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Deciding on Vacuum Cleaners

We live in a loft where all the floors are white epoxied concrete. Our lease says that we should have about 80% of the floor covered in rugs though. I think we’re probably pushing around 60-70%, so there’s still a lot of floor that is hard surface.

We bought a Dyson vacuum about six years ago as a floor sample at Sharper Image (I think it was when the stores were liquidating). Anyway…

We’ve been happy with the Dyson Animal, but the poor thing is on it’s last leg. It was not in perfect condition when we bought it so long ago and we have worked our purple beast into the ground with kid spills and project clean ups.

If I’m being picky though, I would have to say I’m not all that thrilled with the Dyson’s performance on hard floors. It’s AMAZING on carpet though.

So now that we’re in the market for a new vacuum, I’m considering the Miele. It’s pricey (comparable to the Dyson) but it’s not bagless, which honestly, I can’t tell if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I hate changing the dang bags, but I also don’t love the dust storm that happens when I empty out the Dyson canister. I’ve heard that Miele is the best model for homes with a mix of carpeting and hard surfaces.

I would LOVE your input here if you have any. What brands should I be considering? I want something high quality, that will last 5-10 years, and that performs great on both rugs and hard surface flooring. I’ll be sure to report back after making our purchase.

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