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?
Darn. I was going to recommend a Dyson because I love mine. Sorry your has been not so great. Wish I had something to recommend. My mom loves her Oreck so maybe check that brand out?
We bought an Electrolux upright after going through about 7 or 8 cheaper vacuums in as many years. It was worth the $600.00 we spent on it, it has never needed maintenance (the Electrolux man comes out every year and does some "tune up" on it for free) except the door spring was broken. We called Electrolux and I went to use the bathroom. While I was gone, my DH let the Electrolux man in, he fixed the door on the machine (no charge) and left. Amazing.
We tore up all our carpeting on the first floor due to allergies but I use it either with the hose or just the motor on to clean the hardwood floors.
The only bad thing about it is the beater bar tend to have hair wrapped around it. We're a long haired family with a Malamute, but again, the Electrolux guy came to the rescue. This summer's tune up he showed me how to use a seam ripper to clean the hair out of the beater bar and it isn't really a problem anymore.
I know people who have had their Electolux vacuums for 20 years and they are still running. I wouldn't use any other after this one. I figure when I'm in my 60s we'll need an other one and when that one goes, I'll be too old to care.
We have a samsung canister vac and it is working out well. I was very resistant to it because it uses bags, and because I'd never really heard anything about them one way or the other, but it beat my expectations. Good suction, the attachments work, my carpets seem clean, and the carpet attachment is narrow enough to do the stairs well, which my old upright vac was terrible for.