Oreck XL Element Review

Oreck XL ElementThe Oreck XL Element vacuum is the most basic version in the popular line. The good thing about being the most basic model, is that it’s also the cheapest – right around $300. In this review of the Oreck XL Element vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the higher price tag. One thing that I really like about this model is that it actually comes with a small hand-held unit as well. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this unit: single speed motor, 25 ft power cord, a headlight, 13 inch cleaning path, HEPA quality filter bag, microban protection, a 3 year warranty, ergonomic handle, and you can get 1 free tune-up. Another thing I like about this vacuum is that it only weighs 9 lbs. Since it’s so lightweight, it’s really no problem to carry it up and down stairs.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Oreck XL Element vacuum cleaner. Probably the biggest complaint people have with this line of products is that it doesn’t come with many attachments. I know this is why they include the hand-held model, but it really doesn’t have the suction power of the full upright. Also, the 13 inch cleaning path is a little narrow for my liking. It’s alright, but can take a little longer to clean up bigger rooms. Another thing I don’t like is the fact that you have to buy expensive replacement bags. This is one of the main attraction to bag-less systems. Lastly, I think this model is a little pricey for what you get. I know it does a spectacular job at basic cleaning, but it’s still a lot of money to put out for the Oreck XL Element vacuum cleaner. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4.2 / 5 star rating.

Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Review

Dyson DC35 Digital SlimThe Dyson DC35 Digital Slim vacuum is basically a very high-end stick model, which can also be converted into a hand-held. It has a very unique look to it, because it is so thin. In this review of the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the $300 price tag. Here’s a quick rundown of features found on this unit: a digital motor with root cyclone technology, detachable long-reach wand, crevice tool, dual power mode with different suction strengths, hygienic bin emptying, constant floor contact, a motorized floor tool, and it’s also Energy Star qualified. Another cool thing about this vacuum is that it has a fade-free battery – meaning, it doesn’t lose power at the end of the battery life. Plus it charges about 3 times faster than most of the competition.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim vacuum. First off, the $300 price tag is sure to keep most potential buyers away. It has to be one the most expensive stick / hand-held models out there. Another issue I have with this model is that the battery life is far too short. If you have it on max suction power, the battery life is a measly 6 minutes. To be fair, any cordless model you buy has a very short battery life – and this is no exception. I also don’t like the fact that you have to hold down the trigger button in order to clean. I suppose they do this to conserve battery life, so I understand somewhat. Lastly, the dirt container on the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim vacuum cleaner is pretty small, so you’ll have to empty it almost every time you use it. All in all, I really do like this little model a lot. It has it’s faults and is very pricey, but you just can’t help from liking it. I’m giving it a 4 / 5 star rating, even with it’s issues.

Shark Pet Perfect Review

Shark Pet PerfectThe Shark Pet Perfect vacuum is a hand-held model, made especially for picking up that pesky pet hair. As far as looks go, the green and black colored exterior looks quite nice. In this review of the Shark Pet Perfect vacuum cleaner, I’ll be going over this model’s strengths and weaknesses. First off, here’s a rundown of the best features you’ll find on this model: Twister cyclonic technology, a charging indicator light, washable filter, easy-to-remove dust cup, detachable motorized brush, and it’s powered by a 14.4V battery. Of course, the motorized brush is the piece that is meant to help pick up the pet hair – and it actually does a pretty good job of it.

Now I’ll go over the negative aspects of the Shark Pet Perfect vacuum. Like most cordless models, the battery does not last very long at all. You also have to clean the filter after every use, or it doesn’t work as well. Another thing I’m not a big fan of is the vent on the bottom of the unit. It tends to blow around dust that you are trying to sweep up. While the Shark Pet Perfect vacuum cleaner definitely has it’s problems, I think it does a pretty good job at cleaning up pet hair. I’m only giving it a 3.7 / 5 star rating, because of those issues.

Electrolux Ergorapido Review

Electrolux ErgorapidoThe Electrolux Ergorapido vacuum has a futuristic style that’s actually quite fashionable. Of course, style isn’t everything as I’m sure you know. In this review of the Electrolux Ergorapido vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s highlights and lowlights – then I’ll give an overall recommendation. As I mentioned, this model has a futuristic look to it, which is one of those things where you either love the look or hate it. Here’s a rundown of features you’ll find on this unit: it’s cordless, converts to handheld, it has a 10.8 inch cleaning path, has 2 speed cycles, and works on all types of floors. Since it only weighs 5.7 lbs, it’s easy enough to take up and down stairs.

