Nobody likes to vacuum. But have you ever thought about how many miles you've vacuumed in your life?
Consumer Reports has. In its latest tests, testers vacuumed 16 miles of carpets and floors!
Vacuums these days are stylish and sleek. Consumer Reports put 73 to the test.
Bob Markovich of Consumer Reports says, "The ones we tested cost anywhere from 80 dollars to more than a thousand."
The most important test-how well a vacuum cleans carpets. Consumer Reports puts a hard-to-clean mix of sand and powder onto a carpet.
Then testers use a weighted roller to press the dirt in-like what happens when you walk on it. And then it's time to vacuum!
Some vacuums make big claims, like the Eureka SuctionSeal Pet.
The commercial says, "A sharper clean from the vacuum that beats the Dyson DC41 on the carpets in your home-at half the price."
This Eureka does only cost 160 dollars compared to the 600-dollar Dyson DC 41. But...
Markovich says, "Our tests found that both are mediocre at cleaning carpets, and neither one made our recommended list."
Testers also measure how much force you need to push and pull a vacuum.
Consumer Reports also sizes up how easy vacuums are to use by evaluating how difficult they are to carry and empty.
For bagged uprights, consider this Kenmore Progressive, a Best Buy at 170 dollars.
For a bagless upright, try another Eureka-this AirSpeed. At 120 dollars, it's another Best Buy. Both do a very good job at cleaning carpets.
Consumer Reports says canister vacuums are easier to use on stairs and cleaning under furniture. It named a 300-dollar Kenmore Progressive canister a Best Buy. It's model 21614.