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Post# 201302   9/20/2012 at 17:49 (2,757 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 (2,757 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 (2,757 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 (2,757 days old) by director12 ()        

I wish Shark went out of business.

Post# 201314 , Reply# 4   9/20/2012 at 19:14 (2,757 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 (2,757 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 (2,756 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
The Maxima!

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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 (2,756 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 (2,756 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 (2,756 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 (2,756 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 (2,756 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 (2,755 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 (2,755 days old) by director12 ()        

The Miele Art is a horrible machine.

Post# 201477 , Reply# 14   9/22/2012 at 15:38 (2,755 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 (2,755 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 (2,754 days old) by director12 ()        

The Roadster is poor.

Post# 201490 , Reply# 17   9/22/2012 at 22:26 (2,754 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 (2,754 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 (2,754 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

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 (2,754 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 (2,753 days old) by vacuumman206 ()        
worst vacuum ever used

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 (2,752 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 (2,752 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 (2,752 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 (2,752 days old) by director12 ()        

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 (2,751 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, 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 (2,751 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 (2,751 days old) by director12 ()        

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

Post# 201857 , Reply# 29   9/26/2012 at 14:21 (2,751 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, 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 (2,751 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 (2,750 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 (2,750 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 (2,750 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 (2,750 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 (2,749 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 (2,749 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 (2,749 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 (2,749 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 (2,748 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 (2,748 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 (2,748 days old) by director12 ()        

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 (2,740 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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 (2,740 days old) by director12 ()        

The Steamvac is better than MaxExtract.

Post# 202963 , Reply# 44   10/7/2012 at 13:39 (2,740 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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

Post# 202974 , Reply# 45   10/7/2012 at 19:19 (2,740 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 (2,740 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 (2,740 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 (2,739 days old) by joshdonnell ()        
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 (2,715 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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the hoover empower

Post# 205542 , Reply# 50   11/1/2012 at 07:58 (2,715 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 (2,715 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 (2,713 days old) by vacu-finder ()        
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 (2,713 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 (2,708 days old) by director12 ()        

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 (2,707 days old) by Danny ()        

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.
ever made


Post# 208823 , Reply# 56   12/4/2012 at 21:11 (2,681 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 (2,681 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 (2,678 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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 (2,674 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        
Probably not the worst ...

...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 (2,674 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 (2,674 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 (2,673 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 (2,672 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

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 (2,672 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 (1,124 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
The Eureka The Boss Power Blus

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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.

Post# 420231 , Reply# 66   2/19/2020 at 11:48 by Rdwdcp (UK)        

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I think some of the cheap cylinder vacuum cleaners you can get from super markets.

Post# 420248 , Reply# 67   2/19/2020 at 17:01 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        

Oh my, Iíve used sooo many horrific vacuums. The worst had to be the Shetland electric broom style stick vac we had...youíd turn it on, it made some horrid screeching noise first for a few seconds then a loud snap and a cloud of dust would blow out then it would run properly....and sometimes it wouldnít stop the horrid screeching and we would have to whack it a few times until it would snap, blow out the cloud then go to normal operation. My Dad sent it off with my Sister to her Cornell University dorm room and told her to throw it in the trash upon graduation.

Dad had picked up a Eureka round steel canister...the top lid was kind of mangled a bit and the clamps wouldnít hold it on you couldnít carry it around or it would fall and dump the dirt everywhere. A wheel was missing but he added a new one. I hated the universal floor tool with the switch for floors, the metal plate still scratched the floors even with the brush bristles still extended. And the hose was on the fritz. I was happy to chuck it. The noise it made was annoying and it looked like the Apollo space capsule but in avaocado and pale yellow. The only thing good about it was the upholstery tool which we still have to this day as it has a nice stiff brush strip on it.

It was No match for our far superior Electrolux.

Have rescued and used several $75 and under vacs that either had broken height adjustments, continual clogging issues, cheap roller brush bearing issues, poor bagless filter designs that clog instantly, broken or stretched belts.

