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The Best Vacuum Cleaner

by Kay~Kacey on 1/7/2009

So I’m in the market for a new vacuum cleaner. (First the perfect coffeemaker, now a vacuum! What’s next in my quest for perfection???) I’m looking for the best vacuum cleaner. I have a Hoover Windtunnel…it’s okay, but not great. I want a great vacuum cleaner. I borrowed my friend’s Dyson Animal Tamer awhile ago…now that vacuum really sucks. :mrgreen: I was disgusted with all the crud it vacuumed up from my already vacuumed floors.

Well, The Adorable Girlfriend brought over this vacuum for me to try.

Dyson DC25

This is the Dyson DC25 with the roller ball. Much lighter than the Animal Tamer one and very easy to maneuver around. It also embarrassed me, once again, by all that it sucked up from my already vacuumed floor. 🙄 What’s up with that? It’s not like I ever clean my house. Whoops, I mean it’s not like I NEVER clean my house. I do clean it! Well, I’m not a fanatic about it. Let’s face it, with all those males around you can only do so much.

But it dawned on me, with this new empty nest thing we have going on. If I clean my house…it will basically stay clean because SuperGuy and I aren’t really that messy! Boggle. A house that stays clean. Well, I’m all over that!!

So I turn to you, my blogging buddies, for any advice you can give me on vacuum cleaners. Do you have one that you like? Cheap one, expensive one? Have you tried a Dyson? Are they worth the $$? I do know they work better than the Hoover Windtunnel as evidenced by all the crap it sucked up. So what is the best vacuum cleaner?

Debra Rector January 7, 2009 at 6:21 am

We have two Dyson cleaners – one for upstairs, one for down. Most of our floors are hardwood. The Dyson works really well on both wood surfaces and carpet. With three dogs (supposed to be non-shedding) we are constantly vacuuming. My experience with another brand was it scratched my hardwood floors. I like the convenience of no bags but many cleaners have that convenience now. Doughboy found both Dyson’s on-line through a discount web site where we saved mucho bucks. I give Dyson two thumbs up!

Amy January 7, 2009 at 8:01 am

Funny … I just bought one of those bagless, lightweight Bissell vacuums (for $60) on Saturday after my very pricey Simplicity quit sucking up debris. This is just a “standby” vacuum; but, boy, is it powerful.

Jacque Ruch January 7, 2009 at 8:10 am

I’m with Amy…with 3 teenagers…I buy whatever is the cheapest on Black Friday…usually a dirt devil for $35 and when it’s trashed I throw it away and buy another. It seemed we were forever ruining the pricey wind tunnels, bissels, etc and having to have them repaired. Perhaps when I have a love nest of my own, a pricey powerful vacuum will be in my future. Right now though I need one that won’t die if it sucks up some jawbreakers, a stray sock and who knows what else! :wallbash:

Deb January 7, 2009 at 8:13 am

Never tried a Dyson. I just know they are expensive. Before we sold the house, I loved my central vacuum. I often said it was the best money I ever spent. Now that we are in the Southern (!) Love Nest…I use a regular old vacuum.

Moms At Work January 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

We have a Dyson Animal and I LOVE it. Yes, they are pricey and I had to not eat for two months to afford it but it was worth every penny 🙂

Starwoodgal January 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

If you can afford the Dyson – BUY THE DYSON!

Mental P Mama January 7, 2009 at 9:44 am

I am not an expert. But it looks like the Dyson wins. And the commercials are cool.

Okie Sister January 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

I’ve broken many a vacuum cleaner in my day. Except for one that I purchased at an estate sale. It’s a Kirby. I’ve had it for years now.

Treasia/TruckersWife January 7, 2009 at 10:09 am

I’ve never used a Dyson but love a Rainbow. Great for allergies since it is water filled. Plus you can turn it on for a bit and suck all the nasty stuff out of the air as well. Great for persons with allergies. Not sure the price of them as mine was a gimmie from my mom. But I do know they aren’t cheap.

