View Full Version : I hate my vacuum!!!!!


NonSequitur
02-11-08, 02:15 PM
I hate my vacuum more and more every time I use it. It's time for a new filter, and I'm thinking about getting a whole new machine.

The one I have now is a Dirt Devil bagless upright - I thought I'd try an upright for a change, and it was okay for a while, but I want to go back to a canister. I like that it's bagless, and I really like the Turbo Tool, it's great on stairs and furniture. But the belts keep wearing out, and I can see the part of the roller brush it goes around is rough and that's why I have to replace them so often.

The upright doesn't fit into a lot of places, and it's a pain lugging it around. So I want a canister again.

Can anyone recommend a good vacuum cleaner? I have a dog and a cat, so pet hair is an issue. The flooring is mostly carpet, some plush, some berber, one flight of stairs with berber carpet.

Not that a new machine is going to make me enjoy cleaning, but if the job is less unpleasant I won't hate it as much, and just might vacuum more often.:p

DeloresMelon
02-11-08, 04:20 PM
let me tell you, one of my pleasures in life comes from researching. And trust me, I'll research anything. (that little "scat" stint last year nearly cost me my eyesight, but I digress"...)

First of all, I hate Dirt Devil. They should stick to their little hand held doobie dobs and forget about trying to run with the big dogs.

I don't know what price arena you are comfy in so let me give you some names and I'll let you do a little google action.

Miele: My favorite. on the plus side, when you slide the bag out, it has a cover that slides into place so you don't scatter dust and yuck when throwing the bag away. I own this now. german made, and they know their suction.

Kenmore: I like their progressive line. My favorite part is that I can remove the beater bar simply by pressing a tab WITH MY FOOT! I don't have to bend down to disengage the beater bar to get in the crevices. Snaps right back in. Excellent mini beater bar too that runs via electric and not just vacuum suction. you're limited to buying via sears, or online, and that includes bags and other parts. Not a biggie, unless you don't shop online or live near sears.

Dyson: Never owned one, but can't find anyone that doesn't rave about them either. Note: this applies mainly to their upright models.

Electrolux: my mother owns this, and so does my mother in law. Nice vacuum, very nice. Long history with a good reputation. Pricey, but according to most I've asked, worth it.

That's it. That's my faves.

Hoover's excel in upright's and their darn noisy. I have a hoover floor cleaner that I love. That's as far as I'll go with my relationship with Hoover.

Eureka. no

Bissel makes excellent floor cleaners.. in fact I don't even know if they make canister vacs.

Notice I said nothing of bagless. That's because I think it's bad. Granted it's my opinion, but I think you make much more mess with a bagless.
Dyson is bagless.

Keep in mind, uprights do better on carpet, but they can't compete in the canister's department of versatility. And I've never had a canister that didn't do a fine job. (I do own one Kenmore upright. Love it, but I have to have a canister).

I have 80% carpet, 1 dog, 3 cats and a bird, two kids and a husband. We all track in dirt.

hollyduck
02-11-08, 04:22 PM
Run down to your public library and look for the Consumer Reports magazine or their annual ratings book.

Their most recent recommendations for canisters were:


<table style="width: 505px; height: 294px;" xmlns=""><tbody><tr><td class="tablemargin" valign="top" width="50%">Best canisters for most:

Electrolux Oxygen EL6988D (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/vacuum-cleaners/reports/canister-ratings/ratings_canisters/latest-ratings/99018397.htm) , $400
Kenmore (Sears) Progressive 27514 (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/vacuum-cleaners/reports/canister-ratings/ratings_canisters/latest-ratings/99011723.htm) , $300, CR Best Buy
Hoover WindTunnel Bagless S3765-040 (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/vacuum-cleaners/reports/canister-ratings/ratings_canisters/latest-ratings/99004704.htm) , $250


Superb carpet cleaning helps set the Electrolux apart from other canister vacs. The less-expensive Kenmore performs nearly as well overall for less. Choose the slightly lower-priced Hoover if picking up pet hair isn't a priority in your home. </td> <td width="20">http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/resources/images/spacer.gif</td></tr></tbody> </table>

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Good luck,

Ducky

NonSequitur
02-12-08, 06:23 PM
Thank you both.

DeloresMelon, now I know who to go to when I need something researched. ;) I've researched vacuums before, which is how I decided on the Dirt Devil, or as I'm calling it now Demon Spawn. I also like to hear from "real people" about their experiences.

Hollyduck, I checked at the library for Consumer Reports, didn't see it on the rack with the other magazines, checked the computer and I'll have to ask for it at the desk. Which I'll do Thursday, because I didn't have enough time today.

I've checked out some consumer review websites and it's funny. Two people reviewing the same product - one says it's quiet, one says it's too noisy. One says it's lightweight, another says it's heavy. :rolleyes:

It'd be helpful if I could test drive them.

SuperChan
02-12-08, 06:24 PM
If you have any stores like Sears around, you can usually go and try them out.

NonSequitur
02-13-08, 01:33 PM
True, but it's not the same as using it at home. I want to try it on my carpet, my stairs, and my furniture covered with my cat's hair. And see how it navigates around things in my house.

Maybe they could duplicate my living room right in the store? *lol*

DeloresMelon
02-13-08, 05:19 PM
just a note: consumer reports online charges for online ratings of 'most' things. there are some things you can view for free, but don't be surprised if vac's isn't one of them.

epinions.com is my holy grail. that and amazon.com for consumer reviews. just take them all with a grain of salt. it's not totally impossible for a product rep to write a random review. :rolleyes:

zoomman
02-13-08, 05:26 PM
(Everytime I see the title of this thread it makes me smile.) We've had a Hoover upright for almost ten years. It has been torn apart and put back together more times than I can count and any day now it will explode in obsolescence...that's right ... any day now.

