Shinespark wrote:That's not a review, that's an advertisement from a reseller. He makes more money selling you the more expensive vacuum. It's like a Ferrari dealership conducting a "review" of an Enzo versus the Corolla in the used lot.
Were the Dysons demonstrably better, don't you think he would simply push the Dysons instead? It's not like he can sell new Kirby vacuums, as he's not an authorized distributor. He gets used Kirbys and reconditions them, which ain't a bad plan...take a quality machine that's easy to work on and make it like new.
A number of things that he points out are very simple and quantifiable: smaller pipes mean greater likelihood of clogs, as well as measurably lower airflow, multiple seals along the air path increases chances of of an escape path when one fails, off-center duct in the sweeper head creates a weak side for airflow.
Does that mean that you should rush out and buy a Kirby, or Filter Queen, Rainbow, TriStar or whatever for thousands? No. That'd be silly, especially when you can patiently and wisely shop and get one of them for under $200. You can pay more on eBay from one of the big sellers to qualify for a Squaretrade warranty if that makes you feel better, but warranty means little to me as the above listed vacuums are simple to repair, and I don't fear doing the work myself. On the odd occasion that they actually NEED work.
It does mean that you should acknowledge the aforementioned weaknesses in the design, and decide whether you're okay with them. You can also go to the small vacuum shops in your community and ask their opinions. Likely they've worked on many different kinds, including Dysons, and they can give you a good idea what the pros and cons are.
I should mention one last thing: the best vacuum for you is the one you'll USE. Maybe you'll buy a super-expensive high-speed low-drag vacuum with all the gee-whiz attachments and shiny things, but if you grow to hate it, you won't use it. If you've decided you love your Dyson, then guess what? You'll use it, and it will actually produce the best results for you, simply because you'll use it. Vacuums are oddly emotional attachments, and logic be damned. :D