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By webwench (Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:39:58 AM EST) (all tags)
Is a Dyson vacuum worth the cost?


I'm on this cleaning jag, you know, clearing up any potential insectile or parasitic infestations. A couple of days ago, this friend of mine, who happens to be gay and is therefore very particular about the cleanliness of his surroundings because you know that's just how they are, told me that he had picked up this $500 Dyson vacuum, and it was the best thing since sliced bread. Said he gave his house a thorough vacuuming with his old vacuum, than came through with the Dyson, and the Dyson picked up so much additional stuff that he was horrified. In fact, I picture John standing in the middle of his apartment, gazing into the once-pristine, filterless chamber of his brand new Dyson at the enormous pile of animal hair, crumbs, lint, and assorted cruft that had been lurking in his carpet for an untold number of years, like Cthulhu lurking at the bottom of the sea, and screaming like a little girl.

So, are Dysons really all that great? Would it be worth ~$300 for the 'cheapie' model? Should I spring for the industrial-strength ~$600 'pet edition' Dyson?

Am I really (1) thinking seriously about my choices in vacuum cleaners, and (2) asking an internet forum about them?


$RunFast's remote access app is teh suck... it boots me off every ten or fifteen minutes bitching that the routing table cannot be changed in the middle of a session, and I have to pick a different server and log back on. Weeks of trouble-free remote access, and yesterday and today this has been happening. Irksome, to say the least.


I seem to have a computer cat and a bathroom cat. One cat always follows me to the bathroom and expects to be pet any time I sit on the toilet -- hence, bathroom cat. Computer cat curls up and sleeps on my desk any time I'm at the computer, sometimes on the side I don't use, but more often he takes over my mousepad. He doesn't ask for much attention directly, he just lays there and looks cute.

Computer cat brought us a whole frog Sunday, which was a nice changeup from the half-a-frog he kept bringing me last week.


And, I've posted an ad to sell my motorcycle on craigslist and in Cycle Trader. So far, the only two responses have been from UKians generously offering to send me a cashiers check -- what polite scammers they are.

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I hear that they aren't that good by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:44:02 AM EST
Mrs U and one of her friends were slobbering over them (apparently--I only heard this recently) but then learned $SOMEHOW that they were no better than a regular vacuum. This anecdote would be more convincing if I had a value for $SOMEHOW.

Also, according to Consumer Reports, the difference between the $150 "cheapie" and the $300 "cheapie" is minute. The only problem is that you can only get the $150 at WalMart.

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You can get the cheapie at Target too. by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:52:06 AM EST
I'm mildly tempted. But Ms rat says "Feh." to investing in one. Maybe when our current Dust DevilTM dies. Still, if you find out move about the value $SOMEHOW, I'd sure like to hear about it.

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Oh wait by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:01:53 AM EST
ww is asking about the cheapie Dyson, which is $300. I'm talking about a cheapie non-Dyson.

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Hmmm. I'll have to look at the price tags again. by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:06:44 AM EST
Or maybe somebody was fucking around with the UPCs in the store. So would you buy a Dyson for $150?

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Would *I*? by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #18 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:08:34 AM EST
I would wallow in my own filth until I was forced to buy a new house before I'd spend more than $50 on a vacuum cleaner.

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Thank you. by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #25 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:20:04 AM EST
Keyboard, monitor, meet Diet Dr. Pepper.

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More about it by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 2) #38 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:07:32 AM EST
Mrs U's friend bought one and it didn't do any better than her old non-Dyson at sucking up dog hair. She thought it might be broken so she exchanged it and had the same problem.

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Well there you have it!! by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #40 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:12:41 AM EST
Unequivocal, scientific proof that Creationism is total bunk!

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Be sure to consider Miele's too by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:45:25 AM EST
if you're in the market for expensive furrin Vacuums. They don't do well against lots of long, fine dog hair though.

And replace all your lights with tanning bulbs, nothing like UV rays to kill pests and sterilize the environment.


Dyson's aren't foreign by dmg (2.00 / 0) #60 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:54:24 PM EST

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Ob: All vacuums suck! by greyrat (4.00 / 4) #3 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:46:14 AM EST
HAHAHAHA. I made a funny.

