(Closed) What kind of vacuum should we get?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
6222 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I really love mine:


There are some cheaper versions but what i really like is the ability to take the floor part off and walk around with the canister to dust my doors, moldings and ceilings. I actually do that like once a month now because it’s so easy 

Post # 3
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve also heard high praise of the Shark line – can’t speak from experience yet (as we’re also currently in the market for a new vacuum, just doing research now), but I’ve seen Shark and Dyson closely compared for quality and performance (and Shark vacuums are a lot more affordable).

Post # 4
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Dysons and Sharks are both crap. Heavy, awkward, nowhere near as good at going from carpet to hard floor as they like to say they are. 

We use panasonic MC line canister vacs for our business.

This is a newer model, but the older (907) dark red one works just as well. We have multiples of both. 


We have gone through countless vacuums from super high end to super cheap on all different types of flooring in countless homes. These are far and away, everyones’ favourite. 

Post # 5
4031 posts
Honey bee

Ryansgirl:  Honestly, we have owned many vacuums (ranging from $89-$290) and the only one that has lasted is the Dyson. We bought it 3 years ago during a black friday sale and got it for $120 off. It has been amazing at picking up dirt and all the dog fur (we have two labrador retrievers). 

So, I am sorry I can’t be much help, but we have tried Hoover, Bisell and a few others and nothing has compared. My DH’s mother has a Kirby vacuum that she absolutely loves (and I think they have a really good waranty), but she spent $1,800 on that vacuum. We aren’t willing to spend that much money on a vacuum.

ETA: We own this particular Dyson Ball (DC40) and it is fantastic.


turnanewleaf:  Interesting, we have had the exact opposite experience! Our Dyson ball is not bulky or awkward and it transitation between carpet and regular floors just fine. Maybe it depends on what type you have. We are going on three years with it and we love it!

Post # 6
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve actually heard nothing but bad things about Dyson’s. My friend had the Ball and they got rid of it within 2 months. Another friend got rid of it within a year! I want the Miele. A couple of friends of mine have it and its a bigger vacuum but it does such an amazing job (so worth it). Its around $700 if you can afford it, but its lasts forever! 

Post # 7
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Dirt Devil makes a decent,  inexpensive vacuum cleaner. It’s not the best there is out there, obviously, but if you just want something that’ll get the job done and you don’t want to spend a lot of money then I think that’s your best bet.

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Post # 9
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a Kirby and my house has hardwood floors and area rugs but i love it ..it was not cheap but worth it as I have asthma i purchased the shampoo system with it and it does a amazing job and its has  a lifetime warranty !!! I have had just about every vacuum out there and this beats them all hands down !!! The cost is about 1200 dollars but like i said its worth every penny and honestly its like three different machines in one 

1. Upright 

2. Canister 

3. Carpet and upholestry shampoo machine 

and has hardwood floor attachments so may  sound dumb but I love my vacuum !!! Who can say that ?? And no I dont sell kirbys LOL

Post # 10
295 posts
Helper bee

I also second the Miele. We don’t own one yet but it’s on the long list of things to get within the next 5 years. 

Post # 11
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

get a miele. We just recently got one and its amazing with all the animal hair but works wonders no matter what. My Mother-In-Law has had her miele for almost 10 years, never had an issue and still runs perfectly

Post # 12
914 posts
Busy bee

We have a dyson and it’s fantastic. Other than that I’d say electrolux are great too

Post # 13
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

mrstattoo10816:  My brother actually DID sell Kirby vacuums back in the day (right when he got out of college, I think) – my parents bought one from him then and are still using it now.  They love it.  He just turned 40, so needless to say, those things last!

Post # 14
982 posts
Busy bee

Ryansgirl:  When we were in the market for a new vacuum, we got an industrial strength one. The sales guy talked me through the 2 options within our price range, and when he said the smaller, funky looking one needed emptying frequently, I went for the industrial one! It’s great!

I’d really love the Dyson pet hair one, my parents have one (to clean up after the bird!) and it’s rechargeable and attached to the wall like a big dustbuster! It’s light and easy to manoeuvre, but powerful!

Post # 15
605 posts
Busy bee

We’ve had our Dyson ball (animal edition) for 4 years and it works just as great as the day we got it. I’ve never understood all of the things that people seem to “hear” about them. I know several people with Dysons and none of us have ever had any issues. But since you’re not interested in these, I’d suggest an electrolux. We have a stick vacuum that we had before the Dyson and still use occasionally. My mother has the Nimble, which is their upright, and she loves it. FWIW, I’ve heard bad things about Mieles. 

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