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Old 02-02-2003, 05:44 AM
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I have owned at least 10 vacuums - cheap and expensive ones. The biggest point for me is how easy is the belt to change? I had a very expensive vacuum that I had to take to the shop each time the belt broke. It was impossible to fix myself. When I complained to the company, they must have had a lot of complaints as they sent me a new vacuum - different model (Eureka -they were really decent to deal with).
My best one so far is a $50.00 Bissell from Walmarts - It's an upright with carry on tools. I bought all the bags Walmart had (hate running out) and bought belts. Really a well made vacuum and definitely strong enough and cheap enough.
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Old 02-02-2003, 02:19 PM
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No joke, when I graduated from college way back in 1987, I wanted a vacuum for my graduation gift. My uncle got me one, and it lasted fifteen years without problems. At that point it started to have some problems. I did some minor maintenance on it and it hung in another year.

I may have been able to get it fixed, but I figured it was old, so after the sixteenth year, I got rid of it and got a bagless vacuum. I HATE IT! We may not have to change the bags, but we have to empty it and clean the filter EVERY time we use it. What a drag!

Financially, it's not an option to get another one any time soon, but when we do, it won't be bagless!

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Old 02-02-2003, 02:40 PM
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Hi I just got a rainbow for christmas and love it i couldn't believe my carpets were that durty I was amazed i keep them shampooed and vacumed but thay were filthy until I got the rainbow its expencive but worth every penny if you have kids and pets.
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Old 02-02-2003, 06:59 PM
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Like one of the other posters wrote, I went to the 'vacuum store' and bought a Riccar. I paid about 350, cuz he gave me credit for my 'trade in' piece of junk from walmart.

He told us not to buy an Oreck, the dirt flows right thru the motor, there is no tube or hose which bypasses the motor.

And, he recommended against the bagless.

I told him I was tired of the $50 cheapies from Walmart, I was tired of taking them to the shop ($30 a pop, hardly worth it) and tired of needing a vacuum in a pinch, and turning it on, and it not working.

He said this one will last at least 20 years. The only time he ever saw one in the shop for anything other than regular service was when someone ran over it with a suburban (he advised against doing that)

Since you are going to be having a new member of the family, too, I sure would not recommend a cannister(having to drag it around) or anything heavy.

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Old 02-03-2003, 05:32 AM
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I have had 9 or 10 vacuumes in the past 20 years. (that excludes 2 handhelds). I've had Kenmore, Bissell, Eureka, Dirt Devil and Black and Decker. I've had uprights and canisters, bag and baggless. Right now I have bagless and LOVE it!! I have 9 anilmals, 4 kids and one Hubby. (mine also caught my Kenmore upright on fire vacuuming the fireplace. It lasted 5 years afterward.) All 7 cats and 2 dogs are inside as are the kids and hubby. I have allergies as do most of my family. I got tired of the bag because I would change a bag every other day. I can vacumme 5 rooms and sometimes the stairs without empting. I vacuum every other day. Mine is Windtunnel by Eureka. Yes, there is some cleanup, but at least you can sanitize the filters and not blow dirt back into the air.
I"ve had a Kenmore canister for 20 years. It still works. We use it for the cars.
Vacummes are like anything else. It depends on your preference; upright, canister, bag and bagless.

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Old 02-03-2003, 02:20 PM
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I have a Riccar & I will never buy anything else ~ it has been AWESOME!!!! We have had it for 6 yrs. & it has not had any problems at all. And the best part is that if you accidentally vacuum something up (nail, etc.) it won't even get near the motor. It is made so that objects don't go through the motor. Good luck to you!
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Old 02-05-2003, 12:13 PM
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My mother gave me an Oreck XL for Christmas, and I love it. It's lightweight, and made square so that you can get into corners, and close to the walls. It has a little built in bruch that gets that little space you can't reach! It also is flat on top and folds down to easily get under things. It has an extra long cord so that I can do the house without having to plug and unplug.
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