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Post# 201302   9/20/2012 at 17:49 (1,736 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        

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hey guy's, i'm just wondering what you guys think is the worst vacuum you ever used. Mine is probably either the red kenmore quick clean, or the fantom thunderbolt.

Post# 201304 , Reply# 1   9/20/2012 at 17:57 (1,736 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
Dyson DC07

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Likely,It fell apart,Carry handle snapped,Suction hose snapped,Blah blah blah

Another,Shark Vac&Steam,VERY loud to the point the vacuum function is useless.

Post# 201307 , Reply# 2   9/20/2012 at 18:04 (1,736 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        

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My dyson experience wasn't as bad, but I still am not a fan of them, shark products don't seem to do well with me either......

Post# 201313 , Reply# 3   9/20/2012 at 19:13 (1,736 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

I wish Shark went out of business.

Post# 201314 , Reply# 4   9/20/2012 at 19:14 (1,736 days old) by kirbyeureka95 ()        
almost any of the...

under $100 bagless big-box vacs, whether it be a dirt devil, eureka, bissell, or otherwise.

Post# 201336 , Reply# 5   9/20/2012 at 20:21 (1,736 days old) by sbakerde (Millsboro, DE )        

I received a DC07 as a christmas gift about 5 years ago. At first it was a nice vacuum. Then I noticed all the leaks due to the bagless design. And after moving from a home that was mostly wood floor to a home with almost all carpet i realized it really didn't pick up worth anything on carpeting. The suction was good and hose was nice and long but over all a $400 disappointment. I honestly have to say I found the cheapest hoover at wally world did a better job than the Dyson. Go Hoover!

I have also tried the Dyson Ball in my home and from what I saw that vacuum was an expensive toy. It didn't pick up half as much as the old DC07.

Post# 201339 , Reply# 6   9/20/2012 at 21:08 (1,736 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
The Maxima!

Also referred to on here as the Minima a few times, by who i do not recall. That filter clogs rapidly and the airflow drops to next to nothing.

Post# 201344 , Reply# 7   9/20/2012 at 21:54 (1,736 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        
for me

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it was the Kenmore wispertone upright i bought this at sears it worked fine so i take it in to get looked at because something wasn't right so it was done so i go pick it up and it still wasn't right another trip back to sears and i go to pick it up and took it home it was working good. so the next day i had family coming over so i didn't have it on more then five minutes and the next thing i know its on fire so threw it out the door and got the hose out and put it out that was my first and last Kenmore upright i ever got the whole left side was melted

Post# 201357 , Reply# 8   9/20/2012 at 23:41 (1,736 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I have to say the Fantom fury was the worst vacuum I ever used.

Post# 201358 , Reply# 9   9/20/2012 at 23:59 (1,736 days old) by vacuumfreak95 (Aransas Pass, Tx)        
Dirt Devil Feather Lite and Oreck.

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The worst vacuum I ever used was a Clean air Dirt Devil Feather Lite Bagged. There was NO SUCTION AT ALL! I wouldn't even call it a vacuum cleaner more like a push sweeper..... I also don't care for Oreck's! All they are is a dust buster with a handle.

Post# 201372 , Reply# 10   9/21/2012 at 02:56 (1,736 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

My most hated vacuum was a Mastercraft vacuum bought from a janitor supply for a radio station.A salesman recommended it.Was made by Premier-plastic body upright with a weird stampted,welded steel fan.The fan in that thing broke a couple times picking up a small screw.And the fan blade broke the plastic body.Was able to get another base from a vacuum place--the person at the vac place says"Oh you have one of those things,too!"The machine was noisey,vibrated a lot,and was clunky.Ordered a Royal upright vacuum for the station from another supplier---MUCH BETTER!!!The Premier-Mastercarft vacuum met a pressing,crushing death in the back of a EZ-Pack RL trash truck-it was crushed to plastic schrapnel!!Didn't collect vacs at that time-but was glad to see the horrible Mastercraft go!I do have the bag from it somewhere--don't know why I saved color.

Post# 201402 , Reply# 11   9/21/2012 at 13:33 (1,736 days old) by markus79 (Finland)        
Miele Art

I think Miele Art would be my worst vacuum=)
It is so difficult to vacuum with that.

