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Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« on: October 30, 2019, 12:34:09 PM »
My old one broke so I'm thinking about the new one to choose. I have pets, a dog and two cats so there's always much their hair in my house which makes cleaning more difficult. Are there any special models for this? Or there's no difference and I can buy any vacuum cleaner I like?

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 01:03:02 PM »
You should get one that sucks... Sorry, couldn't resist.

We have all (faux) wood floors and only a shopvac for other purposes, so can't help with personal experience, but I've had good luck with recommendations from this site: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-vacuum-cleaner/

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 02:34:57 PM »
Many moons ago I was a victim of advertising. The wife and I bought bag-less vacuum cleaners, even a Dyson. But after numerous trips to the local vacuum cleaner store -- yes, we have a store that sells nothing but vacuum cleaners and associated things -- I eventually bought a not fancy looking vacuum with bags. When my wife turned it on for the first time, she was in awe!
We still have that thing, about 6 years later, and it performs like new. Don't remember the name but I can look it up tonight when I get home.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2019, 10:41:18 PM »
I too got sucked (sorry! couldn't resist either) into buying a Dyson around 15 years ago and it's still going strong.  It worked great at my last apartment which had a very nice wall-to-wall carpet with a low nap in most rooms.  I could run it across loose carpets on the remaining floors and have it suck up dirt through the carpets so I figured it did as well on the wall-to-wall stuff.  I have never liked it for plain floors because it spits sand back out from underneath onto my bare feet.  Now I'm in an apartment without carpeting and it isn't as good a fit.  If you have a lot of carpeting to go with your animals, it wouldn't be a bad choice.  Just expensive and perhaps overkill.

For a lot less than a Dyson, you likely can find something suitable using Consumer Reports & the link above from @terran and even if you replace it 2-3 times over the course of the next 15-20 years, it could be cheaper in the long run.  Just make sure, if it has bags and filters, to replace/clean them regularly so the dirt and stray hairs don't build up and burn out the engine. 

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2019, 10:53:46 AM »
We wanted a bagged vacuum for my allergies but didnít want to spend a few hundred dollars for a vacuum. Found one on Facebook market place for I think $60? Came with all the attachments and an extra bag. We had to clean the attachments, but we would have to do that periodically anyway. There were quite a few in our area when I looked, might be a good place to start!

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019, 12:47:22 PM »
If you want a 'buy it for life' vacuum, go for a nice second-hand Kirby. They hold their value shockingly well, but if you do a little searching, you'll find the occasional seller that can't be bothered to investigate their value and price them like any old vac.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2019, 07:34:28 AM »
In general all vacuum cleaners are good for cleaning the pet's hair, as also for other dust and dirt. It mostly depends on a certain model you choose and yeah, like it was mentioned in previous replies, there's no need for buying the expensive models. The cheap and simple vacuum cleaner can be a perfect tool for you.
Their main types include:
- cylinder (it's the most traditional model, flexible and cheap)
- upright (they are pushed in front of you while the cleaning and are better for the large houses https://learn.allergyandair.com/types-of-vacuum-cleaners/)
- cordless (they are very convenient because can be converted into the handheld cleaners but many their models don't provide a high-quality cleaning)
- bagged (in their case all dust and dirt is collected in a disposable bag but you'll need to buy ongoing replacements for them)

If I were you, I would make my choice according to pros and cons of every of these types. You can look through special models among them for cleaning the pet's hair https://pickadvisor.org/best-vacuum-for-long-hair/ too but check firstly the reviews from other owners before making the choice.




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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2019, 10:59:51 AM »
After I adopted a shedding dog (Golden Retriever) my regular upright was getting clogged from the long hair, so I bought a bagless canister Bissell PetHair Eraser.  I used it for a while, but got frustrated with the way it would just roll the fur into balls and ropes, which I then had to pick up by hand.  Some went into the container but lots didn't.  Took forever too, so I went back to the old one.  I now have a short haired, shedding dog and it picks that fur up much more readily, without clogs.  Haven't tried the Bissell on this fur.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2019, 01:24:33 PM »
We've had good luck with mid-range Shark vacuums these last few years. When my parents come for a week or longer, they usually bring the dog (a Beagle who is a very nervous shedder) and after they leave the Shark (Corded Shark Rocket TruePet) can get it all in one pass.

