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Need vacuum recommendations

musicmom1215musicmom1215 2752 replies56 threads Senior Member
My old Kirby stopped working today while I was in the middle of using it. One minute it was on and then it just quit. I thought it had come unplugged, but it is just dead.

I am so confused about what to buy as a replacement. I just talked to my neighbor who has a Dyson and said she doesn't like it because it doesn't have much suction. I thought they were the best.

I need recs for one to use on carpet, with attachments, and I have a dog that sheds a lot.

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  • Midwest67Midwest67 3285 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Would you consider taking it to the Kirby doctor?
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  • SybyllaSybylla 4191 replies53 threads Senior Member
    Shark liftaway. 129 on sale in Costco.
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  • CMB625CMB625 320 replies8 threads Member
    I had one of the original Dysons and I loved it. Lasted me 20 years, really! Then it broke and I bought another Dyson but not one with the ball. My daughter and her hubby have the "ball" one and I tried it and didn't like it. So I bought the cheaper model and it works great!!
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 39420 replies470 threads Senior Member
    I really like my Miele Marin. It is not inexpensive though.

    Sweet baby Jesus!! I just looked at the current prices. We paid $600 back in the day. OMG - that is quite a price jump. Not sure it is worth double what we paid.
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  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 1699 replies13 threads Senior Member
    I-robot. Then only occasionally need to vacuum the sofa.
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  • TexasCollegeMomTexasCollegeMom 208 replies49 threads Junior Member
    I love my Dyson with the small ball. It is so easy to maneuver and can switch to hardwood floors. It sucks so hard that I can't use it on entry way rug. We have a cordless Dyson at work. While it's handy, I don't think it sucks up as much as my corded one.
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  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 2752 replies56 threads Senior Member
    Thanks for your replies. I have always heard good things about Dyson and Shark, but there are so many different models of each one! I am easily overwhelmed when faced with too many to choose from!

    Regarding the Kirby doctor, I think it is too old and not worth the money to rehabilitate. Over the years I have replaced the power cord and the motor. Now it won't stand up by itself and the self-propel feature doesn't work, making it super heavy to push around. But until today, it did a good job sucking up stuff.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8382 replies71 threads Senior Member
    I’ve had my original Dyson for 15 years and it’s still going strong. I have a shoulder problem though and it’s heavy. I’m thinking of adding a Roomba i7 into the cleaning mix as we have all hardwoods now and I think it would work well enough.
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  • thumper1thumper1 76146 replies3359 threads Senior Member
    I have a Shark Rocket that was inexpensive and on sale at Target. I love it...picks up everything.

    And we have central vac for comparision!
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  • ThisNameNotTakenThisNameNotTaken 42 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I second Miele, although they are pricey. Worth it if you're planning to use it for a long time. We get aftermarket bags for a lot less than the Miele ones, and they work fine.
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  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 2752 replies56 threads Senior Member
    OP here. I have just replaced half my house with wood-look tile. Funny thing is I had ordered and received last week a Shark Rocket cordless vac to use on the hard floors. I had just unboxed it yesterday morning and it was being charged while I was using the Kirby to vacuum the upholstered furniture. When the Kirby died, I used the new Shark to finish and I guess it did fine. I just don't think the cordless battery will last long enough and be strong enough for the carpet in three bedrooms and hallway. Did I mention the massive amounts of dog hair? (He's a good dog. Shedding is his only flaw!)
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  • thumper1thumper1 76146 replies3359 threads Senior Member
    My Shark is corded...so I don’t have that problem with a charge. But we have a shedding cat, and it does fine with cat hairs. Does have to be emptied sort of frequently, but that’s not hard.
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  • dietz199dietz199 3650 replies73 threads Senior Member
    We had Dyson's. While they did suction very nicely I found it difficult to use, and very heavy. Also, found myself constantly cutting the pet hair out of the roller brush and wasn't all that impressed with it's function on hard surface flooring.

    When D went to college we got her a Shark lift away (several different models available). OMG...LOVED that thing. Light weight, very functional and great for using on stairs. We now have two of our own.

    Bottom line...I'd vote for a Shark. As someone else mentioned, Costco carries them and they often go on sale.
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  • NJSueNJSue 2854 replies18 threads Senior Member
    We have a Dyson Animal which we bought when our labrador retriever was young (he died in 2014). We still are using it. It has great suction. The only drawback is that it's heavy. I've been thinking of buying a lighter weight broom type vacuum because it's annoying to have to drag out the big guns when you have a minor mess.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9161 replies81 threads Senior Member
    We have a Kirby. We bought it at huge discount by sales team at the door, but still pricey ($600?). Honestly it's too heavy for me, but DH liked it.... and he does the vacuuming (well, at least downstairs - I do upstairs and the stairs with a Kenmore canister),

    I would consider a small (maybe rechargeable?) vacuum mostly for the kitchen wood floor. Any recommendations?
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  • crknwk2000crknwk2000 364 replies15 threads Member
    I've had the same Miele canister for 20 years now and it's still going strong. I literally LOVE it. It was not inexpensive 20 years ago, I think $700 (and as was previously mentioned, they're more now), but when the cost is amortized over 20 years AND with have great of a job it does, it's not crazy. Miele all the way!!
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  • HImomHImom 34876 replies395 threads Senior Member
    We love our robotic vacuum cleaners--Roomba. They are programmable for folks who like that and we can set it and leave the house as we choose. Haven't had a "regular vacuum" for the house in a long time.
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  • CT1417CT1417 4414 replies23 threads Senior Member
    Another Miele canister fan. I think it is called Calisto, but that model has been replaced by something else. Maybe $800 almost ten years ago? Separate power-assisted attachment for carpet or rugs.
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