what kind of vacuum cleaner should I get?

September 21, 2013 by
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Question by aniumus: what kind of vacuum cleaner should I get?
I am looking to get a vacuum cleaner, preferably baggless, and preferably under 200. I have hard wood floors, one area rug, a few fully carpeted areas, and some couches I would like to keep clean with it. Which brand and type of vacuum would you recommend?

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Answer by Seija
I have the Eureka Boss SmartVac and I highly recommend it. While it is not bagless, it is about $ 150 at Walmart. It will do all the surfaces that you mentioned. There’s a switch to turn the beater bar off, so you can do your hardwood floors without scratching them. The suction from the accessory hose is great. I have used a lot of vacuums and this one works the best. Consumer Reports rated it a Best Buy and rated it higher than Dyson. Good luck!

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4 Comments on what kind of vacuum cleaner should I get?

  1. William B on Sat, 21st Sep 2013 1:01 pm

    black & decker, upright

  2. Brent C on Sat, 21st Sep 2013 1:34 pm

    I know you are not going to like this one but it worth a shot as every body has different minds and ideas.

    We use a shop vac from home depot or Lowes. We got the big Ridged brand http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Wet-Dry-Vacs/index.htm. This thing is cheap and last for ever. Here is why we use it.

    You can do hard wood
    You can do carpet.
    You can do carpet washing.
    You can do your furniture.
    You can do your car.
    You can do your garage.
    You can do under your refrigerator.
    You can blow the leaves off your lawn.
    You can blow the dust out of your electronics.
    You can blow out your sliding door tracks.
    You can unplug drains.
    You can fill rafts and kids toys.
    You can clean the fish tank.
    You can suck of up broken glass
    You can suck or blow anything you want

    Here is one you going to think is strange. But you can wash your refrigerator and freezer and your chest freezer inside with a bucket, sponge, soap and warm water and then you suck out the dirty water. We do this once a year just to make sure it stays new looking inside and out. It tasks longer to remove and put back the food then it does to clean it. The vacuum sucks so hard it is dry enough to wipe down completely dry with a one or two paper towels.

    This is the one we have http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/WD1670-16G-Blower-Vac/EN/index.htm Ours is about 8 year old and if this ever fails we will get another one. We just blow out the filter out side or you can just buy a new one when it is dirty but I just wait for a good windy day and just blow it out.

    You add on attachments, filters and hoses. We put on a 30 foot long pool cleaning house and leave the vacuum in the hallway and we can do all 3 bed rooms and the bathrooms on one end of the house and then do the other end of the house if we move the vacuum to the entry way. If you have stairs it would be great for the steps but then you will have to take it upstairs and it is kind of big for that. We don’t have stairs.

    It is very easy to clean and you can line the tank with a trash bag and when you feel it is full just tie up the bag and toss it. I put a rock in the bottom to hold the bag on the bottom of the can but even when I forgot the rock the bag did not effect the air flow of the machine,

    Or you can leave it baggless like you want.

    So I hoped I spread my excitement of doing something a different way.

  3. M M T on Sat, 21st Sep 2013 1:42 pm

    I got a Bissell Healthy Home about a month ago and I’m very pleased with it. We have a house full of pets (4 cats and 3 dogs) and it is doing a wonderful job with the pet hair!

    It’s got a sealed HEPA filter and filters all kinds of nasties out of the air as it cleans. My middle son has some cat allergies and the last few times he has been here to visit, he’s not sneezed at all.

    It’s solidly built, the on board tools are handy and well designed and bag less. If you look around you may be able to find it for $ 200; I got mine at Lowe’s for that. It’s normally around $ 250. Comes with a 5 year warranty and a lifetime belt too.

  4. natejx on Sat, 21st Sep 2013 2:01 pm

    I repair vacuums for a living so I see the strengths and weaknesses of all types of vacuums. I highly recommend you go for the upper limit of your budget and not the lower. For example, I constantly am repairing $ 50-100 vacuums that are less then a year old. Of course, that’s not to say that all less-expensive vacuums will do that, especially if you care for them properly, but the chances are much higher.

    Having said that, for that price range I would look into a Hoover Wind Tunnel. Although Hoover is not the amazing brand it used to be, the Wind Tunnel seems to be a decent vacuum, having less problems then the rest. Also, after every vacuum I repair I test it on a strip of carpet by vacuuming up some deodorizer powder. The Wind Tunnel seems to pick up better then most vacuums.

    They also have an option to turn the roller off (for your hard wood) and have on-board tools. If you spend a little more money you can get it with a self-propel option though I wouldn’t recommend spending the extra cash unless you really need it (i.e. recent back surgery).

    Being a repairman, I would also highly suggest you buy a vacuum with bags. They really are not hard to change, are not as messy as most people think, and usually (if following the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing filters) end up being cheaper.

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