Life + Style

February 24, 2010

Let's talk dirty

My house is dirty. I blame my vacuum. And my dog. Before you get all, "eww gross she's a hoarder with a nasty house-carried away, let me clarify. My house is actually not really that dirty. I straighten up. I dust. I clean the kitchen daily with Clorox spray. I sweep. I vacuum. Yet every day I find dog hairs and dust bunnies lurking all over my floors. We were fore-warned of this debacle when we selected the darker colored oak flooring. I choose it anyway. Design over practicality. I'm learning my lesson.

Since a cleaning lady of the hired sort is out of the question for now I need to enlist your help. What products do you swear by?

I'd really like a new vacuum. Mine is several years old, uses bags and was cheap. I'm getting what I paid for it. All of my friends have Dysons and swear they are better than chocolate. I know they are. My friend Amanda let me borrow hers. I wanted to take pictures of the amount of filth collecting in that clear bin. It was amazing. I had to empty it three times just to finish my whole house. Again, I blame my vacuum. I just know my house would be all sparkly and eat-off-the-floor clean if I had the Dyson DC25 Animal Ball-Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner. But it's $549.00 on and even though it includes FREE 2-day SHIPPING it's still out of my budget. By a lot at this point. But, I know I can find something for much less that works just as well. Even almost as well.

I've been planning this post for a while now so imagine my delight when I went over to YHL the other day and saw that they'd already done some posting and homework for me here!

They have a whole long post about what they were looking for in a vacuum, how they came across and researched the perfect fit, how they made the right selection for them, etc. etc. etc.

Personally, I'm just too busy, or just bored with the idea of researching vacuums, to bother with all that. So I'll just take their word for it. They went with the Bissell 82H1 Cleanview Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner and I'm happy to let their research and struggle be my guide. You can purchase it on Amazon for $79.99 with FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING.

I'm not rushing out until I hear their personal testimony on it's perfornance first. Lucky for us, I know they'll blog about it soon!

What vacuum do you recommend?



  1. I go through vacuums more than any woman should...the last one I bought has lasted me the longest sofar {which ain't saying much} and it is a Kenmore Quick Clean....but it is so funny I actually came across a funny quote about sears and vacuums this morning and I am so glad I get to use it somewhere....

    "I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on."

    NOW that would be an investment! hahahaha
    Good luck in the search! xoxo

  2. That quote is awesome! Thanks for sharing. Honestly, what I really want is for the mess to disapear, not a new vacuum (that I still have to use)!

  3. I have the Hoover Mach 3 and LOVE IT! I usually have to empty it about twice while cleaning Anna Kate's room, the office, our bedroom, and the living room rug. I really think it works great and was around eighty dollars.

    I too have the dog hair, dust bunny, husband with dirty shoes problem. I couldn't live without my HUGE janitor mop, Swiffer wet jet, and dirt devil dust buster. The dust buster is such an easy way to quickly get up hair and dust bunnies without going through the hassle of taking out the Hoover every day.

  4. forget the upright. a canister is the way to go! we have (i say we like dan has used it more than once in the 5 years i've had it) a eureka canister--the boss (i think).
    does a great job! matthew will swear by a dyson canister.
    i also have major dog hair problem & dan's dirty shoes could win awards--i should buy stock in swiffer pads!
    i got for christmas a dirt devil broomvac which is great for little jobs--like a dust buster minus the bending over!!!!!

  5. Which vacuum would you say is best for hard woods? I just got my first house and it is a 1940 house in the heart of downtown that has just been remodeled with all new hard woods. It is small, only 900 square feet, and I have no pets. Any ideas???


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