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I realize that this is COMPLETELY off topic, but...

My vacuum died today. :(

After the mourning period is over, I'm going to need a new one; and, of course, the model I have is no longer made. So, I figured what better place to ask to see what vacuum works great on picking up pet hair and cat litter than the folks here!

So, for all you folks with critters, do you LOVE your vacuum? HATE it? I would really appreciate any reviews you can provide.

THANKS!!!
 

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Tee hee.

I have the rolly sort with the long hose since there's not a scrap of carpet in my house. It's something they sell at Sears for a moderate price. Then again, swiffer sweepers also work well in keeping hair minimal for my house.

Any dyson lovers out there? I've always wondered...
 

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I have a little rolly one with a long hose as well, I think it's Kenmore and came from Sears. I actually kind of love it a lot. It can't get one of our carpets clean, but I hate that carpet anyways.

One of my friends has a Dyson. I think he would literally kill anyone who tried to take it from him. He LOVES it. And they have 3 big, hairy dogs and 4 cats.
 

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I have a Dyson that I bought 4 years ago and absolutely love it. I have a golden retriever mix and a german shepherd mix, so there is a ton of fur in my house and it never fails to pick it all up. The one thing that I love is that the hose is really long so I can do the entire flight of stairs without having to haul the main unit up and down the stairs. It's just the basic Dyson model, not the animal one but it works just fine for me and my fluffy dogs!
 

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We have the Dyson pet one at the vet clinic I work at and it sucks (ok it sucks because it doesn't suck). It is awful, it does not work the best and constantly has to be emptied to keep going. But, that is just my opinion.
 

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I have a dyson that my parents got me and my husband for Christmas last year. I wouldn't trade it for anything but a better dyson. It picks up great even when the bagless canister is full and the hose is super long. It comes with a long pole that you can put attachments on to get the spiderwebs in the corner etc. I have 2 cats and 2 dogs and it does the job wonderfully.
 
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Thanks a million, everyone!!!

First, my apologies for the second 'advice' in the title. Don't remember typing that one - oops!!

Anyway, I knew I would get superior advice from the folks here. I did look into vacuum 'experts', but it dawned on me that they were only trying to sell their own product. Hence, needing 'hands on' experience. Like I said, who better than multiple pet owners to get advice from? You guys are AWESOME!!! :D

Since I require an upright (have wall-to-wall and stairs in my apartment) it looks like Dyson is in the lead! But, cowgirl, thanks for the hint on the Progressive - I've never seen one of those, but it sounds like a really good machine!! I'm going to have to break down this week, so we shall see...

Thanks again!!!
 

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We have a Bissell and really like it. My husband is allergic to our cats and it really helps keep the allergens down. I don't think its the pet version, but they all have like 2 or 3 filters. It's definitely more affordable than a Dyson, too.
 
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Once again, thanks for all the tips and advice! I'm here to announce that I've taken the Dyson plunge and am still suffering slightly from shock. :eek:

I got an AWESOME deal from QVC and hope that it lives up to the hype. However, if it doesn't, it's going back, and I'm heading to Sears...
 

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I think you'll love the Dyson. I've had the pet dyson since 2004 and I do rescue work so lots of pets come through my home. One thing I thought I should mention is the best part is you can replace the components. Mine feel down the stairs thanks to a not so helpful foster pup and the latch mechanism broke to the canister, kind a key part. Ordered the part directly, not to pricey either, and now it works great. It also all comes apart so you can clean it out very well. Enjoy!
 

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Once again, thanks for all the tips and advice! I'm here to announce that I've taken the Dyson plunge and am still suffering slightly from shock. :eek:

I got an AWESOME deal from QVC and hope that it lives up to the hype. However, if it doesn't, it's going back, and I'm heading to Sears...
Oooh let us know what you think! I will be needing to do the same in about 6 months. I've rather liked this thread because it made me realize that shopping for a vacuum is something I'll need to do in the near future.
 

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I've used Dyson, Bissel, and Hoover. I love my Kenmore.

I will never have another bagless vac. I would rather throw away a bag (and have the extra expense) than deal with the dust of a bagless.
 
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Oooh let us know what you think! I will be needing to do the same in about 6 months. I've rather liked this thread because it made me realize that shopping for a vacuum is something I'll need to do in the near future.
Will do! :D

I've used Dyson, Bissel, and Hoover. I love my Kenmore.

