ElectronicElectronics: Cleaning House

by LATF Staff

These days there are so many different types of vacuums in the market, so LATF decided to test out the best of the best, in all shapes and sizes. We each have our favorites, but at the end of the day, these are our top choices that work for any budget.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy Vacuum Cleaner
reviewed by Otis

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum cleaner is their latest series of upright vacuum cleaners. After taking it out for a test run, I found that it has quite a few positives, versus a few negatives. On the positive side, the vacuum has a powerful suction and cleans the carpet deeply. The included array of attachments makes it easy to clean in hard-to-get-to areas, as well as for vacuuming higher areas. Detaching the dirt bin is simple and emptying it just takes pushing the button that releases the bottom.
Regarding the negatives, because the suction is so strong, it makes maneuvering the vacuum very difficult on thicker grades of carpet. Also, the ball design doesn’t turn as easily as advertised, making vacuuming quite a bit harder than it should be. If you don’t mind having to use a little more effort and strength to do your vacuuming, then this is a great vacuum.

Has an active base plate that automatically adjusts the cleaner head height to seal in suction across all floor types.
All Dyson upright and canister vacuums come with a five year warranty – parts and labor.
Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. No other vacuum expels cleaner air.
Tangle-free Turbine tool removes hair from carpets and upholstery.
The Reach Under Tool has a paddle-shaped profile, robust bristles and flexible construction.
The Multi-angle brush is amazing for ceilings, above doors, and other high-reach cleaning.
The Mattress tool removes dirt and allergens from mattresses and upholstery.
Dyson Cinetic™ tips oscillate at up to 5,000 Hz, separating the microscopic dust that clogs all other vacuums.

Price: $699.99
For more info visit: http://www.dyson.com

Shark® Rotator® Powered Lift-Away®
reviewed by Pamela

Using a Dirt Devil compared to a Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is like day and night. This powerful machine can take the age off of an older carpet, restoring the texture close to its original state. The Shark is very easy to use, whether it’s upright or if you choose to release the canister and access hard-to-reach spaces in your home. Rotator is certainly an appropriate word for the Shark as the vacuum effortlessly moves around furniture edges, corners and in between small spaces. One of my favorite features on the Shark is the powerful LED headlights on the nozzle and handle. When you’re vacuuming in dark closets or under chairs and couches, it helps for visibility in hard-to-see spaces. When you’re ready to empty the canister, it’s very simple to lift it up and release the opener into the trash bag. Unlike bag vacuums, you don’t have to worry about the dust exploding in your face.

Other features include:

Rotator® power nozzle with motorized brush that deep cleans and reaches further under furniture
Fingertip Controls for easy transitions between hard floors, carpet and area rugs
Hard Floor Genie™ bare floor attachment picks up large debris and fine dust in one easy step
Extra-long 30 foot power cord provides maximum range for cleaning large spaces

The Shark has specialized tools to offer versatility in cleaning which include a premium pet power brush, upholstery tool, flexible crevice tool and canister caddy. I have a dog and a cat, so the Shark saved the day. It must pick up twice, if not three times, the amount of fur, hair and dust as my previous vacuum. By now, you’ve most likely heard an advertisement for Shark. Well, everything you heard was true. It’s a great machine. So if you’re cleaning house this spring, consider the Shark.

Price: $299-$349
Visit www.sharkclean.com/SharkRotator for more info and details on the Lifetime Warranty.

Neato Botvac™ 80
reviewed by Michele

I’ve always wanted to try a robot vacuum and the Neato Botvac 80 was the perfect choice because it’s the best for picking up pet hair. Well, I have three dogs! The Neato is a great sidekick for surface cleaning. Animals leave behind plenty of crumbs and track dirt from the yard. You don’t always want to take out the vacuum every time, so the Neato is here to back you up. The Botvac 80 has a combo brush feature that is uniquely designed to pick up pet hair. It’s quiet and it works on hard wood floors, tile and carpet.
Its patented laser-guided technology scans and maps the room, plans, and methodically cleans, automatically moving from room to room. My only criticism is that you do need to be aware of the Neato getting stuck in certain places. Although you can set room parameters, you can find it having trouble maneuvering around and underneath some furniture. Other than that, it’s a great robot vacuum. It’s also wonderful for those who are older or who have injuries and don’t have the strength to clean with a heavy up-right vacuum. When you first start using your Neato, give it some time to explore. It will discover the environment, where to turn and get the job done!

Features include:

50% larger brush, bigger-is-better dirt bin, extra-large filter, and precise edge cleaning brush pick up more dirt and debris.
You can schedule daily cleanings or push a button for instant multi-room or spot cleaning.
And one of the best parts about my Neato: it will automatically go back to its charging base when it’s done.

Price: $499

For more info visit: http://www.neatorobotics.com

BISSELL® PowerGlide® Pet Vacuum With SuctionChannel Technology™
reviewed by LATF Staff
This was the best vacuum to test around the office, since LATF is a dog friendly environment. The Bissel PowerGlide Pet Vacuum has great suction power for pet hairs on the carpet’s surface, as well as deep below the fibers. This particular Bissell has SuctionChannel Technology™ which creates a direct suction path, allowing the vacuum to pick up more, edge-to-edge. The lightweight design and swivel steering make it easy to maneuver and the brush roll on/off switch takes cleaning from carpet to hard floors simply. Power through pet hair with the Pet TurboEraser tool and tackle stairs with the extended reach hose. Similar to the Dyson, the PowerGlide can be a little difficult to move around on carpets with thicker fibers.
This is the perfect vacuum for pet owners on a budget. It’s affordable and it’s great quality.
Features include:
9X multi-cyclonic with no loss of suction
Swivel steering and brush roll on/off switch to easily clean the carpets and hard floors around your home
Pet TurboEraser® tool, crevice tool, and extended-reach hose for full-stair cleaning
Bottom-empty dirt tank and multi-level filtration
Powerful, lightweight design
27-foot power cord
5-year limited warranty
Price: $149.99
For more info visit: http://www.bissell.com

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