questionsis a dyson upright worth the extra money or…

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I worked at Best Buy years ago and at the end of the night each department would grab one of the floor model vacuums to clean their area. I never noticed the Dyson doing that much better than the other cheaper vacuums.

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I don't have an answer for you, but I am in the market for a good vacuum. I was looking at the Dyson DC33 and then my sister told me about a Eureka Airspeed Gold that just came out and is supposedly better than the Dyson for about a quarter the price. Now I'm trying to decide between the two and I'm not sure which to get. Any help would be great!

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My $.02, Just a perspective from an owner:
While they make a well-marketed product that is incredibly popular, unless you get it at a Woot-class price, I'd say that you're overpaying compared to lower or similarly-priced competitors. Yes, their tech is fairly impressive - the motors are neat, and not many vacuum cleaners look as space-age, but what else?

However, they still don't impress me much for a couple of reasons:
- All power, no smarts. I've had Kirby vacuums that worked equally well because they just throttle the heck out of the carpet, and try to rip it to shreds. Similarly, Dysons seem to work entirely by just creating a ridiculous amount of suction, without very efficient use of that suction. Yes, they suck, and hard too :)
- Build quality. While they look as cool as a prototype spacecraft, I have not been terribly impressed with the plastics that they use. And keep in mind that very few people can fix these beautified beasts once one of the plastic components melts.

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@bstebick: "my sister told me about a Eureka Airspeed Gold..."
The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001A Gold was rated fairly high by one of the Consumer rating organizations (I won't say which one, but you can guess). But, not a "Best Buy" in their opinion. 4th from the highest rated bagless.

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@arosiriak: I am assuming you are talking about just Dyson or both of these manufacturers?

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I have a cat who sheds everywhere and a husband who is very allergic to cats. I bought a Dyson (FC pet 14 or something) when we all moved in together, and am always surprised by how much fur it vacuums up. I had a Shark before this (not sure of the model), and it didn't do half as well. I love, love, love my Dyson.

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@jimmyd103: I was referring specifically to my opinions on Dysons - I don't have much experience with Shark, although they've seemed to be fairly well-accepted. And Eureka doesn't make a bad machine either.

My personal choice was to upgrade to a Sebo (Miele came in a close, close second), but that's definitely a tier or two above the price ranges of the models in question. I figured that it was a longer-term investment, and not for everyone, but I've had absolutely no regrets on that count.

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@arosiriak: Yeah the Miele seems to be the Rolls Royce, compared to the Dyson (Cadillac), the Eureka (Honda Accord), and the Dust Buster (Geo Metro). Hard to group them all in the same category and almost unfair to compare them to each other. Although CR does just this. FYI... the Miele rated high among the 'bagged uprights' but A Hoover outperformed it (according to CR).

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I have the smaller of the dyson balls (DC33 I think) because I live in an apartment. You should see the crap it got out of the carpet "after the initial cleaning" by the complex. i have had use of a shark before (not sure it is the one you are referring to) but I like my dyson a lot. I know it is expensive but I got mine through the triple B (BedBath&Beyond) and they lifetime the vacuum, but i think that they do this with any merchandise and you need the receipt but in a world of scanners and Google docs it is so easy to keep those now for bigger purchases. My wife’s friend has the old DC28 Animal, I know she went through a few vacuums because of the dogs they have and she has had the dyson a while.

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I bought a Woot Shark Navigator several months ago. I absolutely love it. With how well it does, I couldn't imagine paying triple for a Dyson.

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Like many others on here, I haven't had any experience with the shark and I am a current Dyson owner. The most impressive thing for me (that hasn't been mentioned already) is the sustained suction. I've had several other vacuums that have all slowly died over time, but my Dyson is as powerful as it was when I bought it three years ago. It handles dog hair with ease, and I've only had to clean it once (which really wasn't that hard).

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I have a house full of antiques (including me, of course). This includes all but one of the area rugs. Two of my rugs are silk, not wool. The local guy that sells Dyson suggested that I not get one. I have a Shark (and it's purple, which made me happier than you could know). I like it very much. I also have a Eureka, and I think the Shark is easier to handle, and does a better job.

