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Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is a device that uses an air pump to create a partial vacuum to suck up dust and dirt, usually from floors, and optionally from other surfaces as well. The dirt is collected by either a dustbag or a cyclone for later disposal. Vacuum cleaners, which are used in homes as well as in industry, exist in a variety of sizes and models— small battery-operated hand-held devices, domestic central vacuum cleaners, huge stationary industrial appliances that can handle several hundred litres of dust before being emptied, and self-propelled vacuum trucks for recovery of large spills or removal of contaminated soil.


Miele S8380 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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The Miele S8380 Cat & Dog canister vacuum cleaner is a great choice for pet owners. On top of offering exceptional cleaning performance and quiet operation, the S8 Cat & Dog includes an Active AirClean filter to absorb pet odors and a mini turbo brush for removing pet hair from stairs and furniture.

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Nilfisk GM-80 Vacuum (HEPA) (Residential-01790032)

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Customized for household vacuuming, the GM80 Household Vacuum is often a multipurpose and durable bagged vacuum constructed for a selection of house cleaning duties. In conjunction with impressive airflow and suction, this vacuum cleaner capabilities a sealed filtration process, within your preference of HEPA- or ULPA-grade.

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Miele S8990 UniQ Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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The Miele S8 Series A perfect synergy of style and functionality, Miele’s S8 series sets new standards in floor care. These full-size canisters combine maximum features and efficiency with outstanding cleaning benefits. Superior engineering is balanced with carefully-selected, fine good quality components for example a sturdy stainless steel wand and specialized ABS plastic with a challenging, impact-resistant surface.

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Vacuum Cleaner Buyers Guide - Before You Hit the Vacuum Cleaner Store, Read This!


Vacuum cleaners have come a long way. With all the different models out there, it can be hard to decide which vacuum is right for your floor. But if you figure out what you need before you go to the vacuum cleaner store, you'll end up saving time and money, and picking the cleaning machine that's just right for you...instead of getting talked into some fancy, expensive machine that you really don't need and can't afford. Here's what you need to know:


Upright Vacuums


Do you have a lot of carpets? Then an upright is probably your best choice. They are better at deep-cleaning and have a wider cleaning range than canister vacuums. They are also easier to store, since they are self-contained. They tend to be heavier to use than canisters, since you literally have to move the entire machine in order to vacuum, so if you have a lot of stairs this can be inconvenient. They are also noisier than canisters.


Canister Vacuums


They clean carpets well, but are better than uprights for bare floors, furniture (on and under) and drapes. They are easier to use on stairs, since you only need to move the hose and not lug the whole machine up with you. Though the hose and wand make canisters bulkier, and more difficult to store.


Stick Vacuums or Broom Vacuums


If you're an apartment dweller or have a small home, a stick vacuum might be all you need. They hold less than uprights, but are also much lighter and easy to use. If you need to clean up a mess, they are convenient to grab and use. However, most are not good for carpeting.


Bags or Bagless?


Both uprights and canisters have models that use bags, while others collect debris in a bin. Both have their pros and cons. Bag vacuums hold more dirt, and don't release as much dust into the air when you empty them as bin vacuums do. They usually have an indicator that tells you when the bag is almost full. Bagless vacuums can save money in the long run, since you don't have to buy bags. They do however use filters, which need to be cleaned every now and then, and sometimes replaced. If you have allergies, bagless vacuums can irritate them because emptying them will send particles into the air...it's a good idea to empty them outdoors if you can.




Many people think that they have to have a HEPA filter on their vacuum, but it isn't always necessary. Micron filters perform well, and may be more affordable than a model with a HEPA. If you have allergies or, more importantly asthma, you do want more than just the standard filter to get rid of particles that get sucked in and blown back out through the exhaust.


The best thing to do before you visit a vacuum cleaner store is make a list of all the features your vacuum must have, and the features that would be nice to have but aren't deal-breakers. Also, have a budget in mind and stick to it...it's far too easy to get excited about a fancy looking machine that does it all, and then end up regretting it later when you aren't even using half the features you paid for.


Understanding Vacuum Cleaner Specifications


Understanding a large variety of confusing specifications is one of the most challenging aspects of selecting a new vacuum cleaner. First and foremost, consumers want vacuum cleaners that offer the best cleaning ability. And most consumers typically equate cleaning ability with "power" or "suction".


Cleaning ability is not just about power and suction, even though these attributes are important elements of vacuum cleaner performance. With a little information and education, you will be able to sift through the numbers and better understand what the specifications mean and which ones are important to you.


Unfortunately, there is no single rating that indicates cleaning ability. However, there are a number of primary specifications, that when clearly understood, allow consumers to make educated decisions concerning which vacuum cleaner will have the best cleaning ability.


These primary specifications include watts, amps, volts, water lift (or sealed suction), horsepower, air watts, and airflow.


There are also a number of other, secondary specifications that influence cleaning ability that we'll also examine. These include filtration, cleaning tools (agitation), capacity, quality, noise, features and cost.


In order to make sense of all this we first need to understand the basics of how a vacuum cleaner works.


All vacuum cleaners operate based on air flowing from the opening at the cleaning head or tool, through the vacuum cleaner and the bag and/or filter system and then out the exhaust port. This airflow is created by the vacuum motor, which also may be referred to as the suction motor.


The vacuum motor consists of electrical components attached to a fan or multiple fans. When the fans spin, a partial vacuum is created and the pressure inside the vacuum cleaner drops below the ambient (or existing) air pressure in the room. Because air pressure is higher outside the vacuum cleaner than inside, air rushes through the vacuum cleaner.


So, it is easy to see that the vacuum motor is the heart of a vacuum cleaner. After all, the more powerful the motor, the greater the pressure differential and therefore the more suction and airflow, right? And it is for this reason that most of the specifications you see concerning cleaning ability relate either directly or indirectly to the motor.


But here's where it gets tricky. Specifications for components such as the motor do not necessarily relate to the performance of the entire vacuum cleaner, and therefore are only a part of the story.


Let's take a look at the primary specifications one by one:




The input power of the vacuum motor is measured in watts. Although this specification doesn't take into account the efficiency of the motor, the number of fans or the overall vacuum cleaner design, motor wattage is a valid way to evaluate and compare the power of the motor.


While the ideal comparison is motor input power in watts of Product A compared to motor input power in watts of Product B, some manufacturers do not provide motor input power specifications in the form of watts but instead rate the entire vacuum cleaner in amps. This can make it hard to compare across brands.