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2021-06-10 11:39:27 AM  
I like mine bare... floors that is.
 
2021-06-10 11:56:39 AM  

Merltech: I like mine bare... floors that is.


Keep the drapes and lose the carpet.
 
2021-06-10 11:59:06 AM  

SpectroBoy: Merltech: I like mine bare... floors that is.

Keep the drapes and lose the carpet.


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2021-06-10 12:08:15 PM  

Merltech: SpectroBoy: Merltech: I like mine bare... floors that is.

Keep the drapes and lose the carpet.

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2021-06-10 12:19:18 PM  
The carpet was the 2nd thing I removed from my house when I moved in. I still have an old Electrolux that is the best vacuum I've ever used and a shopvac for when I need to suck some serious stuff. I use it to vacuum my lawn instead of raking.

/fridge that caught fire as soon as I plugged it back in.
 
2021-06-10 12:19:23 PM  
I'm going to disagree with the comments on the neatness of changing the bag over the canister. I've had both and they're both messy. There's no way you can wrestle a stuffed bag out of a vacuum and not have crap fly all over.

Not that big a deal because as soon as you're ready to go you got that mess there on the floor but guess what, you got a vacuum right there.
 
2021-06-10 12:47:10 PM  
I'm a bagged vacuum loyalist.

edmo: I'm going to disagree with the comments on the neatness of changing the bag over the canister. I've had both and they're both messy. There's no way you can wrestle a stuffed bag out of a vacuum and not have crap fly all over.



My Hoover has a system that's pretty nifty and clean for bag changing.  So long as you obey the indicator for when it's full and don't over do it.


How to Change the Vacuum Bag on your Hoover T Series Vacuum
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I have a husky.  This was a godsend.
 
2021-06-10 12:48:49 PM  

edmo: I'm going to disagree with the comments on the neatness of changing the bag over the canister. I've had both and they're both messy. There's no way you can wrestle a stuffed bag out of a vacuum and not have crap fly all over.

Not that big a deal because as soon as you're ready to go you got that mess there on the floor but guess what, you got a vacuum right there.


Going to agree. My new Hoover is awesome. It's the Pet model, super light and nimble, does a fantastic job on both rugs and floor and clearing out the canister couldn't be simpler. You grab the handle, push the button on top and canister comes off. Push the button on the latch and the bottom opens up and dumps it in the garbage can. Canister clicks back into place. No mess and a total of 5 seconds spent.
 
2021-06-10 12:56:41 PM  
No one said the canister has to be emptied inside
 
2021-06-10 1:06:50 PM  

edmo: I'm going to disagree with the comments on the neatness of changing the bag over the canister. I've had both and they're both messy. There's no way you can wrestle a stuffed bag out of a vacuum and not have crap fly all over.

Not that big a deal because as soon as you're ready to go you got that mess there on the floor but guess what, you got a vacuum right there.


Lets try this again after a video update killed my previous attempt:

There's a third choice--central vacuum.  Done during construction it's not that expensive.  The inside portion is light and when on hard surfaces it's very quiet--the big motor is out in the garage.  It uses a permanent filter, nothing all that impressive but since the air is being dumped out there it's not a problem.  What it vacuums up ends up in a bucket clamped to the underside of the unit, with a bit of care in taking it off you don't spill anything.  Simply dump it in a trash bag.  Our system is 25 years old and the closest thing I've done to fixing it is occasionally having to deal with the stuff that ends up wound around the brush.
 
2021-06-10 1:07:38 PM  
My best vacuum was a bagged one.  My worst vacuum?  The Dyson we currently own, what an overpriced POS.
 
2021-06-10 1:14:53 PM  
FTFA: Second, which do you think is more polluting: Increasingly obscure vacuum bags, some of which are biodegradable-or a global industry churning out more plastic canister vacuums every year, which inevitably end up in landfills when they break?

What does he think his bag vacuum is made out of, and where does he think it goes when he throws it away?
 
2021-06-10 1:18:39 PM  

stuhayes2010: My best vacuum was a bagged one.  My worst vacuum?  The Dyson we currently own, what an overpriced POS.


LOL, I did a little stint in vacuum repair and our boneyard was overflowing with Dyson's. Miele,Riccar and Kirby seemed the best, along with Aerus Lux Electroluxes (NOT Electrolux home care products/Eureka/Sanitaire Electroluxes).
 
2021-06-10 1:20:19 PM  
Bare for me as well. Yeah, and no carpets or rugs too.
 
2021-06-10 1:37:14 PM  
Meh.  I always use these guys - let THEM worry about it.

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2021-06-10 1:41:00 PM  
I still have my original model Dyson upright after twenty something years and have never had a second's trouble out of it.  That thing is a tank.

