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October 15th, 2007 11:11 PM
ervro We need to start looking for a new one because the one we have barely does the job. I tried to start shopping online, but realized I really don't have any ideas on what kind I'd like to get...just not what we have now! (Which happens to be a cheap model of the Kenmore brand) It has required quite a bit of fixing, etc., to keep it going... :(

I'd like to hear what kind you recommend. And why?
October 16th, 2007 09:36 AM
janelleandco I have a Miele and I love it. I forget what I paid for it but I think it was a little pricey. There are different kinds for what you need and I think mine is mid-range. I bought it 5 years ago and nothing has gone wrong yet. I like it because it cleans well, the bag is easy to change, and it's quiet. Good luck!
October 16th, 2007 09:46 AM
mommy2boys I agree with Janelle. The Miele are wonderful!!! I don't have one (yet), but my mom, sis, and MIL all have one. I've used them a lot & it would definitely be my first choice!! My only drawback is the $$$, otherwise I would probably have one already. I do think they're totally worth the price; it just doesn't work with our budget right now. I really like how well it cleans & how quietly it runs.
October 16th, 2007 09:50 AM
smilesbymiles I have a Miele, too, and can say nothing but wonderful thing about it. Lightweight but powerful ... just my kind. I think they clean as well as filter queen for about a 1/3 of the price.
October 22nd, 2007 08:50 PM
gotahavajava I wish I could have found this thread a month ago when we were in the process of buying a vacuum. I did a lot of research on the internet and found lots of reviews on the best brands. Hands down it's Miele and Dyson. We went with the upright Dyson DC14 and haven't regretted the decision since. It is bagless and has a lifetime filter. The coolest thing that sold me is the top lifts up and the hose extends 15 ft. so you can sweep hardwood floor and linoleum plus reach ceiling corners. It's expensive but worth it to us considering we bought a cheapie that only lasted 2 years. No more bags or filters ever plus a 2 year warranty! You can try it out before you buy at Sears. Right now they have $100 rebate on any Dyson vacuum but only till Oct. 27th.
October 22nd, 2007 09:24 PM
heart@home We have a Rainbow I bought before I was married (5 yrs) for 100.00 advertised in the paper. I spend 75.00 getting it in top shape. I cleaned lot's of new construction houses last summer and some awful apartmentsand it still works wonderful. It's a older one with a shampooer. I would never want anything else but I clean a little differnt then most folks too. The dumping of the water is my only complaint. If you want a expensive vacuum I often see them marked down lot's in the paper...
September 4th, 2008 02:04 PM
mom_4 I came here to see what you fine ladies say about vacuum's... the rainbow lady was at our house the other night, and I have never been impressed before because of $$ and the water thing, but that night I was. Sooo I did some research and went on Ebay, thought I was going to get a Rainbow, but still am not sure. I have never heard of the Miele.. so it is back to google I go. Any feedback on what you like? I really do NOT like teh bagless vac's at all, but seems to be that is the way they are going. I shall return to hear some more advice..
September 4th, 2008 02:28 PM
jimmysgirl I like my Hoover Windtunnel!!!! I only paid $120 on ebay for it. It works great. I've never heard of Miele or Dyson.
September 4th, 2008 02:38 PM
daisy319 I also have a Hoover Windtunnel and I like it but then again that's what I grew up using.
September 4th, 2008 02:51 PM
cuz_He_lives My Mom has a Rainbow. There's a reason that salesperson impressed you- because what she was selling is worth standing behind! It's the best vaccuum I have ever used as far as cleaning power. And I used to clean houses before we had children, so I've used my share of vaccuums. The Rainbow, however, is far from convenient, which is quite obvious. I have the benefit of just hauling my Mom's over here a couple times a year to give a good deep cleaning, and call it good enough. Dyson is another very good brand, I would recommend it.
September 4th, 2008 04:23 PM
Gina P Grew up with an Electrolux..and love it..but my husband can from a family of 'Rainbow" I think that will be my next choice, but I hate the bagless..emptying the dirty water deal..
September 4th, 2008 04:46 PM
mygirls I agree, the dirty water gets really old. But we have never had any trouble out of it (except being ticked at the pushy salesman!). I love to put a scent in the water and have my house smell fresh!
September 4th, 2008 09:01 PM
mom_4 The scent thing and air purifier was one thing that impressed me too.. I have to admit, I have been working away from home too many hours and my house felt gross, and then when she showed me the dirt she got, I was a little depressed. I have been without a vacuum and borrowed one and it is a very low end model so I know it wasn't doing a good job. I have always been a Kenmore fan, but have gone through many of those.. I think I am leaning towards the rainbow.. but can you believe it.. they wanted over $2000 for a new one the other night, and you can get new ones on ebay for around $800 with a warranty, and hopefully cheaper! Thanks for all the input. My pennies are working towards something and I hope it is soon.
September 5th, 2008 09:11 PM
HappyMusser another cleaning person here. I have lugged Rainbows around for years, and if any vaccuum can push my buttons, it is a Rainbow. Seriously. Don't know what it is but they can make me so frustrated, the way the hose tangles, and the cord wraps around the wheels, not to mention the whole water thing.

