Ask Design Mom: Vacuums

January 11, 2011

Dear Gabrielle, I am shopping for a new vacuum. Is it worth splurging on an expensive one? Or are they just a lot of hype? I’d love your opinion or recommendation. Thanks! — Sara

Great question, Sara. I made do with a $40 vacuum I picked up at Costco for like 6 years or something. It wasn’t great, but it was fine. I only had a couple of area rugs that needed vacuuming. So the short answer is, if you’re not doing much vacuuming, a budget option is probably fine.

But my real answer is: I adore Dyson vacuums. (This is not a shocking statement, I’m sure. Design-centric people have long loved the Dyson.) We finally splurged on one when we moved here to Denver because we have mucho wall-to-wall carpeting. My sister advised me to buy it at Bed Bath & Beyond with one of their 20% coupons to help take the edge off the high price. It helped, but it’s still a big purchase. Like you’re buying a major appliance.

But man oh man, it’s such a great vacuum! It picks up so much more than any other vacuum I’ve tried. It’s built well and it’s easy to empty and maneuver. We chose the DC24, because it’s a manageable size for both the kids and the grownups to handle. If you’re in an apartment or other small space, my assistant Melanie swears by the new Dyson City. It’s super compact and made for all floor types.

What about you, Dear Readers? Any favorite vacuums you want to recommend to Sara?

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1 Lesley January 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I have a Dyson and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! I agree- it is totally worth the money. I actually MAY be selling mine as we currently have two Dyson’s in our household and I am moving to Chicago so I may be going with a smaller model for a city apartment. Email me if you’re interested, Sara, or any other readers :)


2 Elaine January 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

My in-laws have a Dyson (the one on the left). I LOVE it. I’m THIS close to buying one for myself. It doesn’t even feel like a chore!!


3 Sierra January 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The one useable thing Ed brought to our marriage was his orek vacuum. 10 years, 4 kids, a dog and a cat later, it is still running amazingly well. The amount of dust, debris and polly pocket shoes it manages to pick absolutely thrills me and I highly reccomend. Oh the things I get excited about!


4 Sandra Gonzales January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

You’re spot on with this recommendation. I LOVE my Dyson!
My Dyson even has a Hello Kitty sticker on it from when my daughter was going through her sticker phase.


5 Nicole @ Here's The Diehl January 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I couldn’t stomach the price of a Dyson, though I’m sure I’d love it!

I’ve had a Bissell Liftoff Revolution for 3 or 4 years now, and I can’t believe what a great job it does. When we moved to our new house in April, I know that the previous owner was sad to leave her central vacuum behind. It’s no comparison to my Bissell though! I got it for around $150 on sale at Kohl’s, I think, and I’d highly recommend it.


6 Lauren January 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I’ve had a dyson for about 6 years now and I can not even begin to say how much I love it! One of my top 10 things I ever invested in.


7 Kimba January 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

The Shark Navigator is said to work just as well as the Dyson. I don’t have a Dyson to compare but I LOOOOVE it. Picked it up at Costco and it comes with a zillion attachments (all in a nice bag so they’re not scattered everywhere). I was amazed at how much it picked up after I’d just vacuumed with my old one.

One day I’ll own a Dyson, but for now this is fantastic.


8 Tanie January 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I have a DC25 Animal Dyson and OH MY GOSH is it amazing. I vacuum almost every day and almost every day the canister is FULL of dog hair. It was $700 but SO worth it.


9 Cat K January 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’d have to say as great as a Dyson is…i am going to recommend the Miele line of canister vacuums. Now before you dismiss it because it is more than a dyson. This vacuum sucks everything up and leaves no dust on the vacuum like most vacuums do. It also doesn’t leave your room smelling like dust after you’ve vacuumed. They have some basic models that start around $400 and should do pretty well…since I plan on keeping this vacuum for a long time, we sprung for a more expensive model. So far, we love it. love not sneezing everytime we vacuum.


10 tori January 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Have had my Dyson for several years. Bought it refurbished on ebay. It has worked like a champ. Have you ever seen their hand-driers in public restrooms? Awesome!


11 kimberly January 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

my husband recently surprised me with a new vacuum (isn’t he romantic?) and brought home a dyson. I totally love it. it’s easy to maneuver, gets my floors really clean, and has all the right attachments in all the right places. Even a really great stair attachment which I love. I was afraid he’d spent too much, but he found it at Costco for a screaming deal, like 30% less than regular retail. I’m not sure which model it is, though. It’s not huge, but it’s not compact.


