Vacuum cleaners

Okay folks, here’s the deal.  All of us Erickson girls, who are only Erickson’s by marriage, have several things in common and one of them is keeping a vacuum cleaner in working order. 

Nikki, Sue and myself go through them like crazy.  I’m probably the worst.  I can’t get one to last a year.  The reason we all know this is because Jason and Nikki were over on Sat and they asked if we had a spare one.  Because Nikki is so hard on them, they took out a warranty on the last one but Best Buy doesn’t know yet what they are going to do to fix theirs yet.  And yes, I had a spare one because I didn’t like it and only used it a month before going out and getting a different one.  That one was so damn light that it fell over all the time ON ME when I was doing the furniture.

My deal with them is I have a yellow lab and an English springer/golden retriever mix and 5, yes 5 cats so I vacuum my furniture every day at least once.  If I can’t stand it in the morning, I do it then and then do it at night or if anyone comes over.  Nikki just has a HUGE little problem with keeping things clean.  Sue, I’m not sure what her deal is with them but she’s always needing a new one too.  Sue said her mom still has one of the first ones Sears made so what the heck??????

I was talking to my brother about it and his “expert” opinion is that everything now is made out of plastic and plastic cracks etc.  For me, I use my attachments more than anything so for me, once the furniture brush attachment breaks, I need a new one and of course unless it’s the one that “goes” with the vacuum you have, it won’t work.  Sue has given me several as she doesn’t use those like I do.  I go through so many that I can never even find the book to even see if I could just order that.  I’m going to look into that today so I have another one on hand.  I am sick of always needing a new one.  I just got one last Sept and now yesterday. 

I have tried expensive, cheap and middle of the road.  To me, they are all the same and just die out.  So tell us, what kind do you have and how long have you had it AND, what are we doing wrong???


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18 Responses to Vacuum cleaners

  1. lwayswright says:

    I have a dirt devil…this time! Like you I go through vacuums like elizabeth taylor goes through husbands. My problem is that I have a house full of kids who just love to suck things up that don’t have any business being inside a vacuum cleaner. The main killer for me is the little plastic bee bee balls that shoot in air soft guns. They get all over the place and “boys” just love suckin them things up with the vacuum.
    So far this has been my favorite vacuum. It is fairly light weight but sturdy enough to not fall over all the time. The attachments are excellent and the suction and filters are great! i highly recommend it!

  2. SKL says:

    I had a Hoover that worked really well until I broke it. I had it for maybe 10 years. Once the motor got clogged with hair, but I took it apart (notwithstanding the warnings not to do so) and fixed it and it was as good as new. One day I was in a hurry to vacuum under some furniture and carelessly smashed the piece that connects two important parts together. At that point, I had to replace it – otherwise I feel it would have lasted for many more years. I don’t remember what I replaced it with – probably another Hoover which I believe cost about $150. It was OK but not as good as the previous one. We’ve had maid service for most of the time since then, so it doesn’t really matter much any more. (We don’t have any animals and the kids don’t eat on the carpets / upholstery.)

  3. SKL says:

    I should mention that the one that worked really well was like a hybrid – a canister with a long-handled picker-upper part that had its own motor. It also had the usual attachments. The nice thing was that the handle on the picker-upper part could lay completely flat so the whole thing could be like 2″ tall and go under almost all the furniture effortlessly, and it also swiveled nicely so it could reach corners well. It was also great for vacuuming carpeted stairs and such. It picked up just as well as a regular upright, but with a lot more versatility. Can you tell I miss my vacuum?

  4. nikki says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post!! I’m a fanatic about cleaning, my entire house can be spotless but if I don’t have a vacuum I’m NOT happy. I probably vacuum at least twice a day, it’s worse if I have no children to keep me busy!! The problem with my house is it’s ALL carpet, even in the kitchen. Thank God it’s not in the bathroom. And did I mention I have a black lab and an orange and white long haired cat. I think I’m so hard on them because A. I vacuum WAY too much and B. I have to carry it up and down 3 small flights a stairs. Like Joy I’m lucky if I get a year out of one. We’ve tried the cheap ones…no luck so we spent a good amount on one at Best Buy and thankfully bought a warranty( have already used it twice). So know I’m waiting on mine to either be fixed or replaced. It’s very annoying!!!! I would have been puling my hair out by now not having one but like always Mom to the rescue!! Thanks:)

  5. Darryl says:

    I bought an Oreck about a dozen years ago and it came with a smaller vacuum with a bunch of attachments and I used that way more than the upright one and it lasted about ten years. I just bought another one about a year ago, just the small one we will see if this one lasts as long as the first one, it cost about $110-130 on eBay. I think the problem is now days everybody wants to make everything as cheap as possible and you can’t replace parts. Good engineers have gone out the window it seems. Some things you buy or look at, you wonder what idiot thought this was a good idea as far as how it is used. Try to buy a snow shovel that is not plastic, they are garbage or hose attachments for your water hose, PLASTIC you drop it and it has to be thrown away. GRRRRRR!!!!!!!

