February 1, 2014 at 10:09 am #534956mudhenMember
Thanks, everyone for your comments! I am coming to the conclusion that to live without a vacuum has its drawbacks. I bought a sweeper / mop combo like Vanessa’s and it works well on the tiled floors, however there are tricky little spots that it’s too big to get into. Basically, I would have to streamline my home a whole lot more (ie, get rid of stuff!) for it to work well. I have been trying hard to do this for a while now but am not there yet. I also use my vacuum for strange things like sucking up flies – we had an absolute invasion last weekend, perhaps due to the weather, with up to 20 big stupid blowflies in each room. The poor fly swat was no match! I love the idea of a roomba, but it’s not going to manage my tricky nooks and crannies. I found an LG vacuum that sucks and steams at the same time: http://www.lg.com/au/technology/kompressor-vacuum-cleaners and will probably get one in the next little while.
Pavbenth, one of my boys loves reddit, and a surprisingly popular topic last year was with a vacuum cleaner repairman. He did not recommend Dysons. I still come across a few people who love them, but plenty who wouldn’t buy another.February 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm #534957pavbenthMember
I think the reason people love them is because they think they have the best, and they have probably had a few crappy cheap ones along the way. 😛February 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm #534958KristyMember
I know I am late to this thread, but I have been living without a vacuum for about 3 years now and have floorboards throughout, I don’t sweep as often as I should, but when I do sweep I find that the floor still feels grity. It does feel better after a mop. I have thought about the roomba self-vacuum fella’s, but had never heard anyone who uses them. It is good to hear positive feedback.
I will have a look into it 🙂February 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm #534959missy71Member
I’ve had a Shark Navigator for the past year or two. I bought it at Big W but was dismayed to see they’re half the Australia price at Walmart in the US :angry: Before that I spent almost $800 on a Hoover Hygiene + from Godfrey’s, I think it was the biggest waste of money in the world. I put up with it for a few years until I couldn’t bear it anymore. It is a barrel type machine but really hard to manoeuvre and the turbo head on the floor part would always get tangled up and jammed with pieces of cotton string. It sucked up the dog hair well on the carpet, it did clean really well in that respect, but it was just so hard to get it to move around; it was forever hitting the corners of the doorways and getting stuck. It’s now in the shed and DH uses it to suck up wood shaving or whatever (he hates using it for cleaning the car and uses this little el-cheapo that’s held together with electrical tape that was left in the shed when we bought this house).
I do have a Sabco rubber broom with a flat blade on one side and rubber bristles on the other. It is great for picking up the dog hair but not for dust and the little stones that always make their way in the house from the dirt driveway. I’ve also got a Black and Decker steam mop that I use once a fortnight or more if needed.
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