My Dyson DC50 upright just died and I need to replace it. Looking for some input from my fellow gerbils. What vacuums do you use, like, dislike?
The DC50 was OK, but I frequently had to run over things a couple times to pick them up. It did fine on floors, but I found the detachable hose (for crevices and whatnot) was hard to maneuver. I'd like at least the second problem solved with the new vacuum so I can more easily clean things like furniture cushions and stairs.
I'm eyeing cordless vacuums. Anyone use those?
So far I've acquainted myself with the Dyson and Shark websites, but it's impossible to find a review that seems honest and thorough, so any advise you all can give me is much appreciated.
I've had a Shark Navigator Rotator for about 7 years now. I bought it on sale at walmart for $199 IIRC. I thought that was a great deal until sometime later I went to the Shark website and saw that I could have ordered the same vacuum for the same price and gotten a steam mop for FREE! Oh well. So definitely check their site as well as amazon, walmart and target to make sure you are getting the best deal. I have not had any issues with my unit. Nothing is broken or feels like it's about to break. The ergonomics of it seem very well thought out. Someone commented before me that they liked canister vacs. My model came with a little wheeled dolly that allows you to turn it into a canister vac! Shark has LOTS of models that come with a variety of accessories, so you REALLY need to carefully look at all the models to make sure you get the one that is suited for you. Another person commented that they had to clean the hair out of the roller on their Shark. I have to do that on mine too. But I recently saw that they have a new model that claims to not accumulate hair on the roll bar! The only bad thing I can say about my Shark is that while it does an excellent job on carpet, it only does a "decent" job on tile floors, which most of my house is. So because of this, and the fact that I HATE mopping, I just bought a Shark steam mop on sale at Target for $80 recently. I have not tried it yet, but I am confident that it will allow me to clean the floor better and easier than using the vacuum, as well as making me have to mop the floor less often.
I would stay away from the cordless models, just because you know for a fact that you will have to replace the battery eventually, and that is never covered under warranty.
Lastly, I have never owned a Dyson or Miele, nor do I know anyone that does. So I don't have any opinions about them, other than the fact that they are outrageously priced. I would find it hard to believe that they could clean that much better to be worth the price difference...