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Vacuums designed for a man

I’ve been affiliated with the cleaning products industry for over 31 years. I own a cleaning products store in St Louis Missouri, and I’m married to a guy who used to be an executive with the Hoover Company. After much study, and analysis I’ve come to the conclusion that a vacuum designed for a man does not exist. Don’t get me wrong many men come into my retail store in St Louis. They ask about how much CFM the vacuum has, the water lift, the horse power, and how many amps the machine uses. Being a woman I think here’s a guy who’s really interested in vacuums. I politely answers his questions, and I show him how the machine works. I try to get him to try the machine, and with out fail they refuse to touch the vacuum. It’s almost like I’m putting a hot poker in their hands. They usually recoil in horror, and if they’re with the wife they tell her to try it. Usually with a statement like she’ll be the one using it. I find it some what odd that guys who ask such detailed engineering questions at least don’t want to try the vacuum out. If the man is alone he’ll possibly buy one, but he’ll mention it’s for his house keeper. I always like when a couple is looking at vacuums, and the wife finds one that meets her needs. It’s great when the husband then declares you don’t need one that good. I bet when he needs a tool for his job, a new fishing rod, or a shotgun he probably consults his wife before making the big purchase. I wonder if a manufacturer came out with a ride on vacuum with a built in TV, a can holder for your beer, and big oversized tires if guys would want to use these. It would have to have lots of horse power because men buy everything based on how much horse power a product has. I never understood the relationship between horse power, and accomplishing a task. I’ve come to the conclusion if you want to see a guy who pushes a vacuum you need to marry an executive from the Hoover Company otherwise you’re out of luck.


Buying a new vacuum

Buying a new vacuum can be a daunting task. So many choices, and so many manufacturers. ┬áThe first thing you need to ask yourself is; do I want a cheap disposable vacuum to get me by, or should I invest in a high quality vacuum. If you’re renting, or a student my vote would be to go with a disposable vacuum. The reason being it’s not your carpet. If you don’t remove the destructive gritty dirt that causes premature wearing of the carpet it’s not your carpet. A disposable vacuum today is anything purchased for under $200. Vacuums in this price range are sold at the big box discount stores. You’ll have to assemble it when you get it home, and don’t expect any help if it breaks. If you break a belt or need a filter you’ll want to purchase these items to keep it going. Anything major goes wrong with the vacuum throw it in the trash. It’s not worth putting money into these units.

Vacuums sold for over $200 tend to be a better quality. They will last longer, and remove more dirt out of your carpet. Try to buy a vacuum made in America if possible. I know it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do today. American made vacuums are Riccar, Simplicity, and good old Kirby. This is important if you need parts, or service. There are great vacuums made overseas but sometimes parts are an issue if they break. Miele is a high quality vacuum as is Bosch. The old standbys we grew up with Hoover, Eureka, Royal, Dirt Devil, and Bissell are all made in China, or Mexico. They have some good models that grade out well with Consumer Report, but the quality of workmanship has really slipped. Avoid any vacuum sold on the internet, or with an unfamiliar name. History is full of vacuum companies that were here today, and gone tomorrow. Can you say Phantom, Regina, GE, Whirlpool, and many others that tried their hand at vacuums. The Dyson is made in Malaysia, and I’m not a big fan of any of their machines. They seem to put all the emphasis on the advertising, and promotion of the machine. The combination of the English accent, and hitting all the hot buttons with consumers has them lining up in droves to purchase their machines. Satisfaction after you buy is often a different story. If you ever need to get it repaired, or buy filters for it bring a big wallet.

The type of vacuum you buy is a personal choice. Uprights, and canister vacuums will both do a good job. I find if you grew up using a certain style of vacuum you’ll probably stay with that style. A home with all hard surface floors, and no carpet is probably the perfect venue for a straight suction canister vacuum. You don’t need the rotating agitator because the dirt is right there on the surface. Dirt works it’s way into the carpet, and requires a revolving agitator to bring it to the surface. A little demonstration you can do to see if the vacuum you’re interested in or currently own will do this is to take sand and rub it into an area of the carpet until it disappears. This is the kind of dirt tracked into your home on the bottom of your shoes. Get your vacuum, turn it on and stop the vacuum just in front of the area you poured the sand into the carpet. You should see the sand coming to the surface from the bottom of the carpet. If you don’t the vacuum you have or are considering will only surface clean the carpet. It’s okay if you’re renting, and it’s not your carpet, but bad if it’s your carpet. You can get even more information by clicking here to see a short video on the different types of vacuums.


Pine tree needles + your vacuum = a clogged vacuum

It’s the holiday season, and with it comes the raising of the Christmas tree. I remember in my family it was a huge deal. I was the only girl with four older brothers. They, and my father would travel to a Christmas tree farm to select the perfect tree. It was mine, and my mothers job to decorate it. We would keep the tree up a good three weeks to enjoy it. This meant we would experience significant loss of pine needles from the tree. My mother would vacuum them up with her trusty Hoover vacuum, and every year the vacuum would become clogged. It never failed. We knew when she started picking them up what the result was going to be. My father would have to take the thing apart, find the clog, and remove it. The best part was I’d get to hear my dad say words I wasn’t supposed to know, and wasn’t allowed to repeat. My recommendation is to use a shop style vacuum to pick up the bulk of the pine needles. If you’re going to use your good vacuum make sure it has an empty bag when you start, and let the vacuum take small bites of the pine needles. Nothing clogs it quicker than trying to gulp up a big pile of pine needles in one bite. Check your bag frequently, and make sure you don’t break a belt. Watch my video on trouble shooting your vacuum by clicking here.