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Recommend your vacuum and carpet cleaners please!

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crazycatlady Mon 10-Oct-11 15:52:12

I am in urgent need of both a new vacuum cleaner and one of those carpet cleaner jobbies. With two small children and two cats our carpets take a battering.

Currently have a 5 year old Dyson which I love but it's dying. We don't have a carpet cleaner yet but I was thinking of a Bissell? Any good?

Any recommendations? Vacuum needs to be light-ish and good on cat hair. Not a Henry. Attachments for doing upholstery and curtains would be useful too. We have a mix of carpet and hard flooring.

many thanks smile

shell1234 Mon 10-Oct-11 16:32:54

i would recommend a Vax Mach 3 Allergy, mine is absolutely fab, great at picking up hairs and no loss of suction ( i ought to work for them eh?!), seriously the best vacuum i have ever had!

Sorry don't know about a carpet cleaner though,

shell1234 Mon 10-Oct-11 16:33:47

ps forgot to add, the vax is great on wood floors too !

crazycatlady Mon 10-Oct-11 20:01:53

thank you shell. I forgot about Vax. My parents had one of the first old school big orange carpet washers they did. Looked like an alien. Did a fab job!

shell1234 Mon 10-Oct-11 22:01:09

no problem,yeah they are brilliant, comes with loads of little attachments too, perfect for upholstery and curtains! bagless aswell so even better! what a raver i am!

crazycatlady Mon 10-Oct-11 22:13:23

I too get ridiculously excited about cleaning...

Inherited it from my grandma. She is totally obsessed with vacuum cleaners and buys a new one at least once a year despite being so old and frail she can't use it herself anymore and we do it for her!

weasle Tue 11-Oct-11 17:43:29

will watch with interest, I am thinking of buying a G tech floor sweeper as the dc drop so much food on the floor it needs cleaning daily. Anyone know if they are any good? Have a Henry but I don't think it's very good on the cat hair. And heavy.

Gotarty Tue 11-Oct-11 21:13:13

Mil has a Gtech, even though she has a cat regularly visit, she never uses her Miele Cat & Dog much anymore - looks very easy and convenient and I'm very tempted.

cerealqueen Wed 12-Oct-11 20:39:58

weasle, we have two g-tech cleaners, one for upstairs, one for downstairs and I'd be lost without them, I give the floors a once over most days and it reduces the need for a full on vacuum. One of the bedroom our carpets is a very badly chosen raspberry colour, looks lovely but shows up all the bits and the g-tech deals with it a treat.

smalltownshame Wed 12-Oct-11 20:44:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

crazycatlady Thu 13-Oct-11 20:22:05

I quite like the sound of one of these sweeper thingies. Especially if kids can be persuaded to use it!

smalltown yes I guess I could get it serviced. Hadn't thought of that! It is fairly battered with a few bits missing though, so might be worth replacing. It's one of the old style uprights and is fairly heavy. I think I quite fancy one of their Animal pull along style vacuums or perhaps one of the mini ones?

Beaverfeaver Sat 15-Oct-11 12:02:08

My Meile is fab and would not be without it. Have had it 6 years with no fault and still sucking strong.

My mums had hers for about 25 years

fragola Tue 18-Oct-11 10:24:23

Another vote for Meile here. They're just brilliant in every way. Which always gives them top marks too.

tower84 Tue 18-Oct-11 17:31:53

Watching with interest. We have a henry which is ok. I am however, looking for something light like a carpet sweeper to deal with day to day stuff. Plus some soret of carpet cleaner although I am edging towards a steam cleaner.

crazycatlady Tue 18-Oct-11 19:45:10

I like the look of the Miele cylinder vacuums. They have bags though. I am not sure I could go back to a vacuum with a bag in it after having used a Dyson for so long.

Any other bagless vacuums out there that are any good?

The cordless electric carpet sweepers look excellent. Definitely going to buy one.

And, I think, a Bissell carpet cleaner, unless anyone has a better recommendation?

Bloodredrubyblue Wed 19-Oct-11 13:13:13

Miele. Mine is still going strong after 15 years, I love it and all the attachments are stored within it unlike a Henry where they are separate.

Beaverfeaver Thu 20-Oct-11 18:48:22

Plus mieles have a 'blow' function which is useful when blowing up blow up beds in a very quick time. (not too sure if other brands also have this function though) I have only owned Dyson and mieles, and could not et on with Dyson at all.

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