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Soooo dull but help me anyway- Miele cat and dog upright or cylinder?

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Chubfuddler Wed 23-Jan-13 12:44:46

Just that really. Majority of downstairs is hard floor but Labrador hair floats upstairs and carpets on stairs, living room etc have a fine film of embedded dig hair. Our Henry is frankly not up to the job.

I think I've decided on a Miele cat and dog, but which one?

newpup Wed 23-Jan-13 13:08:00

Hello. I have a cat and a lab and a wooden floor (with stair carpet) just bought a Dyson cylinder. I have had an upright for 10 years. Love the cylinder, much better for mixed flooring and lab hair! Would not go back to upright.

Poledra Wed 23-Jan-13 13:13:25

I have the cylinder - don't have any pets but have 3 DDs and they and I all have long hair. grin I also have an old house with uneven floors, lots of steps between rooms and a serious cobweb habit, so it's much easier to have the cylinder than the upright.

When I first got my Miele, I had to vacuum each of the bedrooms once, stop and clean all the tangled hair out of the brushes then repeat the whole cycle again. My carpets were clearly filthy blush

Chubfuddler Wed 23-Jan-13 13:15:18

Thank you both. Dyson are on my shit list so that's out. Glad you both think the cylinder better - it's cheaper!

I know my carpets are filthy despite vacuuming every flipping day. Bloody dog.

newpup Wed 23-Jan-13 13:32:27

Poledra my DDs have very long hair and I keep having to stop and pull out reems of it from the vacuum head. My house on 3 floors and has lots of steps and cobwebs so obviously cylinders are designed for us! smile

moonbells Wed 23-Jan-13 13:38:57

We are a long-haired household and we had a cat who typically shed everywhere. We have the cylinder and love it. Been going over 14 years now so can recommend on longevity and for being hard-wearing too! And it still picks up stupid amounts of hair (I am well-used to taking the rotary head to bits and cutting it out). Only thing that's broken in that time is the curving plastic handhold connector between the flexi-tube and the extendable pole, as it is where most force is directed. We got a new connector for £40, pricey but a lot less than a new vacuum.

valiumredhead Thu 24-Jan-13 15:54:16

My mum has the upright and I find it much too heavy, I have a meile cylinder which I prefer but it's not a Cat and Dog one.

PigletJohn Thu 24-Jan-13 18:27:29

uprights are good when you have lots of flat carpeted floors, especially downstairs as the beaters help get out dust and grit (and flea and moth eggs) but for hard floors and stairs, a snouty vac is more convenient.

Chubfuddler Thu 24-Jan-13 18:45:45

Oh dear

I have a vast expanse of carpet upstairs and hard floors downstairs. I need two vacuum cleaners don't I?

Oh sod it the moths eggs will just have to fester

PigletJohn Thu 24-Jan-13 19:12:39

doesn't everybody have a different vac for each floor of the house?

downstairs carpets are the dirtiest, as people and animals track in dirt from outside. In your case it will probably be the first few stairs.

Chubfuddler Thu 24-Jan-13 20:03:36

Er no I don't think they do. Could probably do with two though

PigletJohn Thu 24-Jan-13 21:05:30

IMO, you need a better vac for carpets than for hard floors, as hard floors don't have anything to hold the dirt.

Chubfuddler Thu 24-Jan-13 21:07:07

So do you think I should keep the Henry we've got for the hard floors and get an upright for the carpets? There's a lot of carpet - five bedrooms.

PigletJohn Thu 24-Jan-13 21:14:44

I would

opinions may differ.

Miele make the best vacs, though their uprights are dearer than cylinders (more mechanism in them).

Chubfuddler Thu 24-Jan-13 21:19:55

I'd rather spend an extra fifty quid and get the right thing.

I must do more pondering on this issue clearly.

Poledra Thu 24-Jan-13 21:55:50

If I'm not mistaken, the turbo head you get for the Miele Cat and Dog has a beater bar in it - it's a round brush that rotates as you vacuum, yes? So you get the same benefit as the upright that Pigletjohn's talking about.

moonbells Fri 25-Jan-13 17:10:48

Yes it does have rotating brushes - these are the bits that I am forever disassembling to clean as the hair gets wrapped round!

FlatCapAndAWhippet Sat 26-Jan-13 04:07:26

The Miele upright is incredibly heavy as far as hoovers go, I would not purchase it for that reason alone. I have the cylinder, its excellent.

IMO Henrys are absolutely rubbish, they leave carpets virtually as dirty as when you started.

Chubfuddler Sat 26-Jan-13 09:34:44

Every review says the upright is heavy. Our cleaner is 60 odd if she's going to struggle with it that's no use.

PigletJohn Sat 26-Jan-13 10:14:22

Another reason for having a vac on each floor of the house grin

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