Pros: Great if you know how to use everything
Cons: Made for weight lifters
Several years ago our General Electric vacuum cleaner had bit the dust and we were in the market for a new vacuum cleaner. I had heard from a neighbor that the Kirby vacuum cleaner was really good, that she wished she could afford it.
At that time Kirby salesmen were canvassing the neighborhood and one came to visit us. It did sound impressive. He did a home demonstration and indeed it did clean much better than our old one so we bought it.
Perhaps if I had been a muscular person and more mechanically gifted then it would have worked out better. Alas I didn't have a husband who was able to figure anything out either so things didn't go well overall.
There were some good things about it. For one thing it was an upright and had wheels. That was nice after years of having to lug a vacuum all over the house, an aerobics exercise program at best.
It did clean well until the belt broke and neither my husband or I could figure out how to put the new belt on properly despite digesting the instruction manual. The salesman came over and I thought I had it figured out, until the next time it died.
The belts did not last long. Everything that was vacuumed came up through the belt and it was constantly breaking. The fan though it was metal was another item that we did not have good luck with. The hoses and attachments did well though maybe if I had kept it longer I would have had to replace those since they were plastic.
I really wonder who designed that thing. I figure he must be the incredible hulk's clone. No one else could possibly push that heavy metal tank around. It was made out of the heaviest metal known to man (or woman!) making it an ordeal to push. I had to use both hands quite often in order to be able to accomplish this feat while vacuuming the carpet, despite the wheels.
It had several weird gizmos that I could never figure out why anyone would need them or how to use most of the ones that sounded good. There were such things as being able to convert the Kirby to a handheld device, a floor polisher, an rug shampooer plus some other crazy ones that I can't even remember. All I knew was that all those useless gadgets took up a lot of storage space that could have been better used for other things.
I was able to figure out how to use the rug shampooer and I felt good that there was something that I could figure out. I did enjoy it but over the long haul I would rather hire someone to professionally shampoo my carpets especially now that I just got new carpets a year ago. I want to protect my investment.
Even though it was an upright which I enjoyed it was heavy and hard for me to push around. The on/off switch was located at the bottom where I could turn it off and on with my feet. That part was nice.
You could adjust it to various height levels for cleaning carpet and again I could push it with my feet. That wasn't so nice since I am a barefoot girl. I had to wear shoes in order to push that square adjuster to the desired level.
It did have various attachments but that was obnoxious also. You had to take off the main part by getting down on the floor and putting on the desired attachment.
One feature was really crazy though the salesman touted it as being good for the environment and cheaper. This was the fact that the vacuum cleaner did not have paper bags.
In order to dump out the cloth vacuum cleaner bag, I had to go outside and put a newspaper underneath it. Then I had to open it from the bottom and scrape as much of the dirt as I could get out with the scraper inside the outside pocket of the bag. There was a lot of dirt in there and it did not help my sinuses any!
I put up with it for several years, after all we had spent a lot of money on it but I was sure glad to get rid of it when we replaced it with our light weight Orek.
The Orek is a nice light weight upright that is easily pushed all over the house. It does not have attachments but I use the canister that came with it that does have the attachments. It even cost less than the Kirby did and I sure enjoy it a whole lot more.