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Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:16 PM

Real life goes on. Need recommendation for a GREAT vacuum. Not an "okay" vacuum -

Shark (have it). But something that would suck President Stupid's hair off.

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Reply Real life goes on. Need recommendation for a GREAT vacuum. Not an "okay" vacuum - (Original post)
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 2019 OP
jberryhill Jul 2019 #1
Skittles Jul 2019 #8
Gidney N Cloyd Jul 2019 #2
applegrove Jul 2019 #3
GP6971 Jul 2019 #5
dewsgirl Jul 2019 #11
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 2019 #16
applegrove Jul 2019 #19
Mopar151 Jul 2019 #4
Mopar151 Jul 2019 #12
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 2019 #17
leftieNanner Jul 2019 #6
Thekaspervote Jul 2019 #7
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 2019 #22
True Dough Jul 2019 #29
yardwork Jul 2019 #31
CountAllVotes Jul 2019 #9
msdogi Jul 2019 #10
LakeArenal Jul 2019 #13
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 2019 #18
LakeArenal Jul 2019 #20
mr_lebowski Jul 2019 #27
Rhiannon12866 Jul 2019 #24
Cracklin Charlie Jul 2019 #14
Meadowoak Jul 2019 #28
jpak Jul 2019 #15
Niagara Jul 2019 #21
CountAllVotes Jul 2019 #25
Niagara Jul 2019 #34
CountAllVotes Aug 2019 #35
Niagara Aug 2019 #36
missingthebigdog Jul 2019 #23
Satch59 Jul 2019 #26
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 2019 #30
zanana1 Jul 2019 #32
procon Jul 2019 #33

Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:17 PM

1. They all suck

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:25 PM

8. some suck more than others though

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:18 PM

2. Do you really want to see what's under there?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:19 PM

3. I like my Dyson. It has a ball and a cord. I don't think they sell it anymore.

Last edited Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:04 PM - Edit history (2)

But definitely dyson is a good brand.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:23 PM

5. My son and DIL

bought one last fall and we were thinking about getting one. I'll have to check it out.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:36 PM

11. I love mine as well.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 09:56 PM

16. Had one. Fell apart. JHC

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:04 PM

19. It does have lots of moving parts.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:21 PM

4. Something industrial

With a rating for suction. Try WW Grainger.

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:37 PM

12. Model #1 VHF 8

Ww Grainger.com rated 50" 0f water lift.

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 09:56 PM

17. Like the sound of that!

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:23 PM

6. I liked my Oreck, but it stopped picking up dog hair

And I have a German Shepherd who makes LOTS of dog fuzz.

Currently have a Shark that does reasonably well. I'm not fond of the bagless mess though.

I'll watch this thread to see what kind of options might serve me better.

Good Luck.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:25 PM

7. Miele are nice, but cashy! We have one only thx to my sis who decided to buy a new one.

We also have a dyson, I like that as well since itís a hepa filtration system. Donít like it on the hardwood floors as the brush can leave marks

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:05 AM

22. We have old house 90% hardwood. what do you think?

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 05:59 AM

29. We bought a Miele 3 years ago

It was expensive but my wife had heard such great things about them that she was determined to own one. We've had no mechanical issues with it and it does suck up 98% of the dog hair woven into the mat by the front door. But when I do the vacuuming there are also rare occasions when a tiny object is left behind after going over it twice. Is that every vacuum? I remember it happening in the past. The difference with this one is I'm muttering to myself, "We paid $XXX for this darn vacuum and it's not picking up that speck of dirt!"

It also requires fairly expensive replacement bags and filters, which might deter some prospective owners.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 07:12 AM

31. We bought a floor sample Miele at Bed Bath & Beyond. Four years later it's still great.

Picks up all the cat hair. Especially good on hardwoods.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:28 PM

9. I bought a small hand held one made by Black & Decker

It runs on a lithium battery.

The charge on it lasts about as long as I do so it works.

Sucks up loads of hair.

I have 3 of those creatures too. =^..^=

One has an undercoat that I'd liken to steel wool, I kid you not!

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:31 PM

10. Dyson

two dogs. so got the model for animals, love it.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:42 PM

13. We bought a cheap Shark and love it.

We can have four sharks to that Dyson.

After years of managing apartments, find one that can vacuum up a dime. If it canít donít buy it.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:00 PM

18. Love you but my shark would not even pick up fine

Quinoa that our puppy dragged out and strew everywhere. Maybe we had a cheap model?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #18)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:14 PM

20. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Hated my Hoover with retractable chord.

My Kirby was like pushing a giant weight around.

Like my light no bag Shark.

Love youz tooz.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 03:39 AM

27. Could also be clogged somewhere ... have you checked all the hoses, cleaned any filters

that can be cleaned, etc? You basically have to check the entire 'pipeline' from where the suction is applied at the floor (sometimes they get clogged right by the floor, before the first 'tube' even connects) to the bin or bag.

Basically a vacuum will continue to 'suck' as well it did on the day you bought it ... if there's no clogs or dirty bags/filters/dust bins. Vacuum motors don't degrade over time in their suction power because of the motor itself. One day the motor will just die ... but until that day, it will work the just the same as it did on day one. It's clogs (or leaks ... which you may not be able to spot) that cause degraded suction performance.

