According to the sages at Lifehacker, springtime is the time to clean up on a deal for a vacuum cleaner. “It’s time for spring cleaning, and if your vacuum just doesn’t seem to have the sucking power that it used to, it’s the perfect time to buy a new one,” writes Whitson Gordon. “New vacuums usually don’t come out until June, so grab the old models now as they’re clearing them out.”
ShopAdvisor’s analytics shows me the “most watched” vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners, and one thing is quite obvious: people really like the Dyson machines. 43% of all the machines on the watchlist are Dysons. Let’s take a look at the most popular vacuums and steam cleaners on people’s collective watch lists, and hear from some of the experts. Also, go ahead and click on the ShopAdvisor watch buttons to see the current price, the recent price history, and other product information.
Of the top 10 vacuum models, Dyson claimed eight spots. What makes Dyson so special? Well, a timeless blog post by Tanya over at MommyGoggles offers a sense of the loyalty of Dyson’s customers.
I was in Chicago for an event for a company that I have been using their product in my home, fallen in love with the product, fallen in love with the company, a company that I firmly believe in and after meeting them face to face, a company that has turned my family’s life around completely: Dyson.
I had not expected to find such passion on the subject of home appliances. Man, Dyson is a strong brand.
The top Dyson models currently “watched” include:
Dyson DC41 Animal Purple Upright Vacuum. Wendy, the author behind Sweeties Views & Reviews, struggled to find something (anything!) along the way of constructive criticism. “There are a few minor things that I thought that could be done better, but those are overshadowed by the vacuuming power. The on/off button could be located higher up the handle instead of where it currently is, near the canister release button. A couple times instead of turning the vacuum off, I released the canister. It would be nice of the cord could be retractable, but that would probably require making the vacuum cleaner larger.” Not ready to buy?
Also high on the ShopAdvisor watch list is another in the purple family, the Dyson DC23 Animal Purple Canister Vacuum. Not ready to buy?
Dyson DC25 All floor Yellow Upright Vacuum. What’s different about Dyson’s yellow family? Says David T. at Vacuum Wizard, “The Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors is, for a lack of better words, a ball! As the title says, it features the Dyson Ball technology, which makes moving the vacuum around extremely easy.” Lots of great vacuum research on that site, by the way. stephicks68 offers her own perspective.
I am a busy woman. I love a clean house. Unfortunately, I have four children, two dogs and a cat. And I work. Game over, right? Not so fast! I am here to tell you that the best present I ever received is my new Dyson Ball DC25 vacuum cleaner. Perhaps you think its pathetic for me to be swooning over a vacuum, but for years, I tried and discarded model after model.
Are you feeling the love yet?
Okay, on to the one machine that spoiled Dyson’s clean sweep of the top 10 vacuums in the ShopAdvisor watch list: Neato Robotics’ Xv-11 Gold Robotic Vacuum, which is closely followed by two rival robots, Evolution Robotics’ Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner and by iRobot’s Roomba 530 Vacuum.
The BotJunkie blog does a good job comparing the Xv-11 with a more recent edition of the Roomba 560. The review is extensive, and enteraintaining (it includes a 1-minute video of Roomba vs. Neato Jousting).
Amy Bellgardt (aka Mom Spark) is a fan of the Mint: “I think I may be in Heaven for I have a robot to clean my floors.” Amy actually gave one away last summer to one of her lucky readers. The rest of you will have to use the ShopAdvisor watch button to keep an eye out for a deal.
Meanwhile, Brian (yes! a man!) says the Roomba 530 has become the cleaning robot of choice at the household of the 2millionblog: “At this point it looks like there is a clear payback in our situation for our investment in a Roomba 530. We have been able to reduce the amount of time spent keeping our floors clean and they are cleaner overall than before. However, if you can’t establish a simple routine to utilize a Roomba effectively then it may be no better than an ordinary vacuum.”
After the robots come the Hoovers. Lots of different Hoovers on the ShopAdvisor watchlist. The two most popular Hoovers on the list are the WindTunnel Pet Rewind Plus Upright Vacuum and the Max Extract 60 Blue Carpet Cleaner. Last September, Domenic Winick started reviewing all sorts of appliances and gadgets, and the WindTunnel family of vacuums caught his eye straightaway, calling it “a sleek lightweight design with superior cleaning power that is easy to use with a practical price.”
The Max Extract is actually in a different category — carpet cleaners. I enjoyed reading the test Vacuum Cleaner Seen used to evaluate it.
My cleaning test was a bit unfair, because the rug in question had been on the floor of a kid’s room for 18 years. She’s in college now (the kid, not the rug), and I don’t think the rug has been cleaned since grade school, buried under what my wife and I called “the rubble”. I knew the floor was still under there because the rubble didn’t just fall to the center of the earth, but I had not seen the rug in years. Turned out to be light blue, with stains that looked like paint, coffee, chocolate, and nondescript dark areas. As I mentioned, this rug made short work of the first shampooer I tried.
Joining the Hoover on the list of carpet cleaners is the Bissell SpotBot Pet Compact Deep Cleaner and the Euro-Pro Shark Steam Pocket Mop.
Kathryn, who writes the Mommy Kat and Kids blog, has given away a Bissell to her readers. In her review she writes, “An old family friend used to say, ‘Your kids can be clean, or they can be happy.’ I couldn’t agree more.” In her evaluation, she says, “Since receiving the SpotBot Pet, I have used it to clean everything from chocolate to juice to my diaper-removing toddler’s ‘accidents’ and it has made short work of the stains every time.” That’s good enough for me, and no more questions asked.
And Steam Cleaner Guide (yes! there is a Steam-Cleaner-Guide.com; of course there is!) admires that Euro-Pro Shark “relies only on the cleaning power of hot vapor, so no chemicals are necessary. This alone makes it an ideal cleaning companion for the home…And when you’re done, you’ll be surprised to find that your floors are almost completely dry, so you won’t have to wait anymore.”
People are passionate about their suction. It was good to see, though, that fights about them do not erupt all over the Internet. Just some robot jousting.
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