Kirby G5 Upright Cleaner Reviews

Kirby G5 Upright Cleaner

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  • KIRBY SUCKS! And that's a good thing

    Oct 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Amazingly diverse uses
    Cons: heavy, expensive as hell

    Summary: Oh Kirby, let me count the ways that my G5 has saved my a**! First off, my wife and I bought our Kirby from a cheese-laden salesman when we were newlyweds (almost 10 yrs ago...)and we were VERY naive. (It was also before the advent of ... read more

  • Always A Kirby!

    Jun 28, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Kirby G5 is very useful in every part of the house.
    Cons: My only complaint is the cost of the bags. No non-name brand bags available.

    Summary: A Kirby has been in my family since I was born in the late 50s.  So I don't ever remember being without one.  My G5 takes on any chore that I give it.  From vacuuming out the house to the car, it gets every spec of dirt.  ... read more

  • Is it worth it?

    May 4, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The suction, the durability, life span: they last for years and years
    Cons: High Price,  weigh about 20 pounds, supplies are expensive and can be hard to access.

    Summary: Is It Worth It?    &nb sp;     Everyone has heard of the Kirby vacuum cleaner.  Buying one can be a big decision for a person to make, and it's mostly because of their cost.  The question most ... read more

  • Kirby sucked me in too

    Jan 5, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: does clean great IF you have carpet
    Cons: Heavy, bulky, very costly, only uses expensive Kirby bags.

    Summary: Let me start by saying what a sucker I am. My husband and I moved into our house 4 years ago and needed a new vacuum since ours was broken in the move, so when the Kirby guy showed up on our doorstep he must have seen the words sucker written on my ... read more

  • Kirby Stays at my house--

    Jan 4, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unbeatable. Will do everything related to cleaning, and then some.
    Cons: Heavy. Expensive. Noisy. Hard to find the bags

    Summary: I've been considering selling my G5 Kirby, because, 1. It is too darn heavy with its carpet attachment on it 2. It is too darn heavy without its carpet attachment on it. But what the heck, I have hard wood floors throughout most of the ... read more

  • Awesome vacuum!

    Dec 5, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cleans great, will last forever, tech drive makes pushing easy
    Cons: bad rep due to unethical sales practices

    Summary: Let me give you some perspective about from where this review comes. I collect vacuums (mostly antiques, some modern) as a hobby... I have about 30 machines in total. I sold vacuums for Sears for two years and sold Kirbys door to door for about three ... read more

  • Still satisfied

    Jul 5, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reliable, long lasting, powerful
    Cons: too many accessories, expensive, noisy

    Summary: We bought the G5 unit back in 1996 of course from a pushy salesman. Since we all know how that all goes, and how that is the most disatisfying part of this vacuum, I will not mention it from here on. So first the design. This definatly is not like any ... read more

  • 10 Years and Still Sucks

    May 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very versatile, does a nice job, durable
    Cons: Extremely expensive, heavy, supplies can be a pain to get

    Summary: We purchased the Kirby G5 vacuum in 1997. Horrendously overpriced, I'm still not sure how we ended up paying over $1,000 for a vacuum cleaner (note to anyone considering, the price IS negotiable). We have used this vacuum regularly for a decade now. ... read more


    Feb 5, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Retro style, durable, seemingly indestructible, attachments galore, easy to use, easy to move, IT SUCKS
    Cons: ??????????????????? Still trying to find one...............

    Summary: I, like many who read this, have had one of the Kirby salesmen enter my home. I already know most vacuums can go over the floor again and again usually removing something that was missed prior. Also, MOST of the attachments would be comparable on ... read more

  • The Best Vacuum You Could Buy

    Dec 19, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Converts between canister and upright mode to serve a wide range of purposes
    Cons: Weight may pose an issue to someone with arthritis or back trouble

    Summary: I must first start by saying that I am something of a vacuum aficionado. Ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated at how these machines worked and I loved seeing what they could do. I hate buying appliances that do only one thing one way. When I ... read more

  • I have wanted a Kirby ever since I was a newlywed!

