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An Overview of the Best Vacuum Cleaners and Steamers

Updated on November 10, 2010

The best vacuum cleaners and steamers are ones that do a great job - effectively and efficiently. They help reduce the amount of dust and microscopic debris around your home with little fuss and, ultimately deliver a feeling of improved cleansliness after use.

We all value our homes, take pride in its appearance and it's the poor home maker that doesn't attend to the daily maintenance. Small appliances such as a carpet cleaner and/or a home steam cleaner contribute to the ongoing upkeep - more than anything they reduce the workload.

We're long passed the days whereby a sturdy broom or carpet beater took care of the floors and rugs - these day, the technology at our fingertips helps to make our lives easier, our homes cleaner and reduce age old labor intensuve chores. The five best small electric appliance cleaning gadgets are featured below - all of which do a great job when it comes to keeping our homes in good order.


Eureka 71B Hand-Held Vacuum

This is the best standard sized hand held vacuum cleaner. Powerful, full of vigor and a winner when it comes to reaching into dark corners and hard to reach areas. It's fantastic when it comes to pet fur, cleaning the couch and floor coverings. It feels solid and full of go in your hand and doesn't weigh the shoulder down.

The suction power is surprisingly awesome for its size and there are various accessories that aid the cleaning process. The design is user friendly, the color combination vibrant and funky and with no collection bag, it's efficient and good for dust reduction. A superb little machine and a steal of a deal for the price.

Hoover Tempo Widepath Upright Vacuum, Bagged, U5140-900
Hoover Tempo Widepath Upright Vacuum, Bagged, U5140-900

Hoover Tempo Widepath Upright Vacuum, Bagged, U5140-900

The best upright vacuum cleaner is the Hoover Tempo and - if you're looking for a top quality machine built to a high spec, this is the one for you. Thousands of people buy into the Hoover brand name, knowing they're buying a superior small appliance. The nozzle is generous at 15" and the suction power is supremely powerful.

You're getting a lot of vacuum for your money - accessories include two extension wands, a tool for getting into small crevices, a dust brush and furniture soft furnishing nozzle. It's lightweight for its size and easy to push, pull and work with. It works well on both covered and bare flooring and the wands allow you to clean the stairs and other hard to reach areas. Don't spend more money buying something less -- the Tempo is amazing value for money.

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge, F5914-900

This is the best upright steamer. It's an awesome machine and delivers an incredibly effective steam clean. You can use it for regular stains or use the power boost option to remove more stubborn debris and grime. It works using hot water from the faucet and there are two tanks - one for clean water/detergent, the second collects the used water.

There's an extending hose, 8ft in length, for tackling the stairs and hard to reach areas and it comes with an attachment that's for cleaning upholstery and soft furnishings.

Black And Decker CHV9608 9.6 Volt Cyclonic-Action Cordless DustBuster with AccuREACH

This is the best hand-held vacuum cleaner, courtesy of Black and Decker. It's cordless, lightweight and robust and does a great job of small cleaning tasks. Bagless and simple to empty, it comes with a charger (that can be wall mounted) and upholstery brush, plus there's a nifty VF96 filter.

It's a great little gadget, useful for unforeseen spillages of dry goods and similar, will remove pet hair from soft furnishings and deal with a myriad of minor clean ups. Good for the stairs and tight corners, even hoovering the family car. It's perfect for small jobs and its small purchase price is equally perfect.

Wagner 905 1,500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleaner
Wagner 905 1,500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleaner

Wagner 905 1,500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleaner

This is the best steamer for around the seventy dollar mark. The power it puts out is simply inspiring - it really delivers a feel of absolute power and you're left with no doubt as to it's ability to clean to a high degree. It sanitizes as it cleans and is capable of destroying germs, mildew and mold with ease.

It's fantastic on tiled flooring, carpets, upholstery, curtains and more and the ergonmic design and control panel make it a breeze to operate. There's various attachments that provide a lot of versatility - it can be altered to remove wallpaper, clean windows and even jet clean patios and barbecues. It's compact and lightweight and for 70 bucks - it wants buying. Awesome steam cleaner.


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    kids-toy-box 7 years ago

    Good review of this essential household item! The handheld cleaners are definitly worth every penny.