Now I’ll go over the negative aspects of owning the Electrolux Ergorapido vacuum. While this machine is fairly powerful, it still doesn’t have the power to suck up larger crumbs on the floor, and also doesn’t do great on large rugs. There is about an inch on both sides of the head that doesn’t suck up anything – which gives it more like a 9 inch cleaning path. Another issue is that this thing only lasts for 20 minutes, if you’re lucky. This is very common with stick vacuums though, so I won’t hold it against the Electrolux Ergorapido in particular. Lastly, don’t expect it to pick up pet hair – because it doesn’t like that. The $99 price tag is a little more expensive than most competitor units. As far as stick models go, this is one of the best ones out there. However, I’m not entirely sold on it overall. I’d have to give this model a 3.8 / 5 star rating.

Dirt Devil Power Flex 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum Review

Dirt Devil Power Flex 2-in-1Our Dirt Devil Power Flex 2-in-1 vacuum review: As the name suggests, this model is both a stick and hand vacuum cleaner. As far as the style of the Dirt Devil Power Flex goes, I think it looks great. The curved edges and sleek red design are very attractive. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find on this model: 12 volt battery powered, motorized brush roll, a 10 inch cleaning path, swivel nozzle, folding handle, and it only weighs 8.8 pounds. It costs right around $50, which is pretty much in line with similar competitor models. As I mentioned earlier, I think the design is one of it’s biggest selling points.

Now we’ll take a look at the problems associated with the Dirt Devil Power Flex 2-in-1 vacuum. First off, the plastic seems very cheap – even though it looks nice. I’m afraid something will eventually break off of it. Another thing I don’t like is how short the battery life is on this model. I know battery powered models typically don’t last long, but this one seems to have an especially short life. Lastly, I’m not that impressed with the suction on the Dirt Devil Power Flex vacuum – it could definitely be better. Overall, I would have to give this model a 3 / 5 star rating.

Shark Ultralight Multi-Vac Vacuum Review

Shark Ultralight Multi-VacOur Shark Ultralight vacuum review: As it’s name suggests, this vacuum is a fairly lightweight 9.75 lbs. The Shark Ultralight Multi-Vac is also very uniquely designed – but in an good way. The strange design does have a purpose though. It can be converted from a stick vacuum to a hand vac, and it also has a bending pivot to reach tight places. A few other features on this model include: a 25 ft power cord, an 11 inch cleaning path, a wand, pet turbo brush, and a 3 year manufacturer warranty.

Unfortunately, there are a couple issues with the Shark Ultralight Multi-Vac vacuum. The most common problem is that the canister does not stay secure when you are using it. It snaps in place, but then slowly comes off when you start vacuuming. Another issue is how small the canister is – it fills up way too fast. Last thing I have an issue with is the awkward shape of the Shark Ultralight Multi-Vac. It looks fine, but just takes some getting used to. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4 / 5 star rating.

Best Vacuum for Couches

Couch VacuumLooking for the best vacuum to clean up your couch? Well, we’ve done some research to help you out. There are actually two worthy vacuum models that can clean up your couch in no time. In our view, this vacuum has to have all these features: be small enough to get into really tight areas, have super strong suction, last longer than 15 minutes (assuming the vacuum is battery powered), and lastly it needs to be good with pet hair.

The vacuum we consider the best for couches is: the Dyson DC31. This one definitely costs more than most handheld vacuums, but it is also the best. Its small wand can get in just about anywhere. The suction is what really sets this one apart, you’ll notice the difference the first time you use it. Also, there is a pet friendly version of the DC31 that absolutely does great with pet hair.

The runner up in the best vacuum for couches category is: the Eureka 71B. This vacuum also has tremendous suction for a small handheld. It has a roller brush, which picks up pet hair quite well. You can also squeeze this vacuum into the corners and cracks of the couch for deeper cleaning. The pricing on this model is also considerably less than the Dyson, so it’s something to consider.

