What's the best vacuum cleaner for home use? Is there one that is known for
having better/more powerful suction than others? On another thread here, I see
that there is a question about shop vacs. Am I correct in assuming that the
advantage of a shop vac would be that it just picks up larger particles, but
that it wouldn't necessarily have better suction for fine particles? Thanks for
The other aspect of the problem, is how is that suction delivered and how
much of the dirt does the vacuum deliver back into the room?
Traditional vacs pull their air through a bag which gets clogged quickly
thereby significantly reducing suction. They also send a LOT of dust back
into the room since the exhaust air is only filtered by the bag.
Cyclone vacs with Hepa filters solve some of these problems. By locating
them in the garage (central vac), the exhausting of dust back into the house
is solved completely.
I have a large CV system with a bag. Suction is tremendous even when
the bag is ready to change. Consumer Reports still things there is
little point to bagless portable vacs and I think the same may be true
for CV vacs despite some manufacturers claims.
One thing I've noticed about European agitators is that the bristles
are not long or stiff enuf. I have an expensive agitator from Europe
similar to Miele's and although it is made very well, a cheaper Hoover
Windtunnel widepath does a better job on my carpets with my CV system.
The difference is obvious.
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The models from Sharp and from Riccar have measured quite high in suction
tests. They're more expensive than models sold at the box stores, and less
than some of the boutique brands. They are both substantially more powerful
than my Rainbow. Note that vaccum performance seems to be based on a
combination of both suction and airflow; I *think* one can make an analogy to
amperage and voltage in electricity which together result in wattage. If not,
someone can perhaps correct me.
While both are important, but other factors come into play. The agitator
brush, adaptation to different carpet pile, ability to clean at the edge
make a difference. I don't know how to quantify the differences that would
be meaningful to your house.
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