Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Tale of Two Vacuums- The Dyson vs. The Shark

When I got married 6 years ago I got a $600 Dyson as a wedding gift and let me tell ya, I thought I was pretty cool. I had seen the commercials and heard all about them and thought that Dyson was THE vacuum of all vacuums. It worked great and I loved using it. Sure it was a little bulky, the attachments weren't super amazing and it was heavy to lift to vacuum the stairs but it was a DYSON and so it was the best, and nothing was going to change my mind.

A few years later I don't know what happened but while vacuuming it must have sucked up something that was no bueno and my beloved Dyson was dunzo. I couldn't bare the thought of a $600 vacuum dying after only a couple of years so I took it to the repair shop to see if there was anything to be done. Actually I sent my husband to the repair shop because he's awesome like that and will run the annoying errands for me, I'm a lucky gal. Anyway, he took the vacuum to the repair shop and had an interesting chat with the owner. He told my husband that he did not like Dyson's and that he had more Dyson's in his repair shop than any other brand of vacuum. He said that Dyson's are a marketing machine and that's why people buy them, not because they're the best vacuum out there.

When my husband got home he told me what the vacuum guy had said and while it made me question the Dyson, especially after ours died, I was still on board the Dyson train and wasn't getting off anytime soon. A few days later, after shelling out $80, our Dyson baby was up and running again.

A few more years passed by and while I still enjoyed using our Dyson, I wasn't quite sure how great of a job it was actually doing. And then it died again. And of course it was perfect timing. Right before Christmas, after I had spent a crap load on a bunch of Christmas crap and when we had family staying with us. And if anyone knows me well, they know that vacuuming is my thing. I vacuum on a daily basis and the thought of going a few days without vacuuming, especially with company over, makes me literally want to die. So Christmas Eve morning I set out on a mission to get a new vacuum.

 Here is our poor old, dead Dyson in basement exile. It should have just gone in the garbage can but since it was Christmas our garbage was full.

My first thought was to get another Dyson but the thought of forking out $600 the day before Christmas to get a vacuum kind of made me want to cry. I decided to do some major research and see if there was anything else out there that was comparable or better in quality but not so pricey. After major researching I decided to go with the highly reviewed Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum. It was $259.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond but after tax and using my 20% off coupon it was only about $220.

I was thrilled with the price but would I be happy with the quality? I took it home and whipped it out immediately. It was a cinch to put together and a million times lighter and easier to maneuver than my old Dyson. It was pretty shocking to see how much dirt it picked up, especially since I had vacuumed everyday with my other vacuum. It was sick. The neat freak in me couldn't believe how much dirt had been sitting in our carpet. After using the new Shark my carpets felt so clean and looked like new and I had officially left the Dyson train and was now a Shark believer.

Besides cleaning like a dream, here is a list of things that I like about my Shark better than the Dyson:

-so much lighter and easier to lift
-cleaning out the canister is quicker, easier and less messy
-the base is skinnier so it can go farther under furniture
-great attachments, I really like the wood floor attachment
-the middle section lifts away from the base for easy carrying and attachment use
-headlights so you don't accidentally suck up something too big if it's a little darker

Overall the Shark is just a great vacuum and the best part is that if it dies, I won't feel so bad because it only cost me $220 instead of $500-$600. After buying the Shark my husband and I saw an infomercial for it and let me tell ya, if I had seen that commercial before I bought it I probably would not have bought it. Infomercials are just too cheesy and lame and make it seem a little too good to be true. But I love the Shark and cheesy infomercial or not, it's an awesome vacuum!

So that is my story and those are my thoughts. Now I'm not saying that Dyson's are horrible vacuums and that you should never get one or that even I will never get one again. I know that vacuums aren't made to last forever and that my Dyson had a good run and I'm sure that the new models have improved and are even better than the one I had. All I'm saying is that if you're looking for a fantastic vacuum but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on one then the Shark is a fabulous option. I've been super happy with it and would recommend it to anyone!

*These are all my own thoughts and opinions. I have in no way been compensated for this post.*

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have had a Shark for several years now and I LOVE it! I recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a vacuum. I have had no problems with it and it cleans so well. Go Shark!