Review of the Top-Rated Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Including Features and Prices

In our previous article, we gave you a brief summary of the various types of vacuum cleaners on the market today. There are more choices available to us now than what our mother's had, although two of the main vacuums on the market today have been around a long time. You can buy upright vacuums with special filters if you have allergies in your family. You can buy them with the disposable bags we've known for years, or the bagless type. If you've decided that you are interested in an upright vacuum cleaner, this article will give you information on the features of the top-rated upright vacuum cleaners available today. We'll include their strong and weak points, what others say about them, and even give you some approximate prices to help you decide which make and model is best for you. We'll also remind you of a few online web sites where you can read information and consumer reviews to help you reach your decision. If you're ready, let's see what's available!

Upright Vacuum Cleaner Features

An upright vacuum cleaner works especially well on carpeted floors. They are fairly easy to maneuver and can do a great job of picking up debris from your carpets. Some models will also work on hard floors such as hardwood, tile or vinyl, so don't think that you are limited only to cleaning carpets with your new upright. Uprights are usually a little cheaper than canister types, and they are generally easier to store than canister types. They are very maneuverable as well. You can get your upright vacuum with a choice of these features:

Bag or bagless. We're all probably familiar with the disposable bags usually found in older upright vacuum cleaners. Today, you can still find some cleaners which use these bags, but you will find most of them do not use bags. Instead, the bags have been replaced by a cylinder which is easily removed and emptied. No more running out of vacuum cleaner bags or misplacing them, if you decide on one of these models.

Filters are available in some models, but this usually makes them more expensive than the others. However, if there are members of your family with allergies to animal dander or dust, you may find vacuum cleaners with filters to be well worth the money. Filter types include micron and HEPA. The HEPA are more expensive, but more efficient.

Attachments are available on some models. One of the drawbacks of the standard upright vacuum is that they are useless if you want to vacuum your drapes or furniture. But many upright vacuum cleaners also come with hoses and attachments so that you can clean these items and not have to decide if you want to give up the cleaning power of an upright for the versatility of a canister.

Power of your vacuum cleaner is important in the cleaning process. Vacuuming power is measured in amps, the average range is from 3.6 to 12; the higher the rating the more sucking power your vacuum will have. The cost is more for the higher amps, but again you may find it worth the extra money for the extra cleaning power.

Top-Rated Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Smartguider.com rates the following vacuum cleaners as the best on the market at this time. We'll review some of their features and their prices too.

Eureka R4870G Boss
Weighing in at 21 pounds, this model will clean all floor types. Comes with hose and attachments to clean more than just carpets. Prices range from $99 to $140, and is rated number 1 at Smartguider. Uses a HEPA filtration system, and is a bagged cleaner.

Hoover's U5140900 Bagged Tempo Widepath received good reviews. This model weighs in at 16 pounds and features a 15-inch wide cleaning path for more efficient cleaning; an allergen filtration system that traps dust mites, ragweed and common grass pollens from the air as you vacuum. Also features a headlight that illuminates the vacuum path, as well as hose and vacuuming attachments for taking care of drapes and furniture. You should be able to find this one for under $100.

There are three top-rated upright vacuum cleaners by Dyson: the DC14 Animal; DC14 All Floors; and DC07 All Floors. All three models are bagless. Pet owners will love the DC 14 Animal for it's unique turbo brush tool which is great for removing pet hair from carpets, furniture, and your car. However, it's very expensive--we found prices ranging from $550 to $650. If money is no object and you have pets, you may be interested in this one. The DC14 All Floors is also a high-end upright vacuum cleaner, costing around $375-$500, but gets rave reviews from users who cannot believe the power it has to clean their carpets. For a little less money ($300-$400), you can by the DC07 All Floors model. Features a Hepa filter and gets great reviews for how well it captures allergens and mould as well as pet hair.

Bissell has several models on the top rated lists, including their PowerForce 6594R vacuum, which sells for under $100, is bagless and does all floors. It gets good reviews from professionals and users alike; the 3576-6 Cleanview II Plus Bagless Upright vacuum which is also bagless, also around $100, and also rated for all floor types.

More Choices

Other makers of vacuum cleaners you can consider include Miele, Kirby, Rainbow, Electrolux, Dirt Devil, Oreck, and others. When it comes to vacuum cleaners, you have a wide range of choices. To see the reviews on all vacuum cleaner models, you can check Vacuumwizard.com, ConsumerSearch.com or Smartguider. No matter what your need in vacuum cleaners, you should find a model that works well for you and at a price you can afford.

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