12 Anne January 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

At our Co-op School, little could inspire more passion amongst our parent volunteers/cleaners than a new vacuum purchase.

We’re loving our new Hoover – great on the kids and dog hair and it was so inexpensive I can buy a new one every year if I feel like it!


13 Ren Lady Of The Arts January 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I was surprised to see that Best Buy had vacuum cleaners and really fantastic saves during all the Black Friday specials-

I’ve had the same Costco vacuum for seven years-


14 Mary January 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Perfect timing as my vacuum broke yesterday. :) Thanks for all of the suggestions!


15 Courtney January 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

As the daughter of a very successful vacuum business owner, i highly recommend Miele or Simplicity over Dyson, although I am sure Dysons are also great! Good luck choosing, but I think it is worth a little bit more to get a good, sturdy vacuum that picks up more (for health reasons).


16 Bee January 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I’ve had a Dyson, and I have to say I love my Miele much more for Manhattan living!


17 Jenni January 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I love my Dyson and I got it on for about $100 less then you can find it anywhere else.


18 Jessica January 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

We got a Dyson a few years ago and the first day we used it, we emptied it 4 times because it was picking up SO MUCH MORE than our old vacuum. I also got it at BB&B with a 20% off coupon, and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made.


19 JWK January 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I LOVE my Dyson!! We got it as a gift so I didn’t have to see the bill, but I love cleaning the house now. Sounds silly but it’s just so much cleaner with a Dyson! Especially if you have pets that shed…


20 Meagan January 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I find this pretty surprising… I’d heard the Dysons don’t work super well. Consumer Reports certainly doesn’t like them. We went with one of Consumer Reports top picks (some kind of Hoover) and it works great… I think it was aroud $200. Maybe it’s because we were specifically looking for a vaccuum that could handle pet dander?


21 Clover@farrbetterlife January 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

My husband bought our miele over 20 years ago and it does a fantastic job. I have had a few minor repairs and bought some of the newer attachments but the motor keeps on ticking. Great hepa filters in it as well.


22 Gandhali January 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

We got the blue Dyson (shown in the picture) a month ago, and we LOVE it!


23 amy January 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I come from an electrolux family, my mother got hers as a wedding present and it died about 25 years later. she replaced it with an electrolux. still going strong (over 10 years on that one) I have one too, but now that I live in a house that is 100% terrazzo, I got a hoover floormate, and I am IN LOVE with it.


24 Michele January 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I use the Hoover Tempo Widepath Upright Vacuum, and even though it takes bags, its the worlds greatest vacuum, as far as I’m concerned. Only $75 and it nearly attacks carpets.


25 kate January 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Ours was also like purchasing a major appliance but oh how I LOVE my Kirby. You should totally look into one :)


26 Julie January 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I am not a fan of the Dyson. I think it works well for wall-to-wall carpets, but it has damages 3 rugs of mine by pulling fibers from the ends or sides. I also do not think it performs well on bare floors (despite the bare floor setting). I retired my Dyson to the basement where I have only wall-to-wall carpet and purchased a canister that I’m not entirely please with either.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Kirby vacuums lately and would be curious to hear about anyone’s experience with a Kirby . . .


27 A January 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Here is a website from a no-biased vacuum guy doing a comparison between the Dyson and the Kirby.

Interesting to read.


28 jen January 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I LOVE my dyson. I totally think it’s worth it although I got mine refurbished through amazon and only paid about $200 for mine. Also, I have a dog so a high quality vacuum was a must for our household.


29 charlie February 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I have a dog also and the Dyson animal works great to get all the pet hair off the carpet.

I found some helpful advice in picking the right model at this website:


30 Lisa O. January 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I love my Dyson. I am VERY frugal so making the splurge was hard, but I have zero regrets. It’s been an amazing vacuum.


31 kati January 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

yes, dyson! i’ve had one for 5 years and i am in awe of it EVERY SINGLE TIME :)


32 Linda L. January 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I have been married 39 years and have had 2 (the 2nd one is still going strong) Electrolux vaccuums…they are expensive, but if you look at how long they last they are worth it.


33 Lisa January 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Ive had sooo many vacuums, and even msde money vacuuming at one point. Nothing beats a Dyson, and I mean NOTHING! Vacuum your entire house with your favorite OTHER vacuum, then borrow your friends Dyson, and vacuum again. You wont believe what your other vacuum left behind. You will then want to invest in your own Dyson. It will be your best purchase ever. If you children with allergies or asthma, buy it for their sake. I have the DC25.


