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eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 29th Jan '06 4:09 PM

MY VACUUM DOESN'T SUCK!

I have a bagless dirt devil and I was going to say it sucks, but really it doesn't suck. Which means it sucks, right? Anyway, I have a golden lab/great pyrenees and he sheds like nobody's business. I have a wool carpet in the dining room that is flat and that hair gets on there and I can't get it off. I have to get a broom and try to sweep it off.

So what's the best vacuum out there for dog hair and flat carpeted areas? I could subscribe to Consumer Reports but you guys are cheaper. Not that you guys are cheap.....you know what I mean.

Thanks.
Lodi

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Sploofmeister (Editor)  
Sun, 29th Jan '06 4:17 PM

This is what you want. Trust me.
http://www.dyson.com/homepage.asp

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 29th Jan '06 4:28 PM

I have looked at these but wish I could try one before spending the $$ for it. Do you have one?

phlenin
Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Sun, 29th Jan '06 6:36 PM

Oh boy am I qualified for this question! Hehe. I am the proud mama of 3 border/collie mixes (massive shedders), a terrier/poodle mix and 3 cats -- all of which are house pets. I also pride myself on appearing as if I DON'T!

When my husband and I purchased our new home, we bought a Dyson Animal for almost $500 but it was worth every penny. It really does live up to it's promises. My mom and sister both own Kirby's and they are decent vacuums but I would still prefer the Dyson to them. The only thing that made me leave my Dyson was a company named Healthmor (or more locally known as "Air Doctors"). They have an entire vacuum and air filtration system that has absolutely changed my home. It's an absolute MUST with a multiple pet home like mine.

It's a very expensive system, but I will tell you that I have taken my vacuum (it's called a Majestic) to my mom's home MANY times (she owns an expensive Kirby) because it does a much better job and is so easy to use -- and she doesn't even have pets! It also has, what I believe to be, the most amazing filtration options available. It's also bagless. (Somehow, bag vacuums always smell, I swear.) Anyhoo, if you are willing to pay top dollar, you'll have a vacuum for life. It's truly incredible.

Enough of that schpeel. If you don't want to/can't pay top dollar, you will be incredibly happy with a Dyson. Especially with only two dogs, I believe you would be VERY pleased with it's performance. As a side note, I will tell you that I have heard that Dyson vacuums can be hard on shaggy carpet types, but I have a very shaggy carpet and used a Dyson for over a year without any appearance of damage.

Sorry to ramble -- hopefully something my nonsense is helpful!

~Clean Carpet Phlenin

phlenin
Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Sun, 29th Jan '06 6:39 PM

Grr typos.......something IN my nonsense.

And I meant DON'T as in, appear as if I DON'T have that many housepets. Man I gotta slow down and be patient when I type!

~Flustered Phlen

PS -- That expensive system can be found on www.healthmor.com

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sun, 29th Jan '06 10:51 PM

Lovin' my Dyson upright, too.

It took me a full two hours to figure out how to use all the hoses but once I did, it's plenty easy to work with. Gets long-haired-white-cat hair off the velvet and chenille sofas very well. I have two stories of hardwood floors with some wool area rugs (and one sisal rug). Cleans floors and area rugs great and the hose is long enough to vacuum the stairs, too.

We had a Kenmore canister before this. It was a great vacuum (and highly rated, too). It didn't last very long and the bags always seemed kinda stinky. I like the bagless feature-- seems cleaner. And man, that Dyson sucks!

GL!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 29th Jan '06 10:55 PM

I went online but they won't give me any information about prices or dealers without me entering in my personal information. I don't want anyone bugging me at home if I just want to look. So if you don't want to put the price out on chat, could you send me a message and let me know?

Thanks for the info by the way. This is exactly the information I was trying to find. After sweeping that $$#$!! carpet today after sweeping it yesterday made me realize that I absolutely HAVE to do something else.

Thanks.
Lodi

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 1:04 AM

The only thing that sucks around here is my paycheck...

