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 Vacuum: good quality central vac vs. Dyson?

We are in the process of building a new house.. The main floor will be all hardwood and tile with carpet (I love the modern shags) upstairs. Central vac rough in is standard with our builders.

Now my dilemma- do we go for central vac, or for a Dyson? We have central vac now, but it's a middle of the line one and I am not thrilled with it. It does a mediocre job at best, and that's with hardwood/ Berber carpet/ Lino.

A couple of things to keep in mind- we have two dogs that shed. They are both small dogs and are generally not allowed upstairs, though there is bound to be some hair tracked
upstairs on our socks...... Also I'm not sure how a Dyson is on tile/ hardwood. I'm a big vacuumer, and I tend to vacuum our hardwood and Lino every few days to keep a handle on the dog hair. I usually do my carpet upstairs once a week.

Opinions? Thanks in advance!
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 24 Apr 2012 4:19 PM
 24 Jan 2005
 Calgary
tojules
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I really dislike our central vac and it's apparently a good one..., power head, attachments, even has a animal print cozy for the hose. laugh

I don't vacuum our hardwood...I use the Bona dry sweeper on it (big fuzzy thing), it picks up our dog hair and stuff way better than the vac. I do use the kickplate for the central vac to get rid of all the stuff I swept up, that's handy. But I wouldn't bother pulling out any vac for the hardwood/tile.

For the carpet...I use our Dyson over the central vac. It's just a better vac than the central could ever be. And it's a lot easier to drag around vs. the 30 ft of hose on our central.

I just have an ugly on for central vacs. We had one in our old house, hated. Have one in the new one...still hate it. With the Dyson...after doing the vac test with our old vac and the Dyson, we'd never buy anything else.
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 24 Apr 2012 4:45 PM
 22 Mar 2012
Smileygirl
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If it were me I'd go with the Dyson.

We bought a house a year ago with a central vac and I was really excited about it. I have since found though that I really don't like it. It works ok, but I hate lugging around the big hose and I find it works ok but not great.

We have a dog as well and I think the Dyson would do a much better job at dealing with the hair.

The only cool thing about building a house with a central vac I think would be putting in one of those little slots in the wall where you can just sweep up to it and open the vent and it sucks up the floor sweepings. We don't have that, but it would be handy!
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 24 Apr 2012 4:58 PM
 2 May 2009
googles
New Member
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I have two dysons and I love them. One thing to think about though is the beater brush is quite rough- just thinking if you were to have long shag carpet it might age it faster. I don't have shag though so I don't know, maybe just something to keep in mind.
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 24 Apr 2012 5:12 PM
 24 Jan 2005
 Calgary
tojules
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11,202
Oh yah...we do have a shag carpet from Costco, our Dyson HATES it. I have to use the floor attachment on it to vac...can't use the beater brush at all, Dyson sounds like it's dying then. The Dyson also eats area rugs if you aren't holding them down to vac. laugh
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 24 Apr 2012 6:08 PM
 4 Jan 2009
nancy2009
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201
Not sure if this helps, but like you, we have hardwood/tile on the main level, and carpet on the top, and our stairs are hardwood. We use our dyson upstairs, and have central vac just piped to the main level. I'd hate to bring our dyson upstairs/downstairs all the time, and the central vac is just strong enough/perfect for the hardwood/tile.
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 24 Apr 2012 7:15 PM
 10 Sep 2006
 Southwestern Ontario
AJsLove
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I have hardwood and tile on my main floor and carpet upstairs and on the stairs. I have a Dyson and will never use anything else. I hate central vac and LOVE my Dyson! I don't know why, but vacuuming used to make me very ragey but I don't get that way with the Dyson. Cleaning the bathtub still fills me with rage though.

