Vacuum shopping with a few requirements
March 1, 2012 12:32 PM Subscribe
Can anyone suggest a vacuum cleaner that has a washable HEPA filter, doesn't vent out the front, isn't heavy, is reasonably priced, and has a button to turn off the brush?
posted by wenestvedt to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We have so far tried several vacuum cleaners and all have been found wanting. Does our Dream Sucker exist? We've bought & returned an LG (LUV250C) and the Shark Navigator Lift-Away (the commercial for which my kids all learned to recite), and we looked very closely at several Dysons in-store.
The LG was awesome except that it vents the air right out its lower front, forecefully blowing away anything you were about to vacuum up. (What engineer would do this I cannot imagine, except that the Dysons also seem to do it.)
Also, the LG kind of "grabs" at our low-pile carpets and has to be dislodged with a shove. My wife is petite so this is a problem; also, we're trying to convince our kids that Vacuuming Is Fun! and this is a strong counter-arguement. :7(
The Shark was good but it was pretty heavy. ISTR that it also had a tendency to dump its canister messily.
The Dysons won't stand up on a staircase, and we don't want to own a second vacuum just for stairs.
Many other vacuums don't have a control to turn off the brush. (We are ripping out carpets and adding hardwoods, and we'll end up with maybe a third of the house carpets; about a third of the downstairs is tile.)
We are neutral on bagged/bagless (and getting used to the bagless). We haven't considered a canister before. We can't find a place to try a Miele in our state (Rhode Island).
Is our snowflakiness just too flaky?