Tell me about your vacuum - I'm in need of a new one!

(39 Posts)
sparkle9 Sun 11-Nov-12 09:35:57

I'm due to move from a flat to a three storey house. My Dyson is about ten years old and is heavy! And a bit snapped off so there are a few good reasons to get a new one. I have no idea where to begin and I'm hoping some of you will have recommendations.

The new house will have karndean flooring downstairs and carpets upstairs and on the stairs. So one that is good on both would be great. I would like a vacuum that is not too heavy so that it's easy to take up and down the stairs. I have long hair and it gets everywhere! Would a 'pet' vacuum be best?

ImperialStateKnickers Sun 11-Nov-12 09:42:01

I love Henry. Nice long lead, built like a brick shithouse, low maintenance. The one called James has a handy tool holder in the lid.

Mynewmoniker Sun 11-Nov-12 09:45:29

Henry here too. Wouldn't want another after trying Dyson (rubbish) I bought an extra revolving brush attachment on Amazon and it's brilliant for pet hair.

nocake Sun 11-Nov-12 09:46:26

There are two choices. A Miele or a Henry. I've had both and can recommend both.

sparkle9 Sun 11-Nov-12 09:48:28

I last used a Henry when I worked in a shop. I remember him being quite bulky and heavy. Have they improved the design? He is cute though! What's the difference between Henry and Henrietta?

And how does a Miele compare?

SandStorm Sun 11-Nov-12 09:48:58

I have an upright SEBO which is virtually indestructible and has been going for at least 12 years. It is heavy though so might not suit even though it does a fab job.

ImperialStateKnickers Sun 11-Nov-12 09:52:51

I've got a Miele for the other half of the house, it and Henry are about the same level of weight and efficiency but Henry cost considerably less.

Mynewmoniker I've got an Aerobrush for Henry, but I find it bungs up with hair, so usually use the original one. Is my hair somehow more sticky than yours grin?

nocake Sun 11-Nov-12 09:54:10

A Hetty is a pink Henry... That's the only difference. There are other versions with extra features (tool storage, powered brushes etc) and they all have different names. Look on the Numatic website to see them all.

amistillsexy Sun 11-Nov-12 09:54:37

Henry fan here too. My house has four storeys, and is the best thing for stairs. I did buy a little vax thing for the upper floors, but it sits in a cupboard in a bedroom while henry makes the trip up from the lowest floor.

That's how good he is!!!

I recently treated him to a new hose and super-dooper ' Turbo charged' sweepy uppy bit (that's not its registered trade mark name, by the way). Now, he's even better than before!

Get one. Today.


amistillsexy Sun 11-Nov-12 09:59:25

Imperial, mine gets wrapped up with hair too, but I like that. Shows it's working!
With the old one, long bundles of duty hair would be left behind by dh after the cleaning was finished!

sparkle9 Sun 11-Nov-12 09:59:38

Lots of love for Henry on here! :-) I will look online!

Thanks for the advice. Very much appreciated!

Mynewmoniker Sun 11-Nov-12 16:05:14

Yes my super duper turbo brush get's clogged but it's therapy cutting through it with small scissors and removing it. I don't mind as long as it's taken stuff off my floor. Wouldn't be without this attachment now.

addictedtolatte Sun 11-Nov-12 16:12:54

miele fan here

pictish Sun 11-Nov-12 16:15:48

Another Henry vote here too. We bought ours about three months ago and it's the best vac we've ever had.
Ok - he's not great at cornering, and he is known to have toppled over once or twice...BUT that little red bastard sucks like billy-o.
Nothing escapes his greedy nozzle.

Miele - brilliant, and they never break. I've had mine 10 years and it is as new.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 16:27:51

Miele, they come with an offer for a 10year warranty for £30.

The last Henry I used was at work wasnt as good as my miele.

John Lewis was cheaper than Argos when I got mine.

SixtyFootDoll Sun 11-Nov-12 16:34:29

I hated my Henry, heavy and always bashing the woodwork. Have a Miele now, it's far better and lighter. The tube dismantles for easier storage too.

Miele Cat and Dog was great when I had long hair and it has kept going well for years and years! The bags can be expensive though, but they do last quite a long time.

gallicgirl Sun 11-Nov-12 16:54:04

Hate my Henry too. Heavy, cumbersome, gets trapped around corners and generally makes vacuuming a difficult chore. It's such hard work, I couldn't use it at all towards the end of my pregnancy.

Looking at getting an upright to replace it.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 11-Nov-12 16:55:38

Another Henry hater too, if you found it big and bulky before chances are you'll feel that way again.

mummylin Sun 11-Nov-12 17:02:54

Another vote for henry here !

sparkle9 Sun 11-Nov-12 18:24:45

I went to a shop to lift them both today. Henry is super cute but my new house doesn't have much storage and the Miele ones are more compact so I think it will be a Miele that I get.

