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Last time I’d needed a new vacuum, my parents gave me their old one for free. It worked great for a while, but after putting in the new floor (where it was used to suck a multitude of dust and debris), it just wasn’t the same. The filters would clog, pet hair would snarl through every bend in the tube (there are quite a few based on its design), and the dirt would get stuck in places that couldn’t be dumped out without snaking a coat hanger through the tube.
Vacuuming is already a chore; the idea of adding the chore of cleaning out the tubes, filters, and brushes with every use is just too much. When I have only two carpeted rooms that require an upright vac (the Eureka cannister vac works great for the bare floors, but doesn’t work on carpet), I want to get in there, zip around for a few minutes, and go on with my day. Anything more than that works against me since I’m prone to procrasinate (the longer the task takes, the less likely I find the time to do it).
As of late, the vacuum was clogging about every five minutes (the suction power of a vac is great until it collects too much dust and dirt to continue to function after just a few minutes of cleaning). Once that happened, the vac coughed out clumps of dirt like it’s giving me a refund (no, you keep it; I have plenty to go around). But the final straw happend this week when Charlie decided to use my dusty old dinosaur’s electrical cord as a chew toy.
I probably should have seen it coming when she was using the vacuum as a sparring partner. She ran around last week with one of her toys, bounced around like a rabbit, and accidentally jumped on the power button of the vacuum. The sudden loud noise scared the crap out of her, which I found hilarious (I’m going to be such a good mother someday). Once I turned it off, Charlie seemed to have it figured out: the monster could be defeated. A few unsupervised minutes the following week resulted in the end of the cord being chomped to bits. No more power, no more loud noise.
It’s time to get a new one. As I do with every new appliance purchase, I’m doing my research to find a vacuum with features that experience has taught me I need:
- made for carpet
- doesn’t need to specifically say “pet” to work for my dog hair needs, but strong suction is key
- not too many bends in the hose to limit clogging
- central suction; hoses that are on one side or the other tend to clog more
- if possible, a retractible cord so Charlie can’t eat it (this is a new addition to the list)
- inexpensve – even the best vacs won’t last forever
The difficulty with shopping for the perfect appliance is that there are often contradicting opinions from buyers. Internet reseach goes a long way, but the biggest challenge I find is evaluating the evaluations themselves; too often the reviewer posts a five-star assessment mere weeks after purchase, and the negative ones in contrast are usually after several months when the same tool has broken. It may take me a while, but I’m confident I’ll find the right fit. If you have your own opinions that you would like to share, I will happily read them. Please leave a comment below if you love your vac! I know already that I’ll probably shop at Brandsmart to pick it up and I’ll pay particular attention to Eureka brands since I enjoy my cannister vac so much. But we shall see what I find this weekend – that carpet won’t wait!