Help with Buying A New Vacuum

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  1. weisr2002

    weisr2002 Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I am looking to purchase a new vacuum, and wanted to know if the fanatics had any recommendations. Looking for something with some good suction, and useful attachments. Preferably in the $100-$200 price range. Currently live in an all carpeted apartment, but may want the option for using on hard surfaces in the future. I have a dog, so sucking up the pet hair out of the furniture is important too. I have allergies, so it will probably need a HEPA filter, or some other sort of dust filter.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    Can't remember the kind of vacuum we have (I'll ask the wife ha ha), but the Power Paw is the best attachment ever made for cleaning up pet hair.
  3. bosco

    bosco Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2008
    Des Moines
    #4 bosco, Aug 7, 2010
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2010
    The Eureka smart vac is a no frills bag vacuum with a hepa filter. I bought this vacuum about 3 years ago haven't replaced the belt yet. Great suction power with no loss of suction so far. For the price I think it is the best vacuum I have used. It's a little loud and heavier than an Oreck but it will pick up pet hair no problem. It also has an option to use on hard floor surfaces. Eureka 4870GZ Boss Smart-Vac Upright Vacuum: Home & Garden
  4. clone3139

    clone3139 Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    My wife and I got a Dyson for our wedding. If it ever goes out and if I can afford it I will buy another one. I let my parents borrow ours for a couple of days and 2 days later they went and bought their own.
  5. arrrgh11

    arrrgh11 Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    My recommendation is to save up and buy a Dyson. We have had a Dyson for 8 yrs and it still works as good as the day we bought it.
  6. joefrog

    joefrog Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Clive, Iowa
    If you can find an old Elecrolux, they are beasts that work great for the money. Otherwise, I have been very impressed with all Dyson products. Click here if you are looking for a bargain:

    dyson refurbished - Google Product Search
  7. simply1

    simply1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Portland, OR
  8. ericlambi

    ericlambi Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2006
    I agree that Dyson's are awesome, but if it's out of your price range I just suggest you to research how often you'll have to replace the filter on the model you buy and how much it will cost. Our previous vacuum before our Dyson had a filter that cost $25 for the generic ($40 for the Hoover brand) and needed to be replaced at least a couple times a year (the directions actually suggested replacing it monthly).
  9. colbycheese

    colbycheese Well-Known Member


    My mother-in-law got an Electrolux 31 years ago for a bridal shower gift, and it worked perfectly for 30 years until my father-in-law dropped the thing down the stairs. They are super expensive though. I think I priced one that was about 2 or 3 times that of a Dyson. Dysons are good though. I don't own one but everyone I know who has one loves it. They also have one specifically made for pet hair to (about $100 more I think).

    If you don't have the money now, go with the best Hoover you can buy. Then, when that goes out, presumably you'll have more money by then so you can buy a Dyson or Electrolux... or just marry a chick for a her "high-suction" vacuum if you know what I mean:wink:
  10. cyclone1975

    cyclone1975 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Don't skimp on the cord length. Ours has a short cord and it makes me mad because I always have to unplug it and change outlets when I vacuum big rooms. :arghh:
  11. kingcy

    kingcy Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    Menlo, Iowa
    You will not get the good sucking power out of a $200 vacuum. We had cheap vac and all we did was unplug it and see how bad of a job it did. Since you do have allergies a vac that gets everything out of the carpet would be ideal and spending the money on a good one is worth it and a good vac will last along time. You pay for it upfront but in the long run you will be money ahead.

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