questionscan you help me find a good vacuum?

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I have a Shark Navigator upright that I purchased on Woot. It is by far the best vacuum I have owned, and I do have a cat and dog, hardwood floors as well as carpeting. It does a magnificent job and is easy to use and very light. I have owned Oreck, Hoover, Roomba(bless its little heart), Miele - and this Shark wins hands down. I know there are lots of people here who swear by Dyson, but I have never used one. I will leave that for others to follow.

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I have a little shark, and it packs a great suck. Price per power, couldn't beat it. If price weren't an issue, I'd go dor the dyson, but it is rather expensive.

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Hi,
Thanks!

I will probably end up going with a Shark since they're so highly recommended but I was hoping I could find a handheld with extensions.
Does anyone know of any besides a Dyson?

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Yes, the Dyson stick is expensive but it is truly worth it. The Woot sites frequently sell them. Moofi had them a week ago for $250. My local Costco has the "Animal" version for just under $300. It comes with an additional power head for upholstery. I'm debating getting a second one.

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I have an orginal Oreck XL that is over 10 years old, still as good as the day I got it.

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One that doesn't suck? Ha! Best vacuum joke ever!

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@jasmine: My Shark has a separate hose with tools for upholstery, the car, curtains, etc. It rides on the body of the machine and is effortless to use.

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After going through a couple of bagless vacuum cleaners, I had enough of being a middleman between the dirt chamber and the garbage pail. So, I picked up this Panasonic a year or so ago and I'm very happy with it. It's currently available at a good price as well.
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-MC-CG902-Canister-Cleaner-Burgundy/dp/B003AM711G/

If you have a Discover card, consider ShopDiscovering the purchase at J&R for a $9.50 cashback bonus.
http://www.jr.com/panasonic/pe/PAN_MCCG902/