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Kirby Heritage II or Kirby G3
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Post# 372628   5/24/2017 at 10:46 (329 days old) by JesseD (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        

I am looking to add another Kirby vacuum to my collection as a daily driver. I would prefer to have one with a disposable bag because this one is going to the location with dog hair.

Basically I am looking to find out which Kirby would be best for a completely carpeted house except kitchen that is really good with dog hair.

I am currently deciding if the Heritage II or the G3 would be better.

I would also be open to any other ideas for this but I don't want to get too new.

Post# 372632 , Reply# 1   5/24/2017 at 14:39 (329 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have 3 for sale

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Two Traditions and one Heritage. I also have a complete box set of tools.
2 blue vacs, 1 red.

Post# 372633 , Reply# 2   5/24/2017 at 14:39 (329 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Forgot to mention.....................

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a package of genuine Kirby bags, too.

Post# 372639 , Reply# 3   5/24/2017 at 17:20 (329 days old) by Jessed (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        

John, I really appreciate the offer, but I was looking for information to see which Kirby would be the best for doing much carpeting with dog hair and carpeted steps.

I will decide on a machine soon though because I would really like to get one, I just don't know which machine yet.

Post# 372643 , Reply# 4   5/24/2017 at 20:09 (329 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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For carpeted spaces, you can't go wrong with either of those Kirbys. I had a Heritage I and liked it pretty well. It's well designed and actually takes less energy to push than you might think, given its bulk. My girlfriend "borrowed" it about four years ago and still has it. I guess the only way I'll ever get it back is if I were to marry her. I've also got three G-series Kirbys (a G5 and two Gsixes) and love them. The tech drive makes them move like a dream. Where both of these machines fall short is on steps. They're just so darned heavy, it would be a serious workout doing steps with them. That's why when I was living in a two-story townhouse a few years ago, I kept the Gsix on the ground floor and the Heritage upstairs (until my girlfriend borrowed it) and used my Electrolux 1205 on the stairs. The Electrolux became the upstairs machine after the Heritage went to live with my girlfriend.

Post# 372648 , Reply# 5   5/24/2017 at 21:27 (329 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Jesse, I truly hope you

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find the best vacuum cleaner for YOU. And, I hope you enjoy it.
I surely enjoy using all of my Hoovers in My home.

Post# 372650 , Reply# 6   5/24/2017 at 22:15 (329 days old) by wyaple (Pickerington, OH)        
How about some numbers...

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My Heritage II Legend weighs 19 lbs. and my G4 (very similar to a G3) weighs 23 lbs. BUT the Tech Drive makes all the difference when using them. In my test lab, the Heritage II Legend took 3 lbs. of force to push forward on medium pile carpet, while my G4 only took 2.08 lbs. to push forward. I have very similar flooring installed as you do. I have about 1500 square feet of carpet between the first and second floors and the rest in the kitchen/bathroom areas totals around 700 square feet of linoleum.

I also have a 2 year old boxer with obviously short hair. Both machines will pick up dog hair with no issues.

I can easily do the entire house with the G4 and not feel worn out at all. If I want a bit of a workout, the Heritage II fits that bill quite readily.


Post# 372651 , Reply# 7   5/24/2017 at 22:37 (329 days old) by JesseD (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        
Oval fill bags

Which of the Kirby's took the bags with the oval fill? I cannot remember if it was the Heritage or the Heritage II. Or both.

Post# 372654 , Reply# 8   5/25/2017 at 00:38 (329 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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The Heritage I (Style 2) had the oval fill; Heritage II and subsequent machines (Style 3 and later) were circle-shaped.


Post# 372659 , Reply# 9   5/25/2017 at 09:22 (328 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I'd say either one would be great. If you want easier to push get a G-3 if you want more rugged and a little less maintenance get the Heritage. The G3 sometimes can have some issues with the transmission but by now most of them out there have been serviced and bugs worked.

Post# 372660 , Reply# 10   5/25/2017 at 09:24 (328 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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oops typo I meant to say bugs worked out. lol I forgot to put "out"

Post# 372661 , Reply# 11   5/25/2017 at 09:25 (328 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Does your Tradition tools consist of the very large Kirby box? It's like 3 feet tall. Or does it just have the smaller one with the little tools in it?

Post# 372667 , Reply# 12   5/25/2017 at 11:39 (328 days old) by JesseD (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        

I decided that I am going to go with the Heritage I. Does anyone know where I can get one with attachments and rug renovator in good condition.

Please leave me know. Pictures would be very helpful!

Post# 372672 , Reply# 13   5/25/2017 at 17:37 (328 days old) by toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Any Kirby will do

I'm using a Classic III with paper bag setup. I changed to the four row brush roll. Big difference. Absolutely no problem with a German Shepherd and two cats. The problem I have is a wife with LONG HAIR. No way to work around.

Post# 372698 , Reply# 14   5/26/2017 at 08:57 (327 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I hear you on the long hair. My girlfriend has long hair and she periodically complains that the Heritage I she 'borrowed' from me a few years ago has stopped picking up. Invariably, the brush roll is completely encased in hair.

Post# 372884 , Reply# 15   5/29/2017 at 21:31 (324 days old) by JesseD (Saint Marys, Pennsylvania)        
What is my best option

I am not sure what I should do. I am definitely getting one of the Heritage models. I am not sure if I should go for a Heritage I or a Heritage II.

Thanks for everyone's help

Post# 372885 , Reply# 16   5/29/2017 at 22:15 (324 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Edgar, I'm sure it would wrap much more hair if the brushroll was Plastic. The wood ones are not as bad, but the metal brushrolls hardly ever get hair tangles on them.

Post# 372890 , Reply# 17   5/30/2017 at 01:03 (324 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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I believe it's a larger box. I'll have to look and see. I passed it the other day, but didn't pay much attention. I MUST get pics of all of them as well as the 'other' CELLAR DWELLERS.... an old Westinghouse upright is among them also.

Post# 372901 , Reply# 18   5/30/2017 at 08:49 (323 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        
G3-Heritage 2

If your rugs have a thick pile i would use the G3. If normal pile the Heritage 2

Post# 372908 , Reply# 19   5/30/2017 at 11:29 (323 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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The Heritage II and G3 have just about the same cleaning ability. You only need to decide if you want the vacuum  to feel like it's floating on a cushion of air when you push and pull it then get the G3. If you like to feel some resistance when you vacuum, then get the Heritage II. I wouldn't consider the Heritage I because it has the larger nozzle which makes it feels a little more difficult to maneuver it IMHO.

Post# 373058 , Reply# 20   6/1/2017 at 10:26 (321 days old) by Toddk13 (Milwaukee, WI)        
Why do we buy different cars?

Vacuum appeal is in the eye of the beholder. I love the G3 with its drive. It sits in the corner while my Classic III does its job. Since I switched to the 4 row brush roll, long hair is not a big issue. Needs detangling every three or four uses instead of every use.

We can't give you the right answer. There isn't one. Small nozzle. Large nozzle. Self propelled. Not. Simple upright. Star Wars upright. Canister owners will shake their heads. "Upright is Uptight". Heh.

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