Sebo Vacuum Cleaner Review

A tradition nearly developed the first few years of my marriage. I bought Robin a new vacuum cleaner for three birthdays in a row. We are very hard on vacuum cleaners. With multiple dogs and cats living free range in the house, coming and going in and out as they please, we have a constant supply of pet hair and dander on our 2400 square feet of carpet, tile, and linolium.

It wasn’t that the vacuum cleaners were wearing out, it was that they just didn’t perform well. Within five minutes of installing a new bag, the first traditional cleaner I bought would lose suction and start leaving debris in its path. I replaced the cheap $150 model with a $300 Hoover bagless unit. It worked only marginally better as the hepa filter would quickly clog in it and it, too would lose suction after a short period of use.

Then I saw the commercial for the Dyson. It claimed to be exactly what I needed: “The only vacuum that doesn’t lose suction”. Yipee! I went to multiple stores hoping to see a live demonstration of this magical revolutionary vacuum in action.

Alas, at the time, none of the stores I could find had any type of demo set up for the Dyson vacuums. And the price tag was steep for something I couldn’t test drive; Over $500 by the time tax was added. Then we stopped by a little privately owned vacuum shop in our hometown of Grapevine. The man running the shop listened to my request to see a demo of the Dyson. He told me he’d like to show me one but he didn’t carry them. I asked if he had plans to start selling Dysons and he said no. His explanation was “Yes, it’s true, they don’t lose suction. But they can’t afford to lose suction because they have so little to start with. And they break easily. Too many complicated plastic parts that just won’t hold up.”

So I told him I wanted a vacuum that would last us the rest of our lives and asked for a recomendation. He asked if I was willing to spend more than $700 on one.

“If it will last for twenty years and performs well, sure.” I replied. After all, I’d spent at least $700 combined on the last three vacuums I’d bought, which had all long since been retired to the curb outside the house where they were either collected by other people needing a used vacuum or hauled to the dump.

The shop owner pulled out a sleek, simple looking white vacuum and unwound the cord. He plugged the thing into the wall, dumped a small bucket of dirt, hair, and other unknown debris across the carpet and tile flooring in his showroom, then proceeded to grind the mess into the carpet with his heels.

The next thing he did was amazing. He fired up the vacuum, laid the unit flat, then started jumping up and down on the body of the machine. “It’s made of Lexan,” he explained as he made a valient attempt to break the machine,”virtually unbreakable. Now watch this.”

He picked the handle up off the floor and proceeded to vacuum up the dirt and hair on the carpet. He didn’t make multiple passes, he just ran the machine over the debris and it left behind a clean, spotless stripe. Then he moved to the tiled area. As the vacuum came within six inches of the dirt and hair on the smooth surface, the debris flew from the floors into the front of the machine with astounding velocity.

I was impressed. “So how does it do when the bag starts filling up?” I asked.

The shop keeper grinned and shut the machine off. He flipped a lever on the front of the machine and pulled the bag housing open. The bag was stuffed nearly to the brim with dust and debris.

The magical vacuum was a Sebo automatic. A German marvel that apparently has enjoyed incredible success in Europe for quite some time and is a favorite for industrial use, especially in hospitals due to its hepa filtration rating.

The Sebo automatic went home with us that day for just over $750. It’s been about four years, and it still works like new. Last year my brother in law bought one of the latest and greatest Dyson vacuums. It’s been to the shop for repairs three times, and it still doesn’t work very well. He hates it.

We take the Sebo to his house once in a while to pick up all the ground in pet hair and dirt that his Dyson misses.

If you want a vacuum that will last a lifetime, don’t spend thousands on a Rainbow or Kirby. And don’t waste $500 on a gimmicky Dyson. Go to and check out the Sebo vacuums. You’ll be glad you did.

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