Saturday, May 03, 2008

Just doing my civic duty

The good news is, our economic stimulus package showed up in our bank account today.

The bad news is, some of it will have to be spent on something as mundane and necessary as a new vacuum cleaner. I can't think of anything I would less prefer to buy with bonus money.

But our vacuum cleaner finally broke today. It was never a very good vacuum, and I never really liked it, but sometimes, when you move into an apartment and it's covered in paint dust, you need a vacuum, and you need it now. So we bought a cheap one and have just dealt with it since.

In its defense, we put it through a lot of abuse over the last few years. We used it to clean up after all kinds of projects that were probably technically beyond its ability level, but oh well. And I'm not sure it was ever the same after those few times that Jeremy used it unsupervised without knowledge of all its quirks or even basic instructions.

I knew it was a dud when the upholstery cleaning attachment broke. Not only did it break, it was unfixable. Not even by a professional - the housing of the brush tool component was not meant to open, ever, so the part that was broken, which we could easily have fixed, was trapped forever. Who designs a tool like that?

The final straw was today when I turned on the vacuum, vacuumed our entire bedroom, and realized that it hadn't picked up anything. The suction was completely gone.

Obviously, I'm not too broken up about having to throw out the vacuum that doesn't suck. I've come to the realization that appliances just aren't meant to last that long these days. In our house, we still use, without any problems, a dishwasher, washer, and dryer that are all more than 15 years old. But a three-year-old vacuum? Way past its prime.

So does anyone have any strong opinions about vacuums that they'd like to share? I'm ready to go out and stimulate the economy with a new vacuum purchase sometime in the next couple of days.


Liz Johnson said...

I was really hoping mine would show up today, but nope. Sigh.

I really like our bagless Hoover. I know a lot of people prefer having their dirt in a bag, but I can keep a close eye on the filters and dirt and dispose of it easily, thus maintaining full suction almost all of the time. It doesn't get overly messy when emptying the canister, and if a little dust falls out, I either wipe it up or vacuum it up. I've been extraordinarily pleased.

I know lots of people who LOVE their Dyson. I would love one. When my Hoover breaks, I will try to convince my husband to get one. Hopefully that is 5-10 years down the road, though.

Bridget said...

Thanks. And I should have specified that I am only interested in bagless models. I am anti replacing stuff, unless it is a filter, and even then only once in a long, long time.

JackJen said...

Because I only have one room in my house with carpet, the next vacuum we get will be a canister. (Do they make bagless canister vacuums?) I need the kind with the attachment WITHOUT the rotating brushes....The floor setting on my upright is far too obnoxious and doesn't do that great of a job. *sigh*....maybe I need to read these comments, too. I've also heard good things about Dysons.

I'm also kind of sad that we're not just funneling our rebate money under the mattress...just to stick it to 'em. But, alas, we need a new catalytic converter on our car...

Bridget said...

See, that's the thing. The majority of our house has tile flooring. Only the two bedrooms have carpet. So what I would really, really love is a hard floor steam cleaner of sorts, and then just a ghetto vacuum for the two bedrooms. But we'll be moving in a year or so, and what if the next place we live is all carpet? You can see my dilemma.

I think they do make bagless canister vacuums. We had one in Amman.

Crys said...

We are not doing our civic duty. When our money came I put it straight in the savings account. Just call me unpatriotic!


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