The Great Vacuum Cleaner A vacuum cleaner is an absolute must have home appliance these days. All of us rely on our vacuum cleaner to help keep our homes free of dirt and dust, although how we go about it sometimes, doesn't give a lot of thought as to how efficient the vacuum cleaner really is. Before electric vacuums were created, home cleaning was a tedious task. Back then, floors had to be cleaned with brushes, mops, and brooms. Rugs and carpets had to be removed from the floor, hung up outdoors, and beaten to get the dust out. Doing things this way involved a lot of time and effort and caused many health complaints. The earlier inventions of non electric floor cleaning devices made home cleaning much easier. People started to look for ways to improve on the efficiency of these machines, which caused all types of contraptions to be invented. Throughout the 100 year history of the vacuum cleaner, there have been all sorts of improvements. The very first electric vacuums were created in the early 1900s. In 1908, the Hoover Company built the first electric vacuum cleaner that used a cloth filter bag and cleaning attachments as well. During the years that followed, many different designs and models were created, each one varying in weight, size, suction power, performance, and other features. With all of the designs that came out, the upright vacuum cleaner remained to be the most popular. The latest upright vacuums that are available today will make cleaning a whole lot easier. They are very light and versatile, and come in both bagged and bagless designs. They also include tools that will help you remove dust from drapes, upholstery, and even get tricky and hard to reach places. By owning a bagless vacuum, you won't ever have to buy vacuum bags again. When it comes time to empty the dirt container, you can empty it right into your garbage can. You'll want to do this out in your yard or on the street in order to prevent the dust from getting back into your house. If you suffer from allergies, it's best to stay with a bagged unit. With bagged vacuum cleaners, the dust will stay in a sealed bag and then when it gets full, you can easily dispose of it without being exposed to dust. When you buy a vacuum cleaner, it's very important to choose the best vacuum that will fit your home cleaning needs. You'll also need to think about carpets and rugs, hard floors, even stairs before you purchase your vacuum. This way, you'll be able to get the right vacuum with the right accessories for the job -- which will save you a lot of time and effort when the time comes to clean your home. The Essential Vacuum Cleaner The vacuum cleaner is a truly amazing piece of equipment, as it would be very hard to cope without one. There are many people out there who prefer domestic vacuum cleaners for carpeted floors in their home. No matter how you look at it, the vacuum cleaner is an ingenious piece of equipment. It has an air pump that creates a partial vacuum to suck up the dust and dirt, which it collects by a filtering system or a cyclone to dispose of later. Vacuum cleaner types Based on their configurations, there are many types of vacuum cleans. The following are some of the most known types of vacuum cleaners: Bagless Bagless vacuum cleaners, as the name implies, don't use bags. They collect the dust in a compartment which you can quickly and easily empty. This will save you from the headache of dealing with messy and frustrating vacuum bags. Upright Upright vacuum cleaners have the pump mounted directly above the suction intake, with the bag mounted on the handle that will normally rise to waist height. The designs of upright vacuum cleaners will normally employ mechanical beaters, which are often rotating brushes, to help dust that has yet to settle be vacuumed up. An attached belt to the vacuum motor will drive these beaters. Canister types Canister vacuum cleaners have the motor and the bag in a separate cylinder unit that is connected to the vacuum head by a long flexible hose. Even though the upright units have been tested as being more effective, the lighter and more maneuverable heads of the canister are also popular. There are some canister models on the market that feature power heads which contain the same type of beaters as found with upright units, even though those types of beaters are driven by a seperate electric motor. Backpack Backpack vacuums are a great tool for commercial type cleaning. Backpack vacuums will allow you to move around rapidly in a large area. It is basically a canister vacuum cleaner, except for the fact that the straps are used to carry the canister unit on your back. Central vacuum A central or built in vacuum cleaner has the suction motor and bag based in a central location of the building, providing vacuum inlets at strategic places throughout the building. This way, you only need to carry the hose and pickup head from room to room. The hose is normally 25 foot long, allowing a large range of movement without having to change vacuum inlets. A plastic pipe will connect the vacuum outlets to the central unit. The head of the vacuum may either by un-powered or have beaters that are operated by an air driven or electric motor. The dirt bags in central systems are so big that you only need to change or empty them once or twice a year. Robotic Robot type vacuum cleaners will move around your home, cleaning as they wish. They are compact and powered by batteries. Hand held Hand held vacuum cleaners are very small and powered by either batteries or electricity, and very popular with cleaning up small spills. Wet or dry vacs Wet or dry vacuum systems can be used to clean up both wet and ry spills and dirt. Vacuums are very helpful with protecting yourself and your family from dust particles. They are also helpful for those who suffer from allergies that result from dirt and dust. Before you buy a vacuum cleaner, you should always read some reviews and find out other information to ensure that the vacuum cleaner you buy will meet your needs. How Vacuum Cleaners Work Even though it may appear to be a very complicated machine, the conventional vacuum cleaner is actually made up of six essential components: intake port, exhaust port, electric motor, fan, porous bag, and a housing that stores all of the other components. When you plug the vacuum cleaner into the outlet and turn it on, the following happens: 1. First of all, the electric current will operate the motor, which is attached to the fan, which resembles an airplane propeller. 2. As the blades begin to turn, they will force the air upwards, towards the exhaust port. 3. When the air particles are driven forwards, the density of the particles will increase in front of the fan and therefore decrease behind it. The pressure drop that occurs behind the fan is similar to the pressure drop when you take a drink through a straw. The pressure level in the area that is behind the fan will drop below the pressure level that is outside of the vacuum cleaner. This will create a suction inside of the vacuum cleaner. The ambient air will push itself into the vacuum cleaner through the intake port because the air pressure that is inside of the vacuum cleaner is much lower than the pressure on the outside. Picking the dirt up The stream of air that the vacuum generates is just like a stream of water. The air particles that move will rub against any loose dust or debris and if it is light enough, the friction will carry the material around the inside of the vacuum cleaner. As the dirt continues on to the exhaust port, it will pass through the cleaner bag. They tiny holes in the vacuum cleaner bag are large enough to let the air pass through, although too small for the dust particles to fit through. Therefore, when the air current gets i nto the bag, the dirt and debris will be collected there. You can stick the bag anywhere along the path between the intake tube and the exhaust port, just as long as the air current passes through. Suction The power of a vacuum cleaner's suction will depend on several factors. The suction can be stronger or weaker depending on: 1. Fan power -- In order to generate a strong suction, the motor needs to turn at a good speed. 2. Air passageway -- When a lot of debris builds up in the bag, the air will face a greater level of resistance on the way out. Each particle of air will move slowly due to the increase in drag. This is the reason why a vacuum cleaner works much better once you've replaced the bag than when you have been using it for a while. 