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My wife's vacuum cleaner is on its last legs, and we need something that can pick up pet hair, specifically Samoyed hair and tumbleweeds. She has an aversion to upright vacuums (but hasn't ruled them out as this seems to be the way all super powerful vacuums are going), as she finds the hose attachments cumbersome usually - she likes being able to step on the release lever of a 2-piece and get into corners and under couches then pop it back in - no unwinding a hose and then coiling it back.

So, anyone have a suggestion of a decent 2-piece, or upright with an easy to mange hose system? Thanks in advance.
 

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I use a Dyson. It is several years old now, and imo it does a great job. I tested it out when I first bought it by vacuuming the carpet, emptying the canister and then vacuuming the same area again. Not much was picked up the second time, so it seemed to have worked great the first time. As far as the tools go, I have found that most vacuums are a bit cumbersome. I'm just used to mine already. But I have often wondered how well a central vacuum system works.
 
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I have a Shark. Probably not as good as a Dyson (which I want!) but it's cheaper. A little on the heavy side, but it maneuvers easily. It has a hose, so doesn't fit what you're looking for exactly, but it does have a pet hair attachment that works well.
 

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For Toby, our central vacuum system handles the hair really well. The suction is quite powerful. Basically it's a giant canister vacuum, with the canister/motor mounted in the garage. Throughout the house are various outlets where you can plug the hose in and away you go.

That said, my boyfriend's parents do professional carpet cleaning, and they know carpets! His mom actually prefers a high-quality one piece canister to a central vacuuming system. I think the main thing is not to skimp out on quality as a good vacuum will last you for ages. My Hoover canister is just middle-of-the road price-wise, but has a really powerful motor (I did the whole consumer research thing) and it's pretty powerful and tough.
 

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I think it is pretty hard to beat a Dyson....
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The problem is my wife over-researches EVERYTHING, and she'll take something like the dyson with 600 5-star review and 30 1-star reviews and focus on the negatives.
She's been talking about getting a new one for literally 6 months and I just want one so she'll stop talking about it.
:D

Personally I can't believe a $700 vacuum is noticeably better than a $400 vacuum.

But a British accent in commercials is worth about $300 it seems...
 

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I have a Bissell.It does a good job.I usually go through vacuums quite often,so I don't want to spend a ton of money on them.
 

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The best vacuum cleaner I've found is the old one from the 70s that I inherited from my parents. That thing picks up anything and is still going strong 40ish years later.
 

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We have the Bissell Pet (something? PetGroom, Petvac? ProGroom?). We've had it for almost three years and it still works like new. It was on sale a Walmart for $70 (around there anyway) when we bought it.
 

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Don't get a Miele. I've had mine for about 6 years (very minimal use) and it barely works now. It worked great for the first 6 months, but after that it really isn't that much greater than any other machines at a similar price range.
 

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I have an Oreck xl, I bought the hype. It is light, but the bags are $$$.

I hearby by am making a plea for donations for a Dyson, the light weight one please.

Seriously, they all leave hair behind.
 

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I have a pet version of a dirt devil. It's great, but was on the cheaper end of things. I think dysons are amazzzzzzzzzing.
 

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Dyson. My parents' own a cleaning company I work part time with, and NOTHING beats a Dyson.
 

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parents got a dyson and id love one but looking at $1000! just ordianary crap vacuum here!
 

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I have a basic hoover. It does ok. Looking to get a new one as well, but damn the good ones aren't cheap. The Dyson seems to be ok, but the bin doesn't really hold much. Miele seems to be great, but pricey and heavy.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what the majority rules.
 

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I have a basic hoover. It does ok. Looking to get a new one as well, but damn the good ones aren't cheap. The Dyson seems to be ok, but the bin doesn't really hold much. Miele seems to be great, but pricey and heavy.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what the majority rules.
My mom and I both have Mieles and honestly I wouldn't reccommend it at all. Both of ours have needed to be serviced. Mom actually sent hers to the Miele factory to get fixed. When it came bacj it worked great for a month or two, but went back to its old tricks pretty fast. And mom has bichons, so this is just normal use for someone with no pet hair to suck up.
 

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we have a Hover paws windtunnel, about 5 years old now and with heavy use is still working like day 1. We lost most of the attachments though as the holders aren't that good.
 
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