Despite the fact that I don't prep food on the floors in my house (I'm guessing you don't either?), they often get dirtier than my countertops and table. And we have a no-shoes-allowed-in-the-house rule, so I spend a lot of time barefoot. Because there are few things grosser than stepping on crumbs and getting them stuck to the bottom of your feet (and I don't want to attract pests, either), I spend almost just as much time vacuuming.
By now, I like to think I'm somewhat of a vacuum expert. I have a sense when it's time to empty debris chambers, I'm a master at cutting hair out from the bristles (it's not a pretty job, but someone has to do it!), and I've gone through enough cheap-o machines to know that Dyson really is the best.
Dyson makes two main types of vacuums that are worth talking about: Stick versions, which are cordless and have to be charged up in order to use them, and upright vacuums that plug in. I'm lucky enough to have one of each (my in-laws were very generous when I was getting married!) and I use them both all the time in the kitchen. As long as it's charged, the smaller one is good for quick, nightly clean-ups, and the larger one is best for serious weekend cleans.
If you're going to get just one (and trust me, one is enough!) I vote for the upright.
It's the one that's going to last you the longest, give you a deeper clean, and be ready for you at a moment's notice. And you can currently get a Certified Refurbished version (that's inspected and backed by Dyson with a six-month limited warranty) for less than $300. That's right — for the next few hours, you can get one for $280 (compare that to the usual price of $400!).
I love that this machine can go straight from carpet to hardwood, it doesn't have to be charged, and that the debris bin gets emptied with the push of a button (no dealing with vacuum bags like our parents used to or getting your hands dirty).
And I love the current price — especially considering the fact that big-box stores (looking at you, Bed Bath & Beyond) typically don't allow you to use their coupons on Dyson machines. So here's a rare chance to get a top-of-the-line vacuum at a discount.
Are you going to take advantage of this sale? Do you agree that Dyson is the best in the vacuum biz?