3. Size of the intake port -- With the speed of the vacuum fan being constant, the amount of air that passes through the vacuum cleaner per second is also constant. Essential Parts There are many places that you can use to find parts for a vacuum cleaner that is broken, providing you have someone around that is handy enough with tools to take a swing at fixing it. The part that breaks the most on most less expensive vacuum cleaners is the drive belt. It's the rubberized belt that is around 6 inches long, that when stretched out turns the brushes on the bottom of the vacuum. When you take the vacuum over objects that don't belong in the vacuum cleaner, such as pieces of rope or a cat's tail and the unit comes to a screeching halt, the burning smell that will soon fill up the air is your drive belt slowly melting away. Luckily, the drive belt is available at several locations, so many in fact that your local drug store may even carry them! They are cheap to buy and a snap to replace with a screwdriver and a bit of common sense. For other types of problems that you may encounter, there are a lot of resources at your disposal just in case you decide to tackle the problem on your own. You should never forget that when you buy parts for your vacuum cleaner, most of the parts you'll need are going to be specifically made for your particular brand name and model. With the exception of basic items such as drive belts and most bags, most parts aren't interchangeable between brands and between different models of the same brand. The first thing to try when you need a part for your vacuum cleaner is the local Yellow Pages book. Inside of the Yellow Pages, you'll find many listings for appliance parts and suppliers. You'll have to call each one of the individually to find out if they carry parts for your model and brand. In the rare event that they don't carry what you need, they can normally order it for you quickly and easily. If that fails, you can always call the company direct that manufactured your model of vacuum cleaner and order the part that way. Most of the time, you won't have any problem getting your hands on a part for your vacuum cleaner, unless it is a more intricate part that isn't readily available. Parts such as the intake or exhaust port are very tricky to replace, and you will probably want to have a professional fix these types of problems. Drive belts, vacuum bags, and little problems such as these are a snap to replace. With the older style of vacuum cleaners, you don't have to be an expert to fix a majority of the problems. The newer models however, require quite a bit of skill and technique. One of the most common problems that will happen is clogging. If your vacuum stops picking up dirt and dust, chances are it has become clogged, which is normally not a parts problem. All you need to do to fix it is take the front assembly off, then manually clean out the agitators and the housing where the dirt makes its way upwards through the vacuum cleaner. This is very easy to do, and won't take you but a couple of minutes. Anytime you encounter a parts problem with your vacuum cleaner, you should always take things one step at a time and don't rush. You can almost always get a hold of a part. If the part is more expensive than you anticipated, you can always scrap the vacuum cleaner and buy yourself a better one -- which will save you a lot of time and headache in the long run. Choosing The Right Vacuum Cleaner As history indicates, the first model vacuum cleaner wasn't even a vacuum cleaner at all, more of a carpet sweeper. This was invented by a man named Daniel Hess, who in 1860 patented a machine that featured rotating brushes on the bottom and bellows that helped to create suction. However, there is no evidence that this very machine was ever produced. Some 40 years or so later, in 1908, James Spangler of Canton, Ohio received a patent for the very first portable electric vacuum cleaner. It was in fact his cousin in law, William Hoover, who lent his name to the legendary company that produces quality vacuum cleaners even today. For more than 150 years, the vacuum cleaner has been improved upon greatly. From doing your weekly vacuuming of your home, doing a spring cleaning, or simply leaving the vacuuming up to the robot, there is a vacuum out there suited to your needs. With upright, canister, HEPA filtered, bagged and bagless, there is always a vacuum cleaner for your needs on the market. There are actually 2 ways in which a vacuum cleaner cleans. The first, and the way we rate a vacuum on most is how debris and dirt is picked up off of a carpet and the floor. When you are searching for a vacuum, keep in mind the power of the suction motor, as this is very important for getting good performance. The second reason, one that isn't often thought about, is how well the vacuum filters the air and puts it back into the home. Those with allergy problems will find a HEPA vacuum to be the best choice. There are some models of HEPA vacuums that can filter out 99% of pollens, dust, and other common household allergens. There is also the choice of canister or upright vacuum, as this is more or less based on personal preference. Both vacuum types have their pros and cons. The heads of canister vacuums are able to reach under your furniture, also making it easier to vacuum the stairs as well. Canister vacuums on the other hand have a retractable electric cord, which is much more convenient than wrapping the cord back around the neck of the vacuum. It is often times easier to push the light weight canister vacuum head as opposed to pushing a canister style vacuum. When you choose your vacuum cleaner, keep in mind what you plan to vacuum. There are several designs and types intended for different uses. If you have hardwood floors, you obviously wouldn't want to use a carpet vacuum. The little things such as this will be a huge factor in selecting your vacuum cleaner. If you play your cards right, you'll have the perfect vacuum cleaner for your home -- and other areas as well. Vacuum Configurations Vacuum cleaners are devices that use an air pump to create a partial vacuum to suck up dirt and dust, normally from carpeted floors. Most homes that have carpet floors have a vacuum for cleaning. The dirt that is pulled up from the carpet is collected by a filtering system or even a cyclone for later disposal. There are several type of configurations possible for vacuum cleaners. Upright Upright vacuums have the pump mounted directly above the suction intake, with the bag mounted directly on the handle, which will rise to waist height or so. The upright type designs normally employ mechanical beaters which often rotate brushes, to help disturb dust enough to be vacuumed up. These beaters are normally driven by a belt that is attached to the vacuum motor. Canister Also known as cylinder vacuums, the canister type designs have the motor and bag in a seperate canister unit that connects to the vacuum head by a flexible hose. Even though u pright units have been tested as being more effective, the lighter and more maneuverable heads of the canister models are quite popular. Some models have power heads, which contain the same type of mechanical beaters found it upright units, although they are driven by a seperate electric motor. Wet vacs/dry vacs These types a specialized form of the canister vacuum and they can be used to clean up wet or liquid spills as well. They will commonly accomodate both wet and dry soilage, with some being equipped with a switch or exhaust port that reverses the flow of air. This is a very useful function for everything from clearing clogged hoses to blowing dust into a corner for easy collecting. Back pack vac These types of vacuums are commonly used for commercial cleaning, as they allow you to move about quickly and efficiently in a large area. They are basically canister vacuum cleaners, except for the fact that straps are used to carry the canister on your back. Built in or central These types of vacuum cleaners will move the suction motor and bag to a central location in the building and provide vacuum inlets at strategic places throughout the entire building. You only need to carry the hose and pickup head from room to room, while the hose is normally 25 foot long and allows a large range of movement without changing vacuum inlets. The plastic piping will connect vacuum inlets to the central unit. The vacuum can either be unpowered or have beaters that are operated by an electric motor or an air driven motor. The bag in the central vacuum system is normally so big that emptying it or changing needs to be done less as often, sometimes only once a year. Buyers Guide Deep cleaning vacuums The typical features with these types of vacuums include rotating brushes that agitate the carpet pile and loosen the dirt for better clean. There are some models that offer a handy automatic tool conversion button or switch that you can push or flip as you move from carpet to hardwood floor. Hand held vacuums Hand held vacuums are light weight, can be corded or cordless, and you can even mount most of them on the wall if you prefer. The performance of the cordless models will depend on the charge of the battery, as the battery power drops, so will the suction power. The two types of hand held vacuums include straight suction and suction with a power brush. If you are considering a hand held vacuum cleaner, you should consider its primary purpose, if you plan to use it on