Iíve never met a dirt devil product I liked or felt performed well. They are straight out of hell...pure evil. Itís even in the name!!

Most turbo driven power nozzles are total crap, never came across one that worked as effectively as an electric one as I compare everything to an Electrolux canister power nozzle with the gear driven belt. It was the first power nozzle I had as this is what We had growing up and nothing seemed to come close to it so my bar for comparison is pretty high. Most turbo ones clog fast due to the dirt having to go through the air turbine.

We had a really old Kirby my Dad picked up somewhere, was next to impossible to push on the carpet and you constantly had to adjust the height switches, what a pain in the ass...once you got it right then youíd change direction and have to mess with it again because of the change in the pile of the carpet....and emptying that giant cloth bag was a nightmare...we had to take it outside and do it in the woods behind the house on the giant leaf pile we had because it was such a messy job disassembling the bottom dirt cover then you had to beat the bag to get all the dirt out, then clean the whole outside of the thing before bringing it back in the house. We used to use it to vacuum up the sawdust in Dads workshop in the basement because the bag would at least hold a lot of dirt and he did a lot of woodworking so there was a lot of sawdust.

Emptying the Regina Electrikbrooms we had was no picnic either...shake the bag, empty the dirt cup, repeat multiple times hoping you got some dirt out...once I laid the thing down and looked up inside the bag when the dirt cup was out and was disgusted at how much dirt was still in it....stuck my Electrolux metal wand in it and cleaned it out that way and immediately filled an entire Electrolux canister bag. Mom was not happy...Despite using the Electrolux I still had nasty dirt all over the kitchen floor but the Reginas bag was finally almost empty. The floor nozzle for the Regina would fall off all the time, the plastic material they used for the neck wore down quickly from rotation of the nozzle. Mom insisted using the Electrikbrooms a lot for the kitchen and family room rather than the Electrolux which only came out once a week on Saturday for whole house cleaning.

My Brotherís Rigid shop vac...must use hearing protection...even with the optional muffler. Itís horrible. I avoid it at all costs.

My friend had a black plastic Eureka The Boss with fabric bag around early 2000ís. It was horribly loud for a basic upright and didnít seem to be doing much on the carpet, I donít believe it was even equipped with a hose. I cleaned his apartment for him weekly. I hated it so much I just started bringing my Electrolux Silverado with me. He showed up early from work once asking me why I wasnít using his vacuum....I told him I couldnít stand the noise...he said...I know...itís horrible and went out and bought something else shortly after but that was defective and overheated so he had to return it and continue with the loud Eureka.

Never been a fan of old Eureka or Hoover know the ones with the fabric blow up zip up bags that you add paper bags to with the tube and spring or rubber band to hold the bag on. The bags usually leak, rip, or split, then make a mess inside the bag holder not to mention dump dirt all over when changing, and the seal between the cleaner and the bag tube usually almost always leaks. A vacuum should capture the dirt...all of it...not spew some of it out on its way to the bag!! Top fill Hooverís type A bag were an improvement but the bags could still be allowed to be over filled and eventually rip or split. The soft bag cover material allowed the paper bag to be bumped into or crushed a lot compromising its integrity leading to it splitting or ripping inside the zip up bag, particularly at the bottom, then the mess happens and thereís no going back from there...youíd need another vacuum to get the thing cleaned out properly. In fact I Recently recovered a nice Eureka commercial unit but the lady threw it away because the light burned out, handle bolt had come out and was missing, handle grip had come off, and the paper bag had been ripped a while so the fabric bag was now filled with dirt too and she just kept using it filling the whole fabric bag with ripped paper bag still in it full of tons of dirt until the belt finally broke then she just put it on the trash. A lot of cleaning to rehab it and a few inexpensive parts and it was good as new. It wasnít worn out much, in fact was actually maybe a year or two old....just ďfell apartĒ on her really fast and the bags ripped on her. I sold it at a garage sale for a good price. It did do a great job on carpet, but thatís about all it was good for.

