K.W. asks from Louisville, KY on July 20, 2009
D.N. answers from Raleigh on July 27, 2009
I just got a Dyson for Christmas and I love it. It was amazing how much it picked up in the canister the first time I used it. Just to think of all that was in my carpet before I got my new vacuum. Yuck! My mom has an Oreck and she thinks there's nothing better, and it came with a hand held vacuum also. Its super light weight and actually I just saw them at Costco yesterday! I think Sebo is the brand that my father in law prefers. I don't know much about that brand but he is a vacuum aficionado! :) Good Luck!
H.V. answers from Memphis on July 21, 2009
C.S. answers from Huntington on July 21, 2009
Absolutely love my Dyson! Found it NEW on eBay for about $80 less than I would have paid in a store. If you find out what brand/model you want, I definitely recommend looking on eBay for new-in-the-box vacuums.
E.F. answers from Louisville on July 21, 2009
Oreck is a marketing scam. High price, crappy vaccum cleaner. Bagless is gross. I love my Kenmore Progressive Vaccum Cleaner
I've had it for 3 years. I bought it reconditioned from a Sears Parts Dept. for $100. It really cleans the carpet and improves the texture. I love the dirt sensor.
My only complaint is the attachment hose is springy and hard to stowe.
B.M. answers from Charlotte on July 20, 2009
May not be a new name but, I LOVE MY KIRBY I LOVE MY KIRBY I LOVE MY KIRBY!
I have a Kirby G6 2000. Is excellent in cleaning. Converts from vacuum to foam shampooer (btw foam shampooing IMHO RULES!) to a hardwood cleaner.
Never needs replacing, hardly ever needs repair!! Costly, but pays for itself with all it can do!
R.F. answers from Raleigh on July 22, 2009
I have owned 2 Rainbow vacs. The first was inherited(by marriage) and the other I purchased used from a dealer. They are fantastic (you can really tell the diff during pine pollen season in the spring...the yellow ends up in the water of the vac - it is a water filtration system). I highly recommend them. They are pricey, but you don't have to replace every 2-3 years. Our first unit was at least 15 years old when it finally quit. Worth the money!!
E.M. answers from Louisville on July 21, 2009
i love my rccar it cost a pretty penny but it was so worth it!
A.G. answers from Greensboro on July 21, 2009
I really like my Oreck. It's lightweight, and the model I got came with 21 years of annual service/tune-ups. This year, on the 5th year of service, they replaced the motor and it didn't cost me anything. Bags are kind of expensive if you buy them from the Oreck store, but I've seen them offered online for less. My purchase was a package deal that included a hand-held vac which is great for the car and our stairs.
N.G. answers from Louisville on July 21, 2009
We invested in a Rainbow Vaccuum at the beginning of the summer and have never been this happy! It's the best thing ever..it uses a water basin instead of bags or canisters. That way the dust doesn't fly all over the place. it has tons of attachments, and can be run as an air purifier when you're not cleaning with it. I say we "invested" because It cost us 2k...but I can almost guarantee, we'll not be looking for another vac for a long long time. You can look it up online and have someone come to your house to show you all the bells and whistles. I was just so fed up with my kids' allergies and never being able to really clean the floors. it's also good to use on mattresses and furniture, it's great! Happy hunting!
W.C. answers from Lexington on July 20, 2009
I just went through this myself. Again. For like the 8th time in 10 years. Stay away from Kenmores - I had a $500 canister kenmore progressive direct drive that had to have $100(+) worth of repairs EVERY YEAR. I did ALOT of research and came down to:
Dyson - which was too costly to repair as parts are imported and typical repairs took 3 months to receive parts, also heard from alot of owners including my DH's best friend a complete clean freak that they're great for a year then lose suction - DH's friend's wont even pick lint off the top of the carpet now,
Kirby - both of our mothers have 40/yo Kirbys but all the sales guys said that the new ones are lucky to last 5 years AND they were too tall for me, extremely heavy, and not practical with our stairs,
and the Miele Capricorn which is what I ended up getting.
I love my Miele. I've had it for three months now, still haven't had to change the self-enclosed bag due to their unique technology. It's the only vac the allergy/asthma sites all recommend (and we LOVE it for that - incredible filter!). It's the quietest, smallest, lightest vacuum I've ever had. Consumer Reports LOVED it and gave it very high ratings, tho they don't recommend them due to the price. and typically they last 20-30 years. It's the BMW of vacuums and you pay for it, but you won't be putting $100+ every year into a new vacuum or repairs. It's german engineering. It's incredible. But, a vacuum is also a very personal thing. It was the right decision for our family. I probably won't ever go back to anything else. ever.
If you're interested, here's an allergy website with a pic and some info. I got mine at a local Miele dealer so I acutally got a better deal, tho they never go on sale. I got mine for $30 less than the price on the website + 4 boxes of bags (said 2 years worth, but given that I havent changed a bag YET, prolly more like 4 or 5....)
also, here's a link to my vacuum inquiry a coupla months ago in case that helps
H.K. answers from Huntington on July 20, 2009
I have an Oreck and I love it! After almost three years, I've never had to have it repaired. It only weighs eight pounds and if you order it online they will send you a handheld (with a shoulder strap) vacuum for free. I use both almost every day!