Dirt Devil Vision Canister

Dirt Devil Vision CanisterThe Dirt Devil Vision Canister vacuum is a bagless model with a pretty stylish red and silver exterior. This model is also designed specifically with pet owners in mind. In this review of the Dirt Devil Vision Canister vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth buying. You can currently get this unit for around $125. Here’s a rundown of the features you’ll find on-board this model: a 6 ft stretch hose, auto cord rewind, HEPA filter, a turbo brush carpet nozzle, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery brush, aluminum wand, 20 ft power cord, and variable speed controls. The non-marring wheels on this vacuum are pretty neat, and it’s easy to push around as well because it’s fairly lightweight.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Dirt Devil Vision Canister vacuum. One thing that’s pretty annoying about this model is that the filters are pretty expensive and harder to find. I also don’t like how short the power cord is. The 6 ft stretch hose helps with the reach, but you still have to plug it in multiple times for larger rooms. I don’t really care for the carpet pet hair attachment that comes with it. I think this model does much better on bare floors than on carpet – especially trying to get hair that is embedded deep into the carpets. Last issue I have with the Dirt Devil Vision Canister vacuum cleaner is that some parts seem to be made of pretty cheap plastic. Other than those couple issues, this unit is quite a little workhorse. For its price range, there really aren’t many models that are much better than this one. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4 / 5 star rating.

Hoover Pet Rewind Plus

Hoover Pet Rewind PlusThe Hoover Pet Rewind Plus vacuum is a bagless upright model, designed specifically for animal owners. The exterior is nice looking, but possibly on the bulky side. In this review of the Pet Rewind Plus, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth buying. Currently, it’s selling for around $160 – which is very reasonable when compared to similar models. Here’s a rundown of the main features you’ll find on this unit: a no-scuff bumper, 5 height setting adjustments, a 28 ft power cord, power controls at your fingertips, auto rewind cord, Pet Power Brush, a brush roll with an on and off switch, and this vacuum also features the WindTunnel technology. You do get a 1 year warranty when you buy this model, which is at least something.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Hoover Pet Rewind Plus. A few users mentioned that their wheels got squeaky after a few times using it. I also wish the power cord were just a little longer. I would have loved a 35 ft cord on this unit, but the one it has isn’t horrible. As I mentioned earlier, I think it’s just a little too bulky. The hose sticks out on the side, and the head is a little bulkier than I would have liked as well. There were a couple random users who said their model broke down after a few months of usage, but I believe this was a bit of a fluke. Overall, I really like the Hoover Pet Rewind Plus vacuum cleaner. It has good suction, and the tools work great. Also, I like that it’s a lot cheaper than some of the competition. I’m giving this unit  4.3 / 5 star rating.

Bissell Heavy Duty Review

Bissell Heavy DutyThe Bissell Heavy Duty is an upright model, which as the name suggests, is supposed to provide deep cleaning to your dirty floors and carpets. In this review of the Heavy Duty vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth buying. As far as looks go, it’s actually quite sleek and stylish – which is not always the case with models from this manufacturer. Here’s a quick rundown of features you’ll find on this unit: non-stop suction, HEPA media filter, 9x Multi-Cyclonic action, 15 inch cleaning path, multi-brush bar system with on and off switch, a 30 ft power cord, dual edge cleaning, easy empty dirt container, 7 height adjustments, lifetime belt, headlight, and this vacuum also has a telescoping wand with some attachment tools. This is actually a pretty decent feature set, but next we’ll see everything works properly.

