The Kirby man gave us a demo many years ago. The Kirby vacuum knocked the socks off of our Hoover. So we knew we'd need it but we couldn't afford it. Then the Dyson was introduced in 2001 and I found my happy solution - a vacuum just as good as a Kirby for a lot less money. I was happy. I was a true Dyson fan for 10 years, but then... the Mr. Kirby guy knocked on the door again this past January. He gave us a demo and my Dyson Animal proved to be in pretty sad shape, and not just cause it was hammered after 10 years and 8 kids. Even if it was brand spankin' new it still wouldn't be able to compete with a Kirby.
Research I did that night (google) proved the salesman spoke the truth. Here's a review
of Dyson Vs. Kirby - Kirby won 8 out of the 10 tests, Dyson only winning the
"coolness" factor and easier/lighter to use. (I did feel pretty cool for the first 5 years of my Dyson). Thassit.
But once again, we couldn't afford it. No way we could do $2000 bucks for a vacuum. He said "Either way
you'll be paying for it - in carpet cleaning costs over the years and
carpet replacement, or you buy a Kirby and keep your carpets clean and
looking new." I agreed with that, but I knew I could do it for lots
cheaper. Bought an old Ultimate G Kirby on the ksl classifieds for just
over $200, which was $300 less than what I was mentally budgeting to
pay for another Dyson. Woohoo!
The Kirby is a better machine. I still have my Dyson for the basement when I'm just doing a quick surface clean, and the difference in suction is so obvious as you push them over the carpet. The Kirby is a great machine. I've been very pleased
with the Kirby and I think this one will hold up for a long time, but if
I do decide I want a newer version, I'll just keep my eyes on the
classifieds. :) I've even eeked out a few vacuum bags from cutting the bottom and pinning it and duck taping it the first time I emptied it -
... emptied it a second time then sewed it shut. Not cause I'm totally cheap, just haven't gotten around to ordering more sacs yet, have to get in the habit of having that on my monthly mental list of things to do.
I thought I'd show a very cool Kirby feature - it can go all the way under some of the beds in our house -
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