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Thread: Need advice on new vacuum cleaner

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    I have had an Oreck for years and while it did okay I am not in love with it. We recently changed carpeting in most of the house to a twist or frieze carpet as it is now called. The Oreck does not do a good job on it at all and it takes all the strength I have to vacuum the carpet. I called my local Oreck dealer and he said the way the Oreck was designed it did not do a good job on the type of carpet I had installed. He said he could do some retrofitting which might help.

    The Oreck is 10-12 years old and I would like to replace it but I want something which would work on my kind of carpet. Do any of you have the twist carpet and, if you do, what kind of vacuum cleaner do you have?
    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    all I have is a cordless Shark....I don't even use my big vacuum anymore. :wink:

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    shark is good. mine is not cordless and i have hard wood floors now, but i've heard good things about it and it works for me

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    I have a rainbow, and altho expensive I have had mine for 15 years & took it in only twice for maintenance. Would not own any other kind personally.

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    I love my Rainbow.

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    I have a Shark and it is wonderful!!!

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    I have a Dyson. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
    Friend of mine has an Oreck and she borrowed mine one day because she wanted to try it out. She fell in love with it too and went and bought one. Gave her Oreck to some people that needs a vacuum. lol

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    My next one will be a Dyson! That is of course if we don't build and install central vac. :wink:

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    I too have a Dyson... The Dyson Animal. I LOVE it!! I am telling you, if you buy this one, you will wonder why you didn't before. I just can't say enough good things about it... I told my g/f about it and she bought one (of course she buys just about everything I do). *LOL*, and my Sis, she bought one too...

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    I am a big fan of Dyson. We have hardwood and tile floors with big woollen rugs....two cats and two dogs (all live inside) and lots of people in and out. I have had the upright model for 8 years, parts are reasonable and the motor is still as good today as the day we bought it. It is one of the few vacs. endorsed good for asthmatics and it removes pet hair really well. Oh, the only reason I needed spare parts was because I rather stupidly tripped over it one day and broke the container.


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    Glad to hear the advice--We're getting ready to buy a new vacuum and have two big black dogs that think their job in life is to shed fur so Mama has something "to do". I had been leaning toward a Dyson anyway....

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    Perhaps the dealer might have a suggestion?

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    Oh yes...if you have animals that shed, the Dyson Animal is the one to get. That's the one we have. I just love it!

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    I have a Hoover. My first one was around for 13 years. And since my cleaning crew consists of people 12yo and under... Let's just say it was abused. Sucked up water (accidentally) and after drying out ran GREAT! Sucked up toys, pieces of denim (I had to take it apart and pull the denim out of the motor with a pair of pliers). And soooo much other stuff. I retired it and replaced it with a bagless model which I LOVE.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Where would I buy a Dyson?
    They have them at Lowe's--don't know if they have the best price.

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    The vacuum cleaner repairman in Dade City, FL said to avoid Dysons because parts were expensive and hard to get. So - I have no personal experience with them.

    I like my bagless Hoovers, but I don't have the kind of carpet you are talking about.

    They do a good job of getting the cat hair up. Mine are between five and 10 years old, but what I was not impressed with was the very short attachment hose.


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    Have heard nothing but good reports on the Dyson I saw some at Lowes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Where would I buy a Dyson?
    I have a Dyson too, and wouldn't part with it. My daughter has the one with the big ball near the base, and she loves it. Over here, QVC (UK) have just started selling them so you could check out the USA version

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    I have a Meile. I love it, but it is very spendy. Don't know if I would spend the money again, but I don't think I"ll have to. It's a workhorse and the best thing is it is very quiet. I can actually hear my little phone ring when I'm operating it. It's very lightweight and doesn't bother my shoulder the way my old blue Kirby does when I use that beast.

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    Thanks for all the replies. I am hoping to receive more replies before I decide what to do. I am so afraid of making the wrong decision and being stuck with something I don't like and/or doesn't do the job. I keep seeing this quote flashing in front of my eyes "Paralysis by analysis". That's me in a nutshell.

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    do you have any scraps left of your carpet?

    if you do, maybe you could get it as loaded with stuff (dirt, sand, thread, hair, etc) as possible and take it to the store for a demo???

    I'm not at all sure if they would, but better a dirty scrap than a whole carpet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Where would I buy a Dyson?
    We bought our Dyson at Sears. My daughter bought hers at Target and I've seen them at Costco.
    We absolutely love the Dyson vacuum. I always thought I was fairly good about keeping the house clean but after that first trip around with the dyson I had my doubts! What a bunch of dirt we'd been living with. No more! We live with a black cat and we could knit another cat with the fur the dyson manages to find.
    I'd give the Dyson a 5 star rating out of 5.

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    have any of you had to have a Dyson repaired?

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    I have a Sears Kenmore cannister and I love it so much that I got another one.

    I had one before and was sorry I traded it in on a kirby (which was lousy) and got rid of it and went back to the Kenmore. Now I'm a happy camper again! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    have any of you had to have a Dyson repaired?
    I've had my Dyson for 3 years and it still sucks great!
    I do have a small cannister that is just for my sewing room tho. That's a Fanthom that I picked up at Kmart for abourt $50. We used to have the Fanthom upright and that was a workhorse too. Traded it for the Dyson. Ok, didn't trade it, just bought the Dyson and gave the other one to my daughter who loves it. She actually put the Kirby she had out on their curb and can you imagine, it was still sitting there after a week? She finally put it on Freecycle and someone came and got it.

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