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Old 06-26-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I have been doing lots of research and cannot find a vacuum that has all around good ratings. From what I have read, Dysons are good until they break, which apperantly they do frequently. Hoovers are excellent but have very poor customer service. When they break you are out of luck, may take months to repair. I currently have a Bissel that did great at first but after only a year or so, it hardly sucks at all dispite cleaning all the filters and checking for clogs. Any opinions on good vacuums for less than $500. Thanks
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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I am very happy with my Dyson which I have had for 3-4 years now. Seeing the dirt, dog hair, etc. that has been vacuumed up is quite gratifying and emptying the canister could not be easier. Good luck!
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Sometime in the fall when I lay some carpet (and need a vacuum)...
I'll be buying (another) canister model from Sears.

The plain vanilla Kenmore with "powermate" sweeper head.
They really can't be beat.

Kenmore Canister Vacuum Cleaner (2029219)

You can spend more... if you like.
I won't be doing so.
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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Sometime in the fall when I lay some carpet (and need a vacuum)...
I'll be buying (another) canister model from Sears.

The plain vanilla Kenmore with "powermate" sweeper head.
They really can't be beat.

Kenmore Canister Vacuum Cleaner (2029219)

You can spend more... if you like.
I won't be doing so.
I'll second this. I just replaced a 15yo Kenmore canister with another Kenmore canister; Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more
and am very pleased with it's performance.
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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We're in the vacuum biz. If you like uprights, we recommend a used Riccar or Simplicity. The new ones are over $500, but you can get the used ones for less. Bags are easy to find and are reasonable, and the machines are made in the US.

Check eBay.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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I had a Sharp upright with attachments that has been great for almost 20 years. A few years after I bought the Sharp I bought a Panasonic so I could have an upstairs and downstairs vacuum cleaner, also a regular upright with attachments and it has been going strong for about 15 years. Bags are easy to find. Both of these machines were around $250. I don't think they are going for too much more these days.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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We've had our Dyson Ball Animal grade for a couple years and had no problems - best cleaning I've seen from any vacuum on carpet. Roomba was good on everything but carpet...
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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I am very happy with my Dyson which I have had for 3-4 years now. Seeing the dirt, dog hair, etc. that has been vacuumed up is quite gratifying and emptying the canister could not be easier. Good luck!
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We've had our Dyson Ball Animal grade for a couple years and had no problems - best cleaning I've seen from any vacuum on carpet. Roomba was good on everything but carpet...
I agree with my fellow Dyson lovers I first purchased a DC7 and was so amazed at it's cleaning abilities - I purchased a DC25 a few years later. I keep one on each floor of the house.

My old Kenmore was unable to pick up the fine hair of my then new cat. When I first purchased the DC7, I Dysonned everyday for 3 weeks straight before not picking up any more dirt out of my carpets You will be amazed and horrified at the same time of what is collected by the Dyson

The main plastic hose did have a break in the DC so I ordered a new one. It literally took me 2 minutes to change out the old hose.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Never planned on spending a ton of money on a Dyson. Target had them on clearance and I was able to pick one up for $140 about 2 years ago. Absolutely love this vacuum. It still runs like a champ and nothing is broken on it. Pretty amazing since not only do DW and I use it but we also have our 7 and 9 year olds use it as well. It's been dropped several times. My next vacuum, when this one dies will be a Dyson.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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I have a Dyson Ball D27...in the shop because it won't suck anything up....for the second time

I purchased it in August 2010 so it isn't even a year old.

They are great when they work though.
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