Alright, onto the negative aspects of the Bissell Heavy Duty vacuum. One issue is that the hose tends to spring back, because the suction power is so strong. While this may be a good problem to have, it can also get annoying that it doesn’t extend all the way. Another problem I have with this model is that it is very heavy – at nearly 35 lbs. I know being heavy is usually a sign of quality, but this is going to be way to heavy for most users. Other than that, I don’t have a lot to complain about. I do think the Bissell Heavy Duty vacuum cleaner is a bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for. Overall, I’m very impressed with this unit. The suction power is tremendous, and it has a good number of useful features. I’m giving this unit a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Eureka ReadyForce – The Slim Canister

Eureka ReadyForceThe Eureka ReadyForce vacuum is a canister model with a slim, yet attractive red exterior. Currently, you can buy it for around $60, which isn’t a bad deal. In my review of the Eureka ReadyForce, I’ll go over this unit’s positive and negative aspects, then decide if it’s worth buying. As you can imagine, this cheaper model does not have a lot of extra features on board. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect when you buy this unit: automatic cord rewind, allergen filter, suction control switch, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and it also comes with a spare bag. At 16 lbs, this canister vacuum isn’t super light – but it’s definitely lighter than most of the competition.

Alright, now we’ll move onto the negative aspects of the Eureka ReadyForce vacuum. One thing that I’m a little leery about is the cheap plastic exterior. It’s something I would expect on a cheaper unit, so it’s not such a huge deal – plus, I haven’t come across anyone that says it broke. The 16 ft power cord is just a little too short for my liking as well. A couple other things I wish this model had: edge cleaners, adjustable handle, and a better filter. For what it is, the Eureka ReadyForce is a wonderful little vacuum cleaner. In fact, at this price level you’ll be hard pressed to find a better canister model out there. It does a wonderful job at what it was designed to do, and because of that I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Pak

Dirt Devil Jaguar Power PakThe Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Pak is a canister model with specially designed Motor-guard technology and a 12 amp motor, to give it some extra power. In this review of the Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Pak vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s positive and negative aspects, then decide if it’s worth buying. Currently, you can buy this model for around $180 – which is probably on the expensive side for what it is. Here’s a rundown of the features found on it: automatic cord rewind, HEPA filter, bag indicator light, variable speed controls, motorized brush roll with on and off switch, Motor-guard technology, 12 amp motor, crevice tool, dusting brush, swivel casters, upholstery brush, and an 18 ft power cord. This vacuum actually has a decent amount of useful features. The styling isn’t the most attractive, but you can’t go too wrong with an all-black exterior.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Pak. First off, the power cord is entirely too short. I know the hose and wand help lengthen the reach, but it’s still not that great. A couple users have had problems with the head of this model getting clogged up, and the brush roll not functioning properly. I would say these issues are probably more of a fluke than anything – but, still something to think about. Another thing you have to worry about is trying to suck up a lot of pet hair. This model tends to get clogged up pretty easily, especially if you have large amounts of fur. Lastly, I think the Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Pak vacuum cleaner feels a little bulky, and the styling is a little out-dated. Overall, I’m not quite sure what to make of this model. It has some great features, and does a fine job of cleaning up the house – but, then there are some issues with it as well. I’m giving this unit a 3.7 / 5 star rating.

Best Vacuum For Hardwood Floors

Best Vacuum Hardwood FloorsChoosing the best vacuum for hardwood floors is not always easy. A lot of vacuum cleaners have great suction, but when it comes to hardwood they just spread the dirt around. Not a good situation. Well, we did a little research for you, and here are the top 3 best models for hardwood floors we could find (the first is for smaller homes, the second is heavy duty for larger homes & the third is an all-around vacuum for people with both carpet and hardwood floors):

Electrolux Ergorapido 2-in-1: This little vacuum cleaner is great on hardwood floors, and works especially well picking up pet hair. Also, it can come apart so you have a smaller handheld unit as well. It’s smaller, so you can maneuver around small corners and such. One of the biggest bonuses of this machine is that it actually looks nice.

Eureka Sanitaire SC5845 Commercial: This one will cost a little more since it’s larger and is commercial grade. However, if you have a large house full of hardwood floors – this vacuum will work wonders for you. The suction is great and the dirt cup is bigger than normal.

Hoover S3765-040 WindTunnel Canister: A lot of users review this product and say it’s one of the best vacuums for hardwood floors. You can use it on both carpet and hardwood floors – you just have to switch a toggle on and off. The suction is amazing on this thing, plus the filter life is longer than most competitors.