And if anything letís a cloud of dust out when you turn it on....turn it off and throw it away!


Post# 420253 , Reply# 68   2/19/2020 at 18:42 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The worst one for me was a maroon Kenmore Progressive canister that my (now ex-) wife insisted we buy in 2001. It performed okay but the plastics were ridiculously fragile. I had to have the neck on the power nozzle repaired twice under warranty and when I left it with the ex two years later, it was held together with cable ties. It's hard to say whether I've missed that vacuum or the ex less over the past 16 years. All I know for sure is it was the biggest waste of $375 I've ever made. Seriously, I've picked up better vacs from the trash for nothing.

Post# 420255 , Reply# 69   2/19/2020 at 19:38 by Tomdawg (Des Moines )        
That friends neglected vacuum

It doesnít matter what brand it is, those vacuums that have been neglected for far to long. Full bag, full hepa or filter, clogged hoses. So many people I know have used their vacuums with no suction and just let the brush roll agitate!

The Kirby surprised me, they had vacuumed napkins after a full, full bag and the belt had burned/ worn out- they pitched it to the curb. I replaced the belt, and a bag and it was like new again.

Post# 420258 , Reply# 70   2/19/2020 at 20:41 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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@Tomdawg: Sounds like my first Kirby, a Gsix that I grabbed from beside a Dumpster. It had a full bag, which must have weighed five pounds, and a belt that was about break but it still had enough suction to get cat fur off of a Persian rug. I ordered bags and belts that night and the rest is history. Not long after, I found a complete set of Gsix tools at a nearby thrift shop for $4 and change. I like to think I reunited them. That trip also netted me a genuine Wedgwood jasper ware dish for all of ten cents!

Post# 420320 , Reply# 71   2/20/2020 at 17:38 by EurekaFanSquid (California Carmicheal)        

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Does anyone here in this thread know that bagless vacs have filters to be cleaned????????

Post# 420325 , Reply# 72   2/20/2020 at 18:50 by Hoover300 (Central Kentucky)        

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It used to be the Bissell rewind Cleanview Helix, but I have found one worse. The Dirt Devil Pro Express(redesigned version). The filters would clog almost instantly and it didn't even have suction to begin with. I am sure they are both bad, but they had two different dust cup filter designs. One was a round one with a foam filter in it, it kind of looked like a rolodex. The other was a hunk of plastic with one tiny "cyclone" on the side that clogged with hair very quickly. I had the latter. It is one of the only vacs I have ever returned to the trash. Also, Eureka Airspeed One.

Post# 420333 , Reply# 73   2/20/2020 at 20:22 by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Even our finest US Navy servicemen with the infinite budget do not know that a bagless vacuum needs to be maintained

That poor Hoover Windtunnel! :(

Post# 420337 , Reply# 74   2/20/2020 at 21:28 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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It's the U.S. Government. They skimp on things like vacuums. I bet they only give each base around $100 for a new vacuum every time the old one goes kaput.

Post# 420338 , Reply# 75   2/20/2020 at 22:13 by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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lol oh really?

Post# 420368 , Reply# 76   2/21/2020 at 15:41 by mikanic (Leeds)        
So nice to hear your thoughts!

My father once purchased a £59 Hoover Whirlwind WR71WR01001 which began my road to being knowledgeable with vacuum cleaners. This 'road' started in a negative way because this was the first time I ever heard a belt-driven vacuum cleaner with a 750w motor slowing down when being pushed forward like you often hear in the budget area nowadays. I was very scared and it sounded very dark and petrifying. I'm over it now but it just gave me a massive shock as I never heard a motor do anything like that before.

When it came to me using it, it was very hard to push due to those awful rubber squeegees which I eventually pulled out. The belt was loose at this very moment and this meant every time the cleaner was to be pushed forward, the brush roll would not move at all. Also the cable and hose was very small and you only got a crevice tool with a sliding dusting brush.