a regular basis or occasionally on smaller jobs. Broom vacuums Stick or broom vacuums are great for smaller type apartments, quick clean ups in the kitchen, or a family room. The benefit of a broom vacuum is the light weight. If you have trouble pushing your heavier upright around, the broom vacuum may come as a relief. You'll also have the option of getting your vacuum corded or cordless. They usually weight 2 -- 7 lbs. and allow you to easily store them in the closet, as they take up a minimum amount of space. For quick disposal of the dirt and debris, most models are also bagless as well. Wet or Dry vacuums The wet/dry vacuum combination may very well be the most versatile vacuum cleaner on the market today, with numerous attachments and functions it is a very handy machine to have around your home. The canister types can vary from the smaller 6 gallon sizes to the larger 22 gallon sizes. The HP ranges as well, from 2 to 10 HP. You should always try to match the size of the unit to the size of the job and frequency of use. Upright vacuums One of the most popular features of an upright vacuum cleaner is the bagless system. In addition to the increased performance, there is no need to purchase any bags. Emptying the canister can be a little dusty, although it's still better than messing with bags. Most upright models come with a standard set of attachments that may even include an upholstery tool, a crevice tool, and even an extension wand. A retractable cord and manual or automatic pile adjustments are other common features. A HEPA filter is another common and popular feature found with most upright vacuums. Canister vacuums Canister vacuum cleaners normally include retractable cords. Considering the fact that most cords are around 25 foot in length, this feature will prevent you from having to drag the cord around and possibly damage furniture. A push of a button or a slight tug on the cord will retract it into the canister of the vacuum. The nozzle can be one of two types, nozzle or power nozzle. To get your carpet as clean as possible, it is recommended that you use the power nozzle, which will agitate the carpet and loosen up the dirt for deeper cleaning. Another feature worth looking for is a suction control switch, as this allows you to adjust the flow of air for cleaning delicate material such as upholstery and drapery. When choosing your vacuum cleaner, you should always choose the one you like best. The best vacuum for the job is the one you should choose, as things will work out much better that way. How To Vacuum To maintain the look, feel, and appearance of your carpet you'll need to vacuum on a regular basis. If you are new to vacuuming, you'll find the tips below to help you when it comes to keeping your home clean: 1. Before you start, you should always inspect the area. Pick up any objects that could cause your vacuum cleaner to clog up. The smaller objects are fine, just as long as they will pass through the vacuum. 2. You should check the vacuum bag to ensure that is isn't full already. If it is full, you should go ahead and change it. A full bag isn't going to suck up much dirt, as the power will be greatly reduced due to the bag taking up a great deal of storage and limiting the suction. 3. You should always vacuum forwards instead of going backwards. Going forward will get the job done quicker and you won't wear your cord out near as fast. When going backwards, you also run the risk of running back over your cord, which is something you don't want to do. 4. Be sure that you overlap your strokes to ensure that you get out all of the dirt and the residue. You don't want to miss any of the carpet, which is why it is important that you overlap your strokes. 5. You should change your vacuuming direction on occasion to reduce any type of matting in your carpet. You can change direction without any problems. Doing this every time you make a sweep on the carpet or every other time you vacuum will be good. 6. On corners, use a damp cloth or a crevice tool attachment that hooks up to your vacuum cleaner. This will ensure that you get the corners and tight areas good, and they don't stand out from the rest of the carpet. 7. You can get rid of dust particles and dirt by waving a vacuum wand under your bed. Doing so on occasion will ensure that your bedroom stays clean, and smells clean as well. For kitty litter on carpets or floors, you should use a lightweight vacuum cleaner. To get deep into the fibers of the carpet, you should try an upright vacuum cleaner with a power brush. Kitty litter can be a pain in the neck if it gets crushed in the pile or embedded, which is why you should get it out as quick as you can. Give some thought to purchasing a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush or combination beater and brush bar, which will loosen up the dirt in the carpet and then suck it out. This will beat the dirt from the fibers and even embedded dirt, which will leave your carpet clean and smelling great. Whenever you vacuum, you should always be on the lookout for straw, thread, and string as it can trap debris in the vacuum hose and result in a clog. These types of hazards are also bad for the agitators as well, as they can clog up the suction as well, or get tangled up in the agitators and cause more problems. If you have pets, you should sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet before you vacuum. Let it sit for a little while, then vacuum. The baking soda is a lot cheaper than carpet fresheners and it does the same thing -- only better. Vacuuming is very easy to do, and it's something that should be done on a regular basis. You don't have to be an expert to vacuum, all you have to do is make an effort. Your carpet will look good all the time, and your house will stay smelling great -- which is reason enough to grab the vacuum and take a trip through the house with it. Get Out More Dirt The most important part of carpet maintenance is removing and disposing of accumulated dry soil. The removal of dry soil will improve the air quality indoors, extend carpet life, and help to maintain the carpet. Keeping regular maintenance on your carpet is one thing, although being sure you have the right equipment on the job is another. The Green Label For vacuum cleaners, the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) has developed a Green Label testing program. The CRI developed the performance protocol with the goal of protecting indoor quality, keeping all surfaces as clean as possible, and all without putting dust back into the air. The Green Label program helps to identify vacuum cleaners that meet three different types of criteria: 1. Removing soil. 2. Keeping dust out of the air by containing it within the filtration bag and the machine itself. 3. It doesn't damage the carpet and helps to keep the appearance looking good. The tests for determining the certification of a vacuum cleaner were developed by carpet and vacuum experts and reviewed by scientists with experience in maintenance and the quality of indoor air. Soil removal The soil removal protocol will require that the vacuum cleaner remove a specified quantity of soil from the test carpet in four passes. Dust containment The protocol for dust containment will dictate the total amount of dust particles that are released into the surrounding air by the action of the brush rolls, through the filtration bag, and any leaks that come from the vacuum system. with this test, the vacuum cleaner can't release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air. Carpet retention The testing protocol for appearance retention will require that the vacuum cleaner not adversely affect the appearance of the carpet, based on a year of normal usage. If a vacuum cleaner meets all three of the above requirements, the manufacturer may then display the official CRI Green Label on it's brand of vacuum cleaner. The CRI tests canister and upright vacuums, wide area vacuums, and even walk behind types as well. Matching machines Looking for that important Green Label is the first step to providing longer carpet life and cleaner air for your home or office. The next step is selecting the proper vacuum cleaner for a specific area. You can think of vacuum cleaners like screwdrivers, as you wouldn't want to use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove a flathead screw. In the bigger, more open areas, a wide are vacuum cleaner or sweeper can produce excellent results, as well as an increase in productivity. The average 14 inch upright vacuum can clean at a rate of 3,000 square feet per hour, while the average walk behind can clean at a rate of 40,000 square feet per hour, and also lift the pile of carpet in high traffic areas where the carpet fibers are subject to crushing and matting. The two motor upright vacuum cleaner is an excellent choice in areas such as executive offices, lobbies, conference rooms, and break areas. A two motor upright can provide grooming of the fibers in the carpet and removal of