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LydiaM's picture

I'm looking to buy a new vacuum cleaner, and one issue I have is that my son has terrible allergies, so I want something with a HEPA filter.
I am looking between a Dyson and Electrolux...any thoughts??

Gretchen's picture

(post #53519, reply #1 of 31)

Probably a Miele. Everyone here swears by them. But Dyson is on sale everywhere right at the moment--a couple of hundred off , and DD LOVES hers.

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Aberwacky's picture

(post #53519, reply #2 of 31)

Dyson.  Dyson.  Dyson.  LOVE ours, and it's amazing what it picks up.   Hepa filter (washable).


Leigh


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LydiaM's picture

(post #53519, reply #4 of 31)

dyson is what I am leaning toward..it seems very light weight, and right now I have a kirby which is soooo heavy!!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #53519, reply #5 of 31)

I have one with the ball, and it is so easy to use my 2-1/2 year old loves to vacuum.


Leigh


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LydiaM's picture

(post #53519, reply #6 of 31)

that's a good thing!!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #53519, reply #7 of 31)

As the mother of a 4-year-old, I thought you'd appreciate that information!


Leigh


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Gretchen's picture

(post #53519, reply #11 of 31)

As I said, at least around here they are on sale for as much as $200 off for the Chrismas sales. Whether they will be again (I've never seen them discounted before--but maybe they will).  You might want to pull the trigger.

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Heather's picture

(post #53519, reply #3 of 31)

Love my Dyson!

Napie's picture

(post #53519, reply #8 of 31)

Miele, beats everything else hands down, period. Well worth the price and great filtration. Dyson is a great "marketing" company but not so impressed with the product.

ashleyd's picture

(post #53519, reply #9 of 31)

It's funny you should say that because in the responses here all the Dyson owners seem to love it but some Miele owners say it's not all it's cracked up to be. FWIW we have a Dyson and it's fine.


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Regality's picture

(post #53519, reply #22 of 31)

some Miele owners say it's not all it's cracked up to be.


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ashleyd's picture

(post #53519, reply #29 of 31)

You are one of the owners I was thinking of.


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assibams's picture

(post #53519, reply #10 of 31)

Having experience with both a Miele (my mom's) and a Dyson, I'd take my Dyson over the Miele anytime. And not only because of the follow up cost: none whatsoever with the Dyson, super-expensive filter bags for the Miele. I've had Dysons for 10 years now (on my second one only) and with our constant renovation/construction going on it has survived the oddest materials, from finest gypsum dust to metal shavings, glass shards. Easy enough to empty the canister into the dust bin, easy to see when it's full. (And no, I don't get royalties from Dyson LOL) Oh, and their customer service was very helpful that one time we needed it. Dh had my mistake thrown out a part of the old dust receptacle and the vacuum didn't work properly. Called Dyson, who told me they had since changed the design and sent me a replacement dust thing, top and bottom, at NO cost.


Oh, and another thing: I regularly vacuum the practice and competition carpets for Emma's gymnastics with the beater thingie. My arms are pretty sore after the task (2 14x14m carpets, more than many living spaces *g*), but the carpets are thoroughly, visibly clean, no dust underneath after they are rolled up for storage again.



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Heather's picture

(post #53519, reply #17 of 31)

>>some Miele owners say it's not all it's cracked up to be.<<

I'm one of the Miele owners Ashley is talking about. We had a canister model that was a total lemon. It was in the shop all the time.

However, my Miele dishwasher is wonderful!

Napie's picture

(post #53519, reply #20 of 31)

There are always personal experiences, everyone has a story. We love ours and based on my research I found Dyson to be mostly marketing hype and the Redhead tried one and really hated it, but that is just our opinion. That is the wonderful thing about having lots of choice.

BossHog's picture

(post #53519, reply #12 of 31)

My family has had excellent luck with Electrolux. I really liked the last one I spent $800 on, that my XW now has.

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Jean's picture

(post #53519, reply #13 of 31)

We have and electrolux too, but it didn't cost anywhere near that much. ???



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BossHog's picture

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I think she bought the top of the line model. But I don't really remember a lot of details.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #53519, reply #15 of 31)

Yep, I had one for YEARS when we were first married--a reconditioned tank type.  NOTHING like today's. When I needed to finally replace, the new Electroluxes were out of sight expensive.  Not sure they are what they "used to be"--almost the "only game in town".


My mother had a Rexair--it had a water tank on the bottom where the dust went. Man, that was nasty!!


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EVEN's picture

(post #53519, reply #16 of 31)

Does anyone have experience with the Dyson canister vacuum? I have wood floors and have never had an upright.

