Do you love your vacuum? Please tell me what it is...

(56 Posts)
CoddledAsAMommet Thu 03-Oct-13 14:24:53

I need a new vacuum but don't know where to start. Our house is a good size but tall and narrow, so lots and lots of stairs! I have a cleaner who says she'd prefer an upright but I've not had one before. What do you think of Dyson? We had one 15 years ago which broke really quickly but I've heard good things since.... Any recommendations welcome!
Thanks

gamerchick Thu 03-Oct-13 14:27:36

I have a harry so no help there... does your cleaner not have a preference if she's the one using it?

MolotovCocktail Thu 03-Oct-13 14:30:36

I've had a Dyson and found it something akin to 'The Emperor's New Clothes'. It was okay, but not worth the £200-odd we paid for it. I replaced it for a significantly less-expensive vac with much better suction; one that is much lighter, more manoeuvrable and can get into small spaces.

I have a Bissell Cleanview Compact and love it to bits! The only downside is that it's loud - but incredibly good at vacuuming whilst being light and easily portable smile

CoddledAsAMommet Thu 03-Oct-13 14:32:52

She'd like a Dyson as has one at home, but after our previous bad experience I'm not sure. Perhaps they've improved over the past 15 years? And even then there's so many to choose from. We don't have any pets but with 3 kids and carpets in most rooms it can get quite grubby. I don't want to waste money by getting the wrong one.

CoddledAsAMommet Thu 03-Oct-13 14:36:01

Molotov, that sounds good, thanks. I'm not worried about noise as mine are all past the baby stage so shouldn't be scared of it- DS was always so terrified I could only Hoover when he was out!

PigletJohn Thu 03-Oct-13 15:35:51

if you can afford it, nothing beats a Miele

The uprights are more complicated than the cylinders, and so more expensive.

TheHattifattenersBarometer Thu 03-Oct-13 16:29:10

I have a Numatic (same as a Henry but the slightly more industrial version). I like it because you can treat it badly and suck anything you like up and it just keeps on going. You need to buy the red carpet beater version for it too though here. It has a much longer cord than my old dyson, I can do my entire down stairs without having to unplug. And it was cheap.

I have a Nu Henry. I've tried everything else but I kill lesser machines.
He's wonderful but not for those who don't relish a workout while hoovering.

MrsDeVere Thu 03-Oct-13 16:35:24

I have a Henrietta.
I like her because she is pink
She has a face.

I am pretty hardcore when it comes to hoovering and these are the best yet. They do have their drawbacks. They are big and a pain to store.

But they are powerful and they hardly ever get blocked. If they do get a blockage they are very easy to clear out.

I once spent £200 on a specialist hoover (we have animals and my son has allergies) and it was an expensive waste of money.

I have used dysons at my DMs house and they seem very hard to push.

ringaringarosy Thu 03-Oct-13 16:36:09

we have a Hetty,its great,and its pink!

NOt mad on Dysons,mil has one and there was one in the cottage we stayed in,felt like it didnt have very good suction copared to the henry/hetty.

PlatinumStart Thu 03-Oct-13 16:36:53

I have a dyson - it's great. Not an upright but the other one (what are they called?!) sits on the stairs. We have a pretty big place and someone to do the hoovering so it gets used a lot Can't fault it

Lexiesinclair Thu 03-Oct-13 17:00:13

I have had a Dyson and a Bosch and I currently have a Henry. The Henry is my favourite so far, it has suction and as others have said seems indestructible.

Lexiesinclair Thu 03-Oct-13 17:00:52

I mean it has GREAT suction.

PipkinsPal Thu 03-Oct-13 17:03:27

I've got a miele. It's no trouble at all. It sits quietly for me to make a fuss of it. It sits quietly for quite some time actually grin

cupcakeicing Thu 03-Oct-13 17:06:35

I have a Sebo. Had it for 18 months, brilliant suction, its great. Had 2 dysons before this.

CoddledAsAMommet Thu 03-Oct-13 18:12:07

Thanks all-sorry, was out on school and dancing run. Do you think the cylinder ones are ok if there are lots of stairs? I would have thought they'd be better but my cleaner thinks otherwise!

PigletJohn Thu 03-Oct-13 20:31:40

IMO a cylinder is the obvious choice for stairs. As well as Miele, some of the Bosch are top scorer cylinders.

For dirty downstaiirs carpets, uprights are best as they beat out the dirt, fleas, grit, moth eggs, spiders and dried bogies.

there's a lot to be said for a downstairs upright (if carpeted) and an upstairs cylinder. You can use an upright on stairs, but you may have to turn off the beaters and the hose will not reach all the way so you have to work from top and bottom unless you have intermediate landings.

People rave about Sebos but we have one in my commercial premises and I am not impressed. It has a harder life than a domestic vac.

ThisIsBULLSHIT Thu 03-Oct-13 20:37:02

I have a pink Henrietta too! mrsdv
We are a house of females so DH was outvoted...

I LOVE it.

Badvoc Thu 03-Oct-13 20:41:03

Mine is a Henry.
Love it.

sunnybobs Thu 03-Oct-13 20:43:00

Miele Pets Hoover - love it! Have big hairy shedding yellow lab & it still copes. And their help line is fab just in case you need it smile

impatienttobemummy Thu 03-Oct-13 20:44:35

Have a Henry! It's better than my old dyson. My mum swears by a vac though for pet hair

LordElpuss Thu 03-Oct-13 20:53:16

Pigletjohn - I've been told that cylinders are better for carpets than uprights. Have I been misinformed?

addictedtolatte Thu 03-Oct-13 21:07:20

Miele it vacuums anything that's not nailed to the floor it's fantastic

PigletJohn Thu 03-Oct-13 21:25:55

I wonder if they meant gentler? I'm sure uprights are more effective at getting the dirt out.

Carpetfitters tend to prefer cylinders on newly-laid carpet when it has not yet been trod.

Miele and I love it.

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