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Ladies - please help me choose a new vacuum!

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Bobblebuddy Tue 26-May-09 22:09:22

I need one that can handle very long dog hair. I mean, dulux dog long, and the twigs and other foliage that she brings in from her walks.

I am happy to pay dyson/miele/sebo prices, but I need to know which one can cope with this dog hair.

I'm not talking pet hair attachments that are no bigger than a hair brush as I don't have time to go over the whole house with a tiny brush head. I need the main machine to do all the work. I'm after one that pulls my carpets off the floor boards and all the dog hair with it.

Please help me mumsnetters - I am on my 3rd machine since adopting our lovely doggie, but aside from shaving her, I am at my wits end...... grin

notnowbernard Tue 26-May-09 22:12:37

It has to be a Henry

It's the Builders' choice, you know

It picks up EVERYTHING - Polly Pocket beware!

simpson Tue 26-May-09 22:14:41

Yep I have a Henry too smile

Well actually its the pink version, Hetty. But its fab grin

LOL at Polly pocket grin

notnowbernard Tue 26-May-09 22:16:29

Yes, I believe you can also get a James, who is green

They have super-suction too which does actually lift my lino

MollieO Tue 26-May-09 22:16:54

Sebo - fab for pet hair and all different surfaces (we have tile/wood/rug/carpet).

puffylovett Tue 26-May-09 22:19:47

Am loving my second hand Kirby. A friend has had dyson / miele for a long haired enormous giant size mega moulting german shepherd and he says the kirby is the best thing he ever did.

You can get good prices on ebay...they are monsters but make the house feel soooo clean

mooseloose Tue 26-May-09 22:20:36


simpson Tue 26-May-09 22:24:24

oooh never heard of James before.

[interested but sad obssessing over hoovers emoticon] blush

We only bought the Hetty because she was 25% off compared to henry but features the same iyswim.

Am a total covert though, nearly hoovered up DD's changing mat up this evening that DS (3) had flung on floor grin

simpson Tue 26-May-09 22:25:37

Oops convert obv. blush

notnowbernard Tue 26-May-09 22:37:43

Simpson, hope I haven't excited you too much... he might not be a James <dithers>

But there is definitely a green one!

I agree, they are fab [saddo]

But you do have to exercise caution, bcause they suck up EVERYTHING

Coins, cat toys, afore-mentioned Polly Pocket, beads, pen-lids... I could go on

All the builders use them too (according to DP anyway)

Goober Tue 26-May-09 22:40:10

Dyson Animal.
Mine is 4 years old, used every day and is still going strong.

simpson Tue 26-May-09 22:41:13

LOL don't worry... notnowbernard grin

May well google anyway coz I am nosey grin

Yes my DS (3) upset as I hoovered up his toy car which of course then became his favourite toy ever hmm

notnowbernard Tue 26-May-09 22:44:46

George, Charles and James grin

Green, blue and yellow, for those that are REALLY interested


And of course, Hetty, who is pink

hellymelly Tue 26-May-09 22:47:30

Not the Miele cat and dog? (I am also in need of a new hoover and unhappy with my dyson)

Yurtgirl Tue 26-May-09 22:49:38

I heart my Henry Hoover

Yurtgirl Tue 26-May-09 22:52:32

Meile cat and dog was the other one reccomended when I asked the same question on here 3 years ago!

One of the reasons I love Henry is the metal (steel?) poles - Two previous pull along vaccums both had plastic poles - which broke!

simpson Tue 26-May-09 22:52:36

<ooh must get googling> grin

yes Hetty great and even DCs (3 & 1) open cupboard and talk to her grin

Ok not helpful in the removing of dog fur topic blush

Sorry blush

poshwellies Tue 26-May-09 22:52:47

I'd vote for Sebo-although I have got a friend who has a Newfoundland mutt (HUGE AND fairly long haired) and she swears by her Henry Vacuum.

REALLY don't bother with Dyshit.

simpson Tue 26-May-09 22:57:21

Sorry but LOL at Dyshit grin

Bobblebuddy Wed 27-May-09 08:09:14

LOL on the Henry/James/Hetty discussion! grin

I'm surprised that Henry is coming out on top at the moment, I was expecting Miele or Sebo. shock

Are they really good for dog hair, as well as Polly Pocket? hmm I used one once when a builder left it overnight, just used it to clean up some of the building mess on the wood floor - it was great on the rubble, but I never thought to try it out on the dog-haired carpet upstairs - grrr!

Also going to look into the Kirby, puffylovett, because what you said about it making the house feel so clean is exactly what I am looking for. wink

Thanks Ladies - any more advice welcome. I am actually quite excited to make this purchase, you should see the state of my floors blush

daisybaby Wed 27-May-09 08:57:24

I have a couple of Henrys, and my last vacuum was a Henry Hound - a bit bigger than a normal Henry and designed for pet hair. Def would not recommend it. Have had it about a year and a half (it's the second one as the first one developed a fault) and I can honestly say it is rubbish.

At the weekend I went to Comet to buy a Vax, as they had been advertising them on the TV at £99 reduced from around £250. I thought anything must be better that the bl*y Henry Hound. Anyway, the salesman talked me into a Miele cylinder vacuum. It's just the regular one, not the one specifically for pet hair. Cost about £160.

I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Gets everything off my wooden floors, and on the stairs and in the bedrooms, the carpets actually lift as you vacuum. It's got a metal, telescopic wand, the tools are on board, it's very light and easy to move around, and it has adjustable suction for vacuuming rugs etc.

My only complaint is that the power lead is not as long as on a Henry.

Queenoftheharpies Wed 27-May-09 10:28:53

Having experimented with various bagless disappointments, I now have a numatic henry (the most basic one) and it's ace. It also has a really long lead and long hoses, and seems to be pretty much indestructible (it's survived falling down our uncarpeted stairs a couple of times).

The inlaws have a dyson (although quite an old one) and I don't think it's as good.

PolkaDotRachel Wed 27-May-09 14:51:34

I also have a Henry, well a Hetty - couldn't resist the PINK!

We use these in the hotel I work and they last forever even when battered!!!!!!!!

Our cleaning company also uses them.

I have had a Dyson before and my Mum has a Dyson "Animal" but I would say the Henry beats this hands down for suction. Not bagless though but bags are cheap and you can get them everywhere.

PolkaDotRachel Wed 27-May-09 14:52:48

Oh and yes builders use them too....

PolkaDotRachel Wed 27-May-09 14:53:07

But not the pink ones ;)

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