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.

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.

Dirt Devil Ultra Swivel Glide Review

Dirt Devil Ultra Swivel GlideThe Dirt Devil Ultra Swivel Glide vacuum is an upright model with specially designed casters, which allow it to turn effortlessly. In this review of the Dirt Devil Ultra Swivel Glide vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over the positive and negative aspects of this model, then decide if it’s worth buying. Currently, you can find this unit on sale for around $70, which is a very reasonable price. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this model: Micro Fresh filtration, patented swivel casters, 12 amp motor, 25 ft power cord, a headlight, 5 height adjustments, stretch hose with extension wand, crevice tool, dusting brush, and it’s also very lightweight. At this price level, you really can’t expect a whole lot of extra features on a vacuum. However, this model has a pretty decent line-up.

Alright, onto the negative aspects of the Dirt Devil Ultra Swivel Glide vacuum. First off, I don’t like that it doesn’t have a brush roll on and off switch. This makes it a little too messy to clean bare floors well. On carpet it does great, however it can be a little hard to push on high pile carpets. I’ve also noticed that this model can get pretty noisy at times. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with suction power and agility of the Dirt Devil Ultra Swivel Glide. By no means is it on the same level as a Dyson, but this vacuum cleaner does a fine job of cleaning up smaller spaces. I’m giving it a 3.8 / 5 star rating.

Hoover Agility Review

Hoover AgilityThe Hoover Agility vacuum is an upright model, which is also fairly inexpensive. Currently, you can buy it for as low as $90 – even though the list price is $120. In this review of the Hoover Agility vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over the positive and negative aspects of this model, then decide if it’s worth buying. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this unit: dual cyclone technology, 5 height adjustments, a 12 ft hose with wand, headlight, crevice tool, dusting brush, powered hand tool, and a couple on-board tools. I wouldn’t say this vacuum is packed with the greatest features, but it at least covers most of the basics. I do like that it has a couple extra tools, such as the powered hand one.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Hoover Agility vacuum. First off, the cord is not all that long, and it doesn’t have an auto cord rewind feature. Another issue I have with this model is that it has no brush roll on and off switch. Without the switch, it tends to spread dirt around on bare floors. Also, the materials used to make it are not the highest quality. I’m not saying it’s going to break after your first time using it, but it does seem to be cheaply built. Lastly, the suction power is only so-so. Overall, the Hoover Agility seems to be a slightly above average vacuum cleaner. If you can get it very cheap, it could be a good bargain. However, if you are going to spend $120, I think there are plenty of higher quality models out there. I’m giving it a 3.8 / 5 star rating.

Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet Review

Bissell Lift-Off Revolution PetThe Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet vacuum is an upright model, specifically geared towards animal owners. It’s not the most attractive unit out there, but neither is it the ugliest. In this review of the Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over the positive and negative aspects, then decide if it’s worth the $170 price tag. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll get with this model: Pet TurboBrush, powerful 12 amp motor, HEPA filter, easy-empty container, detachable canister, telescoping extension wand, 7 surface height settings, and a couple multi-use tools. While this vacuum does have a couple nice additional features, I think it’s also missing a few.

OK, now I’ll go over the negative aspects of the Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet vacuum. As I just mentioned, there are a couple features I would like to have seen: dirt sensor, dual edge cleaning, headlight, automatic cord rewind, and an on-off switch for the brush roll. Without the brush roll switch, this model becomes a carpet-only unit, which is very unfortunate. A couple other things I don’t like: the hose is not that stretchy and it can be a little loud. Overall, I wouldn’t consider the Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet a bad vacuum cleaner, but I would only recommend it to pet owners with a fully carpeted house. I’m giving it a 3.8 / 5 star rating.

Eureka Whirlwind Plus Review

Eureka Whirlwind PlusThe Eureka Whirlwind Plus vacuum is an upright model, which you can buy new for as low as $110. I like that this unit is pretty stylish, because a lot of cheaper models are not. In this review of the Eureka Whirlwind Plus vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over the strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth buying. Here’s a quick list of the features you can expect to get with this model: a comfort-gripped oval handle, HEPA filter, an easy-empty dust cup, height adjustments, powerful 12 amp motor, 30 ft power cord, turbo Power Paw tool, a 15 inch cleaning path, and a telescoping duster with several attachments. Even though this is a cheaper vacuum, I like the fact that it comes with a fair amount of extra attachments and tools.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Eureka Whirlwind Plus vacuum. First off, it’s a little heavier than I would have liked – around 20 lbs. Also, since the power cord is longer, an automatic cord rewind feature would have been much appreciated. Another thing is that the brush roll does not have an on and off switch. This can be a real pain for cleaning up bare floors, since a lot of times dust just scatters when you have the brush roll on. Lastly, the Eureka Whirlwind Plus vacuum cleaner has some parts that look cheaply made. I don’t know that they’ll break, but they look kind of flimsy. Overall, I think it’s a fine model, especially in this price range. I’m giving it a 3.9 / 5 star rating, because it has some issues, but it’s still a nice little unit.

Hoover Windtunnel Air Review

Hoover Windtunnel AirThe Hoover Windtunnel Air vacuum is an upright model, which claims to clean the air going through the filter, so there won’t be a loss of suction power. In this review of the Hoover Windtunnel Air vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the $200 price tag. The exterior looks pretty nice, and somewhat reminds me of a Dyson. I love the fact that you can lay the unit at a 180 degree angle, which really helps to get under beds and furniture. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll get on this model: a deluxe stretch hose with extension wand, 30 ft power cord, fingertip power controls, telescoping handle, rotating brush roll with an on and off switch, and a cyclonic technology which helps clean the air moving through the filter. This cyclonic action is supposed to keep it from losing suction, and I think they accomplished this to some degree. I also like the fact that this vacuum weighs only 12 lbs. This is light enough to drag up and down stairs with ease.

Now I’ll go over the negative aspects of the Hoover Windtunnel Air vacuum. One thing I don’t like is the number of attachments that come with this unit. Basically, all you get is a stretch hose and the wand attachment – which isn’t much to speak of. I also wish it had an automatic cord rewind, but I suppose it’s not that big of a deal. Lastly, I think the main reason this model is so light is because it’s made with pretty cheap materials. I don’t think it will fall apart or anything, but you can tell it’s not made with the highest grade materials. However, I don’t mean to sound too pessimistic about the Hoover Windtunnel Air vacuum cleaner, because it’s really a good little unit. It has great suction, is very stylish, lightweight, and has a fair amount of features. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4 / 5 star rating.

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.

Miele S 7210 Twist Review

Miele S 7210 TwistThe Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum is a full size upright model with a current price tag of nearly $450, which is actually a good amount lower than the MSRP. In this review of the Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the very high price. The sleek exterior looks pretty nice, but I wouldn’t say it’s the most attractive unit out there. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this model: swivel-neck design for easier turning, 39 ft power cord, HEPA and Air Clean filters, automatic carpet height adjustment, a 12 ft stretch hose with four attachment tools, ergonomic handles, and an anti-tipping device. Another cool thing about this vacuum is that it has a two-motor system. One is for the very powerful brush roller bar, and the other is for vortex suction. If you get the chance to test it out, you’ll also notice how solidly-built it is.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum. One drawback to owning this unit is that you have to buy very expensive replacement bags for it. On average, they seem to be about 3 times more expensive than most of the competition’s replacement bags. This model is also a little louder and heavier than I would have liked – but, neither is excessive. Last thing I have to complain about is the high price. I know you generally get what you pay for, but I think you could probably find something cheaper than the Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum cleaner, which could match up pretty closely to this unit. However, I still think this is one of the best models out there. I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.