Originally Posted by Davesrose
Maybe we should start up a vacuum-fi to test out current vacuums...only then can we say if Dyson is worth it!!
Have you owned any current competitors of Dyson, boomana? That is the question....both sides can bicker about how well or how expensive the Dyson is. I know when I first was looking at vacuums, I was lured by the Englishman on my TV saying...ah, you want my product: I personally made it for you so that you never need a bag, filter, or any sort of cleaning...ever again!!..this is just a magical vacuum that never needs replacing because I'm just that good an Englishman.
Well then I read costumer reviews, and I noticed it faired as well as Bissell or Eureka as far as reliability. And as far as maintenance, the only filters my Bissell needs replacing is the Hepa filters...just as Dyson does. So the argument that Dyson was presenting to me (that you're saving money by not having to buy bags or filters) seemed way outdated. That leaves suction power.....do both sides of this argument know how well the Dyson compares to a current Bissell or Eureka upright? I'm not seeing any evidence here....I haven't been able to test out a Dyson on my benchmark: my off white carpeting that turns black during doggie malting season! All I can say is I haven't been disappointed in the slightest as to how well the Bissell keeps sucking up that stuff.
I've owned top Eurekas, Hoovers, Orecks (nice and lightweight) and a twenty-five year old Electrolux (loved that vacuum, but lost it in a fire) and cheapo Red Devils and some I don't remember. I never tried a Bissell. I'm sure there are equal or better vacuums out there for more and less money. If you or everyone can find one they like better for less, great. I don't know what English guy people are talking about, but I'm assuming it's an advertisement. My experience is when I complained about my cat's hair, my boss lent me his vacuum, and it worked so well, I went out and got one. I simply wanted to answer the OP's question with that experience, and I didn't like the way that one poster, who hadn't even owned one, was so ready to trash it simply because it was expensive. I don't think, in principle, it's any different than folks who post about headphones they've never heard, but have some definite opinions to announce one way or another. It just bugged me, but I'm tired, a bit cranky, and my house needs vacuuming
Not sure I'm ready for vacuum-fi. I think I'll just be happy with what I have, clean the dang floor and get back to listening to music.