Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Moments - The best cleaning tool...that really sucks!

They come in all shapes, sizes, power levels, and colors. But it doesn't really matter...you just need to get one...or two...or three!

I love my hand vac or vac's! It's my absolute, can't do without, cleaning tool. I have 2, wishing I had 3. I keep one in my kitchen and one up stairs in the hallway. I use it every day after I blow-dry my hair to clean up all the "hair-shed". I use it after breakfast, lunch and dinner...well...because I have a toddler. I clean up crushed cracker, crumbled cookies, dropped raisins, spilled cereal...the list goes on. If I had to pull out my giant Dyson and haul it up and down all three levels of my house every time I needed sucking power, I'd have a soar back and about an hour less time in my day. Now that would really suck :)

Bottom line...if you don't have one, you should put it on your "must have" list immediately! If it's any incentive, one of my friends purchased one last year after a conversation we had. A few weeks later she thanked me. Not only did she love the convenience of a hand vac, she said her kids all loved it as well. They now fight over who gets to clean up any mess that occurs. That sounds like reason enough to me!

As for my hand vac recommendations:


My newest hand vac is the Black & Decker 18-Volt Pivoting-nose Cordless Hand Vac. It's definitely a more expensive one. My husband bought it for me last year as a Mother's Day gift. (I did ask for it...otherwise he wouldn't have given me a cleaning item as a gift. I'm crazy like that.) Anyway, before he bought it he did a ton of consumer research and found it to be rated one of the best hand vacs on the market. It has amazing sucking power, it's easy to clean, and it's still going strong after a year...my cheaper ones have usually needed to be replaced each year. I use my hand vacs to death...

This vac usually runs anywhere from $50 - $80 ish. But I went to Froogle.com and found it HERE for only $35.


My other hand vac is a Dirt Devil Scorpion 6 volt Cordless Hand Vac. I got this one to replace my upstairs vac when it died on me a few months ago. We had actually paid about $55 for our Back & Decker so I wanted something cheap and found this on clearance at Target for $12.99. My upstairs one isn't used quite as much and mostly just for hair and dirt when I clean the bathrooms etc... so I wasn't concerned with having "the best". But I must say, even though it isn't quite as powerful, it works great and I haven't had any problems. It's also a lot smaller than my Black & Decker, so Reese loves to use it. At 19 months old, I already have her vacuuming.

I couldn't find this one on line for the same price I paid, but I'm sure if you shopped around you could find something similar. Bed Bath & Beyond and Target have always been where I purchase my hand vacs. You can usually find a good selection at Bed Bath & Beyond and then use one of those 20% off coupons that come every other week in the mail.

If you are only planning on purchasing one hand vac, I would go with a more expensive, high volt vacuum. They will have the best sucking power and last the longest. Then if you want to purchase a couple more, for other area's in your house, you can buy the cheap smaller models. Those can also be the ones that you let the "kids" clean with.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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7 comments:

* Nancy * said...

is there one you recommend? I need to get one of these for all the hair I shed too!!!
p.s. I am going to Walmart to purchase Lime Shine, can't wait to try it!
Thanks for sharing.

Adam & Cindy said...

yes, which one do you use?? It's good to know that I'm not the only one that has to vaccum after I finish blow-drying my hair! My hair sheds everywhere!! Sometimes while Adam is at work, he'll pull a long one out from his sleeves haha!!!
I haven't really found a hand-vac brand that I absolutley love. They are usually just ok. If you love yours, please do share!

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Mariah said...

So...you totally sold me! I went to purchase it from that cheaper site you linked and they charge $21 shipping!! Just as a heads up, it's cheaper on amazon because you get free shipping. I hope I like it (and use it) as much as you do. :)

Mindika said...

Mariah! I hope you do to...other wise I'll feel responsible. Good to know about the shipping...I didn't check that. I should have known, there's always a catch, right? You already bought your, but for anyone else reading, check at Bed Bath & Beyond. With a 20% off coupon, you can get a good deal.

Mindika said...

Nancy and Cindy...I meant to say, my recommendations are NOW included!

M.

* Nancy * said...

Thank You. :)

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