the dry soil. Most uprights with two motor setups will also have a removable hose and on board accessories for cleaning other areas as well, such as vents and chairs. Along with the type of area, you should also give some thought to the needs of the operator. If you are a manager, you should look for vacuums with ergonomic features, especially if the vacuum will be used for long periods of time. If it isn't ergonomically designed, it could result in injury to the operator. At the very least, the cleaning operator might want to avoid using vacuum cleaners that could result in injury. Reasons To Get A Robotic Cleaner Since the day the robotic vacuum cleaners hit the market, cleaning house has never been the same. Due to the sleek design and advanced technology, people are very eager to get their hands on their own robotic vacuum cleaner. Now, we'll take a look at some reasons why you should own a robotic vacuum cleaner. Efficiency As everyone already knows, cleaning is very hard indeed, and nobody wants to do it. Getting a maid isn't cheap anymore. With a robotic vacuum cleaner, you can get any room in your home nice and tidy in no time at all. It has features of the upright vacuum cleaner, only better. Robotic vacuums offer filters, brushes, cleaning mechanisms, and more within a sturdy case that ensures you'll get the operation possible. Easy to use As you probably already know, the robotic vacuum cleaner is automatic, as you don't even need to be at home to run it. Simply turn it on, leave it to clean, come back home, and you'll find the room spick and span clean. There are no special switches or configurations either. All you have to do is press a button and the robot will start cleaning right away. The robotic vacuum cleaner will automatically pace the room, using a random programming technology. It can cover the same area many times, and it can also recharge on its own once the battery starts to get low. There is no need to go looking for it when it gets finished either, as it will return to the homebase and wait for you until you need it again. Compact design The robot vacuum is a small, flat device that is shaped like a disc. It is designed this way so that it can go under furniture, and reach places that the standard vacuum can't. This way, there is no need to move stools, sofas, and low set tables. It also has bumpers as well so it can absorb any type of collision with solid devices along the way. Cutting edge technology The concept that drives the robotic vacuum is similar to what the army uses when clearing land mines on the field. Robotic vacuums contain several sensors that will detect the dirt that is sucks in. The sensors are also what makes it possible to go towards the dirtier part of the room, clean it several times, then stop when there is no more dirt detected. The device is so smart that it doesn't fall down steps or stairs. With the virtual wall device that's included with it, it won't even go outside of an open doorway either. Easy to afford Although they were a little on the expensive side when they first hit the market, they are now more affordable than ever. You don't need to be rich to own one, which is one of the main reasons why they are so popular these days. Robotic Vacuum Cleaners As technology gets better and better, life will get easier as well. Not only are computer going at impressive speeds, but even household appliances such as vacuum cleaners are evolving. If you've never heard of a robotic vacuum cleaner, you will soon. These small robotic battery powered creatures will roam around your home, looking for dust and debris. They are designed to do your vacuuming for you and make life easier than ever before. The robot type vacuums were invented by Electrolux then introduced into the consumer market in 2001. After that came Roomba vacuums, as they perfected cordless vacuums and took things to the next playing field. If your wondering how they can improve your life, just think about coming home after a hard day at work, sitting down to watch television, and letting the robot do all of the vacuuming for you. The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners use a 3 stage cleaning system that is designed to clean the edge of your walls, underneath your furniture, and anywhere else it detects dirt. These robots can actually detect the dirty areas on your carpet or floors and do extra cleaning in those specific areas to get the job done right. These vacuums actually have a brain of sorts, so they can detect such things as stairs and stay clear of them. By using infrared sensors to detect the stairs in your home, they can quickly and easily stay away from them. After the room as been cleaned, the robotic vacuum cleaner will go back to the recharge station to charge its battery for the next time you need to use it. Keep in mind that Roomba isn't the only company that makes robotic vacuum cleaners, as other models worth checking out include Karcher RC 3000, EVac, and Samsung. The most popular type however, is the Roomba Discovery SE. When you look at things as a whole, you'll quickly see that robotic vacuum cleaners are the way to go. They can save you a lot of money in the long run, and a lot of time and effort as well. When you get a robotic vacuum cleaner, you can rest assured that your days of vacuuming are over. When it comes to price, the price will vary depending on the model you select. You can find Roomba models these days for under 100 dollars, which is perfect for those on a budget. Now days, you don't need to spend a fortune to get a robot vacuum cleaner for your home. To get your robotic vacuum cleaner, you can check your local store or online. You can find some impressive deals online, with hundreds of stores at your fingertips. All you have to do is select the model you like best, buy it, then watch it do all of your vacuuming from here on out! Bagged Versus Bagless As with most things in life, there is really nothing free. The two most claimed advantages to bagless vacuum cleaners were lower operating costs and better performance. As far as the cost issues go, all vacuums must filter the exhausting air they use to carry the dirt into the collection area, as they would otherwise simply pick the dirt up from the floor and spit it right back out. Whether you have a bagless HEPA filter, a pre-filter, or disposable bags, they all need to be changed at some point. With the average life of a vacuum cleaner, you can expect to spend the same on either collection system for filters, but if you value your time, you can expect to spend quite a bit more on a bagless system. To keep your bagless vacuum cleaner operating at peak levels, you'll need to empty the dirt container when it is full and perform regular maintenance on the filter. The type of filter the vacuum uses will determine just how much service will be required, although most use a pleated HEPA filter. Cleaning Even though the claim of better airflow performance with bagless vacuums is true in a sense, over the life of the vacuum you'll get the same, or maybe even better performance from a bagged vacuum cleaner system. With bagged vacuum cleaners, the performance will start at 100% with each new bag then slowly drop as the bag starts to fill. Just how quickly the performance drops depends on how well the bag is constructed. With the average vacuum and the average bag, you may replace the bag every 3 -- 4 weeks with 90% of performance the first week, 70% in weeks 2 and 3, then 50% of less in the fourth week. The short cycle will insure that you get a 100% peak cleaning every 3 or 4 weeks from the vacuum cleaner. The filtered cyclonic machines have filters that are designed to last 6 months, 12 months, and even up to 18 months before they need to be replaced. Pets If you have dogs or cats, whether you see it or not, almost all domestic animals shed their fur on a regular basis throughout their lives. Pet owners often wonder as well, which vacuum is the best to remove pet hair. For pretty much the same reasons that fur sticks to the carpet, it will also stick to your bagless vacuum's pleated filter cartridge. The fur will reduce the performance of airflow, and is also a pain in the neck to clean off the filter. Over time, the fiber that makes up the filter can retain odor from pets, even if you clean the filter well. If your filter requires replacing only once a year, you could end up with a vacuum that spits odors that will stink up your house pretty bad. Bagged up Those vacuums that use bags will often provide for neat disposal of a full bag. There are some brands such as BOSCH that actually engineer bag disposal into the system. With BOSCH canister vacuums, the replacement of bags is a single dust free step. The new mega filt bags have a built in closure system that upon removal, will slide shut and trap the dirt and debris inside of the bag, making removal quick and easy. Still, there are many people out there who love bagless machines. Bagless vacuums will continue at a slow place to gain market share, and people will continue to buy them. For many, a bagless vacuum can be the right vacuum to have. Bags are the technology of the past, while bagless is the technology of the future. There are many reasons as to why you should go bagless. For the vacuums of tomorrow, cylinder and bagless is the key.
Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner All of us have a special tool lying around the house that we simply cannot live without. A tool or gadget that makes life a lot easier because it exists. For many people, this tool or gadget is the hand held vacuum cleaner. When it comes to cleaning house, this tool is something many people couldn't live without. Regardless of the type of home you have, a hand held vacuum cleaner can make life a lot easier. Whether it's a tiny apartment or a large mansion, these small cleaners are the perfect way to cope with unexpected spills and not have to worry about dragging a vacuum cleaner around. Anyone who has messy kids or a messy spouse, hand held vacuum cleaners can help you keep your home spick and span without having to lose your mind in the process. The truth remains that few of us do housework just for the sake of doing it. There are a few dedicated souls out there who enjoy all the stretching and exercise that cleaning involves, although the rest of us just go for the results. A clean and tidy home is very nice, relaxing, and nothing in the world is more frustrating than achieving one only to see all of your hard work being shattered by the falling of crumbs or the spilling of liquid on your freshly vacuumed floor. The hand held vacuum cleaner will allow you to enjoy the same results without having to do any of the hard work. Many of us who find peace and tranquility in an organized home will normally hide tools we use to create it out of sight. Then, when it comes time to clean house, dragging the vacuum out of it's hiding place can be a chore in its own rights. For small messes and spills, a pint sized cleaner can help you retain your sense of peace simply because it will help you to realize that the small stuff is just that -- small stuff -- and nothing more. The tools used to perform common household tasks should be the things you love to use, as this is actually the best way to ensure that the housework will actually get done. Small portable cleaning devices are the ultimate in friendly cleaning equipment, as they can clean up small messes before they get bigger. You also don't have to work all the time either to achieve the clean home you want, you simply need the right tools for the job. The first time you pick up a handheld vacuum cleaner, you'll see how something so small in size can make a world of difference. You'll cut your vacuum time in half and ensure that your home stays clean all the time -- spill free. Steam Cleaner Vacuum A selection of hot water extractors are being marketed that range from the large or small canister types with hose and nozzle to those that look more like an upright vacuum cleaner. The basic operation of the steam cleaner vacuum involves spraying a mixture of warm water and detergent into the carpet, washing the fibers and then extracting the solution mixture back out. There are some models that include rotating or revolving brushes that will agitate the carpet for better cleaning. The earlier styles that were sold consisted of a special wand and nozzle that was used to on wet/dry utility type of vacuum cleaner. The long hose was connected to a nearby hot water source. The detergent came in a small bottle on the wand and was mixed with hot water before being sprayed on the carpet. By using a finger controlled valve, you should control how much water was sprayed in the carpet. Even today, this type of vacuum is still being used. The more modern designs are more self contained in the sense that water and detergent mixtures are placed into a tank on the machine. This will free you from the long water supply hose. The main part of an extractor will consist of a cleaning solution tank, recovery tank, suction motor, cleaning nozzle, and some sort of solution spraying system. If there is a hose that is used, there will also be a motor or turbine driven pump that will force the solution on to the end of the hose. Upright steam cleaners These types of vacuums look like uprights also have the tanks, suction motor, main nozzle, and other features built into one. The entire vacuum unit is pushed around much like using an upright vacuum cleaner. Normally, the solution is gravity fed to the spray nozzle which is directly behind the suction nozzle. Most types have brushes mounted in the same area to agitate the carpet for overall better cleaning. For cleaning upholstered furniture and carpeted stairs, most types will have a special hose and smaller nozzle that will come with stationary brushes that can easily detach. Canister steam cleaners This type of steam cleaner will come with a separate hose and nozzle and has the tanks and suction motor built directly into a case that is pulled along with you. The nozzle at the end of the hose and the wands are moved back and forth across the carpet to clean it. There are some deluxe models that have a drive motor style revolving brush in the nozzle that will help you with the process of cleaning. These types of nozzles are much lighter to move acros the carpet than the upright types of steam cleaners. The only disadvantage is that they aren't as convenient to set up and store as the self contained upright type. Therefore, having to pull them around with you can be a pain in the neck. The smaller portable extractor is a variation of the canister type in a small package. Even though this may sound great to have for stairs and furniture, the effectiveness they offer is actually quite poor. Steam cleaners work the best when they used on a periodic basis to clean carpets that are very lightly soiled. If you use them on carpet that is very heavily soiled or stained, it can be very disappointing to say the least. If you have the need for heavy duty cleaning, you should look into the professional cleaning services that are offered in your area. They have heavy duty commercial equipment that is far more powerful and able to produce much better results. Flashy Vacuum Cleaners With most people, a vacuum cleaner isn't really an inspiring machine. If you don't care about how it works, then you probably don't want to vacuum to start with. At the same time, no one wants to live in a pig sty or dirty home even. These days however, things have began to change for the better, and people's attitudes are changing as well. Vacuum cleaners are becoming interesting and it's all thanks to James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner. All thanks to Dyson, vacuum cleaners have taken on a personality and life of their own. These very same tactics are even employed by the likes of Apple to successfully ploy their iMacs and iPods to the masses have now been used with tremendous results with vacuum cleaners. Now, let's take a look at the decision that faces you when buying a flashy vacuum cleaner. First of all, you have the choice between the upright or canister versions. The upright style of vacuum cleaners will require you to use them in the traditional push and pull fashion, although the latest vacuum from Tyson, the DC15, has even turned this technology on its head with "Ball Technology" that will let you glide around your home with the greatest of ease -- in any direction you please. Canister vacuum cleaners on the other hand come with a hose attachment for great control and flexibility, as you can quickly and easily get to all of the hard to reach places. There isn't really a lot of difference between the two, and it's mainly down to your personal preference, even though the upright vacuum is best suited to larger carpets. You should also consider the power of the motor and efficiency of the filtration system as well. Those that suffer from allergies will want to pay close attention to the filtration. Dyson for one has been very successful by marketing the benefits of its patented "Cyclone" technology, which doesn't use a bag nor does it ever get clogged up. If you feeling really daring and adventurous and want to stay ahead of the curve, you could go for one of the very popular robotic vacuum cleaners such as the ZA01 from Electrolux or the cheaper iRobot from Roomba. While you amuse yourself or do other things, the robot will move around your home on it's own will, vacuuming your entire home until it is spotless. The robot even has the technology and intelligence to return to the base when it is running low on battery power and recharge itself. If you want to be different and unique, a flashy vacuum cleaner is the way to go. There are many different models and types to choose from, from cheap vacuums to those that cost hundreds of dollars. All you have to do is meet your creative side halfway and let the fun begin! Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaners The wet/dry vacuum cleaner combination is no longer just for a workshop. Over the years, the driving technology has improved a great deal, deceasing the loud screeching noises that the vacuums were so very well known for. When you go out to buy a wet/dry vacuum with both wet and dry features, you'll need to know some of the details. The vacuums are available in a variety of different sizes and HP, ranging from 6 -- 22 gallons and 1.5 -- 10.5 HP. The capacity of the wet/dry vacuum should match your needs in the following ways: 1. Wall mount vacuum cleaners with 1.5 HP and a 1 gallon tank are available for quick and easy cleanup jobs, such as spills. You can also hang this type on the wall as well, which will keep it out of your way. 2. The six gallon vacuum cleaners are ideal for smaller jobs and are easy to maneuver and store than a larger model. Keep in mind however, that the smaller wet/dry cleaners are much louder and also more prone to tipping over. The smaller the tank, the more often you will have to stop and empty it. 3. Higher capacity models are recommended if you have a workshop or garage where larger spills occur. A large capacity tank will decrease the number of times that you have to empty the tank. When you looking for the best wet/dry vacuum for you, you should look for the following options and features: - The pleated cartridge filter. It is reusable and rinseable, and provides more filtration area than the flat filter and it doesn't need to be removed when you switch from the dry to wet vacuum function. - An automatic shut off device is available with most newer vacuum cleaners. This mechanism will shut off the motor automatically once the tank has become full of water, which will prevent it from overflowing. - A wide set of wheels will help to prevent the vacuum from tipping over. - There are some of the larger models that have the ability to convert to a leaf blower, which is great if you have a lot of trees in your yard. - Some wet/dry models have a built in pump attachment as well. This type of attachment will allow the water to be pumped through a garden hose that attaches to the vacuum. - A handy drain valve or sprout will make emptying the vacuum cleaner a snap. If it doesn't have this feature, you'll have to remove the lid and tip the vacuum to the side to empty all of the water. Depending on how much water you have in the tank, you could easily and accidentally spill it on the floor. The smaller types of wet/dry vacuums normally don't have a spout or drain option. - Wider hoses and floor nozzles are great to have as well. The wider the hose and nozzle are, the less likely the vacuum will be to clog up on you. If they aren't provided with the vacuum you decided on, you can also purchase the following attachments: 1. Crevice tool -- this handy tool will easily get in tight corners and around floor edges. 2. Extension wand -- this will make the hose longer for hard to reach areas. 3. Hose couplings -- this will join the extension wand to the hose. 4. Combination nozzle -- this helps to alleviate the need of switching nozzles before you switch functions. 5. Gulper nozzle -- this tool is ideal for the wet vacuum function. 6. Round brush -- this nifty little tool is ideal for scrubbing. 7. Cleaning kit -- this kit will include everything you need to clean delicate upholstery and other areas as well. Choosing Canister Vacuum Cleaner The major criteria involved with choosing a canister vacuum cleaner is what floor surfaces you plan to clean versus the power of the vacuum. Almost all canister vacuum cleaners offer 3 choices of tools for the surfaces of floors: 1. A bare floor hard plastic brush that's about 10" -- 12" wide with soft bristles. 2. Turbo brush that features a spinning drum roller with harder bristles. 3. A power head brush that is similar to the turbo brush although it is powered by a seperate motor. Both the turbo brush and power head brush vacuums have a spinning drum roller with bristles that resemble that of an upright vacuum cleaner. While the brushes look and perform pretty much the same, the power head brush vacuum has a smaller seperate motor that turns the brush on the bottom of it, therefore making it more powerful and much more aggressive than the turbo type brush that is turned by the flow of air being pulled past it. These types of brushes will snap the fibers of the carpet and allow the air to get beneath the dirt particles. If you can't get air to go under these particles, then you won't be able to suck them out, regardless of how much suction power you are able to apply with a vacuum cleaner. When you purchase a turbo or power head vacuum cleaner to be used primarily on carpet surfaces, you'll also receive a brush for bare floors as well that is perfect for areas without carpet. The rule of thumb as to which model of vacuum cleaner you should choose is: 1. The bare floor model of canister vacuum cleaners are perfect for smooth surfaces with no expectation of having rugs or carpeting. The best choices for bare floor vacuum cleaners include Eureka Oxygen 6992 and the Miele Solaris Canister. 2. Turbo types of canister vacuum cleaners are best for scatter rugs and low pile wall to wall type carpeting. The best picks here are the EIO family vacuum cleaner, the Miele Solaris, and the Sebo Turbo canister vacuum cleaner. 3. The power head brush types of vacuum cleaners are great for wall to wall carpeting and very important if you deal with pet hair. The best picks here include the Sebo Canister 3.1, the Miele Silver Moon, and the Eureka Oxygen 6996. Some of the other important features for canister vacuum cleaners include reliability, purchase price, HEPA filter and sealed unit, the cost of replacement filters and bags, weight, storage and quality of tools, control locations, noise, adjustable wand, retractable cord, ease of changing attachments, bag change indicator, filter change indicator, swivel hose, and other extra features such as dirt alerts. Almost all canister vacuums are similar in size, offer similar radiuses of cleaning, and come with the same tool attachments. Carpet Cleaning Machines With the creation of the carpet, the invention of the carpet cleaning machine wasn't far away. The very first hand held carpet cleaner was designed and tested in Chicago in 1860, while the first power operated vacuum cleaner was invented in the 1900s by Cecil Booth. Around the same time Cecil Booth finished his invention, a man by the name of James Spangler came up with his own invention -- a vacuum cleaner that he later sold to his cousin Hoover. As everyone knows, Hoover has since became one of the most dominant names in the world of vacuum cleaners and is certainly one of the most popular household names in the world. For many housewives, the vacuum cleaner was deemed a blessing, as it helped to keep the house clean in a fraction of the time. From the beginning, vacuum cleaners were only able to suck up dust and dirt, although with modern technology these days, inventors are able to design wet cleanes that can steam carpets and kill germs at the same time. Carpet is capable of covering the floor of a house, flat, or bungalow and keeping people's feet warm in the winter. Years ago, people needed to sweep their floors or carpets, but with the invention of the vacuum cleaner, people could easily detract the dust and dirt from their carpets with less effort. It was also determined that businesses, corporations, and apartments would need someone to clean their carpets as well, so the invention of the commercial carpet cleaner wasn't far away. Vacuum cleaners operate by using a pump system. The pumping system will suck up the air from a hose, which will in turn suck up the dirt and dust from anything that stands in front of the house opening. On the inside, the vacuum cleaner is a filtering system that will collect the dust and dirt that can later be placed outside in the garbage. Right now, there are seven main types of vacuum cleaners -- the upright, canister, back pack style, built in, robotic, hand held, and the wet/dry vacuum cleaners. These different types of vacuum cleaners are available in a variety of different styles, sizes, and offer various voltage and power sizes as well. One of the most significant developments in vacuums has been the invention of the very popular cyclone carpet cleaner. Unlike the previous vacuum cleaners, the cyclone collects dirt and dust in a large cylinder. The cyclone operates using a central air force and number of filters. The filter will filter the dust and dirt into stages, so that the air being sucked up into the cylinder can be cleaned then released back into the air through a central outlet. Belts And Performance The belts for vacuum cleaners can come in many styles and hundreds of different sizes. Normally, vacuums use a belt to drive an agitation device, which is also known as a brush roller. With very few exceptions, most vacuums will use either a flat belt, round belt, or a geared style belt. The type of belt that your vacuum uses