Who would have thought so much would go into buying a vacuum cleaner? Once upon a time, if you wanted a vacuum cleaner, you went to the vacuum cleaner store (I'm assuming), and made one Tim the Toolman Taylor-esque decision: how much power can I afford.

Not anymore. HEPA? Cyclonic? HEPA *and* cyclonic? Bagged or bagless? Upright or canister? I felt like I was buying a car, except it was more complicated.

Well, I haven't gotten one yet, because we perused through Wal-Mart, Sears and Lowes and couldn't find what I decided would be best: a bagless canister cyclonic with a HEPA filter. Phew. I think I'll probably just wind up buying online, if I can even afford it.

We went to Big Lots to check out their selection, and they had a $300 Dyson. Too rich for my blood. However, I did get this:

Donald Rumsfeld Doll

That's right. It's a talking Donald Rumsfeld doll. Best $5 I ever spent. I also got a George Bush (the elder) doll, but he wasn't as photogenic, because I didn't take him out of the box yet. So the day wasn't entirely a bust.

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  • Jackson

    We splurged on a Dyson (probably the same one, the yellow one) during our last house purchase. The only problem is that we don’t use it as much as we should. It is a work of art though.

  • Xibo

    The best part? A year after you buy it, it will break, and you’ll have to buy another one. So don’t bother spending much on it. Man, 30-50 years ago, you bought a vacuum cleaner, it would stay usable for decades. Parents would hand them down to their children. Today? It’s a consumable product.

  • Tim W.

    Sue and I have one of those Dyson DC-14 Animal. vacuums. I must say that they are pretty well engineered. Their open architecture makes them pretty easy to resolve plugs (which is an issue with us, as we own a “sheddy” dog and two long-haired cats).

    Downside? It’s all plastic. When I was a kid my parents had these canister and upright vacs that were all metal. You could detach the wand and use it as a home defense weapon.


  • Lesley

    I’m so jealous of that doll. Best Big Lots purchase ever.