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#1 Daisy

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 06:58 PM

Or, rather, it doesn't. No suction. I am tired of spending several hundred dollars on appliances that only last a couple of years and am seriously considering buying one of the Dyson vacs, which go for $500 and up. I need something that will suck up serious amounts of cat hair without beginning to wheeze after a few months. Anyone have experience with a Dyson or have another rec?
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Posted 25 February 2005 - 07:07 PM

A reconditioned Electrosux?

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 07:08 PM

A reconditioned Electrosux?

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 09:06 PM

Buy the Dyson. Great Vac. :blush:
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Posted 25 February 2005 - 10:01 PM

If you buy a Dyson, you should get the new one that orders its own replacement parts. The gadgeteer in me wants a Dyson, but the grad student part says "$500 for a vacuum?!"
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Posted 25 February 2005 - 10:13 PM

Daisy, our kitty breeder has a Dyson and swears by it. I'd get one, but our 15 yr. old Miele is still going strong and does an okay job on cat hair.
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#7 Nancy S.

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 11:08 PM

I have a 14 year old Miele, which does a great job all all things, including cat hair.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 12:59 AM

I have no cat. But I do love my Miele.
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Posted 26 February 2005 - 01:48 AM

If I spend $500 on a vacuum cleaner, does it come with an embedded 20-gigabyte MP3 player? Are there alternatives to the ubiquitous DyPod? Thanks.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 03:17 AM

I boughtmy wife an upright Miele and have been really disappointed. It gets clogged very quickly, sucks just like every other vacuum we've had. I dont think it was worth the money I paid for it.
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Posted 26 February 2005 - 03:26 AM

I'm following this thread with interest, because my practically-brand-new (maybe 5 years old?) Eureka decided to have a fit today and left one of its plug prongs in the outlet. Yes, I know I can just replace the plug, but I'd rather replace the whole machine. Even when it is "working" it sounds worse than the Pope, :blush: AND a whole lot louder.

So please, keep discussing your own dirt suckers. Thank you very much.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 01:44 PM

Bill, maybe the Miele canisters are better than the uprights. Mine is a workhorse - it's never flagged, through one dog, two cats, and a messy husband.
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Posted 26 February 2005 - 04:01 PM

We bought a bright yellow Dyson at the Great Indoors and love it! We waited until we received some store coupons in the mail and saved 10%. It seemed like we went through the cheaper vacs (Hoover, Eureka, whatever was on sale at Target) too frequently and the belts were always slipping, carpet never seemed to get that clean, we were always having to buy more bags, etc. I never thought I'd spend more money on one vacuum cleaner than I received as trade-in value on my first car, but a Dyson is well worth the money.
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Posted 26 February 2005 - 04:26 PM

I'm still happy with my Hoover Wind Tunnel vacuum, which received the highest rating in consumer reports the year I bought it. Once when we thought it needed replacing, the salesman talked us into buying a new belt (between $5-$10) instead of a new vacuum, and voila, it was like having a brand new vacuum again. I think it's about a $280 vacuum. I also like the self propelled feature as it saves wear and tear on my back.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 04:35 PM

Yes, Consumer Reports doesn't like the Dyson much. Their two top picks in their latest report were the Hoover Wind Tunnel Self Propelled Ultra at about $300 and the Eureka Boss Smartvac Ultra at a piddling (well, compared to the $1400 :blush: Kirby Diamond) $140. Of course, some people don't like CR's rating systems much either.

Edited to add: That's for uprights. For canisters they did like the Dyson 11, which essentially tied with two Kenmores (Progressive 24614, Whispertone 23513) for best choice. It is $200+ more expensive, though.)