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Post# 201131   9/18/2012 at 18:29 (2,759 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

My Grandparents are looking for a new vacuum. I need some recommendations on what to recommend to them or buy for them.

They need it to be good with low and medium pile carpets, and small area rugs.
It needs to be lightweight. They like both uprights and canisters, but I think my Grandmother likes canisters better. It also does not matter whether it is bagged or bagless, nor does it matter if it has a headlight.

Can anyone help me out by recommending some :o) ?

Post# 201133 , Reply# 1   9/18/2012 at 18:44 (2,759 days old) by Ipreferkirby ()        
My Picks

My favorite vac on a budget is the Hoover UH30600, and yes I am reccomending a TTI Hoover

Post# 201134 , Reply# 2   9/18/2012 at 18:47 (2,759 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I'd strongly recommend a lower-line Kenmore canister. I have the previous model to this and I love it. Very easy to use and they clean great. The model in the link features a variable speed control, so that would aid in cleaning rugs.


Post# 201135 , Reply# 3   9/18/2012 at 18:48 (2,759 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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Or the BOL models are still great, again, I have the previous model to this as well and it is a great cleaner. This one is very compact compared to the above model.


Post# 201139 , Reply# 4   9/18/2012 at 19:29 (2,759 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

id recomend a sanitaire. not a kirby because it isnt light. but it would really help if you told me the size of there home.

Post# 201141 , Reply# 5   9/18/2012 at 19:39 (2,759 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

here is a link


Post# 201156 , Reply# 6   9/18/2012 at 23:03 (2,759 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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I am biased towards canisters, however they are very easy to maneuver around. You're only pushing power head--which is virtually self propelled and wands.

I would go with the Panasonic MC-CG902 canister. Very reliable design with lots of suction. Filtration is reasonable. Easy to roll around. Very powerful, toe operated quick release pedal from power head, 4 height adjustments, low profile, I believe the hose is 7' long. 4 onboard full size attachments. Yes, this is one of the only canisters available at low price with independent dusting brush, crevice tool, bare floor brush and upholstery nozzle. If you wanted you could even eBay or purchase elsewhere a Powermate Jr. or turbine nozzle to run, as this canister would fit either. Universal end hose will most vacuums attachments. Gorgeous Red color and Consumer Reports Best Buy!! There are also other Panasonics out there. Its quite easy to find one for under $200. Here is a link to I've dealt with them in the past-- free, fast shipping and low price.


Post# 201157 , Reply# 7   9/18/2012 at 23:19 (2,759 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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I think the above MCCG902 canister is lightweight, if you want a lighter canister then one of the 2 entry level Kenmores are very light. Entry level for Kenmores means it doesn't have tons of extra features. All of the Kenmores have the same power nozzle and suction power though. This Orange Kenmore canister is actually currently onsale for $115. An excellent cleaning, quiet power nozzle with rubberized wheels on power head, quick release wands, push button cord rewind.

One thing about Kenmore, only the orange and green entry level units have a universal hose end to fit just about any vacuum cleaner attachment. Otherwise the White, Blueberry, and Red and Blue Intuition models have a Kenmore exclusive line and only fit the tools that come with the machine which aren't very good.

Other canisters to consider would be Oreck Quest Pro, and Royal Lexon SR20. The Royal is a very nice unit and I've seen it on eBay at $299 BNIB. The Hoover Windtunnel Anniversary is ok. It cleans great, I think its a little heavier than the Panasonic, on/off switch is a little hard to use and is on main suction unit only, in comparison to Orange Kenmore, Panasonic and Royal where the on/off switch is on hose handle. Hoover hose handle is also not as comfortable to use and hose isn't very flexible. The Kenmore and Panasonic have Cen-Tec power heads with chevron brush with serpentine belts. On the Cen-Tecs the edge cleaning on the belt side of the power nozzle is awful and virtually inexistent. Hoover is chevron with stretch belt-- which actually on these units, they run fairly well for a while with out any noticeable loss in agitation. The Hoover has better edge cleaning than Cen-Tec power nozzles. I don't know the belts for the Royal or Oreck.

If you go to uprights I would recommend what IpreferKirby did as the Hoover Windtunnel Max bagged upright or a Panasonic upright.

