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  1. What makes a $1200 vacuum different from a $300 vacuum? Why would any vac
    cost more than an air conditioner?
  2. ian field

    ian field Guest

    ...................there's people out there stupid enough to pay it!
  3. Larry P

    Larry P Guest

    I paid $1200 for a Kirby. Its been reliable from day one til now 10 years
    The art of Vaccumming is how the Unit makes contact with the Floor/Carpet.
    No one does that better then the Self-propelled Kirby.

  4. Thanks. I was considering Electrolux, which is in the same price range.

    But why does it take that kind of money to make contact with the floor? I'm
    trying to understand why the best value is the best value, considering the
    wide disparity.
  5. CJT

    CJT Guest

    I'm quite happy with my Hoover commercial vacuum that I bought for $10
    at a bankruptcy sale.
  6. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    I bought a Hoover Elite upright around 14 years ago for $79.00 and I've
    changed the belt twice for a couple bucks each. It vacuums just as well as
    the Kirby my mom got suckered into buying. She doesn't even use it these
    days, she went out and bought a Hoover Elite 4 years ago.

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  7. Or, more than my first car? :)

    (And, a person gets A LOT more use from either a car or an A/C.)
  8. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Build quality and marketing. You don't always get what you pay for, some
    cheap vacuums are fine, a lot of them are poorly made though. If you
    want a high end vacuum, look for a used one. Years ago I had a Kirby I
    picked up used for $50, it was very well made and I never had a problem
    with it, but it was very heavy and cumbersome, and connecting the hose
    attachment to get corners was a hassle. I eventually got rid of it and
    picked up a newer plastic Eureka for free, which once I tore it down and
    cleaned out the clog has been a great vacuum. It's light enough that I
    don't break my back lugging it up and down stairs, the hose is already
    attached and just has a lever to engage it, and it picks up dirt as well
    if not better than the Kirby I had. Probably won't last 100 years but
    it's at least 15 years old and still working fine. I don't think I'd
    ever buy a brand new vacuum anyway, it's so easy to find them secondhand
    for free or nearly so, and often they're discarded simply because they
    get clogged up or need a new belt.
  9. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Because people will pay for the name. Electrolux is like a Rolls Royce
    or Harley Davidson, it's a status symbol, and while not necessarily a
    bad product, it's certainly not the best value if you just want
    something to do the job.
  10. Why do people pay too much for anything?
  11. Thanks. I don't want to clean up a used one though. The low-end Electrolux
    model EL7020A is $320 and the low-end Hoovers and Sanyos (et al) about $150.
    Consumer Reports says that Electrolux model is better on carpet than any
    other at any price and I have thick carpet everywhere. (That's the reason
    for getting a new one anyway.)
  12. **First point:

    I am not defending the pricing of Kirby cleaners, since they are obscenely
    over-priced, however:

    * They are manufactured in a first world nation. The costs of labour would
    be many times higher than in (say) China).
    * Most cheap air cons are made in China.
    * They do employ some rather nifty features, such as a completely separate
    motor and impeller. This ensures the motor never has to pass dust particles,
    which can damage bearings and other stuff.
    * Kirby sucks. It really pulls a very impressive vacuum.
    * The Kirby bag system ensures that full vacuum occurs, regardless of how
    full the bag becomes.
    * The thing is substantially manufactured from (fairly expensive) aluminium
    alloy, rather than plastic.
    * Kirby is sold in a way which prevents discounts from being easily obtained
    (here in Australia).

    I owned a really nifty and quite powerful cleaner (2kW). A mate brought his
    Kirby 'round and showed me just how inefficient my cleaner was. I waited for
    a used Kirby to come my way and purchased it (for about 10% of the cost of a
    new one). It is noisy, but it sure cleans crap off the floor.
  13. CJT

    CJT Guest

    I've got a Kirby out in the garage someplace. It's not that good, IMHO.
  14. As far as I can tell the main thing Kirby vacuums have going for them is
    reliability. They last forever. They're bulky and heavy, though.

