Because of my bad track record I've become quite an expert at choosing vacuums and deciding what features I want. I've also experienced quite a lot of different types. I seem to alternate between upright and cylinder, probably dissatisfaction of the previous model. I also alternate between low cost and expensive. Maybe because whenever a low cost item breaks down I cod myself into thinking that a high ticket product will last longer.
It's been such a problem that I even had a demonstration of an expensive Kirby in my home once. That was a complete farce. The guy who was doing the demonstration did the usual sales pitch of vacuuming part of my mattress and then emptying the dust onto my carpet, this demonstrates just how much crap is in your mattress and how Kirby removes it all and makes sleeping so much better and healthier for you.
My very friendly dog Patch decided to sit in the middle of the dust and would not be budged. Her happy wagging tail was sending the dust flying all over. The salesman didn't know what to do in that situation, he was terrified that she would bite him and I'm ashamed to say that we found the panicked look on his face amusing. It got worse when he tried to demonstrate the durability of this product. Holding the vacuum cleaner pipe in his hands he told us that it was unbreakable **SNAP** the poor guys face had us roaring with laughter as he looked at the 2 broken halves.
I never did buy a Kirby, but to be honest I let the salesman do the demonstration as a favor. My daughter was doing her work experience in the companies office and the salesman was new and needed to meet a quota of demonstrations.
I had a wet dry cleaner once. It looked like one of those Henry cleaners and could also be used to shampoo carpets. It was quite useful when my washing machine leaked, I was able to use it to suck up all of the excess water much more easily than mopping it up. That one didn't last much longer than the guarantee and I remember it being heavy and difficult to pull around.
I had a cylinder vacuum that I liked and it lasted a few years but bags were a problem for it. In the olden days you had cloth bags that could be washed and used again and again. This vacuum had paper bags that were expensive to buy and only meant to be used until full and then thrown away. I sometimes managed to empty them and use them again but eventually the shop that I had bought the vacuum cleaner and bags from closed and I couldn't get the bags anywhere. That was before I found the internet and I'm sure things would have been different if I had searched online for them.
I quite liked my last vacuum and still have it for upstairs use. That one is an upright cleaner and was fine until I got a new short piled carpet in my sitting room. It just didn't have a strong enough suction to keep that particular carpet clean and when I took in a stray cat that sheds a lot of black hairs that makes the carpets look dirty I found that it was easier and more effective to brush the carpet than hoover it. I also found as I got older that the upright was getting too heavy to take up and down the stairs in my house.
Heaven came in the form of a Dyson . I bought it online and it's a perfect fit for me. It sucks like nobodies business, Sparky the cat can shed hairs as much as she wants and my Dyson makes them disappear. It doesn't need bags, cloth or paper, you just take the plastic tub off and empty it. It's light, I can easily carry it up and down the stairs and it pulls along behind you without a struggle. It has lots of tools, so many that I haven't figured out what they are all for yet. I've had this vacuum cleaner a couple of years now and can honestly say that I would get a Dyson again when this one eventually gives up the ghost.