Whatever you decide, I would skip bagless. Too much maintenance. You have to remove the dustbin and dump outside the house with every use, sometimes a few times in one day. Bagged units have power to compact dirt into extra large bags and you remove about every 3 weeks. Quick and pain less. Filters on bagged unit won't get near as dirty as quick as on bagless unit and machine in general will stay cleaner.


Post# 201159 , Reply# 8   9/18/2012 at 23:23 (2,759 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        
i would

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go with the Kenmore Progressive Canister because when i was looking two years ago they had the black and the blue canister i picked the black bc the hose is a little bit longer and the dusting brush was horse hair and it has the Telescopic wand and the blue canister was the low end. but here is the model i have i picked this model because i didnt like how the new body style and the link below is the new model it has everything mine has just a different look


Post# 201160 , Reply# 9   9/18/2012 at 23:25 (2,759 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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i dont know what there price range is& i know if you from the pittsburgh area check out some big lots i seen some orecks and a eureka canister in the stores

Post# 201187 , Reply# 10   9/19/2012 at 09:53 (2,759 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Yes, some Big Lots have a Eureka SurfaceMax 6833 canister in them for $100. Does anyone know anything about how good or bad those machines are?

Mr_Mom: You have an original style Progressive for the hose change over. The newer hose is more comfortable to hold in hand and the bare floor brush is better, as it has a felt pad at bottom rear. However, the newer hose is a strange opening and only accepts exclusive Kenmore attachments to fit his machine. The dusting brush is always connected to the bulky end of the hose. The upholstery nozzle looks like a louver door, its just vinyl slats. The vacuum does have a power mate jr.

Post# 201213 , Reply# 11   9/19/2012 at 14:41 (2,758 days old) by ncovert (Grove City, PA)        

They have a moderate size house, probably about 30ft wide and 50ft long, with a second story (multi-level)

Post# 201254 , Reply# 12   9/19/2012 at 23:14 (2,758 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

ah. a kirby wouldent be good for them then. i would still recomend a sanitaire

Post# 201255 , Reply# 13   9/19/2012 at 23:15 (2,758 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

they come in canister and upright

Post# 201257 , Reply# 14   9/19/2012 at 23:21 (2,758 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Panasonic, Kenmore or other canister with power nozzle would still work out well. Vacuum second floor, carry power nozzle and cord down to first floor. Vacuum your way down the steps with suction unit. Regardless of carpet or hardwood steps, the Panasonics upholstery nozzle, dusting brush or if you find a Power Mate Jr. would each work perfect on the steps.

Each machine also has a hook on suction unit to carry vacuum around with one hand. Plug a canister vac with 25' cord into an outlet in the middle of everything. Then with about an additional 10' of lengh on the canister you'll be in great hands to get the whole floor done with out unplugging.

Post# 201258 , Reply# 15   9/19/2012 at 23:26 (2,758 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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The Royal Lexon SR 20 has long hose, telescopic wand, very comfortable handle grip, all controls on handle, terrific suction and the power nozzle glides so nicely over the rugs. The unit also comes with a Hoover Windtunnel styled turbo nozzle which actually works pretty good with that machine.

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Post# 201345 , Reply# 16   9/20/2012 at 22:03 (2,757 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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The Kenmore canisters are a great choice. As was mentioned earlier the Progressives have the crossover handle which only works with the included attachments. The dusting brush is kind of bulky and hard to fit into smaller areas. The crevice tool doesn't provide much suction. The new four way floor brush is nice. All Progressives have the same basic features, the only differences is the blueberry adds telescopic wand and 7 foot hose, the red adds telescopic wand with light, 8 foot hose, and dirt sensor.

I'm not really sure of any other motorized nozzle canisters available in department or big box stores.

I would also suggest a bagged cleaner as they are much easier to maintain than having to clean filters so often as with a bagless.

Post# 201810 , Reply# 17   9/26/2012 at 07:42 (2,752 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Here is a new Panasonic MC-CG902 on eBay. $130 w/ shipping. It also has the handle that I like better from Kenmore/ Panasonic, as this vacuum has been seen with 2 different hose handles.

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Post# 202283 , Reply# 18   9/29/2012 at 14:39 (2,748 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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That Panasonic looks like a good deal. I haven't seen that hose handle used with that model. I like the look of the larger color coded handle myself, but that smaller gray one is much nimbler in tight spaces.

I also forgot to mention, that the Kenmore Intuition should actually work with regular generic attachments, as it has a metal hose end, and comes with the horsehair combo brush.

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