Let’s face it, no matter how much of a clean freak you are, shopping for a vacuum cleaner is not exactly a rip-roaring good time. Still, when it is time to upgrade or replace a broken small appliance, there is no shortage of models promising all kinds of features and bells and whistles.
Evaluating your needs before shopping for a floor cleaner is important, because those needs could allow you to get away with spending far less with a cheap but efficient model. The first one that pops into mind is the close to $20 Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick (get it simplistic). This is a nice vacuum cleaner that functions as a handheld, stick, and utility device. The 16-foot cord is ample for reaching most areas, the bagless function is great, and this thing is versatile enough to keep most surfaces pretty clean.
For the midrange buyer that might even have a pet the $100 range brings the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind offers up a massive 27-foot retractable power cord, which means no more winding the thing up on the side of the device. Of course, the 13.5 inch nozzle lets you do more with fewer strokes, and the five position height adjustment can take you from bare floor to fuzzy carpeting with little effort. In addition, the permanent HEPA filter assures that the dust and debris are going into the dirt cup and not right back into the air.
The surprise of nobody is that Dyson is at the top of the price food chain when it comes to vacuum cleaners, and for around $350 the DC40 Multifloor offers up that root cyclone technology that makes these things so efficient and powerful. The other features that include the instant release wand are really nice, and the 15-foot hose combined with the nearly 25-foot power cord means you can reach pretty much every area of the room you are in without shuffling for an outlet.
In short, price range usually goes right along with the demands placed on the unit. Yes, apartments with no pets can get away with a small efficient floor care machine, but homes with children and a few pets are probably going to want to check out the middle of the road to the upper end of the spectrum of price. One typical fact about small appliances: you usually get exactly what you pay for, and not a penny more or less.