Vacuums $0.02 by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:48:09 AM EST
I bought the top-rated Consumer Reports Kenmore from Sears about 4 years ago and it works really well. It was $300 at the time which I had a hard time justifying. I've always heard that you should beware vacuums that are bagless as not being able to collect dust as well.

I agree by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 3) #23 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:14:25 AM EST
I got my Kenmore Progressive (top-rated by consumer reports 3 years ago) on sale for just under $300 - it is a truly amazing machine.

Other than the Dysons looking nifty, I've heard they only work "fine" so it becomes a value thing: if you're cool spending buku bucks for "fine," go for it!

I suggest checking out the Kenmores, tho.

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vacua by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:48:15 AM EST
Maybe your friend's old vacuum cleaner was just really crappy.

I'm skeptical of any product that uses its Europeanness as a central selling point.

what?? by MillMan (4.00 / 2) #15 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:03:20 AM EST
since when does cultural panache not get the job done?

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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Spend 500 dollars by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 2) #6 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:48:29 AM EST

On a cleaning lady. Not only will the money cover two years of cleaning and supplies, you won't have to lift a finger to do any of it, and best of all, you can refer to "your cleaning lady" in conversation, proving to all and any that you are a well-to-do lady about town.

And congratulations on the whole frog change-up. Now, if you could just get a third cat, to be named "Deep fryer cat", you could streamline the whole operation, and just give the cleaning lady a couple extra bucks to bring some veggies and wine.


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Someday we will have teleoperated cleaning by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #8 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:51:44 AM EST
robots, operated by outsourced cleaning people in the Phillipines. Dang, with the right kind of robot, everything can be outsoured, even plumbers and electicians! There will be no safe jobs in the US, and the market will flourish!


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But wait are GNU-Linux slave robot cleaners by greyrat (4.00 / 2) #11 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:54:28 AM EST
"Commerce" or not? Somebody write to Washington, DC and find out...

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I'll write the Department of Justice a letter by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 2) #17 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:07:47 AM EST

Right after I finish taking my glaucoma meds here. Bowl... Still... Burning...

Now, what was I gonna do again? Fuck it, I'm hungry.


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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If you're done with you're meds by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #24 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:18:00 AM EST
there's STILL a little ether left here...

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+1, Delicious by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #28 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:22:16 AM EST

Etherey goodness...


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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Great suggestions by The Fool (4.00 / 2) #12 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:55:19 AM EST
I wonder how deep-fried rat tastes.


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Ow! Ow! OWWWWWWW! Stop that! [nt] by greyrat (4.00 / 2) #13 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:57:38 AM EST
[nt] == not tasty

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My guess: by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 3) #20 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:09:30 AM EST

"like Chicken". Webwench might want to get a Marinading Cat, as well, though, as I'm told rat's a little gamey. Frog legs, on the other hand, are a gift from GOD.


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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She'll need a battering cat, too by The Fool (4.00 / 2) #33 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:37:36 AM EST
Get the assembly line action going.


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And how about a housecleaning cat to pick up by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #35 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:55:14 AM EST
all that lose cat hair -- oh wait...

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WE have a housecleaning cat by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #36 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:58:49 AM EST
Now I just need to finish training my drum cat, and I'll be set to ROCK AND ROLL. Unfortunately, he seems to be more of a jazz cat.


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booooo (nt) by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #37 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:04:36 AM EST


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Don't you mean by The Fool (4.00 / 2) #41 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:13:33 AM EST
hiss?

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I do have a third cat by webwench (4.00 / 1) #46 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:25:52 AM EST
I'll call her 'lap kitty' because she sits in my lap for a couple of hours a day while I work. Or I could call her 'cranky old lady kitty' because she's old, and can be kind of cranky.


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Isn't it time by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #49 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:32:01 AM EST

Cranky Old Lady Lap Kitty started earning her keep?


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Oh, I'm sure she'd love to help out by webwench (4.00 / 1) #51 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:38:24 AM EST
but, you know, her back just isn't the same these days -- she's no spring chicken, you know! And since her bout with the consumption eighteen months ago, she just hasn't been feeling like her old self. Maybe a spot of cod liver oil and a nice chamomile tea would perk her up, she says, and would I kindly fetch it for her? Such a sweet kitty.