Best Regards

Post# 201466 , Reply# 12   9/22/2012 at 13:19 (1,735 days old) by super-sweeper (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        

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Can you find the bag to take a picture?

Also,I would like to nominate the Dirt Devil featherlite bagless!The filter was right inside the bin!How horrible!I havn't got to try the new cyclonic ones,But i'm sure it's a HUGE improvement over their older design!
The 90's dirt devils aren't to bad at all,A little loud but O.K Performers,I really liked their broom vac,The old one of course,The newer "Broom with a fan" Models sucked in the bad way!
Fantoms are VERY good vacuums,Atleast in my view.Just don't go sucking up fine powders and clumps of crap,You'll see why.We had 2 fantoms burn up do to fine carpet freshener crap.


Post# 201467 , Reply# 13   9/22/2012 at 13:23 (1,735 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

The Miele Art is a horrible machine.

Post# 201477 , Reply# 14   9/22/2012 at 15:38 (1,735 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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My recently purchased Starlyf cyclonic upright - see the other thread just posted!

Before that, I'd probably say the worst upright I've had the displeasure of using is either the Hoover Purepower uprights and Morphy Richards' early bagless uprights, which the U.S may well have got under a different brand name - one of them I hated was the 73365 2000 watt Pets upright - naff plastic, useless filter design and the floor dial had to be taken off to get the hood open, eventually snapping off and made it worse to push than it already was!

Post# 201483 , Reply# 15   9/22/2012 at 17:07 (1,734 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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That Starlyf upright vacuum you posted was also sold in Canada & America as the Shark Roadster upright vacuum. Total piece of GARBAGE! The filter is separated from the bin, which would SEEM like a good thing....except the filter is so pathetically small, it clogs with dust almost instantly! A classic example of "what were they thinking?!" when they designed this horrible cleaner.

Now, having said that, there was a bagged version of this upright vacuum with a HEPA filter on the front that wasn't too bad, but the bagless one is much more commonly seen.


Post# 201489 , Reply# 16   9/22/2012 at 21:25 (1,734 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

The Roadster is poor.

Post# 201490 , Reply# 17   9/22/2012 at 22:26 (1,734 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Rob - interesting info there regarding the HEPA filter on the bagless Starlyf - but I must say it isn't any different to the ones that AEG/Electrolux fit on their Ergorapido stick vacuums - in so far as the design of a tiny paper pleated cone filter with a slide out mesh filter on the outside of it.

TBH if the bagged upright version of the Starlyf still has that silly, permanently opened air exhaust grill at the back, there wouldn't be much of a difference to either.

Post# 201504 , Reply# 18   9/23/2012 at 04:47 (1,734 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Out of vacuums I have seen in my workshop any shark vacuum what junk. 


Out of vacuums that i have bought myself my worst vacuum was a Hoover shopvac , Its filter didn't fit on properly and it blew out more dust than is kept in , what a piece of junk 

Post# 201533 , Reply# 19   9/23/2012 at 15:42 (1,733 days old) by vacu-finder (Canada)        

The Vac fire had to be something a Vacuum tech over looked ,never had that problem before. The whispertone is a very simple vac, easy to work on and service.
A very strange occurrence indeed..!
But nevertheless i would still buy one.

Post# 201548 , Reply# 20   9/23/2012 at 20:21 (1,733 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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i had it in nonstop when i fist took it in and after that it went all down hill and the only kenmore i bought after that was two years ago was the canister and the only kenmore i have is a heave duty twin fan and the canister and a quick reel and nice pic of the power center always wanted one im gonna keep on looking for one

Post# 201555 , Reply# 21   9/23/2012 at 21:43 (1,733 days old) by vacuumman206 (Eastpointe, MI)        
worst vacuum ever used

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the worst vacuum I've ever used was a dirt devil swivel glide/vision. I have never had one of those actually do a decent job on any surface with anything being picked up. runner up on that list is the electrolux pronto stick vac. it was flimsy and bounced all over the place getting nothing done.