Dyson DC23 Animal – Pet Owners Dream

Dyson DC23 AnimalThe Dyson DC23 Animal vacuum is a canister model, which is made specifically for pet owners. The super compact size makes this model very easy to store. In my review of the Dyson DC23 Animal, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the $500 price tag. Since this unit is so small, it can feel a little awkward handing over this much cash – so we’ll dig a little deeper and see why someone would want to pay so much for such a small canister model. For one thing, this manufacturer has perfected the art of making their units look sleek and stylish. As far as features go, here’s what you can expect with this model: HEPA filter, telescoping wand, a 21.67 ft power cord, pet hair power brush, 12 amp motor, mini turbine head, crevice tool, lifetime filter, retractable cord, brush tool, stair tool, brush on and off switch, and non-stop suction. It’s also a huge bonus that this vacuum comes with a 5 year parts and labor warranty.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Dyson DC23 Animal vacuum. One thing that I’ve noticed about this model is that it can be rather noisy. It’s not extremely noisy, but just enough to be able to hear it throughout the house. I also wish the wand extension was a little longer. Sometimes you find yourself bending over a little too often. Lastly, I wish the head picked up better along the edges. You especially notice this problem on bare floors. Overall, the Dyson DC23 Animal is a very nice little vacuum cleaner. It does have a couple issues, but that’s to be expected. I’m giving this model a 4.2 / 5 star rating.

Electrolux EL6988E – Oxygen Canister

Electrolux EL6988EThe Electrolux EL6988E is a canister model, also known as the Oxygen. You can currently get it for around $300, so it’s definitely on the higher end. In this review of the Electrolux EL6988E vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this canister model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth spending the extra money. As far as looks go, I think this unit is beautiful. They did a wonderful job at making it attractive – both in design and color combination. Here’s quick rundown of features found on this model: a telescoping wand with three attachments, HEPA filter, headlight, 3 floor height adjustments, retractable cord, V belt technology, fingertip controls, electronic dust bag indicator, and it weighs just 13 lbs. Another nice thing about this vacuum is that there’s a separate motor on the power head system, which gives it a lot of extra power. This is especially useful for deep cleaning carpets. The HEPA filter works great – which I guess is the reason behind the naming of this model.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Electrolux EL6988E vacuum. A couple things I notice right off the bat – I wish the bag was larger and that the cord was longer. Along with the bag being small, you have to buy them at a pretty regular pace, which can end up being a good deal of money. Another thing is that a few of the parts seem a little sub-par, which is often the trade-off for a lighter model. Lastly, the head is just a little too big to get under some couches, etc. Overall, I think the Electrolux EL6988E vacuum cleaner does a spectacular job at what it’s designed to do. There are just a couple flaws I wish the company would address, but this is the case with almost any unit. I’m giving this model a 4 / 5 star rating.

Hoover Elite Cyclonic

Hoover Elite CyclonicThe Hoover Elite Cyclonic is a canister vacuum, which is actually quite stylish. Currently it’s priced around $200, so it’s not super cheap. In my review of the Hoover Elite Cyclonic, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s a good buy. As I just mentioned, I think they did a wonderful job on the exterior – it looks very stylish and the colors are great. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll get with this unit: motorized brush roll, headlight, retractable power cord, stretch hose, telescoping wand with multiple attachment tools, 12 amp motor, 25 ft power cord, HEPA filter, fingertip controls, and an easy-empty dirt container. What I really like about this vacuum is that it has a fairly long power cord, as well as a decent stretch hose. This gives a lot of breathing room, instead of having to re-plug the cord in every 20 ft.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Hoover Elite Cyclonic vacuum. Unfortunately, there are a good number of owners of this model out there who’ve had problems with it breaking down. The break down issues range from the cyclonic action no longer works properly, to the stretch hose clogging up. If these incidents were more random, I wouldn’t have a problem. However, there are many owners of this model that have had these types of issues. Also, when it does break down, customer support hasn’t been top-notch. Maybe the manufacturer is working to fix the problems on the Hoover Elite Cyclonic vacuum cleaner – however, I can’t give this model a very good recommendation as is. Overall, I’m giving it a 3.2 / 5 star rating.

