Vacuum Shopping
Posted: 2012-01-24. Categories: Big Ticket, Twain Harte

I’ve been watching the commercials and they make this look so good, I just had to try it.  Of course I want the Dyson DC41 Animal but the one I want costs $599.00 and that’s a lot for a vacuum. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away sells for $179.99 – a little more than I wanted to pay – but I was willing to give it try.

A Dyson DC07 upright cyclonic vacuum cleaner u...
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The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to put together. Just one bolt to screw in the handle and we were ready to go.  It really was that simple.

As far as suction goes. All I can say is it picked up. It was a new machine and if the vacuum doesn’t suck you’ve got problems. Every vacuum should suck out of the box.

My one issue with the vacuum, and the reason I took it back, was the little tiny button you are supposed to press to make it bend (head release). It was so small and I can’t see it, let alone hit it and while it is light-weight, I didn’t think I should have to pick it up just to press the button. How small is it? About the size of a dime, and it had to be depressed almost a full inch to release. That’s a lot of effort for one of the most commonly used features on a vacuum.

I returned it and picked up a Eureka AirSpeed vacuum. It was a job to put together but hey, you only have to do that once, right? The button on this puppy is nice and big. It also feels substantial, like it will last more that a day or two.  I have to say that the best part is the savings, it was only $139.99. This machine also claims that it’s “better than Dyson.” Time will tell and even if it only lasts 5-years, it is substantially cheaper than Dyson, so I don’t care.

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