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Post# 400842   11/14/2018 at 23:51 (217 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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Ok, I don’t actually vacuum daily. I actually vacuum more like once a week, so my “daily driver” is more of a “weekly driver.” Nevertheless, I have one machine I depend on for routine cleaning: my Fantom Thunder. The other vacuums get used only on select occasions.

Why the Thunder? For one, it’s low maintenance. I can just fill that bin over and over and over without doing a thing to the vacuum. A year later, I’m still on my first HEPA filter. I haven’t touched it, and the suction is still just as strong as always. The inner cyclone doesn’t seem to pass much of anything. Try that with a non-cyclonic bagless vacuum!

The quick-draw onboard hose and tools are another plus. The vacuum is also not a screamer, thanks to its 2-stage Lamb Ametek motor. It’s like a miniaturized central vac motor, and it goes and goes!

Finally, it gets along with my plush carpet. When you have as much carpet as I do, that counts for a lot! Vacuuming the whole house with my Heritage II, for example, wears me out, and I’m young, strong, and healthy!

Anyways, do you have a vacuum you depend on more than the others for the regular cleaning? If so, what is it? What do you consider to be your “daily driver?”

Post# 400847 , Reply# 1   11/15/2018 at 05:03 (217 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

My daily/weekly driver..."go to", if you will, would have to be my Electrolux.
I can't truly narrow it down to one, because I mix it up between an Epic 6500 and an Ambassador III.
Unlike yourself, I have mostly hardwood floors, with just a few area rugs.
When I feel like some variety, I'll use an Electrolux on the wood floors, and pull out a Hoover Convertible for the rugs.


Post# 400855 , Reply# 2   11/15/2018 at 08:36 (217 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

My daily driver as of late for daily cleanings of the hard surfaces is the Oreck pod vacuum. So easy to grab off the charging dock, takes no time to vacuum the house. And I love that the dirt is contained in the cloth pod, so no bagless mess to contend with. For the carpeted den (which I don't vacuum daily), I usually grab the Electrolux Epic 3500 SR upright. It's a great vacuum and cheap to maintain.

Post# 400857 , Reply# 3   11/15/2018 at 09:22 (217 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I do daily, hardwood floors and room rugs. Dyson V6 or dc 18, weekly deep clean something else

Post# 400875 , Reply# 4   11/15/2018 at 10:54 (217 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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My daily driver upright is my Kirby Sentria and my daily driver canister is my Aerus Electrolux LE. Both are amazing machines.

Post# 400879 , Reply# 5   11/15/2018 at 11:07 (217 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri Ozarks)        

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For the past few months, my 'daily drivers' (used daily in a home with 2 very big Border Collies) are my Eureka Imperial upright and my Revelation C-4 for the dusting above the floor as well as the hard floors and furniture. I go back to my Vacuflo before Christmas, but these two work SO WELL together it's hard to ask for anything more from a vacuum cleaner than what these two machines provide.

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Post# 400881 , Reply# 6   11/15/2018 at 11:37 (217 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
A Filter Queen

31 straight suction and a GE U 4 upright for the last few months, I switch them around.Always a Silverado in the house for Donald to use, he loves Electroluxes.

Post# 400885 , Reply# 7   11/15/2018 at 12:24 (217 days old) by mmcphee (Lisbon Falls, Maine)        

Mine would by a mile be my Kirby Generation 3. I have a Kirby Ultimate G Diamond Edition but I consider that vacuum to be the crown jewels of my collection so it doesn't get used as much as the others. The G3 just does such a good job and I find that it's more maneuverable with the TechDrive on simply because it doesn't have the handle centering spring like the Diamond Edition has.

Post# 400898 , Reply# 8   11/15/2018 at 15:54 (216 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst )        

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Nothing beats my Compact C9  ad my Elrctrolux ap 200 both work wonderful on rugs floor so easy to maneuver both have been rebuild too so they work extremely well !

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Post# 400899 , Reply# 9   11/15/2018 at 15:55 (216 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Once I get all my vacuums repaired I plan to do this idea too. I only vacuum once a week as well, but should do it twice a week. I have more hardwood floor than carpet in the upstairs so I'd need to use another vacuum with a hose if the vacuum for that week happens to not have one.

Post# 400924 , Reply# 10   11/15/2018 at 22:36 (216 days old) by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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I've been using my Miele C2 Electro Plus for the last few months but I decided to switch it up so I've been using my Royal Power Tank lately. Gosh, I forgot what a chore that machine is to use. It's powerful but there are lots of little ergonomic touches that the machine lacks. I also regularly use my Bissell Anna, it's nice to have a cordless machine for quickly cleaning up high traffic areas.

Post# 400928 , Reply# 11   11/15/2018 at 22:50 (216 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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First off, I don't vacuum daily or even weekly. I'm a total slob and I live alone so it doesn't matter. When I take a notion to do some cleaning or I have company coming (rare occurrence) my go-to recently has been my Electrolux Discovery II upright although sometimes it's a 1205 or Diamond J canister or my Franken-Kirby (G5 with bits from several other generations) that gets put into action.

