Sucking it Up.

You’d think it would be quite straightforward don’t you, going out and buying a vacuum cleaner.
But No.

When we were in the cottage, it was a standing joke that we had His and Hers hoovers. Hubby preferred the cylinder so we had a Bertie, and I preferred an upright, so it was a Dyson, one that we’d had for years in the bungalow and my MIL used it during our very short stay with her before getting on the road with the tent to house hunt in 2007.
When we bought the boat, the vacuums were two things that went to charity, and we ended up with a small cylinder cleaner which was ideal to clean what we had, though we did have a long handled dustpan and brush before we put the carpet down.
Maggie was a shedder, but not half as much as Maya is. We groom her practically every day and in the beginning were getting so much fur out of her, it was like having a second dog. The problem we have now is that our existing vacuum cleaner is not picking up the dog hair.
So we thought about going down the His and Hers aisle again, and that was when the fun started.

There are LOADS of upright cleaners to choose from, and the first thing we did was eliminate the cordless ‘sticks’ with a reservoir the size of an egg cup. That and having to leave it on charge when not in use was not a good idea, especially with today’s energy crisis. So, we started looking in all the usual places at all the usual suspects, and were gobsmacked at the prices being asked.

Those that looked suitable were checked out in the product reviews, starting with the lowest rating, and the comments were practically the same……. rubbish, broke after a few uses, didn’t do the job, noisy, heavy, customer service sucked, unable to change as it had been used, guarantees not worth spit, etc etc.
We asked our neighbours what they had and looked those up too. Some aren’t made any more, others have been taken over by another company, but the reviews all read similar to what we had already seen. The old household names are no longer worth anything and everything is plastic!

One particular make was highly recommended on various sites, so I went into the electrical outlet where we’d got our new washing machine and had a look at a few. It would appear that the gastronomical prices we’d seen were the norm, and we could expect to pay around £300.

I can hear you saying Why didn’t you go for another Dyson?
Answer: We looked, and couldn’t afford. End of story.

The saleslady was lovely and got two machines down for me to have a practice and to feel the weight. They were a little on the heavy side, but easy enough to operate, though I wasn’t too happy about the force the foot had to apply to get the thing to disconnect from the bolt upright position to use. The heads were also on a swivel which was something I wasn’t used to, and at extra cost, I could get a model with an anti hair wrap. Oh my.
This is all the rage for long haired users (who, me?)

Photo 2018, my hair being brushed forward ready to trim

or those with shaggy dogs as it stops the brushes from clogging.
OK then.

Having selected two machines at £289 and £299 (with anti hair wrap and on special offer at £100 off), I got the model numbers and we came home to look them up and read the reviews.

Hm. The anti hair wrap didn’t work said one. It didn’t have much suction, said another.
Useless on dog hair, said a third. Too heavy and awkward said a fourth. But one did say it was a good machine while it worked, and they were still waiting for it to be returned under warranty.

Hoovering with Henry, there is nothing at all wrong with his suck. However, the brush just flattens the carpet, and when I looked at it, the damn thing is practically bald.
Why replace a perfectly good hoover when just replacing the brush could resolve the problem at hand?

The internet is wonderful at looking for things provided you know what to ask, and after finding accessories that may be suitable, the suppliers were in excess of 60 miles away so we couldn’t go and look with our trusty brush in hand for size and comparison.
Inspiration generated another idea and we went on the site that manufactures Henrys.
Oh joy! They do a Pet Kit! One that is designed to fit the entire range, so Hubby checked it all out, and for £32, post free and with a 30 day returns policy, one should be on its way to us in the next few days.

Result (we hope). Thirty two pounds with a returns guarantee is so much better than £300 for something that turns out to be unsuitable but you’re s(t)uck with it.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Sucking it Up.

  1. rugby843 says:

    I have a cheap upright I use but my go to is. Dyson handheld which is powerful and light

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  2. Nancy Richy says:

    You have no idea how much I enjoyed reading this. It’s part of the misery loves company sort of thing. We have more vacuum cleaners in our house than any other appliance. We could probably make a small fortune if we decided to have a yard sale. We still have our original vacuum – a whopping 50 pound Electrolux which is the best of all the vacuums. It is a cylinder with a place for all the attachments but now with my arthritis it is very difficult for me to use on a regular basis. We have tried everything from a rechargeable Dust Buster with a long handle to the newest Electrolux which weighs much less but has less suction ability than the original. We have two in the front closet, one in the spare room closet, another in the laundry room and at least 3 in the basement. And we alway keep going back to the monster Electrolux which Bill has to drag out for me when I want to use it because it’s too heavy to drag out myself. It’s on wheels so vacuuming isn’t too bad but I get my workout for the day. I have no idea what we’re going to do but it’s good to know we are not the only ones facing this dilemma. May the vacuum force be with you!

  3. KL Caley says:

    We’ve got the hair-o-matic for Henry and it works a treat, think we’re into 14 years of use now. Even works with rough collie hair, although does need detangling every now and then. 😁

  4. cagedunn says:

    If all else fails, a rubber broom/brush (or antistatic rubber broom) on a broom handle works well enough, though I don’t have carpet anymore, and the rugs can go outside for a shake and then the rubber treatment while hanging, but other half just uses the rubber broom inside (maybe he’s more sensible?).

  5. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Finding anything at a reasonable price is impossibly nowadays. Hubby is buying second hand and reconditioning. I told him he should look at on selling

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  7. murisopsis says:

    Sounds like the most financially prudent way to go!

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