There are three different types of SEBO Felix uprights, but all share a core set of features. Of interest to most people visiting our site, one key feature they all share is high quality filtration. Each uses a 3-ply dust bag that seals up for hygienic disposal. This dust bag traps all of your visible particles and some of the microparticles found in indoor air. A motor filter then traps more of the fine particles that the bag cannot, and before the air leaves the vacuum back into your room, it passes through an electrostatic S-Class filter.
This last filter has a slight static charge, similar to what you see sometimes with socks in the dryer, and this is what enhances the microfilter, helping it to filter out 99.9% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger. Unlike traditional HEPA filters in vacuums, the S-Class found in the Felix is a full 250 square inches filter media. That's almost two square feet of filter media in one vacuum cleaner filter. This type of filtration is important for anyone dealing with allergies, asthma or worse, as it removes the fine particles that can trigger reactions, including things like the dust mite allergen, pet dander, and pollen.
The next feature all Felix vacuums share is the 1300 watt motor. This powerful motor provides more than enough suction to clean all types of carpet as well as smooth flooring. Even more, the motor is built to give you a good twelve to fifteen years or consistent, reliable service. In addition to a powerful motor, each Felix has a durable ABS shell, made to withstand the rigors of years of daily use.
The last primary feature they all share is versatility. Their design will remind you somewhat of a canister, and it is this configuration that allows the Felix upright to double as a handheld vacuum cleaner. Remove the floor tool and lower the height-adjustable handle, and you can hold the Felix from the side while using the hose and wand to clean drapes, high overhead areas or dust. Unlike most handhelds, you never worry about a battery dying after 10-15 minutes of use.
Where the SEBO models begin to separate themselves is in what types of flooring they are designed to clean. The SEBO Felix 4 Kombi vacuum is the most cost efficient in the line, and is designed specifically for homes with mostly smooth floors with small areas of low pile carpet. The included Kombi floor tool has retractable bristles that when out dislodge debris. When the bristles are retracted, the Kombi uses two felt strips and power suction to clean low pile carpet.
The next step up from this is the SEBO Felix 1 Premium vacuum. Instead of the Kombi combination floor tool, you get two floor tools. The premium parquet brush is specifically designed for smooth floors, with low-cut bristles and a slim design that glides across tile, hardwoods and other hard flooring surfaces. The Felix 1 also comes with the ET-1 power head. This 12" wide carpet cleaning tool has an independently driven brush roll and gives you the option to turn the brush roll off and use straight suction to quickly clean small areas of smooth flooring. The ET-1 also makes it easy to remove entangled pet hair or carpet fiber by giving you quick access to the brush roll for simple cleaning or replacement if the bristles are worn.
If you need a little more power or want a larger cleaning path, the SEBO Felix 2 Premium vacuum might be your choice. Like the Felix 1, it comes with the premium parquet tool, but instead of the ET-1, the Felix 2 features the larger, more powerful ET-2 power head. With a 15" wide cleaning path and more powerful motor, the ET-2 is the best SEBO has to offer for cleaning large areas of carpet. Like the ET-1 this carpet brush also has easy access to the brush roll as well as brush roll control and four height adjustments.
As a final note, one of the very first things most people will notice about the Felix vacuum cleaners is the style. Uniquely shaped and designed, Felix vacs come in your choice of colors/patterns. So when you get tired of replacing your boring, uninspired upright every two to three years and are looking for something more durable, effective and fun, a SEBO Felix upright is a good place to start.
Author: Kevin Gilmore
A couple weeks ago, we introduced you to the Miele RX1 Scout robotic vacuum cleaner. Due to some technical difficulities, I was having problems getting the video to properly load for some people's browsers. That's been fixed, so now you can see the Scout in action!
As part of our Electrolux HEPA vacuum cleaner update, there are two more HEPA canister vacuums we've just added, and both have specific qualities and features that can make them ideal for your home. So what's new and how are these different?
