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I am looking for recommendations for a new vacuum for our house. We have a few cats (OK, crazy cat lady has 5 indoor/outdoor cats :mrgreen: ), hardwood floors though out most of the house, and one room with wall to wall carpeting and a few smaller rugs in the bedroom. Living out in the country, we do get some dirt/gravel that comes in the house on our shoes. Kids are older, so we don't have a lot of cereal, etc. that needs to be picked up. I would like something that can handle the pet hair, handles well on the hardwood flooring, and is lightweight. I don't necessarily want to purchase the cheapest vacuum, but not the most expensive one, either (maybe in the $100-$200) range.

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My relative has several cats. She tried many brands of vaccum cleaners both cheap and expensive. The best one turned out to be a Shark from Walmart. Exceptional suction, simple design and light to move around. I think this is the model she bought.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shark-Naviga ... 5/16913478

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fsrph wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:27 pm My relative has several cats. She tried many brands of vaccum cleaners both cheap and expensive. The best one turned out to be a Shark from Walmart. Exceptional suction, simple design and light to move around. I think this is the model she bought.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shark-Naviga ... 5/16913478

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I'll second this. Best vacuum I've ever owned. I love that it comes apart so it's actually like several vacuum cleaners in one. I'll agree it has very strong suction.
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We got a Shark, too. Model AX910.
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+1. Miele C3. One of those things that should go in that thread "name something you bought that wasn't cheap but you are glad you did". :happy
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+1 for Miele!
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Don't really post often but came across this thread and really wanted to point out how snobby it seems to endorse a thousand dollar vacuum when OP is looking for something in the $100-200 range. Buy the Toyota Camry but your vacuum better be a Bugatti.
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fsrph wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:27 pm My relative has several cats. She tried many brands of vaccum cleaners both cheap and expensive. The best one turned out to be a Shark from Walmart. Exceptional suction, simple design and light to move around. I think this is the model she bought.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shark-Naviga ... 5/16913478

Francis
+1
The Shark is the best vacuum cleaner we ever had. Tried many as we have cats and also multiple surface floors, laminate, wood, carpet, tile.
We bought the best one that they make.

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Costco.com has four different models of Shark vacuums.
https://www.costco.com/upright-vacuums. ... |&dept=All
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I purchased the Sebo Felix several years ago while Costco carried them ( https://store.sebo.us/content/felix-1-premium ). It is a ~$700 vacuum, however; I believe that the design, construction and features are well-worth the cost. I'm a dog owner so I've always sought a way to eliminate the "pet funk" that permeates bag systems. The Sebo Felix is the best at containing/eliminating pet odors (I've had Hoover, Oreck and Dyson upright vacuums previously).

The only downfall (besides initial purchase) is that due to all the air filtration, the body of the vacuum does give off some heat. I only mention this it is the one misgiving I can fault against this vacuum . . . that heat buildup is a result of filtering the air so you won't smell the "pet funk". The rooms always smell clean after vacuuming!

I've purchased Sebo consumables (bags, filters, etc.) via Amazon. If you search for Sebo Felix, you might find a better price as well as plenty of positive reviews. Sebo is a popular vacuum brand in Europe . . .
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I have multiple animals as well. For a cost effective option that works well, I have used the Hoover Tempo - about $75 bucks, I had to replace it once in about 12 years. It's a bit cumbersome (we animal lovers probably have dreams of getting a Dyson :), but for the price it is good value and does a good job.
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We have a Rainbow which we received as a gift. Great vacuum. The water tank filtration really helps if you have dust allergies. We have attachments for everything.

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Very happy with a Shark!
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YOLO with a Miele Marin.
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Shark

My credentials? We own a golden retriever and a toddler and have about 50/50 carpet and hardwood/tile. Nuff said? :)

Got it from Lowe's I believe like 4 years ago and it's going strong. It has two easily removable/washable filters which we have never needed to replace. I think it was around $120-$150. My recollection is that the reviews at the time said that you get 95% of the performance for a fraction of the price.