Any recommendations for particular models? Is it sensible to get the pet one seeing as my long hair gets in the carpet more than a dog's probably would! Is the pet one good on hard floors too?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 11-Nov-12 18:30:04

I've got the cat and dog, the pet hair head has a rotational brush in it like an upright but it says to only use on carpet.

It comes with another head for hard floors that can also be used on carpets if you CBA to swap heads.

I had the cheapest cat and dog when JL had it on offer. It was £20 cheaper when I bought it.

Costco might have one if you are a member.

anniewoo Sun 11-Nov-12 18:31:58

Miele Cat and Dog. I would buy it again- the ultimate test.

I've got a Miele S something, which I love. But the bags are expensive! And I need to buy a new exhaust filter, which apparently needs to be changed after every 50 hours of use (£20!)

Another thing to think about: The "cat and dog" style rotary brushes should not be used on berber (looped) style carpets as they can damage them (apparently!)
Chien. I've had a Miele Cat and Dog for years and never knowingly changed an exhaust filter! Ive only changed the kind of filters that come with the vacuum bags. Is it about to explode on me?

Mine started squealing and the top lifted slightly!
I had a look and the filter was totally rammed. Was just about to tackle my DDs room with it too. <suspicious>

I think you'll get fair warning when you need a new one, educating grin

Mynewmoniker Tue 13-Nov-12 21:28:34

Has anyone else had a smelly Henry? hmm

Both mine have begun to pong when I switch them on. I've tried putting air freshners in them and swilling them out but still the stink comes!

Do you reckon it's my carpets?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 13-Nov-12 21:38:40

We had one at work years ago that smelt horrible. Bit like sherry that was rancid.

I wouldnt think it's the carpets.

amistillsexy Tue 13-Nov-12 22:07:59

Do you always unwind the electrical cord completely before you use it? The smell could be coming from the cord overheating if you leave it wound inside the machine.

Otherwise, are you sure you're changing the bags regularly enough? IME, the bag often starts to smell if it has been in use for a while, regardless of whether it is full or not, so if you don't vacuum very often, your bag will sit half-full of gunk for a few weeks or months, and it will smell Mum, I'm looking at YOU!

CharlotteWasBoth Tue 13-Nov-12 23:32:02

Another Henry fan here. Had ours for about 15 years and still going strong. So much lighter than an upright because you only push the tube rather than the whole thing.

Clarabumps Tue 13-Nov-12 23:47:52

I have a Hetty which is a great vacuum but a pita to use. She always bashes into skirting boards or topples over.angry boot! I have an oreck which is extremely light and I love love love it! The only thing is it doesn't have a tube funnel attachment thing so I can't get right into corners but it kind of fluffs up your carpets so that's a great plus. grin

pictish Wed 14-Nov-12 09:14:07

I think it depends on your budget tbh. If, like me, you're skint-arse, then Henry is the vac to buy. A Henry is without doubt the bext vac in the lower price range.
If you have 2/3/4 hundred to spare, then you'd probably choose one that is lighter and doesn't get stuck on corners.

I think it's worth saying that even if I did have a bigger budget I would still stick with Henry, because he does the job beautifully and I'd rather spend the cash on something else.

Mynewmoniker Wed 14-Nov-12 17:18:27

amistillsexy never heard of the totaly unwound cord theory but I'm willing to try anything hmm

I have just replaced my Henry with a Miele. The Miele is much lighter, easier to store and does a much better job than Henry did. I had always like Henry but the Miele is far and away the better of the two. The Miele was about £128 - not very much more than a Henry.

Jdub Thu 15-Nov-12 10:55:25

I HATE my Henry with a passion - it's big, bulky and when it's not bumping into things when I pull it, it helpfully falls over! It's a bloody nuisance!

amistillsexy Sun 18-Nov-12 22:27:15

Mynewmoniker electrical cables should be fully unwound before use, as using them wound can cause them to overheat and start a fire. The first you will know about this is the smell of the cable overheating.

My DH recently told me about a heater being used in an office near his, which was attached to a wound up extension lead. It was overheating, and this was discovered by someone looking for the source of the bad smell. The cable had melted and was hot to the touch.

Allofaflumble Mon 19-Nov-12 09:13:51

As a cleaner I would always recommend the Miele particularly if you get the beating attatchment - wonderful. I do like Henrys too but they are not as good as the Miele and are akward on stairs.

I loathe Dysons. The most cumbersome beasts on the planet. I think James Dyson is having a laugh on us all. :0)

comelywenchlywoo Tue 20-Nov-12 09:33:09

Miele. Indestructible and generally great in every way!

TheSitChew You can get bags from Amazon (proper Miele ones) for the same price as generic ones in my local DIY store. I think there were filters in the bag too?

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