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Opinion of a cleaning lady
on February 14, 2012
This was one of the best investments I have ever made. I clean houses for a living and often use the home owners vacuum. I have used dyson, electrolux, kenmore, oreck, hoover, central vacs, dirt devil, simplicity, a couple commercial or industrial uprights,and probably others. Of all of them, kirby would be my first choice.
Kirby pros: Very good suction.....the BEST suction, I cant say enough about the suction! Also, very well built, solid construction. I knew the abuse a kirby could take, so I made little effort to be careful. I have sucked up things that should never be sucked up, run it over very rough surfaces(a stone patio), dropped it(it fell out of the back of my van), spilled bleach on it, and basically asked it to do things only a rugged shop vac would be asked to do. I have owned my kirby for 12 years and have spent less than 70$ in repairs. This includes a replacement brush roll! Also a pro is the versatility. I have used the sprayer attachment to wash walls, and patio cushions. I have reversed the air flow to blow leaves off my patio and clean out my garage,blow off computer keyboards and other electronics and blow up air mattresses and balloons. And anyone who has vacuumed a lot of hard floors, knows the benefit of a long hose attachment.
Cons: It is quite heavy to carry, and changing attachments is slightly inconvenient.
I would not recommend this vacuum to an elderly person, and it would be overkill for someone who has a very clean house with no pets or children.
Second choice for a less expensive more practical vacuum would be a kenmore canister, although i have used a dozen different older and newer models and the newer ones seem to be riddled with problems. (wheels on carpet head fall off, mechanism that holds wand upright in carpet head fails, electrical connection between wand and carpet head misses and burns up), despite these annoying problems, the idea of this vacuum is great. This vacuum is especially good for someone who has a lot of hard floors.
A third recommendation, although more expensive, would be an Oreck. This upright would be especially good for all carpeted floors and/or elderly. It is very light weight and has decent suction.
For all those Dyson lovers....I'm not a fan. A million plastic parts, the filter does get clogged, certain mechanisms are temperamental, the hose in the upright is very short and annoying, and the suction is just ordinary.