34 Rebecca January 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

After upgrading, I was shocked at what I was picking up in my vaccum cleaner. Seriously? Had I been living so long in such grossness? Apparently I had. Just be ready to be amazed at the stuff hidden in your home’s crevices!


35 LydiaC January 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I have to say, I have a Miele and LOVE it! The suction is great, lightweight. It may be a bit pricey but I have had it over 10 years and it works just like new. I have heard from my local vacuum store that Dysons are actually not that great of a machine. But to each his own.


36 Arlene January 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I had a Dyson. I thought it worked ok, then I got sold on a Kirby. The only down-side is it is much heavier, but I think will last much longer than the Dyson. And I have the shampooer attachment for the Kirby, which I love. My carpets look great after shampooing them with the Kirby. It was very expensive though. I use the Hepa filters and I think they work great. I saw one review that said the Dyson looks like it’s picking up a lot because of all the air circulating in the canister, but it’s just fluffing up the dust and hair, so it seems like more.


37 J January 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Our vacuum just broke as well (wasn’t a very good one) and I have to admit I am very drawn to the Dyson, but I have been doing my research (you have to do something while you are saving your money for a good one!!! they aren’t cheap!!!) and I think I will be going with a higher end Simplicity. It does both hard floors and carpeting and here in the west with all the dust the bagless machines don’t really do that well (actually burns out the motors)…and its made in the USA!!! Yipee!!


38 Jes January 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I had a bunch of stuff in storage, out-of-state, including my Dyson vacuum that was 6 years old. So I bought a Bissell (the pet hair kind) from Costco and used that until I got my belongings from the storage unit (about 6 months). The difference was night and day. The “old” Dyson is a far superior vacuum to the other. I wouldn’t go with anything else.


39 bdaiss January 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I love the design of Dyson as well. And yeah, they’re pricey. But here’s where I hang my head and confess…

We just bought a Roomba. One that has on board scheduling. That means it vacuums my floors during the day while we’re gone. I was skeptical about spending the money. But I’m totally sold. The only disadvantage? It doesn’t do stairs. : ) (In my defense, we did buy a model that was being discontinued so we picked it up on the cheap.)


40 Ronnie January 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I’ve had a Meile vacuum cleaner with a Hepa filter since my daughter was born (25 years ago). It costs more, but I have never had any mechanical problems and boy, can that machine clean. Over the years, I’ve replaced the cord once or twice – otherwise, it hasn’t cost us more than the bags. I highly recommend Meile for usefulness, longevity and design.

Someone gave me a Roomba as a gift and it was OK at cleaning up the dog hair, but it did not clean everything well and I had to go over spaces with the Meile. I gave it away.


41 Brittany January 13, 2011 at 5:12 am

I second the Miele. Of course, I inherited mine from a wealthy relative (they keep one on each floor and had an extra, woo hoo!), so I’ve experienced only it’s amazing suction and not it’s heavy blow to the wallet.
I’d seen them in Williams-Sonoma catalogs and always wondered, Why would someone spend THAT MUCH on a vacuum? But then I tried ours and I understood. I hope this thing lasts forever with only minor part replacements, as others seem to say. Because I’d really hate to buy one new.


42 Courtney January 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

The Kenmore Progressive!


43 Julie January 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I was given a Dyson for christmas and couldn’t agree with you more! this vacuum is simply AMAZING! I can not get over how much it picks up, how easy it is to manoeuvre, and how gorgeous it is! I have the DC23 (animal) and would highly recommend it to anyone with a pet! You should have seen what it picked up when I vacuumed with it right after vacuuming with my old vacuum (a little test I did), unreal!


44 Shana January 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I highly recommend the Bissel vacuum for Pets. I’ve had it for 3 years now and haven’t had any problems. It’s super powerful, moderately priced, and works amazingly well. I have 2 big dogs and 1 cat.


45 Aliesha January 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I am completely obsssed with my Dyson Pet Vacuum…it is like another member of the family! I still always make my husband watch as I empty the container when I’m done…it never ceases to amaze!!