Let's first take a look at the Electrolux JetMaxx Green vacuum cleaner. Several years ago, Electrolux began creating a series of vacuum cleaners that placed special emphasis on one key feature - the use of recycled materials. With millions of tons of plastic headed to landfills across the world each year, Electrolux has adopted a platform to create some canister vacuum cleaners that try to combat this, and the JetMaxx is the latest iteration of this initiative. Using 55% recycled plastics, the JetMaxx earns the name "Green" with this and a couple other notable features. The packing material is made from 100% recycled paper products, and the S-bag dust bag is actually derived from cornstarch. A long life belt (for the powerhead) and washable HEPA filter round out the green features of this vac. In terms of performance, the JetMaxx has a wide, electrically driven powerhead, a separate smooth floor tool and enough suction to clean any type of floor in your home. The sealed system, HEPA filter, and self-sealing dust bags make this unit a good one for those with allergies or asthma.
As the last canister in the new line, the Electrolux Ergospace is the most economical of the group. Best suited for smooth flooring and some low pile carpeting, the Ergospace comes with two floor tools - a turbobrush for low pile carpet and a combo tool for all of your smooth flooring. Like the other Electrolux canister vacuums, the ErgoSpace does feature a sealed system, HEPA filter and self-sealing S-Bag, but it is also very lightweight and comes with an Ergoschock Flexible Bumper Cord Wrap. This is a handy way to wrap up the hose for storage in tight spaces and small closets.With either of these canisters, as well as the UltraSilencer, you have options when it comes to the filter and dust bags. Washable filters are available for each of these, as are a range of dust bags that focus on specific problems in the home, like odors or allergens. Each of these canisters also comes with automatic cord rewind and bag change indicator features, as well as a five year warranty.
Regardless of your specific needs, there are a variety of Electrolux vacuums to choose from. Each offers a unique set of features specially suited for different types of home, flooring and filtration needs. To check out our current line of Electrolux vacuums cleaners.
Author: K. Gilmore
Before I get into the specifics of the Miele Scout, it's worth taking a few moments to take a look at other robot vacuum cleaners on the market. Everyone remembers the Roomba, right? These little guys were popular gifts that would bounce around the house cleaning as they went. This type of robot vacuum is not, however, very efficient at actually cleaning. With any robovac, there has always been a disparity between the cleaning ability of it and a traditional upright or canister. Beyond this, most robotic vacuums use a "chaos" navigation system. This means, the will head off it some direction until they bump into something, then reorient themselves and go bumbling off in some other random direct. The entirely random or chaotic nature of their movement IS their cleaning pattern. This often leaves spots uncleaned or areas where the vacuum may clean multiple times.
Run time has also been a concern with automatic vacuums. Rechargeable battery technology has advanced quite a bit since their commercial inception in 2002. In turn, so has the run time of these vacs and the lifespan of the batteries.
The Miele RX1 Scout displays advances in both of these trouble areas and showcases a few additional features that make it a unique addition to any home. First, instead of the "chaos navigation" or using ultrasound, the Scout uses an array of seven sensors and an integrated ceiling camera to determine its exact position. So while it cleans, this Smart Navigation allows it to map out where it's been and where it still needs to clean. This dramatically improves upon older navigation systems and ensures that your entire floor is cleaned. And as far as the ceiling came goes, no, it's not spying on you! I uses the cam for positioning only, and mapping data is not stored after the Scout is finished cleaning.
In addition to the advanced navigation, the gyro and other sensors keep the Miele RX1 from actually hitting objects in your home. It can sense furniture, walls and even steps to avoid collisions and unexpected falls. If only toddlers were this well trained.... A soft rubber bumper surrounds the Scout, so should something unexpected happen, there won't be any scuffs or marks as a reminder.
The way the Scout cleans is by combining suction, a turbobrush, and two soft brushes that looks like little arms spinning out in front of the machine, pulling in dirt, pet hair and debris. Debris and mess is picked up and stored in an easy-to-empty bin, and while the Scout does lack the power of a traditional Miele vacuum, it does come equipped with a Miele AirClean filter to trap microparticles and allergens. The RX1 offers up around two hours of continuous service (or 1600 sq. ft.) before it will quietly return to its charging dock. After another two hours, the Scout and its lithium ion battery are ready to go again!
