One of the wonders of the modern age, vacuum cleaners range in price from $60 to almost $2,000. What's different about them? It's a matter of choosing the right tool for the job.
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If you have mostly carpet, you'll probably want to consider an upright model. If pet hair is an issue, you'll need to compare models on that basis. Canister models are generally easier to handle, and some european canisters are quieter than most. But statistically, canister models are also more prone to needing repairs than uprights.
There's a lot of hype about vacuums' ability to eliminate pollen, mold spores and other allergens. The fact is that most allergen particles are big enough to be handled by any vacuum, whether it says HEPA or not. the key is the vacuum's emissions: what comes out the back end?
Bagless models are attractive for those of us who forget to buy the bags or just would like to throw less away.
Once you've decided which features are important for cleaning your home, there are good bets in every price range.
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