    I have a cheap Dirt Devil upright vacuum and I wouldn't recommend it, at
    least not to anyone with long hair. Stray hairs get wedged between the
    plastic beater bar and its plastic bearings, jamming it. Then the belt
    burns in half.

  15. If I have to put up with that smell, I might as well go to the
    racetrack. ;-)

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  16. murph1012

    murph1012 Guest

    Electrolux was sold and are now made in China = stay away!

    I just picked up a Danish made $1,825.00 NILFisk cleanroom 4 gallon, 4
    stage filters with HEPA filter (all clean & new) vacuum without
    attachments for a sweet price on eBay. Very nice unit, all metal like
    the old Electrolux canister units. None of this cheap plastic crap
    made in China now a days for me.

    HEPA filters make the difference, the bigger the better and the more
    expensive, and 4 stages of filtration means that the vacuum will keep
    sucking at maximum cfm for a longer period.
  17. Ken G.

    Ken G. Guest

    Talk to someone who repairs them . When working right they are all the
    same . Cheap ones are made of cheap plastic that can crack or break .

    Bagless vacs fill your house with dust . I know some of you dont believe
    this .. go ahead & dont .

    Expensive vacs have better plastics & casings but not 3 and 4 hundred
    dollars worth .

    After owning a few upright vacuums i like the Oreck because it uses a
    bag and has gobs of power and its small light and very easy to use in
    general .
    It is easy to repair . I got one at a yard sale for 35$ and replaced the
    fan blade in it .

    Try a local vacuum repair shop if you dont want to clean up a used one
    as they usually have good rstored used ones at a savings .

    This topic ``sucks``

  18. Then look at the Dyson. We have a DC-14 animal. It's an upright vacuum
    clean that is designed to suck up animal hair and dander and NOT return
    it. It also comes with a special unit that looks like a small upright
    vacuum for for doing furniture.

    It works very well, is very strong (about 1500 watts), does not use bags,
    and comes apart easily to clean or remove obstructions. The only tool I've
    needed in over a year was a coin to open the carpet/floor brush on the
    bottom to remove junk that had collected there.

    The other parts where things have gotten stuck, including a disposable
    plastic knife and many Legos, have come off with a push of a button.

    It empties by pusing a button which allows you to lift off the collection
    container. You put it over a trash can and push another button. Two or
    three times it has gotten long things, such as string etc caught in it
    and I had to reach in an pull them out. The collection unit when placed
    over a trash can is far away from anything that moves, so although I
    was careful, is very safe.

    The time we got the knife stuck in it, it got caught in a bend. We noticed
    it because the motor shut off. I unplugged it, removed the bends until I
    found the knife, cleaned it out and let it sit for a while. No damage.

    If for some reason I were to move back to the U.S., I would have 240 volt
    outlets installed so I could take it with me. I know they are sold in the
    U.S. (Costco has a "cheaper" version made for them by Dyson), but still....

    BTW the other thing I would want to bring with me is my Kenwood mixer.
    It makes a Kitchen Aide look like underpowered cheap junk.

  19. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    A friend's shop has a Nilfisk vacuum cleaner, that thing is amazing.
    It's about 4' tall and has a 3 phase induction motor of I think 2
    horsepower. It's extremely quiet and very well made. Wish I could get a
    smaller version of it for my garage at home, I hate those noisy
    universal motors.
  20. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    I forgot about those bagless things. I had one for a while, didn't have
    too much of a dust problem but it would clog very easily and the suction
    went way down long before the cannister was full. I had to empty it
    about 30 times more often than I change the bag on my current vacuum so
    it was no savings in convenience. Neat idea, but poor performance in

    I had a roommate once with an Oreck, that was in fact very good, light
    weight, powerful, not too noisy, felt solidly made and it never broke.
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