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VACUUM CLEANERS

Carpets top the list of critical cleaning chores, an area where upright models have traditionally excelled. But you may prefer a canister vacuum for other cleaning, especially on stairs.

Shopping tip
Some vacuums are easier than others to push, pull, and carry. See which feels best at the store.

What to iooi( for

• A vacuum that's easy to push, pull, and carry, so try before I for most cleaning jobs you buy • Bagless models if you have • For better deep-cleaning of asthma or allergies, because carpets, an upright beats a emptying the dustbin and canister cleaning a filter is an especially dusty, messy chore • For cleaning drapes, upholstery, on stairs, and under furniture, a canister is better What you'ii pay than an upright You'll find strong performers for as little as $50.
What to skip

• Splurging on extra cleaning tools, when the basic tools that come standard should suffice
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Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is mainly cleaning, airflow, tiandling, noise, and emissions. Carpet is ability to lift embedded talc and sand trom medium-pile carpet. Bare floors is vacuuming sand without dispersing. Tool airflow is ttirough hose with increasing amounts of dust-simulating wood flour. Noise reflects decibel-meter results; models scored Poor mandate hearing protection. Emissions measures release ot small particles with motor on. Handlinq Is ease of pushing, pulling, and carrying. Pet hair is pickup of long hair on medium-pile carpet. Weight is vacuum and onboard tools. Baq costs are per bag. Under canister features, baq denotes whether the model has a disposable bag. Brush on/off indicates whether there's a switch for the rotating brush. Easy on/off refers to a switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it. Manual-pile adjust changes the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height. Price is approximate retail.

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Among canister brands, Dyson and Kenmore were among the least repair-prone and Eiectroiux was most repair-prone. Kirby was among the least repair-prone brands of upright vacuums while Simplicity and Riccar were among the more repair-prone. That's what we found when we asked almost 96,000 readers who bought a vacuum between 2007 and 2011 about their experiences. The graph shows the percentage of models for each brand that were repaired or had a serious problem. Differences of fewer than 4 points aren't meaningful, and we've adjusted the data to eliminate differences linked solely to age and usage. Models within a brand may vary, and design or manufacture changes might affect future reliability. Still, choosing a brand with a good repair history can improve your odds of getting a reliable model. Source: Annual Product Reliability Survey. Consumer Reports National Research Center.

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