Vacuum cleaner value for money
June 22, 2011 5:43 PM Subscribe
Which vacuum cleaner stays sucky for the longest (relative to cost)?
posted by lollusc to Home & Garden (33 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've now owned three vacuum cleaners that were awesome for about a year, okay for another year, and practically did nothing during the third year. I clean filters and empty dust out regularly. I have even taken one apart completely and cleaned every last bit of it. Each of these vacuum cleaners cost about $100.
So this time I'm happy to spend more if it will get me something that keeps working well for longer. But only relative to cost. So if $200 will get me something that works well for four years, that's money well spent. If $600 will get me something that works well for 12 years, cool. But I don't want to pay $500 and have something that only lasts six years, since I could buy three $100 vacuum cleaners and be just as happy.
The environmental cost of throwing something like a vacuum cleaner away regularly also does factor in somewhat, so I don't mind spending a LITTLE more in the long term to avoid that.
All that said, what should I buy? Please don't recommend something if you've only had it for a year or two, because I too would have thought my previous vacuum cleaners were awesome at that stage.
I'm in Australia, so it needs to be available here. We have wooden floors with a few rugs, and one short-haired cat, so it doesn't have to be super impressive - just durable.