The first vacuums were invented over a hundred years ago. Once electricity became popular in most households, electric vacs became a must have for every housewife. These early models aren’t terribly different than their descendents, either.
The newer ones are certainly more powerful, and most have HEPA filters that can be cleaned and reused rather than the old fashioned bags that were thrown up when they were full. However, many people are still not convinced that these filters are better and they continue using the vacuums with the disposable bags.
Small hand held designs that could be hung on a wall in the kitchen or pantry became popular about 40 years ago. They were perfect for quick touch ups and tiny messes involving perhaps some crumbs. They would recharge completely once hung back up again. When necessary, they had about 15 minutes of power.
New versions of carpet sweepers came next, which is a reliable form of vacuum cleaner. The first ones actually handled only hard floors but they did a great job. The next generation were the same size and shape and could handle rugs without deep piling. Smaller jobs were easy with these styles and almost every housewife ran out to buy one once they came on the market. Although not quite powerful enough yet to completely replace the larger household models, they were marvelous alternatives when it come to quick cleanups.
One popular model that has been around for years and years is the canister. These are typically lighter and easier to pull around in areas that are full of furniture and have tiny passageways. They are popular with anyone who needs to carry a vacuum up and down staircases, too. Many prefer the canisters simply because their styling comes with long hoses onto which you can put the various attachments that come with the machine.
Soon there were machines made specifically to handle particular household cleaning chores such as picking up hard to find pet hair and dander. The suction on these is more powerful, and most of the units come equipped with filters that capture the allergens, pet fur and dander which are then emptied into the trash. Attachments are made to make it easy to clean all types of furniture, carpeting, walls, draperies, furniture and even ceilings and corners.
Some of the new cordless models can hold a full charge (from 7.5 v to 15 v) for over a half hour, plenty of time to do an average home. There are many choices when it comes to styles, sizes, and even colors. Some do a better job with thick carpeting than others, and others tend to hold a charger better than some. There are models that are plugged in to recharge them, and others use a charged battery pack that is placed into the vacuum when ready to use it.
Look for models that can be taken apart. Some have the ability to turn from full size units into hand held units just by removing a small section. These come in handy in situations where you don’t want to be carrying two machines around with you while you’re cleaning.
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