Post# 201668 , Reply# 22   9/25/2012 at 04:48 (1,732 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Don't have a camera-and I would have to find what box the bag is still packed in after several moves from that time.This Mastercraft vac was from almost 35 years ago!Guess its similar to some of the GE designs that are seen-the plastic base ones.They have the two switches on the base-one for height-other for hose or floor.I think there was a hose insert opening somewhere on the back or side of the base.Never tried the hose-didn't have it.And I masy not be sure I have the bag-just remember it was black in color and Had "Mastercraft" on it-was a zipper bag-think it used paper bags sort of like F&G ones.-or a cloth bag that fit inside.

Post# 201678 , Reply# 23   9/25/2012 at 07:17 (1,732 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Rob I'm a bit confused, the photo of the Starlyf I've supplied on the other thread is totally different to the Shark Roadster you speak of  - maybe you are referring to the Morphy Richards upright photo I added. I also had one of these Roadster models under the Morphy Richards name, the 73310 - MR made about three of them with either 1400, 1500 or 1600 watt motors. Noisy, heavy and again suffering from the naff height control dial liable to snap as other MR models.


I'm beginning to wonder if Shark are just a trader company - having looked at SA Google, it seems Shark are now producing Gtech cordless carpet sweepers too.



Post# 201781 , Reply# 24   9/25/2012 at 20:03 (1,731 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
RUN for your lives its the dust blowing Eureka Power Plus!

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Eureka Power Plus/ Maxima. Bagged or bagless versions, they're just awful. Never used one long enough to have it fully break or smoke, but from the experience I had, even replacing a belt would seem like a waste of money for these pieces of S***!!! Awful sounding, leaking all over, poor airflow, full of clogs. I think I hate the noise the most though. All of the bagged ones make this obnoxious hiss from leaking air and squeal from motor. I've used several, one practically brand new out of the box--just awful, awful!
The bagless is too messy with filter directly in the dirt cup, and it spews dirt all over the machine and in the air!!

Save your sanity!! Don't walk away from these machines but SPRINT!!!!

Post# 201784 , Reply# 25   9/25/2012 at 20:37 (1,731 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

Well the bagged versions are for those who have allergies. Instead of a Maxima, I have a Powerforce Turbo.

Post# 201786 , Reply# 26   9/25/2012 at 21:59 (1,731 days old) by eurekastar (Big Spring, Texas)        

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The worst vacuum I've ever owned is an Electrolux Oxygen canister.  The wands shorted out three different times during the warranty period.  I've heard of people having trouble getting them serviced.  But all I did was call Electrolux and they sent out new wands each time.  I suspect that was a big problem, because they did it without asking questions.  It would have been a great vacuum if it hadn't been for the weak wand connections. Cry

Post# 201800 , Reply# 27   9/26/2012 at 01:57 (1,731 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Other Oxygen vacuum problems as observed at the vacuum shops near me---Besides the wands-blown circuit boards in both the canisters and upright.The large rear wheels on the uprights broke all of the time.and last but not least--the motors in the canisters fly apart like an airplane engine in a test stand.The place was also a warrantee station for these machines.Afterwhile-he quit working on the machines and trying to fix them-instead the vac shop told the customer to take the blown vacuum back to Lowes(where most came from) and get a refund-then use the refund money towards a better vacuum.and have seen these in the waiting to go to the dumpster piles.the vac shop operator no longer wanted to fix these machines becuase "Electrolux" didn't want to pay but so much for repairs-the machines were labor intensive to repair.Electrolux did supply the parts-lots of boards,wands,and motors.

Post# 201809 , Reply# 28   9/26/2012 at 07:40 (1,731 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

Well, you might say it's a throw-away machine.

Post# 201857 , Reply# 29   9/26/2012 at 14:21 (1,731 days old) by eurekastar (Big Spring, Texas)        
Electrolux Oxygen

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It was a great vacuum when it worked; however, it just didn't work for very long. 

Post# 201878 , Reply# 30   9/26/2012 at 17:56 (1,730 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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Yes, I agree there are some differences amongst the three uprights, but their designs are close enough to tell they are produced by the same company, with design changes to suit each company's requests for that brand. I suspect all of these vacuums are produced by Kingclean in China, it seems that's the company Euro-Pro sources to mainly these days.