A few years ago, we took our Shark to my in-laws' (long story) who have a medium pile, nicer carpet and to show off, we vacuumed one of the rooms after it had just been vacuumed by their Riccar (which is one of the old school styles and had recently been serviced). Our little shark filled its canister twice with dust after going over that room. Either it was a demonstration of the effectiveness of the Shark or the age or Riccar...I'm not entirely sure.

The vacuum certainly won't last forever, it's mostly plastic and sees a lot of use but it sure is good at what it does.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2019, 02:49:06 PM »
I found that having a heavy vacuum cleaner meant that I wouldn't move it between the two floors of our house like is needed, so I bought a light one off of Amazon. Dragging a big heavy thing around the house is just going to encourage me to not vacuum at all, no matter how well it works.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 06:56:30 PM »
I may be sent packing from this forum for suggesting this, but I'll say it anyhow: Reconditioned Miele. I bought one about and has served me well for the past dozen years of dog and cat hair, messy kids and a busy life. It's quiet, not terribly heavy and has never given me any trouble. I can't imagine having to replace it for at least another 10 years.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2019, 07:19:20 PM »
I like the Sharks with the soft front roller.  Light, nimble and very effective at cleaning.  Drawback is that they only last a few years.  I also have an old Dyson that still has great suction after 10 years, but it's so heavy and awkward I hate to use it.  I'll take the Shark any day.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2019, 09:25:41 PM »
I may be sent packing from this forum for suggesting this, but I'll say it anyhow: Reconditioned Miele. I bought one about and has served me well for the past dozen years of dog and cat hair, messy kids and a busy life. It's quiet, not terribly heavy and has never given me any trouble. I can't imagine having to replace it for at least another 10 years.

Why would you be facepunched for getting a used vacuum? You got a good quality item at a reduced price, have had it for 12 years so far and have no plans to replace it. Fits right in.

(I might follow your example, my vacuum is being dumb and just broke another nonessential piece, but we're building up a bunch of those nonessential pieces. Maybe next year.)

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2019, 10:10:59 PM »
I may be sent packing from this forum for suggesting this, but I'll say it anyhow: Reconditioned Miele. I bought one about and has served me well for the past dozen years of dog and cat hair, messy kids and a busy life. It's quiet, not terribly heavy and has never given me any trouble. I can't imagine having to replace it for at least another 10 years.

Why would you be facepunched for getting a used vacuum? You got a good quality item at a reduced price, have had it for 12 years so far and have no plans to replace it. Fits right in.

(I might follow your example, my vacuum is being dumb and just broke another nonessential piece, but we're building up a bunch of those nonessential pieces. Maybe next year.)

Thank you, @Sibley. Even used, it was not cheap. I did buy it from a small vacuum and sewing machine repair store, so bonus points for buying local, I guess. And more inexpensive vacuums would likely have needed to be replaced at some point, so there's that. I'm solidly in the camp of getting higher quality tools like cookware and knives (hopefully at great deals), and keeping forever, but most of the stuff in my house is hand me down, used and procured from garage sales, Craigslist and FB Marketplace.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2019, 07:26:36 AM »
I bought a Dyson (the pet one) after burning out several cheap vacuums and it is still going strong after seven years.

  Pros: great for carpets, has a long hose wand extension to get cobwebs out of corners, bagless, you can see when it's getting full, fairly easy to clean, sucks up dog hair easily, has a hardwood floor setting.

Cons: loud, heavy, no retractable cord.

