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Always A Kirby!

bypakirbyguy Jun 28, 2009
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros The Kirby G5 is very useful in every part of the house.
Cons My only complaint is the cost of the bags. No non-name brand bags available.
Recommended it? Yes

A Kirby has been in my family since I was born in the late 50s.  So I don't ever remember being without one. 

My G5 takes on any chore that I give it.  From vacuuming out the house to the car, it gets every spec of dirt.  While it is on the heavy side, it is very durable and takes a... Read full review »


Is it worth it?

bydemmett May 4, 2009
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros The suction, the durability, life span: they last for years and years
Cons High Price,  weigh about 20 pounds, supplies are expensive and can be hard to access.
Recommended it? Yes

Is It Worth It?
          Everyone has heard of the Kirby vacuum cleaner.  Buying one can be a big decision for a person to make, and it's mostly because of their cost.  The question most people ask first is usually, whether or not it is worth it.  I have owned mine for four years, and my mother... Read full review »


11 years old, and still works as it did in the presentation

bymike2moto Jul 2, 2008
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Shampooer works great. easy to use, repairs seldomely needed
Cons If there were any, would I still have it 10 years later???
Recommended it? Yes

In 1997, I bought the Hoover "Windtunnel" vacuum, as they advertised it was supposed to be better than any other vacuum. Well, yes it was, for the 6 months I had it. It always clogged, and I always had to get it repaired. I had just got it back from the repair shop, and i started using it. IT... Read full review »


Kirby sucked me in too

bytrishwise Jan 5, 2008
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros does clean great IF you have carpet
Cons Heavy, bulky, very costly, only uses expensive Kirby bags.
Recommended it? No

Let me start by saying what a sucker I am. My husband and I moved into our house 4 years ago and needed a new vacuum since ours was broken in the move, so when the Kirby guy showed up on our doorstep he must have seen the words sucker written on my forehead. I am a major germophobe and was sold... Read full review »


Kirby Stays at my house--

byauntieruth Jan 4, 2008
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Unbeatable. Will do everything related to cleaning, and then some.
Cons Heavy. Expensive. Noisy. Hard to find the bags
Recommended it? Yes

I've been considering selling my G5 Kirby, because,
1. It is too darn heavy with its carpet attachment on it
2. It is too darn heavy without its carpet attachment on it.

But what the heck, I have hard wood floors throughout most of the house, and haven't used that carpet... Read full review »


Awesome vacuum!

byaleroluver Dec 5, 2007
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros cleans great, will last forever, tech drive makes pushing easy
Cons bad rep due to unethical sales practices
Recommended it? Yes

Let me give you some perspective about from where this review comes. I collect vacuums (mostly antiques, some modern) as a hobby... I have about 30 machines in total. I sold vacuums for Sears for two years and sold Kirbys door to door for about three days, and that was 5 years ago. I know more... Read full review »


Still satisfied

byjgpingpong Jul 5, 2007
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Reliable, long lasting, powerful
Cons too many accessories, expensive, noisy
Recommended it? Yes

We bought the G5 unit back in 1996 of course from a pushy salesman. Since we all know how that all goes, and how that is the most disatisfying part of this vacuum, I will not mention it from here on.

So first the design. This definatly is not like any other vacuum on the market (then and... Read full review »


10 Years and Still Sucks

byjwpearce May 20, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Very versatile, does a nice job, durable
Cons Extremely expensive, heavy, supplies can be a pain to get
Recommended it? Yes

We purchased the Kirby G5 vacuum in 1997. Horrendously overpriced, I'm still not sure how we ended up paying over $1,000 for a vacuum cleaner (note to anyone considering, the price IS negotiable).

We have used this vacuum regularly for a decade now. It's survived two shelties and two... Read full review »


Just will not work!!!

bywnddyer Feb 4, 2007
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Pretty good suction, can wash carpets also.
Cons Breaking down constantly, traveling to buy bags.
Recommended it? No

I got my Kirby from my mom. It's a g5, and worked fine for her, she just got tired of having to go out of her way to buy bags. Well when I went to use it for the first time, it did not work. No power no nothing. I found a vacuum business that worked on several different vacuums and Kirby was one of... Read full review »


Love this!!

bysnyderfour Mar 26, 2006
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Power assist, brute suction, many attachments, long cord, HEPPA filter, sturdy, company...
Cons Heavy, wish it were bagless.
Recommended it? Yes

The saleslady really pushed us but I'm glad we own this vacuum. We paid about $1,000 for the vacuum, attachments, carpet shampooer, floor waxer and buffer. I love the strong suction power of this vacuum and versatility.