I was glad to get rid of it as soon as I heard that someone in our family needed a new vacuum. I gave them our Whirlwind, and I now have (and some of you might go mad with me) a 750w Hoover Purepower which I really enjoy using. I removed the rubber squeeges at the bottom and it glides nicely, not to mention it has more suction due to being bagged. Since I know how to look after a vacuum and listen to the tone of the motor I am always aware if something is blocking the airflow.

The Whirlwind WR71 (as most might know) is now discontinued and replaced with the Whirlwind Evo, with a removable cleaning handle. But people say the suction is awful. Why? It's one of those moments in which instead of adding a brand new powerful but quieter motor, they keep their same motor but lower the power input to 350w, which is powerful for a direct air motor, but not a clean air motor.

Post# 420380 , Reply# 77   2/21/2020 at 23:46 by edog192 (Lowell, MA)        

The worst vacuum Iíve ever used was a Singer Laser Storm. It was a little upright with a detachable hand vac. It was a piece of garbage. It didnít pick up much. Instead of a belt, the brush roll was supposed to be driven by the air flow. But most of the time the brush roll didnít turn, therefore it didnít clean carpets very well. The dust cup was tiny. The filter got clogged quickly and it was hard to clean. I donít think I have ever used a worst vacuum than that.

Post# 420401 , Reply# 78   2/22/2020 at 11:46 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I used to have a Dirt Devil Scorpion Turbo hand vac that had the same problem. It came with a turbo brush that worked well for the first couple uses, and then it stopped working. I thoroughly cleaned the vacuum filter, and took apart the turbo brush and cleaned that out too. The turbo brush spun freely and the vacuum had good suction, but that turbo brush WOULD NOT SPIN! This hand vacuum had a full size canister motor in it and it still could not spin a turbo brush. It was also really loud and it got really hot, even with a clean filter. I consider it to be the worst hand vac I've ever owned. I will attach a picture of the vacuum.

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Post# 420448 , Reply# 79   2/23/2020 at 04:37 by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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Forget about picking on the obvious bagless $39 vacuums.  We know they are junk.


Anything kirby.  Heaven forbid you vacuum up a paperclip or a thumbtack with this over priced, LOUD, heavy, boat anchor.   

~~That tack will ruin the fan and you'll have to take it in in for service.~~

I call bullshit on that.


My aunt had a kirby when I was a kid and it was soo clunky and heavy I had to get "an adult" to move to the basement so I could vacuum.  I vacuumed up a tack and that was enough to ruin the fan.  

Throw them all into the same scrap metal bin along with european cars.  JUNK !

Post# 420452 , Reply# 80   2/23/2020 at 06:45 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have picked up paperclips with any of my Kirbys---no problems.With either the metal fanned models or the Amodel fan models.The Kirby IS a vacuum that can last DECADES with ordinary care-many other vacuums made today can't fulfil that.And if you should break the fan-its easily replaced.Kirbys were built to be serviced easily unlike most dumpster plasticrap vacuums made today.

Post# 420453 , Reply# 81   2/23/2020 at 07:26 by vacfan1982 (Cardiff)        

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I agree with you about Kirby's but I disagree with you about European cars. Americans may have a negative view of European cars but here on this side of the pond we alot of us have the same opinion of American cars. Clunky gas guzzlers 😆

Post# 420454 , Reply# 82   2/23/2020 at 07:37 by vacfan1982 (Cardiff)        

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Ferrari, Bugatti,Lamborghini, Porsche,BMW Mercedes,Jaguar, Rolls Royce etc not too shabby haha

Post# 420463 , Reply# 83   2/23/2020 at 12:21 by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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"Ferrari, Bugatti,Lamborghini, Porsche,BMW Mercedes,Jaguar, Rolls Royce ".... Peugeot, volkswagon, audi, Saab (lol) , volvo.   