Post# 201985 , Reply# 31   9/27/2012 at 12:32 (1,730 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Electrolux Oxygen 


I wonder if it is the voltage difference, These machine were available 8 or so years ag in SA , I still have customer buying bags for them as they run so well. We have had a few in, mainly for damaged cords and service, Never seen one with a Blown motor. We are one of the main Electrolux service centres IN our City. I have two , one was our downstairs vacuum for a few years and is now used in our shop. 

One other major difference was that the SA versions like most canisters here did not have the massive PN you guys have, we did have a PN but its small and easy to use. 

Post# 201986 , Reply# 32   9/27/2012 at 12:39 (1,730 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

The worst vac ever sold over here in the UK has to be the Hoover "The One" made a few years back, they usually overheated and failed very quickly and the filtration was terrible, always blocking and losing suction. A very very poor vacuum indeed.

Post# 201987 , Reply# 33   9/27/2012 at 12:44 (1,730 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

In terms of the canister vacs, its a Hoover again - used one a while back of my grans, it was terrible, needed the filter cleaning after every room. dreadful, cheap plastic hoover that was a complete waste of money and effort.
The Hoover Alyx:

Post# 201988 , Reply# 34   9/27/2012 at 12:46 (1,730 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

The Alyx pictured here in its box - its one to avoid. Complete tat.

Post# 202087 , Reply# 35   9/28/2012 at 02:29 (1,729 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The blown Oxygen motors I have seen from the ones brought into the former Vacuum Cleaner Hospital looked like they were overrevved-fans fly apart in the motors fancase.Happened several times.

Post# 202094 , Reply# 36   9/28/2012 at 05:32 (1,729 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
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It would be the Fantom Fury!

I hope I don't upset anyone by saying that. I hated that thing with a purple pink passion. Why? Because the dust cup didn't fit very tightly at all and when you would vacuum, dust collected on the outside of the vacuum itself. There would be visible dust; enough so that I would need to clean the entire outside of the vacuum after using it! And I hated emptying it and I remember it being such a mess. This is WHY I have never owned a bagless vacuum again since 1999. I'm bagless has improved dramatically since then. I just can't get those years of owning it and hating it out of my mind so I can't bring myself to ever get another bagless vacuum (other than Rainbow).

Post# 202140 , Reply# 37   9/28/2012 at 14:11 (1,729 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Do you have any idea who made the 110v motors? I have never seen that happen, not on a Electrolux machine, 

Post# 202157 , Reply# 38   9/28/2012 at 15:22 (1,729 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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while doing some cleaning this evening I thought about this thread, I would say the worst vacuum I have bought is one that I actually like. The Lux 1g 


It is the worst vacuum I have spent so much money on, It has a hose that is to big to stiff and to short to use properly, The hose handle does not have controls for the PN and if you want to upplug the PN to do some normal vacuuming you have o pull apart two dangling lead plugs. 


I did however replace te hose with a smaller diameter one that is longer and more modern and much easier to use. since then I love using it.


This pic is pre modification 

Post# 202239 , Reply# 39   9/29/2012 at 05:06 (1,728 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

On he 120V Oxygen motors-could not tell-no name on the blown motors-in one the motor was almost completly destroyed.Literally like an airplane engine run on a test stand until it blew!Bill the vac shop operator at that time gave up trying to fix those machines and told customers to get a refund instead.The destroyed motor was found that way in the vacuum-Bill had to remove the peices of it.Put them in a plastic bag and sent it to Electrolux.Don't know what the result was-and sadly Bill died.His vac shop long closed-spent many hours there with Bill-was fun!the present Greenville Sew&Vac doesn't like working on those Oxygen type machines,either.He is not a warrantee station for them.The blown motors would have been about 5 years ago.

Post# 202245 , Reply# 40   9/29/2012 at 08:35 (1,728 days old) by Ipreferkirby ()        
I Nominate

The Hoover Windtunnel bagless (2 chamber design). It clogs so amazing fast with anything.

Post# 202248 , Reply# 41   9/29/2012 at 09:16 (1,728 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

Well, the Fantom Fury is not that bad of a bagless vacuum, plus it's made in Canada. The Windtunnel Twin Chamber, well it's the filter that clogs.

