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Top Rated Vacuum Cleaners
It used to be that there were only a few considerations when deciding to purchase a vacuum cleaner. This was before the days of “edge-cleaning technology” and “HEPA filtration systems.” While yesterday's vacuum cleaners solved the single problem of cleaning accumulated dirt and dust out of carpet and rug fibers, today's top rated vacuum cleaners are responsible for not just the floors but the entire cleaning environment. They also struggle for purchase as being the most efficient and most convenient.
There are several brands that stand out on many levels including performance, ease of use and cleaning efficiency. We will look at three brands, beginning with the least expensive and show how the bells and whistles compare with their price tags.
Bissell – Bissell is a mainstay of American household leaning appliances and accessories. They are a moderate- to mid-priced brand with models under $100 like the Bissell Cleanview Helix bagless to several that are in the $300 and up category like the Big Green Complete. The appeal of these vacs is that Bissell has made certain technologies and features more affordable and, even better, each model gets the job done well, regardless of what you decide to pay. You may not need all the muscle of the Big Green but unless your home just has a few throw rugs here and there you will likely need something with a little more pizazz than the Cleanview.
Shark – Shark vacuum cleaners make some pretty lofty claims, not the least of which being to compare themselves with Dyson, stating that their vacs do the job just as well at a third of the cost. Some reviewers would agree. In a side-by-side comparison, Shark may not out-perform its Dyson counterparts, but it does hold its own in its price range. Their Rotator is the most commonly compared line and comes in several versions with a few add-ons along the way. It retails for $199-249.
As for the longevity of these vacs in comparison, Shark sells a reliable, sturdy product but these vacs do tend to require more frequent maintenance. If you're handy with a screwdriver and are not afraid to change a belt once in a while, pocket the $200-400 you'll save and spend $3 on a generic belt instead.
Dyson – For consumer vacs, Dyson is the self-proclaimed king, and let's be real: they make a good argument for their innovations and use of technologies. Their vacs are quieter, they are easier to skirt around corners, they are lighter and they use less energy. There is no question that they work well and they have a sleek, lightweight style. The only question that remains is whether these features warrant price tags that start in the $250 range all the way into the stratosphere, systematically dethroning brands like Electrolux which was at one time the luxury sedan of the vacuum cleaner world but who is now producing mid-priced units to help keep themselves in the race against some very impressive players like Dyson.
Will a $600 vacuum really do a better job than it's $200 Shark nemesis? Will it handle pet hair better than a Bissell that is designed for that very purpose? It really boils down to ease of use and best and most efficient uses of all the technologies that go into a vacuum. Dyson's innovations are industry-leading which will keep them in the forefront for a while, but as soon as another company can successfully emulate their technologies they will have to level the playing field with more competitive prices. In short, a Dyson is not so much a status symbol as it is a symbol of the status most other consumer vacs are striving to achieve. They're top rated vacuum cleaners for a reason and therefore worth the time to research.