Considering the benefits of Aluminium boats

Looking at the recent changes in boat purchases and materials, aluminium is the one that’s stood out. They have been becoming popular over the past few years and has been competing with the other materials such as fibreglass, wood and steel. The have bloomed in the industry and here I talk about the why aluminium is an advantage

Courtesy-McLay Boats

So what are the benefits of Aluminium?

  • If you are a person who likes to travel solo on water, aluminium boats are the one for you. They can handle a single maneuverer and proves as perfect companions for solo water rides.
  • The durability and strength of aluminium will makes sure it lasts a long time, which also cuts down on your maintenance and gives you a hearty resale value.
  • Aluminium, being light as a metal, puts lesser strain on you and will be easier to transport or tow.
  • Aluminium is what is used in planes and that too for a reason. It is stronger that steel and is a great foundation for a boat that is to face rough seas.
  • The aluminium boats also tend to have higher efficiency of fuel. With the boat and the weight of the boat being a crucial factor in fuel consumption, this works to your advantage every single time.

So the next time you come across an ad that says ‘Aluminium boats for sale’, make sure you take some time out to check what might fancy you!


Finding used wood burning stoves for sale

If you want a woodburner but don’t want to pay shop prices the chances are you are looking for used wood burning stoves for sale. There are a few places we can suggest but there are also some pitfalls to be aware of.

Having a look in your local free paper or classifieds may be an idea but it is unlikely to throw up much as stoves have a long life span and more often than not people upgrade and then sell their old stove rather than just sell as they are not wanted anymore. If you are going to look in this type of publication go for the large nationals like free ads as you are much more likely to find a choice or even one to look at.


The internet for used wood burning stoves for sale

The internet is probably going to throw up the most opportunities, the likes of Ebay or Gumtree always have used wood burning stoves for sale and generally you can see pictures etc so at least you are not wasting time on stoves you don’t like the look of or that are a bit battered and bruised.

Before you go and look contact the reseller and ask questions it may save you a lot of drive time and hassle to ask things about the condition of the stove and the consumable parts like bricks and grates etc.

Eventually you will always have to go and thoroughly check these out so be prepared for a bit of a travel and if you are going make sure you have enough room to bring it back and also the muscle to get them into the transport you are in. Stoves are very heavy and are at least a two man (or woman) job to lift think also about blankets or packaging to ensure you get it back safely and without damaging it or your vehicle.


Going local for used wood burning stoves for sale

Probably the best route in my opinion to get second hand wood burning stoves is your local woodburning stoves shops. Many will take in part exchange models and then either sell them on directly or recondition the woodburner and put them in a used wood burning stoves for sale section of the shop.

There are a few benefits of going down this simple route. Firstly you know where the shop is should there be any problems or issues and hopefully as a reputable shop you can get the advice and support you need to rectify things. Secondly they will have good access to a local fitter to fit the stove for you.

Lastly as a shop the likely-hood is they will have done all the checking that we suggest you do. Any issue they would probably have sorted before you even see it to ensure they get the best price possible and they are unlikely to take in any used wood burning stoves for sale that they think are unlikely to be moved on quickly and easily.

Buying second hand wood burning stoves

The second hand wood burning stoves market is very buoyant and expect to pay decent money especially for the leading brands. Prestige brands like Clearview, Jydepejsen or Scan will fetch nearly as much as the normal retail price if they are in good condition and even with problems the price does not drop much.

As there is not really much that can go wrong with a woodburner the buying second hand wood burning stoves is a great way of saving some money without any real risk. Components for these stoves are easily and readily available and getting a pro on to fix them costs very little. A quick respray, a few bits and the stove will literally look like new and function every bit as well as a brand new woodburner.


Things to look out for in second hand wood burning stoves

There are a few things to keep your eye open for when looking at second hand stoves. You have to look past a bit of dust and ash and take a good long look around to ensure there are no cracks in the cast, although many of these panels etc can be replaced that may well be difficult and costly.
Once you are happy you are not looking at a cracked stove open the doors and check the handles and the door hinges etc are they opening and shutting well do they feel like they are closing tight if not it may be as simple as changing the rope or tightening things up but make sure they all are in good working order. The ropes in the doors are very easily replaced for about £10 and this is a stupidly simple DIY job with a scraper, rope glue and new rope. Simply take off all the old rope and scrape away and residue. Cut rope to size and glue in position then leave to dry.
Have a look inside second hand wood burning stoves are likely to need a bit of work are the grates in good condition these grates have the fire directly on top of them and degrade until they need replacing if they do need changing that will cost around £50-£100 so best to check and use if necessary to knock down the asking price a bit.


Firebricks in second hand wood burning stoves

Firebricks which are used to keep heat in and protect the cast often crack, they can be repaired easily but if too far gone will need to be changed. The cost of doing this varies but we recently bought a set for an Esse Ironheart and it only cost around £60 for all the bricks. If you buy a set there is no need to change them all, keep them safe and dry and use when needed.
Lastly have a general look around and speak to the previous owner are there any warped parts (these occur sometimes if the stove is run to hard and hot causing metal to warp out of shape) does it look well looked after. Once you have ticked all these boxes you will just need to find a good installer that will fit second hand wood burning stoves to get it ready for you to use.

