The Fenix-Store
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 91

Thread: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Posts
    1,279

    Default Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Hey guys,
    For some reason my previous vacuum cleaner exploded while i was vacumming. I'm in need of a new one. Has anyone here tried one of those new "dyson" vacuums that they claim is powerful and doesn't loose suction?

    thanks
    - EL Pentalux - Inova T2 - ROP 3D - SF E2e - Fenix P1 - Fenix L2T - Fenix LOD CE - ML1 - D-mini - Malkoff Devices 2D - EL QSP (finally arrived) -

  2. #2
    Flashaholic* ABTOMAT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    MA, USA
    Posts
    2,341

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Dysons are good, but their advertising is a little over the top and I personally can't stand the styling.

    I'd try and pick up a used Electrolux or Oreck (never buy a high-end vacuum new) unless you need a HEPA filter.
    Do something alone and it's weird, do it with others and it's a club.

  3. #3
    Flashaholic* ABTOMAT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    MA, USA
    Posts
    2,341

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    One of the important things to me is durability and ease of service, not just sucking power. I have yet to find a department store vacuum that's rugged and friendly to work on. As much as I don't like their advertising, Oreck's pro model got major points from me for coming with a service manual and spare parts. The Elux/Aerus doesn't go that far, but it's an elegant powerful design.

    In general I don't like Kirbys. 65 years ago they were state of the art, but it's just too dated a design.

    Sanitaire (Eureaka-made from an old design) vacuums are simple and easy enough to work on, but a little clunky. Good parts support, though.
    Do something alone and it's weird, do it with others and it's a club.

  4. #4
    Flashaholic* Cliffnopus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Foxboro, MA
    Posts
    754

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    We have three Miele's (one went to SWMBO's mother) and love 'em. Had the first one for ten years now and the second for six. Only problem has been the vacuum wand tube (plastic coil) got a break in it at a flex point and we replaced the tube w/a new one. That was on the ten year old after nine years.

    Cliff
    Every normal man must be tempted at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats!
    H.L.Mencken (1880-1956)

  5. #5
    Flashaholic* Arkayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    629

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Growing up, my family has always used the Rainbow water vacuums. It is a bit cumbersome but I've yet to use a vacuum that can match its suction and effectiveness. Has anyone else used a Rainbow?

    edit: I'd love to try a Dyson though. I like the way that rolling "ball" model feels.
    Last edited by Arkayne; 05-15-2006 at 11:24 AM.

  6. #6
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Boise, ID
    Posts
    2,639

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    The house we just moved into has a central vacuum system. It's bagless and filterless, and exhausts to the outside. It's also original to the house and is 17 years old.

    It has more suction power than our expensive hoover and my cheap bissel both put together when they have clean filters/new bags. Plus, the canister is about 10 gallons, so only needs to be emptied about every 6 months. The power unit is in the garage, so the only thing you hear is the whooshing sound of air being sucked in, and the motor on the beater bar if using the power head.

    We haven't even touched our other vacuums since moving, and we've hardly even touched our brooms either (flooring attachment)

    Even though they are $$$, I really love having a CVS.

  7. #7
    Flashaholic* sunspot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Alabama, USA
    Posts
    2,702

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Arkayne
    Has anyone else used a Rainbow?
    My wife and I had one for 10 years. Great suction but a PITA to clean the tank. We now have an Oreck. It's light weight but difficult to clear a clog. I don't care too much for it.
    I never heard of the Miele but it sounds good. I'll check it out.
    Dana

  8. #8
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    FL panhandle
    Posts
    2,704

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    A guy at work bought one a couple of months back and says he likes it. There are a few different models. Sams Club carries them.

    On a do not recommend expensive unit. I bought a twice used Meile from my boss 3 months ago. He had it two years but only used it the first week he owned it. He has thick carpet and he didn't buy the power brush so it was ineffective. I have all wood so it works great. I bought it from him for $200. Two weeks ago my wife plugged it in and there was no power. I took it to our vacuum guy and he diagnosed the cord had gone bad at the head of the cord reel. I said great, glad it's not a motor or something. Then he told me a new cord reel is $185 installed. That's right folks, the power cord is $185. I nearly fell over. The reel itself worked fine but the cord attachment point had come loose and the only fix is a replacement. He said it's not that uncommon a problem with the Meile. I had him do it but only because I have 5 boxes of bags and a new HEPA filter in the thing. I was in too deep to call uncle.

  9. #9
    Moderator js's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    5,771

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Strange!

    The vacuum repair store here in Ithaca raves about Miele's and how rare it is to ever see one come in for work.

    I got one of the cheaper Meile vacuum cleaners (just over $200, IIRC) and I just love it. And I've had mine for over two years now and it is still working great--and working well.

