Searching for the Best Vacuum Cleaner Online

Most people use their vacuum cleaners until they’re nearly dead. Due to their expense it’s not a purchase that one does often, but when you are ready to purchase a new vacuum, you want to ensure that you buy the best vacuum cleaner as you’re going to be stuck with it through many years of service.

There are many different types of vacuum cleaners. First, you’ll need to decide which type you want. There are handheld, upright, lift-away, and canister style cleaners. Handheld is most suitable for quick vacuuming jobs such as the car or the couch, and won’t replace your regular vacuum cleaner. A stick style vacuum is suitable for a quick vacuum of floors but it can’t be used to clean furniture or cushions.

The stick vac may be fine for offices that don’t have any rugs or upholstered fabric. A lift-away vacuum is all-purpose, and can do everything from floors, to couches, cushions, and even the tops of shelves. Lift-away vacuums are usually bagless and have a debris cup or canister that can be emptied into the garbage can. A canister style vacuum cleaner is all multi-functional, but usually has disposable bags, which must be purchased separately. There are also robotic vacuum cleaners that can be preprogrammed to move independently around the room but cannot do furniture or shelves.


Once you’ve decided on type, then you’ll need to decide how much money you’re willing to spend. The higher the cost of a vacuum cleaner, the more attachable tools and features it will have. There will also be a greater cost for a vacuum cleaner that has a motorized brush roll. While it’s not necessary to use a motorized roll to vacuum carpets and rugs, if your home has several rooms full of carpeting, it’s wise to get a motorized brush roll. Probably the best vacuum cleaner’s price is a little bit higher then others.

HEPA filtration can also increase the cost of your new vacuum by $50 to $100 more. HEPA filtration means that the internal filter will contain micro-particulates, so that they don’t get spewed back out into the air. This is an important feature to have for people who are allergic or who have asthma. Not only does it make vacuuming more comfortable but it can also thoroughly clean a room so the allergic person can breathe more easily.

Another feature that can add to the cost of a vacuum cleaner is whether there are attachable microfiber pads for the brush roll. These help to capture more dirt and debris in one pass.

The best vacuum cleaner manufacturers are Shark, Kenmore, Hoover, Bissell, Dirt Devil, Eureka, Black, and Decker, iRobot, Oreck, and more. Most of these manufacturers back up their vacuum cleaners with at least a one year warranty. Some of the Shark products have a five year warranty.

There are also cheaper vacuum brands with lesser-known names that are usually under $50. While it may be tempting to buy a cheap vacuum, keep in mind that often these types only have a 30 to 60 day warranty, and if they break after that time, you’ll have to purchase a new one. It’s worth buying a good name brand vacuum cleaner with a good warranty. Some people may also buy their vacuum cleaner for looks. Shark has cleaners that are in red, blue, purple, and green. Some vacuums are also compact, which is a consideration when you in a small apartment or are a student living in a dorm room.

When you’re searching for the best vacuum cleaner online, also check the product reviews and starred ratings. Combined together, all this knowledge will help you to make the best vacuum cleaner purchase.

My Experience Finding the Best Electric Shaver for Christmas

Christmas is coming up faster than I realized, so I needed to find the best gift for my husband. You may have heard this before, but he has everything. Well, everything we can afford, anyway. It’s hard to buy for a man who has a closet full of clothes he doesn’t wear, a shelf of DVDs never watched, and ten packs of Nintendo games never played. I watched him curse his electric shaver the other day, so decided that he needed a new one. I had no worries he would buy a new one—he’ll spend $200 on a new Bluray player, but not a personal grooming device.


I started by finding a list of locations where I could find the best electric shaver for Christmas. There are always the big box stores, but they never have display models, and often these are locked up in a glass case. Because someone will steal a $50 shaver, but not a $50 kitchen appliance?! There are also the pharmacies and larger supermarkets, but often their selection is limited. I had better luck at the local electronics shop where the salespeople were very helpful, and was even able to try a few models out on my arm. But I was aiming for one around $100, so I wanted to look around a bit more. The online marketplace was perfect for finding the best electric shaver for Christmas! No longer did I have to wade through crowds at the shops. I could browse shaver listings in the privacy of my home. Well, when my husband wasn’t home anyway.