In addition to automatic cleaning, the Miele Scout also has Corners, Spot and Turbo modes. A well-lit LCD display on the top lets you know what mode the Scout is operating in as well as the time, and an included remote gives you complete control of the Scout.
It's good to keep in mind that the Scout is NOT a replacement for your regular vacuum cleaner. A weekly deep cleaning with your standard Miele is still a good idea, but the Scout makes for a great everyday, maintenance vacuum. For someone like me, who has all smooth floors and a dog, the Scout is the ideal way to clean up dog hair and dirt while I'm at work. It keeps me from having to use a dust mop each day, and at the end of the week, I still use my regular Miele canister to give the house a good, thorough cleaning. The Scout also makes a neat gift for that hard to buy for person in your life or for the "gadget" person who is always looking for the latest and greatest. Overall, the Miele RX1 Scout robotic vacuum has a lot to offer, and don't worry about carpet. It does clean carpet and rugs too!
The Scout should be hitting shelves in just a couple weeks (expect them to start shipping by the last week in June), so until then you can visit our Miele RX1 Scout vacuum cleaner page to view a video of the Scout and to see more images.
Author: K. Gilmore
There is a pretty wide array of features to like about the EL7063A. The look is stylish and colorful, and an LCD screen provides useful, easy to read info, while the weight is actually lighter than comparable HEPA canister vacuums. In terms of filtration, it comes standard with a sealed HEPA filter and the Electrolux standard S-Bag Classic, but both of these can be swapped for similar replacement products better suited for your specific needs. Have a pet? Try the Anti-Odor bags after you've used the included bags that come with the UltraSilencer. Want a washable filter? Pick up a pair of these and rotate them in and out, while washing, for years of service. Allergens a problem? Opt for the Anti-Allergy S-Bags.
As for cleaning, the El7063A Deep Clean is on top of its game. There are two floor tools, one ideal for smooth floors with the other, an independently driven powerhead, perfect for all types of carpet. From deep cleaning to simply sprucing up, the UltraSilencer provides tools for tidying up your floors, dusting and removing allergens, dirt and debris from some of the hardest to reach areas.
Like other UltraSilencer models, this vacuum is quieter than most others you'll find at your local store. I wouldn't say it's "Super Sneaky Quiet" like a Miele, but it falls into the next-step-down, "Sneaky Quiet" category, which is rarely used for most of your common brands. They tend to fall into the "Wake the Dead" or "Quiet as a Tornado" category.
Convenience is the last big step up with the Electrolux EL7063A Ultra Silencer vacuum. Automatic cord rewind, dust bag and filter change indicators are standard on most quality canister vacuums these days, but this vac goes further by offering complete control, right on the handle! This includes, turning the entire vacuum off and on, adjusting the height of the powerhead, adjusting your suction level and turning the brushroll on/off. Most canisters usually lack the ability to power the vacuum up or adjust the height, from the handle.
Whether you're looking for an effective home cleaner to fit in with home decor that's beyond ordinary or you simply need a lightweight addition for a large home, the Electrolux EL7063A HEPA vac might be just what you had in mind! Seriously, I don't know if Electrolux had this in mind, but the color scheme also makes it a great choice for any discerning Boise State Broncos fan. To see more of the Electrolux EL7063A HEPA vacuum cleaner or to browse our entire selection of high quality, HEPA vacuum cleaners.
For nearly 100 years Miele has been designing and building quality vacuum cleaners. Here at AchooAllergy, Miele has been a brand of vacuum cleaner that we highly recommend. Their emphasis on air filtration, keeping your indoor air clean while you vacuum, is critical for people concerned with allergies, asthma or indoor air quality in general. Traditional vacuum cleaners can remove visible dirt but can release millions of particles back into the air. They can literally take allergens and particulate that had previously settled out of the air and onto the floor and disperse them back into the air you breathe. Unfortunately, even HEPA vacuum cleaners can be guilty of this.
