I'm getting pretty fed up with my vacuum. It's a Dyson DC17 animal bought in early 2008. I've never liked it much. I think I have pretty high expectations from something so expensive and that everyone else talked up so much. The biggest problem is that it's pulled up my carpet (several spots in several houses). If it ruins your carpet, it doesn't much matter if it's clean or not. Other than that we've had a lot of maintenance issues, and I feel like even with the attachments I can' t get into small spaces.
I had been hoping to just deal with it as long as it was running. Someday, we'll get hardwood floors, and then it won't matter as much. But it may be 5 years before we actually get to changing the floors, and right now my house is full of fleas and I can't even vacuum until a new belt gets here. So I'm feeling very tempted.
I'd like to not spend as much, because I don't plan on having a lot of carpeting in a couple more years. I want it to be reliable and long-lived, and obviously, get my floors clean. Can I find anything decent on a budget?