Does a Kirby Vacuum Really Work?

Does a Kirby Vacuum Really Work?
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Does the Kirby Vacuum work?If you’ve ever been pitched by a Kirby Vacuum salesperson, you probably wondered if it actually worked the way they demonstrated. For the price that they charge they’d better work, right? Some of the things it can do are pretty convincing, and get people to pay several times more than an ordinary vacuum. So does this piece of machinery justify its price tag, or are you only lini

The Kirby Vaccum company does not sell their vacuums in stores. They rely on sending out their sales reps to provide in-home demonstrations so that you can get a first hand look at the results they provide. It’s a pretty good way to get a room of your house vacuumed and shampooed for free, but be prepared to listen to the whole spiel, and you might even find that it wins you over with its comparison tests and features.

The Claim
Some of the claims that a Kirby rep will make is that this vacuum can pull dirt out of your carpet, and from under your carpet, even from under the padding. So you are sucking up all the dirt and dust, from the flooring underneath your carpet and padding, as well as all of the surface stuff. They also claim that if you use the Kirby on your mattress, it will pull out all of the dust mites which are causing you allergies and other symptoms. They do a pretty convincing test of this, showing the white and cream colored dust mites on a black pad.

They also claim that their vacuum lasts so long, it will prevent you from having to buy another vacuum for the rest of your life. Most people do indeed find that their Kirby works just fine ten years down the road. Plus you can have it serviced if it breaks down, so it’s not a product that relies on you buying a new one again and again.

The Hype
The hype comes in the form of this vacuum being sold door to door. It’s one of the few remaining products out there that still has people coming into your home to try to get you to make a purchase. The reason for this is that it’s a high-end vacuum, and if you saw it on the shelves next to other units like the Shark Navigator Lift-Away at $250 you would never buy it.

The Cost
The cost of a Kirby vacuum is actually negotiable. The sales rep will let you know how low they’re willing to go if you haggle with them.

The Commitment
The Kirby is not like a Roomba where you can set it and forget it, and it will do all the work for you. It is something that you’re going to have to learn how to use properly – the sales rep can give you a rundown on that – but you’ll have to be the one to move it around your house and do the cleaning. It’s not the lightest vacuum, so you might want to consider something else if you’re not able to lift and carry heavy things.

A Kirby Vacuum is amazingly powerful. At one demonstration in a home it was able to pick up glitter from a living room. When asked what the glitter was from, the owner of the house said it was from Christmas. This was in May, and she had vacuumed the carpets every day as part of her daily cleaning routine. She was amazed that her current vacuum had been unable to pick up the glitter, because it had made its way under the carpeting and padding.

The Kirby vacuum was able to suck it up, through the padding, and through the carpeting, and into the unit. She was also impressed with the Kirby’s power cord, and how it resists tangles. She showed how her current vacuum had become a tangled mess from so much use.

One of the things that impresses most people is when they put the Kirby up against your current vacuum and have you go over the same spot again and again, and then they use the Kirby vacuum over that spot and pick up a tone of dust and dirt. It’s pretty convincing of its suction power.

Final Kirby Vacuum Review

A Kirby Vacuum is like a Sherman tank, it will last you as long as you want it to last you. It is great at sucking up dirt, and has a HEPA filtration system that does wonders for allergy sufferers. The only stumbling blocks it has are its price, and its weight. If you can get over those two things, it’s a great addition to your home.

Our Recommendation
A Kirby Vacuum is a great investment for those that are suffering from allergies, and for those that want to preserve the life of their carpeting. It’s not an easy purchase to make, because of the price tag, but as far as something that will last you at least ten years, it becomes a matter of value for the dollar. If you want to split the difference, get a Dyson which is only 2-3 times the cost of an ordinary vacuum, but has similar power and features. And if you’re looking for one of the best vacuums at a price point that won’t set you back, get the Shark Navigator Lift-Away and call it a day.

What do you think? Does the Kirby Vacuum work or not?


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RLG August 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I used to have a Kirby vacuum many years ago. The Kirby was one of the best on the market. The one thing I hated about the Kirby is it was so heavy. You got a workout just by vacuuming with it. I don’t know if Kirby is still in business, but if they are, then maybe they have made the Kirby lighter than it used to be years ago. I also remember the Kirby was expensive. I had ours financed as it was well over a thousand dollars and I felt like I would never get it paid off. A good vacuum, but so heavy.


anthonyjamaalbanks September 16, 2013 at 1:39 am

Its good for using it as a mattress cleaning business just charge people a price that they can afford


Kate October 21, 2015 at 1:22 am

I recently got a Kirby. My old vacuum was way past it prime. Both my husband and I have noticed our carpets are fluffier again. I grew up with a Kirby in my parents home. They are good, but they are pricy, but I do agree it may be prolonging my carpet’s life.


Trish October 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

I just had a Kirby demonstration done in my house last week. The salesperson was trying to win a trip to Disney. She might as well have said that I would be one of the people financing it. Not a great sales pitch, if you ask me. They offered me Lysol wipes for my time. A few years ago, I was offered a set of drinking glasses.

As far as the vacuum goes, it worked great. It’s still quite heavy. I couldn’t get over the price or the fact that I would have to lug it up and down the stairs. The price started at around $2100. After several “no’s”, it got down to $1388. That was their final price before leaving my home. I also didn’t like how insulting they could be at the cleanliness of my home. I have a Dyson and a Shark Navigator Liftaway. I wasn’t looking for a new vacuum, so I didn’t buy one.


John Conway July 19, 2017 at 4:39 am

I sold Kirby Heritage and Heritage II. Wouldn’t use anything else. the secret to carrying a Kirby ANYWHERE is NOT to grab it at the top of the handle. Grab it at the BOTTOM of the handle just above the motor unit. This distributes the weight more evenly so it is easier to carry upstairs, outside, etc.


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