Post# 202950 , Reply# 42   10/7/2012 at 10:49 (1,720 days old) by floor-a-matic (New Rochester/Pemberville OH)        

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Hoover MaxExtract 77; VERY FRAGILE plastic! The turbine gear stripped after a few minutes' use.

Post# 202954 , Reply# 43   10/7/2012 at 11:24 (1,720 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

The Steamvac is better than MaxExtract.

Post# 202963 , Reply# 44   10/7/2012 at 13:39 (1,720 days old) by floor-a-matic (New Rochester/Pemberville OH)        

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The WindTunnel MAX also has FRAGILE plastic; the body & base separated.

Post# 202974 , Reply# 45   10/7/2012 at 19:19 (1,719 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Any vacuum cleaner made before the Bill Clinton administration (1993-2001) and especially the George W. Bush administration (2001-09) is better than the current crop of products IMHO.


Post# 202977 , Reply# 46   10/7/2012 at 20:29 (1,719 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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I nominate the Hoover Dial A Matic Power Drive. My mother bought one in 1972, and it was the WORST vacuum ive ever used. Before or since.
The suction was PITYFUL on the one side of the brush roll that HAS suction,,,the other side, NO suction whatsoever. So, you get NO vacuum at the baseboard on the one side,,and barely any on the other.
The tool suction, even on HIGH was again pityful,,would barely even pick up a feather.
The bag was very hard to change,,you ended up with dirt and dust falling out everywhere, unless you layed the entire machine down on its front, just to change the bag(who is going to do that?)and the "filtration" was VERY POOR. That machine spewed dust out of the exhaust like a freight train.
The entire machine was clunky, clumsy to use, and awkward,,,and also VERY heavy to lift.
Try cleaning a long, large carpeted stairway with one sometime. ROTSA RUCK!

Yes, the "Power Drive" did help in pushing pulling the beast, BUT, it was jerky, and awkward.
Very poor grooming of the carpet,,the brush roll did NOT deep clean, or DIG into the carpet at all. The machine was also noisy. There was no way to adjsut the brush roll. It was supposed to be "Automatically" adjusted to your carpet. HA!
Hope you dont have DEEP SHAG,,or DEEP PILE.

Ive always been under the impression that the regular, NON Power Drive Dial A Matic Hoovers were slightly better.

The WORST part about those vacs is only having suction on ONE side of the brush roll. And, pityful suction at that.

IF you wanna kill your back,, push and blow the dirt around your house,without actually picking UP any dirt or dust,,,get a Dial A Matic!

Lilly Munster would be so pleased!

Post# 202978 , Reply# 47   10/7/2012 at 20:35 (1,719 days old) by odile ()        

Back in the eighties I had an absolutely gawdawful Eureka plastic canister vacuum. Every time you turned it on, it smelled like wet dog, which was interesting, since I didn't own a dog at the time. The disposable bag had to be slid onto a small metal framework at the front of the vacuum where the hose came out, and you never could get bags that would easily slide into the bag holder for it, despite buying the bags labeled for that model. Suction was minimal: It was one of those backbreakers where you ended up stuffing dust bunnies into the floor nozzle to get the thing to pick them up! I wish I could remember the model name, but it was a shade of light faux metallic green body. There was always something more pressing to spend my money on at the time than a replacement vacuum, so it only got replaced when I plugged it in one day and a spark and flame shot out of the attached cord. And yeah, I think I got it at a warehouse store. Horrible work of Satan!

Post# 202980 , Reply# 48   10/7/2012 at 21:30 (1,719 days old) by joshdonnell (Denton ,Texas.)        
The worst

That awful Hoover bagless Tempo . Used one at someones house and the owners did not take care of at all .when i went to turn it on ,it blew black dust out yuck ! And was clogged . I like bagless vacuums but not that one .

Post# 205533 , Reply# 49   11/1/2012 at 00:46 (1,695 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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the hoover empower

Post# 205542 , Reply# 50   11/1/2012 at 07:58 (1,695 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        
i put forward......

the argos value range vacuums, or the bush vacuums in argos. i had the cylinder and upright bagless ones, and the upright was noisy, clumsy and hard to push. the cylinder was fragile, handle snapped, filter leaked, and cord rewind didn't work! i learned to avoid any cheap vacuum!!!! electrolux gazelles (similar to the eureka maxima)arent the best either!