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Kittens are notorious by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #52 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:40:08 AM EST

For their endless generosity, after all. Always give, give give, until it hurts. She might like a nice paw-massage, too, you know.


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OMG - 3 cats? by hulver (2.00 / 0) #61 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 11:22:38 PM EST
Do your neighbours call you "The Crazy Cat Lady"?
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Probably. by webwench (2.00 / 0) #62 Wed Jun 08, 2005 at 04:04:46 AM EST
I call myself the crazy cat lady :)


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Surely the geeky way... by Metatone (4.00 / 3) #7 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:49:37 AM EST
to solve this conundrum is to invite your friend around with his vaccuum cleaner and have a comparative review testing, which you can then write up on HuSi...

My own experience is that if

a) you have carpet and fallen hair
b) you have borderling OCD about cleanliness

then a Dyson-style (i.e. built using similar principles) vacuum is a good thing...

If however your carpets aren't exposed to large amounts of cruft or you aren't tormented by the thought of dirt around your house then you'll get more happiness through a cheap vaccuum + crate of champagne or whatever...

thinking seriously about vacuum cleaners by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #10 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:54:14 AM EST
Well, I don't think this is ridiculous, because you are a) getting laid on a regular basis, and are not stuck in some numb, meaningless domestic situation, and b) you don't seem to be truly excited about the opportunity to own one of these devices, vs. many people stuck in numb, meaningless domestic situations who would be very excited at the prospect of owning said device, where instead you are just interested in the utility of said device.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

According to an ex-pat forum I'm on by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #19 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:08:56 AM EST
Dyson's blow. They're overpriced and constantly need repair. Recommendations: Oreck professional models (restaurant supply stores) or Sebo (some German bran built to last forever). I used to have an Oreck and it was great. Back & forth four times per swath wasn't necessary.

woof.

"Eppur si muove." -- Galileo Galilei
"Nevertheless, it moves."

Sliced bread isn't all that great by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:12:35 AM EST
werd.
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Intarweb to the rescue! by Vertical Frankenstein (4.00 / 2) #22 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:13:36 AM EST
This is your lucky day... the Guardian just ran an article on trendy appliances.

Here's a relevant part about Dyson:

Within six years of purchase 29% of upright Dyson vacuum cleaners and 22% of their cylinder vacuums needed repairing. The Dyson repair rate is also getting worse. A 2002 survey found that 21% of the company's upright vacuums needed repairing within six years, and a 2001 survey revealed that 14% of its cylinder vacuums broke down.

I really love the quote from the marketdroid faining ignorance:

Dyson said it was "puzzled" by the findings. "We closely monitor the reliability of Dyson machines and our best-selling machine, DC14, has a reliability rate of 98% - the 2% of failures are missing manuals or tools," a spokeswoman said

So, she's saying they have a 100% reliability rate when you ignore mis-packaged vacuums?  Please, what BS.

I refute your statistical evidence by Herring (2.00 / 0) #57 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 01:11:54 PM EST
with my own anecdotal evidence.

I've had a Dyson for 6 years (so it's a Quality British Product - not a Malaysian job) and it's never had to be repaired. OK, well nothing's gone wrong with it that I couldn't fix myself (the drive belt to the sweeper brush thing has a habit of breaking for a start). And they don't lose suction due to the bag getting clogged - they lose suction due to the filter getting clogged.

It works OK I suppose - but then I'm a man so I don't really use it.

One big plus point - if you use the hose to catch flying insects, you can watch them being spun to bits inside the machine. Also, if you vacuum up coloured glitter, that can be quite pretty.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

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Dysons are unreliable by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #26 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:21:23 AM EST
Yes, even the new ones not make in UKia.  I know this is true because I heard it on Womens' Hour.

Top rated for performance + reliability was Bosch, although something about that name gets my dander up.

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Second link was of course by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #27 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:22:08 AM EST
to here.  Just imagine in was funny the first time round.

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in was never funny (nt) by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #31 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:27:50 AM EST

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Right, that's it by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #32 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:36:57 AM EST
From now on I'm hiring a copy editor to pre-screen my posts.  This Gallic sloppiness is going to stop.

