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Canister Vacuum Features (continued)
Lightweight Vacuums.Lugging a heavy machine around your home is a drag, which makes lightweight vacuums particularly appealing. Although upright models are more popular, canister vacuums have carved out a niche with consumers who find them easier to maneuver.
Vacuum Hose and Cord Length.Long power cords and hoses make canister vacuums easier to use. Extension wands and long hoses also lighten the load when cleaning stairs, curtains, ceiling fans, and corners. The Dirt Devil 082700 Vision, for example, comes with a user-friendly 6-foot hose.
Power cords on many cheap canister vacuums extend 20 feet or more, letting you clean most rooms without constantly pulling the cord out of one outlet and plugging it in to another. The cords on the Kenmore Magic Blue 24195 and the Dirt Devil 082700 Vision measure around 20 feet. The Eureka Maxima 972B comes up short with a 16-foot cord. If an extra-long cord is high on your list of priorities, you'll probably have to jump out of the Cheapism range. The Hoover WindTunnel Bagless Canister (starting at $229, Amazon) boasts a 25-foot cord. But for its price, this model would top our list of best cheap canister vacuums.
Canister Vacuum Attachments.Consumers tend to choose canister vacuums over uprights partly because the hose, wand, and floor nozzle can maneuver in and around areas bulky uprights cannot -- under furniture, for instance, and over doorjambs. Powered hand brushes for detailed upholstery cleaning, bare-floor attachments, telescopic wands, and crevice and soft-brush attachments are standard fare among canister vacuum attachments. The cleaning tasks you routinely perform should guide your purchase. The Dirt Devil 082700 Vision comes with an upholstery tool, a crevice tool, a dusting brush, a floor nozzle, and a carpet nozzle. The slightly upmarket Hoover WindTunnel Bagless Canister S3765040 comes with tons of canister vacuum accessories, including telescopic chrome wands, a crevice tool, a dusting brush, a furniture nozzle, a powered hand tool, a deluxe floor brush, and a filter cleaning brush. The Bissell Zing, on the other hand, comes with only one extra attachment and an extension wand.
Canister Vacuum Warranty.Frugal consumers may be purchasing low-cost models, but they still have high expectations for how long their cheap canister vacuums will last. Most cheap canister vacuums, including all those on our list, come with at least a one-year warranty. The Dirt Devil 082700 Vision has a slightly better warranty -- two years on the parts and motor. The Electrolux UltraSilencer Green EL6984A (starting at $219, Amazon) sits above our price ceiling but outdoes the others with a five-year limited warranty.
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