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Alchemisst

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Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« on: January 29, 2021, 07:54:55 PM »
Are they really that much better than any normal vacuum?

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2021, 08:41:37 PM »
Depends on your needs.

Do you have hardwood floors and no shedding pets? Probably not. Do you have carpet everywhere and 12 golden retrievers? Yes, yes they are.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2021, 06:41:30 PM »
I've gone deep down the rabbit hole of vacuums lately.

I went from wanting a nice German made to being OK with a cheaper well reviewed(sort of) Chinese made.

After much research I have come back around to buying the more quality and pretty expensive model($700). They have a 10 year warranty and its something I will use daily, may as well like the thing.

One of the major differences between a good and bad vacuum is filtration. The best have a good HEPA filter so you are keeping nearly 100% of what you suck up in the bag. Not the case with cheaper vacs. 

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2021, 06:54:28 PM »
Nothing like a nice vintage Kirby. Yes, they're heavy, but they hold their value, are easily repaired/rebuilt, have excellent suction, and are good for a half-century or more of regular use. Definitely a 'buy it for life' purchase.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2021, 08:33:32 PM »
We have vacuum-itis. I can think of two uprights, two high end canisters, a shop vac, two rechargeable sticks and a couple hand helds. And two broken central vac systems!

I recently got rid of a couple. I love the shop vac. Spouse likes the cordless sweeps. The Shark Navigator is good overall, for stairs and pet fur. Miele canister strong and quiet.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2021, 10:57:50 PM »
Wife asked for an expensive Dyson stick, "The Animal" (?) cord free.  I kind of balked at the price, it was like $450 retail.  She seems to love it.  We have an Australian Shepherd and hardwood floors with a few rugs.  Apparently, it was a very good purchase and very much worth the money. 

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2021, 06:13:31 AM »
I really don't think so, but it depends on your priorities.

We've had 3 Shark vacuums in the last 7 years. The first had something get caught in the rollers and the brushroll no longer works. We use it as our car vacuum since it otherwise has excellent suction.

Second was a replacement to the broken one, it's a corded 'stick' vacuum - I generally prefer it but my wife has been lukewarm on it. It is in excellent shape.

Third was a present from my parents to my wife, an upright shark that can disconnect from the brushroll and act sort of like a backpack canister.

All three run laps around my MIL's Oreck and Riccar, no joke. We took our second vac over to my in-laws' a couple years ago and went over one room twice with the Riccar and another with the Oreck, then we went over each room immediately after with our (comparatively) cheap little Shark and filled the canister completely from each room.

All that being said, 'cheap' vacuums are all disposable consumer products and there's little opportunity to repair them apart from consumables like brushroll belts and filters - eventually they become less useful and eventually will lose all utility. If you care about keeping consumer products out of waste streams, then it might very well make sense to get a 'buy it for life' vac.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2021, 07:22:30 AM »
I hate sending a steady stream of items into the waste stream and I'm generally a buy-it-for-life type of person.  I make an exception with vacuums though, because lightweight is very important to me (I'm a really small person). We have a small house, two cats and all hardwood floors.  Bissell's cannister vac is my "disposable" vacuum of choice these days and runs about $60.
My mom has a really nice, heavy-duty vac (I forget the brand, but it's a good name).  She doesn't use it at all because it's too heavy. There's nothing good about BIFL but never using it.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2021, 08:08:16 AM »
I bought a Dyson vacuum more than a decade ago, and have been very happy with it.  It succeeded two previous (much cheaper vacuums) that both didn't work very well and both died in less than 4 years.  The Dyson is not perfect (pretty awkward on stairs, very noisy) but does the job very well.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2021, 08:13:04 AM »
I don't see any big advantage.  The cheapo Wal mart Dyson units do the work just fine.   
If something goes bad, throw it out and get another.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2021, 08:15:46 AM »
I have mostly hardwood floors and two shedding pets (and there are two long-haired shedding female humans in the house, as well). I find the vacuum to be the best way to clean hardwood floors, although YMMV. I ponied up for a Miele vacuum and have been very happy with it. I did NOT get the highest-end model: I think I paid under $400 Canadian, but that was back in 2001. It still works great and I am extremely pleased with the decision to buy what was for me a very expensive item, back then. The bag-check indicator quit working but it is otherwise in great shape.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2021, 02:59:01 AM »
I bought a refurbished Miele canister vacuum from a local vacuum store about 15 years ago.  It still works as well as the day I bought it.  It's never been brought in for servicing or repairs during all this time.  I don't remember even replacing a belt.  I've been told that the engines on the older Miele canister vacuums run forever.  If you have a local vacuum store, you might want to check out whether there are some good deals there on refurbished vacs.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2021, 05:13:24 AM »
I had a heavy shedding golden retriever and in stead of spending a small fortune on a dyson, i went with the shark vacuum at a fraction of the cost. it has performed flawlessly over the past 4 years. Thats said, its construction is largely plastic, so in terms of durability it might be inferrior (if dyson is largely metal). However durability concerns have not emerged yet in 4 years.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2021, 06:05:23 AM »
I recently bought a Dyson Animal (the version for households with pets). I am blown away by how much better it is than any other vacuum I have ever had. Sad I didnít buy it years ago.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2021, 07:56:54 AM »
We have mostly wooden floors and no pets. I use a swiffer to clean the floors. We have gotten rid of all the rugs, as those always created extra vaccuuming when cleaning.
In case we need to vaccuum something like the tiled hall and kitchen, we have a Miele that is extra silent and extra allergy-friendly. It does not have the strongest sucking function, but we don't need that.
Our current rental house has a built in vacuum. But I find that long hose a bit of a hassle, so in practice I use the Miele manual vac evenly often, although is has a cord.

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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2021, 08:12:18 AM »
Depends on your needs.

Do you have hardwood floors and no shedding pets? Probably not. Do you have carpet everywhere and 12 golden retrievers? Yes, yes they are.


Exactly. For years, I lived alone in a 500 squarefoot condo with hardwood floors. I used a broom and a Libman spray mop. Now, I have a house with 3 carpeted bedrooms. I've also aquired a dog and a girlfriend, both of whom shed like there is no tomorrow. My life is hair. The Roomba and Dyson vacuum with the pet hair furniture attachement are the only thing keeping me from being buried alive in monsterous dust bunnies. Hyperbole aside, more expensive vacuums can be worth it.

I do still have the Libman spray mop cause that thing is amazing.
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Re: Are good/ expensive vacuums worth the money?
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2021, 06:54:34 PM »
I bought a robot vacuum. It's awesome.
It just goes around sucking stuff up while I sit on my ass. Doesn't matter how well it sucks stuff up when you can run it 20x as much as a normal vacuum for zero effort.