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post #31 of 57
A good vacuum cleaner is important, especially when you have carpets and even moreso with pets. Remember, many people are allergic to pets and it is the dander that they react to which accumulates on floors and furniture. In a past life I used to sell Electrolux door to door and they really were good machines (I think I read about them sourcing out some of their vacuums and the ones you see in Lowes et al are not nearly as good the old cannister types they were known for). Of course vacuuming is one of those mundane chores and most people balk at buying a $400-$500 machine. Of course the same people buy a $100 special every couple of years and in the long run, not only end up spending more because the quality machines last longer but those vacuums are doing a poor job.

In our new house we've gone to hardwood floors throughout so we don't need a major league vacuum. But if we did - I would have no problem dropping 4 or 5 bills for a quality machine.
post #32 of 57
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Originally Posted by RYCeT View Post
Hi guys, with 2 dogs in my house, I'm thinking of buying a better Vac. I'm wondering if Dyson worth the hype? The online review seems mixed.
I will shoot you some truth on this matter with recent experience to boot.
My family always used Electrolux so recently we attempted to buy a model from some place local...BUT, the Electrolux name is being utilized by two distinct companies which is very misleading, and unfortunate. The cheaper model Electrolux is actually procured and manufactured by Eureka, and is a shameful waste of $500 + in clams. However, the true Electrolux is still in business and operating all over the states currently. Although this vacuum is more than I wanted to pay for Qty 3 vacuums over the years put together in one sum, this vacuum is worth every penny.

I have experience too with Dyson and can reassure from a pet owners perspective, as well as inhabitants bearing allergies etc, that the Electrolux Guardian 9000 Vacuum Cleaner is the best cleaning tool in my home.

Not a vacuum, a tool. We use it frequently to clean mattresses (you should see the piles of dust mites, contaminants, and dirt that come out of the mattress you drool on at night), pillows, couches (not the surface which of course is easy to clean but the interior of the couch and cushions too), drapes, our cars, etc etc.

The blow hole on this canister points upwards instead of out like most vac's, which is great in design for two fold. One, because it does not blow the dirt and cat hair all over the tile or carpet floor upon cleaning about, and two, the Electrolux Guardian 9000 Vacuum Cleaner is the ONLY vac with an ACTUAL heppa filtration system, (and so is the ONLY vac reccommended and approved by the national allergy association) This is a big deal to me, as when you clean the home, you literally are making cleaner the air. People can sit in the room whilest in operation, and the vac does not bother the cats either...(which they quickly jet at the sight and/or sound of any vac type sounding device typically). Not to mention that the germ bags that the Electrolux Guardian 9000 Vacuum Cleaner uses contain micro fingers that kill bacteria..this is the only vac in the market with this extensive ability. It does not sound like a big deal, but unless you store your vac outside of your home..it is still multiplying bacteria exponentially and is NOT CLEAN. The vac itself most of the time can leak and release harmful allergins etc, this is no prob for the Guardian.

25 yr warranty, this is worth your attention, thank me later..no not selling these

http://www1.epinions.com/hmgd-Large_...rolux_Guardian
post #33 of 57
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Originally Posted by Davesrose View Post
Highly recommend checking it out....if the Dyson is a R-10 of the vacuum world, the Bissell could be the K1000
The fact that I understood this statement is frightening me. Perhaps I need to spend less time here...but then there's the rowdy Tampa meet this weekend...and I am following the Xin Reference thread....and then I'm thinking of selling off some of my stash...and then...

EDIT: Audioflier, I had an old Electrolux back in the day, but lost it in a fire. I agree that it may have been the best vacuum I ever owned and that was before the new technology. Haven't tried newer ones.
post #34 of 57
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The fact that I understood this statement is frightening me. Perhaps I need to spend less time here...but then there's the rowdy Tampa meet this weekend...and I am following the Xin Reference thread....and then I'm thinking of selling off some of my stash...and then...
LOL....I knew this crowd would get the analogy What's going to be even more scary is if you start asking about and wanting to try out people's vacuum cleaners at your next meet....then you know you have it bad

But a lot of my hobby time is now photo-fi.....so I'm content with my audio setup as is. I just spend too much time on the forums when I'm working!
post #35 of 57
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Originally Posted by Audiofiler View Post
I will shoot you some truth on this matter with recent experience to boot.

