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Vacuums Beat Time

Mar 09, 2015

Consumer Reports’ vacuum cleaner reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our vacuum cleaner buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and vacuum cleaner reviews to help you choose the best vacuum cleaner for your needs. Consider your cleaning needs when choosing between a canister and an upright vacuum cleaner. Try it before you buy it to make sure you can maneuver the vacuum cleaner comfortably and that it is not too noisy. If you're looking for information about vacuum cleaners, Consumer Reports is your best resource.

How to choose a good performance vacuum cleaner?

Sleek shapes and trendy colors such as sienna, taupe, and goldenrod are turning some of the latest vacuums into fashion statements. Our tough tests of more than 100 models show that when it comes to cleaning, beauty can be more than skin-deep.

Consider bagless carefully. Bagless vacuums save on the cost of bags but still require filters and need periodic cleaning and--for HEPA filter--replacing. And the dust and mess of emptying their bins is a concern if you have asthma or allergies, though even bags must be handled gently.

Try it out. Even if you'll order online, go to a store first. Push, pull, turn, and lift models you're considering. Check out the controls and features of any vacuumcleaners. If an online price is low, see if the store will match it.

Check the features. A brush on/off switch helps protect the finish of bare floors and avoid scattered debris. A motorized brush cleans carpets or the mop better than only suction. Also helpful: manual pile-height adjustment, which can be matched to carpets or the mop better than with automatic, and suction control for cleaning draperies and other delicate fabrics with tools.

Know about the noise. The noisiest vacuums we tested still don't produce 85 decibels, the level at which we recommend hearing protection, but any vacuum will seem louder in a room with a lot of echo, such as a tiled bathroom. Canister vacuums as a group tend to be quieter.

Watch for sales of the vacuum cleaners. Discounts of 20 to 30 percent off the price of even Dyson vacuums are increasingly available, especially during the holiday season. But for mass-market brands such as BissellEureka, and Hoover, you don't have to wait till Black Friday. Watch store circulars for frequent sales of these and some other brands throughout the year. Better yet, sign up on manufacturer or retailer email lists for coupons and notification of upcoming sales and other promotions--at least till you've made your purchase.