Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

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Why Buy Upright Vacuum Cleaners?

Today’s upright vacuum cleaners have a wide variety of impressive features making them perfect for any household. Do you have pets, allergies or high pile carpet? There is likely an upright vacuum cleaner designed with you in mind. Our top three picks for the best series of upright vacuum cleaners are the Miele S 7580 Premium Class, the Sebo Automatic X and the Miele S 7280 Comfort Class. To learn more, you can read our articles on upright vacuum cleaners.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners: What to Look For

When you are choosing a vacuum cleaner, you can find the best fit by matching the machine's features to your individual needs. If you have allergies, consider a high quality sealed system with a HEPA filter. Bagged cleaners are good for allergy suffers because all of the dirt is contained in the bag. Consider what kind of flooring you have. If you have to transition from carpeting to hard wood floors, you will want a machine with automatic height adjustment. If you have children in the home and you allow them to operate the vacuum cleaner, look for a machine with an auto shut off feature. That way if they run over a sock, the machine will automatically shut down saving it from overheating.

Ultimately, what matters most is how much dirt is going to end up off your floor and into the bag. Most vacuum cleaners have the same size motor. The design is what sets them apart. Sealed systems prevent air from escaping and provide the best suction. Vacuum cleaners engineered with that in mind will pick up the most dirt.

Features
Warranties are a critical concern when choosing a vacuum cleaner. You can expect the best manufactures to back their products for three years or more. There is a direct correlation between warranty coverage and vacuum cleaner quality. Be aware that limited warranties often cover the failure of motors but not parts and labor.

Many factors contribute to the quality of cleaning, including airflow, amps, agitation and filtration. On their own, each of these factors will not make a big difference, but how they work together does. Imagine drinking a soda through a straw. Power, airflow and suction work together to move the soda from the glass to your mouth. Now imagine the straw has holes in it. Even if you exert the same amount of power, that soda is not going anywhere. That is what happens with a poorly designed vacuum cleaner. No matter how powerful the motor is, if the design is flawed, the air just escapes. An upright vacuum is only as good as its design, and a sealed system, much like a straw with no holes, is going to deliver the best results. Only the best upright vacuum cleaners will have this feature.

Most vacuum cleaners use HEPA filters. HEPA filters provide filtration of small air particles, preventing them from circulating back into the air eliminating those particles helps reduce allergens. These filters are standard features, and you will find them in most cleaners on the market.

There is an ongoing debate as to whether bagged or bagless cleaners are the best. It comes down to personal preference and the overall quality and design of the vacuum cleaner as a whole. Bagless cleaners capture dust and debris and deposit it into the bag. You have to replace the bags when they are full. If you suffer from allergies, bags work better because you are not exposed to the dirt. The benefits of bagless are that you can clearly see when the canister is full, and bagless vacuum cleaners do not require the purchase of replacement bags.

Design
Many of the vacuum cleaners we reviewed include impressive design features. You should consider the weight of the machine and length of the power cord, especially if you have to carry the cleaner up and down stairs. Many machines have a low, flat-to-floor profile. What this means is that the vacuum cleaner will lie down flat, making it easy to maneuver it under your bed and other furniture.

Accessories
Accessories make it easy to clean those hard- to-reach places. The best vacuum cleaners have built in holders for your cleaning tools so you can always find them and you do not have to bend over to reach them. Extension wands, crevice tools and dusting brushes come in handy when you are trying to remove pet hair from furniture and cobwebs from the ceiling.

Help & Support
Look for manufacturers who have service centers so that if you have problems you have somewhere to take your vacuum cleaner for repair. It is always a bonus if a company's website has instructional videos and a FAQs page. Most of the companies we contacted were responsive to our telephone calls and emails.

Upright vacuum cleaners are affordable, efficient and maneuverable. They are a great investment for cleaning your home. Your cleaning preferences are going to be different from you neighbor's, so identify what your needs are before making a purchase.

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Motor (amps) 12 12 12 12 4 7.4 12 10 3.5 12
Filter Type HEPA S-Class HEPA S-Class HEPA HEPA HEPA S-Class HEPA HEPA
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Warranty 7 Years 5 years 7 Years 5 years 7 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years Lifetime 5 Years
Cleaning Effectiveness 100 97 95 93 90 87 85 82 80 75
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Weight (pounds) 21 16.9 21 15.4 7.7 16.8 17.8 15.4 9 11.6
Cleaning Path (inches) 12 14 12 15 13 9.5 13.25 14 13 13.4
Power Cord 39 40 39 40 30 30 30 35 30 24.9
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