Other plus is that you can install a vac pan so when sweeping you can just suck the dirt up instead of bending over with a dust pan.
Big con would have to be the price. Definitely not cheap.
I've been told it is officially time (little guy has perpetual sniffles) - so I am reviving this thread in case anyone else has more info to add. Anyone have a consumer reports subscri-ption and can post some vac info?
The other advice that seems to help is to tear out all your carpet... Yeah, that isnt going to happen!
Another vote for the Dyson here. From what I've heard you can but the cheaper model as there is no mechanical difference from top of the line to the bottom, just some extra add ons.
ha, i did this research a while back. heres what i came up with....
Kenmore Progressive Upright Vacuum with Inteli-Clean System, Slate Blue - Model 3592 at Sears.com
consumer reports rated as #1 for the past few yrs. the dyson has actually had very poor reports in consumer reports.
we bought one of these kenmores a few yrs back and the wifey is very happy with it. (as happy as one can be with a vacuum)
I have been told that the man that owns the Seven Flags fitness club - his name escapes me right now, the guy with the flying saucer house - made his first million by going door to door selling Kirbys. He then used that money to get into the fitness club business.
The Point? You ought to be able to find a vacuum of equal or better quality to a Kirby for around $600-700.
This is one purchase where you want the one that sucks the most!
The next question is - are the bagged HEPA vacs only HEPA because they use HEPA bags? If so, why not just buy a HEPA bag and put it on my cheap vaccuum?
The guy with the saucer house is LaMar Keothe - hes an oddball...
This might help your little one.
Infinity Air Purifier - Carrier
There are several Carrier dealers in Omaha. Bryant makes an equivalent under the Evolution product line.
I don't know what the reviews say, but I absolutely love my Dyson. Had it for five years or so and never had a problem (knock on wood). We were having problems picking up dog hair with our previous vacuum, short hair dogs that shed like crazy, no longer a problem with the Dyson.
There are some Dysons on clearance at the Target in Ankeny.
We've had ours for like 4 years and it works really well.