Post # 1
Hoping that you all will help me out! I have bad luck with vacuum cleaners. My first one caught on fire. My cat got an earring off my dresser and I sucked it up with my current vacuum and it exploded….or something…I don’t really know. Fiance tried to fix it but it has less than stellar suction now. SO, we are planning on saving our tax returns for the wedding, but I’ve decided to use $200-300 of my return for a new vacuum.
What’s the best vacuum under $300? I really want the Dyson for pet hair because my mom has it and its amazing, but I am not spending $600 on a vacuum right now. I have a cat and a dog, so I need something that is good with picking up hair and can handle some stray litter.
Please help me decide!
Post # 3
dyson! you can get it refurbished on overstock for $300…i would just check to make sure the lifetime warranty is still valid if you buy it refurbished.
Post # 4
DO NOT get a Dyson. Fiance works for Best Buy and every single one he sells, gets brought back within days with the exact same complaint: No suction. It looks nice, but that’s about it. We just bought a new vacuum for $120. It’s a Eureka. It’s literally amazing. And I’m not one to rant about cleaning products. We have a Husky and he sheds like crazy but This vacuum gets it up with no problem. I’ll try and find the exact brand but I repeat DO NOT WASTE MONEY ON A DYSON!
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Post # 6
I think dysons are worth the money. Shop around for a good deal/sale.
Post # 7
I don’t remember the exact model number of ours, but we have one that looks like this or is very similar and was around the $300 price range: http://www.amazon.com/Electrolux-EL-7020B-Canister-Vacuum/dp/B000BXKIE4/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1297021814&sr=1-2
I really love it and the fact that it has bags because I hate the regular bagless vacuums. We’ve had it for over 3 years now and never had a problem with it. My grandma has had her Electrolux for about 15 years and it still works like the day she bought it (although hers is a more expensive model)
My mom has a rainbow vacuum like this: http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Hardwood-Canister-SE-WARRANTY/dp/B001AIZ42U/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1297021961&sr=8-5 that she LOVES and when I tried it out just last week I feel in love with it, too. It’s interesting because it doesn’t use bags, all the filth goes into water so it’s better than the bagless kinds of vacuums because the water keeps gross stuff from flying through the air when you empty it. Plus, you can add scents to the water if you want your house to have a good smell, but that’s completely optional. She bought hers used from a local vacuum repair shop and in the 2 years she’s had it she hasn’t had any problems and they even gave her a great warranty on it if she did. If my ever breaks I would likely consider getting a Rainbow like hers.
Post # 8
Miele – if you’re willing to spend money on a Dyson, get a Miele! They are amazing, hypo-allergenic, quiet and pretty powerful. See if you can hit up a Bed, Bath & Beyond in your area, and talk with the sales associates to see what they have to say (not the Miele company reps, who of COURSE they will try to sell you on one) – but the sales associates are more impartial and can really give you the scoop.
We love ours! Good luck!
Post # 9
We registerd for a Miele. Future Mother-In-Law has a canister version and absolutely loves it! I read lots of reviews online and we went with one too.
Post # 10
@Christie: We must have posted at the same time 🙂
Post # 11
@crh1729: I actually like Dyson’s. The suction issue is typically because it needs to be adjusted, but its not hard to figure out. My mom has had her Dyson for a few years and its been amazing. It sucked up 2-3x more stuff out of the carpet than her old Hoover….which is the one I’ve been using, but my carpet is only a few months old, so hopefully its not so bad lol.
Post # 12
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!! I knew I could count on you all for help 🙂
Post # 13
dyson ball all-floors vac! there are two sizes, depending on how big your house is. they have really low prices and free shipping on amazon.com. the smaller one is $350. I have one, it has such powerful suction, it picks up the corners of my area rug. it is a powerful, well made machine.
I don’t know what crh1729 is talking about, I did tons of research online, and it’s pretty much agreed upon by review websites that dyson is the best on the market. what I mean is that when a site like this has a list of “best vacuums”, dyson is always on the top of that list. google “best vacuums 2010” and you’ll see.
note: consumer reports will also suggest what the best “budget” vacuum is if you can’t afford dyson.
it even gets the hightest marks on thegreenguide.com for being the most environmentally friendly because it’s so well made that it shouldn’t break down on you for a long time, so less plastic is being used in the long run. and also because it’s bagless and the hepa filter is washable.
dyson is a very reputable brand that I trust. I refuse to buy cheap appliances that need to be replaced every few years. it’s bad for the environment and will cost you more money in the long run.
in addition to the fact that this is a well made vac, it is very comfortable to use. it takes little effort to vacuum! I even sucked up a ponytail elastic and it handled it fine (other vacuums might freak out over that).
please do note: I read somewhere that if you want a hepa filter, be sure it’s a real hepa filter. if it says “hepa-type filter” or something like that, then it’s not the real thing at all, and won’t filter out allergens.
Post # 14
We registered for the Dyson Ball (animal edition) and I can’t freakin’ wait to get it. Our old vacuum died a while ago and we had put off getting a new one because we knew we would be getting the Dyson for our wedding. Well, there was only so long that we could go without a vacuum so we ended up buying the Electrolux Ergorapido. It’s a 2 in 1 stick vacuum (vacuum and dust buster in one) that runs on battery so it needs to be charged but seriously, this thing has changed my life. It’s incredibly light (5 lbs) and since theres no cord, it’s so easy to use.
Before, vacuuming was always such a chore since I’d have to move the cord from room to room. It was big and bulky and didn’t fit in small spaces so I was constantly moving furniture. The Ergorapido is small enough to fit just about anywhere that we need to reach. We have a cat who sheds like crazy and it does a great job of picking up all of the fur. Since it does run on battery, you can’t use it for a long time but since it’s so handy, I vacuum a few times a week (takes less than 5 minutes for the whole condo) and never run out of battery. The best part is it was only $100.
I still absolutely recommend the Dyson but I really do love the Ergorapido if you’re looking for an inexpensive, super convenient vacuum.
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I have had a Kenmore Progressive for about 3 years and havn’t had any problems with it… it’s great! It has a great pet hair attachment too. My mom also has the same vac. She previously had a kenmore canister vac when I was a kid and it lasted for more than 10 years… went through us kids riding on the canister part and all.
The vac is also recommended by Consumer Reports as a top vaccuum!
mine is blue not purple… guess they changed the color but it’s the same vac
Post # 16
the Ergorapido looks like it would be really awesome, but I would be weary of it. my experience with any battery operated vac is that it loses strength after about a year of use. my dustubster is practically worthless now, I can only run it for about 1 minute before it has to be recharged and it is not strong enough to pick things up off carpet anymore.
a lot of these types of vacs do not have replaceable batteries, so you would just have to keep buying new vacuums.