I give it a deep cleaning every 3 months or so (wash filters and attachments, wipe down all reachable surfaces, cut hairs wrapped around carpet brush). If yours is spitting out sand it probably needs to be cleaned.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2019, 09:47:58 AM »
When I took my vacuum into a repair guy a few years ago because the switch died, he told me that they're supposed to be serviced every 2 years.  Who knew?  Of course, I haven't done it ......

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2019, 06:51:26 AM »
I am usually in the camp of buying high quality items that last, but I make an exception for vacuum cleaners.  I love the little Bissell Zing canister because it is so lightweight.  The higher-end machines I've encountered tend to be way too heavy for my liking.
My last Bissell required bags and my current model is bagless.  I think for my next one I will go back to bags since cleaning the filter is such a pain.  I thought I was being frugal by not having to buy bags, but I don't think it is worth it.
I should mention that our house has all hardwood floors.  The little Bissell canisters probably wouldn't be satisfactory on carpeting.
My mom has a really nice Panasonic canister that she doesn't use at all since it's so heavy. On the plus side, I guess it will last forever.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2019, 07:35:21 AM »
I have an amazon version of the Roomba and it's amazing. I have a dog and small child and this allows me to schedule vacuuming each day and not worry about it. It can't do stairs so that's something to consider but it is such a time saver otherwise. It was worth the cost(~$200) to me to gain more time with my family.  Check for deals on black friday/cyber Monday.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2019, 10:25:50 AM »
I completely agree with the buying a second hand Kirby comment above. You can find them all the time on craigslist for less than $50 and you'll never need another vacuum. Built like the proverbial Brick ....house.

The only drawback I've found is they weigh a lot. But, they work REALLY well!

I bought one years ago and it's definitely a "buy it for life" purchase. Just buy one of the newer "generation" versions (G2, G3...) and definitely buy it it used (new ones are sold door-to-door and are stupid expensive).

Added bonus, they have many available attachments a used one often comes with, like a carpet cleaner, that you might find useful.

 

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2019, 11:34:42 AM »
Put me in the Dyson (pet model) camp. Use it 3 times a week and it sucks up any and all pet hair.  I got it 9 years ago.  Easy to empty Hepa canister.  Main con is that it's heavy.  I had an expensive but older Hoover and did the test of vacuuming then vacuuming again with the Dyson and I filled up a 1/4 of the canister.  You can buy attachments for pretty cheap on ebay.

My parents have bought Sharks and they are happy with how they work but have burned through a couple in the time I've owned my Dyson.  I think the motor is much more robust in the Dyson.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2019, 11:38:47 AM »
I have a shark and have had it about 7 years. Love it. I also have a eufy robovac. You can get a nice shark for under $100 if you watch black Friday deals; there is actually one for $70 once you factor in the kohls cash

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2019, 02:08:42 PM »
My old one broke so I'm thinking about the new one to choose. I have pets, a dog and two cats so there's always much their hair in my house which makes cleaning more difficult. Are there any special models for this? Or there's no difference and I can buy any vacuum cleaner I like?

If a lot of wool flies with animals you should think why. Do your pets itch a lot?  It could be fleas.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2019, 02:51:21 PM »
We have a cheap bag-less vacuum from a big box store. Everyone has ripped off Dyson at this point, so no reason to spend hundreds of dollars for one. We have a dog with medium length hair and I couldn't imagine ever going back to bags. They fill up in a couple weeks.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2020, 12:11:12 PM »
Shark Duo Clean, costs less than $200 on Amazon and we're very happy with it. It's bagless, which i like as it reduces waste and you don't have to keep paying for new bags.


We bought this to replace the $400+ Miele piece of junk we received as a gift.

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Re: Which vacuum cleaner to choose?
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2020, 04:39:29 AM »
No-one has a central ducted vacuum??
I installed ours 7 years ago, best vacuum I have ever had and only a bit more expensive to buy than a Dyson......lightest, quietest, most powerful, most reliable, biggest capacity, no bags, best warranty, and adds value to the house because it is built in!