    It is a canister vac, though, and doesn't have a power brush on the head or anything, so it is a bit of work to vacuum shag carpet. We have a Kenmore upright for that, but I don't like it, and something is broken in it now and it the smell of burning oil is emmanating from it whenever I use it. So I will have to repair or replace it soon. Or just stick with the Meile. A little elbow grease is no big deal--it still works good on shag carpet in my experience; it's just a lot more work than a power head upright.

    All of that said, I will readily admit that I didn't do any research before buying the Meile, and the Kenmore was a Christmas gift, so I am not very informed about the options that are out there. All I do know is that I have been very happy with my Meile for $200. Everything about it is high quality and well designed, IMO. It feels like a quality piece of equipment to me. And it has a powerful motor in it--that much is for sure. My wife feels that it is a bit too heavy, though. Especially for stairs.

    FWIW.
    -Jim Sexton, creator of the M6-R, the TigerLight Upgrades, Fixture-ring lamp potting, the SL60, co-designer of the B90 Upgrade, and proponent of the SF A2, the SF M6 X-LOLA, Titanium, the Haiku, and the LunaSol 20

  10. #10
    Flashaholic* tdurand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    598

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    I've got a Eureka Oxygen model like the one found here:
    I got it from the rave reviews and the allergy board recommendation. It does an awesome job on carpet and wood flooring. Another pro is the washable HEPA filter and the ease of use. I would recommend the longer canister hose so you don't have to move the canister so often. About the only drawback are the bags that are needed. They're cheap and only a minor frustration.

    My highest recommendation!!

  11. #11
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    2,778

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Another vote for Miele. It is not cheap but it is the Porsche of vacuum cleaners (or McLux, or whatever). Not fancy, but very, very solid, quiet and high performance. It also does an excellent job of filtering the air which it spits out so you do not redistribute dust when you vacuum - it stays in the machine.

    I'm surprised more of the HW geeks here who spring for $200 flashlights and $400 pocket knives don't have Miele's vacuums - they're that good.

  12. #12
    * The Arctic Moderator * Sigman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    "The 49th State"
    Posts
    10,123

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Can't remember which Consumer's Reports issue has the latest vacuum ratings, but for years they suggested a Hoover self-propelled Wind Tunnel.

    We've owned a Kirby Heritage for about 26 years. Though we indeed like it, a friend gave us one of the Hoover Wind Tunnels and the Kirby has sat in the closet for the last 6 of those years!!

    They also suggested a model from Sears (though I can't remember which one it was - sorry).

    One doesn't need to spend the money that some "over advertised" brands demand to get a decent vacuum.

    I'll try and find out which issue of CR has the latest report. I would imagine there are some good reviews on the WWW as well...
    -"Must control self"-
    ....

  13. #13
    Enlightened
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    59

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    No personal experience, but everyone at NASIOC raves about the Dyson.

  14. #14
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    355

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    I have been using a dyson for two years now. It's the HEPA model (not the root cyclone) and I must say that I'm very happy with it. It was originally used in an appartment, so all it had to do was clean a stone floor, no carpets, but since then we moved and during the move I abused the dyson by having it suck trough sawdust, dirty cement floors, dead bugs, carpets with mud on them and after all that, cleaning it out and starting on laminated wood floors. It survived all that (a bag-using vacuum was tried too, but the bags couldn't stand the sawdust and kept clogging up). The only downside to it is that you need to empty the dustcan outside (couldn't do it in an appartment without garden, so I took it to my parents place). But concerning the cleaning power, it just keeps going no matter what you try to feed it and it really does not lose power when it's getting filled up.

  15. #15
    Flashaholic Ras_Thavas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    455

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    I also have a Dyson that I got from Costco. I give it 2 thumbs up.

  16. #16
    Flashaholic MScottz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Littleton, CO
    Posts
    175

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Dysons rock! Best vacuum we've ever used.
    Gig'em!

  17. #17
    Flashaholic* twentysixtwo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    705

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    I'm a big skeptic on Dysons being worth the extra coin.

    I had a bagless vacuum cleaner didn't like it. It may have something to do with pets - I don't think they work well with pet hair. They also tend to be much messier having to empty the dirt container - you inevitably end up spilling a little. You can let a bag go a lot longer than a bagless before you change it.
    I gave our bagless to my mother - she likes it. I think the moral is if you do light duty vacuuming and don't have pets then bagless might be for you.

    As far as losing suction, our bag type Panasonic probably has some reduction in sucking power when the bag's full but I doubt it's perceptible without instrumentation.

    I am a big fan of HEPA rated vacuums and also recommend a "Dirt Finder" which basically is a sensor that can tell if stuff is moving through the hose. I think it must sense the static charge. Helps so you know how many passes to do - once is enough in the low traffic areas, sometimes in the high traffic areas it takes a dozen passes before the light goes green.
    The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.Ē Juma Ikaanga

    SF L4, E2E, U2 w/18650 and WXOS, UK Vectra w/LED Mod, THOR 35W HID Mod, 3xTWOH M@G, M@G85, M@G60, HDS EDC60, EDC85 mod, Too many Nichia CS Mods to count.