My only advice…I bought mine at Kohls on my Kohls card when they had a 30% off coupon, which saved even more than the 20% at BB&B. And, I bought it online with free shipping. The trick I’ve found with Kohls is that they constantly mail out those “peel off” coupons that are worth 15%, 20%, or 30% off, and the only difference in the code is the # part. So, the codes are always something like Save15, Save20, and Save30. So, when I bought my Dyson, I think I really only had a 15% coupon, but by using it online, I made it a 30% savings instead!! :)


46 Anna Lewis January 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

We love Dyson, too! I loathe vacuuming, and this makes it tolerable. When we got married, we pooled all of our target cards to buy the vacuum. We have the ‘pet’ version. Not sure how it compares, but with two dogs and a cat we figured it was the right choice for us. :) Still going strong after 4 years.

Also, my mom has a rule of thumb that a vacuum lasts 1 year per $100. Not sure where she heard that or how it plays out. :)


47 Linda @alamodestuff January 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Miele! Love my red canister vacuum!


48 Heather January 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I LOVE my Oreck, but my brother swears by his Dyson. I think that with vacuums it is worth it to pay the big bucks – otherwise you end up buying a new one every year or so.


49 melissa a January 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I’ve heard good things about they Dyson, but when I was picking out carpet for my basement there were signs ALL OVER the carpet store stating that using a Dyson on any of their carpeting would void the warranty.

Personally, I L O V E my Miele. Best vacuum I’ve ever used.


50 StumptownMom January 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

When we got new carpet, we were also warned that using a Dyson would void the warranty. So we bought a new Simplicity with HEPA filter and are very happy.


51 miggy January 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

We to have a Dyson and got it refurbished so I think it was ‘only’ $200. I like it, but I do have one design complaint…but it’s too hard to explain without actually seeing it in person. Overall it’s a great vacuum and there are ways around the price.


52 Kim January 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I love my Dyson! We have the one with the ball technology. It’s a double bonus, because my engineer husband thinks it’s cool and does all the vacuuming. It’s also nice because it supposedly keeps all the air dust in the vacuum instead of letting it back into the air which is why we invested in the first place. Prior to, my husband would sneeze like crazy during and after vacuuming.


53 Cindy January 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Our Dyson is great. It is so well thought-out and easy to use it amazes me sometimes. However the rotating brush often gets full of gunk and makes a terrible sound when it gets stuck. It happens way too often. Other than that, it’s a keeper.


54 sara January 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I had LONG desired a Dyson…but not the price tag. So when Black Friday rolled around and I saw that Target was selling the DC 17 Animal for only $267 instead of the usual $499 sticker price I JUMPED on it.

Long story short, my life is now a lot better and seriously, our carpets are 10 times cleaner. Dyson really IS worth the money, but it pays to watch for deals and coupons and all that because like Design Mom said, it is like buying a major appliance, sticker shock and all :)


55 Megan Flowers January 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

One shopping trip at Target we came across a Dyson DC24 on sale for 175.oo normally 310. It was
a floor model without a box but in perfect condition. We did not need a vacuum but could not resist such a
great deal. I am so happy that we have the Dyson now. We were using a bulky canister vacuum that made vacuuming such an awful chore. Now I do not mind vacuuming! It works great on hardwood floors as well. When it’s time for a new vacuum we will definitely be purchasing another Dyson even at full price!


56 Sarah January 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

we have a dyson and do love how well it sucks, however our next vacuum will be a miele. ours broke once, and when we took it in to get repaired we discovered that it was merely a wiring issue that would normally be an easy fix, except that dyson stopped making replacement parts for our vacuum (and several of their other models). the vacuum guy had to sort of macguyver something that makes it work for now, but based on what he knows of vacuums (and what i’ve heard elsewhere) we can pretty much count on it breaking again. for a vacuum that’s as expensive as the dyson, i just don’t think it’s acceptable not to be able to permanently fix them when they break, especially when there’s a common problem among the ball units that tends to break frequently based on how they bend. i know several folks who have had dysons for ages, so it’s not like it happens to every one, but if you happen to get a lemon you’re kind of out of luck. the miele is a much better quality vacuum that sucks just as well and is fixable should anything go wrong.


57 Amy S January 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I have a Dyson, and it’s okay, but what I really lust after is a Kirby.


58 Ann January 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I’m an Oreck fan. I have a very lightweight one that cuts down on allergies. It has a bag inside. I don’t know what it is called. It was not cheap from the Oreck store. I spent over $200 for it. I’ll tell ya, with a golden retriever and two boys than have numerous snacks that end up all over the floor. I’ve had it for 4 years now and it is still great.


