I used to have one of those fancy shmancy vacuum cleaners that picks up everything including allergens. Cost several hundred dollars. While it worked very nicely for me when I bought it, before the onset of pain, it was basically useless after; because I couldn’t push the damn thing around.
So after being at the mercy of the occasional help who came to clean my home, I ditched it. Left it on the street for someone to claim. And I bought a Eureka vacumm cleaner – “The Boss Superlite.” It is in fact super light. And it even works! How cool is that.
I can’t remember how much it cost, but I think it was not more than about $50, which was easy(ish) on the wallet. I also like that there is no vacuum bag to change; rather, you just pop out the plastic contraption and dump the gook in the garbage. But the hands-down coolest thing about this vacuum is that I can push it around with one hand. Wicked.
The only drawbacks are these: I frequently have to pull out stuff from the rollers, which get clogged up pretty quickly. That of course involves bending, which my backey no likey.
Also there are no extensions, meaning, I can’t get at the edges of my carpet or in the corners behind furniture – where dust accumulates. I am using my mini hand-held vacuum for that, which sucks, because again, the whole bending thing. Ouch.
One final complaint: The upright lock is unstable. When I photographed the vacuum cleaner in my living room, I placed it on the floor and went to pick up my camera. As soon as I turned away, the whole top part of the vacuum fell backwards, leaving a black streak along my otherwise pristine white wall. Grrr.