My Vacuum Is Broken


This is the longest time we’ve had the same vacuum.  It’s been about 4 years.  And it only broke because my boys were playing indoor hockey and one smashed into it and broke part of it off.  It’s nothing special, just some Target find that rated high in Consumer Reports.  I hated that it was so ketchup and mustardy, and I guess if I ever actually put it away, I wouldn’t have had to see the colors and it wouldn’t have gotten broken but that’s another post.

I need a new one, and I don’t know how much we should spend since we have wood floors and tile throughout the entire house.   We do have 3 rugs downstairs–one is a furry shag, and they all need regular maintenance what with boys and a dog and life and all.  And upstairs there are four bedrooms and a playroom each with a rug.  I kind of hate big houses, but that’s not the point of this post.  Anyway….

Any advice for what vacuum, super broom, space sucker upper I should get?

EDITED:: Ok, I need to ask this, am I the only person in America still using a broom to sweep my wood floor and tile?  Should I be vacuuming this stuff?  Does it work?  Hi, I”m from the 1600’s and still use brooms.

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    To some of the haters out there…

    – If it isn’t working well, pull out the filter and rinse it off.
    -If it smells funny, run the canister through the dishwasher. I usually run it and my filters every couple of months.
    -If it breaks, take it to the place you bought it. They have a 5 yr guarantee. I bought mine at Costco 2 yrs ago. My motor went out a month ago (I was vacuuming something naughty that I should have gone to get the shop van for, but I was being lazy) and they looked up my receipt, gave me a store credit, and I walked back and picked up the new model. No questions asked. This is a Dyson policy, not Costco.

    I have carpet, wood, and tile and it cleans them all like champ! I don’t have any pets, but I hear the Animal one is AWESOME! WORTH EVERY PENNY!

  2. I have a rainbow and love it. You use water and I love seeing the guck that it picks up. It is great for allergies. they are $$ but worth it and last forever. I just bought a new one last year. My old one was 14 years old. Yes, I use it all the time and it was working when I bought the new one.

    • I too have a Rainbow and LOVE it. It’s not the most user friendly simply because it isn’t a typical upright kind but it cleans like a beast. Nothing escapes that water-filter system AND it has a broom attachment for hard floors that I use on my mostly tiled downstairs area. It’ll creep you out how much gunk you suck-up. I follow it all up with a steam-mom from my handy Shark mop and again get the herby-geebies from how much ick is on the pad when I finish.

  3. I still use a broom, though it is a plastic broom and not an entirely old-fashioned whisk-style broom. I have never had a vacuum that I thought did a good job at getting dust and pet fur off of a hard floor. I currently have a Shark and while I think it has very good suction it has a small collection bin and has to be emptied multiple times while vacuuming the whole house. It is light enough for my 7 year old to use without complaining that it is too heavy, though.

  4. I have a Dyson and love it. I’ve had it for 4 years and paid a lot less since it was refurbished-but still came with a warranty. It’s great on any kind of floor and really gets the floors clean. I also use a Shark steam mop for all of my floors and that works great as well. good luck!

  5. Roomba! Like another poster said, my Dyson is my “backup vacuum” b/c my roomba vacuums for me most days. That being said I love love love my Dyson too. I just love letting the Roomba vacuum for me more. I have a dog and it handles the hair fine.

  6. Probably you’ve already gotten yourself a new vacuum by now but I still thought I would mention I really do love my Electrolux UltraOne, the cheapest version they make of that range. Probably the most expensive vacuum cleaner we’ve ever had (it is our fourth in 30 years) but well worth the price when you have pets. Really…I thought out rugs were clean until we used the UltraOne on them for the first time.

    Anyhow, will stop sounding like a commercial. I just really like our machine. Especially the fact that it has a hepa filter, which keeps the “just vaccumed” air at bay. You know, that dusty, kind of dry air? Yeah.

    As for sweeping I sweep areas that are visibly dirty (kitchen floor and staircase) but vaccuum areas that just need a quick passover like the living room. For me, the vacuum is really more of a dusting tool than a cleaning tool. But then, I’ve got hardwood floors that don’t really get dirty. A quick hoover session once a week or so and the occasional soaping keeps them nice and clean. :)

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