I think it's a "navigator" model.
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imareal1 wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:00 pm Don't really post often but came across this thread and really wanted to point out how snobby it seems to endorse a thousand dollar vacuum when OP is looking for something in the $100-200 range. Buy the Toyota Camry but your vacuum better be a Bugatti.
I'm guessing it's more of a failure to fully read the OP. I myself nearly made another Miele post until I saw the budget. Some people only really read the subject.
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Even within the 100-200 range, you can find a used miele on Criagslist. I have several miele vacs (bit of a hoarder) and most were purchased for less than $200. The vacuum have a couple of filters. There is also model with HEPA if you need something like it.
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Nothing but the old school Oreck for me. Luckily you can still buy them on Amazon. This vacuum does not have attachments, but is light and can easily slide under the bed and light enough to do stairs without the attachment. I own the commercial version of the one they used to sell on television. It is meant for heavy every day use so I'm sure they will last many years if not decades.

https://www.amazon.com/Oreck-Commercial ... eck+vacuum
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takeshi wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:36 pmI'm guessing it's more of a failure to fully read the OP.
I read it and I ignored the limit.
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OP here: thanks for all of the suggestions! We ended up ordering the shark off of Amazon.
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Posting a little late but I like Panasonic for any type of home electronic device (not entertainment) because of the quality and reliability.

I bought a Panasonic vacuum cleaner online because the brand is not easy to find at the common big box stores.
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IowaFarmWife wrote: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:13 am OP here: thanks for all of the suggestions! We ended up ordering the shark off of Amazon.
How is your shark doing? We're thinking about getting one. Large shedding dog, multiple surfaces.
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It's doing just fine. I forgot that I had posted this! You do have to take the filters apart to clean them once in a while, but it's really no biggie. It picks up the cat hair, and gets all of the dirt and gravel well.
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Sandtrap wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:20 pm
fsrph wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:27 pm My relative has several cats. She tried many brands of vaccum cleaners both cheap and expensive. The best one turned out to be a Shark from Walmart. Exceptional suction, simple design and light to move around. I think this is the model she bought.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shark-Naviga ... 5/16913478

Francis
+1
The Shark is the best vacuum cleaner we ever had. Tried many as we have cats and also multiple surface floors, laminate, wood, carpet, tile.
We bought the best one that they make.

aloha
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OP revised this old forum with an update with the Shark they bought.

Question for others who have owned a Shark longer: how long have you owned it and does the suction stay just as strong after 7-10 years?
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I love my Shark!!! Hickory floors, carpet and 2 golden retrievers. I bought the power liftaway which enables you to sweep under beds and furniture. Mine has a microfiber attachment that keeps the dust picked up well. Our hickory looks brand new still. Bought my daughter-in-law the new shark duo clean and she loves it. More than 200 though.
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zeal wrote: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:06 am
IowaFarmWife wrote: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:13 am OP here: thanks for all of the suggestions! We ended up ordering the shark off of Amazon.
How is your shark doing? We're thinking about getting one. Large shedding dog, multiple surfaces.
Just last week I emptied our Shark. The brush roller had a lot of dog hair in it, but it has a groove to allow a scissors blade to go under the bound hair and makes cutting the hair easy and then also easy to peel it off. This is also stated in the instructions. I was surprised there was so much hair collected because I never see any around the house.

Normally, the maids empty the vacuum which is why I did not notice before.
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I have the Dyson V7 and like it a lot. The Wirecutter recommends as the best cordless stick vac: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best- ... ck-vacuum/

The freedom of not being tied down by a wire is almost life-changing. The downside of course is needing to charge the battery - a full charge (takes around 2-3 hours) lasts for about 20-30 minutes of cleaning (much shorter if you use the more powerful "max" mode). That doesn't sound like much, but if you adjust your vacuuming to doing a room or two at a time (or even just more frequent spot-cleaning - much easier to do with the freedom of cordless) instead of the whole house in one go, the cordless can suit your needs just fine.

