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Hoovers vs Kirbys
« on: December 31, 2016, 01:10:18 AM »
So I know the old Hoovers are VERY good machines, they clean really really well and seem to be such a good vacuum, but out of curiosity, why do collectors prefer them over Kirbys? I think Kirbys are more powerful though and they aren't too heavy to push either lol, I never understood the Hoover craze.

Hoovers and Kirbys both agitate very well, both can lift carpets off the floor, both have a nice big bag, headlight, the smooth vintage vacuum sound, the brushbar roars etc etc
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 01:24:09 PM »
I am going to find a working vintage Hoover and run a test.
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 04:49:38 PM »
Cool
I prefer Kirby lol, just feels more powerful
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 05:30:19 PM »
I've done a Kirby g5 vs hoover turbopower... Was a close call, Kirby was slightly better though. I'll try and find it later on my youtube
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 06:20:36 PM »
That's no good, you at least need to use a Hoover of the same time period.
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 09:59:10 PM »
I think I had a vax mach 5 at the time, not sure what era the g5 is though. Academic now though as I don't own a Kirby anymore!
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 10:14:13 PM »
G5's were from 1997 until 1999.
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 10:15:23 PM »
I found out my G6 is an early one from April 1999
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2017, 10:22:12 PM »
The tp junior would have been early 90s then, so fairly close!
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2017, 10:45:02 PM »
Nice man! You're almost as old as it is!
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2017, 11:14:14 PM »
I think people prefer hoovers because they actually had a charterisitc design and were colourful and and modern from their time. Where as kirbies just looked like a rebadged carpet sweeper from the 30s. My friend couldnt believe that a g6 and a dc07 were from the same year. Kirby need to make something that isnt boring.

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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2017, 11:25:56 PM »
I think people prefer hoovers because they actually had a charterisitc design and were colourful and and modern from their time. Where as kirbies just looked like a rebadged carpet sweeper from the 30s. My friend couldnt believe that a g6 and a dc07 were from the same year. Kirby need to make something that isnt boring.

I think it's the design of the Kirby that makes it. If they didn't look how they do I wouldn't be collecting them.
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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2017, 11:37:12 PM »
Got the laptop out and here it is! I think the Turbopower is from 1992, it will feature here soon as it needs a refurb

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2znIkJK3dvY" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2znIkJK3dvY</a>

I also did a tools comparison, which the Kirby won hands down because it had amazing suction on the tools

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Re: Hoovers vs Kirbys
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2017, 11:39:39 PM »
I think people prefer hoovers because they actually had a charterisitc design and were colourful and and modern from their time. Where as kirbies just looked like a rebadged carpet sweeper from the 30s. My friend couldnt believe that a g6 and a dc07 were from the same year. Kirby need to make something that isnt boring.

I think it's the design of the Kirby that makes it. If they didn't look how they do I wouldn't be collecting them.
Guess i was a little harsh. Generally they are a bit boring but they have had some nice models
(Ds80, red omega)

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