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!

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.

CoddledAsAMommet Thu 03-Oct-13 21:55:23

Ok, so Currys has the Miele S700 cat and dog vacuum (not that we have either) for £164.99 down from £299.99. Sounds like a good deal. It's a cylinder one as uprights seem more expensive. Any thoughts? I'm put off of Henrys as they're so heavy and as it's not me who'll be using it the most I'd feel bad lumbering my lovely cleaner with it.

kimlo Fri 04-Oct-13 12:16:59

I've just bought that one from.currys it is much better than the dyson i had before

ILikeToClean Fri 04-Oct-13 13:47:03

Echo Miele cat and dog - I have both a cat and a dog and use it every day! It literally lifts the carpet up it's so powerful - first time I have had a cylinder rather than upright and it has taken some getting used to with manoeuvering but I love the results. Mine came with a special carpet attachment which is fab, we have carpet in the lounge, hall and upstairs, wooden floors everywhere else so I just use the nozzle for the uncarpeted areas. Get one - it's so much better than my previous hoover (Dyson).

Chocrock Fri 04-Oct-13 13:53:08

SEBO - they are the best! I have had it for 5 years which is more than double any of my previous Dyson's ever lasted.

Matildathecat Fri 04-Oct-13 16:10:52

Dyson here, it's fine. Had Miele last time and thought the bags were very expensive even thou I tried to reuse them. Do factor that in.

I also have a GTech for whizzing round quickly. It's light, cordless and absolutely amazing!

FrigideBarjot Fri 04-Oct-13 16:15:39

I have Miele cylinder and I love it almost as much as The DC and definitely more than DH

Ledkr Fri 04-Oct-13 16:18:25

After years of cheap hovers I bought a Miele and have never looked back.
I even slightly enjoy hoovering now.

PipkinsPal Fri 04-Oct-13 16:19:18

I've had my miele for years. When deciding on a new vacuum I read that miele would last the average German family 10 years. I'm not German nor average (just me and the cats) and I've had it for 15+ years. I've buggered up the cable recoil (I changed the plug and it the cable shot back so fast the plug came off and I had to use my tiny hands to retrieve the cable). I buy the bags from a stall in our local market. They are not the originals but do a fab job and are quite reasonable. Next vacuum cleaner I will get - a miele. No contest.

Ledkr Fri 04-Oct-13 16:22:16

Yes to expensive Miele bags though. Am I the only loon who stand there pulling out the dirt from the hole over the wheelie bin yuck.
Wilko do cheap copies that are ok though

Miele cat and dog here too (for a similar price as the offer on at Currys). Dc have allergies and we have a long haired cat prone to mega shedding.

Much better than any other vacuum we've had previously, though I have to remember to turn it down a couple of notches when I hoover my bedroom or else it lifts some of the parquet flooring up blush

SamPull Fri 04-Oct-13 16:28:50

We have a Dyson pull-about one (a cyclinder?) A DC-08 I think. I've had it 10 years or so and it is faultless.

I have replaced the filters twice, and have taken the cyclone bit apart three times to clear it out - when you do that it's like a new vacuum - the beauty of Dyson is that there isn't much to go wrong: it's just a motor, some filters and a lot of plastic ducting that you can put in the sink and wash.

It was preposterously expensive but at 10 years old it is still as good as new. I think I had three vacuums in the preceding 10 years that all ended up being scrapped, so it was worth it.

IceCreamForCrow Fri 04-Oct-13 16:37:26

I had a DYSON upright for yhears it was sooo heavy, didn't pick up too well and I hated the look of the see through dust bucket which was chokingly messy to empty. I also think all that filter washing is a faff and I never did it.

After much research bought SEBO X4 Pet and it's everything the Dyson isn't. I love love my SEBO. The only slight criticism I have is that it does topple over sometimes but that could be the payoff for being lighter than the Dyson tank I used to lug about.

I was worried the bags would be expensive (they're not) but they last AGES anyway and I have a pretty big house to keep clean. Because it uses a bag it's cleaner and easier to empty and suction is brilliant. 10/10.

NanTheWiser Fri 04-Oct-13 17:07:58

Another SEBO lover here...

CoddledAsAMommet Fri 04-Oct-13 18:29:48

Ok, so I went for the Miele cat and dog from Currys as it was so discounted. No pets but three kids= 1 dog in mess terms, surely? Was very excited to get it home and had a lovely time vacuuming (must be getting old.)
I had a bit of a poke about in the bag and it's picked up loads, so am very happy. Thanks all!

Talkinpeace Fri 04-Oct-13 19:33:37

My childminders both had them
as did the people from an allergy medical research project who came round
as do the cleaners at my gym
nuff said

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 05-Oct-13 08:57:43

I have a miele cat & dog. I buy genuine bags off eBay for £8.