Post# 400934 , Reply# 12   11/15/2018 at 23:55 (216 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Arizona)        

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My parent's central vac is one of them that I use daily. Whenever I would get some new vacuums in my collection, I would use daily but eventually I would grow tired of using them. The only one in my collection that I'd still use daily is my Sanitaire S663.

Post# 400935 , Reply# 13   11/16/2018 at 00:06 (216 days old) by Rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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you've got some good machines there....and this IS a hobby....isn't part of the fun of owning them to use them? haha

Post# 400936 , Reply# 14   11/16/2018 at 00:08 (216 days old) by Rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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I rotate my vacs in no truly 'daily driver'....though recently I've used my Kirby Legend II for my upstairs and my Miele U1 Jazz on my main floor. Both are changing as of thats part of the 'fun'...changing things up and USING different ones. I find by doing this rotating....I"m always anxious to use the new one b/c I like them all!!!

Post# 401974 , Reply# 15   12/4/2018 at 23:47 (197 days old) by ridgidwd0670 (se wood co ohio)        

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I use my ridgid wd0670 for all vacing purposes; floor brush with horsehair bristles for tile, walls & ceilings; straight suction rug nozzle for carpet; & REAL dusting brush with horsehair bristles & rubber brush body (tristar cxl)

I also use a numatic style turbo brush & no matter how much pressure is put on (thick/shag carpets) it doesnt slow down. When the brush gets disconnected from hose or wand; or vac turned off, the brush takes 'forever' to stop spinning

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Post# 402010 , Reply# 16   12/5/2018 at 15:38 (197 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, a Hoover product, of course.

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There's usually a Handivac at the ready in the kitchen, a few Convertibles here and there, a Connie is usually close by. For years, my loyal Hoover
Convertible 1076 drove the dirt out of this 12-room house, faithfully.
So, there ARE drivers..... sometimes, I'll 'shake things up' and use a different one altogether.

Post# 402038 , Reply# 17   12/5/2018 at 21:09 (196 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        
Daily Driver'S

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You can Decided my Daily Driver.
I do a Vacuum Of The Month to Decide
This Month in my Miele s6

My MD Central Vacuum With EBK360 & Hide a Hose is my preferred Daily Driver.

Post# 402039 , Reply# 18   12/5/2018 at 21:16 (196 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
My new vacuum

Is going to become THE daily driver, its the first new vacuum I have liked in a long time,a Numatic James and I LOVE it!!

Post# 402052 , Reply# 19   12/6/2018 at 10:31 (196 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

I can't really pick just one, but the Four I use most often would be as follows.

My Sebo Felix is used most often as my Main Corded Vacuum to clean all the carpeting and area rugs. I just love that it's lightweight, easy to maneuver, very quiet, efficient and it does an excellent job of cleaning my flooring.

My Riccar Radiance Premium, because it cleans so well and is so very quiet and well made, it just makes me happy to clean with it. I even LOVE the Color, which has nothing to do with performance but IMHO I find it beautiful.

My Dyson V10 is mounted inside my front Hall closet, so it is most convenient and used often for quick pick ups around the house. The only reason there is a "Second" Cordless choice is because I don't like taking the time to stop mid clean and go to the closet and switch from the carpet to bare floor head and vice versa, every time I my flooring surfaces change.

My Shark IonFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultralight is my daily driver for quick pick ups or cleaning in between using the Sebo Felix or Riccar Radiance Premium to deep clean. I love this one for two reasons: One, is it cleans every single flooring surface (including dusting/polishing bare floors and tile) without the need of changing brushroll heads or attachments. Two, it has removable batteries and came with two so I don't have to wait around for it to recharge. I also can leave it sitting anywhere, it stands on it's own when you fold over the handle and I can grab a different attachment or another battery off the charger anytime I need it, unlike the Dyson which I have lay it flat on the floor or prop it against the couch or go to rehang it on the charger and wait a few hours.

So the Four above are as close to "Daily Drivers" for me.. about 75% of my cleaning is with these and the remaining 25% I am bringing out a new or different vacuum from my collection for fun or specific cleaning needs. I must admit, even though I have very few canister/cylinder vacuums as I am not overly fond of that style.. I am using the Hoover Air Revolve bought from Direct Tools (many thanks again Dan) often and it's still my favorite of a canister design.

Just one last comment, I don't believe for me there is one vacuum in the world that I could or would be satisfied using 100% of the time and never again getting to use any of my other vacuums in my collection. The closest to perfect for me are my Sebo Felix and my Riccar Radiance Premium, but I have many vacuums in my collection that I hold near and dear to my heart, some are simply nostalgia or something I've wanted for a long time.. like the Hoover Air Revolve Multi-Position Bagless Canister Vacuum, which I now own Three!

