I'm desperate for a new vac, and i'd LOOOOVE a dyson but at this point there are SO many things we need to buy for the house/baby that It seems silly to spend THAT much on a tool when there are much cheaper ones.
Mainly I buy for both quality and price (my dad's a best of the best person, my mom as stingy as they come, she's all about garage sales...so I got a little of both...hehe) but when the money ain't there....
The biggest concern I have is I bought a dirt devil "vision" when I had my own apartment about 5 years ago. It does a good job cleaning carpets, but for my little 1bdrm apartment I'd have to empty the dirt cup about 5 times!
Not only that, but the filter is IN the dirt cup, and you have to get the filter out of the cup before dumping and then knock off the wads of hair and dirt and fuzz, and the filter hasn't been clean since the first time I used it!
I probably am way over due for one, but I don't think I can even buy another anyways...but even if I did, whats the point??
DH has terrible allergies/eczema/asthma (mmm...good genes!) so I actually have to make sure he's left the room when I'm vacing so that the dust from emptying the cup and trying to knock off some of the gunge from the filter doesn't trigger anything major!
I have to empy the cup outside too, because it bothers ME and i'm never bothered by stuff like that....blah.
Plus, in our livingroom which is a nice size, but hardly huge....I need to empy the thing like 2-3 times. Grr. Takes me HOURS to vacuum my house!
Then, my sis came to visit me just before I moved in with my DH, and brought her hamster/gerbil too. Either her fuzzy creature was very ambitious, or my cats spotted it hidden and "safe" because the little plastic cage thing was knocked over like 3 times. I got up as much of the bedding as humanly possible, but had to vac to get the rest up, as it was over carpet.
My vac completely locked up from the tube that feeds from the bar....and I had to disassemble it and snake it out with a hanger, like THREE times before it was working again...sorta.
Even now, the attachment hose thing doesn't work AT ALL. and since our new house seems infested with spiders (ewww) this is a PITA. i've had to resort to the damp papertowel method to remove the webs and such. would be so nice to stick the wand into a crack and suck the bastards out
I love bagless uprights, but after this....i'm super wary of buying one....
I want to make SURE I won't have these problems anymore (esp the dusty filter yuck)