I thought the place was looking a little dirty, so I pulled out the vacuum. I started out with the playroom and the living room, everything seems like it's going ok, I'm getting the nice vac lines in the carpet that I love so much. Then I pull out the hose tool to vac by the front door and no suction. I looked for a clog, nothing. So, I turned off the brush and flipped the vac on it's side. Nothing!! No suck! I had just taken the vac apart about a month ago to clean and check filters and it worked great, at least for a little while.
It's been no secret that I have always hated this vacuum. We have had problems with it since about a month after we purchased it. In the two years we have owned it, I have taken it apart about four times to fix it and we have gone through about 10 belts. I just think we somehow got a lemon, but we never did fill out the warranty card and I am sure it's long since expired.
Today was the last straw. I decided to forego the vac repair shop, since it will be about $100 to fix it anyway. Why spend the money on a vac I never really liked in the first place? Not to mention, I don't even know if the repair guy will do anything different than I have done (replace filters, check hoses, clean and check the motor).
So, I went online to start my consumer search on the best suck for the buck, apologies if that sounded offensive, but we are talking vacuums people :)
Most of what I found gave reference to a bagged upright being the best for the money. Since I am more of an eco person, combined with the fact that I vacuum so frequently, it's just not very cost effective, nor good for the environment to go that route. Most of the reviews on bag-less uprights point to DYSON. I have always wanted one, but never could stomach the $400-600 price tag.
I managed to find a DYSON DC14 All Floors with washable hepa filters and telescopic wand for $211 on eCost. They had the same vac through Best Buy for $289, so I felt more confident ordering it online knowing that a major brick and mortar store also carried it for cheap. The reviews all checked out plus, I actually have a friend that owns one and loves it. So, I went for it. With shipping & tax it came to $255 and it will be here in 3-8 days!
Ha ha, notice how it has a man vacuuming. DYSON may make great vacuums, but it's no miracle worker!! Just kidding! Mark does actually vacuum one of the two times a week we vacuum the house :) Maybe he would be more willing to tackle the stairs now with the telescopic wand? It reaches up to 17ft!
Ok, if not a Christmas present, call it a going away present ;) (WARNING, YOU MAY WANT TO MUTE THE SONG)