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Old 02-22-2008, 02:06 PM   #31
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i am going to be in the minority here but I have had a Dyson for 3 years and an Oreck for 4 months and I will take the Oreck any day.

Dyson is wonderful on rug but not so great on the floors. Oreck is awesome on both plus it is way lighter. It also gets all the way under the beds and furniture. You have to use an attachment on the Dyson to do that.

I have a long coated Rottweiler who sheds all year and copiously. My cat is a long hair too so a good vacuum is very important to me!

My Oreck gets bits of kibble my two slobs get all over but the Dyson just breaks it up and spits it back out.

The Oreck came with a free canister vac with a should strap and I use that for walls, furniture and my car. I also got a free cordless sweeper which I love beyond reason.

The 2 drawbacks of the Oreck: it uses belts (I hate belts) and it is LOUD. But it works so much better for me I don't care
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:12 PM   #32
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We've had one for years. We had an ancient Ferguson bought in the 70's that blew up after 15 years. So we got a Miele that lasted about 2 years. We then got a Dyson in a half price sale in a local electrical store. We needed something that could perch on stairs (we have 6 flights) and suck up hair from carpet. We got a cylinder one not an upright. Ours does have filters that you can remove and wash but they need replacing eventually - the newer ones I believe don't have them. The only thing that has gone wrong with ours is that the automatic flex winder wont work any more.
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I have only had mine for about three months, having replaced a Kirby. LOVE the Dyson. You won't believe how much stuff it gets out of a supposedly-clean carpet. We have no pets, so I did not buy the one designed for pet hair.
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I've had an upright Dyson (we had two Labs!) "pet hair model" for a few years, and I *LOVE* it!!! I was a bit nervous about the price, too, but they advertised that their machines don't lose suction, and after having like 4 vacuums in not that many years (we don't abuse them either, they just seem to lose suction quickly), I decided that it would be cheaper in the long run to get a vacuum I didn't have to replace very often.

For what it's worth, I feel that it's worth the money. The features I like best are that it doesn't lose suction, and NO VACUUM BAGS!!! (because it seems you're always running out of vacuum bags at the most inopportune times, doesn't it? And they are pricey, and inconvenient to locate to purchase)
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We bought the Dyson DC17 Animal today and used a coupon to bring the price down $110. I'll post grotty pictures of the stuff that comes out of my otherwise clean carpets later.
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Holy cow..where did you get it for that price and what coupon?
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Holy cow..where did you get it for that price and what coupon?
Don't get too excited, it brought the price down $110, I didn't pay $110 for it, I wish!! I used a Linens and Things coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond, out the door was $470.79. I threw away my B, B & B coupon a week or so ago and they let me just use their competetor's coupon which was nice. Saving $110 was nice.
The best part is DH is treating the thing as a new tool and is rampantly cleaning everything in the house with it as I type this. That alone is worth the price!!
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You're going to love the Dyson! After years of buying Bissel, Hoover, etc. with a short life, I finally decided to go for the Dyson. I wasn't too thrilled about the price tag, but figured I had probably already spent that much replacing the cheap junky vacuum cleaners, it would be saving me money in the long run. I have four cats who do nothing but shed and track litter all over the place. I forget the exact model, but it has "the ball", which makes it so super easy to swivel around corners, chair legs, etc. I love the fact that I don't have to unplug it to go into a different room, very long cord. It is the only vacuum cleaner I have owned that actually picks up all the cat hair!
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