Back in the early 1990's, hubby purchased a Silver King vacuum cleaner and I was shocked at the price. Who knew they had vacuum cleaners that could be financed? After using it a few times, I was absolutely inlove with it! It didn't require a bag (that is always a plus), had an excellent filtration system, was easy to pull along since the body was basically an empty shell with the motor mounted on top.
It wasn't just a dry vac, you could use it to clean your floors, vacuum up over flowing dishwater and when the kids spilled an occasional pop (yes, we say pop) in my car, all I had to do was haul out the Silver King and within seconds, all the pop and gunk was out of the carpet. Disconnected the vac and hosed out the body!
It had an attachment to literally squeeqee your floor so you could mop and dry it all at once. Forget carpet cleaners, I would just scrub with oxyclean and get out the Silver King. In over 20+ years of having that Silver King the only time it needed repair was for a worn hose and it was covered by their excellent warranty.
The paper filters were reasonable and lasted years. Then, we moved and the vacuum disappeared. I think it was inadvertently left behind and since then, we have gone through 4 vacuum cleaners in 4 years and not one of them worked well.
We had a Dirt Devil upright that did clean the carpets okay and better than any other, however, I couldn't use it for stairs and it was awful on the hard wood floors, so our dear friend John brought us a stick broom, you know one of those little light weight vacuums? It was amazing for the kitchen and wood floors, but alas, it was older and one day when hubs was cleaning the indoor/outdoor carpet on the patio, it went to vacuum heaven.
I don't remember the brand, but I know it was the only vacuum that could clean our patio carpet and clean it well! We had a Dirt Devil hand held for the stairs, it cleaned up surface dirt but not the stuff that hung around the walls well and it clogged easily.
Then we purchased another canister vacuum and I thought it was a Shark, but hubs says no. It was horrible, removing the cup and putting it back took an engineer each time to figure it out. Within a few short months, the dust cup broke and the plug stopped retracting. Tossed it straight into the trash.
Lastly I have this yellow Eureka vacuum that I shouldn't complain about since I only paid $39 for it, but it takes a bag (a very small bag) and the only way it cleans is when the attachments aren't on it and all you do is use the hose.
So, I want so input from my readers to let me know what you have and what has worked. We have stairs, so I need something that I can lug up and down but not to heavy due to my Fibromyalgia and the kids love for some reason to vacuum the stairs, so light weight. Does it clean well? Does it take bags? Does it have attachments? How long have you had it and any problems.
I could purchase a new Silver King and since I am a prior owner they will cut me a swell deal and only charge me around $1500, however, it may as well only be $10000 for all that is worth because my unemployment check won't pay for it.
Hubbies mom used a Filter Queen and he said it was great, however I have a friend who said she had one for a short time and got rid of it because it was very heavy, difficult to pull along and the hose ripped over and over again.
I am open to doing a product review on a vacuum cleaner, however Shark and Oreck weren't interested, Electrolux told me they would get back to me and have someone contact me for a product review of one of their store models (they never did) and Dirt Devil was more than willing to give me a discount on theirs, however, if I can't see how it works, I don't want to spend the money and thats why I am looking to hear from you.