New vacuum cleaner query:
Need a vacuum for a house that mostly has wood floors but with a lot of area rugs. Have stairs everywhere. Have tons of dust-collecting antiques and cats who shed and scatter litter.
What I need:
Good suction that doesn't deteriorate as the machine ages.
Ability to withstand lots of fur and dust.
Light weight so I can carry it up and down stairs.
Has to get into weird corners with hose, so I prefer canister style to upright, or at least it should have tools to enable reaching nooks and crannies.
Has to deal with various surfaces....short and medium carpet as well as bare floors.
Prefer bag-less to bags, but that's negotiable.
I had been using a 2.5 gallon Shop-Vac. This worked for me as it was light and easy to carry around and sucked really well and didn't lose strength. Not so good on carpets though. It could be used bagged or bagless, but it came with a warning to use a bag for things like plaster dust. I didn't realize that applied to the clay dust from the cat litter. Anyway one day the motor burnt up.
I could get another Shop-Vac but I'm looking at some other models of Canister Vacs that maybe would be better on the rugs.
One is the small Bissell Zing that others in this thread have mentioned . . .
The other is a Panasonic MC-CL310