Post# 205553 , Reply# 51   11/1/2012 at 11:50 (1,695 days old) by alkirbyguy ()        
my worst vac...

Back when I lived in an apartment and didn't have room to collect vacuums, I had a purple Dirt Devil bagged Swivel Glide. Absolutely the worst vacuum I have ever used. It was incredibly loud, the swivel casters were more of an annoyance than a help, it used VERY small bags, the cord was in a stupid location, and the brushroll was so close to the front bumper that it literally spewed dust onto the outside of the vacuum. The biggest issue, however, was that it clogged CONSTANTLY. Even with a brand new bag, within a few uses the hose inlet to the bag and the inlet at the brushroll would clog, requiring COMPLETE disassembly of the machine. I then had to take a coat hanger and dig it all out! Disgusting! I had to do that numerous times. I ended up taking it to my parents' house and swapping it with my Dirt Devil roommate. It's sad that the roommate did a better job than the full-size upright.

Post# 205669 , Reply# 52   11/2/2012 at 21:03 (1,693 days old) by vacu-finder (Canada)        
Worst Vacuum

Not sure if I have to mention any names here. But I would say any Vac that's on the low end. Like all the Garbage that the ~Box stores~ sell, for say $39.95 to say whatever, Gimmick Vacuums etc......etc......

Post# 205680 , Reply# 53   11/2/2012 at 22:06 (1,693 days old) by StrongEnough78 (Clovis California)        

Well this vacuum wasn't real bad, but of all the vacuums I've used this one was my least favorite. It was a Dirt Devil Vision. When I was babysitting my friends daughter, I would also help out around the house, dishes, vacuuming etc. And his vacuum seemed to always have trouble picking things up. He told me that the filter usually needs to be cleaned out after a few uses. Well, it seemed like I would have to clean it before, during and after I was cleaning. And then I discovered the brushroll belt needed to be replaced, it was stretched out pretty bad and even had a spot where it was worn down from sliding around the motor pulley. So I did him a favor and bought 2 new belts. At $2.99 I wasn't complaining about the cost but he did pay me back. I vacuumed before and after replacing the belt and noticed a huge difference. It picked up a huge amount of dirt that was still in the carpet. However the filter clogged that much faster. But I vacuumed that carpet until the only thing I would pick up was carpet fibers. I'd take out the filter and bang the pleated filter on a pole until no more dirt came out and used my Kirby a couple of times for the sponge filter. I lived just a few apartments down. But under the pleated cartridge was a mesh screen, and that too would get jammed up with dirt and dust. I must say though that after the filters were cleaned out, it did work very well. The suction was strong it just didn't last very long. I told him he needs to just buy a new cartridge cause it's probably getting clogged with the microscopic dust. He finally did but I never used it again since he moved in with his girlfriend. It's a good vacuum, but it needs a better filtering system.

Post# 206210 , Reply# 54   11/8/2012 at 18:06 (1,687 days old) by director12 (Metuchen, NJ)        

Well, mine is the purple Kenmore Progressive bagless upright. My parents bought it in 2009. I hated that thing, filter was clogging too much and it was expensive. The machine was also prone to clogging, and it had the filters changed twice. By the time they got changed yet again, the machine sounded worse.

I'm never buying Kenmore again, and I'm better sticking to bagged vacuums. I do like my Powerforce, it took over my Windtunnel as the main vacuum when its bag door latches broke off.

Post# 206257 , Reply# 55   11/9/2012 at 09:57 (1,687 days old) by Danny (Hamilton, Ont, Canada)        

HI i am Danny from Hamilton ontario the most Contorvesial punky Scadolles.
Mailwhere and icky vacuumcleaner is the fantom furry limeted upright.
It was Sherees dads vac from Canadiintiyer the attachments were flummsy and the
Construction of cheep plastic makes it the most controversial vacuum claener.
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Post# 208823 , Reply# 56   12/4/2012 at 21:11 (1,661 days old) by tylerawells (-)        

So, this is my first time posting here, but I came across this, and I just wanted to say that the two most deplorable vacuum cleaners I've ever had 1 was a Eureka Canister bought at a big box store, and the second was a Bissell bagless canister that died last week.

