I don't know if it is planned obsolescence, if I am buying the wrong kind of machine at the wrong stores, or if I'm just particularly hard on equipment, but it seems like I can't keep a vacuum cleaner alive for more than 3 years. I feel so terrible about it! It feels very wasteful and it makes me ashamed. I need a workhorse that can clean up massive sheds from my lab, plus everything my 4 kids track in. Do you have any ideas? Orr ideas on how to make a regular $150-$200 vacuum from Target to live longer?
I need a vacuum cleaner that is going to LAST! Any suggestions?
We ended up buying a Dyson Animal in 2005 and it is holding up great. We love it, and we have a kid and 2 cats now, and it hasn't faltered. It is outside your price range, but I think that the more expensive vacuums just last better.
Love love love our Dyson Animal! It's the best - plus, we have a smaller home and it is sooo easy to maneuver around and under things (with the ball - you seriously just flick your wrist). It can tackle anything (usually in one pass!) and it switches between the hardwood floors and carpets super easily. It's lightweight, and has a telescopic hose and tons of attachments if you need them. I love it.
Bonus - DS loves it too, and it reclines low enough that he can push it around the house already - granted, he is a GIANT, very strong 14 mo. old, but still! I'm not discouraging this particular obsession of his, haha ;-)
Some vaccuums are easy to get repaired, and some companies don't sell parts at all (definitely some planned obsolescense going on), but if you phone your local vacuum repair place before buying, they should be able to tell you which category the machine you're considering falls into. A lot of vacuum repair shops also sell machines if you're not too committed to buying at Target.
Nothing will ever beat my kerby. I have 2. One is almost as old as me!!! My mom bought it when I was 4 (I'm 26) and its still running and works GREAT with 5 dogs worth of hair! So a grand may seem pricey, but if it lasts 20 years its totally worth it. Also, if the sales man is desprate you can really get them to come down. I got my new one 2 years ago for more than $200 off the regular price. Also they sell refurbished ones.