The quest to find the hardest working and lightest vacuum

October 4, 2009 3:21:11 PM PDT
Consumer Reports said to keep a vacuum working well, be sure to regularly clean and replace the filter, empty the bag frequently, and keep the brush roll unclogged.Some vacuums can weigh more than 23, 24, or 25 pounds! So an infomercial for the Garry vacuum probably sounds pretty appealing.

TV Infomercial: "Now, do you want all that in a back-saving vacuum that weighs only nine pounds? the answer is Garry."

The heavily advertised Garry Ultralight, costing almost $200 dollars, is one of dozens of upright vacuums rated by Consumer Reports.

John Galeotafiore, Consumer Reports said: "in the past, lighter-weight upright vacuums generally didn't clean carpets very well. Our latest tests show they've gotten better, although there are still some that aren't so hot."

Tv Infomercial: "Do you want to get your floors cleaner? Faster? Deep clean and groom your carpets for years to come."

To size up claims like this, consumer reports puts a measured amount of talcum powder and sand on a carpet and grinds it in. Testers then measure how much the vacuum picks up. So how did the Garry do?

John Galeotafiore, Consumer Reports said: "The Garry Ultralight actually was the worst at carpet cleaning of about four dozen upright vacuums we tested."

And as for those claims that the Garry Ultralight weighs only nine pounds, it turns out you have to remove all the vacuum tools, the hose, and fully extend the cord to hit that weight!

But don't despair, Consumer Reports found several lightweight uprights can clean up!

The least expensive that does a very good job on carpets is the $60-dollar Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagless vacuum from target, weighing just 13 pounds. So this dirt devil won't break the bank, or your back.

Consumer reports says to keep a vacuum working well, be sure to regularly clean and replace the filter, empty the bag frequently, and keep the brush roll unclogged.

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