Dyson DC31 Animal Vacuum Review

Dyson DC31 Animal VacuumMy Dyson DC31 Animal vacuum review: So, you may be thinking the Dyson DC31 Animal vacuum is priced a bit high for a hand-held model (retails for $270). Is the price justified? Well, the answer is yes and no – in my opinion. For a hand-held, this vacuum cleaner absolutely demolishes the competition. It has superb suction, a great motorized roller brush for picking up pet hair and it just looks cool. It’s also great for couches, cars and other hard to reach areas.

I think the Dyson DC31 Animal vacuum cleaner is best suited for pet owners who have a major pet hair problem. I must say, you won’t find a better small vacuum for sucking fur off couches, etc. However, if your pet’s don’t shed too much (or at all), you’d do better with other cheaper models. You also have to remember that this is a cordless model, and will only give 15 minutes of hard work before it needs recharged.

So, the DC31 Animal could be a life-saver for some pet owners, but it’s definitely not for everyone. I give this vacuum an overall score of 4/5 stars.

Dirt Devil Kurv 0216CHL Vacuum Review

Dirt Devil KurvA vacuum review of the Dirt Devil Kurv 0216CHL vacuum cleaner says: “The Dirt Devil Kurv vacuum cleaner is more for looks than anything. It has a good looking curve design, which is so good that I don’t mind leaving it out when company comes over. Since it is a cordless unit, the batteries don’t last that long. In fact, I’m lucky to get 20 minutes out of it at a time. This only allows me to clean up a couple rooms before it needs to be recharged. The suction is actually decent, so it’s not all bad performance-wise. The only way it does a good job with the suction is if you hold it level with the ground. If it’s tilted at all, the suction is terrible. I think this is why so many people complain about the suction power.

Other vacuum cleaner reviews I’ve read complain about the fan on the machine, saying it blows around the dust you are trying to vacuum up. I haven’t really had this problem, but I still don’t think it is a good design. I wouldn’t say the Dirt Devil Kurv is great, but it’s not horrible either. And, if you are wanting a vacuum that looks nice, this is the one.”

Hoover Platinum Collection

Hoover Platinum Collection Bagless UprightSince the Hoover Platinum Collection of vacuum cleaners just came out, you may be wondering if any of them are worthwhile. The short answer is yes, but let’s take a look at each individual item and see what features may be worth the money. The most popular of the Hoover Platinum Collection are the LiNX BH50010 cordless stick vacuum & BH50015 handheld vacuum. They actually have very good suction, are lightweight & are very attractive. On the negative side though, the battery life is pretty dismal. I can’t say they are any worse than other cordless competitors, but the 15 minutes of run time isn’t wonderful. Other than that, they are a super buy.

The Hoover S3865 Cyclonic Bagless Canister is basically the same as previous Hoover canister vacuums, but with a new exterior. It does have Windtunnel technology & have great suction, so some users will definitely find this unit worth the money. However, you may just want to buy an older model if you’re looking to save money.

The Hoover UH70015 Cyclonic Bagless Upright vacuum is quite a looker. I think it is comparable to most Dyson’s as far as suction & looks go. Hoover did a good job at updating this one. It also has Windtunnel technology and a HEPA filter. It runs about $400, but has a 6 year warranty.

The Hoover UH30010COM Lightweight Bagged Upright with Canister is actually a decent combo. They compliment each other well, because the upright can vacuum your floors, while the canister can clean the harder to reach areas. It takes up a little more room to store both of them, but if you can’t decide between an upright and a canister – this may be the combo for you.

The Hoover F8100900 Carpet Cleaner rounds out the Platinum Collection of vacuum cleaners. It features an LED light and MaxExtract technology to help you get the most dirt out of your carpets. As with most carpet cleaners, it costs a good amount of money. If you need to constantly clean your carpet, it’s a good buy. However, if you just occasionally need a cleaning, you should probably just rent a unit from Wal-Mart.

Hopefully this rundown helps you pick out the best Hoover Platinum Collection vacuum for your needs.

Bissell 1200B SpotBot Compact Deep Carpet Cleaner Review

Bissell 1200B SpotBot Compact Deep Carpet CleanerA user’s Bissell 1200B SpotBot compact deep carpet cleaner review says: “The Bissell 1200B SpotBot compact deep carpet cleaner does a good job at cleaning your carpets, however it’s quite labor intensive. I know the company advertises the machine as being super simple to use, but just beware that you’ll get a workout if you’re cleaning up a big mess. That being said, it does do a good job and get most tough spots out.

