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Is it an epidemic? I’ve been reading so many blogs lately where people have recently laid to rest their old vacuum cleaners.
This week, ours joined the list. Just as we get new carpet, which needs a decent amount of vacuuming at first (new carpet fuzz), our dinosaur decided to bite the dust rather than suck it up. Scott has taken it apart and fiddled with it, but the cranky old machine has completely lost suction.
My old vacuum was a hand-me-down from my grandmother’s house, and is about as old as the dirt it’s been picking up from the carpet. Even though it had no bells or whistles like newer brands, it did the trick (which sometimes smelled like burnt rubber) and had a long life. I’m not too disappointed (or surprised) that we have to replace it. But, do newer versions last as long as the old stuff? What is quality like nowadays?
With a shedding dog like Colby, we will need to replace our deceased appliance fairly quickly. So, as many of you already have, I’m shopping around for a new one. The three biggest factors in my purchase will be price, longevity, and dog hair suction abilities.
I’ve heard conflicting reviews about the Dyson ball, but Scott and I are both equally fascinated by Dyson’s new bladeless fan. In case you haven’t seen the commercial, you can check the new fan out here. But, since we need a vacuum cleaner and the fan costs $300, we’re going to put that purchase in the “probably never going to happen” category. And at $500 (like the Dyson Animal), the vacuum cleaner doesn’t seem to be too appealing for my wallet, either. Based on some of the reviews, it doesn’t pick up dog hair as much as one expects, is really loud, and far too heavy. If anyone has this particular vacuum cleaner themselves, what was the deciding factor for you, and how long have you had it?
I’ve only just begun the research on the world of vacuum options and I could really use some input. Are you loyal to a particular brand? Do “pet hair” vacuum cleaners live up to their hype, or do all-purpose cleaners work just as well? Spill the beans… but not on the carpet!