I will never have another bagless vac. I would rather throw away a bag (and have the extra expense) than deal with the dust of a bagless.
To be honest, I completely fear the no bag factor. :scared: However, I'm giving it a whirl due to the positive feedback from here and several other folks I know that switched to bagless recently.
 
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Hiya-

As promised, here's the report on the Dyson DC25! It arrived yesterday and assembled with only a little bit of an issue... The instructions are like Ikea's - no words, just pictures. However, I figured it out in 10 minutes, so I can't complain.

As for the performance, at first I thought it wasn't doing anything because it was so effortless to push around. However, holy moly! Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! I have never seen anything like this - cat litter being sucked up from more than two inches away, edge cleaning in one pass, NO kick back of litter, and NO dust emerging from the machine. :D

It really can clean all floors - did my wall-to-wall, my small area rugs (without sucking them into the machine), and my kitchen and bathroom floors with no trouble. Also, the handle is a high reach tool - makes baseboards, areas under and behind furniture, and the ceiling area a BREEZE. Finally, the attachments rock! They made the stairs a cinch; and the pile on my couch has never looked so good. I have to say, it was a real joy to vacuum yesterday; and the air in my apartment smelled 'clean' when I was done.

The only thing I'm not yet sold on is that it's bagless. Yes, the cup comes off and opens with the touch of a button; but the dust and other 'gunk' that gets sucked in there can easily attach to the filter. Thus, there I was digging it out. But, I'm considering it a small price to pay for the ease of everything else.

I figure I'll check back in a couple of weeks to let you all know if the honeymoon period dies off, or if it keeps living up to expectations. I'm keeping my :xf: for the former.
 

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Hiya-

As promised, here's the report on the Dyson DC25! It arrived yesterday and assembled with only a little bit of an issue... The instructions are like Ikea's - no words, just pictures. However, I figured it out in 10 minutes, so I can't complain.

As for the performance, at first I thought it wasn't doing anything because it was so effortless to push around. However, holy moly! Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! I have never seen anything like this - cat litter being sucked up from more than two inches away, edge cleaning in one pass, NO kick back of litter, and NO dust emerging from the machine. :D

It really can clean all floors - did my wall-to-wall, my small area rugs (without sucking them into the machine), and my kitchen and bathroom floors with no trouble. Also, the handle is a high reach tool - makes baseboards, areas under and behind furniture, and the ceiling area a BREEZE. Finally, the attachments rock! They made the stairs a cinch; and the pile on my couch has never looked so good. I have to say, it was a real joy to vacuum yesterday; and the air in my apartment smelled 'clean' when I was done.

The only thing I'm not yet sold on is that it's bagless. Yes, the cup comes off and opens with the touch of a button; but the dust and other 'gunk' that gets sucked in there can easily attach to the filter. Thus, there I was digging it out. But, I'm considering it a small price to pay for the ease of everything else.

I figure I'll check back in a couple of weeks to let you all know if the honeymoon period dies off, or if it keeps living up to expectations. I'm keeping my :xf: for the former.
Thanks for the review!
 
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Yesterday, I ran my Dyson through a series of 'tests' and let me tell ya - it passed every one with FLYING colors! A small sample of the 'fun':

My apartment is in an urban area with a bus stop out front. 2700+ buses a week stop right outside my bedroom and living room windows. If you've ever lived in this situation, you know of the fine black dust that builds up along window sills, blinds, etc... The Dyson sucked the 'bus dust' right off the blinds!! And the telescoping handle made it so easy it was freaky!

It cleaned my lamp shades better than anything else I've ever used!!

I got BEHIND my furniture for the first time without having to move anything.

Needless to say, I'm thrilled!! :D
 
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Bus dust?? That happens?

Wow.
Yeah - and I HATE it. In the spring and summer months, when my windows are open, my apartment collects dust faster than Speedy Gonzalez can yell 'Andale!'

My mother (who grew up in Manhattan) refers to it as 'cinders' and says that most folks in major cities probably have something like it. As I didn't see it until I lived in this particular apartment, I've named it 'bus dust' due to the correlation. Blech.
 