Yes, all junk because they are 1. over-priced 2. long history of being prone to break down 3. difficult to repair 4. parts are expensive and often hard to get, but.....
It doesn't matter anyway.  Tesla is eating their sales.  lol 
Don't get me wrong, some of these cars look nice.  The day will probably come when Tesla will make a universal car platform that one can lift off the shell from any other car and plop it down on.  Screw it down and off you go with Tesla reliability in a ....... 1970s Citroen DS, or a  1980s Mercedes, or Ford Escort (lol)
U.S. cars junk?  Of course.  That's a given.  Chrysler garbage, anything new from GM.  But again, it doesn't matter any more.  Most U.S. manufacturers aren't even making cars anymore because they can't compete.
Tesla is here and kicking serious butt no matter what continent you're on.
In vacuum terms: Tesla is to ALL-L the clunky gas guzzler auto manufacturers what robot vacuums are to the clunky "chrome" vacuum manufacturers (kirby, filter queen, rainbow, etc.).  dead meat walking.

Post# 420470 , Reply# 84   2/23/2020 at 13:45 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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May I remind everyone that this is a vacuum cleaner forum, not a car forum? Also, I don't see high end vacuums going anywhere anytime soon. Robot vacuums cannot match the performance of a full size upright.

Post# 420475 , Reply# 85   2/23/2020 at 16:02 by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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Have you seen the new Supralite Riccar cordless upright?  If they can put THAT much suction power in an upright, it will happen in a bot.  And the bots are getting more powerful with each new release.

The new self emptying bots are awesome.


It's like a Tesla, or any electric car, with solar panels on the roof that charges it anytime.  It's awesome.


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Post# 420477 , Reply# 86   2/23/2020 at 16:23 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Until a robot has at least 110 CFM of airflow, I'm sticking with a traditional upright. The technology has not matured enough yet. I'm sure that someday a robot would be a viable replacement for a traditional upright or canister vacuum, but as of 2020, full size traditional vacuums are the best option for a good, deep clean.

Post# 420479 , Reply# 87   2/23/2020 at 16:41 by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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Where did you get the 110 cfm number from? 


How is it relevent?  And at what point in a vacuum system are you measuring that?


At the wall?  at the wand?  at the power nozzle? 


What is determined as too much power because that has happened.


Post# 420489 , Reply# 88   2/23/2020 at 18:25 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Well, most newer Aerus Electrolux machines pull at least 110 CFM from the nozzle, and my 2011 Kirby Sentria pulls around 150 CFM from the nozzle. Until a robot can meet that level of performance, I will view them an nothing more than an automated stick vac.

Post# 420817 , Reply# 89   2/29/2020 at 06:36 by Rdwdcp (UK)        
cheep cylinder type Vacuums you can get at super markets

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Been to 2 holiday cottages that have had them cheap cylinder Vacuum and both of them had no suction.

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Post# 421578 , Reply# 90   3/14/2020 at 07:50 by Rdwdcp (UK)        

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But the Vacuum does looks cool

Post# 421581 , Reply# 91   3/14/2020 at 08:01 by fan-of-fans (USA)        
Eureka Boss?

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I'm surprised it was that bad. I have one and really like mine. I couldn't say it is anywhere near quiet, but it's not that loud and especially isn't high pitched. Mine cleans very well as long as the belt is good.

My red Kenmore Progressive TOL canister with the telescoping wand I bought in 2012 seemed cheap as far as the cable. Granted I did buy it as a return at Sears for $95, but the cable in the wand broke after only a few times of adjusting it. Fortunately it was under warranty so I got it fixed for free, but I don't bother to extend the wand anymore because I was afraid it will break again.

Post# 421600 , Reply# 92   3/14/2020 at 11:05 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Eureka Boss

Yes, the Eureka boss upright in black, with fabric bag, and I believe no attachments, circa approximately 2000-2002 was just was not high pitched, but instead just really, really loud. I think some people are more sensitive to certain tones than others too which may have something to do with it but in this case, I had to turn the thing off to talk to anyone while vacuuming as we couldnít hear each other even when shouting over the thing. Maybe post a picture of yours and Iíll tell you if itís the same one. I know apEureka used ę†the boss†Ľ name on several models so you may have a better not so loud version.


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