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Bag or Bagless – Which Vacuum Is Better?

vacuum cleaner bagAfter upright or canister, the most important decision you make about your vacuum cleaner is whether it is bagless or uses a dustbag. In our opinion, if you have allergies, asthma or are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, the answer is simple: get a vacuum with a dustbag.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with bagless vacuums. The better ones do an excellent job of cleaning. But allergy and asthma sufferers will want to consider all the dust they will be exposed to when maintaining the bagless vacuum.  No matter which bagless vacuum cleaner you use, it still comes down to removing a container of dust and allergens and crud that you so carefully removed from your home, and dumping it into something so you can throw it away. Continue reading

Barron’s Calls Miele S8380 Vacuum a “Cat and Dog Hair Killer”

Miele S8 Cat & DogBarron’s recently named the Miele S8380 Cat & Dog canister vacuum its “Gadget of the Week,” calling the Miele a “cat and dog hair killer.”

One of the main reasons Barron’s likes the Miele S8 Cat & Dog over bagless competitors is that “it doesn’t make sense for an ‘animal’ vacuum to come without a bag. Wouldn’t all that hard won debris just get released back into the air as you empty the bin into the trashcan?”

Barron’s tested the Miele Cat & Dog in a home with three dogs and reported that it picked up “huge clumps of hair from the hardwood floors, carpet, and suede drapes.” Continue reading

Why Doesn’t My Vacuum Cleaner Work?

Broken Vacuum CleanerNo surprise, that’s a question we hear a lot around here, followed by, “And what can I do about it?” Sometimes the answers are complicated. Other times, they’re pretty simpe. On that side, here are some things you can do yourself to see check why your vacuum may not be working as you expect, and what you can do about them.

It’s lost suction and is not picking up.

It could be that you have plenty of suction, but the brush is not working. Take off the brush and feel the end of the hose. If the suction seems right, the brush may need replacing, or it could have an obstruction that prevents it from turning (see below). Continue reading

Dyson Animal Complete Arrives with Tangle-Free Turbine Tool and 20% Savings

Dyson DC41 Animal CompleteOur shipment of Dyson’s new DC41 Animal Complete upright vacuum arrived just in time for allergy season. In addition to the standard Dyson Animal features and an improved mini-turbine tool, the Dyson rounds out the DC41 Animal Complete with three of its most popular cleaning tools.

And until May 12, 2013, you can get the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete, or any of our Dyson vacuum cleaners, for 20% off the regular price. Continue reading

Vacuum Cleaner Losing Suction? Check the Bag.

Vacuum Cleaner DustbagsThere are any number of reasons why your vacuum cleaner may not be picking up as well as it used to, but the most common cause is a full dustbag.

Many people rely on the dustbag full indicator, but it’s not going to have the accuracy of, say, the gas gauge on a car.  It just tells you when the bag is getting filled and “indicates” you should check it periodically, especially if you seem to be losing suction. Continue reading

Miele Cat & Dog Upright on Real Simple’s List of Best Vacuums

MIele VAcuum for PetsDescribing it as having “the power of an army with the agility of a Porsche,” Real Simple named the Miele S7260 Cat &  Dog upright the “Best Luxe” vacuum in the publication’s recent “Road Test” of vacuum cleaners.

Real Simple also called the Miele S7 Cat & Dog uprights “unrivaled for suction” and noted its ability to lie flat so it can easily reach move under furniture. In fact, these are features shared by the entire line of Miele S7 upright vacuum cleaners, along with and 360° casters for added mobility and rubber wheels travel smoothly over carpets and hard floors.

What separates the Miele S7260 from the other Miele S7 vacuums is that it is Miele’s first upright designed specifically for households with pets. In addition to that “unrivaled” suction, the Miele S7260 includes the STB 101 Mini Turbo brush for easy cleaning of pet hair from furniture, drapes, stairs and even clothing.  And the Active Air Clean filter absorbs odors while the filter keeps small particles from re-circulating in your home. Continue reading

Everything You MUST Know about HEPA Filters

Miele FilterThere’s a HEPA filter, and then there are variations on the HEPA filter, as well as ULPA and HEGA and a few things in between. There’s a lot of information available about the underlying technologies and how they relate to vacuum cleaners and air purifiers, including articles in our own library, but there are only a few things you absolutely must know about filters before you start shopping: Continue reading

The Secret to Choosing the Right Miele Vacuum

Miele Urpright and Canister Vacuum CleanersMiele only makes one upright and four canister vacuum cleaners. There, I’ve said it. The secret is out. Oops.

Yes, there are 29 Miele canister and upright vacuum cleaner models, and each has clear differences from the others. But there are only five basic vacuum cleaners used to build them.  There are four basic canisters, the S2, the S5, the S6 and the S8, and one basic upright, the S7.

Different sets of features or accessories, unique to each model within the basic type, are used to create the vacuums that make up the series. Keep this in mind and it’s much easier to choose the best Miele vacuum for your home or office. Continue reading