought it, we vacuumed with our old Oreck XL before using the Dyson, and when we ran the Dyson afterwards, we were able to fill the canister over 3 times. When we still used the Oreck, we had to vacuum every 2-3 days, now we only vacuum once a week, and sometimes less.

    They're pricey, heavy, and noisy, but completely worth it. The amount of dust in our house has been drastically reduced because our carpets aren't holding the dust anymore, and the attachments work wonders on pet hair on our furniture.

  23. QuarterSwede, Feb 21, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011

    QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    We've got a Rainbow E-2.

    Was it overpriced? You bet.
    Is it the absolute best vacuum we've ever used? Yep.
    Will it last for 20+ years? My parents have a friend that have used one for longer than I've been alive (29 yrs).

    No bags or dusty canisters to empty. It uses water to capture all the dust and dirt (fine ash [not water soluble] is filtered out by a HEPA filter) so the air coming out of the exhaust is actually cleaner than when it goes in. It'll actually take the smell of bacon, fish, etc. out of the air just by vacuuming our house or letting it run in air filter mode (low power).

    It will also suck up water with no issues and it too "never loses suction" [that's an outright lie for any vacuum though. At some point the canisters will become too filled to hold any dirt and will then clog the intake. It takes more dirt than I'm sure your carpet is holding but it could happen]).

    It's extremely well made. Heavy plastic housings with heavy rubber bumpers and stainless steel attachments.

    The beater bar is crazy easy to take off and clean with no tools. An extra belt is included and stored in the housing should the attached thick one break (pretty unlikely).

    When started it sounds like a turbo charger spooling up a jet engine. Useless? Yes, but I do love that sound.

    It's a two part system. The beater bar is separate from the canister/main vacuum so it's harder than I'd like to lug around.

    It's heavy.

    It's a pain to clean until you get it down. The canister has to be dumped out then rinsed out. The separator (separates the air from the water) has to be unscrewed (tool included in the housing) and cleaned as well. Then everything has to be dried.

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