is very important, not only for durability, but performance as well. The condition and type of belt your vacuum uses will have a lot of impact on the systems ability to clean carpet. The proper use of agitation is almost 70% of the cleaning ability of a vacuum cleaner. Suction is also very important. The suction is what pulls the dirt that is removed from the carpet into the collection area of the vacuum. The suction, or airflow, is the key when cleaning hard surfaces or when using attachments. Without suction, a vacuum cleaner could only bring more dirt to the surface of carpet. Even though both agitation and suction are important with vacuuming, the agitation is what actually cleans them. Almost all manufacturers use brush rollers that are made of wood, metal, or even plastic that is driven by a suction or brush motor through the use of three different kinds of belts -- round, geared, or flat. The round belts are the earliest type as they were easy to produce and easy to engineer. The round style, unfortunately, is normally run in the same space as vacuumed dirt. What this means, is that almost all of the dirt, staples, and hair you vacuum up will pass around the belt; cutting, nicking, or even scratching it along the way. Vacuum cleaner belts have to stretch quite a long way, placing even more stress on the roller and the motor bearings. The round belt is still common, and used even today. The flat style of belts are most often run in a circular fashion as well, unlike the twisted route the round belt takes to deliver the performance in the proper direction. The style allow manufacturers to run the belt off of one side of the brush roller, instead of the center where all of the dirt is. This is truly a great innovation, as you can eliminate premature failure due to the soil and dirt in the belt path. The latest belt design is considered to be the best in the industry. Even though there are many variations out there, the geared belt is the most efficient means to drive a brush. The geared belt is also known as a positive brush system because the energy of the brush motor is transmitted directly to the brush. Both the brush and the motor are locked by fixed teeth to each other through a cogged belt without tension. The resulting direct connection results in higher cleaning efficiency because the brush can be driven at a faster speed regardless of the age of the belt. The flat style can stretch as they become warm, which will cause them to lose tension. When you use your vacuum, the belt is always going to stretch. Believe it or not, it will lose it's tension the moment you put it up to rest in the closet. There is however, one real drawback to geared belts -- the cost of the vacuum. Geared belts are normally used on two motor vacuums. Not only does this require a separate suction and brush motor, but it also requires electronic sensory systems to tell you when something is wrong with the brush. Vacuum Cleaner Bags Everything that a vacuum picks up, no matter what type it may be, needs to be deposited somewhere -- normally in a vacuum cleaner bag. Back in 1920, the Air Way Sanitizer Company of Ohio introduced the first vacuum cleaner with a disposable vacuum bag. Until that time, the bags for vacuum cleaners resembled the type of bags that golfers used to carry their clubs. They were somewhat heavy and awkard devices made out of thick, stiff canvas, designed to be very flexible and still keep dust and debris from the carpets from escaping out into the air. The improvements made by the Air Way Sanitizer disposable vacuum bag went a long way toward improving the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaner. Made out of paper, the bag was designed to fit inside of the cloth bag. Not only did it make cleaning the vacuum easier, but it also kept the insides of the stationary bag clean at all times so that less of the dust and debris could be blown out of the vacuum and make its way through the home again. In the beginning, each manufacturer designed their own disposable vacuum cleaner bag made out of different types of paper. You couldn't interchange the bags from one machine to the next, as the fittings were different sizes with different configurations for the opening of the intake. Manufacturers who were once very dependant on the sales of their machines had now discovered an entirely new territory for the disposable bags, and once again sales went through the roof. Before, a housewife had her vacuum cleaner and the only thing it needed was to be cleaned and serviced every now and then. If the man of the house was around, the job normally went to him. After a while, repair shops that specialized in vacuum cleaners began to pop up all over the place. These days, there are very few vacuum cleaners that use bags. Bagless is the way to go these days, and for good reason. What was once a revolution in household cleaning, is now rapidly fading away and fast. Models such as the Cyclone or Dirt Devil, are now using cylinder technology to store the dirt and dust. When you have finished vacuuming, you simply empty the cylinder into the trash. Vacuum bags can be very frustrating, which is why millions of people are using bagless vacuums. If you own a vacuum cleaner that uses bags, you should look into upgrading it. Bagless vacuums will save you time, money, and replacement. If you've grown tired of the bags, now is the time to get a better vacuum. Not only do the bagless models have more power, but they will also save you quite a few trips to the store and the closet. They don't cost a lot of money either, and they are the perfect addition to any household. Hoover Self Propelled One of the most important things for asthma sufferers to do to limit the exposure to triggers is to simply eliminate them. High quality vacuum cleaners with the HEPA filtration system will help to remove many triggers such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and get things really clean. The Hoover Self Propelled Wind Tunnel Ultra is more than up to this task. The Wind Tunnel upright has many special features that make it easy to use. It is self propelled, which is great, as it is a larger vacuum. With its size, the self propelled feature is great to have. You simply let the vacuum pull itself around the floor, sucking up dirt and debris as it goes. The embedded dirt finder of the Hoover Wind Tunnel will help you to remember to slow down when you vacuum, and it actually lets you know when they are clean, which is great for those who have a knack for going to fast and missing things. Attachments Unlike other types of vacuum cleaners, the Wind Tunnel Ultra offers attachments that are easy to use and actually work. To activate any of the attachments, you simple lock the handle of the vacuum in the upright position. Doing so will automatically turn the dual agitator brushes off. The attachment hose is a very flexible, high quality extension that doesn't require you to connect it to anything for it to be used. All you have to do is pull the end of the hose from the vacuum and begin using it. Among the several attachments you can use are two extension wands, a crevice tool, upholstery nozzle with a rotating brush, and a dusting brush as well. Ability to clean The Hoover self propelled Wind Tunnel is superb on hard floors and carpets. It features a hard wood floor setting that will turn the agitator brushes off so that it doesn't blow dirt back while you vacuum. It offers plenty of power for hard wood floors, picking up virtually anything. Vacuuming rubs and carpets is a snap as well. With the embedded dirt finder and the high level of power, cleaning is easy. Throw in a built in edge cleaner and you have a nice vacuum. Filtration system Several people may be flat out shocked to find a vacuum in this price range that still uses bags. This isn't really a bad feature, especially for those who suffer from asthma. Emptying a bagless vacuum can be very tricky for those who suffer from asthma as the dust and debris can quickly end up back into the air that you breathe. The Hoover Wind Tunnel uses 3M vacuum bags that feature full HEPA filtration in a 6 step process to ensure that dust, pollen, and other triggers remain in the bag and don't make it back into your home or into your air. This vacuum cleaner also offers an easy to read indicator that will let you know when the bag is full. The bottom line The Hoover Wind Tunnel is a great vacuum cleaner, and is one of the best you can buy. It is a great choice for removing asthma triggers from your carpet and floors as well as bedding and other furniture. It is also very easy to use and has plenty of power to spare. The embedded dirt finder can be the best friend of an asthma sufferer very fast. It the features aren't enough to make you a believer, the vacuum is also rated #1 in several magazines, which proves hand down that this vacuum is more than worth the purchase. Oreck XL Ultra Controlling allergens at home is very important for allergy sufferers. For this reason, many