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Fall Comfort Sale! Save 10% Off Humidifiers and Supplies

Breathe in comfort this fall and winter! Choose one of the great humidifiers at, and be sure you have the supplies you need for peak performance. Do it now and save 10% off our already low prices!

Just use Promo Code HUM862 when you check out. But don’t delay , because this great offer ends Nov. 25!

We have a fine selection from the best brands: Air-O-Swiss, Venta and Enviracaire and more. For tips on how to pick the one that’s right for you, check out our recent blog post, Choosing the Right Humidifier. It describes the choices you have and our recommendations for the top performer in each category.

And if you’re still not quite sure, please just call us toll-free at 888 205-3228. Let our customer service team help you sort through it all to find the humidifier that’s right for you and your budget.

This offer also is good at our Lincoln Park store at 2646 N. Lincoln Avenue.

This is a limited-time offer. You must place your order before November 25, 2009, using Promo Code HUM862 to get your 10% discount. So don’t delay! Order today!

And Remember, You Always Get FREE Shipping on Orders Over $60!

Miele Olympus Bridges Gap Between Quality and Budget

I’ve been using new Miele entry-level canister vacuum, the Miele Olympus, in my home since we received our first delivery in mid- October, and it’s easy to see why it’s becoming so popular.   At $299.00 this vacuum is a terrific buy.  I can’t think of another manufacturer that offers a vacuum cleaner of this quality for that price.  

Here’s a point by point review for those of you considering it.

Right out of the box there’s no doubt the Miele Olympus is a true Miele vacuum product.  All the familiar parts are there, from the six-foot crush-proof hose and three-foot adjustable stainless-steel wand, to Miele’s combination rug and floor tool.  There’s also Miele’s three-piece accessory cleaning tool set – dusting brush, crevice nozzle and upholstery tool – with on-board carrying clip.   An air-driven “Turbo” brush is available separately.

Controls are super simple.  There are just three: one button for power on/off, one button for the cord rewind, and a dial to increase or decrease the suction power.    As with all Miele canister vacuum cleaners, you can adjust the length of the wand so that the height is comfortable for your back and shoulders. 

The first thing you notice is that the Miele Olympus is incredibly light.  It weighs less than 10 pounds making it tempting to just pick it up and walk around with it rather than have it roll behind you.  And it’s quiet.  Just like in the Miele commercials, you really can have a normal conversation when the quiet setting is selected.  
But it’s the suction that really stands out.  Remarkably, this is the same high-performance motor as the one in the more expensive Miele S5 series, and it performs just the same.  Powerful suction draws in dust bunnies from several inches away on hardwood floors, and you can really feel it pulling down deep into the area rugs.  You’ll definitely need to use the adjustment dial to reduce suction when vacuuming smaller rugs, drapes or upholstery.

Miele’s basic floor tool does a great job on hard floors and area rugs.  It’s only three inches high, so you can vacuum underneath furniture without having to move it, and the suction is directed right to the ends of the tool, so edge cleaning performance is excellent on bare floor. But because the lint lifters are only in the center of the floor tool, edging is less impressive between carpet and baseboard with the basic tool. 

The rug and floor tool is really best suited to homes with that specific kind of flooring. If you have several rooms of flat or looped wall-to-wall carpeting, opt for the Miele Olympus with Turbo Brush.  And if you have any thicker, cut-pile carpeting, you should be looking at the Miele Delphi model that comes with a motorized power brush.

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Raycop UV-C Hand Vac Kills H1N1 Virus

Earlex has just told us that its Raycop UV-C Hand Vac will kill the H1N1 flu virus on soft and hard surfaces.  

According to Earlex, data from test by an independent international laboratory show that within two seconds of exposure to its ultraviolet light, the Raycop UV-C sanitizing hand vacuum cleaner effectively kills more than 99.9% of the Influenza A virus H1N1 virus. 

This makes the Earlex Raycop UV-C Hand Vac as effective against the the H1N1 virus as it is against other viruses and bacteria on mattresses, crib pads, bedding, pillows, sofas, chairs, futons, curtains and other above-floor soft surfaces.

While sanitizing wands and germicidal cleansers can be effective against viruses and bacteria on hard surfaces, they don’t work well, if at all, on above-floor soft surfaces.  You could try to wrangle a UV-C upright vacuum to your sofa or bed, but a vacuum cleaner designed for floors just doesn’t perform well above the floor, whether for picking up dirt or killing germs.

The Earlex Raycop UV-C sanitizing hand vacuum cleaner was designed for above-floor use.  It kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and also helps eliminate millions of dust mites that live in mattresses and upholstered furniture. 

While its UV-C lamp kills germs, a special vibrating pad loosens and vacuums up allergens and dirt, but the Earlex Raycop UV-C Hand Vac isn’t limited to soft surfaces. 
Just turn off the pad and the Earlex Raycop vacuums and sanitizes hard surfaces, too. 

During a winter colds and flu season made even more dangerous with the potential of H1N1, this can make the Raycop UV-C Hand Vac an even more important addition to your cleaning regimen.   Learn more about it on our Web site.

Miele Polaris – Our Best Selling Compact Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele Polaris vacuum cleaner really scores high marks with its powerful suction, quiet operation, lightweight build, and ease of use. This vacuum cleaner has all of the suction of the larger Miele S5 vacuum cleaners, yet weights just 10 lbs. No wonder it’s our top-selling compact model.

Designed for smaller homes, condos, and townhouses, the compact Miele Polaris vacuum cleaner is light enough to effortlessly carry up and down the steepest of stairways. It stores easily and won’t take up too much space in a utility closet or pantry.

The Miele Polaris is outfitted with Miele’s 265-3 combination rug and floor tool designed for very low pile carpeting, area rugs, some shag carpets, and all smooth floor surfaces.

The retractable cord is 18 feet long, plenty of length to cover most large rooms without having to unplug the cord and find another outlet. The convenient step-on power switch means you don’t have to bend over to turn the Miele Polaris vacuum on and off.

When the vacuum is running you can choose from six power/suction settings. They range from very low to very high. For smooth flooring it works best to have the vacuum cleaner suction at maximum. For area rugs, carpets and wall-to-wall carpeting, you can select from the mid-range settings to find the one that works best for your flooring. The lowest settings are reserved for draperies, blinds, slipcovers, etc.

With the 4-foot wand and 6-foot hose, you can reach just about every corner, crevice and nook in your home with the Miele Polaris. The swivel head of the combination rug and floor tool makes it easy to vacuum those difficult to reach areas of your home like under furnishings and beds.
The accessory tools that ride on the vacuum allow for quick and easy access for cleaning floorboards, crown moldings, televisions and other home electronics, picture frames, radiators, you name it.

  • Inside the Miele Polaris carton you’ll find the following items:
  • Miele Polaris canister vacuum cleaner
  • 265-3 combination rug and floor tool
  • Telescopic/height adjustable stainless steel wand
  • 6-foot hose with handle and canister connection
  • Dusting, crevice, and upholstery tool w/tool clip
  • Extra bag (two bags total with one installed at factory)
  • Manual & warranty

Assembly is quick and easy! Just attach the hose to the canister, the wand to the hose, and the floor tool to the wand and the Miele Polaris is ready to take the “chore” out of out of vacuuming your home!  Learn more about the Miele Polaris on our Web site.