After 2 gruelling years of 60+ hour work weeks, tests every 7 days, hours of homework every night, not to mention time spent in mandatory clinicals in area hospitals and countless hours in the classroom, and you just finished your last test, marking the end of some of the craziness: goodbye continuous classroom hours and homework.
It's 10 till' 8 on a Friday night, and you bust out the vacuum to top off all the hurried cleaning you've been doing to get the house ready for company. You plug it in, as usual, and turn it on.
And suddenly it seems a jet engine's replaced the vacuum motor.
There's an earsplitting thundering noise, accompanied by earthquake-like vibrations, a burning-rubber smell and plenty of smoke to boot.
You wonder if all that studying has caused you to lose your mind, or induced some sort of hallucination, because no vacuum should ever do that. Did the cleaning elves come in the middle of night and tinker with our always-reliable-barely-1.5-year-old-vacuum?
So, without another option available, you plug your ears and pray that the thing will survive one last cleaning. Or at least make some vacuum tire marks in the carpet to make it look clean.
And thankfully it does. But now the whole house smells like a tire factory. A few lit candles later, and it smells like a nice tire factory - in Jamaica.
Oh well, at least there's vacuum tracks in the carpet, right?
This is what happened to us a couple of weeks ago. Our vacuum died. Which is pretty upsetting, considering that we've only had it for a little over a year, we liked it and we always cleaned it fairly frequently. Oh, and of course the warranty on it had expired a few months beforehand, which makes me wonder if the vacuum people over at Bissell had planned for this to happen. Hmmm.
So we took it apart to try and see what was wrong with it.
We found that the belt had started to go a little and stretched out a little bit in one small section, which in turn caused the roller to start spinning funny and eventually the roller began to spin very unevenly causing the plastic holding it in place to start melting and wearing down. So, the whole thing is ka-put, which is really very annoying considering how much we paid, that we've only had it for a little over a year, and that we've always taken very good care of it.
And up until a couple weeks ago we loved our Bissell 3576-6 Cleanview II Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner. It's always worked very well, and we had had no problems with it. Cleaning the carpeted stairs was always hard, but isn't it for any vacuum? Of course now we have a different opinion on the whole thing...
So now we are officially vacuum-less, unless we want to use the tiny attachments to vacuum all our carpet. Uh, no thanks...
We've been having a bit of a dilemma, as many reviews we've read on less pricey vacuums seem to indicate that they will only last 1-2 years (with proper maintenance), versus the pricier ones that seem to last 5+ years. We searched and read about all sorts of vacuums over the weekend, and still can't come to a conclusive decision.
Then Tom's Mom had a brilliant idea: we should ask you guys!
So what about it? What vacuum sucks for you? Is there a brand of vacuum that you'd stand behind and recommend us? Any one we should avoid? Are the pricier vacuums worth the hefty price tag? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
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