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#1 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

Our current vacuum is about 20 years old,  and while its fine for this rental,  I'd like a great vacuum for our new house.
I'd ideally like a vacuum that can handle polished hardwood floors,  a reasonable amount of carpet,  tiles and carpeted stairs.   All without being too heavy or painful.
Does such a wondrous appliance exist?   I'm happy to spend a decent amount of money to get a good quality, versatile vac.
ETA:  also would love recommendations for good quality steam mops!


Edited by Dinah_Harris, 28 January 2013 - 10:58 AM.

#2 Kalota

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

Our Dyson is amazing. Expensive, but amazing - and everything you described! You can also buy separate attachments for it specialised for different surfaces, we have a couple and they are just great. DF even told me the other day that he now enjoys vacuuming! (He won't live that one down.)

#3 Sunny003

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Miele! Think they're called cat and dog. Have heard wonderful reviews, and a lot from ex Dyson users.

I blew our dyson up, just out of warranty. Not happy!

#4 SarahVandooo

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

We just bought a dyson for our new house, omg, I just looooove my dyson, we got the upright on, I think it's called the animal, coz it had rotating thingys in the head of the vacuum that pick up any animal hair, it's amaaaazing, and my hubby also sez he now enjoys vacuuming lol

#5 ~Nic~

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Yep, Dyson here as well... I have an older one (DC05) - have had it for about 8 or 9 years and there is still nothing wrong with it. I want to get a new one purely becuase the new one has a clever little trick where is switches itself from carpet tool to hard floor tool by itself... this one.

#6 wanting3

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

For the hard floors I love my hoover steam mop. I have 98% hard floors, either tile or hard wood. I love that I can refill the water and keep gonig, I also love the ease of changing the pad, and I clean the pad after use with elbow grease and laundry soap.

For the carpet area's I use the hoover upright, which has the 'dustbuster' attachment builtin. Not the best suction I have ever had, but does the job on the small area I need.

#7 EssentialBludger

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

If I had a spare 4K lying around I'd buy a kirby. Tounge1.gif

#8 sa5ha

Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Another vote for the Dysons. Mine is about 5 years old now and I still enjoy vacuuming with it!

#9 Clever Bunny

Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I was feeling too cheap, I mean cleverly economical, and couldn't justify the Dyson because I was setting up a whole new house at the time. I've been really happy with my Vax Zen pet hair vacuum. I have tiles and floorboards and a few rugs. The carpet attachment is great.

I may take to vacuuming the pug rather than try and catch all the hair he drops though...

#10 *LucyE*

Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:28 PM


There have been a few reviews in the past if you search for 'Miele' and 'Dyson'.

The Miele vacuum head easily switches between hard floors and carpet. It also is gentle on hard floors and won't scratch them.

For stairs, the Miele can work standing on it's end so it is easy to sit it on a step and vacuum a few, then move it up again.

If you have timber floors, DON'T use a steam mop. There floors diike heat and moisture. The combination over time, will damage your timber floors.

I have a Kambrook steam mop and think it is very average. DH bought it and I rarely use it. It is good for our high gloss tiles but we don't have enough of them to make it worthwhile pulling out, setting up and allowing to preheat. Mopping is enough of a pain without predicting 20mins ahead.

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