    Nov 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Durable; versatile; awesome suction; excellent shampooer. Micron Magic Filtration and self-propelled drive are great!
    Cons: It's heavier than other vacuums; converting to different functions can be a little inconvenient.

    Summary: I got married in 1963, and like most newlyweds, we were on a tight budget. Outfitting a home with all the essentials took its toll, and I had to settle for an inexpensive vacuum cleaner. I had the idea that when that one gave up the ghost, I would ... read more

  • Kirby Vacuum

    Aug 2, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Multiple attachments for those with a lot of time on their hands.
    Cons: Cumbersome attachments. Very expensive purchase. Dishonest sales techniques. Time consuming demonstration.

    Summary: The Kirby Vacuum is a fairly interesting piece of equipment. It has multiple attachments to assist with getting under couches, cleaning upholstery/drapes, shampooing carpet, and for cleaning hardwood floors/stairs. Unfortunately, the vacuum and its ... read more

  • Great Machine but Way Overpriced

    Mar 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Effective on carpets, durable, easy to adjust carpet height.
    Cons: Heavy, inconvenient attachments, EXPENSIVE!!!

    Summary: My ex and I used to own a Kirby G5 Upright. Honestly, I have to admit that I loved the machine but would have never paid the $1400 this vacuum cleaner cost. Still, Kirby does make great quality products, products that last for generations. Below are ... read more

  • Still working after 7 years!

    Feb 21, 2005 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Sucks up everything Long lasting
    Cons: Expensive Weighs a ton Changing attachments time consuming

    Summary: I remember when we first heard the pitch from the salesman. He showed us everything this vacuum could do, suck out allergens and dust mites from the mattress, inflate, deflate, shampoo carpet, I thought it was wonderful, until he told us the price! ... read more

  • My neighbor's loss is my gain!

    Jul 7, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerful suction, easy to change bag, Tech Drive transmission makes for easy maneuvering
    Cons: Few if any

    Summary: You're going to find this hard to believe, but my Kirby G5 came to me by way of a neighbor's garbage ... read more

  • Why I love my Kirby G5 - corny but true!

    May 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Deep Cleans, multiple uses, Very easy to shampoo as often as you want.
    Cons: Heavy to lift up and down stairs. More expensive than most other machines.

    Summary: I absolutely love this machine and feel that the positives far outweigh the negatives. I have been using my G5 for several years and would never consider going back to a plastic vacuum. I really believe that if taken care of this machine will be the ... read more

  • I Still Like my Kirby...I Didn't like the sales pitch

    Mar 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well built, powerful, many attachments, semi-self propelled, adaptable, lifetime warranty.
    Cons: Loud, heavy, costly bags, costly machine.

    Summary: The Kirby G5 vacuum cleaner is now obsolete, but very little improvements have been made between the G5 and the new Generation Six models except for a replaceable HEPPA filter and some of the attachments. I've owned the Kirby model G5 since 1995. My ... read more

  • Kirby is #1

    Dec 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: everything
    Cons: price

    Summary: We just bought a kirby vacuum cleaner from a door to door salesman of all people. But we were please. The demonstration was amazing they took dirt out of my carpet which I had just had cleaned only the week before it should have been spottless then ehn ... read more

  • Great performance, but pricey

    Nov 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sucks great, lots of attachments, very sturdy
    Cons: Expensive, heavy, changing attachments a pain

    Summary: I bought my Kirby G5 about 5 years ago from a young girl working her way through college. I was very skeptical of some of her claims at first, but after the demonstration ended, I was amazed. She used my vacuum to clean areas of carpet, upholstery, ... read more

  • Four years and luvin' it...

    Nov 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Indestructible, incredible suctioning power, attachments
    Cons: heavy, pricey

    Summary: We've had our Kirby now for over 4 years and it is still going strong. My parents had purchased one back in the '60s that they kept till my mother couldn't push it around anymore after breast cancer surgery. They bought a G3 in 1989 and gave the old ... read more

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