If you are buying it because of the carpet shampooer, don't. It works... Read full review »



byepinionatedwon Feb 5, 2006
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Retro style, durable, seemingly indestructible, attachments galore, easy to use, easy to...
Cons ??????????????????? Still trying to find one...............
Recommended it? Yes

I, like many who read this, have had one of the Kirby salesmen enter my home. I already know most vacuums can go over the floor again and again usually removing something that was missed prior. Also, MOST of the attachments would be comparable on any vacuum. Further, the price tag is daunting to... Read full review »


The Best Vacuum You Could Buy

byjoeroe2005 Dec 19, 2005
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Converts between canister and upright mode to serve a wide range of purposes
Cons Weight may pose an issue to someone with arthritis or back trouble
Recommended it? Yes

I must first start by saying that I am something of a vacuum aficionado. Ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated at how these machines worked and I loved seeing what they could do. I hate buying appliances that do only one thing one way. When I first saw that a Kirby could be converted into... Read full review »


I have wanted a Kirby ever since I was a newlywed!

bym-azingrace Nov 22, 2005
8 Helpfuls 9 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Durable; versatile; awesome suction; excellent shampooer. Micron Magic Filtration and...
Cons It's heavier than other vacuums; converting to different functions can be a little...
Recommended it? Yes

I got married in 1963, and like most newlyweds, we were on a tight budget. Outfitting a home with all the essentials took its toll, and I had to settle for an inexpensive vacuum cleaner. I had the idea that when that one gave up the ghost, I would get the Kirby I wanted. However, each time we... Read full review »


Kirby Vacuum

byellzebeth Aug 2, 2005
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Multiple attachments for those with a lot of time on their hands.
Cons Cumbersome attachments. Very expensive purchase. Dishonest sales techniques. Time...
Recommended it? No

The Kirby Vacuum is a fairly interesting piece of equipment. It has multiple attachments to assist with getting under couches, cleaning upholstery/drapes, shampooing carpet, and for cleaning hardwood floors/stairs. Unfortunately, the vacuum and its attachments are extremely overpriced, and rather... Read full review »


Great Machine but Way Overpriced

bygmmcnair Mar 17, 2005
18 Helpfuls 19 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Effective on carpets, durable, easy to adjust carpet height.
Cons Heavy, inconvenient attachments, EXPENSIVE!!!
Recommended it? Yes

My ex and I used to own a Kirby G5 Upright. Honestly, I have to admit that I loved the machine but would have never paid the $1400 this vacuum cleaner cost. Still, Kirby does make great quality products, products that last for generations. Below are some of my experiences living with it, the... Read full review »


this vacuum sucks the big 1

bybjergf Sep 24, 2004
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros it sucks dirt up
Cons its a major pain in the...
Recommended it? No

the only thing i like about this vacuum is that it can suck dirt up. it is so heavy!!! i am an active 17 yr. old girl and i still have a hard time pushing this thing around. (YES I HAVE THE GEARS SET CORRECTLY)you would think for how much my mom paid for the damn thing, it would be under 30 - 40... Read full review »


Great Vacuum

byvacboy0371 Apr 8, 2004
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great in suction, filtration, and durability. Plus the ease of use with the transmission.
Cons Heavy to carry.
Recommended it? Yes

This is what Kirby is about!! Quality is outstanding. Performance is excellent. Reliability is marvelous. I purchased this vacuum new following an in-home demonstration and have loved it ever since. I knew that Kirby was the best. My Nana bought a rebuilt SANITRONIC over 30 years ago and it is... Read full review »


My Kirby Is Nothing Special

byproductjustin Oct 6, 2003
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros multiple uses, sturdy design, long cord, headlight on front of machine, no loud noise
Cons Bag is difficult to empty, heavy, messy, hassle
Recommended it? Yes

Ok, well, I bought my kirby g5 about 3 years ago used, and let me tell you, its a great product!

I mostly used it for vacuuming and it worked great! Unfortunately, it is extremely heavy and bulky and it wouldn't be a very good buy for someone with arthritis, back problems, or anything... Read full review »


My neighbor's loss is my gain!

byharleyrider207 Jul 7, 2003
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Powerful suction, easy to change bag, Tech Drive transmission makes for easy maneuvering
Cons Few if any
Recommended it? Yes

You're going to find this hard to believe, but my Kirby G5 came to me by way of a neighbor's garbage. It's true! I was driving home from work one morning, and as I drove past a neighbor's house I noticed that they had put out a vacuum cleaner. Upon further inspection, I realized it was a Kirby G5... Read full review »


Why I love my Kirby G5 - corny but true!

bybonsurvey May 13, 2003
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Deep Cleans, multiple uses, Very easy to shampoo as often as you want.
Cons Heavy to lift up and down stairs. More expensive than most other machines.
Recommended it? Yes

I absolutely love this machine and feel that the positives far outweigh the negatives. I have been using my G5 for several years and would never consider going back to a plastic vacuum. I really believe that if taken care of this machine will be the only cleaner that I will ever buy. It is made out... Read full review »

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