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Post# 401426   11/25/2018 at 23:28 (206 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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My second post!

My sister and her husband have four dogs, almost only hard floors, and no vacuum! For Christmas, I am going to fix that. The budget is a bit tight right now, but saw a couple of promising and inexpensive options:

Sanitaire SC3683B Commercial Canister Vacuum (Basically a Mighty Mite with some better attachments)- $103.83


Hoover Commercial CH32008 Hush Tone Canister Vacuum, 9 L - $133.73 (I will have to add an upholstery tool)

What thoughts or advice do you have? any alternative suggestions that are similarly priced?


Post# 401432 , Reply# 1   11/26/2018 at 06:56 (206 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The Sanitaire is a great lightweight choice for the money - that long 7 foot hose is a great feature!

My biggest problem with many of these Mighty Mites is the powerful exhaust that blows out the back of the cleaner. It can kick up a lot of dust from the surface of bare floors. BUT - you can add an optional Hepa exhaust filter to the model you are looking at and this should diffuse the exhaust air. If you can afford it, definitely add on this Hepa filter to the vac.

Post# 401435 , Reply# 2   11/26/2018 at 09:41 (206 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Does it have to be a new vacuum? I personally would have no issue with receiving a used bagged vacuum as a gift, but some may not like this.

If it has to be a new vacuum and money is tight, you may consider something like the Bissell Zing. It received 4 out of 5 starts on Amazon from over 3,500 folks so it shouldn't be all that bad. And it's only $50 with free shipping. I haven't used it personally and have only looked at the reviews, but it's got to be better than their current situation of no vacuum at all! :)

Again, just another option to the two machines you recommended.

Post# 401478 , Reply# 3   11/26/2018 at 20:34 (205 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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I certainly plan to get the hepa filter and hepa bags if I get it.


That is a great option! I'm almost concerned considering how cheap it is! I am very open to getting a nice used machine, but finding one can sometime be tricky. If you know of any models that are usually pretty cheap, feel free to share!

Post# 401479 , Reply# 4   11/26/2018 at 20:57 (205 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        
Hereís an idea

A Commercial Hoover Portapower if $100 is an alright price.

Post# 401480 , Reply# 5   11/26/2018 at 21:26 (205 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
That porta power

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looks cool - but it says includes reusable cloth bag with paper option? A reusable cloth bag? Who would want that? You would think they would just make disposable cloth hepa bags for it.

Post# 401484 , Reply# 6   11/26/2018 at 21:35 (205 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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I did see that one, but I don't think my rather petite sister would want to carry it around the whole time. Otherwise, a great option!

Post# 401497 , Reply# 7   11/26/2018 at 22:35 (205 days old) by KirbyCollector (Columbus Ohio USA)        
Another idea

Not sure exactly if itís 100% an ideal one
But this looks like something decent
Itís a bit more at $150
So this one is really just an idea

Post# 401500 , Reply# 8   11/26/2018 at 22:44 (205 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Strongly consider the Hoover because the wheels make it move a little bit nicer.
I would be scared to buy anything from Eureka going on at that company

The neumatic James would be a recommendation for$249.
There's also a Miele c1 $.249 right now on Amazon

Post# 401508 , Reply# 9   11/27/2018 at 06:39 (205 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I guess that Sanitaire Mighty Mite is now being sold by Bissell as they have bought the company.

Post# 401510 , Reply# 10   11/27/2018 at 07:53 (205 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Most of the older Electrolux canister models can be had fairly cheap. I often find them at thrift stores in my area, but they show up on eBay all the time as well. Models like the 1401, 1505 are pretty robust. The plastic bodied Electrolux Epic models also are very nice machines.

Post# 401527 , Reply# 11   11/27/2018 at 13:06 (205 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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Thanks for the advice! I had forgotten about the James. she would probably get a kick out of the face.

What exactly is going on over at Eureka? I know I got a vacuum for my parents years ago, some bagless thing, that spews dust everywhere but it ran okay.

Post# 401528 , Reply# 12   11/27/2018 at 13:07 (205 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        

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I'll see if I can keep an eye out!

Post# 401531 , Reply# 13   11/27/2018 at 14:23 (205 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

You might want to check out this vacuum from a recent thread on here:

It's bagless, but $25 is a great deal for a Hoover! Many vacuum enthusiasts frown at bagless, but if your sister isn't one, she probably wouldn't care if it was bagless. And again, it's $25!

Post# 401583 , Reply# 14   11/28/2018 at 13:46 (204 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Of course, I'm partial to HOOVERS

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and, one would be great. They do make a very nice pet brush now...with rubber fins. It does a great job on cat hair (from experience). I've given them to friends.
Best of luck!

Post# 401661 , Reply# 15   11/29/2018 at 17:13 (202 days old) by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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The Zing isn't bad at all for the money! I'd replace all of the tools, right down to the extension wand, but other than that it isn't bad! Simplicity style Z bags fit in the Bissell Zing, that's an easy way to improve filtration. The Mighty Mite or PortaPower would be good too, but the Zing would be the cheapest option while still actually being decent!

Post# 401777 , Reply# 16   12/1/2018 at 23:05 (200 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        
What I decided on...

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So...I found another deal on a Watermatic V and decided to get her that!  Interesting machines and well built!  Thanks for helping out with the advice!

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