A vacuum is one of those purchases that drive me crazy. Firstly there are like a zillion options. Second, they all do different things. Some plugin, others run with batteries. Some have filters, others do not. The motors are different. The suction is different. It’s clearly not my favorite thing to research, BUT… and this is exciting for all of you… eBay asked me to partner with them, featuring home goods, and as a result, I now have a PhD in vacuums. Thanks, eBay!
So, shall we? Don’t worry… I’ll try to give you the headline.
Before we talk vacuums, you have to understand my pet hair plight. Traveler is a 90 pound white Golden Retriever. She also has the most beautiful, thick, wavy fur. If she were a person, she would be the envy of us all. Her fur is gorgeous, but holy cow does she shed. I will throw on a pair of black jeans or velvet pants and the next thing I know, I’m covered. Traveler is also “a leaner”. She likes to push against you. It’s really sweet. It’s just not ideal when you are about to leave the house wearing black. And, most of our area rugs are dark too. So, the struggle to clean up her white fur is real and constant.
Let me cut to the chase, and get straight to the point: This vacuum is a beast! It has a huge motor for maximum suction. On the Dyson site, they boast the most suction of any vacuum. They also had me at, “Designed for Homes with Pets.” The head of the vacuum drives into the carpet fibers removing dust, dirt and animal hair! Yay!!
1) Powerful Motor
2) Self-Adjusting Head: Transitions from carpet to floor easily
3) Ball Technology: Easy to move around
4) No Bag & 1-Click Dirt Removal: Easy to dump the dirt.. a must in my book!
5) Washable Filter: Just wash and reuse for life!
6) Asthma & Allergy Friendly: The HEPA filtration ensures allergens do not spill out
Is it Heavy?
It weighs a little over 17 pounds, which kind of sounds like a lot, but I was wielding this thing around, no problem. There are also several attachments to address even the tiniest nooks and corners.
Shop all Dyson vacuums here.
Worth the Money?
Once I made the decision to buy this specific vacuum, then I starting searching for the Dyson Animal 2 on eBay mainly because at almost $400, it’s pretty pricey. But, I scored a refurbished version on eBay for half price.
Next on my vacuum wish list? An automatic vacuum that will work while I do other things. I’m thinking of a Roomba. Do any of you have experience with these? Do they work? How are they with hardwood floors and pet hair?
Did you know that80% of the pieces sold on eBay are BRAND NEW? And, in many cases, you can also get free shipping in under 2 days?? All you have to do is …narrow your search by checking the “New” circle under “Condition” and the “Free Shipping” Circle. I talk more about how to shop eBay like a champ in this post.
Photos by Josh King