With a $119.99 sticker price, the Dirt Devil Dash Upright Vacuum is the cheapest vacuum cleaner we've looked at by more than $50. Unfortunately, it seems that to some extent, you get what you pay for when buying a vacuum, at least in the sub-$200 category. This Dirt Devil was the bottom performer in five of the nine tests we scored and was never in the top half. It performed reasonably well with pet hair on both mid-pile and low-pile carpet, but performed so poorly with the other debris types that we can't recommend this vacuum, … Read more
Upon unboxing the Eureka SuctionSeal Pet AS1104A, it is hard to ignore the vacuum cleaner's size, which is enormous. This Eureka is not just statuesque, however, but also thoughtfully designed and a strong performer. At $199.99, the Eureka is a reasonably priced vacuum, especially given its performance and accessories. Because of its SuctionSeal technology, this model excelled with fine particulates, but it also performed acceptably on all floor types due, in large part, to a dial that adjusts the height of the brushroll. This dial offers a variety of choices, ranging from bare floors to high-pile carpet, giving … Read more
Much like Dyson brand vacuums, I had heard my fair share of iRobot hype before I began testing the Roomba 880. I even had visions of following in Tom Haverford's footsteps and building a "DJ Roomba" of my very own. Sadly, my dreams of channeling "Parks and Recreation" were dashed when I unboxed it and began testing instead. Fortunately, though, what I discovered was a clever little robot vacuum that came in first or second place in every single performance category.
The Roomba 880 is a new model for iRobot and the very first 800-series … Read more
I went into vacuum cleaner testing expecting price to directly correlate with performance. I'm not sure why I cling to this assumption when other tests have proven otherwise time and time again. The Bissell PowerGlide Deluxe Pet Vacuum proved to be a contender alongside the $399-plus models we tested, even though it boasts a sticker price of $179.99.
Originally, I expected the Dyson vacuums to outperform the pack by large swaths. I have since come to see Dyson vacuums as status symbols more than anything. They perform well, certainly, but they cost an arm and a leg and … Read more
The Dyson DC40 Origin is the least expensive model in the Dyson line of upright vacuums. It's a sleek-looking vacuum with all of the attributes you expect from a Dyson product such as the ball technology and bright coloring, a yellow-orange in the case of the DC40. The DC40 performed well enough, but we have some concerns about its overall durability, concerns you shouldn't have with a $399 vacuum.
Ah, the vacuum. That extremely useful hunk o' plastic that's relegated to a utility closet for most of its life. Yes, I admit it: I have a love-hate relationship with vacuums. Sure, they clean the floor, but these home appliances can also be guilty of a number of offenses that make even the most basic clean-ups a major pain. Some are noisy and heavy and have too few or too many accessories. Others come with bins that are a challenge to empty or bags with hard-to-find replacements -- you get the idea.
Basically, there are a lot of potential … Read more
Priced at $399, the Moneual Rydis H67 Hybrid Robot Vacuum Cleaner sits comfortably at the lower end of the price spectrum in terms of robot vacuums, especially when compared with the $799 LG HOM-BOT Square, $699 iRobot Roomba 790, or $449 Neato XV Signature Pro. What makes the H67’s sticker price feel even more reasonable is the fact that it functions as both a vacuum and dry mop.
The H67 comes with many of the standard robot vacuum features such as a charging dock, remote control, object sensors to prevent collision, and a device that transmits a virtual … Read more
The CNET Appliances team endured hours of prolonged vacuuming to bring you this list of reviewed upright models. Sure, our arms are tired, but it was worth it because we ended up with a lot of data and buying recommendations for anyone out there on the hunt for a new, luxury vacuum.
Some of the results surprised us. For example, the design of the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete and the Dyson DC50 Animal left us a bit cold. Also, the $200 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum we threw into the mix for a budget comparison did as well as the $… Read more
The $199 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum cleaner really had a lot to prove at the outset of this review. It claims to "clean carpets better than the Dyson DC41" on the box. So I tested it against the $649 DC41 (and the $499 DC50 for good measure). To diversify a bit more, I also compared it to the $399 Oreck Touch and the $309 Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean.
The $200 Shark is the least expensive of the five models and makes pretty lofty performance claims. So, is it really better than a Dyson? Well, yes and no. … Read more
Editors' Note, October 17, 2013: Confusion between models prompted us to revisit this review. We have now factored the collapsible handle and added a point to the design sub rating. We also retested on hardwood with the brush roll engaged, as recommended for this model. The performance results and some analysis have been adjust accordingly. Our overall impressions of this vacuum remain the same.
It's hard to not be impressed when you look at the Dyson DC50 Animal, or, for that matter, any Dyson upright vacuum. It's sleek, modern, and a bit out-of-this-world-looking with its roller-ball design and … Read more