Cordless Stick Vacuums: Brands to Make Cleanups Easier

While vacuum cleaners have existed as a modern convenience for a number of years now, vacuum technology and design has improved quite a bit over the past few years. Customers can get all kinds of attachments with newer models and designs, with anything from detachable parts to compact cleaners to cordless stick vacuums.

What Exactly Is a Stick Vacuum?

A much more lightweight option than something like an upright cleaner, a stick vacuum is basically a floor attachment connected to a tube. The main motor portion and canister are attached up at the top of the vacuum where the user holds on to it. It is an incredibly small machine, which makes it easy to use and easy to store. These models certainly won’t hog up a bunch of space in a hallway closet. Many models even come with a bracket that users can install on the wall of their laundry room, so users can hang them up when not in use.

Practicality

Most homeowners find that these types of vacuums are the most practical ones around, as they get a unit that does a great job of cleaning. They work fairly well on pet hair, food crumbs on hard flooring, they fit under furniture, and owners can use attachments to clean in every nook and cranny of their homes, and they don’t take up a lot of storage space.

Size and Weight Considerations

In general, cordless vacuum cleaners are designed to be much smaller than other devices. They usually weigh well under ten pounds. Many models are around five pounds.

Maintenance

A lot of larger vacuum cleaners are difficult to maintain. Many require bags to collect anything they clean up. Owners must purchase more bags and install them into the unit regularly. If a home or apartment has a lot of dirt, dust, and pet hair, this can become a daunting task. Cordless units usually are bag-free. Users simply pop open the canister when they are done cleaning and empty the unit out into a trash can. There also aren’t long tubes that can become clogged during cleaning.

Brands

There are plenty of brands of cordless stick vacuums on the market today. Some reputable brands include:

Miele – This reputable brand was established in 1899. It offers a wide variety of cleaning and home products. Its cordless and stick vacuums generally receive average or above average reviews. Most weigh a little under 10 pounds. Prices generally range from $249.99 – $269.99, depending on vendor, particular unit, and use of available discounts.

Dyson Established in 1991, Dyson is a leading brand in this industry. The company currently offers a wide selection of cordless and stick vacuums, many with excellent reviews. Because of this large range in options and quality of the products, prices for a Dyson cordless or stick vacuum will typically cost anywhere from $249.99 to $599.99, depending on the unit, vendor, and availability of coupons. The official company site usually hosts the best deals, so checking in periodically to find available discounts is a good way to find a deal. The company usually offers a warranty on its products, and customers can pay for several products over a period of time.

Oreck – Founded in 1963, this is also a trusted brand with products that generally receive some of the best reviews in the industry. Depending on the product, vendor, and use of coupons, cordless or stick vacuums from Oreck can typically cost anywhere from $241.49 to $499.99.

Shark – Founded in 1998, this company produces products that generally receive favorable reviews. Prices can typically range from $129.99 to $299.99, depending on the particular product, vendor, and availability of discounts. The official company site offers plenty of discounts and coupons.

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History Facts - World War I

  1. World War I, also known as The Great War, started on June 28, 1914. A Serbian terrorist murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife. Austria-Hungary responded by declaring war on Serbia.
  2. The first country to use gas against their enemies was France, not Germany. They fired the first series of tear gas grenades (xylyl bromide) against the Germans in August 1914. Germany then first used tear gas in January of the following year, against the Russian armies.
  3. Due to the war, all German-language books were burned in the United States. Schools banned the teaching of German, and some German-derived words that had been in common use were modified as well.
  4. During World War I the term "dogfight" was born. To avoid planes stalling when they would turn quickly in the air, pilots had to turn the engines on and off every so often. The vibration sounded a lot like dogs barking, hence the term.
  5. During the war, Herbert Hoover was appointed to be the United States Food Administrator. His primary responsibility was to provide food and sustenance to the US Army and its allies. He convinced US citizens to plant gardens in their backyards, dubbing them "victory gardens.
  6. An estimated 30 different poisonous gases were used throughout the war. Soldiers were ordered to put rags soaked in urine over their faces to protect them from the fatal effects of these gases.

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