best vacuum cleaner

thejckthejck Posts: 830
edited May 2010 in The Clubhouse
You guys have any opinions. I have an old rainbow vac that i love. It was left in my house when I bought it and i have to spend a hundred bucks or so to fix it up. part of the fix was nex carbon brushes.

Well Been using it for a year and it quit yesterday after making a slight burning smell. Taking it back to the guy that fixed it to tell me whats wrong and if its the brushes going bad then he said it would be anohter 50 bucks to replace it.

I am kinda mad cause i didn't think brushes last for a year only...

should I bother with fixing this up or move on to something better.
If so what are great vacuums that u guys have experience with
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  • audioblissaudiobliss Posts: 12,634
    edited November 2007
    We have a Rainbow that we use, too, and $50 sure is a heck of a lot cheaper than a new one!

    We also have an Oreck that we use when we don't have time to get out the Rainbow and fill her up with water, etc. I personally don't like the Oreck as it feels light and flimsy and is waaaaay too loud. However, if the bag isn't too full, it does pick up well.
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  • BaggedLancerBaggedLancer Posts: 6,419
    edited November 2007
    Wrong forum.... you should try:

    www.a-mommys-world.com

    ok ok, that was harsh.

    We have a Kirby, don't know a thing about them, but my mom swears it's better than than anything. I don't have any carpets other than my little 8x10 so I use the central vac.
  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited November 2007
    Vacuum cleaners suck ;)
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  • PhantomOGPhantomOG Posts: 2,422
    edited November 2007
    good info here

    I bought the hoover Mach5 I think for cheap from Wal-Mart and it seems to work just great. I just can't justify blowing $400 on a big yellow vacuum (Dyson). The same technology is now in other cheaper vacuums.
  • AndyGwisAndyGwis Posts: 3,659
    edited November 2007
    I have an Oreck. Loved it, then it just stopped picking anything up. Took it in a year later to find out it just needed a new belt. $35 maintenance later, and it's working like new again.

    GF's family has a Riccard or something. Costs like $2K. Seems to be pretty nice. . .
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  • MKZMKZ Posts: 1,069
    edited November 2007
    I have Eureka 4870GZ and it really sucks. bags are cheap and easy to find also. It has good reviews by Consumer Reports.
  • John in MAJohn in MA Posts: 1,024
    edited November 2007
    I've always been into Electrolux cannisters, probably have ten of them around here. The best ones are the later models with a all-plastic housing made in the '90s.
  • george danielgeorge daniel Posts: 11,994
    edited November 2007
    In my best Forrest Gump voice,,,I love my Rain--Bow,,,we've had a rainbow for about 4 years,love it --no problems/issues.
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  • SLOCOOKNSLOCOOKN Posts: 710
    edited November 2007
    Extremely happy with our Dyson.
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,716
    edited November 2007
    We have the Dyson canister. Best thing ever.
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  • pearsall001pearsall001 Posts: 4,335
    edited November 2007
    We had an Oreck, now a Dyson. No comparison...Dyson smokes it!!
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  • m00npiem00npie Posts: 704
    edited November 2007
    Not saying it's the best... but

    DYSON DC-17 beats our Electrolux Oxygen Ultra by a wide margin.
  • McLokiMcLoki Posts: 5,262
    edited November 2007
    Dyson Dc17 animal. We have lots of pet's all a decent amount of hair and shedding. (2 cats, 2 dogs (great dane and long haired St. Bernard) and 1 african grey parrot. We have fur, feathers and dust galore. The Dyson replaced a Kirby G4 that we had owned for about 11 years (or so). We were prepared to return it if it did not out perform the Kirby. In one room we filled the canister 3 times with hair, dust and other crap the Kirby was leaving behind.

    It continues to pick up everything (including a fair about of dust) and does a great job.

    Highly recommended. (BTW - I think the cost of the is price controlled, but you can use any storewide %off coupons to purchase them to save money. (we used a 20% off coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond....)

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  • Polkitup2Polkitup2 Posts: 1,526
    edited November 2007
  • brettw22brettw22 Posts: 7,700
    edited November 2007
    I have a Kirby and love it. I didn't spend the $2k on it but rather bought a G4 (older generation) for $180 on Ebay from a vacuum shop with a 3 years warranty. I also bought the attachments for $95 so for just at $300, I have a vacuum that will beat the hell out of anything else at that price point.

