Consumer Reports: vacuum cleaners

(WMC TV) - Consumer Reports' testers vacuumed 16 miles of carpets and floors to assess 73 vacuums, ranging from $80 to more than $1,000.

Testers put a hard-to-clean mix of sand and powder on carpet. Then they used a weighted roller to press the dirt to mimic what happens when you walk on it.

Some vacuums make big claims, such as the Eureka SuctionSeal Pet. Its ads claim it beats the Dyson DC41 on the carpets at half the price. The Eureka does only cost $160 compared to the $600 Dyson. But in Consumer Reports' tests, both turned out to be mediocre at cleaning carpets.

Neither made the recommended list.

Testers also measure how much force you need to push and pull a vacuum and how difficult the models are to carry and empty.

For bagged uprights, Consumer Reports recommended the Kenmore Progressive 31069, a "Best Buy" at $170.

For a bagless upright, try the Eureka AirSpeed AS1000A, $120.

Consumer Reports said canister vacuums are easier to use on stairs and for cleaning under furniture. It named the $300 Kenmore Progressive canister, model 21614, a "Best Buy."

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