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Light Vacuums, Vacuum Accessories
Vacuum Cleaner Features (continued)
Discount Upright Vacuums Weight.Twenty years ago, light vacuums weren't even an option. Most vacuum cleaners were bulky beasts that often weighed 30 or 40 pounds.
Budget Upright Vacuums Hose Length and Vacuums Accessories.Hose length and the variety of on-board attachments range widely on cheap upright vacuums. Although many models don't list hose length, the Bissell 3950 Velocity features a hose that stretches 14 feet, compared with eight feet on the Eureka 4870 Boss SmartVac and five feet on the Hoover U5140-900 Tempo and Dirt Devil M088160 Breeze. Most low-cost upright vacuums, including those we researched except for the Eureka 4870, come with at least one extension wand for reaching the tops of windows and other difficult spots; this particular Eureka model instead provides a Power Paw designed for stair risers and upholstery. Aside from the extension wand, common attachments on inexpensive vacuums include a crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery brush or nozzle. The Bissell 3950 Velocity and Hoover U5140-900 Tempo feature all three, while the Dirt Devil M088160 Breeze Upright comes with just a crevice tool and dusting brush.
Lower-priced Vacuums Power Cord.The length of the power cord is often an afterthought that can frustrate thrifty consumers who quickly find the cord too short for normal use. Depending on the area to be vacuumed, five feet of cord can mean the difference between cleaning efficiency or frustration. In the cheap upright vacuum segment, the Bissell 3950 Velocity and Eureka 4870 Boss SmartVac are champs, with their 35- and 30-foot power cords, respectively. The Eureka 4700, Hoover U5140-900 WidePath, Dirt Devil M088160 Breeze, and Kenmore 3701 all come with a 25-foot cord.
Upright Vacuums Warranty.Pets in the house take a heavier toll on a vacuum cleaner's durability, regardless of price. Also, more vacuums are sold during the winter months when pine needles from holiday trees clog motors and overall use increases because folks spend more time indoors and clean more often. Some discount upright vacuums, like the Eureka 4870 Boss SmartVac, Bissell 3950 Velocity, Hoover U5140-900 Tempo, and Eureka 4700, come with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. The Dirt Devil M088160 Breeze provides a two-year warranty.
Don't Bother Cheap Upright Vacuums
Euro-Pro NV30 Infinity Bagless Cyclonic
Although this upright entry in the cheap market segment is described in user reviews as stylish, the consensus is that this is a poor performer with both function and design issues.
Eureka 2996AVZ Bagless
At first blush, this bagless model has all the needed features, including a HEPA filtration system, but user reviews of economical uprights complain about weak suction.
Eureka Upright Vacuum Bagless 4700
Users complain that the Eureka Upright Bagless 4700 overheats easily and needs to cool for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming again; they also report the hose tends to clog. This model has a narrow 13-inch cleaning path wide, 25-foot power cord, and weighs 17.5 pounds.
Eureka 2996AVZ Bagless Review
Eureka Upright Vacuum Bagless 4700 Review
Kenmore 11 Amp Upright Vacuum 3701 Review
Hoover U5140-900 Tempo Widepath Bagged Upright Review
Dirt Devil M088160 Breeze Upright Bagless Review
Bissell 3950 Velocity Bagless Review
Eureka 4870 Boss Smartvac Review
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