The Bissell cleaner liquid is very expensive. You can easily concoct your own if you know how. Also, I wish the thing had a dryer. It would be very useful if you could dry the spot after washing it clean. I’m sure a lot of carpet cleaners don’t have one, but it’s sure handy. So, overall the Bissell 1200B SpotBot compact deep carpet cleaner is a good buy. I wish they would fix those few things, but still it is worth the money.”

Dirt Devil Kone Cordless Hand Vacuum Cleaner Review

Dirt Devil Kone Cordless Hand VacuumA user’s Dirt Devil Kone cordless hand vacuum cleaner review says: “The Dirt Devil Kone cordless hand vacuum cleaner is not the best machine I’ve ever had, but it does get a lot of style points. When people see it, they always want to check it out and see how it works. It does do an OK job at picking up the smaller peices of dirt, crumbs, play dough, etc. – so I’ll give it that. What I don’t really like about it is that it slips out of the hand pretty easily. The cone shape of the vacuum looks cool, but is not really that practical. If you want something that you can keep close by for smaller clean-up jobs (and you can even leave it out in plain view, people love it), the Dirt Devil Kone cordless hand vacuum cleaner is worth buying. And quite honestly, it’s not very expensive either.”

Shark SV736 Cordless Motorized Brush Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review

Shark SV736 Cordless Motorized Brush Handheld Vacuum CleanerA user’s Shark SV736 Cordless Motorized Brush handheld vacuum cleaner review says: “The Shark SV736 Cordless Motorized Brush handheld vacuum cleaner is the perfect machine for small jobs around the house or even sucking up crumbs in your car. One of the best things about this vac is how cheap it is. Also, the brush does a great job at sweeping up pet hair. The unit works great just about anywhere, but I’ve really noticed it cleans the couches, area rugs, sheets & hardwood floors exceptionally well.

On the negative side, there’s really not a lot to complain about. I don’t like the cradle so much, because it’s hard to get it in and out sometimes. Also, it’s a little heavier than similar competitors models. And another detail attachment would be nice. But, the Shark SV736 Cordless Motorized Brush handheld vacuum cleaner does what it’s supposed to do, and does a great job at it.”

Black & Decker CHV7250 Wet-Dry DustBuster Vacuum Review

Black & Decker CHV7250 Wet-Dry DustBuster VacuumA user’s Black & Decker CHV7250 Wet-Dry DustBuster vacuum review says: “The Black & Decker CHV7250 Wet-Dry DustBuster vacuum is a great little machine to pick up small debris and dust. It has really great suction for being so small. It’s also nice to have rechargeable batteries instead of always replacing them. To recharge it, you just plug it straight into the wall. A cradle would be nice at times, but it’s manageable to just plug it in. It’s also not a bad price for what you get.

On the downside, it needs recharging pretty often. Also, I hear that it doesn’t last super long – it has about a year life span. It gets scratched pretty easily too, so don’t expect it to look all nice and pretty for long. If these things don’t bother you too much, the Black & Decker CHV7250 Wet-Dry DustBuster vacuum will work wonderfully for you.”

Black and Decker CFV1200 DustBuster Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review

Black and Decker CFV1200 DustBuster Cordless VacuumA user reviews the Black and Decker CFV1200 DustBuster Cordless Vacuum Cleaner: “The Black and Decker CFV1200 DustBuster Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is great because it can work as a stick vacuum or hand held. With it being cordless, it’s a lot more versatile as well. You can get in a lot of hard to reach areas without dragging the cord everywhere. The 12-volt unit has great suction as well. It’s so good that it actually rivals my more expensive upright vacuum. You have to hold it at the right angle to get the best suction – some people complain it won’t pick up anything, and I think this may be the problem. You can also hang it up for easy storage.

On the negative side, it doesn’t hold a charge for very long. This is actually very common for hand & stick vacs. Anyway, the most I’ve gotten out of it is 20 minutes of full powered use. Plus it takes 16 hours to recharge fully. So, you probably won’t be using the Black and Decker CFV1200 DustBuster Cordless Vacuum Cleaner to sweep up the whole house, but it is marvelous at cleaning a few rooms at a time.”