There’s always a lot of debate about what the “best vacuum EVAH!” is, and with good reason. It’s a complex question. Obviously, it varies from person to person, based on cleaning style, home surfaces, household inhabitants, level of allergies, etc. Some people are very content with the most basic of all vacuums — cleaning just isn’t a huge priority, and as long as they’re not crawling with bedbugs, all is well. Then, there are others who have severe allergies, long-haired pets, hardwood floors, thick carpets, heavy drapes, AND a severe case of housecleaning-based OCD — for them, the $50 Wal-mart special-of-the-week just won’t cut it.
Seeing as how vacuums are our passion, we spend a lot of time arguing about our favorites. We also find certain favorites among our customers. Obviously, on the internet, any Dyson is king. It appeals to the Apple-generation, with its bright colors, snazzy usability features, and high-tech story. Older folks who visit our retail stores tend to prefer the Kirbys, Hoovers and Orecks of the world. It might be just the name recognition, or it could be the quality that comes with years of practice in the industry. We get people who say their housekeepers insist that they get Mieles if they want their homes really clean. Housekeepers themselves come in and swear by Kenmores. Consumer reports favors the Hoover WindTunnel for uprights, while Good Housekeeping likes the Hoover Savvy. Customers who’ve been coming into our stores loe these 30+ year years, repeatedly buy Riccars and say they’ve spread the good word to friends and family (Unfortunately, Riccar doesn’t allow sales over the internet — check out your local authorized retailer if you’re curious) and will never use anything else. No matter what the customer’s situation or style, when they find a vacuum that really works for them, they become passionate about it too. (And likewise, when they have a really bad experience with a vacuum, they become passionate about warning others away from it).
What are your favorites? We have ours, obviously, and we recommend different ones based on different needs. (If you haven’t found your favorite yet: You can call one of our knowledgable sales staff (1-866-468-2288, 9 am – 6 pm, Monday through Saturday), explain your needs and get a custom recommendation, or browse our charts yourself.) But, we’re always curious to learn more. Please, feel free to share your experiences below in our comments section.