Not only could I browse descriptions, but I could hunt for the best prices too. And there’s something called “reviews”. So for each of the electric shavers I had narrowed down to on my list, there were hundreds of reviews from people who had actually bought these shavers and tried for themselves. Even the most perfect shaver had some complaints. Not everyone will agree 100% of the time that a certain cordless men’s shaver was the right one. There were even a few shavers that got consistently bad reviews. I steered clear of these. Many of the more well-known makers of men’s shavers seem to know what they are doing in terms of making a good shaver that gives a clean, smooth shave, and that lasts beyond its warranty. Braun, Philips, Panasonic, and Remington all make great models of electric shavers.

Price was another factor. I didn’t want to buy the entry level $20 Remington, but on the other hand, I didn’t want to spend $300 on a Braun shaver with cleaning and charging system. Finding the best electric shaver would have to involve an easy-to-clean shaver, without the fancy cleaning unit that I didn’t think my husband would actually use. In the end I found the perfect gift for my husband: The Braun Waterflex. Turns out this is the official shaver of the NFL, a fact that my football-loving husband is sure to appreciate!

Flight Cancelled? Head to Downtown Vancouver!

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a hub to all locations throughout the world. But occasionally flight plans go awry: Your first flight is late, causing you to miss your connecting flight, or your connecting flight is cancelled. While traveling may make you feel stressed out, if you’re stuck at YVR, this is your best opportunity to head to downtown Vancouver, and see some of the sights.


Your bags are already checked, and if you want to stow your carry-on luggage, you can head to baggage services on level 2 of either terminal, and check it for the day. From here, head to the outside of the airport, and follow the signs to public transportation. It’s a short bus to the Canada Line Skytrain, and this will take you all the way into downtown Vancouver, It’s about a 34 minute trip in total.


Time may be a factor in your day trip into the downtown Vancouver area. You’ll want to visit attractions close to the Skytrain Station, so you can have plenty of time to return to the airport. While Stanley Park, and the Planetarium may sound great, it’s best to leave these attractions for another trip, when you have more time. You may wish to ask airport personnel if you can leave the airport on an international ticket, but if you’re traveling domestically, or from Canada to US, you can leave the airport, then return in time for your flight.

You may also be wondering whether you have enough time for a day trip into downtown Vancouver. For your own peace of mind, any layovers of six hours or more, are going to give you plenty of time to take transit to Vancouver, have a couple of hours to wander around, then give yourself at least one hour to return, and two hours to get through US customs, immigration, and security again. End your Skytrain trip at Waterfront Station. This is the terminus station where you can get off, and have a short walk to Canada Place, where you can have a great view of Burrard Inlet, a body of water that’s connected to the Pacific Ocean. If you walk to the end of Canada Place, you can visit the FlyOver Canada attraction, where you’re lifted in the air on a simulator facing a huge screen.


There are plenty of places to eat along the waterfront. If you keep walking west, you’ll reach the Vancouver Convention Centre, and Jack Pool Plaza, where the big Olympic cauldron from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics is now permanently installed. If you’re interested in a bit of shopping, you can get back to the Waterfront Skytrain, and take it to Pacific Centre. Here you’ll find the Hudson’s Bay Company, and an entire underground mall, full of shops, boutiques, and stores. If you walk to the south main level of Nordstrom’s, you can exit via Robson Street, where there is plenty of upscale shopping.

If you still have time for sightseeing, before you have to return to the airport for your flight, you can visit Gastown, which is a short walk from Waterfront Station. Here is where the city of Vancouver began. There are dozens of heritage buildings from Victorian times, and plenty of excellent restaurants.
Vancouver is a fun place to visit, but don’t get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to allot extra time to catch your flight back home.