59 Erica Grover January 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Kirby for sure. Had a Dyson, and all the rest mentioned about. Just bought a kirby last month and it blows all of them out of the water!


60 Bethany B. January 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

We LOVE our Oreck. My mom had one that lasted 15 years, so after 4 years of marriage and 2 broken vacuums, we finally bought ourselves an oreck. It feels like a lot to spend on a vacuum that looks like a little girl’s toy, but it’s amazing. Our carpets FEEL different than they did before, and it’s super light. I also prefer the bag to the bagless.

The Dysons are beautiful tho.


61 Katherine January 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Miele! We got one from my in-law’s for Christmas. They are huge Miele fans and my mother-in-law had her’s for 20 years. She then gave it to my sister-in-law and it is still going strong.


62 Tiffany Hoehne January 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

A VACUUM REPAIRMAN told me (when I asked why he didn’t sell Dyson’s in his shop) that Dyson’s actually have suction because as soon as the filter starts filtering, efficacy plummets, and that they are terrible for people with allergies because dumping the canister is like inhaling a dust cloud.
He recommended Kirby’s and Orek’s, and definitely bagged vacuums. They are actually less gross than bagless when you change the bags as often as is recommended (once a month for a vacuum that is used daily).
Dyson’s are pretty and trendy, but I want something that is really going to LIFT the dirt.


63 Tiffany Hoehne January 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

sorry- I meant to say that “Dyson’s actually have average (not great) suction….”


64 Meredith January 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

we have a Dyson 24 too! It does a fabulous job, but is now going into the shop AGAIN. Sadly, it’s made of a lot of plastic. But, the warranty is covering it (again). So, I’m not sure if we’ll invest in another when the time comes.


65 noelle January 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm
66 Kim January 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Dyson DC25 Animal – it rocks!


67 Meghan Beutler January 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I’m a verified Miele advocate. I love my canister vacuum. It’s compact, light, and works wonders on any surface.


68 Katrina Crane January 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

If you live alone, have no animals – or pets, *wink! Yah, you mom’s know what I’m talkin’ bout…. especially moms of BOYS!* well then, it doesn’t much matter.

If, however, you find that you vacuum up legos, rubber bands, hunks of bread that the manufacturor would say was too big for a vacuum, but too small to justify bending over a lot – well then the DYSON is for you.

I have the purple one, bought @ BB&B, and when it gets clogged, I can use a butter knife to undo the screw and fish out… well, lets not get into that. Just ‘cuz MY kids suck up their socks doesn’t mean that yours will. You can fix it, yourself, for just about everything but a burned out motor. Most carry a 5 yr warranty, and it has blessed my life. When I got a loaner though, they did mention that someone had returned it with bullet casings in the bin. Oh yeah. That’s MY kind of vacuum….


69 Shannon Stanbro January 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

My brother was a vacuum repair tech and he insists that Miele canister vacs are the best. I’ve been happy with my 10 year old Hoover, but maybe he’ll give me a Miele for my birthday so I can compare. ;-)

If you go to a vacuum store rather than a big box chain, be wary of the salespeople! They can be worse then a used car salesman. Do your research before you go shopping.


70 Charlotte January 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Really? This smacks strongly of product placement. How much did they pay you for this? Or did they just give you a free one? I know you sometimes own up to your sponsorships, but sometimes I feel like this blog is too heavy on the advertising. Hmmm.


71 Design Mom January 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Aw shucks! Too bad you don’t like the post. Charlotte, I’m very careful about acknowledging sponsorships and I assure you, I paid for my Dyson with my own pennies.

Anything positive you’d like to add? We’d love to hear about your favorite vacuum. :)


72 Charlotte January 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Okay. I like my old upright Hoover. It reminds me of the one my mom used to have, or the one you see the guy at the grocery store using to vacuum the front door mats in winter. I can’t afford a new *whatever* brand, but I occasionally take my Hoover to the repair shop for a tune-up because the old guy who repairs it makes it good as new.


73 Danielle Daniels January 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I’ve had my Dyson for more than 5 years and it’s still the best vaccuum. I use it on carpet, tile and wood floors. It is very versitile and fairly light for the amount of power it has.


74 KarinS January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

We have the purple “animal” and it makes me feel like a total slob!
I’m a very clean person but man it sucks up everything! Seriously, we have 2 cats and you’d never know it. Love our Dyson. I’m thinking of getting the City for our main floor and use the animal in our bedrooms and staircase.


