Whether you prefer a canister, upright or stick vacuum, there’s a new model this season that will leave your cleaning woes in the dust. A look at the Miele Complete C3 HomeCare+, Maytag M1200, Dyson V6 Absolute and Electrolux Ergorapido.
THE QUESTION of which type of vacuum is best—canister or upright, bagged or bagless, corded or cordless—remains a polarizing one. Just watch couples in the appliance section of Best Buy. Or read the comments on the community-driven website Reddit, where an online chat with Brian Driscoll—a vacuum repairman who manages a shop in Fort Worth, Tex.—was more popular than similar Reddit Q&As with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Murray.
Whatever your style of choice, with allergy season here, it’s worth remembering that a good vacuum makes your home not just cleaner but healthier. Your carpets and rugs are likely dirtier than your toilet, according to Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr., a professor of microbiology and pathology at the NYU School of Medicine. He enumerated the many unsavory particulates that often settle into carpet. We won’t. But in his book, "The Secret Life of Germs," Dr. Tierno tells of a family that was recontaminated with Salmonella each time a poorly sealed vacuum was used. And you thought stray dog hair was challenging.
Vacuums with HEPA filters—which are rated to trap nearly all of even the smallest particulates—can help, but even those don’t remove all the debris, Dr. Tierno said. "The best vacuums will have a totally sealed unit so that there is no blow back into the room." (The Maytag and Miele shown here meet that criteria.)
Ultimately, your preference of vacuum type may be purely personal—and perhaps immutable. "Getting people to go from an upright to a canister is difficult, because they’re so set in their ways," said Mr. Driscoll (who prefers the latter). The same holds true of bagged versus bagless vacuums, he added. When bagless vacuums first came on the market, accusations that bagged models were messy and often lost suction were largely true, he explained. But times have changed. "Good manufacturers fixed that over a decade ago."
Preferring not to get embroiled in the debate, we sought out new models which feature the latest technology of each type. Here are four ways to help you clean up your act.
The Ultimate Upright
This American-built beast of a HEPA vacuum was made for conquering vast expanses of wall-to-wall carpeting (though it also does a fine job on hard surfaces). Drawing 12 amps of power for its dual suction motors—yes, there are two—the M1200 emits a joyous, Harley-Davidson-grade roar. The attached metal and rubber hose, which extends to a McMansion-friendly 17 feet, is a wonderfully over-engineered alternative to the easily cracked plastic hoses that plague lesser vacuums. Self-sealing bags for this model can be changed without so much as a puff of dust. $900, maytagvacuums.com
Do twice the work
So you don't have to.
Featuring its patented M020R™ Dual Intake System, the M1200 delivers more power and performance than typical vacuums. Two individual motors work together to provide continuous suction power and unmatched cleaning performance on carpets, floors and anywhere else around the house.
Saves your house from pet hair.
One stray at a time.
Carpets, bare floors, upholstery; pet hair covers everything. But don’t worry, pet owners, the M1200 has you covered. Offering a Pet Hair Purr-fect cleaning performance, the M020R™ Dual Intake System has the ideal suction power and agitation to pick up pet hair, dander and dirty paw prints. It’s more than enough to get you out of any hairy situation around the house.
It's poof-proof bag leaves
Other vacumms in the dust.
But not you.
A self-sealing, poof-proof bag locks in even microscopic dust particles to ensure that you never come in contact with dirt and debris. It’s a superior cleaning performance that eliminates every mess, from floor to ceiling … to disposal.
Mom blogger loves Maytag.
At Maytag Vacuums, we're focusing our marketing efforts on getting the word out about our amazing cleaning machines. To that end, we found a video blogger with nearly 43,000 YouTube subscribers who is using her Maytag M1200 vacuum to clean up after her family of 8 and a dog. She and her family live in a residential neighborhood in Salt Lake City, and she calls her video blog "8Passengers."