    The main advancements with the G5, G6, Ultimate, Sentria, etc. are mostly better bag filtration, and different modes (area carpet mode) but the internals are essentially unchanged.

    When I bought my G4, I really didn't want the G5 because of the maroon bag (seriously), and the others were all a pretty big jump in price. I've had mine for a little under 4 years with zero problems whatsoever except lately it's pulling a little to one side. Nothing I can't live with though.
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  • John in MAJohn in MA Posts: 1,024
    edited November 2007
    m00npie wrote: »
    Not saying it's the best... but

    DYSON DC-17 beats our Electrolux Oxygen Ultra by a wide margin.

    Just FYI, the Oxygen isn't an actual Electrolux. The name is now owned by an unrelated company and used to market those vacuum cleaners. The American Electrolux maker is now called Aerus.
  • brussbruss Posts: 1,027
    edited November 2007
    we have the purple dyson and its the real deal
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  • McLokiMcLoki Posts: 5,262
    edited November 2007
    bruss wrote: »
    we have the purple dyson and its the real deal

    That would be the DC-17.
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  • SherardpSherardp Posts: 8,051
    edited November 2007
    Dyson or a Hoover. Best ones out. I prefer bagless type. I have a Hoover in the starting line up now, no problems here.
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  • swerveswerve Posts: 1,876
    edited November 2007
    my mother has a dyson and swears by it.
    cats.vans.bag...
  • MillerLiteScottMillerLiteScott Posts: 2,568
    edited November 2007
    I prefer Ridgid.
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  • thejckthejck Posts: 830
    edited November 2007
    i dropped the rainbow off at the store. he will call me and tell me whats going wrong. I think at 50 bucks its a good deal to get it fixed except that i just spent about 150 a year ago to have it fixed. I dont want to sink money into it if its going to keep breaking. But your right its a great vacuum.

    I think 2000 for a kirby is way out of my budget How much do the Dysons run??
  • John in MAJohn in MA Posts: 1,024
    edited November 2007
    Brushes are about $4 for a pair, unless it uses something really exotic. I wonder how much labor is involved. I've never worked on a Rainbow.
  • thejckthejck Posts: 830
    edited November 2007
    he said he has to take it all about including the seals to get to it.
  • brettw22brettw22 Posts: 7,700
    edited November 2007
    The whole point of my post was that you don't have to spend $2k to get a Kirby.........I spent $300 for everything with all the accessories.......

    I had a rainbow growing up, and my roommate currently has a Hyla........I just have zero interest in having to sit there and clean up a vacuum after I've used it........regardless of it's allergy benefits.........
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  • thejckthejck Posts: 830
    edited November 2007
    oh sorry my bad

    cleaning out the rainbow is a pain..
    but the wife takes care of it not me whatever it is she will have to like it. i was just checking out craigs list for some kirby's they range from 2 -3 hundred to 1000
  • shackshack Posts: 11,284
    edited November 2007
    Dyson - it sucks more than any other vacuum we've ever owned. My Brother in law owns a vacuum store (fairly high end stuff) and nothing he can sell me at cost comes close for the price.
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  • BaggedLancerBaggedLancer Posts: 6,419
    edited November 2007
    No one liked my joke about wrong forum and telling him to visit the Mommys world forum......jeez you guys a brutal this week. :rolleyes:
  • McLokiMcLoki Posts: 5,262
    edited November 2007
    Our dyson was about $460 with a 20% off coupon. I think the price is normally a little under $550. (that is for the 17 - currently their best vacuume for dog hair.)

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  • shawn474shawn474 Posts: 2,983
    edited November 2007
    Trust me, man. My wife did two weeks of research on getting a new vacuum after the Hoover Wind Tunnel crapped out. My only stipulation was that we were not under any circumstances getting a Dyson. Not because they aren't good - they are. I just cannot spend that many beans on a freakin' vacuum cleaner. So in her research she found the best rated vacuum cleaner was the Kenmore Progressive.

    One warning - you will be SHOCKED at how dirty things were when you get a new vacuum cleaner that actually works well. We had to empty the filter like two or three times when we first used it. It picked up more pet hair than we could have imagined.

    Here it is: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02036932000P?filter=Brand%7CKenmore&vName=Appliances&cName=Vacuum+Cleaners+%26+Floor+Care&sName=Upright+Vacuums

    This site may help too: http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house_and_home/vacuum-cleaners/index.html

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