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Old 12-14-2011, 06:53 AM   #11
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Our previous Miele canister lasted 10 years. The new one runs cooler and quieter; and has adequate suction.
I tried without success to get an Ametek replacement motor for the old one. The problem was a bearing failure perhaps caused by not changing filters often enough although for the price one would expect dustproof bearings.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:30 AM   #12
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Here is another vote for a Dyson. As odd as it sounds, I actually enjoy using my Dyson vacuum. One pass over any dirt and it gets sucked up. No more having to go over the same spot 4 or 5 times. Vacuuming now takes me very little time and the results are obvious right away. They are very expensive, but IMO worth it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #13
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Here is another vote for a Dyson. As odd as it sounds, I actually enjoy using my Dyson vacuum. One pass over any dirt and it gets sucked up. No more having to go over the same spot 4 or 5 times. Vacuuming now takes me very little time and the results are obvious right away. They are very expensive, but IMO worth it.
Ahh--but the cool thing about a Roomba is I can be in the kitchen, shower, office, etc., while it vacuums the living room. All I have to do is turn it on. During shedding season, I send it out twice/day. And I had nothing to do with that ad appearing!
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:59 AM   #14
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I had a Roomba, but I hated it and ended up giving it to my inlaws. The concept is great, but in my house the execution just did not live up to expectations. It did a lousy job at the edges of rooms and furniture. There were a lot of spots it just could not get to. I also found the process of cleaning it each time to negate any time savings I got from not having to push a vacuum around myself. I also did not think it did all that great a job in general. For daily vacuuming I think the Roomba is decent enough, but I think I would still need to use a regular vacuum weekly anyway.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:06 PM   #15
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I had a Roomba, but I hated it and ended up giving it to my inlaws. The concept is great, but in my house the execution just did not live up to expectations. It did a lousy job at the edges of rooms and furniture. There were a lot of spots it just could not get to. I also found the process of cleaning it each time to negate any time savings I got from not having to push a vacuum around myself. I also did not think it did all that great a job in general. For daily vacuuming I think the Roomba is decent enough, but I think I would still need to use a regular vacuum weekly anyway.
You have probably summed it up nicely--I do my floors 2x/day because of the dogs. Hauling a vacuum around and the time it took, was just frustrating. I still had to clean brushes, empty a bag/canister, and get the special tool out to do along the baseboards. And, it practically "lived" in the family room. I also have a Shark Steam-n-Vac for "quicky" cleanups.

What I have done with the furniture that wasn't quite high enough was put "cardboard coasters" under the feet so the Roomba can get under the furniture. At my mom's, putting a baby gate up to block the stairs down and closing the doors to the bathrooms, etc., lets her keep the main areas vaccumed. Because my mom can no longer handle a vacuum, this lets her keep the dog hair down between visits every 2 weeks by her cleaning lady. My mom is very "fussy" about having the floors clean. For a senior or a person with limited mobility (a friend with MS got one and loves it because she can vacuum between the times her cleaning lady comes, ditto for my mom), it is wonderful. But, I still have to have a regular vacuum to do the stairs and things the Roomba doesn't do. It is also a great gift for s/one with newborn multiples! It doesn't do everything, but it does help.

And, the OP did not indicate the vacuum was dead, just that she/he was unhappy with it. If the Oreck still works, a Roomba is a good (IMO) option to supplement having the Oreck and making vacuuming easier.And with the 30-day guarantee, the OP can get her money back if it doesn't work for her. My dad wasn't keen on the idea, but now he LOVES it.
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They definitely have their place, that is for sure. The company that makes those is down the street from my office. They are a client of mine. They do a lot of work for the military and have a ton of cool consumer products as well such as a robot that cleans your gutters.
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They definitely have their place, that is for sure. The company that makes those is down the street from my office. They are a client of mine. They do a lot of work for the military and have a ton of cool consumer products as well such as a robot that cleans your gutters.
If you have another vacuum, for the price point and the company's guarantee (a friend has had 4 now--she has 2 Saint Bernards and 3 young children--but she's only bought ONE Roomba, the others were replaced on the guarantee), it is an option worth exploring. I don't use the towers, I use cardboard boxes or a baby gate to create a barrier, it is a reliable machine. No, not perfect, but it is easy to use (no muscle strain), does all different kinds of floors, and is something that takes the stress out of hauling the vacuum out.The first time I used mine, ditto re: my mom, we just sat and watched it go around.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:15 PM   #18
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I'm just starting my research. I've bought many a vacuum cleaner in my life, and my Oreck gets the vote, in spite of many recommendations, as the total and complete worse one I've every owned.

One thing I wonder about, is what is the big deal about the bag-less thing? I don't quite get that having to take a container of crap I've picked up off the floor, take it outside (remember, in the winter that can mean -10) to empty it so the dust doesn't go all over the room when I dump it and leave me sneezing and dust all over the kitchen if I have to do it inside in the winter. Then clean the interior of the whatever-you-call-it that holds all the stuff you've vacuumed, and start over. It seems easier to pull out a bag, trash it, wipe the interior if needed, and attach another bag. Why exactly is bag-less better? So far Dyson is winning, but not sure I'll be able to talk hubby into the expense (but probably can, since he hated our last few cleaners even more than I).
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CWS, I am in total agreement with Roomba. When I bought my mom her first one, she told me, in tears, that it was the best present anyone ever got her. We are both now on our second Roombas. I find it isn't much of a time saver for me, as I love to watch the little critter! Not a replacement for a regular vac, but wonderful for in between, and for folks like Mom who don't have the strength to use a regular vac.

When I first got married, I inherited a Kirby. I despised that heavy monster. Now I have the Eureka Boss, has nice suction, and when I can find the attachments my cleaning lady distributes and hides throughout the house, it fits my needs.

Claire, I was never happy with my Oreck upright. I do like the handheld. Have had to jerryrig various parts (usually well behaved dog went through a chewing phase on the hose and unplugged in cord) but it's good for sucking up the annual ladybug invasion.
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Ha! That's funny. The reason I have an Orek is because I wanted their little one. It's way too heavy to call it a hand-held, but I thought it'd work well in my downstairs bathroom (sounds stupid if you've never lived in an 1854 house -- the room is my laundry room, mud room, utility room, etc, and is always full of lint, mud, melting snow/ice/salt/de-icing chemicals, grass, etc.) It's heavier than I thought and the attachments won't stay stuck together, but it serves its purpose and I wish I'd just bought it rather than buying the regular Orek "everybody" swore by, to get it "free" because of its great warantee than I'd have to go to Chicago to collect on.
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