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    Looking for upright vacuum

    I always end up getting paper bedding and hay outside of my cage. I've been using a Bissell Powerforce Compact vacuum to clean up, but I hate it. It gets clogged up all the time, and it's a lot of work to clear it out. I think I'm just going to buy a new upright vacuum, but can anyone suggest something that would work well? I searched some old messages and someone recommended a Eureka Airspeed, but didn't specify which variety--their website lists 8 different kinds.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    I have a large Kenmore Vacuum that takes bags and I use that for most of the carpeted rooms in my house. However I wanted one that had a cup in it that I could empty each time I used it. I wanted it specifically to use around my guinea pig cages. I found a Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum on Amazon that works perfectly for my needs. I believe I paid around $65.00 for it. It works wonderfully for picking up the hay that seems to be everywhere. I also use it around my rat cages for picking up their care fresh bedding. The only con I can see is that the cord is somewhat short but I solve that by using an extension cord if I need to move it around a lot.

    It also comes in handy for using in my bathrooms where I have tile on the floor. It's lightweight and very easy to maneuver.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    I'm horrible with vacuums and am guilty of killing a couple of bissell ones with hay and shavings...

    However I currently have an upright Bagless Eureka that I love! I'm not sure the exact model (I can check it in the morning) but it is excellent. Super easy to clean and empty plus It has amazing sucking power. I bought it over a year ago at Walmart I belive, it was around $140.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    @sallyvh please do let us know, I've killed the rug beater on my canister vacuum with hay. I bought a rechargeable stick vac (dirt devil) but it isn't strong enough to suck up hay.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    I absolutely adore my dyson. Expensive as sin (thank goodness my mom felt generous that holiday season!) It is my regular vac, but with the on board attachments it makes for easy sneak around the corners. Ours is about 7 years old or so and still going strong (knocks on every piece of wood within reach). My mom went through a streak of a vac every couple of weeks dying - she had 3 shedding german shepherds and a cat at that point in time so animal hair GALORE. She bought her dyson and it is still going 8 or so years later.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    I have a Dyson pet hair vac and a Shark. I like the Shark better because the canister detatches and it becomes a hand vac. I think it's just as powerful as my Dyson but much more lightweight and easier to maneuver.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    We have a Shark and I don't think I'll ever own another brand. With us having siberian huskies and a german shepherd, I vacuum A LOT! We have gone through 3 Dysons before finally switching and the Shark works just as good as the day I bought it. The attachment works awesome for cleaning piggy cages!

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawna Driggers View Post
    We have a Shark and I don't think I'll ever own another brand. With us having siberian huskies and a german shepherd, I vacuum A LOT! We have gone through 3 Dysons before finally switching and the Shark works just as good as the day I bought it. The attachment works awesome for cleaning piggy cages!
    I agree. I don't even use my Dyson anymore.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    I apparently am the opposite, I've had shark vacuums, could pay me to use one again. Oh well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by PiggyGrandma15 View Post
    I apparently am the opposite, I've had shark vacuums, could pay me to use one again. Oh well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
    I know there's a lot of different Shark models. I have the Deluxe Rocket Tru Pet. It has a larger canister and is more powerful than my Dyson Big ball animal vac. What I like the best is that it's lightweight and instantly can be converted to a hand vac. Makes vacuuming the stairs a breeze and is really easy to store.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    My grandma had one of those, didn't last her long at all.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawna Driggers View Post
    We have a Shark and I don't think I'll ever own another brand. With us having siberian huskies and a german shepherd, I vacuum A LOT! We have gone through 3 Dysons before finally switching and the Shark works just as good as the day I bought it. The attachment works awesome for cleaning piggy cages!
    My Dyson hose kept clogging up and lost much of its suction power. It's so heavy, I had a hard time lugging it around. We had new carpet installed in July and they recommended Shark over Dyson.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Based on these recommendations and some online reviews, I've just ordered a Shark. I've been looking for one for a while. I'll let you know how it cleans.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Based on these recommendations and some online reviews, I've just ordered a Shark. I've been looking for one for a while. I'll let you know how it cleans.
    It's the best vacuum I've ever owned. The pet one has really good suction and a lot of different attachments. We have carpeting in some rooms, tile in our family room and kitchen and wood stairs and it cleans all those surfaces. When we ordered our carpet, they told us that the brushes on the Dyson can damage some carpets but that the Shark won't do that. One of the attachments is really good for the wooden stairs and floors. It has a long cord and when you remove the canister to turn it into a hand vac, it makes cleaning the guinea pig room a breeze. It's so lightweight and compact, I can fit it between my computer armoire and the wall. It also comes with hanger you can attach to the wall if you want to do that. I bought mine at Kohl's when it was on sale and I had a 30% off coupon.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Just reading through this thread, does everyone move their piggies to another room when using this vacuum to clean the case? I feel like this would give them a heart attack. I use a little dust pan and brush but that's getting real old real fast.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by NDarling23 View Post
    Just reading through this thread, does everyone move their piggies to another room when using this vacuum to clean the case? I feel like this would give them a heart attack. I use a little dust pan and brush but that's getting real old real fast.
    I don't vacuum in my cage. I sweep or shake out my fleece. I vacuum around it, though, and it doesn't bother them.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    I vacuum in and around the cage, and it doesn't bother them in the least. I have to push at least one pig out of the way because she's so interested in the vacuum cleaner nozzle.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    So here's the thing: I've owned a lot of vacuums. A LOT. And until a couple of years ago, there was no contest: My Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner was by far the best vacuum I'd ever owned. It met an untimely demise when I unknowingly used it to suck up asbestos dust. After that, I owned two Hoover WindTunnels, and what I found was that Hoover was closing the gap... their newer model WindTunnels were really excellent vacuums. One of them, the Hoover WindTunnel Max Pet Plus, even added a long, retractable cord-- something I'd always wanted on my Dyson.

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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by pinky View Post
    It's the best vacuum I've ever owned. The pet one has really good suction and a lot of different attachments. We have carpeting in some rooms, tile in our family room and kitchen and wood stairs and it cleans all those surfaces. When we ordered our carpet, they told us that the brushes on the Dyson can damage some carpets but that the Shark won't do that. One of the attachments is really good for the wooden stairs and floors. It has a long cord and when you remove the canister to turn it into a hand vac, it makes cleaning the guinea pig room a breeze. It's so lightweight and compact, I can fit it between my computer armoire and the wall. It also comes with hanger you can attach to the wall if you want to do that. I bought mine at Kohl's when it was on sale and I had a 30% off coupon.
    Hello!!! Sorry to pull up this thread again, but I was wondering what model you bought, and if it is still working like you said earlier? I would really like to know as I'm looking into buying a nice vacuum as an investment. My mom hates me using the one we use for the rest of the house. She says the hay takes up too much room. I'm looking more for something to vacuum around the cage with, but if I find it works well in the cage, I may do that to save some time and effort...

    Thanks so much!
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    Re: Looking for upright vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by LizzysPiggies View Post
    Hello!!! Sorry to pull up this thread again, but I was wondering what model you bought, and if it is still working like you said earlier? I would really like to know as I'm looking into buying a nice vacuum as an investment. My mom hates me using the one we use for the rest of the house. She says the hay takes up too much room. I'm looking more for something to vacuum around the cage with, but if I find it works well in the cage, I may do that to save some time and effort...

    Thanks so much!
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    I use it all the time and don't even use my Dyson anymore. The thing I like the best about the Shark is how lightweight it is. The extra attachments are a big plus and the long cord makes it easy to do the stairs and multiple rooms without unplugging it to move it. Best vacuum I've ever owned...

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