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Old 03-11-18, 11:42 PM
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This thread has gone from suck to blow.

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The Kirby is a tank. Freaking heavy beast. I thought it was a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a vacuum cleaner but we bought one. 28 years, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 boys later, it is still doing a great job of sucking up dirt, fur, coins, and whatever else it encounters. I've replaced a few parts here and there but they've been surprisingly inexpensive. it works well but if it wasn't for the motorized drive system, no way would that boat anchor thing be usable.
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The Kirby is a tank. Freaking heavy beast. I thought it was a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a vacuum cleaner but we bought one. 28 years, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 boys later, it is still doing a great job of sucking up dirt, fur, coins, and whatever else it encounters. I've replaced a few parts here and there but they've been surprisingly inexpensive. it works well but if it wasn't for the motorized drive system, no way would that boat anchor thing be usable.
Mine is ~10yo, and because of the weight is not something that inspires stairs vacuuming too often. Also do not vacuum in socks/bare feet.
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Personally I found that living with a cat with a heart problem was a great reason to avoid vacuuming. She hated the sound of the vacuum as most cats do, and I wanted to avoid stressing her out in her senior years. Even though she's gone, I still only vacuum about once a month - and I like Steely Dan.
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Personally I found that living with a cat with a heart problem was a great reason to avoid vacuuming.
As if one needs a reason to avoid vacuuming.


In all seriousness, the Miele is pretty quiet. My cat doesn't mind the noise.
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Old 03-12-18, 10:49 AM
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We have a Sears vacuum, pushing 20 yrs old I think.

I put audio $$ into headphone amp/dac for home and work. Have not sprung for 'phones that cost more than the amps.
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Old 03-12-18, 11:43 AM
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As if one needs a reason to avoid vacuuming.


In all seriousness, the Miele is pretty quiet. My cat doesn't mind the noise.
My cat is hard of hearing now and doesn't mind the noise either, but it's still an excuse for not vacuuming. I'll have to see what she thinks about Steely Dan.
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Kirby: The Harley Davidson of vacuum cleaners!
Difference between a kirby and a harley is the placement of the dirtbag.
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BTW, some Bose speakers were okay if you're a non-critical listener to mostly rock and pop music.
Boy, talk about "damning with faint praise" ...


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I didn't care for Steely Dan. It wasn't rock. It wasn't jazz. It was some sorta tarted up lounge lizard stuff with a whiny vocalist singing about angst in that arch, detached way that only an upper middle class Yankee can afford to do.
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We have a Sears vacuum, pushing 20 yrs old I think.
Yeah, I hate my Sears vacuum cleaner just because of how old it is, keeps falling apart, I keep losing the attachments for it...BUT THAT THING JUST WON'T DIE!!! Still sucks a rug like it was brand new, and I think it's 15-20 years old by now.

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When the Shark died, we got some sale vacuum for $100 and it's been doing fine. Not my favorite vacuum ever, but sucks and cleans just fine. It's got a lift-away feature, which is great, but I do have the feeling that it's a jack of all trades, master of none situation.

If we had wide-open, vast expanses of floor, I'd get an Oreck in a heartbeat. Buddy of mine flips them all the time -- buys cheap on CL and local yardsale lists, fixes anything that needs fixing, re-sells for moderate prices.

Considering our needs and the nooks and crannies created by furniture and layout, that Miele from p. 1 is looking might fine...
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Difference between a kirby and a harley is the placement of the dirtbag.
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My grandparents bought the Kirby back when it could be fitted with garden attachments and all kinds of doodads. As fertilizer sprayers go, it was a pretty good vacuum. Very popular with rural families whose favorite form of punishing their miscreant kids, other than beating them bloody, was to make them vacuum.

The 1990s Singer vacs were pretty good for the money. Head was a bit too large for some areas and the upright part didn't lay down quite far enough to easily reach under beds, etc. Switching to the hose attachments didn't get much suction, so it was inferior to the Kirby for that.
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I hear their vacuums are fantastic but do not let a Kirby salesman into your house under any circumstances. They won't leave until you buy one or make them flee in fear of the soon-to-be-arriving police or whatever else you can make them think you'll do to them if they don't leave. Seriously. Lots of stories are available via your favorite search engine. I have a Kirby salesman story also, but don't wish to relive the frustration and anger of coming home to find my wife had let one in and all I had to go through to get them (more kept arriving) out of our house.
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Old 03-12-18, 04:55 PM
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Could be worse. Twonky salesmen were even more persistent.

Twonky, The (1953) -- (Movie Clip) Take It Out Right Now!
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cats.... vacuums...
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cats.... vacuums...
That's not a Shark. A Shark vacuum would overheat, melt and set the kitchen on fire within 5 minutes of continuous operation.
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Difference between a kirby and a harley is the placement of the dirtbag.
Harley dirtbags are made of leather.
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Mommy, slow down!
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My grandparents bought the Kirby back when it could be fitted with garden attachments and all kinds of doodads. As fertilizer sprayers go, it was a pretty good vacuum. Very popular with rural families whose favorite form of punishing their miscreant kids, other than beating them bloody, was to make them vacuum.
Kirby was the Shopsmith of vacuum cleaners.
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Kirby was the Shopsmith of vacuum cleaners.
Heh. The one Kirby attachment my granddad didn't have was the lathe.
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Considering our needs and the nooks and crannies created by furniture and layout, that Miele from p. 1 is looking might fine...
Just know they ain't cheap if you want all the extras. My set came with, among other things, a long edger tool with a flexible end that lets you get into crevices and other hard to reach places. Very handy. The whole package was over $900 (including 7% sales tax) with all the extras I got.
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Can we $hit on robot vacuums while we're at it? I got a highly rated, affordable alternative to a Roomba -- first one had to be warrantied because it just randomly would start and stop. Second one seems to be working OK but you have to do almost as much work to prepare the room for it so it doesn't get stuck and tangled up on electrical cords, dog toys, and blankets, that you might as well just actually do all the work yourself.

The "can't seem to navigate electrical cords" part is what really irks me. Is it so inconceivable to the engineers of these things that, oh, I don't know, EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON PLANET EARTH might have electrical cords running along the floor somewhere? Maybe design your vacuum so it doesn't try to eat every cord?

Yes I know I'm complaining about a robot that does work for me but jfc.
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