Miele takes air quality a step further. Not only do they independently test their products, but with a HEPA filter, they include the use of a 9-ply filter bag, a pre-motor, and a sealed system (on most vacs) to not only completely clean the air as it passes through the vacuum but ensure that dirty and clean air do not mix or leak. Sealed system Miele vacuums, equipped with their H13 HEPA remove allergens like mold spores, dander, dust mite allergen and dust from the floor and from the air you breathe - the perfect allergy vacuum.
This is all in addition to Miele's superior cleaning ability, high quality and unparalleled durability. The Vortex motor creates powerful, concentrated suction to remove not only the dirt, hair and soil you can see but also capture the microparticles that you can't. A range of included accessories (even more than usual if you are considering their HomeCare line) and attachments make Miele vacuums some of the most versatile cleaning machines you can own. In addition to all of this is the knowledge that Miele's are built to last twenty years!
So if you were considering purchasing one of the most advanced, durable and effective vacuum cleaners on the market, now is the time to buy. In addition to free express delivery (next day or two day delivery of nearly all Miele vacs) you will also receive TWO FREE BOXES of FILTERBAGS. That's a year's worth of bags, nearly a $40 value, free!
Author: Kevin Gilmore
First, there is one HomeCare model for each current Miele line. So there is an S2, S6, S8 and S7 upright model. While each respective model may share some similarities with the Miele vacuums you'll find on our website, there are some key differences, like additional accessories, your choice of floor attachments, and something else they all share - you won't find them anywhere, except in an Authorized HomeCare dealer's storefront.
So if you'd like to learn more, click the icon above. It will direct you back to the Miele website, but if you have any questions or want to learn more, give us a call, email or chat. To see our full line of Miele vacuum cleaners. And don't forget, buy any new Miele vacuum and get a free HEPA filter included! That's over a $50 value.
Author: K. Gilmore
In general, vacuums are loud. I mean, really, how can they not be? Most vacuum cleaners are essentially a motor and a bag (or container to hold the stuff you vacuum up). The motor creates suction that draws in air, debris, dirt, then traps the particles while allowing the air to pass back into the home. The problem is that not only does the motor produce noise as it runs, but you also have the suction created by the vacuum - that "giant sucking sound" (anyone remember Ross Perot?).
These two things often combine to make most vacuums so loud that you simply cannot hear the phone ringing, someone knocking on the door, or even someone in the same room trying to talk to you. Ultimately, brand matters little in this regard. From Dyson and Kirby to Eureka and Hoover, and everything in between, most vacuums are loud. But are ALL of them loud enough to rattle your windows? With the help of my family, I've decided to give you a photographic representation of a better way.
Looking for a quieter vacuum, particularly one that offers filtration as good as a HEPA air purifier, suction as powerful as any available, a warranty that surpasses all competitors, and a choice of styles, features, and colors? A Miele is your best bet! And I am fully confident that this completely unscientific photographic representation offers all the proof you need.
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Special thanks to my sister, sister-in-law, and nephews. The Miele pictured is the Auto-Eco (formerly the Bolero).
Thanks for messing up the shot!
Author: K. Gilmore
Starting with traditional bagged uprights, the Twist came in at that top. The only area where this vacuum didn't receive a best or near best rank was with regard to handling. This is somewhat understandable given the weight of Miele uprights. One of the few top vacuums that did receive a high mark in this area was the SEBO Felix Premium, which not so coincidentally, is one the lightest vacuums that was tested. In terms of noise level, filtration and performance (particularly on carpet), the Miele Twist was overall the top model.
Joining the Twist on the list was the Miele Cat & Dog, Bolero (now known as the Auto-Eco), and the Jazz. So for the category as a whole, Miele uprights snagged four of the top ten slots and two of the top three.
When it comes to bagged canister vacuum cleaners, again Miele was leading the way. In this category, the only average rank the Callisto received was in handling, but that was actually right in line with all of the other models. As something I've pointed out about Miele vacuums, the Callisto was the quietest of all the models tested. Unfortunately, the Callisto, as well as the rest of the Miele S5 vacuums have largely been retired. The upside is the new S8 line of canisters offers a direct replacement model for nearly every retiring S5. In the case of the Miele Callisto, the new Miele Kona canister is a direct replacement - same color, features, and performance, with a slightly redesigned package and a few upgrades.
