Our poor Dyson DC07. We’ve had it for eight long years, but it’s been dying a slow death. It was expensive, but you could tell it was born of great engineering. I still wasn’t crazy about the exorbitant pricing, however. Sadly, as the years went by, it performed less and less, and features simply stopped working. Most recently, it doesn’t even pick up crud on the floor in floor-cleaning suction mode. Oye ve.

I did some research, and I couldn’t even find a way to justify another $600 for a new Dyson. I settled on the Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean. It has many similar features, and it has a cool feature that uses a super-secret ninja blade to cut the crud stuck inside the roller brushy thing-a-ma-bobber. I took it for a test run this evening. It seems to work well enough, though I was not impressed by the shorter electrical cord. The Dyson had a much longer cord that stretched across rooms. Luckily, this house has a million and one outlets to choose from.