I purchased a Kirby Heritage II vacuum cleaner new in 1997. I wheeled and dealed until I got basic machine and shampooer and zip brush for half of what the asking price was for just the basic machine.
I have been using the Heritage II from Kirby for the past 22 yrs and wouldn’t trade it. Kirby does make a well built product. I like the cleaning performance of the machine and always did. Being in the professional cleaning business I have access to many makes and models and none have changed my interest in Kirby.
My personal experience with the Kirby product started 40 yrs ago when I was 3 (yes no joke). My grandmother had one she purchased in 1959, we used that one until it needed some minor repairs.
At which time she purchased the Classic Omega model in 1971. We are still using that vacuum 9 yrs after Grandma passed away. Her sister in law had one she purchased in 1957 and used until 1989 when she passed away. Her’s was used at the apartment complex she lived in and her daughters home weekly.
Folks, you need to remember you are buying a well built machine. The machines we have in our family have seen it all. From remodeling clean up to daily cleaning. Sand, dust, gravel, dog /cat hair and the occasional erector set or tinkder toy part and just about anything eles you could imagine going thru it.
Yes you will pay more than at the local department store. But how long will you have that all plastic machine? It does take a little learing how to set it up for the jobs you want to do but in the end it is worth it.
And yes at times a bit heavy but there are tricks to over come that for most of us. Buying one is like buying a car you need to be a wheeler dealer.
I have also used the newer models with the drive tech and wasn’t disapointed. It is nice, I however like the classic design of my Kirby Heritage II and plan on keeping it for another 22 years or more.
I also like the rebuild plan; it is worth it. I have sent in two machines from 1971 and both came back looking like new and worked great.
Yes, I’m passionate about my Kirby but from what you’ve read above you can see why. No I’m not a sales man of Kirby’s (Don’t want to deal with folks that have already decided it’s too ????? I’ve heard every excuse in the book.)
Besides Guys like toys that are well built that you can take it apart and put it together and see if you can make it work.