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10 Vacuum Cleaner Features
By Sarah Aguirre, About.com Guide
Shopping for a vacuum cleaner? There can be lots of terms that you may not understand. How do you know if you need/want a telescoping wand if you don't know what it is? Learn about some of the more common options for vacuum cleaners.
1. On/Of Brush roll
This is one of my favorite features. While a brush roll is great when you are vacuuming carpet, it can damage hard surface floors and some rugs. Having the option to turn off the brush roll is a great option that increases the usability of the vacuum cleaner. Usually, there will be a button or lever that can be used to turn the brush roll on or off. Many more upright vacuum cleaners are beginning to have this option, although some of the lower priced vacuum cleaners may not.
2. Retractable Cord
This option is more common on canister or smaller upright vacuums than full sized uprights. A retractable cord allows the user to let the cord automatically retract into the vacuum cleaner. If you hate rolling up a cord, this is an option you might want to consider. Keep in mind that a lot of vacuum cleaners with retractable cords may have a slightly shorter cord length than other vacuum cleaners. Be sure to factor that in to your decision, and check the cord length to be sure.
3. Adjustable Height
Height adjustment allows the vacuum to be at the perfect level depending on the type of carpet or floor you are vacuuming. This feature can be manual or automatic. Manual height adjustments will have a lever or knob that can be used to raise or lower the level of the vacuum cleaner. Automatic height adjustments will do this automatically raising for high pile carpets, and lowering for lower pile carpets and solid floors.
4. Electric Hose
This is a feature that can be important for canister vacuum cleaners. Attachments for canister vacuums can be air powered or electric powered. Electric powered attachments are more powerful at cleaning, but for them to work the hose itself must be electric to provide power to the electric attachments. For more powerful cleaning and suction, look for an electric hose and electric attachments.
5. Telescoping Wand
Telescoping wands can be a feature on upright or canister vacuums. This feature allows the wand of the vacuum cleaner to extend giving added length to your cleaning ability. This is great for ceilings, ceiling fans, drapes, and other window treatments. More and more vacuum cleaners are offering this feature.
Cordless vacuum cleaners are more likely to be small vacuum cleaners, usually either handheld or stick vacuums. Some may have wall chargers or base chargers where the vacuum is stored to charge in between uses. The charge on one of these vacuum cleaners is not usually very long since they are meant to clean small spaces or quick messes. This feature is all about convenience and being able to take the vacuum wherever it is needed without worrying about a cord.
7. Crevice Tool
The crevice tool is often tapered to a skinny end that is meant to be able to reach into small areas for vacuuming. This tool is perfect for vacuuming inside upholstered furniture, in corners, under large pieces of furniture, and along any edges. This is also a great tool to use when cleaning out a car.
8. Dusting Brush
Dusting brushes usually have angled bristles designed to sweep and force dust into the hose. These are great tools for vacuuming hard surfaces, delicate areas, and upholstery alike
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