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@jimmyd103: Thanks, I'll check that out.

And FYI, either of the vacuums I get, including the Dyson DC33, will be free to me due to some free gift cards I'm getting. Yes, I could save some $$ on the cards to use on something else, but this is my top priority as my fiancee has bad allergies. In the end, the price is less important than the quality of vacuum.

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If your fiancee has allergies an air filter will make a bigger difference. No vacuum is going to pick up every allergen. If you want both go with a rainbow, insanely expensive but uses water to trap dirt and dust. It also has a low power setting that you can turn on and put it in a corner and just let it filter air. This setting is also quiet enough that you could sleep with it in the room.

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I'm going to add my 2 cents for the rainbow, also. It sucks. Big time! Your carpets will feel so soft when you're done, and it filters the air really well. The one thing I didn't like about my rainbow was having to empty the water well so often. To clarify, it doesn't shampoo the carpets - it filters the air and dirt through water in a tank (which needs frequent emptying).
Thanks for all the responses. I'm in the market for a new vacuum, too.

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I own a Dyson and will never buy another ...it lost suction the first year. It's hard to clean the roller and is made so cheaply for what I had to pay for it. I bought the Pet model and it won't even pick up the pet hair. The attachments have never worked. I'm buying a Shark model my next purchase for a light weight model. Lugging the Dyson around has curred me of ever buying a heavy vacum again.

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shark navigator is much better than the dyson ball!

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i have owned one for a long time! i have 3 cats but use to have 5 cats when living with an ex, and i did all the vacuming and trust me the shark navigator is so much better than the dyson and it holds up and oes not loose its suction! i would never never spend all that much money on a dyson that doesnt work as well as my shark! i have also had sharks in the past that i still have and they too held up and didnt loose suction however this newer model the navigator lift away is so awesome! i have a friend whos family owns a vacume store and i can tell you that my opinion is the same as the pro's!

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also DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON BUYING EXPENSIVE HEPA FILTERS! IT SO MOST CERTAINLY IS A HUGE MARKETING SCHEAM! MY FAVORITE VACUME FILTERS ARE THE $3.00 FEBREZE ONES, WHICH BY THE WAY ARE HEPA FILTERS, 99.9% ALLERGEN FREE! THE SAME EXZACT THING, AND EVEN SAYS THE SAME EXZCT THING ON THE PACKAGING, AS THE VERY EXPENSIVE $20SOME-$30 HEPA FILTERS!!! ITS JUST THAT THE CHEAPER (AND IN MY EXPERIENCE, MUCH MUCH BETTER!) FEBREZE $3 ONES, DO NOT ADVERTISE THAT THEY ARE (AND THEY REALLY ARE!) HEPA FILTERS, 99.9% ALLERGEN DUST FREE~ WHATEVER, SYAS WHATEVER THE EXSPENSIVEONES SAY YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK FOR IT IM SMALLER WRITING ON THE PACKAGING, BUT IT IS ON THERE & DOES SAY IT ON THERE!

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SO MY FRIENDS, THE FEBREZE VACUME FILTERS WHICH ARE AROUND $3 AT WALLMART, ARE ALSO HEPA FILTERS, 99.9% ALLERGEN MICRO DUST FREE,... BLA BLA BA, THE SAME AS THE MORE BIGGER LETTERD ADVERTISED $30 HEPA FILTERS! AND THE $3 FEBREZE FILTERS WORK SO MUCH BETTER! I WOULD KNOW TOO, BC MY STUPID EX BOYFRIEND WAS A SUCKER AND INSISTED ON ME BUYING THE $30 hepa ones, which i only did once, then bought the $3 febreze filter bc my sis told me its the same and also is a hepa filter, that it is a scam, just look at all the writing on the outside of the package of the febreze ones, you will see it says hepa filter and is the same as exspensive ones!

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i actually got into a fight with my ex about STUPID VACUME FILTERS, then when i bought the FEBREZE $3 HEPA FILTERS and showed him the packadge where it says (in smaller writing -the SAME as his stupid $30 ones), that it IS a hepa filter (BUT is only $3), DIDNT HE FEEL LIKE A SUCKER!

