I have 5 vacuums (technically 4, since we lost our Shark in the fire) but choosing a favorite would be like choosing a favorite child (jk, I totally have a favorite vacuum). But I really love them all for different reasons. Since we have talked a lot about vacuums over the years, and I still get questions about how I keep our house clean with a big hairy Bernese Mountain Dog (who sheds almost as much as I do) and three little kids, I thought I’d do a run down of all of my vacuums and how/when I use each one and ultimately which is my favorite (and which I still want). Also, p.s. I feel like Mother’s Day and vacuums used to be taboo, but I don’t know ANY of my girlfriends that wouldn’t love a killer vacuum for mother’s day and all of these are on sale on eBay right now. (Linked below!)
I guess we’re saving the best for first because after we bought this vacuum in November, vacuuming stopped being a chore. Or even a hassle really. The cordless nature of the vacuum makes it a breeze to use. If company is coming over, I can quickly vacuum in under 2 minutes, while a traditional vacuum seems to take that long to wind up the cord! We mostly keep this vacuum upstairs and use it all over our faux tile hardwoods and area rugs–it transitions seamlessly. It’s dock is set up in the garage where it automatically charges and we have had no issues vacuuming 2000 sq feet of flooring in one session. The motor and stick can also be separated so it becomes a handheld vacuum, too!
This was our first vacuum cleaner of the bunch and, for the price point, it served us very well. We brought it up to the cabin to use on the floors there. It felt well made and really moved with great ease around corners and in tight areas. We eventually upgraded because I didn’t love washing out the filter and after trying my friend’s Dyson and seeing how much more dirt and hair it picked up after vacuuming my living room area rug, I was frankly mortified. Haha. It’s lightweight and bagless and we had no problems for the 4-5 years we owned it.
This is a very powerful vacuum. It sucks up dirt and hair that I can’t even see! That I didn’t even know was there! We generally keep this vacuum downstairs on our fully carpeted area, because it is definitely our heaviest vacuum and makes the most sense to keep it where all the carpet is. It is clunky and big and powerful and I like the confidence knowing that there’s nothing left behind after I vacuum with this.
The great thing about this vacuum is how it handles wet messes–think a spilled bowl of cereal, the slobber and food around the dog bowl, *ahem* vomit. It vacuums and washes floors at the same time–carpet or hard surfaces. It’s incredible.
I got this handheld vacuum before I got my stick (which also converts to a handheld), but I still use this one frequently to clean out my car, vacuum my couch, the stairs, vacuum my drawers! It’s addicting in the best way. And the best part it, my kids love to use this vacuum and now vacuuming the stairs is a part of their weekly chores.
Clearly I’m set in the vacuum department. But if I were to buy one more? It would be a robotic vacuum. I’m not sure which one yet but I just think having one going daily on our lower carpeted area would be a dream! Any suggestions? I’ve rounded up ALL of these (and a few robotic ones I’m eyeing) on eBay below! I always find the best prices purchasing vacuums there.
P.s. Here’s a whole post on how I find the best deals on eBay!