Post# 208839 , Reply# 57   12/4/2012 at 22:27 (1,661 days old) by DURANGO159 (State College, PA)        

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Tyler do you know what models those two machines were by chance? Were they straight suction or did they have power nozzles?

Post# 209213 , Reply# 58   12/8/2012 at 18:35 (1,657 days old) by floor-a-matic (New Rochester/Pemberville OH)        

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Bissell ProHeat has poor suction & pump gives up.

Next is a XXX Duo Power, it has not 1 but 2 dirt containers; the larger one collects coarse dirt & the smaller one (where the mesh screen & pleated filter are) collects the small stuff, clogging the filter pores quickly. The large container is in front; & the smaller one in the rear.

You have to remove the large one at the front; but at least the smaller one can be removed seperately (from the rear)

Post# 209622 , Reply# 59   12/11/2012 at 21:48 (1,654 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds, WA)        
Probably not the worst ...

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...because I haven't worked on an example of every vacuum cleaner made. However, I've got quite a bit of experience on Hoover products made within the last 20 or more years. So I will say the following is low on the list of Hoover quality. That is, a Model U5252-something or other "Breathe Easy." Not entirely sure, but this might've been Hoover's last gasp of using direct induction technology. Looks like Hoover was milking their last drop out of the Elite design, albiet with very many mods.

Obviously a lower-end machine that was pretending to be otherwise, fairly flimsy construction. But I must say that the job of a vacuum cleaner is to vacuum up dirt, and even if cheaply made they do that job, well, good on 'em. In the case of the Breathe Easy, it wasn't doing the job and no fault out of the ordinary could be found. The direct induction fan had selective channels, one for the agitator area and the other for the hose. There was a selector switch on the floor nozzle that allowed for switching to hose mode, which flipped a cover over the vacuum port in the nozzle. Bad fit, lots of leakage there, a bit where the bottom plate attached, and other places. Result, poor suction.

This was a machine that I took back a few years ago from one of my daughters. Her husband complained that their vacuum (the one under discussion) was not good, had no suction, etc. I took a refurbed vac over to them out of my inventory and took the Breathe Easy back. I quickly went over it, did a basic clean-out and decided it wasn't too bad and that I'd save it for the next time they were complaining. I was wrong.

Not long ago, my son-in-law complained again that his current vacuum lacked suction. My first thought was, "Oh no, here he goes again with imaginary problems." They went on vacation recently and we decided to go over and clean their house for them during the absence. We were over to take care of their cat, take the mail in, etc, anyway. In the course of this project (another story altogether), we used their Hoover Tempo bagless, which was also a dog. The son-in-law was right; it didn't have much suction. I pulled the filter out and dashed it against the fence many times. That didn't make much difference; it must've been full of imbedded small particles. Even after that, it had poor suction. The Hoover Tempo bagless isn't much of a machine either, as the filtration surface is small. The bagged Tempo is a much better machine; uses same Y bags as more expensive models.

Son-in-law claims I gave them the Tempo when I took the ailing Breathe Easy off of their hands, but I have no recollection of it. Anyway, it's a dog too, so this time, I left them with a Hoover Bagged Windtunnel SP that I just refurbed. I've got a bunch of these and they have terrific suction. Of course it's heavier but I don't think they ever vacuum upstairs anyway.

Post# 209629 , Reply# 60   12/11/2012 at 22:48 (1,654 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Bagged is better, indeed!

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Ray Porter,  manager of the bag plant, told ud that HOOVER NEVER wanted to go bagless.  They HAD to , to keep up with the 'others'.  You can buy a bagged Tempo at Walmart, but, you can't buy genuine HOOVER bags there for the machine you just bought. The owner's manuals tell you to use genuine bags.  Ask Walmart HOW?? A lot of people poo poo bagless. I'm not gonna berate a brand, though.


Post# 209640 , Reply# 61   12/12/2012 at 01:06 (1,654 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
I like Hoover Breathe Easy's depending on the type!!