Here are a few other observations from year's report. One interesting note about the upright category, Dyson was noticeably absent from the bagless uprights. Additionally, the Dyson Animal canister was noted as a particularly poor performer. Though overall, Dyson and Miele were some of the most reliable of the major brands.
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Author: K. Gilmore
Vacuum cleaners can release large concentrations of particles, both in their exhaust air and from resuspension of settled dust (Duchaine et al. 2013). The aim of this study was to evaluate particles emitted into the air from various vacuum cleaners. Tests and measurements were made based on dust inside dust bags or dust bins (some were bagless) and from air emitted from the machine while in use. Duchaine and her team quantified how much bacteria and mold could be found within these tests with a particular focus on Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella spp and Penicillium/Aspergillus. While Salmonella is fairly commonly known, the other two are related to botulism and mold, respectively. For infants/toddlers and those with allergies or compromised immunity, this study can be somewhat worrisome.
There have been previous studies on vacuum cleaners that have established that dust bags can be a reservoir for certain types of microbes, and in one particular instance during the 1950's vacuums have gotten attention for this, as a dust bag was the sole source of a Salmonella outbreak amongst infants in a hospital ward.
Before, you toss your vacuum, consider some of the findings on this study. No appreciable levels of the microorganisms, with the exception of mold spores (which varied more widely in terms of measurable amounts), was found in the emissions. While there were some present, the concentration was extremely low. In the dust bag though, the story was a bit different. Concentrations of the different microbes found were fairly consistent, regardless of brand (of vacuum), and this leads researchers to believe that "vacuum emissions could potentially lead to short and more intense bioaerosol exposures than those due to resuspension of settled dust" given the emission rate of most vacuums.
At this point, it is likely worth noting a couple things. First, brands of the vacuum cleaners used were not disclosed. The near two dozen units were collected from the homes of staff and students at the university. The age of the vacuums tested ranged 6 months to 22 years and the prices from $75 to $800 (AUD - Australian), and each vacuum was tested as it arrived. Additionally, samples could not be obtained from all the units involved. A little over half of the models tested produced measurable results, in terms of emissions and dust bag content. The next thing to keep in mind is this. For test purposes, researchers used HEPA filter air through the vacuums, to ensure uniformity but also to introduce as pure of a medium as possible.
This was an interesting research topic, since dust is often overlooked as a conglomerate of debris with no life or benefit. But here we have live microorganisms amongst nonliving material. This could also shed some light onto what kind of vacuum do you want to purchase. If this blog has got you thinking about switching your vacuum to something a little more vacuum sealed, here are few things to consider.
Filtration matters - The fact that researchers used HEPA filtered air in their tests is telling, particularly when you compare it to the size of some of the microbes examined. Mold spores typically range in size from 3 to 40 microns while Clostridium botulinum, a rod-shaped microbe, can be .5-2 microns wide by 1.6 to 22 microns long. Certified HEPA filters capture 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger.
Vacuums With a Bag Should Be Better - The entire point of the research piece was to focus on bioaerosols that vacuums can create and emit throughout the home. What is the point of trapping microbes only to expose yourself to them when you empty the dust bin?
Particularly Sensitive Groups, Pay Heed to What You Clean With - You often get what you pay for, and not all vacuums marketed as "HEPA" are equal. Some have been independently tested and certified (like Miele or Dyson), and other haven't. Even if you decide to pay for a vacuum with high end filtration, you are likely selling yourself short if you then use cheaper, aftermarket replacement dust bags or filters.
Lastly, On the Microscopic Level, Seals Matter - Vacuums that features seals to prevent air leakage and those that have dust bags that seal when you go to remove them are going to be advantageous.
Although this research does shed some light on potential bacterial exposure, don't fret because these types of infections are very rare. Overall, this statement from the study says a lot, "The vacuum characteristics here are likely to be the main predictor of emission, rather than dust content." However, if you're in a position where you have to crash on the floor at a friends or grandmas... you may want to consider a blowup mattress!
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Author: R. Power