OK, so Saturday we discover that our 8 year old vacuum cleaner (the downstairs one in family lingo) is done for. The cord is so frayed that copper wiring is showing through. In several places Not good. And while part of me is grateful that it lasted that long - how many modern vacuums last 8 years, two moves, and two sets of brand new carpeting? - I am always bummed when I have to spend money to replace something we already had.
So, anybody have any good recommendations?
Our upstairs vac is a Hoover Windtunnel (NOT bagless) Self-propelled vacuum, and we are seriously thinking about getting another one like it for the downstairs. We like it, and the kids like it because the self-propelled feature makes it easy for them to push, and our kids do nearly all the household vacuuming. The only thing we don't like about it is that the brush doesn't seem to be very well designed. My husband has to clean it out every week not only because so much long hair gets wrapped around it, but hair gets inside and wraps around the bearing. So if he doesn't clean out the inside of the brush we have to replace the brush way too often (about $25 a pop). Now we aren't sure if this is a peculiarity to our long-locked family or a true flaw in the design.
Downstairs the hair problem isn't as bad. It's not where the girls brush their hair or play on the floor as much. So possibly it won't matter down here. And it would be nice to have the same bags, belts, etc. for both vacuums.
So our requirements are: either lightweight or self-propelled, bagged (no bagless!), and have the normal compliment of tools. Oh, and not require a small loan (i.e. no Kirby). So let me know if you know of a vac that would fit our bill!