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Forget the vacuum! by ucblockhead (4.00 / 5) #29 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:23:59 AM EST
Rip up the carpets! Hardwood floors, baby!
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that's doesn't actually solve the problem by wndl (2.00 / 0) #69 Fri Jun 10, 2005 at 05:45:33 AM EST
we have hardwood floors and our vacuum is the primary way of cleaning them since sweeping merely gets the cat hair afloat.

we have a Hoover Elite that was around $130 when we bought it, which I think was 6 or 7 years ago. it's never had any problems, it gets all the hair up (from carpet and wood), it's really good on hardwood (adjustable settings and all that) and it's very lightweight. my mom liked ours so much, we got one for her too.

i was tempted by the dyson, but consumer reports says not to bother, as others have mentioned.

"...there you have it: an actual anecdote, second hand, from the Internet."--DesiredUsername
"what fun is gettin naked on a webcam if ya have to provide tech support"--dev trash

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we'll have to compare offers to purchase by mmangino (4.00 / 1) #30 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:27:09 AM EST
Mine is up there too: http://chicago.craigslist.org/mcy/77251746.html

So far I've had two scam responses. On one of them, the person obviously didn't fill in all the required variables in their spamming program since it still had things like "insert amount of cost here" in it. They also wanted to buy my MOTOCYCLE

my ad sucks by webwench (2.00 / 0) #50 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:34:05 AM EST
but it got me over the psychological barrier that had been making me resist (or, you know, 'keep forgetting to) post the ad.

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/mcy/77354321.html

I also put it in cycletrader magazine for $27.


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Go to Sears by ad hoc (4.00 / 3) #34 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:39:16 AM EST
Get a Kenmore. It'll be mahvelous, hon.
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Hear hear... by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #39 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:11:49 AM EST
That's the model I have.

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damn, me too by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #42 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:20:41 AM EST
We all probably got the same hard sell from the same kindly old saleslady.

It is a nice product, but it'll probably be a decade before I have enough carpeting to warrant a $300 vacuum.

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The sell... by lb008d (2.00 / 0) #44 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:41:22 AM EST
Consumer Reports already had me sold, however, the salesperson was a kindly old saleslady. That must be in the employment bulletin: seeking nice old woman to sell vacuums...

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I just liked the name by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #45 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:55:53 AM EST
"Blue Mambo"
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I was having a party by blixco (4.00 / 3) #43 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:40:18 AM EST
at my house, and I was walking my friend and compadre Patrick around the backyard showing him the vinyl siding.

That is the least rock and roll thing, ever.  I don't know when I lost my rock and roll, but fretting over vinyl siding was a sure sign.

You, dear, are pushing it.  More motorcycle pictures!
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I own a Dyson. . . by BaconAndWaffles (4.00 / 1) #47 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:26:52 AM EST
I got it at Costco, so it was cheapie price, but had some of the expensive attachments (which is the only difference between the inter-model labels).

So far, I love it.  It definitely picks up everything - I have two cats and a dog, so I need something that gets pet hair.  It maneuvers better than most uprights and the attachments work get.  And it works pretty well on hard surfaces.  But I have only had it for nine months, so I can't speak to long term reliability.

SuckMax! by chopper (2.00 / 0) #68 Fri Jun 10, 2005 at 02:46:52 AM EST
It definitely picks up everything - I have two cats and a dog

Shouldn't that be "have had" then? Tho I guess with the larger models they'd just end up with headspins.

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May I just say by webwench (4.00 / 1) #48 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:30:05 AM EST
that coming back to 45 new comments on my vacuum cleaner diary proves once and for all that HuSi is populated by old farts... I mean that in the kindest way possible, of course.

Have I mentioned that I was thinking of getting a grill? My accented friend likes to grill steaks, and since there's no way in hell I'm going to his house for grilled steak... if I purchase it, the steak will come...


Teh one true grill. by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #53 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 10:44:58 AM EST
Weber.

If you must cook with gas (heresy!) then Weber makes a great gas grill as well. That particular gas grill was rated #1 in Cook's Illustrated.

