Vacuums: Shark, Dyson, or Other

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Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

PrincessPeach13 :  I have a Kirby that I paid $1,200 dollars for many years ago when I got tired of my cheap vacuum cleaners dying. I have three cats and the Kirby is the only thing that truly takes all the fur out of everything…even heavy matted down carpets. It’s very easy to use once you get the hang of it but it’s a little heavy – not great for the older crowd, most likely-. 

But if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks on something that will last a lifetime- it’s worth it. I also like that there’s a physical office I can talk to a real person a few towns away. She even offered me to come down so she could show me how to use the vacuum when i ran into trouble about a year back (user error -DOY!). 

I’ve also seen Kirby’s selling second hand for less than that….my two cents. 

Post # 32
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We bought the Shark Navigator on the recommendation from The Wirecutter, and it is awesome! You can bend the handle all the way back to get under tables, unlike our prior vacuum, and emptying the canister is super easy and a lot less messy. I also like that the accessories are all attached to the vacuum and quick to switch on/off. I never used the accessories with our old one because they were such a pain. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-upright-canister-vacuums/ 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

EmmaMae :  I kept going back and forth between the Navigator and the Rotator.  But decided I needed the headlight on the Rotator.  But I read the same reviews and I’m in love my Shark at this point.  You’re right – the flexibility of the handle is outstanding and love having all of the attachments actually attached to the vacuum! 

Post # 34
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

mkendrick :  Ooh, good to know that they have one with a headlight! That is the one feature I actually miss on our old vacuum. 

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

PrincessPeach13 :  Dyson all the way! I have had sharks and they wouldn’t last for more than 2 years tops! however i have had my dyson for a little over 4 years and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!  it cleans very good and it very reliable! I would highly recommend it I am sure someone will get it for you!!!! 

Post # 36
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are on our 3rd Dyson Animal….and I freaking HATE them. The only reason we’ve continued to get them is because a) I hadn’t really taken the time to research new ones, and b) I fully admit D/H can be a bit of a brand snob and just had it in his head that Dyson was better.

Way back in the day when we were still poor college kids we had a super basic Shark back before Shark’s were even well known. I seriously think it was a cheapie $50 walmart purchase we needed for a condo we were temporarily living in with our lab. That was such a great little vacuum, and I told D/H as soon as our new house is finished we’re ditching the Dyson and getting a Shark to try out.

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Miele! They are even better than Dyson! My parents have one and looove it. The suction is incredible and the amount of stuff it picks up is amazing… my parents have 2 dogs & 3 cats. Definitely worth the price.

I have an Irobot and Dyson (bought the dyson off on online buy & sell site) and love them both! My cat sheds a lot and they both do a great job keeping everything picked up! 

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I love my dyson. I have an older model, a DC40 I think, and it is great. I use it on the hardwood, carpet, et cetera. It’s light and easy to use, and it keeps my house spotless despite having a husky, even during coat blowing season. I have another dyson, a V8, and I hate it. It’s battery operated, and the battery just doesn’t last very long. The suction isn’t nearly as powerful as the DC40, and it just seems to blow hair around. 

Post # 39
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459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Another vote for Miele! Mine lasted forever. I ended up selling it because we got rid of all our carpet.  Now we have a Roomba 🙂

Post # 40
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378 posts
Helper bee

I had a Dyson and exchanged it for a Shark. Dyson wasn’t doing a good job of picking up small particles like popcorn seeds or crumbs. Love the Shark! I don’t have any pets though so can’t speak on ability to pick up animal hair…

Post # 41
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Newbee

Shark all the way !!!

I have the following Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum.  I love it! !! 

Post # 42
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Worker bee

I second the Kirby!  I would say skip putting it on the registry and find one at a local pawn shop.  I bought mine for $75 at a pawn shop 10 years ago and it still works better than any vacuum I have ever owned and has out-lasted a couple of Dyson and Shark vacuums my friends have owned… so even spending full price may be worth it if you want one that will last your lifetime!

We moved into a house a year ago that has a central vacuum system and I still find myself going back to the Kirby. Much easier to use than dragging the long hose down a flight of stairs or from room to room and it’s suction power is unbeatable!

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We bought a dyson (the upright yellow one) in November 2009 and it’s still going strong. I love it for carpets (we have two Siberian Huskies who shed ALL THE TIME) but its not great on our hardwood floors.

We will be getting a roomba this year for the downstairs area (hardwood and a few area rugs) and using the dyson upstairs (all carpet). 

My best friend has a rainbow vaccum and LOVES it. I gotta admit, it’s pretty cool. 

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Love my Shark Navigator! Does great with my hair + 3 dogs!

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