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Hoover had a few different lines of machines that were titled Breathe Easy but 2 main styles that were VERY different from eachother.

First style was a 12" Width and had a Caddy Vac floor nozzle. The bag compartment would have either been off a Caddy Vac with Type Z bag or Preferred with Type A bag. Never tried one of these but I have tried Caddy Vacs. Attachment suction for the Hoover Caddy Vac line I thought was poor. Carpet cleaning was ok but not up to par with many other Hoovers.

Second style I liked and was actually a really neat looking machine. Some were branded Breathe Easy, some were branded Widepath and some were branded Soft Guard. All came with Hoover's Softguard furniture bumper material. Bag compartments were Type Z with attachment storage above the bag in closed covered compartment. Filters on the front of bag compartment--hence the Breathe Easy name, 15" width with edge groomers hence the Widepath name. Hoses were permanently attached and you just slid the height adjuster over which closed the duct so that all motor suction went to hose. I mainly only tried these out at Sears and refurbed one model. But I was impressed, a little loud but I still liked them. These would be very close to a Hoover TurboPower 4500 model number: U5264-930. Pictured below is Hoover Breathe Easy Model: 5248-930 that I refurbished years ago.

Post# 209812 , Reply# 62   12/13/2012 at 15:26 (1,652 days old) by vacman97 ()        
Kenmore Grab N Go

The worst experience I've had would have to be with my Aunt's Grab N Go. It was very loud, and so she sent it to me to get reparied. I took off the outer cover to look at it and the motor shot a continuous stream of orange sparks. Also the one motor brush was really worn down. I guess the armature had a bad spot or something. Horrible waste of money, and it clogged constantly.

Post# 209847 , Reply# 63   12/13/2012 at 20:40 (1,652 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds, WA)        

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Yes, that beige Breathe Easy looks like the U5252-XXX that I sent down the road the other day. At first, I thought my son-in-law hadn't flipped the switch on the floor nozzle to "tools" position and that was the cause of low suction. Then, when I did flip the switch, it gained a bit of suction but not much. Couldn't find any raging faults in it, such as a clog in the hose, etc. Possibly something on/in the impeller but it was quiet (contraindicating a problem of that sort), so I didn't feel like investigating. With few exceptions (like commercial vacs; newer Kirby), direct induction machines are "old skool" and are too difficult to sell, so I didn't want to waste much time on it. I've messed around with a few Elites (to give to indigent friends and relatives) and even these noisy crappers had good suction. Well, better than the Breathe Easy.

Re. the Kenmore Grab'N'Go. I've refurbed a few of these without problems. They've got the same filter as a number of other Kenmores, so not unique to this machine. They will clog at the 90 degree bend where the hose fitting attaches to the body of the machine. It's easily removeable, however, with finger pressure on two tabs. Problem is (as with so many bagless machines), people never take the filter out for cleaning of even the most cursory kind. High vacuum flow won't allow for clogging as easily; things get sucked through too quickly to become enlodged. Some buyers like the idea of this machine due to the folding handle, compact size, etc.

The Hoover competition, called the Fold-Away, is another story. I won't do those. Somebody gave me one of those, which I took a quick look at, cut the cord off and sent it away. Being that it came from a home with dogs and smokers, it didn't have a chance anyway. They suffer the same problem as the bagless Tempo.

In general, the design of the hose can have a bearing on clogging. The ribbed plastic hoses that are so common now tend to invite clogging, I feel. Also the diameter, of course. Take the bagged Windtunnels, for example. Large diameter hoses, terrific suction, rarely see one with a clogged hose.

Post# 209851 , Reply# 64   12/13/2012 at 21:39 (1,652 days old) by camelotshadow (Valley Village)        

IME Shark is the worst & Mode3rn Dirt Devils are LOUD & hard to fix as plastic parts are hard to get apart & break easy.

Post# 368261 , Reply# 65   3/11/2017 at 18:24 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
The Eureka The Boss Power Blus

Basically a Eureka Maxima. Got mine for $10 at a flea market. One of the brushroll bearings had exploded. Minutes later, the hose snapped off the back. Loses airflow instantly. If it didn't have a brushroll, it would get absolutely nothing.

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