LG LuV200R – A Vacuum for Animal Owners

LG LuV200RThe LG LuV200R vacuum is a powerful new bagless model, which is geared especially towards pet owners. Even though this model is a little bigger, it’s still very stylish. In this review of the LG LuV200R, I’ll go over this unit’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth spending the extra money. While this isn’t the most expensive model in this manufacturer’s line-up, it will still cost you around $300. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll get with this unit: Dual Force suction, Kompressor dust compacting technology, HEPA filter, pet hair turbine tool, a brush roll with on and off switch, floor height adjustments, telescoping wand with multiple attachments, motor overload protection, stretch hose, automatic cord rewind, and a 30 ft power cord. As you can see, this vacuum is loaded pretty well with quality features. The dust compacting technology is actually very useful, because you cut back on emptying the container by 2/3.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the LG LuV200R vacuum. For one thing, this model is quite heavy. While this could mean it’s constructed well, it also makes it a little more difficult to drag up and down stairs. Another issue is that some users report that the buttons tend to get jammed down at times. This isn’t a major issue, but could be annoying at times. Also, the hose doesn’t stretch quite as well as I had hoped. Lastly, the price is going to be a little high for most people. Sure, the LG LuV200R vacuum cleaner is cheaper than a Dyson, but it’s still on the expensive side. As you can see, I don’t have too much to complain about with this model – which is why I’m giving it a 4.3 / 5 star rating.

Bissell Velocity Vacuum Cleaner

Bissell VelocityThe Bissell Velocity is an upright model, which is specially designed to get extra power from it’s two-stage cyclonic action. In this review of the Bissell Velocity vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if this is indeed worth the money. You can currently get this model for around $130, so it’s not overly expensive – but, the question is whether it actually works well. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this unit: a powerful 12 amp motor, HEPA media filter, 15 inch cleaning path, multi-cyclonic action, 35 ft power cord, rotating brush bars, easy-empty dirt container, 7 surface height adjustments, headlight, and an extension wand with tools. A couple things I really like about this vacuum are the extra long power cord, and the nice tool selection. The cyclonic action is a little over-hyped in my opinion.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Bissell Velocity vacuum. A couple things I don’t really like about this model are: it doesn’t have a retractable cord and the brush bars cannot be turned off. Also, the dirt container seems to get filled up very quickly. Another issue that a number of users had after a few months of use is that it starts to lose its suction power. I’ve also noticed that a fair amount of people say it gets louder the longer you own it. I’m not sure if there is an underlying reason that is causing these issues, but they do seem to be pretty common problems amongst users. There is a lot about the Bissell Velocity vacuum cleaner that I like, so I’m a little disappointed with the issues it has. Overall, I can only give this model a 3.8 / 5 star rating.

Eureka FilterAir Review

Eureka FilterAirThe Eureka FilterAir vacuum is made specifically to help reduce allergens, while at the same time getting your house cleaner. In this review, I’ll go over the positive and negative aspects of this model, then decide if it’s worth the $160 price tag. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this unit: a brush roll on and off switch, HEPA filtration and Power Paw, dual edge cleaners, flip-bottom dust cup, telescoping wand with crevice and dusting brush tools, 30 ft power cord, a 15 inch cleaning path, and multiple height adjustments. The exterior of this vacuum looks nice enough, but I wouldn’t say it’s anything too eye-catching.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Eureka FilterAir vacuum. There are a couple features that are missing on this model, that I wish it had: suction control switch, automatic cord rewind, and an easy-empty dust cup. The suction power is decent, but I think it does a much better job on carpet than on bare floors. Another thing that’s a little awkward on this unit is that it doesn’t have fingertip controls. You have to reach down to get to the brush roll on / off switch. Also, the stretch hose is not long enough for my liking. Overall, I think the Eureka FilterAir vacuum cleaner has a lot of things going for it, but there are also some issues that make it a little less attractive. With that in mind, I am giving this model a 3.7 / 5 star rating.