BUT. if I were to buy an expensive vacuum--which, with vacuums, you DO get what you pay for, i think (after suffering through cheapo's from wal-mart and such), a Rainbow would be my top pick for as far as how well they clean. they're plain good! I think my MIL has an influence on me.
So yes, I guess I have a love/hate thing w/ Rainbows.
Electrolux's are super nice, I esp. love the newer models. And dyson too. I love Dysons.

Anyway, it's either buying a cheaper vacuum every 2-6 years, or investing in one that lasts as long as your family. IMO
September 5th, 2008 09:14 PM
HappyMusser oh yeah. and you mentioned Meile's. LOVE them!!! They are the lightest, most user friendly thing there ever was. However, I don't think the suction is what it is w/ Electrolux or Rainbow. If I had a house w/ combo wood/carpet floors, I think Meile would be my first choice because of the ease of which you can switch things.
September 5th, 2008 09:48 PM
jolene We have a Dyson and really like it! I definately need something convenient that I can just pull out and use because there is always something around here that needs cleaned up! :( Another important feature to me is that the hose is easy to pull out and use. Our vacuum before this was a Vax. It had great features and was easy to use. So we really liked it Except for the fact that it was always breaking! :( We hauled it in to get it repaired so many times that they finally declared it a lemon and gave us our money back :p
September 5th, 2008 10:12 PM
happyhousefull I haven't seen/heard any votes for the Oreck yet! :) That would be my pick of all that I have tried so far. It is very lightweight, and I love it. It's one of those pricy investments that lasts for years and years.
September 5th, 2008 11:50 PM
natover If I could get whatever I wanted & what I plan to have if we ever build a house, I will have Central Vac. Don't know of any particular brands but I do know that when we lived at Dad's, any time a sweeper salesman would call, all I had to do was say that we have Central Vac & they would thank me & say have a nice day, followed by hanging up the phone. =) I know it is expensive but well worth it in my opinion. Always hated pull along sweepers cause they bang into you & upright ones are so big & bulky & it's harder to get under stuff or in corners. That's my $.02 worth. Might not be worth that much. =-)
September 6th, 2008 11:25 AM
blestmommy Agreed, Natalie. I've never had central vac myself, but my parents got it put in their house and they love it.
September 6th, 2008 12:11 PM
cherrycreek I have to agree with central vac. When we bought our old house in town, hubby actually put central vac in all 4 floors. It didn't cost him that much more then a good brand of sweeper. They're also good if you have people with allergies.
September 6th, 2008 01:08 PM
damys I'd love a central vac too. The suction is amazing!! I sweep over my dark bedroom carpets for 20 min. S L O W L Y and even then there are still white fuzzies. I used to clean and my grandparents who had the same kind of carpet and zoom, zoom, we would sweep with there vac and be done in 5 min. and it looked beautiful!! Maybe someday...
September 6th, 2008 01:08 PM
ervro We ended up buying an Oreck. Perfect for our needs. Our house has carpeting in our bedrooms only, so this lighweight sweeper works great--and nothing big & bulky to lug around!
September 6th, 2008 03:01 PM
mamaswantz I have mostly hardwood floors so I'm also more apt to go for a lightweight sweeper. Right now we have a canister-style Kenmore that was given for a wedding gift. In almost ten years we have only had to replace a belt once, and it has good suction yet. I would like to try an Oreck sometime, see how well it does on hardwood floors.
September 8th, 2008 06:38 AM
lovetocook2 I too have a miele. It is expensive but worth the money. We had a house dog for awhile and it cleaned up pet hair real well along with all the normal dirt.
September 9th, 2008 07:11 AM
smilesbymiles
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natover wrote:
If I could get whatever I wanted & what I plan to have if we ever build a house, I will have Central Vac. Don't know of any particular brands but I do know that when we lived at Dad's, any time a sweeper salesman would call, all I had to do was say that we have Central Vac & they would thank me & say have a nice day, followed by hanging up the phone. =) I know it is expensive but well worth it in my opinion. Always hated pull along sweepers cause they bang into you & upright ones are so big & bulky & it's harder to get under stuff or in corners. That's my $.02 worth. Might not be worth that much. =-)

