Our vacuum is dead. Well, basically dead. I was using it last night and it started slowing down and making weezing noises and something started burning and it smelled aweful. Dan took it apart and thinks that the motor has gone bad. We've had our hoover for about 3 years.....it's generally worked well for us, but I've never been very fond of it. The hose that you use with attachments is like 4 feet long and inflexible and when you try and use it the whole vacuum falls over. It's also really heavy. Anyway.....we are in search of a new vacuum. I've been interested in a Dyson for a really long time but never bought one because we already had a working vacuum. So now that I have the opportunity to get one I've been doing a lot of research and just don't know what to do. Is a Dyson worth the money? I know there are better vacuums out there, but we are not in a place to afford a $1000 dollar Kirby, nor would I want to spend that kind of money on a vacuum if we had it to spend!! Approx. how long is the life of a Dyson? I figure I can go out and buy another Hoover or similar vacuum for around $200 that is going to get the job done but just be okay, and need to be replaced in a couple years, or I could spend around $400 for a Dyson that is said to be a great vacuum that would probably last longer. What do you think? Any advice or reccomendations would be wonderful. And if you have a Dyson I would love to know where you got it and if you found a good deal. I like a good deal!
P.S. I know I can find a regular Dyson for less than $400 but I am in the market for a "ball" model.