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I mean, it makes sense - anyone who has cleaned their rims when washing their cars know that brake dust accumulates there pretty easily. It's just dust from the brake pads. But to imagine so many buses/cars stopping so many times outside your house that it manages to collect just inside your windows, that's nuts!

I grew up in a small town, so I didn't even know that happens. Never thought of it. Nuts.
 

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I'm just about to take the plunge and will probably buy a DC25, but was wondering what other Dyson models people have? The cheapest I can find it for is $430, but I think it's an investment made to last a lifetime. The 5 year warrantee isn't bad either!

LMMS? Any updates? Are you still in love? :D
 

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This made me LOL in the library. :D

I have an older model of this:
http://www.amazon.com/Bissell-37603-Lift-Off-Revolution-Upright/dp/B000AS9IMS

While it's great at getting up cat hair, my hair (I have long hair and shed as much as the cats do), and stray litter, and the canister holds a lot, I'm really not happy with it, primarily because of one part: the revolving brush. It has twice melted to the side of the vacuum and had to be replaced. It happens to, apparently, a lot of people: http://www.fixya.com/tags/bissell_lift_off_revolution_pet_vacuum_brush
It's also difficult to clean, which with all the hair in my house I have to do once or twice per room. You'd think they'd make it easier to clean, since it's marketed toward heavy fur households and all, but no -- you have to dig it out with your fingertips.

Also, the "Turbo Brush" attachment is useless marketing. I can pick up more fur with my bare hands than that thing does. :rolleyes: I DO like the lift-off canister feature, which is a backsaver when I'm vacuuming the stairs.

So... if you want a vacuum that can handle a lot of fur, I do NOT recommend getting a Bissell.
 
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Out of curiosity, does anyone have a bagless vacuum that has a washable(ie. not paper) filter? I love my kenmore vacuum, but the filter fills up after cleaning 1 weeks worth of hair/litter/etc out of a not very big house. I find myself taking a flat head screwdriver and digging the dirt out of the filter. At 20$ a pop the filter is too expensive to replace every single time it gets too full to use.
 

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If you're not in a rush and can wait to buy a vacuum, check when they are changing out models of the Dysons. You can sometimes catch one of last year's model and the retailers will discount it just to get it off the shelf. I did this and got mine for half the price of a new one and the only difference was the color.
 

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Out of curiosity, does anyone have a bagless vacuum that has a washable(ie. not paper) filter?
I do!! Hoover Windtunnel Rewind. I've got three cats who shed a lot, and that thing works beautifully. When you are done vacuuming, you empty the canister and take out the filter and rinse it in the sink, and then let it air dry. As they state all over the box and the vacuum, the filter is good for the life of the vacuum, and you never need to buy a replacement one. Another thing I like is that you press a little lever on the vacuum and the cord winds up automatically. :)
 

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Out of curiosity, does anyone have a bagless vacuum that has a washable(ie. not paper) filter? I love my kenmore vacuum, but the filter fills up after cleaning 1 weeks worth of hair/litter/etc out of a not very big house. I find myself taking a flat head screwdriver and digging the dirt out of the filter. At 20$ a pop the filter is too expensive to replace every single time it gets too full to use.
Two of the three filters on my Bissell are washable. The third is a HEPA that has to be replaced periodically (but I have only replaced it once in the past few years because it's also $20).

Okay, so the thing isn't *that* bad of a vacuum, but there's still a lot I don't like about it. ;) On the plus side, now I know what to look for/avoid when I eventually replace it.
 

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I have a Dyson Animal vacuum (it was given to me by my family--they moved and the house has a central vacuum system so they no longer needed it :eek: ) and honestly even though they cost A LOT of money I would say they are worth it.
I have two large dogs that shed like no other, not to mention I ride/work with horses(lots of dirt/hay/hair). In the 2+ years I've owned it I've never had a problem with it...no other vacuum that I've owned has been able to keep up. :)
 
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I forget the specific name of the vacuum I have, but it's made by Bissell and marketed for people with pets. I love it, it picks up all of my sheltie's hair.:D
 

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Todays Woot is a dyson vacuum: just in case anyone is interested
http://www.woot.com/

I have no idea how this price compares (or which model this is) but woot prices are usually come out to be among the lowest. Woot deals are only good for the day (until 1am central time.)