Kelly

lolly
Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 5:47 AM

I have exactly the same problem.. a suckless vacuum cleaner. It really doesn't suck, and I totally agree - it sucks..

markieboy
Markieboy  (Level: 259.5 - Posts: 198)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 7:23 AM

Dyson all the way here in the UK - best selling vacuum cleaner for a few years now - worht the extra .

citrusy
Citrusy  (Level: 26.2 - Posts: 118)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 7:37 AM

Until you get the 'vacuum of all vacuums', make sure that the filter is cleaned out. With the bagless models, you really have to be diligent with cleaning it out.
My upstairs tenants cat died over the holidays and he borrowed my vacuum (a bagless) to clean up the remainder of the cat (fur, nothing else) and the filter was clogged beyond belief.
You could have had a second burial for the shedded fur alone.
Clean that filter! While you are at it...can you do mine?? I hate cats! LOL.

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 7:54 AM

Citrusy, you... hate... cats?

Lodi, the Sears website lets you see the inventory and the prices without any sign in. We bought our Dyson from there (the "Complete" model).

~Tracy

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 9:08 AM

I found the Dyson and have actually been eyeballing it for months. I couldn't find the price of the Healthmor that Phlenin had mentioned. I'm hearing a lot of good things about the Dyson though.

And yes, I do clean the filter diligently on my Dirt Devil. No matter what the vacuum, I'll never go back to one that uses bags again.

I'm so discouraged that I'm actually considering redoing my dining room floor. I suppose the vacuum would be cheaper.

citrusy
Citrusy  (Level: 26.2 - Posts: 118)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 11:29 AM

Ok...it's not that I HATE cats..I am a dog lover first. Cats are not my cup of tea. I think my moodiness clashes with most cats.
Besides, if they get their claws into me, I would use them as CATapults. Don't even mention declawing cats..that's just inhumane. Don't go there.
I love all animals. Some more than others. : )

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Sploofmeister (Editor)  
Mon, 30th Jan '06 1:04 PM

Well, I am just happy to hear that the cat was already dead before meeting the Dyson!

phlenin
Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 1:45 PM

Cat declawing inhumane? I dunno about that, but if you really feel that strongly, "soft claws" are a nice compromise (kind of a pain though). Even though I have cats, I'm a dog lover first also. Most the time my cats just moodily retreat to their big scratching tower or yowl at me if they want me to do something for them. I have a sign above their litter box that says "Dogs have masters, cats have staff." It rings true in our house.

Eesus -- I don't remember the exact price of the vacuum alone because we bought an entire system that included air filtration machines, etc. However, you could probably call Healthmor and get a quote over the phone. Honestly, with just the two dogs (it's two right?) you would be VERY pleased with a Dyson. They really are great! We bought ours at Sears. If you have a Costco anywhere near you, they also sell them, for a great price!

~Da Phlen

phlenin
Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 1:49 PM

Oh wait, you just have one dog right? Oh! Go Dyson, you'll be happy, I swear.


joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 2:49 PM

We have a Tri-Star and it sucks anything in sight - we have a Huskie that sheds a lot too - but it goes beyond the dog hair, it gets really down into the carpet - I wouldn't be without it. Is great for homes that have pets and allergies - you can live with both.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 4:14 PM

I actually have 3 dogs but only one that noticeably sheds. That's the lab/pyrenees cross. He weighs 180 pounds and leaves me lots of light yellow downy like hair. The weimaraner sheds, I'm sure but its so small I don't notice. The other dog, some sort of ugly mutt I felt sorry for, doesn't shed either. Somehow we end up being the home for misfit dogs, cats, and horses.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 9:54 PM

I know that you feel sorry for me Eesus, but to call me a mutt...that hurts. Thanks for taking me in though...

Kelly

phlenin
Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Mon, 30th Jan '06 11:22 PM

Hehe....
Well someone's got to take in the misfits Eesus! I'm glad you do! I can definitely relate to that. I've got the who's who of dog pound dogs but I love 'em to death.

~Phlenner


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