NOTE lifted leg indicative of romantic delight!
OH. YEAH. The Shark Navigator "Lift Away" is my new gal pal, girlfriend and wife all in one. I asked my littles what we should name the new addition to our household and Portia said "White Vacum". Not being one to go with such a dull moniker, I dubbed her "Blanca".
If you are already beginning to wonder if my life is so dull that I am excited enough about a VACUM CLEANER to take a PICTURE of it...well this won't get any better so go read something else more interesting. And I did not get any compensation for writing a word of this, unfortunately. Maybe Shark will offer to donate a vacuum to give away? Let's see y'all comment and I will share the Shark Love with their twitter etc.
So I had just vacuumed our living room area rug and with the old vacuum but it was seriously acting up. My Beloved Husband once again messed with it and declared it broken down and replaceable. At long last.
I have wanted to break up with my current Eureka Vacuum cleaner with it's Replace all the time for $20 bucks a pop Hepa Filters for about two years. When I was pregnant and on bed rest even my cleaning lady friend said it was ridiculously heavy and needed to go. NOTE: If you are blessed to have a cleaning lady (or man, not to be sexist here) even if only three times in your life and they criticize your tools....LISTEN!
About a year ago I polled my playgroup on what vacuums they used(we had lots of other interesting conversations too! Plus we drank champagne. SO there.) Every single one of them had a Dyson. We live in a pretty swanky town and so this wan't a big surprise.
If you are unfamiliar, the Dyson Vacuums cost about the same as a college education. Or $500, but my math has never been awesome. Since we live simply and have seven scatter and area rugs over hardwood I was pretty sure we werent' going to dole out that sort of jack for our new vacuum.
My friend Lori who did have a Dyson revealed that she also had a Shark Navigator vacuum, which she liked better than her Dyson! I was all ears. She said it was lighter, nimbler, didn't need replacement filters and she could vacuum her carpeted stairs with the extension hose & wand. It also had a switch to change from the spin brush on carpet to a setting for hard floors instead. LOVE. Oh yeah, and it was only about $180 vs. $500. Being the nerd that I was and needing a thrill that day, I asked Lori if I could USE her vacuum.
That is right. I got wild and crazy and vacuumed that woman's house. I am not sure who was most amused. I did end up being the only one to leave that playgroup last year. But. She still calls and likes me so I think she appreciates my kind of crazy.
vacuum. I am realizing how weird I truly am here. I loved the simple ease of the cordless feature. It was WAY quieter and stronger than my detested Dirt Devil stick broom. That thing sounded like a jet engine. The Ergo also had a detachable dust buster so for a house with two little bitties and a great big dog it was ideal. We bought that right away to replace the dirt devil and the Black and Decker dustbuster. AWESOME simplifying.
I still wanted the Shark.
One year later I FINALLY GOT IT. See, we live debt free ala Dave Ramsey so even thought the cost wasn't 'much' it was something we budgeted for and did not buy with a credit card. Oh yeah, and my hubby likes to wear things out instead of throwing out something "perfectly good" (definition is VERY relative.) so we had to wait until
When I started out this amazingly detailed post about Blanca, I said I had JUST vacuumed the carpet with the old vacuum. I knew it wasn't working well, but when Blanca's dustbin was THIS FULL(over half full) I had only vacuumed 1/2 of the carpet. It is an 8x10 rug. I FILLED A DUSTCUP with dirt and dog hair on only half of a previously vacuumed rug. We were GROSSED OUT. My sweet hubs actually apologized for not getting our new Shark Navigator sooner. I immediately proceeded to vacuum the rest of the house. And our window blinds. And our ceiling fans. I tried out the pet hair extensions. And the floor dusting extension. Did I mention this was a Sunday night?
I need to get out more. Maybe I will take Blanca with me.
What about you guys? Vacuum heaven, troubles, advice or envy? Please share your sucky adventures in the comments below!