Thursday, August 21, 2008
Now auditioning - Vacuum Cleaners
Last week my beloved Bissel "Lift-off" canister vacuum behaved in a way that I am not so thrilled about.
Flames shot out of the back.
Considering we paid less than $200 for it 4 years ago at Target, I think the chances of saving my baby are not good.
I realize that we should probably consider making an investment in a good machine, but I really wish I knew what that meant!
My parents had two vacuum cleaners, one that I remembered from as early as I could remember, and the other, which replaced it, coming some time around my pre-teen years, and continues to faithfully suck. (that's good in this case). And yet! This is the third machine we have owned since going out on our own, 10 years ago.
I was sharing my vacuum woes with a friend of mine, who is unable to do her own vacuuming right now (medical reasons). She told me about how they researched vacuum cleaners a few years ago using Consumers Reports. A good idea... will follow. She was also kind enough to let us test drive their machine for a week. The Eureka Boss, which is 2 years old, is providing our carpets with a clean and fluff that makes me want to vacuum every day. (Shane is liking this!)
Things that are important to me:
1) Should last more than 4 years
2) Must suck
3) Needs to be light enough to be used (well) by a capable 6 year old boy
4) Must do stairs well
5) Must handle lots of string, hair, hair ties and various dress up clothes that accidentally get sucked up.
6) Needs to have a good hose... high chair, cheerios, need I say more?
So, do you have a story about a vacuum, good or bad, that you'd like to share? Maybe you'd like to lend me your machine for a week too? Maybe we can fill everyone else's vacuum bags and put this off for a couple months..... (just kidding)
If you like a certain machine, I'd love to hear it!
Too bad Cutco doesn't make vacuum cleaners....