The Latest In Vacuums
After the holiday decorations are put away, many revelers find themselves left with a big mess of pine needles and tinsel embedded in their carpets. With such a tough cleanup job, this might be the perfect time for a new vacu ugg um. Real Simple magazine’s Kris Connell visited The Saturday Early Show to help in picking the right one.
Many of us have had the same vacuum for years. But, if you find yourself frustrated with your old vacuum cleaner ugg because the retractable cord keeps getting stuck or the suction’s not strong enough then it might be time for a new one, says Connell.
The vacuums featured are in two categories: canisters and uprights. The canister is very portable, easy to carry up and down stairs, great for hard to reach places. The upright i ugg s more a traditional vacuum, a bit more convenient to store and easier to maneuver.
Under each category each vacuum is rated as good, better or best. The dust bags seal themselves automatically when removed. The streamlined design and bright colors make the machine feel more like a sports car than an appliance. A switch on the floor nozzle retracts the brush, changing from bare floors to carpet mode. Retractable 21 foot cord.
Cons: The bags need to be replaced, at a cost of $13.50 for five bags.
Warranty: One year for parts; five years for motor. This model has equal suction strength on bare floors and carpets. An indicator light alerts you when the bag is full. The switch for surface selection is located on the handle. A variable speed control lets you clean different materials. The retractable cord, controlled by a foot pedal, is 25 feet long.
Cons: When you’re not cleaning carpeting, the bare floor attachment must be used. The WindTunnel is heaver and larger than most canisters tested. Quiet and lightweight, it’s ideal for carrying up stairs. Attractive design. Retractable 17 foot cord. HEPA filter. (A HEPA filter is a high efficiency particulate air filter that screens the ugg air the vacuum expels. A HEPA filter can remove most allergens. HEPA filters cost from $20 to $80 and most HEPA vacuums require at least an annual replacement. They are said to be helpful for people who have asthma or are allergic to dust.)
Cons: Dust bags ($12 for five) must be replaces and the HEPA filter ($40) must be changed annually. Suction control is manually adjusted with a dial on the canister, which involves bending down.