I used to have a long fluffy shag rug in my living room. It would fill my Dyson canister with fluff twice with every vacuuming for a year. We finally just got rid of the rug because the Dyson was thinning it out too much (among other reasons).
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 24 Apr 2012 11:57 PM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
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109
Central vac person here.... Just bought one for our new house after replacing the dyson my wife wanted in our old house with another central vac. I did t noticean appreciable difference between the "job" both of them did, both seem to have ample suction. Never had to replace a filter on the Beam, but did on the Dyson. No shedding dogs here though. I actually find the central to be better in tight areas and on stairs than the big canister our dyson was, but YMMV. Might not be a bad idea to borrow one for a week to see how it works for you.
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 25 Apr 2012 6:28 AM
 5 Mar 2012
Applefrog
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I would go with the Dyson. They are amazing.
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 26 Apr 2012 1:50 PM
 4 Jan 2012
 Edmonton
Ryan's_Girl
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I have hardwood, tile and carpet and the Dyson is awesome on all three. Plus I have a dog that sheds like crazy; its amazing (and kinda gross) to see all the hair that is picked up by the Dyson.
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 26 Apr 2012 5:33 PM
 26 Aug 2002
 Nelson, BC
Ara-Ararauana
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I'm in looove with the central vac in our new house. Beats lugging around an upright or canister vac any day. We have 2 cats & a large bird & 2 kids that all generate a lot of mess......hardwood & tile floors. Plus, I love that I don't have to dump it every time I use it..... and DH installed a sweeper outlet in the kitchen for the every day mess, I use that at least twice a day... and there's a hose port in the garage which makes cleaning the cars a breeze - a 30 foot hose is so much easier to handle than a short 3 foot hose on a regular vac in a car.

The hose that came with the house was old, kinked and trashed. Once we got a new hose I was sucking up junk the previous owners hadn't cleaned in 10 years.
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 26 Apr 2012 5:47 PM
 21 Oct 2009
lastone
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One thing to consider about Dysons - we just had carpet installed. Using the Dyson on it will void our warranty. The suction and beater bar on Dyson is so strong that it actually will unwind the fibers of the carpet. The longer the fibers the worse and faster the damage will be. We are also not allowed to use any vacuum with a beater bar on it as it will also damage the fibers. Dyson's just apparently do it in a shorter amount of time.

I have two friends who have told me that Dyson's ruined their carpet without me saying anything to them about this.

ETA: modern shag carpets - you should not use any type of a beater bar on them. You need a bare floor attachment. I have 2 dogs (one and ever shedding lab) and a cat. I was worried that a regular bare floor attachment on carpet would not be enough but it works great smile
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 26 Apr 2012 9:22 PM
 17 Sep 2011
 Toronto
Lattelover
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Granted I have never had a Dyson but I love, love, love our central vac. We have one of those sweeper things in the kitchen it is awesome! I sweep the main floor daily due to a very large shedding Golden Retriever and it is so nice to use the sweeper.
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 26 Apr 2012 10:41 PM
 6 Jan 2010
aimeeleah
Chatterbox
457
Thanks for the opinions everyone! I have heard that if a person were to go with central vac than the brand is very important- and apparently Beam is the best. Yay or nay? To be honest the main reason I'm leaning towards central vac is the kick sweeper thingy in the kitchen that everyone is talking about smile
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 27 Apr 2012 8:54 AM
 10 Sep 2006
 Southwestern Ontario
AJsLove
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My parents built a beautiful new house with central vac 5 years ago. They moved in in March, and my mom bought a Dyson in May (very expensive central vac too, but I don't know the brand). The only part of the central vac she uses now is the kick sweeper thing.
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 27 Apr 2012 11:18 AM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
Rookie
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I just bought a Beam/Electrolux (same manufacturer, Beam is the North American brandname) built in. It's probably the most widespread built-in, so getting service/repair work done should be a problem. I have heard that to get a Dyson repaired you need to send it back to Dyson themselves, somewhere in Ontario. That's just base don hearsay though, but maybe someone can confirm that?
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
buzzle
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