  6. Joy says:

    Just so everyone knows, I ordered 2 replacement furniture attachments for my new vacuum. They were $14.99 which is way cheaper than a new vacuum. It seems that’s the only thing that breaks on me. Once I don’t have that, I can’t do my furniture. I think the belts just get stretched out or something and my husband can “fix” it and it will work for 5 minutes and it’s back to not turning. So, I’m crossing my fingers because I really do like this new one. It’s heavy but not, it really sucks, in a good way!! LOL!!!

  7. amberfireinus says:

    Dyson Dyson Dyson…. and when in doubt… DYSON! They are the BEST. I have had one for 10 years living in England and honestly I would own no other now. They guarentee their product. It breaks down, you call them up, send yours to them, they send you the same model all fixed and perfect. Its great!!!!!!

  8. Tosha says:

    I’m so glad to see this post. I’m so relieved that i’m not the only one out there who goes through vacuum cleaners like mad!My mom and sister act like i’m insane because I always need a new vacuum cleaner.. My mom bought me a vacuum cleaner alittle over a year ago and I already need a new one.. I dislike this vacuum cleaner very much but haven’t the heart to tell her..Our drive way has a bunch of sand in it so I’m always always vacuuming up sand and sand kills vacuums..

  9. Joy says:

    That’s funny Tosha, you are one of “us!” Is your last name Erickson??? LOL!!!

  10. Jennifer says:

    We had a Dirt Devil, yes that’s right, a cheap Dirt Devil that was given to us as a wedding gift, and it lasted us 10 years. Granted, during that time we went to Walmart more than once and replaced the big belt on the bottom for $5-$10, and purchased new bags. In the end we sold it at a garage sale for $5. My parents swear by Dirt Devil. They love them and appreciate the price.

    We purchased a Bissell from Amazon in the refurbished section 2 years ago. It doesn’t take bags, which is nice because we can wash the parts. We do have to replace the filters periodically which is about $10 at Walmart about once a year. My mother in law swears by Bissell. I’m not completely sold yet. However, I would recommend buying refurbished from Amazon, you can get a great vacuum at a fraction of the price, and you KNOW it’s actually been given some personal attention, it wasn’t just touched by a machine. They even had Dyson’s at half the price. You know that any issues with it had been resolved before it was resold. Sometimes you can get a great shipping deal from Amazon too.

    In the future when our kids are out of daycare and we have a little more money I can see us pulling up our horrible carpet and putting down Pergo or hardwood. I hate carpet. I’d much rather use a dustmop.

  11. Sue says:

    I had a Dirt Devil when we first got married and I loved that vacuum. It lasted about 5 years before I had to replace the belt, but once I replaced the belt it didn’t take long to die all together. So, for the last 3 years I’ve been trying to find one that works the way I want it to and that lasts more than 1 year. We got another Dirt Devil, but it wasn’t the same, then it was Eureka (cheap P.O.S.), and then Bissell. This Bissell we have now I love:) It sucks well, it doesn’t clog, and the hose is clear so you can see what’s in there! It’s great!

  12. nikki says:

    So were not the only ones huh? YES!!! I knew there were others like us. Hey Sue, what type of Bissell do you have? That’s what I have and it’s in the shop…again. It’s red.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I probably would go through vacuums faster if I used them more…..

  14. Tosha says:

    The one I have is a eureka right now.. I really hate it.. To me the bagless is worse than the ones that take bags.. The stores never have the filters in stock and I end up having to order them online and wait forever for them to come in. Plus I go through the bagless ones faster than I do the ones that use bags..

  15. Sue says:

    I’m not sure off hand Nikki…it’s gray and Toby got it at Wal-Mart for about $100. I’m at work this weekend so I’m not home to look either!

  16. nikki says:

    Oh I was just wondering. I think we payed around $200 with the warranty. It works great if I can just keep it going. Try to have a good weekend. Don’t have too much fun!!!

  17. Jane says:

    I have a central vac and I just love it. When we built our house my husband didn’t want it as he said it was just one more thing to break down but I’m very glad I insisted. I just love not having to haul around a vacuum all over the place and we’ve had no trouble with it whatsoever.

    I think Darryl is right though with everything now being made of plastic and once it cracks, it’s finished. I run into this kind of thing constantly with tools I’ve had to replace. My dad has tools he’s had his whole life and they are wood and don’t break. I’ve had to replace things already that weren’t even 10 years old. I’ve been going to flea markets and antique shops and have been trying to find old fashioned WOODEN tools.

  18. I completely understand your vacuum dilemma as I have 3 kids, 2 dogs and a cat. Things get pretty hectic when one kid needs to get to the dentist, another has baseball practice and the dogs are going wild in the house. The only thing we’re missing is a circus tent! Once I found an efficient vacuum cleaner that could pick up all of that pet hair (and also doubles as a kid-mess cleaner), I found a little sanity and pride in the appearance of my home.

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