putting it to the test

About a month ago, I convinced one of my organization clients to buy a new vacuum. She needed one that had a power head for area rugs, could do a decent job on bare floors, a hose for getting stairs, and should be able to combat pet hair. I also thought she should have a HEPA filter and that it be bagless. That’s a tall order for a vacuum, especially if you don’t want to spend a fortune.

I have had the same Eureka that I spent about $69 on for 7 years and have always been happy with it. So after doing some research and making recommendations, my client purchased the perfect vacuum. It is a shining beacon of hope for all us pet owners who are looking for one machine to do it all. Namely, the Eureka Suction Seal Pet AS1104A. Okay, it kind of sounds like the name for a cyborg, but trust me – you want this vacuum to invade and take over your life.

Ever since using hers, I have been in awe, wanting one of my own. But money doesn’t grow on trees here at Casa de Restoration. So for the past month I have been religiously checking the internet for a sale, worked some extra side jobs, and finally found the deal I was waiting for. While the list price is $200, I scored the vacuum yesterday for $99.99. Yes, I just put that in bold AND italic because I am excited and thrilled beyond belief at both the price AND the performance.

Because I am a complete and utter dork (see above excitedness and gushing and giddiness over a VACUUM) I decided to bring it home and put it to the test. As you know, when I did my dining room restoration we purchased a black wool area rug. No big deal. Except if your cats are obsessed with keeping their asses off the perfectly good wood and tiles and gravitate said furry butts towards anything that is plush and attracts cat hair. So they lay on said area rug constantly. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’ve made it their life’s mission to force me to vacuum every day for the rest of my life. So here is THREE DAYS worth of cat hair on one area:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI vacuumed the whole rug with my old vacuum, and then vacuumed the whole rug again immediately after with my new bright red shiny vacuum of the gods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe canister on the left is what my old vacuum picked up. And on the right, is what was left behind and picked up by the vacuum of magnificence. (You need to click on the pic to enlarge and fully appreciate the difference.) Needless to say, I am impressed and excited and thrilled and… oh you get the point. The best thing about this vacuum is that when it says it does bare floors, it actually does. It doesn’t kick around the debris or blow the dust all over the place like virtually every other vacuum I’ve owned. So now I have one vacuum that can do the whole house instead of two (which may seem minor, but is a huge selling point for me).

So… on to the price.  I have always dreamed of owning a Dyson but am not into selling my soul, first born, and drugs to afford one. Yes, I have a handheld one that I got off the shelf for $80 a few years ago (it was a birthday gift… I have a thing for cleaning tools). And if you are like me and love scoring a good deal, trolling the internet for the lowest prices is ALWAYS a plus before making a big purchase. I found the vacuum here on sale, and Best Buy has a price match guarantee, and voila! LOTS of savings and instant gratification.

Just as an FYI, I am not getting paid to endorse this vacuum (but hey! marketing people! I’m willing to test out any product for review if you send it to me!) I am just a complete and utter dork who is really proud of her new purchase. So if you’re in the market for a vacuum, I cannot say enough good things about this one. And it was well worth the wait!

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