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Ah ha! by blixco (4.00 / 1) #55 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 11:31:31 AM EST
A fellow!

All hail the kettle, the one true grill, maker of steaks and veggies, perfector of the off-set method!
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grill by garlic (2.00 / 0) #63 Wed Jun 08, 2005 at 05:25:17 AM EST
When grill shopping I knew I wanted a kettle charcoal grill. At sears, the model lb008d linked to was $40 more than this, and that weber one has a shitty ash catcher. There's no way that weber grill is worth $80.


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Could have been worse by extremely tedious HuSer (4.00 / 3) #54 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 11:27:14 AM EST
Thank dog you didn't ask whether you could install Linux on a Dyson

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Feh by barooo (2.00 / 0) #56 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 12:45:59 PM EST

If ripping out all the goddamn carpet and having hardwoods isn't an option, I say get a kirby.  I have the one my parents got as a wedding present in 1955.  Still going strong.  Doesn't do the super-duper hepa filtration thingy, but by god will it suck up the dirt.


man, i need a beefy taco now.
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Oblig. motorcycle/vacuum cleaner joke by Cwis (4.00 / 4) #58 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 01:48:54 PM EST
What is the difference between a Hoover and a Harley?

The position of the dirtbag.

Consumers Union is pretty down on bagless vacs by lm (4.00 / 1) #59 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 01:49:18 PM EST
Or, rather, they used to be. Checking up on the most recent review, it would seem that bagless technology has evolved into something actually useful rather than an expensive way to blow dust all over the place. Regardless, Kenmore, Hoover and Eureka brand vacuums almost always take the top spots in CU reviews. Here's the money shot from their recent review of the Dyson DC14.

he DC14 Complete, available only at Sears, performed similarly to Dyson's DC07, an upright rated very good in our latest report on vacuum cleaners. It cleaned bare floors superbly and had good airflow, which is important in cleaning with tools. As with the DC07, however, it was middling on medium-pile carpet. The vacuum's floating head--intended to adjust automatically to carpet height--was a bit sticky on some test samples, so the brushes didn't always make complete contact with the carpet.

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We can point you toward less expensive upright models that worked better overall than the DC14. They include the Hoover WindTunnel Self Propelled Ultra U6439-900, $300; Eureka Boss Smart Vac Ultra 4870, $140, a CR Best Buy; and Kenmore (Sears) Progressive with Direct Drive 34922, $300. The Hoover WindTunnel Bagless U5753-900, $200, is also a very good performer.

So, there you have it, there are a good number of vacuums that cost a good deal less that perform better than the Dyson. I'm personally most partial to Kenmore and Hoover brands. I've never had a Eureka vac that lasted more than 1 month longer than the warranty. My last vac was a Kenmore that lasted over four years. My current vac is a Hoover and I've yet to have any troubles with it.


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See my above post by barooo (2.00 / 0) #64 Wed Jun 08, 2005 at 05:38:27 AM EST

I have a Kirby that's going on 50 years of service.  It's had the cord replaced, the bag replaced, the brush replaced (worn down to nothing) and a few hundred belts, but that's it.  Original motor, etc.

So I sneer at your "5 years of service".


man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
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Context by lm (2.00 / 0) #65 Wed Jun 08, 2005 at 01:48:48 PM EST
I never said that I retired my Kenmore due to mechanical failure, did I? It still works swimmingly. I moved it to a property I own that I'm in the process of rehabilitating. My dear wife wanted a new vacuum with more bells and whistles.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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How many by barooo (2.00 / 0) #66 Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 05:29:03 AM EST

Goddamned bells and whistles does a suck broom need?  A power switch, a light, a way to adjust the height, if necessary, a way to empty the dirt, a place to stow the cord, and maybe a handle for picking it up to clean stairs. 

I'll bet her new one didn't come with a paint sprayer attachment or a bench grinder attachment, did it?  The kirby did, although they weren't exactly useful and have since been lost.


man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
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My favorite feature by lm (2.00 / 0) #67 Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 01:27:44 PM EST
The dirt sensor that tells you when not only is the visible dirt up, but all of the dust particles are also up.

I also like the powerhead attachment for cleaning furniture.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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