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Old 06-19-2012, 10:14 AM - Thread Starter
 
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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?

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Honestly, I had the same problem when i had one cat and no kids. LOL My vacuums died about every 3 years.

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.

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Yep, Dyson. We have two cats and two very hairy dogs and I vacuum about every other day. Got the vacuum seven years ago and it still works great. I think I should get a 'tune up' though.
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Another vote for Dyson.  We got one of the animal versions way back when they first came out, years ago, and it is still going strong.   I like it so much, I bought another for our cottage. 


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I'm not a Dyson fan and ended up returning it to Costco after a year. When it came down to it my Eureka did a BETTER job than the $500 Dyson.

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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 ;-)


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Thanks!

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Sears/kenmore vacuums have always lasted forever for me. Plus they do pretty affordable repairs
 

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We found a very good price on a dyson on amazon and have been so happy!
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I got my second Dyson on the Woot site for less than $150 but you need to watch the site daily.


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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.
 

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Get a dog... a beagle.  They clean everything.

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love my oreck --

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Miele canister, but we have a locally owned Miele store nearby that does repairs, sells filters, etc.
 


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I have an LG and it is great!  Best vacuum I have ever owned!


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I love love love my miele canister! It's quite a bit more expensive than a dyson, but I figure if it ever needs fixing I don't want to pay more to fix it than it is worth. There are a wide range of options/prices and you don't have to deal with the icky bagless dust when you empty it. I use my vacuum once or twice a day and the money we spent (600) was sooooo worth it. It's definitely quality and made to last!

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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. 


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I love my Oreck, and it's about 15 years old. The bags for it are expensive though.

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Another vote for Dyson.  I bought mine in 2005 and it's still going strong despite daily use.
 

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I have had a Miele for years and love it. Never any problems. Can't beat that German engineering.

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We bought our Oreck nearly 12 years ago (Aug 2000) and it is still going strong! We have a business Costco nearby and they sell the bags for less than anywhere I have seen. I do not know the price of an Oreck nowadays to know if it is within your price range, but averaging it over 12 years thus far certainly needs to be taken into account, yes?

 

The upright came with the canister vac and a car vac at the time. They all three are still in excellent condition. In the past 12 years, we have replaced bags on the upright and canister, one power cord on the upright (although, DH may have just shortened the original cord), and two belts on the upright. We use the upright at least twice as often as the canister and probably twenty times as often as the car vac. The Oreck has handled two different cats (one puked a lot, but had short hair and was declawed -- the other is very healthy, but has long hair and sheds nails a lot, too) and one full-time child (for 11 years) and part-time other kids (babysitting co-op in the toddler stage; many play dates, parties, and sleepovers in the school age range thus far) AND, most impressively, a lot of home improvement clean-up over the years.

 

We got a mini shop vac about 4 years ago, but still use one of the Orecks usually. (They are more convenient.) We got a Roomba on Woot.com for $155 including shipping and absolutely loved it! For 4+ years, the Roomba did the frequent vacuuming (maybe 3 times a week) of the main areas downstairs (living room, hallway, and kitchen). We replaced the battery once via Amazon, but have refused to do so again...the batteries averaged just over two years; something to keep in mind. YMMV


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Another Dyson fan here.  I bought mine about five years ago (I think?) and it works great.  Love that it's bagless, and love that it's pretty intuitive to fix or unjam.  I had to replace the extension hose recently, but it's otherwise going strong.
 


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I have the same problem. Finally just got a shop vac and wont buy another vacuum cleaner again! This thing can pick up anything even larger bits without tearing up, no brushes to get tangled with hair, and sucks up wet or dry. I got mine a small one from Lowe's for about $30. Just get a couple of the extra extender pieces and its just like using a regular vacuum and its lightweight with no bags.

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I absolutely LOVE our DYSON!  We had cheaper ones for years and finally borrowed a friends after she raved about it.  After trying it and seeing the difference, we had to save and buy it.

 

It's so worth every penny we spent.  I believe we paid about $400 and that was about 3 years ago.  It's still going strong.

 

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I got a Eureka at the Goodwill for $15 bucks and it's worked like a charm for many years now. Someone ditched it for some reason, despite it being in working order, so I got lucky, I guess. All it needed was a replacement filter, which I bought for $20 at the local service shop. I will second what an earlier PP said... service. If you service your vacuum cleaner regularly, and keep the filters and beaters clean, even a cheap one will last longer. 


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