Oreck Orbiter Floor Scrubber

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The Oreck Orbiter 550MC floor scrubber is one of the most versatile floor scrubbers we’ve found, effective for all flooring surfaces. It strips, waxes, buffs and sands any hard floor surface. It even dry cleans carpets.

At just 24 lbs., the Oreck Ornbiter is very light for a floor scrubber. Its oscillating motion eliminates brush marks, swirls, sanding marks and gouges. And with no belts, gears or motor brushes to wear out, it’s a very reliable machine.

Unlike other floor machines, the Orbiter is easy to control. There are no special techniques to learn, and anyone who can operate a vacuum cleaner will be able to use the Orbiter 550MC.

Learn more about the Oreck Orbiter floor scrubber here.

The Best Canister and Upright Vacuums

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Miele Capricorn.  Our choice for best overall canister vacuum.
Miele Capricorn. Our choice for best overall canister vacuum.

Customers are always asking, “what’s the best vacuum cleaner?”  The answer depends on how and where you’ll use the machine, which is why we encourage you to call us if you have any doubts about which vacuum cleaner is right for you.

Still, we can provide some guidance, and you’ll find our reviews and recommendations for the best canister and upright vacuum cleaners in nine categories on this page.   They range from best overall and best value to best for pet hair and best commercial vacuum.

For example, our choice for best overall canister is the Miele Capricorn with SEB 236 Powerbrush.  With its premium tools, certified HEPA filtration and fingertip controls, we consider this Miele vacuum to be the best vacuum available in the U.S

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Which Vacuum to Buy: Commercial or Residential?

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We sell commercial as well as residential vacuum cleaners, which can make choosing a vacuum cleaner seem like a difficult task. Commercial models are more rugged and durable, so we’re often asked, “Why should I buy a residential vacuum when the commercial vacuums are better and about the same price?”

That’s an attractive idea.  Especially since all the commercial grade vacuum cleaners we sell are very good products. Generally, commercial vacuum cleaners have longer cords and higher capacity dust bags than residential vacuums.  In most cases, the machines are designed with additional structural integrity to better endure the rigors of a commercial environment. And they generally are more powerful than the typical residential vacuum.

But commercial vacuums also tend to be stripped down.  They often don’t have some desirable filters like power controls, top grade allergy filtration and  tools for above-the-floor cleaning.  They may have a reusable cloth bag instead of the home vacuum’s easier to handle and more sanitary disposable bag.

And while commercial vacuums can be more powerful than a residential vacuum, you don’t necessarily need or even want that.  Remember, these machines are designed for offices, restaurants and warehouses.  The may be too aggressive for fine carpets.  They may not have features like rubber wheels to prevent scratching bare floors while cleaning.

Commercial vacuums also may be heavier and harder to move around and under furniture.  Residential vacuums are designed for comfort, to be light and maneuverable.

And the better residential vacuums are designed to be quiet.  Some commercial vacuums tend to be very loud.

That’s not to say you can’t find commercial-type durability in a residential machine.  If that’s what you want, look at the Sebo vacuums.  They have the structural integrity of a commercial vacuum with the usability features that make it a good choice for homes. If you want to buy commercial vacuum cleaners, check out the selection we have at BestVacuum.com.

Humidifiers for Dorm Rooms

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Tje Venta Airwasher LW14 is the ideal size for humidifying small spaces like dorm rooms.
The Venta Airwasher LW14 is the ideal size for humidifying small spaces like dorm rooms.

It’s back-to-school time, and we’ve been getting questions about humidifiers for dorm rooms, and our answer most often is the Venta Airwasher. It won’t be right for everyone, of course, but it’s combination of excellent performance and easy maintenance makes it pretty much the humidifier of choice for the student.

Easy maintenance is the most important point for students and dorms. The Venta Airwasher uses a water treatment solution to prevent lime scale buildup and odors. Just add a capful when you add more water. There are no filters, sticks or bulbs to clean or replace. All you need to do is wipe the unit out with a damp sponge every couple of weeks.

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