Monday, February 05, 2007

The Orange Goblin

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Okay, I am going to try to write more about my new vacuum, despite the fact that my husband was yanking on my arm in an attempt to keep me away from the computer. I had to lock him out of the office so I could have a chance to blog about the new vacuum.

My hubby is desperately afraid he’s going to be attacked outside of our home by a group of angry bloggers, so we will see how far I get in this post before he goes downstairs to our breaker box and flips the switch.

From that intro, you can all probably guess that I did NOT end up getting my purple Dyson that I wanted so badly. I got a Hoover. It’s orange, and I have dubbed it “the Orange Goblin.” Here’s a picture:


Eric wanted to make sure you all know this purchase was a mutual decision. (He also promised me sexual favors to say that, but I digress.)

We went to several stores and we looked at all of the vacuums, then we got online and read reviews for every vacuum ever manufactured. Eric found every review he could from people who didn’t like their Dysons and didn’t think they were worth the money. (I think there may have been two or three of those.) He also found a couple of reviews that said for the price, the Orange Goblin was a great vacuum.

Okay, in that phrase, “For the price” is key for me. Eric seemed to skip right over that part. My last vacuum was a Bissell, which we paid around $100 for. At the time we bought that, I researched it, and it was a “good vacuum for the price.” Since I got to the point where I wanted to take it out in the backyard and set it on fire, that review didn't make me do a happy dance.

So, we have gone from the Bissell to the Hoover. Same price range – about $100, but with our Amazon coupon, I think it was $89, so, in the words of my husband, “That’s an even better deal!” (insert eyeroll from me here.)

I have vacuumed with it once, and it works. I still think I possess more suction than the vacuum, but I’ll save that story for a blog my parents don’t read.

I literally wanted a vacuum that was going to suck my carpet right off the floorboard. The Orange Goblin doesn’t quite aspire to that, so now my main hope is that it at least lasts longer than the Bissell Powerfuck. I’ll tell you right now, if the Goblin goes out before Christmas, I’m trading my husband in for a purple Dyson.

10 comments:

Julie said...

Oy. May the schwartz be with you.

A.J.Reams said...

I was actually surprised to hear that the dyson wasn't given a great review in the consumer report magazine. The purple dyson was the vacuum that was on my wish list too! When you have 3 black furry animals with very light beige carpet, you need great suction.

I have a bissell that I'm ready to toss right out the front door. Basically, it doesn't suck at all! The stupid filter is always getting clogged and then I have to break the whole thing down and wash it out. Then, of course, it takes the entire day for the filter to dry.

....arrrgh, I need a new vacuum! Maybe I'll try the Orange Goblin.

SQT said...

Oh I am so with you. We bought a purple Hoover that was "good for the price" at $200 and it already has almost no sucktion. I hate the thing.

I want that Dyson.

Morgen said...

I have a semi-decent hoover that looks similar to the orange goblin. It is my vacuum at work, and Bessie loves it, bless her little heart.
I still think you should have gone on strike (no nookie 'til Dyson - you don't put out til Eric puts out for the vac -- sorry Eric! and yes, you'd have to hide the Gigi too!) but I hope that "for the price" you get decent use out of the orange goblin.
How many Gigis and lube would you have to sell to afford your own Dyson? If I had the money, I'd place an order but after Saturday (the blizzard cancelling Ice Festival) I am in a quandry -- I was really counting on that day to save me for a bit longer.
If you see me flipping burgers in a paper hat saying "you want fries with that, Lady?" that is my future...

Maggie said...

Yes I agree with what your saying I just can't spend that on a vacuum unless it does it for me. LOL.

Desert Songbird said...

I'm telling ya - go for the Oreck. That thing WILL suck the carpet off your floor, so beware Cheerios, Barbie shoes, and toast crusts! It is so worth the money, and I love that it's lightweight - means the kids can use it!!!!!

Christie said...

i have yet to find a miracle vaccuum, and i too have been through the bastard bissell. we're on a hoover too, but i still have dyson dreams!

Christie said...

i have yet to find a miracle vaccuum, and i too have been through the bastard bissell. we're on a hoover too, but i still have dyson dreams!

Mari said...

Target has the Dyson on SALE for $499 but you get a $50 gift card. We keep talking about it, but we can't bring ourselves to take the plunge! FIVE HUNDRED BUCKS! We only have 2 rooms with carpeting, but we have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 kids. That carpet is nasty! If only we had the Dyson, all our troubles would be over...

Sunrunner said...

The first time I looked at the picture it didn't look orange, but it starting to. I must be tired...