I still end up taking it over to friend's new places when they move because it pulls out the dust that gets down into the carpet padding better than any other vaccum I've seen.
 
2021-06-10 1:42:17 PM  
I have a Hayden central vac that can beat your mom at sucking the chrome off a bumper.

first floor is all tile or wood and there's 3 of these scattered around for easy sweeping

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2021-06-10 1:42:57 PM  

edmo: I'm going to disagree with the comments on the neatness of changing the bag over the canister. I've had both and they're both messy. There's no way you can wrestle a stuffed bag out of a vacuum and not have crap fly all over.

Not that big a deal because as soon as you're ready to go you got that mess there on the floor but guess what, you got a vacuum right there.


uuh step one to change a vacuum bag, is go the fook outside to do that. Who does this in the house?
that's like taking off your cloths after you get in the shower, just totally wrong order of operations for the task at hand.

And yeah in this house, we like the hardwood not the shag pile.
Shag pile is what you want your friends to have so when you get blott-o at their place and need a lay down it's all nice and soft.
oh yeah, drunk loves a shagpile.
 
2021-06-10 2:03:34 PM  
Too many of you in this thread are interested in the less fun kind of rug sucking.
 
2021-06-10 2:12:31 PM  
With the bagless ones, the canister is always dirty after you empty it, and the filter needs cleaning out once a month or so. If you live in a dry climate like I do, you have to take them outside and blow them out with compressed air, raising a cloud of dust in the process.

The advantage to a bagged vacuum is there's no filters to clean because the bag is the filter. Take it out and you're done, no further cleaning necessary.
 
2021-06-10 2:13:23 PM  

SpectroBoy: Merltech: I like mine bare... floors that is.

Keep the drapes and lose the carpet.


Daniel?

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2021-06-10 2:29:01 PM  

Loren: There's a third choice--central vacuum.  Done during construction it's not that expensive.  The inside portion is light and when on hard surfaces it's very quiet--the big motor is out in the garage.  It uses a permanent filter, nothing all that impressive but since the air is being dumped out there it's not a problem.  What it vacuums up ends up in a bucket clamped to the underside of the unit, with a bit of care in taking it off you don't spill anything.  Simply dump it in a trash bag.  Our system is 25 years old and the closest thing I've done to fixing it is occasionally having to deal with the stuff that ends up wound around the brush.


There was a central vacuum in the house I bought about six years ago.  The head, handle, and hose were really heavy and difficult to handle (yeah yeah yeah, "That's what she said" and all that...)
But seriously, it was a heck of a lot more hassle to use and store than a standard upright vacuum.  If you need to clean a different floor, you had to drag not only the vacuum head and handle but the long heavy hose to the other floor.  Then you had to connect the hose to wherever the vacuum port was in the area, which meant that you needed to keep that area accessible (no bookcases, bed, etc. blocking it.)
All in all, a massive PITA, AFAIC.  I removed the motor / canister out of the garage last year, and just last weekend got around to removing the PVC piping for it from the garage ceiling.
Would not recommend.
 
2021-06-10 2:35:43 PM  

BurghDude: Loren: There's a third choice--central vacuum.  Done during construction it's not that expensive.  The inside portion is light and when on hard surfaces it's very quiet--the big motor is out in the garage.  It uses a permanent filter, nothing all that impressive but since the air is being dumped out there it's not a problem.  What it vacuums up ends up in a bucket clamped to the underside of the unit, with a bit of care in taking it off you don't spill anything.  Simply dump it in a trash bag.  Our system is 25 years old and the closest thing I've done to fixing it is occasionally having to deal with the stuff that ends up wound around the brush.

There was a central vacuum in the house I bought about six years ago.  The head, handle, and hose were really heavy and difficult to handle (yeah yeah yeah, "That's what she said" and all that...)
But seriously, it was a heck of a lot more hassle to use and store than a standard upright vacuum.  If you need to clean a different floor, you had to drag not only the vacuum head and handle but the long heavy hose to the other floor.  Then you had to connect the hose to wherever the vacuum port was in the area, which meant that you needed to keep that area accessible (no bookcases, bed, etc. blocking it.)
All in all, a massive PITA, AFAIC.  I removed the motor / canister out of the garage last year, and just last weekend got around to removing the PVC piping for it from the garage ceiling.
Would not recommend.


Truth.

This is the first house I have lived in with central vacuum. The excitement wore off about the second time I used it.
 
2021-06-10 2:57:43 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: The carpet was the 2nd thing I removed from my house when I moved in. I still have an old Electrolux that is the best vacuum I've ever used and a shopvac for when I need to suck some serious stuff. I use it to vacuum my lawn instead of raking.

/fridge that caught fire as soon as I plugged it back in.


The canister type?  We have two; both from our parents, newest one is 40 years old (pictured), other is at least 50, both work great.  I replaced the powered hose on one about 10 years ago.

