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Selecting a vacuum cleaner isn’t at all difficult despite the myriad flavors on the market, if you actually consider what kind of work load it will need to stand up to.

How many areas will it be used for. What types of carpet or flooring? Do you have just one pet, or multiple that shed badly and the hair needs picked up?
To begin with, start by making sure that the vacuum will have the suction that it needs to pick up what you need removed.

If you have vinyl or tile flooring to vacuum you’re going to want to find a model that will let you set it low enough to remove everything without scratching or scraping the flooring

Check the suction on a deep pile carpeting and see if it will draw hard enough to remove pet hair or pet dander and leave your carpets actually clean.

If keeping the air dust free is your goal, then choose a bagged type over a bagless one, which will actually make more dust when you empty it.
Look for a real HEPA filer inside a sealed system and if they will permit it, test the vacuum for air tightness by doing a test on your own.

One method is to run the vacuum and see how much dust has collected on the outside of the unit.

Make sure that all the attachments are easy to assemble and disassemble and that they will stay tightly together rather than falling apart when you are using them.

Check to make sure the height is convenient for you and that you won’t be stooping to push it since this can lead to health problems if done long term.

When you compare, make sure that you actually compare apples to apples.
Compare models that are alike in their methods and price range.
Don’t let the premier demonstrations such as the Kirby ones blur your ability to judge the product on its own merits.
Kirby vacuum cleaners are not in fact the superior state of the art so far as all brands are concerned, but by virtue of the hard sell and in home methods used, they are often seen as superior, while the Oreck on the other hand, has received the Carpet & Rug Institute Seal of Approval as well as the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation, and retails for a comparable amount.

Of the multiple vacuum cleaners on the market, take a harder look at these brands if you are seeking something that will clean well and be a good value:

Eureka Boss Smartvac 4870 Bagged Upright Vacuum
Upright, Bag, 12 Amp., HEPA, 30 ft.Cord, Features: Headlight Retails at about 175.00 USD

Dyson DC17 Animal Bagless Upright Cyclonic Vacuum
Upright, Cyclonic, HEPA, 35 ft.Cord, Features: Edge Cleaning, Rotating brushes, Telescopic Wand Retail: 450-500 USD

Hoover S3765-040 WindTunnel
Bagless Canister Vacuum
Canister, Container, 1380 Watt, 12 Amp., HEPA, 22 ft. Cord, Features: Edge Cleaning, Rotating brushes, Cord Rewind, Telescopic Wand Approx Retail 200 USD

New to the group is the Eureka Backpack model of cleaner, 1,400-watt, 120 CFM motor and superior 71dB rating for whisper-quiet operation. Lightweight only 11.5 lbs. Features four-stage filtration and 1.5-gallon dirt capacity. Attachments include telescopic steel wands, carpet nozzle, deluxe floor and wall brush, dusting brush, crevice tool, deluxe stretch hose and upholstery tool. Ergonomically designed back support and harness to carry the cleaner and a. 50-ft. detachable cord. Uses disposable bags. Retails at about 240.00 USD

Always check the warranty and send in your warranty card to assure that if your vacuum lets you down you have some recourse.

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