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Biscuit's picture

worth it or not worth it? 


I have a Hoover Windtunnel that is about 6 years old.  Paid a small fortune for it, and frankly - it just sucks.  Or rather, it DOESN'T suck anymore, and it piffs me.  If that $35 filter it takes gets slightly clogged it just doesn't work very efficiently, and the "edger" really doesn't work, and I've had it in for service and the guy just shakes his head and says to me, "Mrs. ____, when are you just going to put this thing out of it's misery??" 


Well, I can't!  I paid money for the damn thing! 


But I'm about an inch away from throwing in the towel.  There is a lot of carpet in this house (for now) and 2 cats and a 6 year old, and dammit, I need an efficient machine!


So - I've been looking at a Dyson.  It's my understanding it doesn't need filters (yay!) or anything else, and that it works great.  Yes?  No?  Any thoughts or advice on the subject?  Frankly, for me to shell out $400 for a vaccuum, it better be the best thing since an automatic dishwasher came along, so I'm interested in all opinions.



Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain


Edited 1/2/2008 9:55 am ET by Biscuit

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Gretchen's picture

(post #49212, reply #1 of 132)

DD's ex-inlaws got one and they had DOGS. DD said it was SO good, and when she could she was going to get one.  That's about half of what an electrolux costs, I think.  Mean had a _____ that he swore by.


I tell you my current love between vacuuming is a Shark cordless carpet sweeper. It is wonderful on hardwood floors. Cost $39 at Big Lots--and was on sale at regular department stores over the holidays.


Gretchen
Gretchen
wisekaren's picture

(post #49212, reply #60 of 132)

I've had one of those Sharks for years; it's great. An added bonus: The kids fight over who gets to use it! :-)
Karen

Aberwacky's picture

(post #49212, reply #122 of 132)

Okay, I got a Shark for in-between cleanings (mostly hard-surface floors in this house).

Grant just loves it. He saw me empty it once and then started doing it himself. He's not the most thorough sweeper in the world, LOL, but this is much easier and more fun for him to use than a swiffer.

I was impressed by how well it picked up everything from dog hair to cheerios. I think this will get more use than our vaccuum--easier to use and to store, and unlike a broom, we can use it on the rugs, too.

Grant can't wait until it's recharged and he can use it again!

Leigh

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Gretchen's picture

(post #49212, reply #123 of 132)

I know. It is SO easy. Remember not to re-charge it until it is near its end. Apparently it must be the kind of battery with a memory.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Aberwacky's picture

(post #49212, reply #124 of 132)

I read the reviews on Amazon, and most of the negative ones seemed to be from people who were expecting it to vacuum--heck, it's a sweeper, not a vacuum, people! The other negatives seemed to be about battery life.

How long have you had yours? Had any problems with the battery?

By the way, one of the things I already like about it is that, unlike with a broom (whose dustpan is always being carried off by a certain 2-1/2 year old), this leaves no dust piles for small children and dogs to play in while I'm off hurriedly trying to sweep another part of the room. (G)

Leigh

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Gretchen's picture

(post #49212, reply #125 of 132)

We've had ours for maybe a year now and no problems with any of it. And we use it a lot on carpet and hardwood. I love it.


I first saw it--but a larger heavier variety--at a seafood restaurant at the beach. They can use it all the time to pick up between customers. And I have a Eureka cordless vacuum too, that I thought couldn't be improved upon--but this is MUCH better.


Gretchen
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Marie Louise's picture

(post #49212, reply #2 of 132)

We've loved our Miele for the last ten years. It uses bags and filters, but I like that feature-gets rid of more cat dander. It cost a large fortune, but cost/ year it is turning out to be a bargain.

Biscuit's picture

(post #49212, reply #3 of 132)

Miele and Dyson are not that much different in price, so I'm open to suggestions.  And my vaccuum guy loves Mieles. 

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Marie Louise's picture

(post #49212, reply #18 of 132)

Well, ours is 10 years old so the model won't matter much, and I think they've got better filters now. The things I like about ours are...

I like that the wands click on and off easily, and that they telescope for my tall DH (he LOVES to vacuum.)

The one we have has an extra motor on the carpet head-it completely cleans my Persian carpets but doesn't seem to damage them. It is very adjustable.

It also has a hardwood floor brush, so we can vacuum the floors and the kitchen. And of course lots of little attachments that live in the vacuum.

I like having bags and filters that get changed. The Miele has a little light that tells you how full the bag is.

As long as we are on the subject, I REALLY love my Miele dishwasher-so much better than the Bosch it replaced. I would buy anything Miele makes.

Heather's picture

(post #49212, reply #20 of 132)

I love my Miele dishwasher too--but I had a lemon Miele vacuum cleaner about 20 years ago that was in the shop constantly.

Your comment about the telescoping wands reminded me of my one complaint about the Dyson. I have to use an attachment to do the kitchen floors because the big machine won't go under the toe kicks. The wand isn't quite long enough so I have to bend a little to do the floor--bad for the back. I usually just use the stick vacuum instead.

monstersmom10's picture

(post #49212, reply #4 of 132)

I'm really happy with mine, and think it's worth the money.  My 2 DDs and I all have very long hair, and it picks it up nicely.  I was totally grossed out the first time we used it by what came out of my living room carpet that had been vacuumed just the day before by my Hoover Windtunnel.  ICK!  Made me VERY glad of the purchase.  They have an "animal" model specially for pets.