  18. #18
    Flashaholic* AlphaTea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    right behind you. LOOK!
    Posts
    575

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    For get all the hype.

    Go to Wally world or Target and get a Eureka Optima for LESS THAN $60.

    Not fancy but a great value.

    Over the past many years we have had Hoovers, Electrolux, Oreck, Dirt Devil, Kenmore and many others both upright and canister, bagged and bagless. Few ever lived up to their advertising.

    My wife is a Domestic Engineer (really she cleans houses). She knows vacuums.

    We bought this Optima about a year ago and it is by far the best vacuum we ever bought.

    It is small upright light weight, bagless and has a HEPA filter. It is not self propelled. It has all of the standard attachments you would need.

    If you donít like it, you can take it back and get a refund, then buy a more expensive one, but I doubt that you will.
    Yea, I have a lot of lights.
    I always need one more...

  19. #19
    Flashaholic* John N's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    2,185

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations


  20. #20
    *Flashaholic* bwaites's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Central Washington State
    Posts
    5,044

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    So it's 3 months later, almost to the day!

    The 4870 is still working as well as it did when new and is still just as quiet.

    The only problem we've had is getting bags locally, Wal-Mart does not stock them here, although they do sell the vacuum!! Ahhh.....wonderful WallyWorld!!!

    Target does stock the bags, although our closest is 70 miles away we picked some up on an out of town trip.

    Still highly recommended!

    Bill
    Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
    Benjamin Franklin

  21. #21
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    747

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    I have a Panasonic upright that has been doing a great job for about 10 years now. For some reason, those Roombas seem like a scam to me. I can't envision them doing much besides sucking up loose dust in out-of-the-way places like under your bed, etc. Serious vacuum cleaners have powerful motors to develop suction and turn the brushes that kick up the dirt into the air stream. I don't see how a Roomba could compare with those kinds of designs.

  22. #22
    Flashaholic* greenlight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    chill valley
    Posts
    4,203

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by bwaites
    So it's 3 months later, almost to the day!

    The 4870 is still working as well as it did when new and is still just as quiet.

    The only problem we've had is getting bags locally, Wal-Mart does not stock them here, although they do sell the vacuum!! Ahhh.....wonderful WallyWorld!!!

    Target does stock the bags, although our closest is 70 miles away we picked some up on an out of town trip.

    Still highly recommended!

    Bill
    How many bags did you use in 3 months?

  23. #23
    Flashaholic leduk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    279

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    +1 miele

    Not managed to kill it yet despite the diy plaster/brick dust etc etc
    Must be getting on for 10 years old.
    When I go to the dump, I mostly see Dysons.

    Cheers

  24. #24
    Flashaholic* greenlight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    chill valley
    Posts
    4,203

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by leduk
    +1 miele
    When I go to the dump, I mostly see Dysons.
    OUCH!! Fortunately, Costco takes them back if they break.

  25. #25

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    We have had an Oreck for years. Been very happy with it. Took it in for a complete overhaul and cleaning (motor and everything) and new electrical cord (one of the cats ate the cord) for about $150 total and it is as good as new. What I really like about it is that it does a good job and is incredibly light so it is a lot more likely to get used.

  26. #26
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    West Michigan, USA
    Posts
    490

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    We have had a Dyson for a few years and love it. Have a yellow lab that sheds a lot and a cat. Sucks up the hair and never slows down. We also have a roomba that we let run automatically when we are at work a couple times a week. Our first floor is all wood floors and that is where we use it. It does ok. Keeps us from having to use the real vac as often. Our church used to have an Oreck and it never picked up stuff like our Dyson does. If we had a dinner there, I always brought the Dyson to pick up what the Oreck left behind.
    Bright Scouter
    Del

  27. #27
    Flashaholic* ABTOMAT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    MA, USA
    Posts
    2,341

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    If anyone needs Oreck parts right now, let me know. I'm cannibalizing a newer XL to repair my old Commercial.
    Do something alone and it's weird, do it with others and it's a club.

  28. #28
    Enlightened
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Exeter, CA, USA
    Posts
    70

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Miele, there is nothing better. We even have one at my office.

    Regarding the Roomba, we have one and like it. It's Achilles heal is long hair. The slick product from USR is the Scooba. Best $300 we have spent in a long, long time.
    Knowledge is useless, itís what you do with it that counts.

  29. #29
    Flashaholic* greenlight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    chill valley
    Posts
    4,203

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Keep the vacuum recommendations coming. I'm still looking for the right unit...

  30. #30
    Administrator
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Missouri, U.S.A.
    Posts
    3,256

    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner recommendations

    Riccar for a canister.

    Royal for an upright.


    I have 4 cats, 3 birds, and a rabbit. The above mentioned brands do a fantastic job. With a variable speed motor I have not found a better canister vac. than Riccar.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •