If you have long hair DO NOT BUY A GEORGE.
We bought a George, by Numatic, a couple of years ago. He’s the big brother of the ubiquitous Henry, and he likes water. He can wash as well as vacuum. The reason we bought him, is that when our last vacuum died, the carpets needed a wash. We decided to get one that could do wet and dry, and as we had heard good reviews of Henry, we bought a George.
George has problems.
That’s one overflowing bag. Not because it’s full, no. Because the nozzle going into the bag is blocked. I know that it has happened because I suddenly have virtually no suction, and once I have done a few frustrated swipes over the same piece of carpet, I realise there’s a problem. It means I have to get the scissors out.
There are other minor quibbles, too. It is top heavy when in dry mode, so I continually tip it over, and the flexible tube part is not quite long enough to reach up (or down) the stairs to the middle step, which has therefore never had its edges cleaned.
The sad part is, I have never had a vacuum cleaner I have been completely happy with, but I am so unhappy with this one, I am planning to buy another even though this one is still fine and healthy. That is a first. I will keep George, but I will lock him in the garage until he’s needed for wet vacuuming.
So, do you have a vacuum cleaner you love and wouldn’t be without? Is there a particular type which is great – good suction, good with hair, good with thread, light enough to go up and down stairs without me complaining? What would you recommend? Let me know!