Biscuit's picture

(post #49212, reply #5 of 132)

How long have you had it? 

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

monstersmom10's picture

(post #49212, reply #11 of 132)

'bout a year, but it gets used several times a week, and as you know, I have 4 very young 'uns, a DH who spends most of every day at filthy jobs sites, and lots of family in and out.

Li's picture

(post #49212, reply #67 of 132)

Does their long hair get caught up and have to be cut off the beater bar? I hate my current vacuum, which has CAUGHT ON FIRE as a result of my (long) hair wrapping around the beater bar and stopping it from moving. Now I have to take out the scissors every time I vacuum, which is getting tedious.

Hmmm...let's see: buy new vacuum or shave head?

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assibams's picture

(post #49212, reply #68 of 132)

With both Emma and myself shedding shoulderlength hair (well, hers is longer, but she's shorter LOL), and our Dyson picks it up nicely. Of course most of the house is woodplanks, but the beaterbrush has had hair wound up tightly. In the two+ years I've been using it I have only once cut the hair off of the brush. Not because it got stuck, but because I wanted it. It still revolved like normal.


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Li's picture

(post #49212, reply #69 of 132)

Bingo. Sold!

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sarahendipity's picture

(post #49212, reply #70 of 132)

I have long hair and I have cut it off the beater bar twice in a year. Mine also still works even with quite a bit wound around. I usually cut it off and then vacuum it right back up!


Another great thing about the Dyson: I only have to vacuum once to pick up every needle from the Christmas tree!


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I spilled my GORP on Mt. Baldy.

assibams's picture

(post #49212, reply #73 of 132)

With all the positive feedback and new customers I really feel Dyson should sponsor at least part of an upcoming fest ;-)



Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Gretchen's picture

(post #49212, reply #74 of 132)

Or invent a vacuum cleaner that irons.

Gretchen

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PeterDurand's picture

(post #49212, reply #75 of 132)

Or advertise in that wee space below the first post instead of that Taunton 101 tips..

 


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annieqst's picture

(post #49212, reply #76 of 132)

So does anyone know how a dyson does on carpet? We're about 2/3 carpet and 1/3 hardwood/linoleum. I find with the Sharp that we have, it's okay on carpet, but ho-hum on a flat surface. I have to do a lot of backing and forthing.

TracyK's picture

(post #49212, reply #77 of 132)

I have always had mostly carpet up until this place, my Dyson does beautifully. When I first got it I had vacuumed the day before with my Hoover, and I was amazed (and disgusted) how much more crap got vacuumed up by the Dyson.

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Heather's picture

(post #49212, reply #78 of 132)

Tracy is right--I've done the same thing here. The Dyson really cleans carpets, no matter what the consumer magazine said. I have wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms, tile in the entry/halls and oak everywhere else with oriental rugs. The Dyson does everything.

Biscuit's picture

(post #49212, reply #79 of 132)

Funny thing happened yesterday.


I have been researching the Dyson and the Miele for about a week, reading reviews on Amazon, on the Sears website, etc., and looking for good deals, not to mention asking here.


Yesterday I was still mulling it over and I went to school to pick up Max.  As I walked in, an aquaintence of mine was telling someone else about this great vaccuum she had just gotten.  I told her I was in the market for one and what did she get?


(G)  A Dyson, the 07.  Said she adores it, had the Windtunnel (like me), has 2 cats and the kids and is crazy about the Dyson and wishes she had bought one sooner, to tell DH (her ex, believe it or not (lol)) that he should buy one for me immediately because it was worth every dime.


So - I guess I'm getting a Dyson.  Now - which one. (G)  I'm going to do a little re-con today.


 


 


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Heather's picture

(post #49212, reply #80 of 132)

I hope you like it! I saw a new (to me) one at Costco the other day--the Slim All (who comes up with these names). It's lighter and more compact but it also looks a little fragile--and it was the most expensive one there.

dorcast's picture

(post #49212, reply #87 of 132)

Do you remember how much the Slim was at Costco?
I can see this thread is going to be much more expensive for me than just another cookbook.
I think I need a Dyson, and the Slim is appealing.

Biscuit's picture

(post #49212, reply #88 of 132)

Ooo!  Ooo!  Ooo!  Target is having a sale this week!  Dyson D14 (the one I have decided on) is only $389!


I'm going to get it tomorrow, I think.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

dorcast's picture

(post #49212, reply #93 of 132)

Thanks! Good timing, it was obviously meant to be.

HCookie - I had just clipped one of the Bed & Bath coupons. I'll compare with Target prices.

Heather's picture

(post #49212, reply #89 of 132)

The Slim was over $400--maybe $479, but don't quote me.

hcookie's picture

(post #49212, reply #90 of 132)

Bed Bath and Beyond website has the Dyson Slim (without special attachments) advertised for $470.  If they have them at the stores at that price and you have a 20% coupon should bring it to $376 plus tax.  At least I hope so because I need a new vacuum cleaner also.