August 25, 2013

Vacuuming ins and outs

We bring you the best methods and machines to tackle the chore.

By KIM COOK The Associated Press

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Got pets? Then you’ve got even more vacuuming challenges “fur” sure. That’s where crevice tools and upholstery nozzles really come in handy.

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Canister faves include Eureka's Mighty Mite, Miele's Olympus and Delphi models, the Bissell Zing and Panasonic's Opti Flow. Well-rated uprights include the Shark Navigator Elite, the Dyson DC41 Animal, Hoover Wind Tunnel, Miele Cat & Dog and Bissell Clean View.

Oreck's line of uprights and canisters are lightweight and low-profile, with long-lasting belts and room-friendly bumpers and wheels.

Electrolux's Precision Brushroll Clean upright has a switch that gathers up tangled hair on the brush and shoots it into the dust compartment -- great for families with teenage daughters and golden retrievers. A lightweight, cordless stick vac from Electrolux, designed just for bare floors, comes in color accents that might appeal to college-bound kids.

Dyson's line is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Its multi-floor model has a 16-foot cord and a large-capacity dust bin. All of Dyson's vacuums are bagless. The company recently introduced a cordless machine that's a kind of hybrid vacuum/Swiffer. The Dyson Hard has a double-edged cleaner head that sucks up dirt, and also has a wet wipe to remove dust and grime in one action.

Many people swear by hand vacuums. Since Black and Decker introduced the Dust Buster in 1979, portable vacuums have been the go-to tool for quick cleaning of cars, baby chairs or little dumps of crumbs. Other handheld machines include the Dirt Devil Extreme Power and the Filter Stream Dirt Tamer -- the latter a kind of mini wet-vac; it'll deal with dry or damp messes.

Roomba is the market leader in robot vacuum cleaners, those little round gadgets that clean on their own and have a rechargeable battery. Their top-end model has not one but two HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters. Moneual's Rydis robot cleaner has a lot of different cleaning modes, and an optional microfiber mop attachment. Neato Robotics' XV Signature Pro creates a vertical map of the room before it gets to work.

Just like us clean freaks.

 

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