Hand Vacuums

October 7, 2008 10:59:08 PM PDT
This ad is for Dirt Devil's Kone vacuum cleaner, the best-selling hand vacuum on the market. More than 400 thousand have been sold so far. Consumer reports just evaluated the Kone, along with other widely available hand vacuums. Testers put fine, uniform sand on carpets as well as floors to see how well they will pick up dirt. Testers discovered a safety hazard with some Dirt Devil Kones.

"All six of the Kone hand Vacs tested threw some sand particles out their exhaust ports towards testers' faces and eyes. We also vacuumed up a broken light bulb another common cleaning task and again particles flew out the exhaust ports. That can be dangerous."

Consumer reports found the problem with two Kone models the M-Zero-213 and the similar M-Zero-212. All have an l-code on the vacuum, as well as on the box.

Bob Markovich of Consumer Reports said, "We contacted the manufacturer T-T-I Floor Care. The company then performed its own sand tests and said it saw what it called 'blow-by' on some of the same models Consumer Reports tested."

The manufacturer says the "blow-by" is linked to an undersized filter adapter on some l-coded Kones. But it says newer vacuums with a J-code have a better-sealing adapter.

Bob Markovich said, "We tested Kones with the newer part and they did not spew particles."

Consumer reports tests show there are plenty of good hand vacuums to choose from, including the Top-rated Black and Decker model P-H-V-1800. It goes for 60-dollars.

Consumer reports recommends if you own one of the L-Coded Dirt Devil Kones not to use it until you've replaced the filter adapter. To get the free part from the company, call 800 -321 -1134.

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