Thank Big Oil for providing lightweight plastic POS units.
Thank manufacturers in general for engineered obsolescence.


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/learn to fix your appliances
//saving my washer/dryer rant for another occasion
 
2021-06-10 4:46:27 PM  
I got a pet-specific Shark bagless vacuum recently and I quite happy with it. It sucks way better than the old bagged Hoover I was using.

I am worried about the "plasticiness" of it and it's longevity, but it beats the pants off the old one in function.

I've got mostly hardwoods and tile with low-pile area rugs. I was pretty gross how much the Shark picked up that the Hoover had been leaving behind. It took about six canister loads the first time I used it just for the living room rug before it stopped pulling significant debris in. Subsequent vacuuming maxes out a one and a half. I've got a sheddy dog and a small non-floof cat.

Some of that reduction is the new vacuum is easier to use so I do it more often, but there's no doubt it's doing a better job.
 
2021-06-10 7:57:37 PM  

drewogatory: stuhayes2010: My best vacuum was a bagged one.  My worst vacuum?  The Dyson we currently own, what an overpriced POS.

LOL, I did a little stint in vacuum repair and our boneyard was overflowing with Dyson's. Miele,Riccar and Kirby seemed the best, along with Aerus Lux Electroluxes (NOT Electrolux home care products/Eureka/Sanitaire Electroluxes).


I have 25 and 30 yr. old Riccars. Aside from belts, I think I have replaced the brushes and roller bearings on the old one. Heavy, but they really work well. Being heavy is why they work well. Built solid. Also, that's why the wife wanted one on each floor of the house. Too heavy for her to haul up and down stairs. One of my kids has a couple of Dysons. I think that is so they have one working while the other one is over here getting repaired. They are a PITA to work on.
Removing a full bag isn't a problem if you are careful at all, and you don't have to re-dust the furniture after vacuuming.
Oh, on the old Riccar I did convert the headlight to an LED. The filament bulbs burn out way too often, but I'm sure that is true for anything that uses incandescent bulbs.
 
2021-06-10 8:22:59 PM  
No, fark it I hate vacuums with bags with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. I don't want to be required to buy disposable bags for the rest of my life nor do I want to deal with cleaning a vacuum cleaner bag ever again, done that far too often already.

I also do not want a vacuum cleaner that has a weight and size similar to that of a dead elephant seal.

Dyson *are* overpriced, but only because the bastards break down.

Bagless is the only way to go and I don't care who makes it.
 
2021-06-10 9:49:37 PM  
Funny, I don't hear my rugs complaining about it.
 
2021-06-10 10:21:16 PM  
Loren:

Grandparents had one. Put all sorts of stuff in it as a kid. Vaguely remember getting into trouble lol
 
2021-06-10 10:43:11 PM  
Www.vacuumwars.com
And search vacuumwars on YouTube.
You're welcome.
 
2021-06-11 2:25:20 PM  

petec: I have a Hayden central vac that can beat your mom at sucking the chrome off a bumper.

first floor is all tile or wood and there's 3 of these scattered around for easy sweeping

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I wish we had those floor suckers.

BurghDude: There was a central vacuum in the house I bought about six years ago. The head, handle, and hose were really heavy and difficult to handle (yeah yeah yeah, "That's what she said" and all that...)
But seriously, it was a heck of a lot more hassle to use and store than a standard upright vacuum. If you need to clean a different floor, you had to drag not only the vacuum head and handle but the long heavy hose to the other floor. Then you had to connect the hose to wherever the vacuum port was in the area, which meant that you needed to keep that area accessible (no bookcases, bed, etc. blocking it.)
All in all, a massive PITA, AFAIC. I removed the motor / canister out of the garage last year, and just last weekend got around to removing the PVC piping for it from the garage ceiling.
Would not recommend.


I've never considered the hose heavy.  It's no problem at all to haul upstairs--I grab the head/handle and the other end of the hose and walk upstairs, letting the rest of the hose follow me.  Two of our ports are in walkways, zero issues.  One more I'm annoyed with, it should have been in a walkway but they put it on the other side of the wall.  (It would reach the same from either side.)  The two ports in bedrooms are less than ideal.

25 years, would definitely do again.
 
2021-06-11 7:55:05 PM  

mongbiohazard: FTFA: Second, which do you think is more polluting: Increasingly obscure vacuum bags, some of which are biodegradable-or a global industry churning out more plastic canister vacuums every year, which inevitably end up in landfills when they break?

What does he think his bag vacuum is made out of, and where does he think it goes when he throws it away?


The good ones are made of heavy cast. Most people don't toss them any way. They get grabbed by the one cousin smart enough to know what it is when grandma dies. Then she will take it to the repair shop to have the broken component fixed.
 
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