I’ve decided NASA is now making vacuums. My husband was with me and testing stuff out. On one vacuum, we couldn’t even figure out how to remove the dust cup. Another felt like you were breaking it while accessing the filter and debris reservoir. Several had high-tech, washable filters—well actually most. They’re all competing for best continuous suction, best pet hair removal, best filter. Almost all looked more complicated than I wanted to contemplate. When did housework become super high-tech?
After an intense twenty minutes of Vacuum Idol—way longer than I want to spend shopping for anything because I hate shopping—we decided on a Bissell. None cheaper or in the same price range compared.
I never thought the words “no, too complicated” would come out of my mouth so many times when talking about a vacuum cleaner. One actually had me quoting the movie, Apollo 13. “I suggest you gentlemen invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole.”
Seriously… there was a vacuum my husband couldn’t figure out how to put back together. All he’d done is take out the dust cup. I’m pretty mechanical and it looked like aeronautical mechanics to me. Honestly, how are we expected to have our teenagers clean if manufacturers make their “basic” machines so complicated?
I like the Bissell we chose. It’s smart and functional…and not too complicated for the average Joanna—oh! And it cleans amazingly better than the Kirby I was replacing. Yay!