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    08-01-2011, 03:00 PM
Off Topic Question - Vacuum

My vacuum broke on me yesterday. It wasn't even 3 years old. I have to buy a new one today. Seeing that most horse people have dogs..and cats, what type of vacuum does everyone use? I have 2 long haired dogs. I know everyone says to get a Dyson, but I can't justify spending $500-600 on a vacuum. From what I hear the Bissel pet hair is junk.

I'm just wondering what everyone uses and if they would recommend it

Thanks a ton!
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    08-01-2011, 03:09 PM
I can tell you one not to buy. I will check at home tonight and get the name/model. It is not that old and it is falling apart and has never done an overly good job on pet hair.
    08-01-2011, 03:18 PM
Green Broke
I have a Kirby. It does an amazing job and after 6+ years, still runs like new even though we have a massively large dog that continuously sheds and 3 girls with extremely long hair, plus whatever horse hair that gets dragged in.

Spent way more than the price of a Dyson though.
    08-01-2011, 03:21 PM
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I have bought several really expensive vacuums and have had issues with them all. I have a collie and he sheds like there is no tomorrow. What has worked the best for me is an old vacuum my babysitter gave me. It's a hoover bag vac. I LOVE IT. Never lets me down.
    08-01-2011, 03:26 PM
Upright or canister type, Farmpony?
    08-01-2011, 03:28 PM
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Upright. I bet it's a 1980/90's model. I have an old metal one in the basement from about the 50's that works even better but it's so heavy...

I have tried the phanton vac, a hoover, and a bissel. My mom has the dyson one that is made for pets and likes it ok but has actually complained about it not keeping up w/ her 2 german shephards.... (they are the long haired ones)
    08-01-2011, 03:35 PM
I've looked at the reviews for the Dyson and they are on both extremes. One review will be 5 stars and the next will be 1 star. They have a new model out that has recieved all 4 or 5 stars that I am tempted to try. I guess what ever I decide to get I can always return if I don't think it is adequate. There is also one from Bissel called "healty home" I think that's the name of it. That also received a little over 4 stars and it is only $190.00.
    08-01-2011, 03:43 PM
I have a Dyson Animal, and I think it works great. I also have several friends and family members that own Dyson's, mostly the Animal, and they all love them. I bought mine from Target on black friday for $300 I think. That was 2 years ago but Target had them last year too. Black Friday is still a few months away though, don't know if you want to wait that long, but that's one way to get it cheaper.
    08-01-2011, 03:46 PM
Green Broke
I have a 21 yr old Rainbow vacuum that I love! I have heard the Dyson is very good too.
    08-01-2011, 04:07 PM
Green Broke
I realize you have said that you are not interested in the pricier suggestions, and I totally understand that. However, I had that same thought process the last time I had to buy ANOTHER new vacuum (having gone through several in as many years). My husband was pushing me to get the Dyson and I was balking on price - he then pointed out how much it was costing us to replace the $80 models I had been buying (in the name of frugality) and the fact that the total that had been spent would have more than paid for the Dyson. I relented and we have had my pretty purple Dyson now for going on three years -- and not a hint of trouble. In the end, the cost of the one vacuum was worth not paying for several cheaper models in the same time span.

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