75 angela January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

i’ve had a dyson for 5 years now, i love it. we got ours on ebay, new in the package with the warranty. great deal. before we bought it we had a kirby salesman give us a demonstration, was thisclose to purchasing one. friends have them and love them.
what i love about the dyson is the easy to empty canister, long handled host and super long cord.


76 Wynn January 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I think a Miele is the best vacuum you can buy. Worth every penny.


77 Amanda Gracey January 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I have to second the shark navigator comment. AMAZING vacuum for around $150 at Bed Bath and Beyond. I can’t say enough good about it. Read the reviews on amazon.


78 Julie January 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I have had SEVERAL Dysons but they just couldn’t take three dogs and five kids!!! After trying almost every brand out there, we decided to invest in a Miele and we absolutely love them!!! Yes, I said them! We have one for each floor of our home.

I agree with Wynn . . . MIELE is the BEST vacuum you can buy!


79 Whitney January 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I, too, am a huge Dyson fan. We saved a bit at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon as well. We’ve had the Dyson for a little over two years and still LOVE it.


80 Kelly January 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

LOVE our Oreck :)! So lightweight and does great job. Also it is SO easy to change the bags!


81 Design Mom January 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Such strong vacuum opinions! So fun to read about everyone’s experiences.


82 alejandra January 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

If you want something that will last forever get a Kirby, I bought one from a door to door salesman and I love it. It works great on carpet, wood and it also has an attachment for shampooing. It’s an investment, but you can usually talk them down quite a bit. They are mostly made of metal, so no little plastic pieces that will break off or a motor that will burn out and loose suction.


83 Julee January 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

The best reason to by a Dyson: even your husband will love it! Mine vacuums the house more than I do now.


84 Maren M. January 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’m in love with my Dyson as well. It’s amazing how much more often I’m willing to vacuum when I really love the vacuum I’m using!


85 Matriarchivist January 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

All hail the Dyson! My house has never been cleaner.
Make sure you check out the online deals. We got our DC25 online through Walmart then just picked it up in store when it came in. Saved over $150 and got the $80 car and upholstery kit for free.


86 Shani January 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I love my Miele. It works equally well on both flat floors and carpet, and is easy to maneuver on stairs. Also, it’s red, and it makes me smile.

It’s not as designy as the Dysons, but I’ve rarely been more satisfied with a purchase. It’s still going strong after nearly 8 years, two houses, two small boys, three cats, and innumerable home improvement projects.


87 Karen M January 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I have the Bissell Cleanview Helix deluxe and it ROCKS! It was 1/4 the price of a Dyson and I really believe it works just as well. Several family members and friends have gotten the Bissell after hearing me rave about it and they love it, too!


88 Anna-Katrin January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I LOVE my Electrolux! Ok, so it’s actually my mom’s Electrolux, handed down to me 10 years ago and still going strong! She’s on her fourth one now (keeps upgrading when one of us kids moves out and needs a vacuum) and will never switch brands!


89 Sara January 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

LOVE my Dyson… just be sure to clean the filter once in awhile… : ) Just an FYI, 4 yrs is too long to go without cleaning it!

AND… Don’t leave it at the top of the stairs while you do the stairs… it only leads to staples in your scalp!


90 Erin January 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Well it looks like I’m a lone sole here. I bought our vacuum about 5-6 years ago after having a slew of cheap ones fail us. We have hardwood floors, area rugs and wall-to-wall carpet, so we needed a versatile CANISTER vacuum. At the time Dyson’s were new and didn’t sell a product to match all of our needs. After some research, we landed on a Bosch. I really couldn’t be any happier. It’s the quietest vacuum I’ve ever met, it’s suction is great and it has a HEPA filter. Love, love, love it….and it’s similarly priced to a Dyson and less than a Miele.


91 Carrie January 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Miele all the way. It’s the closest I’ll come to feeling like I’m driving a sports car. It’s amazing!!!!!!


92 Katy January 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I saved up and finally bought my very own Rainbow this summer. And I LOVE IT.

My Mother-in-Law has a Kirby, my Sister-in-Law has a Dyson, and my Mother has a Rainbow. I vetted them all carefully and the Rainbow just seemed like more for our money.

The Rainbow won out because it has less problems and my mother literally runs it all the time – meaning it acts as an air purifier when you are not running it as a vacuum. It just sits in the corner humming softly all the time. The air is filtered through water. She has 5 dogs in her house, and you would never know.

