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Which type of vaccum do you own, and what do you think?
 

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We have the animal (the purple one). No complaints, and we have the worlds most shed-y dog. It's been used daily for well over a year with no trouble.
 

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That's great to know!<br><br>
I've been googling reviews on the dyson (the animal in particular) and had mixed reviews.<br><br>
Any more mamas? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We have the DC07 animal too - I LOVE this vacume! No more bags! Sucks like a champ! But seriously, we have 3 cats and a long-haired dog, and are in a perpetual state of renovation, so out house is fuzzy and dusty constantly. The Dyson keeps up with everything, and keeps our rugs clean. It's also easy to use, not horrifically heavy and has the worlds longest cord. I can do the entire first floor of my house without having to plug and unplug it.
 

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We have the animal as well, and a dog and a cat. We LOVE our dyson, it really picks up everything.
 

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We have the Dyson DC07 or 14...some purple one.<br><br>
Anywho, we have five cats, and occasionally, two dogs, plus a messy toddler and a dusty house (the desert with an old house will do that). DH loves the animal. It works great on carpets.<br><br>
I, however, prefer our vintage (ok, I think its 20+ yrs now) Miele canister vac, especially for the wood and tile floors...and my back.
 

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Great! I'm so glad to hear that it's so good.......I have cats too, but it's more my 6 kids that cause carpet turmoil! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've been wanting a dyson forever & some of the reviews I read spoke of the motor burning out, the hoses splitting apart.....things like that. I'm hoping those are just rare cases!
 

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I've got "The Ball"and love it. We have two kids, two dogs, and a cat. Our german shepherd has been shedding a lot, meaning I vacuum twice a day. Always gets it everything up.<br><br>
Major thought, I've tried the dyson that doesn't pivot and let me tell you, I like the one with the ball much, much more. Because it pivots, it seems so much easier to maneuver. Buy the basic ball, and you can always get more attachments on ebay (only real difference between it and the animal with the ball).
 

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I have a dyson DC14 that I bought about a year ago from overstock.com - it was factory refurbished & about $279. It is the same as the animal but without the extra attachments. I really really love it, but we have had to have it repaired already. The repair guy said they are great vacuums but they have a clutch that goes out pretty easily. He also said that the company is difficult to work w/ for the repair companies because it takes a looong time to get the parts. We actually pulled it from another repair place because it was taking so long & we thought we were getting the run around. But then the second place had the same issue.<br><br>
Still, for the money I paid, it was definitely worth it. The repair was $60 and the guy said it was unlikely the clutch would go out again.
 

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I have a yellow one (not sure of the model) and have had it for over 2 years. It has been an awesome vaccuum. I have had no issues with it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a dyson DC14 that I bought about a year ago from overstock.com - it was factory refurbished & about $279. It is the same as the animal but without the extra attachments. I really really love it, but we have had to have it repaired already. The repair guy said they are great vacuums but they have a clutch that goes out pretty easily. He also said that the company is difficult to work w/ for the repair companies because it takes a looong time to get the parts. We actually pulled it from another repair place because it was taking so long & we thought we were getting the run around. But then the second place had the same issue.<br><br>
Still, for the money I paid, it was definitely worth it. The repair was $60 and the guy said it was unlikely the clutch would go out again.</div>
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Maybe, because it was refurbished? We've had this one for a year and a half, almost two years and no problem. I hadn't heard that about the clutches before. That would totally suck.
 

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We have the Animal model and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. We have 3 really sheddy cats and it is a miracle. We have had no problems with ours and have had it for 9 months.<br><br>
As a bonus... Since it is "cool" DH uses it nearly daily. Had I know a $500 vaccuum would get him to actually vaccuum without any prompting... I would have bought it years ago. He delights in seeing all the crap it sucks out of the carpet, emptying, the re-vaccuming and seeing how clean it is.
 

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In 3 years, we went through 6 vaccums. And some of them were NOT cheapies. Our basement looked like a vacuum graveyard. We finally took one in to be fixed and the repairman told us that my long hair was continually getting wrapped around the rollers and was burning our vacuums out. Permanently.<br><br>
I spent $600 on a Dyson Animal from Sears and paid for a 2 year warranty. At the 2 year mark, the salesperson told me to come in and say that the vacuum "just wasn't working as well as it used to." Since Sears doesn't do the repairs, they just give you a new vacuum and send yours off to the factory or whatever.<br><br>
After 2 years, the thing still worked like the first day of purchase, and I didn't have it in me to exchange.<br><br>
The Dyson Animal is AMAZING. There are a few features that bother me. The attachment wand is weird and awkward to use. Also, it is difficult to vacuum underneath a bed unless you use a specific attachment, which takes some time to hook up. I've seen the new Dysons with the rollerballs and that looks like an even greater investment.<br><br>
In the last few years of daily vacuuming, the Dyson has paid for itself again and again. Totally worthy investment!
 

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mamasboys, that cracks me up ~ my basement is like a vaccum graveyard too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">As a bonus... Since it is "cool" DH uses it nearly daily. Had I know a $500 vaccuum would get him to actually vaccuum without any prompting... I would have bought it years ago. He delights in seeing all the crap it sucks out of the carpet, emptying, the re-vaccuming and seeing how clean it is.</td>
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My long hair is what destroys my vaccums....and two of my daughters have very long hair too, so no machine stands a chance! (not to mention the cats!)<br><br>
There's a dyson animal on sale at my local Meijer & I've been so tempted....but now I need to think about whether the ball is necessary for me.
 

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It does well with my long hair as well. Works on all hair types.... We love ours. We don't have the ball model, so I don't know the difference.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have the DC07 animal too - I LOVE this vacume! No more bags! Sucks like a champ! <SNIP> It's also easy to use, not horrifically heavy and has the worlds longest cord.</div>
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Amen. I, too, belong to the Cult of Dyson. Did you know that if you do happen to have suckage issues, you can call them, they have you put the phone up to the sweeper and can trouble shoot it just by the sound of the suckage? It's so cool.<br><br>
I think people have trouble after they empty it because you have to put the basket back just so for it to seal correctly. Bad seal = little suckage. Do it right and it works like a champ.<br><br>
PS: I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond using one of the 20% off coupons that are always being mailed to my house. There is also a coupon in the Entertainment Book. Makes the outlay a little less harsh.
 

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we have an animal too and love it. i lucked out and got a floor model from circuit city for a fraction of the cost, it was missing one (non-essential) small part that dyson sent to me for $4.<br><br>
we have a super sheddy dog and it works great.
 

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That's what our dyson sucked up on its first day. that was after vacuuming about 25% of our livingroom rug. It's pretty awesome. I can vacuum over a grey patch of carpet (grey cat fur) and in one pass, the fur is gone.<br><br>
The only negative would be that my husbands loooooooong hair gets caught around the bottom brush and does need to be clipped out every so often.<br><br>
But I still think it rocks!<br><br>
~Julia
 

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That's what our dyson sucked up on its first day. that was after vacuuming about 25% of our livingroom rug. It's pretty awesome. I can vacuum over a grey patch of carpet (grey cat fur) and in one pass, the fur is gone.</td>
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Holy gray cat hair, Batman!!!!!! So sad that I'm so excited about a vaccum! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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