Dear Home Ec 101,
I admit, I wanted one of those – a bagless vacuum cleaner! What an amazing idea! No thought was given to what I was going to do with the container full of dust and debris. I’ve figured out that dumping out the junk is fairly easy – although many people including myself dislike the cloud of who-knows-what that comes from dumping days’ worth of stuff sitting in the canister. What I can’t figure out, nor find online, is how the heck to clean the filter. Everything says, “clean the filter,” but then I see, “don’t touch the filter.” How does one clean the filter of a bagless vac? I’m pretty confident I’m getting lower performance because the filter is, um, gross. (The same can be said for my handvac but I’ll be satisfied today with knowing how to clean the filter on my less-than-a-year-old hoover.)
*Update for Autumn of 2016* I purchased a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser in July. The filters are easier to access than the Dyson and after almost 3 months of use in a home with a dog and my long hair, I have no need to clear the beater bar of hair. I cannot immediately see what the brush has done differently, but it does not collect hair and I am thrilled with this. The dust canister is also very easy to empty without getting dust everywhere. Currently, it’s $200 cheaper than a Dyson, so it’s the clear winner for this busy household.
On a side noteI suckered talked Mr. Heather into a refurbished Dyson four* years ago. It’s still going strong, and I still love it. There, yet another shameless plug for a company not currently sponsoring us.
*Hey, refurbished was half the price of new.