Thanks for this thread, it was fun thinking and trying to narrow down my decision. Sorry I couldn't pick just ONE but I'm such a collector that I need to have my choices. lol


Post# 402078 , Reply# 20   12/6/2018 at 16:42 (195 days old) by bryan1980 (Texas)        
Better late than never

I don't vacuum daily (wish I had the time to!), but I use my Epic 6500SR the most. I use it for our living room (which has laminate floors and an area rug). I've been using the hard floor tool that came with my Avalir with it, and it works great (aside from one of the little wheels getting jammed with German Shepherd fur!). Speaking of that, that's my only gripe about that vacuum; those little bags fill up really quickly that aforementioned fur! But, at least they're cheap.

Post# 402108 , Reply# 21   12/7/2018 at 10:19 (195 days old) by Rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
this last week's participatnts

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upper level- Royal 4000 Classic -- boy this thing grooms well!!!! I also use hearing protection when using it! ha
main level - Kirby Dual Sanitronic 50 (recently rebuilt and converted to Hepa)
Basement- Kirby Tradition ( Ben, its the original safety switch on headlamp!)

supplementary use- Royal Prince 501- smooth and works like a dream

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Post# 402208 , Reply# 22   12/8/2018 at 19:11 (193 days old) by dartman (Portland OR)        

I use my Royals, a 4650 canister, 5700 upright, and my mom's old Compact C9/Anthony James canister. Mom gave me her 501 as well for my birthday recently so I have one identical to the one in the first post here. I guess I need to make a thread about it but it's not as nice as the pictured one but runs great. It will need a new belt but it does work great in tight carpeted spaces and on the furniture. Mom bought it used I think for 35 bucks probably when it was close to new and I don't remember her ever using it even though she usually kept it on the back of the couch.
I also use a 18 volt and a dirt devil stick vac for cleaning the parrots area on the vynil entry way and quick touch ups.

Post# 403524 , Reply# 23   1/3/2019 at 20:10 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Pretty cool early Tradition!



Post# 403548 , Reply# 24   1/4/2019 at 16:25 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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I rotate my vacuums a lot, but what I use the most is my Miele C3 with the Sebo ET-1 powerhead. Quiet, powerful and very convenient because I also have hard floors.

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Post# 403612 , Reply# 25   1/5/2019 at 23:22 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@Mike811 I think this Wins the award for most exotic daily driver!

Post# 403658 , Reply# 26   1/6/2019 at 18:25 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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It might be :) I just love the Sebo ET-1 powerhead.
I also have the Miele SEB 216-3 and Wessel Werk EBK 340, but ET-1 is my favorite.

Post# 403665 , Reply# 27   1/6/2019 at 19:44 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
Miele C3 and Sebo ET1

How did you get the Sebo ET1 to fit the Miele C3? The electric connections are completely different and the hose size is also slightly different. Nice combination though.

Post# 403678 , Reply# 28   1/6/2019 at 22:37 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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My C3 was originally straight suction model. I have done all the connections by myself. Wand to Sebo ph adapter is from the eBay. It has been working very well year now. I have done the same thing at least to ten canisters now. This Sebo ph fit to all of my canister vacuums.

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Post# 403705 , Reply# 29   1/7/2019 at 13:38 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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are Sebo's more prevalent over there than here in the states? don't ever see these here....seem rare.

Post# 403708 , Reply# 30   1/7/2019 at 15:15 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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We don't have Sebo vacuums in the Finland except
the Sebo Automatic XP20 and it is totally intended for the commercial use like few other bagged uprights.
We don't have Sebo vacuums in the Finland except
the Sebo Automatic XP20 and it is totally intended for the commercial use like few other bagged uprights.
Miele is very common, but at the moment no powerhead models.
I have bought my Sebo Felix and K-series Airbelt canister from the UK. I have to buy bags and filters from the UK, because we don't have those here.
Typical selection of vacuums in the Finnish store in the link.


Post# 403768 , Reply# 31   1/8/2019 at 12:29 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I have a mini fleet of Sebo’s going on at the moment. K1, X1.1 and X7 Pet.

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Post# 403985 , Reply# 32   1/12/2019 at 22:50 by ilikevacuuming (Cincinnati, OH)        
Miele C2

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My “every three day” driver is my Miele C2 Electro+. I just got it and I absolutely love it!

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Post# 404345 , Reply# 33   1/20/2019 at 16:40 by DJub85 (Virginia)        

I alternate between a 2014 Aerus Lux Legacy and a 1985 Diamond Jubilee. I use the newer one when I need the small mini power nozzle to do the couches, but otherwise I mostly use the DJ.

I have a sort of daily driver in the basement rec room in the form of an Epic 6000, but I don't vacuum down there all that often except for in the summer when people go in and out down there to get to the pool.

Post# 405911 , Reply# 34   2/24/2019 at 03:01 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Here’s my daily driver situation.

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Post# 406034 , Reply# 35   2/26/2019 at 21:19 by vexorgtr (Sheffield, Ohio)        

My Central Vac is my daily driver... It gets used every day.

The main power unit is an Imperium CV300, and the most common carpet power head is the Lindhaus PB14e I've got one set of tools for the home floors, one set for the basement, and one for the workshop. There's always something to sweep.

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