That's interesting. I hate central vacs and refused it in our new house. :D I hate the loooooooooooong hoses that scrape up your baseboard (unless you put a hose cover on) and get tangled. My mom apparently had a cheap system b/c it barely picked up the dirt I thought. My MIL has a really powerful one but I still hate the long hose. She does have one neat feature though. In the toe kick of the cabinets she put a vent so if you sweep the floor w/ a broom you just open the vent and the dirt swooshes into the system. No dustpan recquired. But, ah, my little miele!
September 10th, 2008 12:51 AM
emicow Oh...I HATE central vacs! Those long hoses make me cross. On the other hand I just told my mom today that I would make a wonderful Rainbow salesman because I LOVE mine! :) I got a used 2006 model on Craigslist with the full warranty for 350.00. They didn't like the water mess, which doesn't bother me. I was tickled pink with my bargain. :)
September 10th, 2008 10:20 AM
damar
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smilesbymiles wrote:

That's interesting. I hate central vacs and refused it in our new house. :D I hate the loooooooooooong hoses that scrape up your baseboard (unless you put a hose cover on) and get tangled.

My feelings exactly! The ones I used did have awesome power, but that long hose was forever getting in my way. After stepping/tripping over it countless times I told myself never would I want such a thing in my house. Guess what? DH thinks they are the most wonderful things around .:D
I love my kenmore canister style vac. I like how easy it is to remove the power head & attach the 'floor" attachment.
September 10th, 2008 11:10 AM
cherrycreek I didn't like central vac either until we bought a house with an excellent brand of central vac. Also, if all central vacs were like the one at church, I would hate it too! No suction and nasty hose!! I have also discovered the quality and brand of hoses makes a difference in the tangling of it. Some hoses have very little, if any tangling.
I use my central vac to sweep my entire first floor of pergo flooring every day and even my front porch. Makes me sound rather strange doesn't it???
February 10th, 2009 08:27 PM
Momof2
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damar wrote:
Guess what? DH thinks they are the most wonderful things around .:D


Why is it that the husbands that never vaccuum, think the central vac is the best??? I didn't let him put one in our house, because I've used it in houses that I cleaned and always hated the long hose! We've had a used Electrolux for over 7 years and it's finally on it's last legs. We are in the market for a new sweeper. He just came home from hearing a schpeal on the Miele and is sold on it. But, he said they don't have a power nozzle, like i'm used to. Do they have as good of suction? They are very light, he said, and thinks they're the greatest. Any bad reviews?
We have a 'huge' refund coming and I can't wait to buy a new sweeper!! :D
February 10th, 2009 08:36 PM
dckldbw I have a Miele Aquarius and I really like it but it does have a power nozzle. I'm not sure if it came with it or if it was extra though. It has five levels on the power nozzle. My husband got tired of buying another Hoover every couple years and just went and bought this sweeper. I didn't have too much to do with it. It does an excellent job.
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