durable vacuum cleaner recommendation (and relatively inexpensive)?

So the shedding season is upon us and the fur is flying all over the place. I need to get a good, durable vacuum cleaner that can suck up the pet hair but won't die after a few months use and is easy to clean, especially the brush since the dog hair seems to get caught in it and I don't want to have to cut the hair out all the time. I have limited funds so there's no way I can get the Roomba or the Dyson Animal and would prefer to spend under $150.

Does anyone have any recommendations and how long has your vacuum cleaner lasted?

Thanks! Here's to hoping for a less hairy situation :-)

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bissell cleanview II

after over 6 weeks of research my boyfriend decided that what we already have is the best. the key is to replace and clean the filters and brush often. between spencer and me we both shed a lot and this vaccuum has been with us for awhile. we got it at bed bath and beyond for under $100. it comes with a special brush and has a hepa filter too.

we looked into the dyson and consumer reports didn't like it.

we've had our vaccuum for over 4 years and it survived my hair shedding and has done REALLLY well with the added corgi load.
My Bissell Turbo Powerforce cleans well, but is just so messy, dust is on the vacuum, like the pic below:


And I washed and dried the filter according to the manual a month ago, but it just gave off a bad stench afterward from then on! And the belt broke off yesterday. I think it's time to replace the troublesome thing.

It sucks because I purchased the vacuum 6 months ago. :(

Now I'm thinking about getting the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser...Is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser okay and free from these issues?
I get some dust from the filter area, but all in all it's not too bad. I use the hose attachment to clean the filter area after I've emptied the bin and replaced it. Does that sound weird? LOL

I've also had my Bissel Pet Hair eraser for about 6 months. I had to replace the belt once but that's been it. I'm amazed at what gets vacuumed up yet it is not harmed!
I have the Bissell Pet Hair vac and it is messy to empty but otherwise it still works. We kill vacumns at our house so I try not to spend too much on them. We had a Dyson Animal that lasted about 5 years.
I have a Bissell Healthy Home and 2 of my married children bought one also after using mine. I have vac'd for more than 45 years (cleaned house for others when I was in high school) and this is the best I have ever used. Not sure how many of you have ever tried to vac your dogs, but we have had 2 that LOVE it!! I have to make them go outside so they leave me alone to clean. Ansley goes after the vac until I stop and put the soft brush on and then she purrs like the cats. It helps a lot on the grooming.
I have a Hoover WindTunnel + Cyclonic Bagless HEPA Upright Vacuum Cleaner. When we got Baxter my mom bought me this vacuum. So I've had it about a year. At first my boyfriend did the vacuuming and everything seemed fine. I can't recall when he told me the vacuum broke, but it did a few months after getting it. He took the base off and fixed it. Within the past couple of months, I've taken over the vacuuming. It seems like even though Baxter isn't blowing his coat, he is in constant shed mode. So I vacuum about twice a week. This vacuum picks up a lot of hair, so much that I have to empty the canister after every room. Emptying it is messy. Very messy. You should either take it outside to empty or really hold it down inside the garbage can. The sucking power is great, I like the attachments, but it seems like when you're using them, the vacuum will always fall over. A month ago one of the belts seemed loose and the brush stopped rolling. I replaced the belt and it worked great. The next time I used it, it made a weird noise and then the brush stopped working altogether. I took it to a repair shop and the man told me it was the belts. I told him I just replaced them. He took it apart and told me I was right. He said they would have to order a special part for it. Thankfully it was still under warranty. I was really happy thinking about it getting fixed until I went to pick it up from the store only to find a new man telling me it was the belts and that I now owed $25.00. Belts (which I could have replaced myself for half that cost) are not covered under warranty. On the plus side, the vacuum is working now and the repair comes with a 30 day warranty. So I will be vacuuming a lot this month hoping that if it stops working again, they are look into this "belt" problem a little deeper on their own dime.

In short, read a lot of consumer reviews before buying. This Bissell sounds like a dream. I'll have to keep that in mind for my next vacuum as I don't think I'll be buying a Hoover again.
I love my Bissell Lift off vaccumm, I have had mine for 2 years and would buy another one in a heartbeat!!
I use a Hoover Wind tunnel 2. Works great for long-haired Baron and 2 cats. Very inexpensive.
In 1980, I bought a Kirby and it was my BFF for over 20 years. I replaced that with a Kenmore - that didn't last long, there's just no comparison ...I was really disgusted with every other vacuum I looked at.

FINALLY - on Craig's List, I scored a brand new IN THE BOX(ES) Kirby, all the bells & whistles, latest model ...$225. I dropped everything, went to the bank and then to get my new BFF. I was afraid the woman selling it would realize she was NUTS to sell at that price, but it's mine now. I have a rubber-toothed 'curry' attachment (sold for horses, used to vacuum my horses) and it works miracles on the dog.
wow, great find! I looove Craigslist! I'm getting an outdoor fireplace today and a papsan chair tomorrow :)
I really love my Hoover Windtunnel it creats a suction around it as well as under it. Dust bunnies and hair come flying from under the chairs and toe kicks, I ahve had it a long time too!

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