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Old 09-09-2011, 03:59 PM   #21
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We have an Electrolux canister that works great for vacuuming tile floors and for small dusting jobs (like vacuuming curtains, upholstery and lamp shades). We use a Dyson upright for the carpets and the carpeted stairs (for the stairs, I leave the cleaner either at the top or the bottom of the stairs and use the hose and brush attachment - No need to precariously hold the cleaner while vacuuming the stairs). We are happy with both and they both have a role. The Dyson is the best carpet cleaner I have ever owned - it pulls an incredible amount of dirt out of the carpet. It has really helped with my allergies. The Electrolux is not powerful or heavy enough to do a good job on carpets, IMO.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:49 PM   #22
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I have a Kenmore Progressive canister vacuum that I like much more than all my previous vacuums. It has a powered head for the rotating brush part and lots of attachments that are easy to use.

Are you going for a unit that uses bags? Or are you thinking of bagless? I had one bagless, thinking it would be great just to dump that dust collection bin and snap it back into place. I liked seeing the dirt accumulate in there. But I will NEVER go bagless again. Emptying the bin was awful, no matter what I did or where I emptied it there was always a terrible dust cloud. I ended up taking the bin out on the deck and putting the entire bin into a plastic bag that I held shut while I tapped on the unit to get all the dirt off the filter. I still had to contend with a filthy dust cloud. Bags aren't very expensive and make emptying the vacuum a task that can be done indoors.
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Are Dyson's heavy to push ? I want a new vacuum that I don't have to wrestle with on my rugs . I'll keep my Hoover canister for steps and wood floors.
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Our last house came with a central vacuum system, made by Nutone. Its performance was infinitely superior to anything else we've ever owned, and it was much easier to use as a bonus.

When we moved to our current house, DW missed the central vac so much that I bought one online and installed it myself (not that hard to do, even in this 1979-built house).

I installed the central unit in the basement, with four powered outlets. It's important to measure carefully before installing it. The hose is 30 feet long, and you want to be able to reach every part of every floor.
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After you experience a built-in system, then you will never regret owning it. I have had a built-in for the last 26 years and have loved it each time I use it. They are not that expensive and if you are handy enough to install it yourself, then it is very affordable.
I have installed them in my last two homes myself and hope to never live in a home without a built-in system.
You need to look into this. Just google it up and learn all about them.
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Are Dyson's heavy to push ? I want a new vacuum that I don't have to wrestle with on my rugs . I'll keep my Hoover canister for steps and wood floors.
Not at all but go try one at a store near you. Nothing is lighter than an Oreck, but they're not effective (at least ours wasn't).
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I have only used an Electrolux for about 35 years. The one I own now was bought used 20 years ago and still works like new. It has every attachment that you need. Mine isn't a canister (Lived in an apartment when I bought it) but they do make them.. I use a dustbuster for the stairs (a very high staircase).
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After you experience a built-in system, then you will never regret owning it. I have had a built-in for the last 26 years and have loved it each time I use it. They are not that expensive and if you are handy enough to install it yourself, then it is very affordable.
I have installed them in my last two homes myself and hope to never live in a home without a built-in system.
You need to look into this. Just google it up and learn all about them.
I put in a built in system. I like everything about it except hauling around the 30 foot hose. I have a compact Sanyo canister that I use for light jobs.
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