Is It Just MY Vacuum Cleaner?

One of these days I’m going to do some research on the best vacuum cleaners, then I’m going to write the names of them in my tiny purse phone book and when I’m at Savers or Goodwill on a sale day, I’m looking for a new vacuum cleaner.

Our vacuum cleaner is probably two years old. It’s a cheap one that we bought from Walmart – similar to this one Bissell Upright Bagless Vacuum but mine is a 6594-W and I doubt that we paid more than $60 for it.

About 1 time out of 5 that I attempt to vacuum, it’s clogged. Either that, or the dust container is full. Now granted this is probably because the men I live with aren’t too alert when it comes to the fact that the vacuum cleaner is not sucking very well, or not at all. I have always been able to hear when any vacuum isn’t working properly. So I start testing all the trouble spots. Unplug the hose from where it connects to the container, sound better? The clog must be in the hose. Sounds the same as when attached? Move on and unplug the hose where it connects to the floor sucking section. More suction power once you remove the hose? The clog’s there. Or maybe the filter’s clogged. I was given a really nice vacuum cleaner one time that was worth hundreds. The person getting rid of it said it didn’t work, but when I checked it out, it was just a clog!

I keep extra belts on hand, and a second filter. Living in the desert, we have a LOT of dust, and the filter gets clogged with powder fine dust that chokes the vacuum’s sucking power dramatically.

Do you have a favorite vacuum? Let me know in the comments because I am going to be on the lookout for a new one eventually.


Yours Truly,

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9 comments to Is It Just MY Vacuum Cleaner?

  • Bouncing Back

    I have this exact vacucm and it works pretty well for me, keeps the carpets fairly clean, gets up the dog hair, a bit ackward to use, but I manage. I do have to remember to wash out the filters periodically. I went through 3 vacuums last year after my well loved Eureka canister vacuum died a slow and painful death.

    I don’t have a recommendation for a better one. The Dysons are out of my price point


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    You are right, this one does work pretty good. Just seems to get clogged all the time! Thanks for visiting and commenting!


  • Anonymous

    I have had two Hoover Nano’s from Walmart (approx $45-50). They have been excellent, and lightweight. I was happy enough to buy a second one.


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Thanks Anon, I’ll check out the Hoover Nano! Thanks for visiting and commenting!


  • K. Cleaver

    I have a Kenmore canister vacuum that I bought from Sears over 5 years ago. I haven’t had any trouble with it yet. It wasn’t cheap, costing around $275 at the time.

    My mother is still using hers and it’s 15 years old.

    I like it because I cleans hardwoods and tile floors well (right up to the edges). I can also hold the handle down flat and vacuum under the bed with the powered carpet attachment. It also has a retractable cord that’s nice.

    I’ll buy one again if this one lasts me at least 10 years. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have bought this in the first place if we didn’t have a ton of hardwood and tile floors.

    We had an inexpensive upright bissel that worked just fine, but it didn’t work that great on hard surfaces.


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    My boss swears by Kenmore. I’ll add your suggestions to my list, thanks! And thanks for visiting and commenting!


  • Mrs. Modern Tightwad

    Since we have two families under one roof we have two vacuums: a Rainbow Water Canister and an original Dyson. I like both. I like the Rainbow’s cleaning power better, but if I had to deal with setting it up all the time the house would never get vacuumed. Luckily I’m the duster and Mr. Moderntightwad vacuums. (Yes, I’m spoiled.) 🙂


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    The Dyson is fairly new in the US, isn’t it? My boss sent me and our janitor to buy a new vacuum a couple months ago and we had our pick of the Dyson and Sanitaire. We went with the Sanitaire because it has been around for so long. I’ll keep the Dyson in mind if I go thrift store hunting. Thanks! And you’re lucky that Mr. Moderntightwad vacuums! Mr. A washes dishes, and cooks, but he’s too busy to do much else. Thanks for visiting and commenting!


  • Am very cranky about vacuum cleaners, having had annoying experiences with both Hoover (junk!!!!!) and Kenmore (don’t pay that much for a Panasonic, which is what it is!).

    After reaching the end of my vacuum-cleaner rope, I trotted over to a big-box store and bought the cheapest Panasonic upright they had, which as I recall was about 80 bucks. I’ve never had a complaint about it, and it’s now six or eight years old. BUT: I have all hard floors in the house. Can’t say how well it would work on carpet.

    Speaking of hard floors, if you can find one of those vac-brooms WITH a cord (Walmart carries them, around here), they are terrific for picking up dog hair and general dirt. The Eureka seems to work better than the Dirt Devil. Doubt that they’d do well on a carpet, but they’re perfect for tile & wood.


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