Dyson DC28 Animal Review

Dyson DC28 AnimalThe Dyson DC28 Animal is an upright model, which is designed specifically with pet owners in mind. It also features Airmuscle technology for cleaning up pet hair. In this review of the Dyson DC28 Animal vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the nearly $600 price tag. What I really like about the technology on this unit is that it actually brings the head closer to the floor, which allows you to get a very thorough cleaning. Here’s a quick rundown of the features found on this model: fingertip controls, quick-draw telescoping wand, a 35 ft power cord HEPA filter, edge cleaning, brush bar on and off switch, and a 5 year warranty. I love the fact that you can push a button on this vacuum, and it will automatically adjust to the correct height for your floor type. There are a lot of high-end features found on this unit, I guess which is why this manufacturer is so popular.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Dyson DC28 Animal vacuum. One thing that I’m a little disappointed with is that there is no pet hair attachment. I’m actually a little surprised, seeing as they make a big deal about this model being animal friendly. Another issue I have is that it is pretty heavy, at just over 20 lbs. This can make it a little hard to drag up and down stairs. Last issue I have with this model is the higher price tag. I know it’s kind of expected with this brand, but it’s still hard to fork over $500. Even with these issues, I still really love the Dyson DC28 Animal vacuum cleaner. It’s built so well, and the technology behind it is far beyond the competition. Overall, I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Bissell PowerForce – Inexpensive and Powerful

Bissell PowerForceMy short Bissell PowerForce review: The Bissell PowerForce vacuum (6585 model) is well under $100, yet provides a lot of features normally only found on higher end machines. The on-board tools work great for cleaning up hard-to-reach areas. It also has 5 height adjustments (for use on carpet or bare floors), a 30 foot cord, deluxe stretch hose and HEPA filtration system. A lot of pet owners are saying how well it works at sucking up pet hair. So, you can see what I mean by having more features than a normal $65 vacuum cleaner might have.

Suction on the Bissell PowerForce is great. However, quite a number of users are complaining about the loss of suction as this vacuum gets older. Also, be prepared for the cheaper build quality of this model. I guess it’s about what you’d expect from a $65 vacuum cleaner – so, no big deal there. Overall, the Bissell PowerForce vacuum 6585 model is definitely worth the money, and will work great for buyers on a tight budget.

Oreck XL Gold Review

Oreck XL GoldThe Oreck XL Gold is an upright vacuum, which is on the higher-end of the series. At just under $500, this is definitely a very pricey model. In this review of the Oreck XL Gold, I’ll go over the positive and negative aspects of owning this unit. While the price of this model is definitely higher than your average upright, this manufacturer is known to make very high quality items. First off, here’s a rundown of the features you’ll get on this unit: microban protection, 6 year warranty, a two-speed power switch, twin LED headlights, 30 ft power cord, an ergonomic handle, 6 free annual tune-ups, and it only weighs 9 lbs. Another cool thing about this vacuum is that it comes with a separate, deluxe hand-held unit.

Alright, now we’ll go over the negative aspects of the Oreck XL Gold vacuum. First off, I don’t like the fact that you don’t get any additional tools with this unit. This is true for all the models in this line – however, I know this is why they included the hand-held unit. Then there’s the fact that you have to buy expensive bags on a fairly regular basis. While it does come with a few spare bags, they run out pretty quick. Last thing I would consider a negative is the higher price tag. On the other hand, you often get what you pay for – and the Oreck XL Gold vacuum cleaner is no exception. I really love the after-purchase service that is included with the price. You get free yearly tune-ups, and a very long warranty. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4.3 / 5 star rating.