Lynn Daniels January 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

Never tried a Dyson. I’ve had my Kirby for years and LOVE it. Especially since we paid it off. :rofl:

Melissa Marsh January 7, 2009 at 10:50 am

I still think that Kirby vacuums are the best thing out there. But boy, are they expensive! Still, my grandmother still has her Kirby and she got it long, long ago!

cgreno January 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

I have 4 dogs and 4 cats and I vacum every day with the Dyson Animal Tamer (OC ya think?). The up front $ ‘s were worth every penny! I never thought I would like a bagless, but there is something very satisfying about seeing all the gunk that I am NOT living with. The only thing that could be better would be a husband to operate it!

Flea January 7, 2009 at 11:33 am

I’ve had about 10 vacuums in my 17 years of marriage. We’ve killed nine of those, including our Kirby. I figure I get a year for each hundred dollars I spend on a vacuum cleaner. Granted, we’ve always had dogs with a triple coat of fur.

The Kirby lasted about eight years. All others, till our latest, a year or less. Our latest is the Dyson Animal and is going strong, and we now have TWO dogs and all carpet (in Florida I had tile).

The Dyson rocks. I got it on sale, with a 20% off coupon, so it was about $200 less than original. I figure I’ll get about five years out of it, based on the original price.

Kirby was a great machine, but cumbersome, heavy. The Dyson is light and works great.

Honestly? My experience says it’s all about the price and quality with these things. If you’ve used the Dyson and like it, get one!

Amy A January 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Hubs and I both grew up with Kirbys. For the first 15 years of our marriage, we had a Kirby (I know, everyone gripes about the price, but it took 15 years to kill that thing). We then got the Dyson something-or-other. It’s the Animal that isn’t the Animal (it’s the same vacuum, but less expensive because it’s missing one attachment).

Two words;


TSannie January 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I have had more vacuum cleaners in the 30 years of marriage than any 3 30 year marriages should have. Don’t know what it is with me and VC’s, but they last maybe 2 years for me. And I’ve had every brand known to man.
Whatever you decide on, your luck will surely be better than mine!

The best vacuum is the one with another human attached to it vacuuming your home. I’m just sayin’… 😆

iPost January 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I have the Dyson Animal Tamer. It is a MUST with 2 cats and a dog. I LOVE it and will probably never buy anything else besides a Dyson from now on! :love:

Kate January 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I’ve owned a lot of vacuums. But what I really want is a Miele. Expensive? But, of course. Because anything else is a compromise.
Do I sound like a commercial? Ha!
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Also, check out for some pretty good opinions on lots of things. (Um, even wine!)

Twenty Four At Heart January 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm

I go through vacuums like crazy. I finally did tons of research (consumer reports, etc.) last year. The Hoover wind tunnel is actually ranked higher than the dysons for picking up stuff. BUT you have to replace the filters and belt periodically. Maybe that’s all yours needs. I take mine into a local vac. shop about once a year and they replace the filter, do whatever to it and it works GREAT. It might be worth trying.

MAPAGE January 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

I love the Orecks. I have gotten 4 at thrift stores and have given 2 to my sons and kept one for upstairs, and one downstairs. They are terrific. Only problem is they have no attachments, but found 2 of their portables at thrift stores. Once upon a time I had cleaning servoce and they used the Orecks. Good luck.

Amy January 8, 2009 at 7:32 am

BTW, my little vacuum is a Eureka, not a Bissell. It’s a great standby vacuum!

Rene January 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

How pathetic! I was intrigued by the title of your post. Its a sad day when a women gets excited about vaccuum cleaners.

I have very little carpet and with in the year it will all be gone. However, it I were going to stay with carpet, I would get a Dyson. My friends that have them swear by them.

I use a Roomba on my tile floors and it does a pretty good job on low pile carpet.

Anne January 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I just stumbled onto your blog from ShuttterSisters. Love it! You have such a great sense of humor! :0)

As for vacuums…we have the Dyson Animal. Love it. It’s heavy, but the instant gratification of seeing all the crud in the canister is somewhat mesmerizing. If you get it at Bed, Bath, And Beyond, you can use their coupon for 20% off. It’s $500, so you’d save $100.

Happy searching! I searched forever and this was what we settled on. Been happy with it ever since.

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