~ DONT BE A SUCKER & SPEND YOUR MONEY ON EXPENSIVE HEPA FILTERS! "A GOOD VACUME FILTER" IS THE CHEAPER ONES!

~ MY FAVORITE THE FEBREZE WHICH IS A HEPA TOO EXCEPT ITS EVEN BETTER!! HAHA!

~ AND HAVING 5 VERY FURRY CATS IN A SMALLER TOWNHOUSE, VACUMING ALL THE TIME & HAVING ALLERGIES MYSELF, & HAVING USED THE $30 HEPA FILTERS V.S. THE FEBREZE $3 HEPA FILTERS (YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO LOOK CLOSELY AND READ ALL THE SMALLER PRINT ON PACKAGE TO SEE) .......
~ THE $3 FEBREZE VACUME FILTERS (WHICH ARE HEPA!) WORK SOOOO MUCHBETTER THAN THE EXPENSIVE&WELL ADVERTISED HEPA FILTERS ALIKE!

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SORRY SOOO LONG,!!!! JUST SO AMAZED BY THE SCHEAMS COMPANIES USE AND JUST HOW MANY PPL ACTUALLY FALL FOR IT, THINKING THAT THESE MORE WELL ADVERTISED $30 "HEPA FILTERS!!!!!" ARE ANY DIFFERENT OR BETTER THAN THE LESS ADVERTISED, (THAT THEY TOO ARE HEPA FILTERS), LIKE THE $3 FEBREZE ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~ TRUST ME! AND I DONT WORK FOR ANY OF THESE COMPANIES! IM JUST A HAIR STYLIST!

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@mermaidstears: Lose all the caps and learn to stay on topic. Your response has nothing to do with the question. As for Dyson Vs Shark people who break anything within a year obviously don't know how to take care of stuff regardless of brand. I've had a Dyson and recently my grandparents bought me a shark for my apartment i pulled my Dyson back out of storage as after going over the apartment there was still hair from my dog on the carpet and was able to go back over it with my Dyson and picked up more than what the shark picked up when i ran it through prior

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I have both a Dyson animal and a Shark Navigator. The Dyson is over 10 years old and I just recently bought the Shark. The Dyson needed some maintenance. I tore into the Dyson to see why it has lost some of it's suction. I discovered that the section to remove for clearing out clogs had not been put back on right. A very small pebble was in the groove so it had lost it's seal. Also, the filter simply needed to be cleaned. After these things were taken care of this 10 year old Dyson worked as good as new.

The Shark is a very small vacuum - (the Navigator) but it does not act like a small anything. It astounded me the power this lightweight machine has. The Navigator has a much smaller dirt cup so must be emptied more often but is simple and easy to use. When you turn it onto carpet it actually pulls itself.

You could not go wrong with either machine. The Dyson is durable enough to last a long time and the Shark is great for getting into small spaces and doing quick cleanups.

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I just compared the Shark & Dyson and don't understand how anyone thinks the Shark is anywhere near as good as the Dyson. I just test drive the Dyson & Shark Rotator 3 in 1. I threw down a small pile of long dog hair on a hardwood surface in front of each vacuum. The Shark didn't pick up at all until I raised the front. The Dyson picked up immediately and was so easy to use and ergonomically comfortable. The materials used in the Dyson are superior to the Shark in type of material and thickness.

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I would like to say, I brought a second hand dyson and it worked better than any other vacuum that I have purchase in ten years. That includes Eureka, Shark and a list of others. I still have that second hand Dyson and my next purchase will be a new Dyson. I also did not mention my vacuum is 6 years old. Sometimes it is worth investing the money instead of purchasing the same item over and over again. I love dyson.

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I grew up with a Rainbow and would love to own one now. I've owned a shark and really liked it at first , replacing a Hoover. However in time it grew heavy and didn't clean as well even with regular maintenance. The shark was replaced with the Dyson (pet model). It does a wonderful job in cleaning our carpets and picking up my long hair that ends up all over the house. I like that it works on all floor types without manually adjusting the machine. The maintenance is easy, rinse the filters, air dry and back in the machine. It's easy to remove tangled hair from the rollers without opening up the entire machine like I had to do with the Shark.