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I could have sworn there was a thread on this, but I can't find one.

We're about to replace our not-too-old Bissell vacuum. We'd like something that cleans well, vacuums up cat hair from our Olympic-class shedding specialists and doesn't require frequent repair. Anybody have a recommendation? Are the Dysons worth the price of admission? I see a Hoover on Amazon that looks pretty similar to the Bissell.

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http://www.amazon.co...33834391&sr=1-6 I wonder if it's riddled with semi-fatal design flaws. It's certainly cheap eoungh.

The Bissell is nice, apart from not being able to get cat hair off upholstery, but the brush bar has under-specified bearings (or a badly done belt and capstan, depending on your point of view) and crappy labyrinth seals. When it fails, which is frequently, it usually manages to spin a bearing or overheat one of the seals badly enough that the plastic body of the brush bar is trashed, so it's not just a trip to Boca Bearings to fix it. Grrrrr.

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We have a sebo that works really well if you have allergies.

Also have a Sebo here which I really like, X4 in Ferrari red I think. Only thing I wish you could do was turn off the brush and keep the suction going. Other than that it works really well.

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Naaman, I just noticed your signature. I think that your spending too much on scotch and bourbon and not enough on rye. :)

On topic, I love my Miele. It's by far the best vacuum I've used.

Bissell makes interesting products. Unfortunately they are always under-designed, under-built and so are "under-realiable". I have a Spot Bot that is fantastic when it works. It's a neat idea and product. Unfortunately I've already had one replaced under warranty. My cousin has had one replaced. When I talked to the guy at the repair facility, he said that they are very unreliable and have gotten a lot in. Bissell doesn't even try to fix them, they just send out a new one. I guess that they make enough money on the sale to still make money giving 2 or 3 during the 1-year warrant period.

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Our Miele has kept up to three Australian shepherds and three cats for seven years now. It was expensive, but it's still running great. If you can get one that does not have the electronic power control, I'd recommend that, as we did have to replace the controller last year for a couple hundred bucks.

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Since we are the topic of vacuums... I am looking for a decent vacuum that one can use for hardwood floors and rugs. We have a Dyson which is great for the carpeted bedrooms upstairs but is too powerful for large throwrugs on the hardwood floors (it sucks them up). Any suggestions for small cheap cleaners that don't have as much suction (we don't have an animals)?

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Oreck...

Quiet, light, mine has been going great for 7 yrs+ now. Take it once a year to your dealer and they clean it inside and out, replace seals, clean the motor amarture, all for free. Plus I've never been a fan of bagless vacuums. They often introduce the same shit back into the air you're trying to pick up.

Didn't see it mentioned, so just thought I'd throw it out there.

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