The V7 "Motorhead" is around $240. For your needs, the V7 "Absolute" may be a better fit, as it comes with an additional "fluffy" brush head that works especially well on hard floors. This is regularly $350 but has sometimes gone on sale for around $250-$300.
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Shark. +1
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Have had two Dysons, both wore out fast. Now use a Shark, I like it, much cheaper than Dyson.
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Rudedog wrote: Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:49 pm Have had two Dysons, both wore out fast. Now use a Shark, I like it, much cheaper than Dyson.
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I had the same experience. Very happy with Shark now.
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McSpiffy wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:55 pm I purchased the Sebo Felix several years ago while Costco carried them ( https://store.sebo.us/content/felix-1-premium ). It is a ~$700 vacuum, however; I believe that the design, construction and features are well-worth the cost. I'm a dog owner so I've always sought a way to eliminate the "pet funk" that permeates bag systems. The Sebo Felix is the best at containing/eliminating pet odors (I've had Hoover, Oreck and Dyson upright vacuums previously).

The only downfall (besides initial purchase) is that due to all the air filtration, the body of the vacuum does give off some heat. I only mention this it is the one misgiving I can fault against this vacuum . . . that heat buildup is a result of filtering the air so you won't smell the "pet funk". The rooms always smell clean after vacuuming!

I've purchased Sebo consumables (bags, filters, etc.) via Amazon. If you search for Sebo Felix, you might find a better price as well as plenty of positive reviews. Sebo is a popular vacuum brand in Europe . . .
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Miele. It's a very good vacuum cleaner.
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Panasonic makes the best vacuum in my opinion, don't buy any fancy ones, just a 120 dollar Panasonic bagged vacuum, it'll last you 5 years with no problems, exponentially better than the overpriced Dyson cr*p
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mariezzz wrote: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:29 am
Sandtrap wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:20 pm
fsrph wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:27 pm My relative has several cats. She tried many brands of vaccum cleaners both cheap and expensive. The best one turned out to be a Shark from Walmart. Exceptional suction, simple design and light to move around. I think this is the model she bought.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shark-Naviga ... 5/16913478

Francis
+1
The Shark is the best vacuum cleaner we ever had. Tried many as we have cats and also multiple surface floors, laminate, wood, carpet, tile.
We bought the best one that they make.

aloha
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OP revised this old forum with an update with the Shark they bought.

Question for others who have owned a Shark longer: how long have you owned it and does the suction stay just as strong after 7-10 years?
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LL ... UTF8&psc=1
Shark Navigator Light Weight (NV105). Recommended by my housekeeper, bought one, worked so well bought 2 more for family members. I've owned Dyson and others at 3-4 x the price and this for $100 is better.
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I have a Riccar which I like.
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IowaFarmWife wrote: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:04 am It's doing just fine. I forgot that I had posted this! You do have to take the filters apart to clean them once in a while, but it's really no biggie. It picks up the cat hair, and gets all of the dirt and gravel well.
I just wanted to let you know that if you want to cut down on the dirt and gravel, check out Stanley Steamer's door mats. They really cut down on the amount of dirt, gravel, etc. that gets into the house.

BTW, we have a Shark and absolutely love it.
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I'm partial to canisters myself. We've been buying Kenmore canister for a long time and find them to be really good. Just bought this one for upstairs from Walmart this past week, with free shipping. For $250, if it lasts, say, 8-10 years and then dies, it is totally worth it. I would have liked to buy a Miele as I heard they are the best, but DW wouldn't pull the trigger on that much money for a vacuum.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kenmore-BC40 ... /249775877
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Riccar for upright. Miele for canister.
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Just bought a Bissell AirRam 1984 - $160 on Amazon. This is a stick vacuum variant with rechargeable (and replaceable!) battery. Excellent reviews from CR and Youtube reviewers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK6JuveNeOI

We have mostly hardwood floors with some carpeted bedrooms. Seems to work quite well, especially on hardwood. Grabs cat hair and dust bunnies. Handle telescopes so it's easy and effective on carpeted/wood stairs. However, there are no attachments -this is a floor unit only. Also, there is no provision for good up-to-the-edge cleaning as you move parallel to a counter or wall. Lightweight, easy to carry and use, but you'll probably want to add something else with wands and other attachments for complete cleaning around the house.
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I just wanted to let you know that if you want to cut down on the dirt and gravel, check out Stanley Steamer's door mats. They really cut down on the amount of dirt, gravel, etc. that gets into the house.

BTW, we have a Shark and absolutely love it.
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