I've been waiting for five years and it just keeps going like chopped-up-zombie parts.

Frankly, it scares me.

hollyduck
02-13-08, 05:45 PM
just a note: consumer reports online charges for online ratings of 'most' things. there are some things you can view for free, but don't be surprised if vac's isn't one of them.

epinions.com is my holy grail. that and amazon.com for consumer reviews. just take them all with a grain of salt. it's not totally impossible for a product rep to write a random review. :rolleyes:

Thanks Dolores. Yes, I have an online subscription, I have always enjoyed Consumer Reports. But the magazine and annual buyer's guide are staples of the public libraries, great resources for lots of advice.

I also like (online) a site called Bizrate, http://www.bizrate.com/ and for cameras and whatnot, http://www.dpreview.com/ (http://%3Cfont%20size=%22-1%22%3Ewww.dpreview.com/%3C/font%3E)

Ducky

NonSequitur
02-13-08, 09:58 PM
Yeah, when I went to Consumer Reports online, and looked for vacuums, I got a "subscribe now" window. I'll check out some of those online review sites. And I'll be near a library tomorrow so I can ask them for Consumer Reports.

Zoomman, the vacuum I had before this one was made by Eureka. I must have had it about ten years. I knew it was toast - literally - when I could smell something burning when I turned it on.

hollyduck
02-13-08, 10:23 PM
I got my current vacuum through FreeCycle (http://www.freecycle.org/), a stroke of luck cos its the best I have had.

Dark blue, canister, Kenmore Elegance (prrrowwwww!!) with micro-filter bags. The lady got rid of it because the carpet head didn't work, but all it needed was cleaning and greasing the beater bar.

As soon as it was up and running, I FreeCycled the old one, which still worked okay, to a gal who was thrilled to get it.

Ducky
~clicks heels~

DeloresMelon
02-14-08, 03:41 PM
I got my current vacuum through FreeCycle (http://www.freecycle.org/), a stroke of luck cos its the best I have had.

Dark blue, canister, Kenmore Elegance (prrrowwwww!!) with micro-filter bags. The lady got rid of it because the carpet head didn't work, but all it needed was cleaning and greasing the beater bar.

As soon as it was up and running, I FreeCycled the old one, which still worked okay, to a gal who was thrilled to get it.

Ducky
~clicks heels~

A perfect example of why I LOVE to tear things apart.!!! I routinely crack open my vacuum for cleaning. Also helps having another vac to vac your vac... rofl.

~boots~
02-14-08, 03:52 PM
LOL..NS..I have 2 vacuum cleaners..one barrel, and one upright :)
one for tiles and one for carpet..
I HATE bagless..constanly cleaning the rotten filters...It's easier just to change the paper bags..and they are cheap as on ebay :)

Honeybunnie8
02-14-08, 06:17 PM
I personally like www.eopinions.com (http://www.eopinions.com). It's a review site that's unbiased. Here is a link to the Canister reviews. http://www.epinions.com/Vacuums/xDN_~design__list__canister (http://www.epinions.com/Vacuums/xDN_%7Edesign__list__canister)

I am also a research junky, I won't buy almost anything with out checking it out online first, that includes things like mascara and more recently puppy pads.

Oh, also you can get paid money to write opinions for products on eopinions, not much but some.

NonSequitur
02-16-08, 02:13 PM
Thanks everyone.

The search begins...
I've checked out Consumer Reports, read some online reviews, made notes I don't understand, and my head is ready to explode. *lol*

Wonder if there's a vac that can clean that up?

DeloresMelon
02-16-08, 02:44 PM
Thanks everyone.

The search begins...
I've checked out Consumer Reports, read some online reviews, made notes I don't understand, and my head is ready to explode. *lol*

Wonder if there's a vac that can clean that up?

well... sears sells a lovely shop vac... :p

NonSequitur
02-18-08, 11:41 AM
Went to Sears yesterday to look, checked out a few, picked the ones I liked. Turned out one of them was on sale, ending yesterday, so we bought it! Kenmore Elegance, which is the Canadian name for Progressive.

I like the quick release and the PowerMate Jr., hubby likes the dirt sensor and the adjustable wand - like he's ever going to use it. :rolleyes:

Anyway, the Dirt Devil is on its way to the garage sale, and the Elegance can sit around not being used for months at a time. :p

DeloresMelon
02-18-08, 09:50 PM
well done!

While I like my vacuum, I'm slowly coming to despise my sears. Customer service is pitiful.

I also don't enjoy the fact that anything Kenmore is only available through Sears. Therefore I'm stuck with routine visits to them

Don't you love that quick release!! When the sales guy showed me that, I immediately said "SOLD!". My favorite part of the whole dang thing! I don't pay attention to the dirt sensor either. I've never experienced a reliable one, so I just ignore them all together.

NonSequitur
02-22-08, 11:50 AM
Sears is convenient for me, and I haven't had any problems with them.

The quick-release is great! I haven't had a chance to use it properly, I've been sick the last few days. Maybe today, if I dont get stuck here.

SuzzanneX
02-22-08, 12:48 PM
they really suck.

*rimshot*

NonSequitur
02-25-08, 11:05 AM
they really suck.

*rimshot*

Yeah, that one never gets old, does it? :p