As for vacuums, I’ve bought plenty of cheap vacuums at Wal-mart and Target to realize which ones are good and last longer than 1 year.
Anyways, if you can afford it, I’d buy the Dyson DC25 vacuum, the top-of-the-line Dyson vacuum currently on the market.
Price: $449 on Amazon
Equipped with Dyson Ball technology, this upright vacuum cleaner sits on a ball for easy twisting and turning around furniture and obstacles–no more missed angles or tiresome back-and-forth vacuuming. The ball also encapsulates the machine’s 11 amp motor, creating a low center of gravity for even easier maneuverability. The vacuum cleaner uses Root Cyclone technology to separate dirt from the air by centrifugal force, which ensures efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. Effective for use on all floor types, the unit’s motorized brushbar can be turned on to remove dirt and pet hair from carpets, or turned off to protect delicate rugs and floors. It also supplies a quick-draw Telescope Reach wand, which expands to offers 16 feet of reach for stairs, drapes, upholstery, and more.