Since we have purchased our Rainbow E Series (an old model), it has cut down on my husband’s sinus problems and I don’t have to dust as much. It picks up EVERYTHING and I have cut down my dusting by more than half.

Unfortunately it is a bit bulky and difficult to move around. Sometimes the water is a hassle to get rib of, but no more than a bag, I suppose.


93 deborah@applesinwonderland January 12, 2011 at 7:30 am

My mom and dad are on their 2nd Rainbow… 49 YEARS. They truly have the cleanest house I’ve ever been in…..ever. I was saving my money for a Rainbow, but this post has me thinking I could just just a Dyson or Miele right now. Hmmmm….I’m sick of spending under $100 every other year for a vacuum that just doesn’t suck…..or does;)


94 cecilia January 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I agree with the Miele-lovers. I finally broke down – on our 4th home (after getting married and using hand-me-down upright vacuum cleaners). I love it for all of it’s parts – the upholstery brush, the floor brush, the slanted one for getting the stair corners – it makes my job easier! and it’s not difficult to lug around! Would love to try a Dyson sometime, though, bc other than a bunch of old Hoover Uprights and my mom’s cadillac Kirby vacuum cleaner (which weighs a TON), I have nothing to else to compare it to.


95 Sherri January 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I was just reading about your rental home in France and I have to say that the post about vacuums just doesn’t compare. ;) What a dream… will you be renting a room to fellow blogger friends? ;) I stayed in a B&B in Bloise, France that looks a lot like your rental. WoW! “Calgon take me to FRANCE!”


96 Tiffany January 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I comparison shopped a Dyson with a Riccar at a local vacuum shop, and the Riccar won HANDS DOWN. I had never heard of that brand before, but it is made in the USA, has a fabulous warranty, and the Riccar Supra-lite weighs only 8 lbs. I’ve had it for 2 years and it has not let me down once.

I found Dyson to be a lot more hype than performance, and the vacuum shop where I bought my Riccar says the same thing. He actually gets a lot of trade-ins when people bring in their Dyson for repairs.

You can only buy Riccar from an authorized dealer, and before you spend any money on a Dyson, I’d try out a Riccar.

LOOOOVE IT!!! Go Riccar!


97 Lexy January 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I absolutely agree (I have a Riccar Sunburst Subcompact). One downside of a Dyson is that it’s difficult to find shops that will repair them from you. I bought a Riccar because I knew that if anything happened, I would be able to have it serviced rather than having to buy a new machine (and therefore saving lots of plastic from the landfill).
I also like the HEPA filter in the Riccar and the fact that it is very lightweight.
Furthermore, many Ricca vacuums are made in the USA.


98 Min January 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Get a Kirby. Sure they weigh 10,000 tons and look something straight out of the 60′s, but they will get the job done. It’s solidly built and will last beyond your grandkids’ grave.

I took my Kirby apart down to a bolt just to appreciate the engineering that went into it and I was well pleased. Kirby is the epitome of minimalistic, sound mechanical design with solid metal parts to back it up. It’s as utilitarian and durable as pre-GM Saab 900′s and pre-Ford Volvo 240DL’s. What more can I say?


P.S. Mine did work great again after I put it all back together.
P.S.S. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have foreclose your home to own a Kirby. I got my refurbished/reconditioned Kirby on eBay BIN for $275 shipped. Bet you can snipe one for cheaper if it’s on auction.


99 Sarah January 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hi! Like the woman who commented above, I love my Bissell Lift-off Revolution. If you have hardwood floors or area rugs and want something primarily for cleaning baseboards, inside the couch, etc.. this is the vacuum!! I love how I can remove the canister and have something so light-weight and portable to carry around the house. I highly recommend this!


100 Denise January 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Let me start by saying I have a Central Vac system. It does not suck. literally. My kids are over the joke. Anyway, in the past I had given my husband an edict that there were to be no gifts that had a plug. Since I own a LARGE (110#) golden retriever, I started lusting over the Dyson 25 Animal. I really wanted one – I read the reviews and could not wait to try it out. My girls talked him into buying it – he was scared it was not a good gift! When I got it, I was excited! Love the machine! I am telling you, I can do a room and the canister is full half way through! It is like my central vac never worked! I love to run it and I am amazed at the crap that my central vac had left behind!


101 Veronica January 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

Miele vacs are also very good. I’ve had their cat & dog model for years & it’s still the best at picking up all the fur!