You need to replace the internal filter once a year. I do all the dusting with it too using the little round brush. Love it.

pmgkt Sat 05-Oct-13 09:10:58

One of my clients has a melie cylinder. It is so heavy to use cos the suction is so good!

Twiddlebum Sat 05-Oct-13 09:12:39

I have a hetty! (Would have had a Henry but they ran out)
We have abused the hell out if this Hoover and she keeps going!!! If I'm being lazy I'll Hoover out the ashes from the wood burner! My old dyson wound have rolled over and died aring the thought of that!! Lol most workplaces/builders use Henry's because they are so simple yet brilliant!!! And yes agree that you can do the whole stairs with them!

VeryStressedMum Sat 05-Oct-13 09:21:28

Just got the dyson animal again, I've tried just about every other one under the sun and they were all great in the beginning but quite quickly lost suction and was generally crap so I went back to dyson and I love it.

We have an old one which is about 11 years old and dh uses it when he does work around the house (he does loads, e.g. taking walls down not just putting a shelf up..) and uses the old dyson to Hoover up the plaster dust and all other manner of stuff and it's still going strong.

Finally the stairs and landing are free of dog hair...

TheDietStartsTomorrow Sat 05-Oct-13 09:31:25

I've had a Miele, Dyson, Henry and a Vax and without doubt the Miele was the best one. Even with the cost of the bags it's a lot cheaper than a Dyson. Great suction, sturdy, compact, light and very powerful.

The Dyson was a disappointment. Such a load of hype and an anticlimax. Even now, my mum has a Dyson and when using it, I can feel its suction is significantly less superior than the Miele.

PigletJohn Sat 05-Oct-13 13:47:21

I can get (non-genuine) Miele bags for about £15.50 per ten, including new filter (I have several filters now, which I wash, and swap each time I change the bag) from an online supplier.

I prefer the white or silvery "fleece" ones which work better than the brown paper bags.

For the price, no point it trying to shake out and re-use them. When you first start using a more effective vac, you will collect a lot of fluff and dirt the first time you use it, that the old cleaner left behind, then the amount will reduce dramatically. The bags do also clog from fine dust eventually (or immediately if builders get their hands on them)

PigletJohn Sat 05-Oct-13 13:59:08


I am not a great admirer of Currys because their customer service is so awful, but i just had a look on Which and there are several Miele and Bosch best buys in the £160-£170 range, so perhaps Currys were optimistic when they offered it for sale at £299.99 from 18/07/13 to 07/08/13. I don't know if they sold any many at that price.

I should think £170 is a fair price.

midwifeandmum Thu 10-Oct-13 16:11:45

I had a dyson, imo it wasnt worth 299.00
I have got a Vax air 3 - fantastic much better than dyson. It was 250.00 reduced to 169.00 well worth the money and a 6 year guarantee. It can swivel when hoovering round furniture

OverWintered Sun 13-Oct-13 10:09:16

one thing I love about my dyson as opposed to a hover that use bags is "lego retrieval". When I hover up a tiny bit of lego it is easy to have a quick rummage and get it back.

Bakingnovice Thu 17-Oct-13 08:03:03

Piglet can you pm me details if your filter supplier?

Sebo and miele bags of ten seem to be about ten quid on amazon.

ChrisTheSheep Thu 17-Oct-13 18:19:03

We have a Henry too: we love him and he takes a lot of punishment. I've tried other vacuums, but always came back to Henry. My mum has a Dyson, and would probably second the "Emperor's New Clothes" sentiments above: it's good, but it's not that good.

I have a Roomba which I luff and a little handheld Dyson for the stairs. smile

twoboysundertwo Mon 21-Oct-13 13:01:18

I have a green Henry smile

peachactiviaminge Mon 21-Oct-13 13:18:31

I have an Argos value compact bagless it cost £28 and is excellent so much better than our old 'animal'.

SplatPancake Fri 01-Nov-13 08:29:54

I have a Henry which I'm starting to hate. It's ok downstairs (oak/tiles/terracotta) but it's not good on stairs or carpet upstairs. This may be our textured carpet rather than Henry though. I have the carpet beater attachment but it doesn't make much of a difference. We live in Wiltshire, land if the Dyson, but I've never heard brilliant things as you've said above. I am interested in Miele and Bosch though!

CosyTeaBags Wed 05-Feb-14 12:59:38

I know this is an old thread, but rather than start a new one, I was hoping I could revive it.

I want a small compact hoover for my holiday let. The house is tiny, so needs to fit under the stairs, and also needs to be easy to lug up and down stairs. I currently have a small cylinder cheapo one, but it's crap.

At home I have a Henry, and I love him. But he's big and clunky, and would be too big for the holiday house. Are Henriettas smaller than Henrys?

Any other compact cylinder types that people could recommend?

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