Also if you have hardwood floors, you need a vacuum where the 'spinning' mechanism can be disengaged, that part is only good for only carpets. It's counter-productive on hard floors.

I did a good bit of research a couple months back cause I thought my vacuum ... didn't suck ... but I ended up getting it cleaned up enough to still be serviceable ... anyways, I really liked the combination of features, price, and good reviews (across a number of sites) on this particular Shark model ...

https://www.amazon.com/Shark-Rotator-Powered-Lift-Away-NV682/dp/B016ZK5N32

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 02:34 AM

24. I have a Shark as well, recommended by a friend who also has pets, and I'm happy with it

And I read that it's rated higher than Dyson.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:43 PM

14. I bought a little kenmore canister vac almost 20 years ago.

Didnít pay much at Kmart.

Weíve broken off a bunch of pieces, have to order bags a case at the time, kids have dragged it to every apartment, dragged in and out to use on vehicles, and generally used the h e double toothpicks outta that thing.

Still going strong.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 05:41 AM

28. I have a Kenmore canister as well, with the motorized power head

It's by far the best vacuum I've ever had, and the power head folds down flat to get under beds, furniture etc. Wouldn't give it up for anything.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 08:53 PM

15. Dyson

The Best.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:57 PM

21. We have a Dirt Devil Power Max Pet

We've had for a few years now and I love it. It's great for carpet and floors.

It's an upright canister so I need to perform preventive maintenance and clean the washable filter out about once a month. I also have to take a box cutter to remove my hair that gets wrapped around the roller brush. I don't want the belt burning up and it's not the vacuums fault that I shed like a dog. The vacuum is for pet hair, not human hair.

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Response to Niagara (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 03:11 AM

25. These do the job nicely

They have sharp ends on them. They are used for trimming and arts and crafts type of projects. I do not know what I'd do without a couples of pairs of these around!

They are called Fiskars 99216935J Softouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snip, Non-Coated Blades, Gray





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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 06:42 PM

34. Fiskars products are really nice

At the moment I can't afford an item like this, Newegg has them listed for $16.35. Maybe one day I can make that splurge, but so far my $1 box cutter does the trick.





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Response to Niagara (Reply #34)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 07:22 PM

35. I bought them at a store nearby for $12

They are great for snipping that hair off the rollers.

Often time you can snip several strands together with these scissors and the whole load in that region pulls right off.

They are also great for cutting up other things too (things that people grind otherwise).

If they make the job a whole lot easier, I'm in for $12+.

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #35)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 05:43 PM

36. Thank you!

I will definitely check out prices at other stores. I'm in for anything that makes life easier.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 01:41 AM

23. I'm a Kirby fan.

Lots of power, made of real stuff, adjustable, adaptable, pretty much bulletproof.

My dad had one in the 70ís, and I hated it. It was heavy and loud, and hard to maneuver. But theyíve been making them with transmissions for twenty years, and they are basically self propelled.

I find them often at thrift shops and yard sales- no real advantage to buying a new one. Most of the attachments are interchangeable.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 03:36 AM

26. Sebo... expensive but work great

Brush comes out and easy to clean. We have an upright, not sure they make a canister. Have had nothing but big hairy dogs and this does the job.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 06:12 AM

30. Hoover Wind Tunnel fan here.

I bought two (one for me and another for a friend) at least 20 years ago and both are still going strong. These are the original-style twin chamber and I think they're now redesigned. They make 11 models that run between $100 and $200 in price.

Filters and belts are multi-sourced and inexpensive. Parts are readily available, including Walmart and hardware stores as well as many on-line vacuum supply houses.

I like reliable machines and stuff that I can repair. These have fit the bill and they clean really well.....

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 07:55 AM

32. I won't mention the brand name, but...

My vacuum cleaner is "self propelled". The thing is, it's so strong it takes me places I don't want to go.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 08:23 AM

33. Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

Comes with DuoClean for Carpet and HardFloor Cleaning, Zero-M Anti-Hair Wrap, & Powered Lift-Away with Hand Vacuum. First time I ever used a Shark and I'm very happy with this vacuum, so check it out.

I also have a Dyson Animal. It works great on carpet and larger rugs, the suction is powerful enough to grab up small, light weight rugs. Gets all the pet fur on carpets and upholstery. Did not do such a good job on hard floors, throwing things like cat litter, coffee grounds and other gritty type spills back on your feet. I would recommend giving Dyson a look if your is mostly carpeted and you have pets.

My new house is all tile flooring with a couple of large area rugs and the Dyson was making me work harder. I bought the new Shark model after long research. It really picks up everything on my tile floors on the first or second pass. It sucks up spilled cereal and the very fine dust that comes with living in the desert without spraying it back on me. The self cleaning brush bar picks up hair, bits of thread from my sewing, and dust bunnies.

I can detach the canister from this Shark to vacuum in small, tight places like in closets, stairs, the narrow guest bathroom, or the car.

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