AnnL's picture

(post #53519, reply #24 of 31)

I have the Dyson canister and love it.  At the time, I did have to buy the attachment for the wood floors, but it wasn't expensive and I ordered it online.  It's lightweight, I bring it up and down stairs.  Works fine.  I have dirt driveway, 3 dogs, 3 cats and 2 horses, so it has a lot of hairs and sand to clean up.  Get's it all.    

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EVEN's picture

(post #53519, reply #31 of 31)

Thanks for the recommendation. I have pets also, and it's always such a chore to keep the rolling furballs under control.

hambiscuit's picture

(post #53519, reply #18 of 31)

In my 45 year marriage, I've owned two Electrolux cannister vacs and now have a Dyson upright that we bought 8 years ago. The Dyson handles dog hair just fine. This is why I switched. We have two Goldens and often a foster or visitor Golden, and I fell for the marketing. The thing I do not like about my Dyson upright is that the attachment tools are hard to use...pull  out the hose thingie, attach, wrestle with the thing and it just doesn't work well. It is always a workout when I use these features due to the difficulty. When finished, my arthritic wrists elbows and shoulders scream. Otherwise the vacuum is fine.


My old Electrolux cannister vacs were amazing. They would pick up anything, even heavy lead balls and also did a good job with dog hair. I didn't like the expense of the bags, but do believe we had less dust in the house with the bag vacuums. The cannister was a bit heavy to drag around but using the attachments on the main vacuum arm was much easier than the Dyson. I really hate that feature on my Dyson.


 

Gretchen's picture

(post #53519, reply #19 of 31)

I really resented the cost of bags also--because I could vacuum up enough dog hair to make another dog!  But I love the "empty the canister" vacuums.

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Aberwacky's picture

(post #53519, reply #21 of 31)

My Dyson's hose is very easy to use--just flip up the cap on the end and pull out hte hose.  The vaccuum switches automatically over to hose.


I looked at one that you had to do a lot of contortions to get the hose out and attached--too much trouble. 


Here's the one we have: http://www.amazon.com/Dyson-DC25-All-Floors-Upright-Cleaner/dp/B0014E3GM0/ref=pd_sbs_k_3


I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond, and the kind woman let me use the 20 percent discount coupon.


Leigh


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

(post #53519, reply #23 of 31)

Your model sounds easier to use, but I would have to try it to believe it. Not that I don't trust your experience, but the darned thing I have is just a terrible design and user unfriendly. The thing is, it cost right at $500 and is nowhere near ready to die. If I ever replace it, a good demo of both cannister and upright models will be in order.

LydiaM's picture

(post #53519, reply #25 of 31)

that is one of the MAIN things I am looking for in a new vacuum...something that is easy to switch out. Right now I have a kirby, paid a fortune for and to switch attachments is a pain, you have to take the whole damn thing apart, and I never seem to get it back together right,plus the vacuum weighs a ton, very hard for me to carry up and down stairs.
So I need somethings that is 1)lightweight, 2) easy to change attachments, 3) and is good for allergy sufferers...seem to be the Dyson at this point, now just to decide which model...

Aberwacky's picture

(post #53519, reply #28 of 31)

Once you narrow it down, go to a store that has the models you're looking for, and try them out.  If they won't let you get them off the shelf, try the attachements, etc., go somewhere else.  That's how I found that the model I was looking at (smaller ball model), had an extremely annoying hose.  After all, it's not how it looks, it's how you will use it.  


BB&B and Sears both let you try them.


I will say the ball model is extremely maneuverable, which I like because we have lots of corners, chairs, etc.  Makes it easier to vacuum in those areas.


(By the way, I was looking at vacuum cleaners at Target when a woman stopped me and told me how much she loved her Dyson, and suggested I go to BB&B to buy them.  She didn't want a Dyson, her husband bought it, but she was a complete convert. After her burst of enthusiasm, she was embarassed and said she never talks to strangers, but just loved her Dyson so much she had to share it, LOL.)


Leigh


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

(post #53519, reply #30 of 31)

sounds good to me...thanks

PeterDurand's picture

(post #53519, reply #26 of 31)

Do you by any chance have the option of using a built in? If so, take advantage of that.

You can make then exhaust to the outside (instead of the garage-a typical set up) and that would eliminate any blow back whatsoever into the house. The one I attached to the pipes uses the suction to power the beater bar for the 5 square feet of carpet in the house. The hose and whatever end you connect is a lot lighter than any sort of portable.

Cheers,

Peter