Are Vacuums Good Gifts?

No, it’s not just the thought that counts. Vacuum consistently rank among the least desired gifts on surveys of women on a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day.

Home Appliance Blog groupies are well aware of my obsessive love of our vacuums, but I care even more deeply about the safety and well-being of our customers. And buying a Valentine’s gift related to an unpopular household chore is probably not the best decision.

Don’t get me wrong. Our vacuums, including top brands like Miele and Dyson, are the best out there. They are highly requested gifts…364 days out of the year. It’s just not that romantic.

So this year, Warners’ Stellian Appliance decided we could no longer with clear conscience take the money from (let’s face it) men about to meet their Maker and are banning the sales of vacuum cleaners intended as Valentine’s Day gifts.

The campaign, “No Vacuums for Valentine’s Day,” aims to spread awareness about the dangers of this terrible gift to save hapless gift-givers from themselves, before it’s too late.

And if a customers stubbornly insists on purchasing a vacuum as a romantic Valentine’s gift, he or she will be asked to sign a waiver promising to act as the primary user of the new vacuum.

Now THAT’s romantic 🙂

Is Your Bagless Vacuum Bad For Your Health?

If you have a bagless vacuum, you’re probably familiar with the smell (or taste!) of dust when you empty the bin after vacuuming.

Probably when you’re knocking it against the side of the garbage can, trying to hold your breath? Gross, I know.

If you can smell that dust, it means you’re inhaling fine, lung-damaging particles, according to information released today by German appliance-maker Miele.

But, aside from that, bagless vacuums — even those with HEPA filters — can’t truly contain all the dust and dirt as well as a Miele.

From the release:

An independent laboratory confirmed that Miele vacuums capture and retain 99.99% of harmful pollutants – on average 21x better than the HEPA-filtered bagless rival. On average, the leading bagless HEPA-filtered vacuum emitted over 175,900 lung-damaging particles per minute during the test.

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about my love for Miele vacuums. But truly, if air quality matters to you, you’ll appreciate Miele’s air-tight design. A spring-loaded collar locks shut when you remove Miele vacuum bags, trapping in particles and eliminating that dusty smell/taste — which means you and your kids aren’t breathing them in.

And perhaps this seems a tad dramatic, but what you’re breathing in (fine particulate matter) has been linked to bad health effects such as including chronic bronchitis and premature death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

For families with children or elderly, sufferers of asthma and/or allergies or other health problems, a Miele vacuum is a sound investment. Plus, we ship all vacuums for free, and we also offer free shipping on accessories (bags and air filters) orders over $50.

>> see more information on Miele’s vacuum filtration study

New Upright Vacuum Cleaners from Miele

Vacuuming the house. Not a chore most of us look forward to, but someone’s got to do it, right? Few things are as frustrating as lugging that clunky beast out of the closet giving up all hopes of communicating with anyone over its noisy motor, and making repeated passes to pick up that one stubborn rice kernel that just won’t dislodge from the carpet.

But here’s the good news – vacuuming as you know it can now be a thing of the past. Enjoy a whole new set of easy-to-use features from Miele’s brand new S7 Upright Series. Built and headquartered in Germany, Miele has raised the bar for vacuuming performance with the release of its Tango, Bolero, Salsa, Calypso and Jazz models.

Miele Vacuum Features

 If you’re tired of moving every fixture in your living room to locate the best outlet for a short cord?  Search no longer. Miele S7 vacuum cleaners offer a 39-foot cord allowing you to vacuum multiple rooms at one time without outlet hopping!

Annoyed with special attachments  for vacuuming underneath beds and difficult corners? Miele’s got you covered with a patented Swivelneck design and industry-leading maneuverability.

What about old upright vacuums that throw as much dirt back into they air as they take in?  For 80 years, Miele’s sealed system retains almost all pollutants and dust, preserving the indoor air quality of your home, and keeping everybody from coughing when you fire up that vacuum.

If you’re ready for something new – check out Miele’s S7 Upright Vacuum Cleaners and enjoy free nationwide shipping on your vacuum cleaner purchase.