The first time I used the Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Upright Vacuum, I thought something must be wrong with it.
I'd gone over a small patch of carpet once, and on the second pass, I couldn't hear anything getting sucked up. With my old vacuum, I could hear the sand (we live near the beach) getting sucked up on second and third passes of each small area.
I peeked into the see-through bin (or bag, as it is officially called in this bagless model) and found my answer: Inside rested more sand, fur, and dirt than my old vacuum collected from the entire room.
It uses a patented cyclone technology that tests have shown remove 99.97 percent of dust, dirt, and allergens from the air.
This kind of power has made a huge difference in my time spent vacuuming, and how clean the carpet is afterward. It also means I'm now able to go an extra day before it's time to vacuum again.
Here's what you should know and consider when choosing a vacuum.