allergy sufferers rely on the Oreck XL Ultra. This hypoallergenic vacuum is used to clean embedded dirt and and allergens from carpets and hardwood floors. It will remove almost 99.9% percent of allergins, with the inner and outer bag working together as a great filtration system. One of the best things about the XL Ultra is the fact that it will lock dirt and debris inside of the disposable dust bag. The patented Saniseal system will keep it there, preventing any type of contamination. You'll never come in contact with the dust, as the Saniseal system locks dirt and dust in tight so it has no way to escape. Once the bag is full, you simply toss it out and put a new one -- that simple! The new base plate design of the Oreck XL Ultra features larger, more robust front wheels, more edge brushes, and microsweep technology. These improvements will increase edge cleaning on bare floors and carpets, increase dirt removal on bare floors, and also makes the vacuum much easier to manuever on both carpet and tile. As we all know, housework is hard. If you want your home to stay clean, then you'll have to vacuum as often as you can. The Oreck XL weighs in at 8 pounds, with roller brushes that spin at the speed of 6,500 RPM. You can pick up all of the dirt in one pass, including pet hair, dander, pollen, dust, and also dust mites. You'll get the surface dirt and the embedded dirt, which make your house smell as good as it looks. The XL Ultra is so good that it will lay flat to fit under beds and furniture for easy storage. It is one of the lightest full size vacuums available, with stairs being a snap. You can easily go from carpets to bare floors, as the Oreck XL will recognize the thickness of the carpet and adjust itself automatically. With bare floors, the Microsweep system will deliver millions of strokes a minute. It moves so quick that it will actually scoop up sand off of a bare floor. The sheer genius of Oreck technology has always been to take the heavy vacuum cleaners and then reduce them to light, lean, and very easy to clean machines. The Oreck XL Ultra has state of the art 24 bar technology that makes it run powerfully, quiet, and will keep running as long as you need it. The 24 bar motor in the XL Ultra uses 1/3 the electricity of any other vacuum motor out there. Not only will it last longer, it will pay for itself in the long run with energy savings. When you talk about performance, the XL Ultra's suction velocity is equivalent to a category 2 hurricane, which measures at 102 MPH! This type of suction is among the best, as very few vacuum cleaners out there can compete with it. The roller brush with thread guard system will nearly eliminate hair and thread from getting tangled up in the bearings. The roller brush features a hardwood maple roller that increases durability, picking up almost anything that it comes in contact with. If you've been looking for a better vacuum cleaner, you can rest assured that the Oreck XL Ultra is everything you need. This vacuum cleaner will do it all and then some, making your housework easier than it has ever been in the past. Dyson D15 Unlike the use of wheels that most vacuums have, the Dyson DC15 upright vacuum has a large yellow ball that will allow the vacuum to pivot and roll with the greatest of ease. With the DC15, you simply turn your wrist and the entire vacuum cleaner will change direction. The ability to maneuver this easily is something that is commonly associated with canister style vacuum cleaners. In addition to the unique yet innovative ball design, the Dyson DC15 also offers quite an interesting filtration system. No matter what you may think or hear, Dyson vacuums don't use filters in the way t hat most vacuum cleaners do. With the Dyson DC15, the air and dirt are sucked into the container where the outer cyclone removes large particles such as food, hair, and even fibers. The air will then move into the shroud and inner cyclone where it is rotated with a higher velocity to drop fine particles of dust out of the air. From the inner cyclone, the air will move about through a washable inner foam pre filter where a majority of the particles will remain trapped. This feature helps the DC15 to keep dirt and debris trapped inside and out of the motor. The last step in the system after moving through the motor is the trip through the final HEPA filter. The DC15 has a very strict filter system, which will prevent 99.9% of bacteria and mold from getting to your home. The vacuum will suck it up and keep it inside of the vacuum where it belongs. Even though they aren't very well known, Dyson has been around for many years. They aren't as popular or as well known as the bigger companies such as Hoover, although they offer you great quality and performance with their vacuum cleaners. Unlike Hoover, Dyson works to improve on their own products as well as the competition with each product they release. The Dyson DC15 is truly a great vacuum to hit the market, as it is the first and only vacuum cleaner to feature the very unique ball. Even though robotic vacuum cleaners are becoming the most popular types of vacuum cleaners, the DC15 is ideal for housewives who want a traditional vacuum cleaner with a twist. The Dyson DC15 is also known for its suction power and attachments as well. With the ball assembly, using attachments are a breeze. The only problem you may have, is getting the hang of things. The attachment wand is stored inside of the handle of the vacuum and is always attached. To use it, you lock the handle in the upright position then push a button on the front of the handle that will allow you to telescope the wand for use. Roomba Vacuum Cleaner The Roomba vacuum cleaner is made and sold by the company iRobot. The Roomba was released in 2002 with updates and new models released in 2003, 2004, and so on. These days, millions of them have been sold, making it the most successful and popular robotic vacuum cleaner thus far. Acessories 1. Remote control -- This allows you to control the Roomba remotely. 2. Schedular -- This allows you to program your Roomba to clean house on your schedule, even if you are out. The schedular can also update a pre-2.1 Roomba robot to the 2.1 software. 3. Homebase -- This is where the Roomba will automatically return for recharging. 4. Virtual wall -- This is used for keeping the Roomba out of certain areas. 5. OSMO -- This is a dongle that attaches to the serial port of the Roomba. Description The Roomba is a disc, 13 inches in diameter and less than 4 inches high. A large contact sensing bumper is mounted on the front half of the unit, with an infrared sensor located at the top front center. A carrying handle is fitted at the top of it as well. Depending on the model Roomba you select, it can come with one or two infrared transmitter units. The first and second generation Roomba models needed to be told the size of the room through the use of three small buttons, although this is now no longer required with newer Roomba generations. The Roomba operates with internal nickel metal hyrdide batteries and requires being recharged on a regular basis from a wall plug, although the newer generations have a home base where they will automatically find and go to when they need to charge themselves. Using the newer generations of Roomba consists of carrying it wherever you would like to start, pressing the power button, then pressing either clean, spot, or max. Whenever the clean, spot, or max button is pressed, the Roomba will pause for second or two and then begin work. The contact bumper on the machine will detect bumping into walls and furniture, and the virtual walls will limit the Roomba to the areas that you desire. There are also 4 infrared sensors on the bottom that will prevent the Roomba from falling offer of ledges or down the steps. Unlike the Electrolux models, the Roomba doesn't map out the rooms they are cleaning, as they instead rely on bumping into objects or walls to map things out. The design is based on MIT technology that robots should be like insects and equipped with simple controls mechanisms tuned to their environments. After a little bit of time, the Roomba will begin to sing. If it detects a homebase, it will try to return to it. At that point, you simply remove the dust bin from the rear of the robot and empty it into a trash can. Keep in mind that the Roomba isn't designed for deep pile carpet. It is however, low enough to go under your bed and most other furniture. If at any time it senses that it has become stuck, it will no longer sense the floor underneath it, it will stop and begin to sing until you come and find it. If you are tired of vacuuming and simply don't want to do it anymore, a Roomba vacuum cleaner will be a great investment. You can sit back and relax, or go out and do things while the Roomba does all of the vacuuming for you. There is nothing easier than having a Roomba around, as it will help to simplify things like never before.
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