102 dunski January 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

How fun and interesting to read all the comments. We are thinking about buying a new vacuum. And just yesterday I was pondering it again and still couldn’t make my mind up whether I should save pennies for a dyson or just go for a miele. (miele is cheaper here) We have but two rugs, the rest is wood or stone floors. Actually I’d want one that sucks better, than the one we have and I’d love a longer line, as I’m constantly replugging. But I don’t want to spend that much money for a vac! Now I know more and will test some miele models.


103 dunski January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

ok..I checked on miele, seems they’re in the exact same price range like a dyson. I don’t like them tough. no washable filters, bags… the only model I’d go for would be the hybrid… ;)


104 tiina January 12, 2011 at 7:29 am

I am also soooooo in LOVE with our dyson! We have it now for 6 years and I will never ever have something else than a dyson :)
I’m dreaming of a second one (better for a third one too) because I’d like to have one on each level of our house…

It got nothing to do with cleaning, but someday I also would like to have a fan of dyson – just for the design :)


105 amber January 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

WELL WELL I may be the only naysayer of the DYSON but i HATE them. THEY are heavy, awkward and I too bought into the hype and purchased one. When I had a ton to vaccuum, including a bunch of stairs I realized that I hated vacuumming due to the large, bulky DYSON- it went out on me too after only a year. I promptly returned it, got my warranty replacement and continued on with the DYSON again to HATE it. I finally sold it and got a SIMPLICITY Vacuum. It has better suction, light as a feather, cheaper, american made, full warranty and I LOVE IT!!!!(and anyone who asks I tell them STAY AWAY FROM the DYSON- its the marketing that gets ya- but its not superior!!!!!)


106 Carol January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

I have an older Dyson (yellow–don’t know the model). We got it on clearance at Target for about $180.

The plus side: it sucks stuff up much better than my old Hoover upright did. I know this, because first we vacuumed with the old one, then with the new one, and filled the canister half way up with grit and dog hair. Gross. It’s easy to take apart to get things out that are gumming up the works. The negative: It’s worthless on bare floors. (I don’t have wall to wall carpeting, I have rugs. I have had maybe 4 vacuum cleaners in the last 20 years and not ONE of them works well on floors, or can get up the stuff along the edges of the rug without switching over to the hand attachment.) The plastic feels cheap. I’m in constant fear that one of the plastic latches is going to snap off in my hand. It’s heavy, and the carrying handle is way, waaaaay too high up on the body to be able to carry it upstairs without whacking myself in the legs with the head. Maybe if you’re a tall Scandinavian guy it’s in the right place :) If you want to use the hand attachments, you have to have the cord completely unwrapped off the little storage hooks to pull out the hose. I am sick to death of wrapping and unwrapping the cord!


107 Mikelle January 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

we have the dyson pet. i love, love, love my dyson. it picks up anything and everything. we have had ours for 6 years and only had to replace one part. it was easy to order from dyson and replace ourselves.


108 heather January 12, 2011 at 8:18 am

Miele ALL the way! It’s small and virtually silent too. Bonus for pets and small children that don’t like loud noises! We bought a Dyson for our weekend place and took it out of the box turned it on…and immediately put it back in the box and returned it. Too big and bulky and LOUD. We’re now the proud owners of two Miele machines. Worth. Every. Penny.


109 Sarah January 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

I’d love a high-end vacuum, but it’s not in the budget so we opted for a refurbished electroluxe on overstock. Love it! Definitely worth the 150 beans we paid and hopefully it will last years and years.


110 AmandaL January 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

I just replaced my 8 year old Dirt Devil, which has basically been beat all to hell by cat, rabbit, and now dog (Great Pyrenees, no less) hair, plus my long hair. It’s actually still in working condition, but the motor makes an awful noise, and I was afraid… anyway. I wanted a Dyson, but just could not bring myself to spend more than $500 on the model I thought I needed. I ended up with a Kenmore Intuition, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s easy to clean the dust cup and filters – everything basically snaps apart for easy cleaning. It has a nifty dirty/clean LED that goes from red (dirty) to (green) as these little sensors sense the amount of dirt coming into the canister. It’s heavy, but I figure I can use the workout anyway. I really like that it doesn’t have a drive belt, so no more belt replacements needed. It does a great job of cleaning up the long, fluffy dog hair that gets embedded into my carpet – I sweep about once a week, and my 9 year old carpet looks fantastic. I highly recommend it!


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