There was a time when buying a vacuum was a fairly simple process. These days there are so many options and the prices vary greatly. Seven years ago I got fed up with my vacuum. It had basically lost all suction and I was sick and tired of replacing the bag. I finally decided that I would make an investment in a Dyson DC14 bagless vacuum.
The day that I brought it home was both exciting and terrifying. I had already vacuumed once that day with my previous vacuum, but the Dyson pulled *so* much dirt out of my carpet that I was horrified! How could my previous vacuum have missed all of that?! I was instantly in love with my Dyson. I was happy with my purchase and remained happy for many years. I would have to say that around the 5 year mark I gradually began to notice that it wasn't doing as great of a job with my carpets as it had been. I was still thrilled that I had 5 years out of the vacuum and continued to use it. I managed to get almost 2 more years out of it before I had to resign myself to the fact that it was time to get a new one. I had to revisit the question...Is it worth it to spend the money on a Dyson? Absolutely!!! This vacuum out performed any vacuum that I've ever owned, hands down!
My next challenge was finding a new model and deciding which was right for me. I headed over to Amazon to see what some of the latest models were and about how much they would cost. Turns out that most of them range from about $300-$500 depending on which model you go with. I decided on the Dyson Ball DC40 multi-floor vacuum.
The multi-floor model is a must these days. Hardwood floors are very common and in many homes the hardwood can end up covering more square footage of a home than carpeting. The thing I loved about this model, in comparison to my old Dyson, was that it automatically swiches the vacuum for different floor types without having to adjust any settings. My previous vacuum had to be turned off and flip a lever to go from carpet to bare flooring. I can easily go from my carpeted bedroom, down my hallway runner, into my ceramic tiled kitchen and then through my hardwood living room without any difficulty in transition between rooms.
The second feature that I always look for is the HEPA filter. The Dyson DC40 actually has two filters. The owners manual states that these filters should be cleaned monthly to properly maintain your Dyson. All you need to do is rinse them under cold water and let them sit to dry. Simple monthly maintenance will keep it running in tip top shape for years and years to come.
The added bonus of this vacuum is that it is very lightweight! I can't tell you how many times I had lugged my older model up and down the stairs in my house. It wasn't fun. This model is consideribly lighter. So much so that in the beginning I was worried that a lighter vacuum would be that it wasn't sturdy. Thankfully, this is not the case!
I couldn't be happier with my Dyson. I know that I will have this vacuum for many years and that it will do a great job. Splurge and buy the Dyson. You will not regret it!
Amazon Price: $499.00 $330.46 Buy Now
(price as of Jan 16, 2016)