Best vacuum? Dyson? Miele?

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After not great experiences with Dyson and Shark went for it with the Miele blizzard cx1. Have had it for a year and so far no problems. I had the cordless Shark and loved how easy it was to vacuum stairs, light weight no cord. But it constantly needed me to surgically remove golden retriever hair and other debris. Have had no issues with Miele except getting used to the canister style and having to haul it up stairs. Good suction, and seems to be good design with no clogs. Also like the attachments, especially the one to vacuum furniture. It was an investment but so far paying off.
yeah we are leaning towards Miele at this point just not sure if we want the Cat & Dog Canister version or the 3 in 1 Cat and Dog version.
 

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yeah we are leaning towards Miele at this point just not sure if we want the Cat & Dog Canister version or the 3 in 1 Cat and Dog version.
Not familiar with those. I really like the Blizzard CX1 but don’t remember if it was marketed for pet hair. I have two shedding dogs and it does the trick. Understand wanting a design specifically for pet hair, esp if price is similar.
 
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Refurbished 1997 Oreck XL still doing the job for me. If I were looking for Rainbow/Kirby or another high end vac I’d definitely check out Great Vacs.
 
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Had a Dyson once, we liked it a lot but pet hair did it in (and we had a pet hair model). We ended up Buying a shark vacuum as a replacement which was pretty similar but less than half the cost. I don’t think you can go wrong with either a Dyson or a Miele. I had a good buddy that once worked for a carpet cleaning company and swore by dysons but at the same time I’ve heard really good things about mieles
Pet hair killed our Dyson fast too, the shark is also what we tried next and it’s been alive for much longer.
 

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While we're on the topic of floor cleaning, I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH a steam mop for hard floors. Just what it sounds like - fill the reservoir, put the cloth pad on the bottom, plug it in, wait for it to heat up, and it cleans up ANYTHING. 170° steam cuts through grease, wax, dried blood (dogs + raspberry bushes = occasional bloody floors), anything. No chemicals and the floor is clean and sterile afterwards. Plus it's drier than a conventional mop, and in the winter leaves your floors nice and warm. And there's no scent from chemicals either. I love that thing.

If the stain doesn't come up immediately, just let it sit for a few seconds and the heat will melt whatever it is and its easily wiped away. No hard scrubbing. Ours can also be detached from the mop head to use stiff bristles with the steam.

The only downside is it's enough heat it can damage some floors if left in one spot too long.

We've got a prior version of this model: https://www.bissell.com/powerfresh-deluxe-scrubbingsanitizing-steam-mop-1806.html
 

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I have a Dyson but when a part broke and I was waiting for a replacement, I bought a Shark that was on sale so we would still be able to vacuum while the Dyson was out of commission. I think cleaning wise it's pretty close to a push. The Dyson is a little easier to move around but seems cheaply built and hasn't stood up very well. And the Shark was substantially cheaper.
 

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Got a Lindhaus vacuum (upright) that has been running for 12+ years. Replaced a belt or two. Same model is still available today.
 
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We have had a Dyson of some sort for years and really are great. But ours seem to not last as long as we think they should/parts break rather easily.

We're on the market again for a very good vacuum (we know it will be pricey but we have animals and bad allergies so it's worth the cost). Thoughts on other options besides Dyson? I've been looking at Miele quite a bit but just don't know much about them or know anyone that has one...
Dyson typically replaces a vacuum once. Might not hurt to call and ask.
 

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We recently bought a Roomba, and it’s great. Let it vacuum on its own while we do something else.
 

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While we're on the topic of floor cleaning, I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH a steam mop for hard floors. Just what it sounds like - fill the reservoir, put the cloth pad on the bottom, plug it in, wait for it to heat up, and it cleans up ANYTHING. 170° steam cuts through grease, wax, dried blood (dogs + raspberry bushes = occasional bloody floors), anything. No chemicals and the floor is clean and sterile afterwards. Plus it's drier than a conventional mop, and in the winter leaves your floors nice and warm. And there's no scent from chemicals either. I love that thing.

If the stain doesn't come up immediately, just let it sit for a few seconds and the heat will melt whatever it is and its easily wiped away. No hard scrubbing. Ours can also be detached from the mop head to use stiff bristles with the steam.

The only downside is it's enough heat it can damage some floors if left in one spot too long.

We've got a prior version of this model: https://www.bissell.com/powerfresh-deluxe-scrubbingsanitizing-steam-mop-1806.html
I loved our steam mop, but we got new floors and they said no more steam mop as it hurts or start to break down the outer layer quick. Now I gotta use those swiffer wet deals and don’t like it. We have higher end snap together laminate floors. It gets too hot I guess.
 
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Got a Lindhaus vacuum (upright) that has been running for 12+ years. Replaced a belt or two. Same model is still available today.
I’ve got one from 1998. Still works great but the bags get expensive. It was given to me because it “always clogged up from filling the bag too fast.”

I haven’t even replaced a belt.
 

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We have a cheap pedestrian Hoover Wind Tunnel pet for our upright. It is the only thing that could suck up the dog hair off carpet from the dog that was part Pyrenees.

Recently got a Samsung cordless that I love. Current dog’s hair does not adhere to carpet as badly and just so easy to grab it and get a spot when you see it. Various parts and attachments help because this dog’s hair seems to magnetically attach to bathroom fixtures. He is fascinated by an empty bathtub and likes to nap there.:rolleyes:
 

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The best vacuum depends on what your needs are. Is your house mostly carpet? Barefloor? Kids? Pets?

My dad has been in the vacuum business for 30 years and I've seen everything being around it - and each person's perfect vacuum is different based on their needs.

However, the universal truth is that Shark is probably one of the worst you can buy, along with Bissell. Breaks down easily, and in terms of the Shark, parts are hard to get so when it inevitably breaks down you're out of luck.

In addition, a bagged vacuum cleaner will outperform the bagless equivalent 100% of the time.

A robotic vacuum cleaner can be a nice compliment to your standard vacuum, but should never outright replace it.

Generally speaking, your Riccars (Simplicity), Lindhaus, Sebos, Mieles are the cream of the crop. I saw someone mention Simplicity, and it's been taken over by Riccar (always been the same company - such as GMC and Chevrolet). They're one of the only standard vacuums still made in USA (just outside St Louis).

Any specifics, just ask away.
 

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I loved our steam mop, but we got new floors and they said no more steam mop as it hurts or start to break down the outer layer quick. Now I gotta use those swiffer wet deals and don’t like it. We have higher end snap together laminate floors. It gets too hot I guess.
Maybe check and see if you can use a Tineco. We have a model 5 where it's a vac and mop in one.
 
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Dyson stick vac is great for quick stuff, the Miele are amazing for everything else. Especially if you get the extra powerful beater head to keep allergens down. The true HEPA filter and filter bags are a godsend.
 
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Maybe check and see if you can use a Tineco. We have a model 5 where it's a vac and mop in one.
We “upgraded” our steam mop to Tineco 5 for the aforementioned reasons (damage), freaking love it. It probably doesn’t clean the tough stuff as well as the steam mop, but it’s awful close.
 
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