or, relative lack therein.

my vacuum is dead. it's sucked in one too many pieces of dog fur. it was miraculous that it lasted for over 3 years, what with ernie shedding an extra dog a week. but i changed the filter, unscrewed the top and cleaned out the clumps of hair out of the niches and tubing, and still. the suckage is sadly lacking.

i was looking at the animal dyson (which made me giggle - got a pesky dog? vacuum him right up with the new animal dyson! overrun by wildebeest? chicken? feral hamsters? the animal dyson can handle them too!) which is expensive and i don't really want a bagless vacuum again... too much dust and stuff goes flying when you empty it.

i've thought about an oreck.

but it all comes down to the fact that i can't afford me no fancy appliances. so i'll probably get another crappy one to last until i can.


littlegoat Tuesday, May 23, 2006 12:17:00 pm  

Jeff just got a shop vac that is awesome for dog fur. When I get home from work, I'll check and see what brand and how much it cost. I don't think it was very expensive.

inseattle Tuesday, May 23, 2006 2:57:00 pm  

i know, i am sadly lacking the nice appliances as well, well, at least the useful ones. i've got a fancy blender, but that is pretty much only good for daquiris and the like, although the daquiris at my bday last year were quite yummy. i so need a good vac.......

Chris Cope Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:21:00 pm  

Just set a radio playing Toby Keith next to your window. The extreme suckage of his music should get your house sparkling clean.

Anonymous Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:53:00 pm  

golly, i've got vacuums on the brain, too. our third cheapie in five years is on its way out, and at this point i'm thinking the pricey miele with the 7 year warranty might pay for itself after all. we're looking at the miele mostly because of its excellent reputation as helpful for allergy sufferers. canister vacs are also easier for us to store.

dysons seem nifty, but they (along with lots of other uprights) are awfully heavy. they've got a lot of devotees at apartment therapy though. and AT just reviewed the "ball" model a few days ago.

Matthew Tuesday, May 23, 2006 11:49:00 pm  

Miele vacuums are good. And expensive.

Anonymous Wednesday, May 24, 2006 10:06:00 am  

All I can add is, consider the noise level. We have the loudest vacuum in the world - I usually make Nate do it when I leave the house because I can't stand the racket. We've got a Dirt Devil upright. That's one reason I'm glad we don't have pets - less need to vacuum.

heatherfeather Thursday, May 25, 2006 2:24:00 am  

good job, alpineflower. that's a good way to get out of the vacuuming!

i should have my husband do the vacuuming.

oh. wait.

Anonymous Thursday, May 25, 2006 3:04:00 pm  

i had my share of cheap vacumes and finally got a dyson (unnamed store with red target bullseye logo had them on sale plus the 98 dollar car kit included). I got the lowest end dyson, and realized the car kit beater brush was what made The Animal the animal. It is WELL WORTH the money. There is NOTHING i dislike about this vacume.
I vacumed a small 5 x 6 area rug and the canister filled with grit and cat hair. Emptying it was absolutely no problem-there is a hinged release at the bottom so you old it over a bag, release the bottom and zap it's done. I REVACUMED that same rug the next day and had almost the same amount of dirt. The rug looks new.
And with the animal attachment on it has a purry noise.

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