Not to mention that the germ bags that the Electrolux Guardian 9000 Vacuum Cleaner uses contain micro fingers that kill bacteria..this is the only vac in the market with this extensive ability. It does not sound like a big deal, but unless you store your vac outside of your home..it is still multiplying bacteria exponentially and is NOT CLEAN. The vac itself most of the time can leak and release harmful allergins etc, this is no prob for the Guardian.
Sorry to harp on this, Audiofiler.....but since you say you're shooting truth, I gotta question these specific claims. All HEPA vacuum cleaners have microfibers that filter out small micro particles that are laden with bacteria. So I can see how the Guardian would also filter these things out. But filters do not kill bacteria: it's just no longer on your carpet or exposed in your house. They're now "guarded" in your vacuum cleaner's filter HEPA filters used in the medical field have high intensity UV light sources to kill off the bacteria. Does the Electrolux use that as well? If not, then I can't see how it can KILL bacteria
post #36 of 57
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Originally Posted by RYCeT View Post
Btw, I check Amazon review on Eureka, it doesn't sound promising
That's not the highly-rated Eureka that you are referencing. They have several different model numbers, but the bagged Smart Vac Ultra is what you want, such as model 4870. Eureka makes a bunch of mediore vacs along with their good ones and price does not tell the story. The 4870 is $150

I don't think Dyson are bad vacuums, I just think that almost all their distinctions are hype based on advertising. One claim in particular, that they do not lose suction, is noteworthy. They don't lose suction, but they fill up a lot faster than bagged vacs, and their suction is less than the best bagged vacs have with twice the dirt in their bags than would fill a cyclonic vac to capacity.
post #37 of 57
We have 2 Dyson vacs, one small version about 3 years old and an upright about 2 years old.

The way my missus gets through washing machines and vacuum cleaners (she's very house proud and cleans every day) I have to have them all guaranteed for breakdown and repairs etc and I've had to fix a load of them myself over the years.

The only problem we've had so far with the Dysons was a broken clip on the extending tube of the small model, I called Dyson and they sent out a complete assembly free of charge within days.

We knew all about the reputation of Dyson machines so our earlier previous purchase was an Electrolux which only lasted about 13 months. We've been through models by Panasonic, Phillips and even Hoover. So far the Dyson has been the best and well worth trying.

I can't say that there aren't better cleaners out there but if you shop around the Dyson can be had for much less than the retail price (which is way OTT here in the UK).

Bose of the cleaner market eh! More like Grado and it seems some of you have had the Friday afternoon assembled Dyson cleaners too.
post #38 of 57
How does the Dyson compare to a Kirby or Oreck XL??? My sister used to own Kirby's and those were intense. She now has an Oreck XL and that thing sucks harder than a prostitute needing rent money....
post #39 of 57
Hoover! The world's best. Or there is Orec, the 8 pound giant. As seen on TV.
post #40 of 57
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Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
How does the Dyson compare to a Kirby or Oreck XL??? My sister used to own Kirby's and those were intense. She now has an Oreck XL and that thing sucks harder than a prostitute needing rent money....
My sister-in-law had used Kirby and it was at her suggestion that we eventually gave the Dyson a chance, though we had avoided it due to the bad rep. She still uses her old Dyson.

Kirby sales techniques in the UK are a little like time share sales. They cold call at your house and leave a card if both husband & wife are not in, you get entered into a competition with the card. Guess what we won several times, though to get our prize we'd have to sit through their several hour long demo - which we declined. I believe they resort to those tactics because the Kirby price is about the same as a small car.
post #41 of 57
Dyson vacuums are great - we've got two, one regular upright and one handheld. The first time we got one was the day our old one died - we'd already vacuumed the house with the old one, but went round with the Dyson and nearly filled up the canister!
post #42 of 57
I've had an older model DC07 Animal for about almost two years now. It's pretty awesome. I have no idea if it's the best in any area, but it pulls WAY more cat hair out of the carpet than my old Oreck did.

The first night I got it I completely vacuumed the place with the Oreck. Did a hardcore job going back and forth over every area about 3-4 times very slowly. Fired up the Dyson, did the same thing, and filled the canister up over half way. Pulled up all sorts of fine dust, looking like gray baby powder, and massive amounts of dog and cat hair that the Oreck couldn't reach down and grab.

About six months in to ownership, the belt got off at a wrong angle, due to me thinking I was mechanically inclined. I was trying to clean the bristle rotator, pulling out the long strands that get wrapped around it. When I put it all back together it was apparently off and snapped one of the side mechanisms that keep the bristle rotator aligned and in place. I called Dyson and explained what had happened. Not only did they pay for me to go drop ship it to them from a UPS center, and cover return postage as well, but they fixed the problem free of charge and had the vacuum cleaner back to me in less than seven days. I was more than impressed by this service after the sale, especially considering they knew I was the one that jacked up the thing in the first place.

Honestly, I could care less if it's "the world's best" as long as it continues what it's doing. If and when this vacuum should ever die, I will more than likely end up with another Dyson based on their performance and customer service.
post #43 of 57
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Woot Alert,



Woot got DC 14 for $250.00 + $5.00 shipping. I bought this previously on Woot. Eventhough it's refurbished, mine looks like new. For $250.00, this thing sure can sucks and I'm very happy with it.
post #44 of 57
We like ours. Easy to use and clean. Picks up a lot of dirt. Gaudy purple-gray-orange color scheme.

Don't know if it is worth $200 more than some others, but we're happy with the product.
post #45 of 57
Do you prefer a more analytical vacuum or a more fun vacuum?
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