Second Hand Stoves for Sale

We have a number of second hand stoves for sale currently and will post details as more become available for sale. All our second hand stoves have been thoroughly checked by an expert so that you can be assured the stove you buy is in perfect working order.

We are installing wood burners all the time and often we are replacing an older stove when a customer upgrades to a newer or larger stove and will want to part exchange the old model so that we can take it away at the same time as installing the new one. We will then recondition and repair any faults before putting up the second hand stoves back up for sale.


Current second hand stoves available

We currently have a few cracking second hand stoves for sale, the first is from leading stove manufacturer Clearview and its the large Clearview 650 that we have. Its been very well looked after and the client only sold the stoves to us as he was moving into rented accommodation for the foreseeable future and didn’t want to leave it in storage for the long term. The market for second hand stoves by Clearview is very buoyant and this particular stove is in excellent condition and is ready to be installed immediately. The full retail price for this model is £1645 and we are offering this one for a great price of £1100 but if you choose us to install it we can do it for £950.


Ex-display second hand stoves

We have a few ex-display jydepejsen second hand stoves which we are selling off the first has been used a few times and is the Cosmo 971 retails at £1509 we had it running in one of our showrooms for a short while but have a different model installed now. We want £900 for this contemporary log burner from this famous Scandinavian brand. Effortless control and sleek modern styling make it a firm favourite with customers and if we install as well we can knock a further £100 off the second hand stoves price. It is in immaculate condition and will give you many years of enjoyment.
We also have an Elegance Junior for sale on a rotating base so that you can point the fire in the direction you want the most heat. They are £1748 at retail but we will let this one go for £1400 or £1300 if we are fitting it for you. The elegance is a beautifully crafted woodburner and this one is as new but we are selling off as part of our second hand stoves sale.
The second of our ex-demo stock is a Franco Belge Monaco this 6kw stove has not been used and retails at £1125 we have two for sale but we only want £750 for these “as new” second hand stoves. Franco Belge are a leading manufacturer and this model is a wider than it looks version for those with a larger recess who want the look of a big stove but without the heat output.

We also offer a full range of multifuel stoves both new and second hand. For more info, please contact us using the contact form or email to Thanks.


The multifuel stoves debate

There is a debate between experts on the benefits of going with multifuel stoves over a conventional woodburner and in the UK we have found the requests for multi fuel stoves are about 50% of the business that we generate. Often the reasoning behind going for multi fuel stoves is the same and that is to further reduce the costs associated with heating using a stove.

Often people are unaware of the pros and cons and before you decide its worth knowing a little bit about the differences before you decide. The first thing to consider when it comes to the installation of multi fuel stoves is that the liner needed is slightly different from that used in a normal woodburning stove installation its called a 904 grade flue liner and its a much tougher and thicker liner than the 316 grade liner used for a woodburner. This will cost you more but its essential and it should not be more than about £150 extra for this liner.


Are there problems with multi fuel stoves

As long as you look after them they are a great option especially for older individuals who don’t want to be going back and forth to fetch logs and lighting fires every morning. Please don’t get us wrong maintaining a woodburner and keeping it alight is very easy and quick to do, but if you can use coal then the fire will burn for longer and keeping it going overnight is simple.

As coal is a dirty fuel keeping the flue clean is also a big consideration you will need to sweep the chimney more regularly to ensure you keep getting a good draw and the build up doesn’t cause blocks or damage. If you don’t do this a large hard deposit can build up in your flue and when you do try to sweep can be stubborn and lead to splits in the flue liner.

The other main issue surrounding them is that the areas where the coal is in direct contact with metal will degrade this much quicker than wood so things like the grate and griddle will need to be replaced more frequently than a woodburners.

As long as you maintain it and keep your flue nice a clean you should have many years of trouble free burning whichever fuel you use and whichever of the brands of multi fuel stoves you pick as your new stove.


Multi fuel stoves are now available in huge variety

If you are gong down the multi fuel stoves route then the choice is now really extensive, all the leading brands are offering a selection of these stoves and you can even get them in really contemporary designs as well as traditional looks.

From freestanding to wall mounted there are multi fuel stoves to suit all tastes and room settings, the savings you will enjoy on your heating bills will be of huge satisfaction but the look and feel of a roaring real fire really is the best part of it all.

The benefits of woodburning stoves

Wood StoveI believe most household has a stove but how to choose a good stove is never an easy task. That’s why I would like to write this article about stoves and the differences between wordburning and multifuel stoves.

Since the dawn of man people have been burning wood to keep warm but now this old fashioned way to keeping warm has been modernised and is becoming ever popular in the form of woodburning stoves. New stoves are highly efficient and can reduce heating bills by 50% or more and in an era of rising fuel prices this has fuelled a growth in the industry never seen before.

Woodburning stoves are highly efficient

If you are looking into the possibility of buying one of these woodburning stoves then the first thing to consider is the size of your room. With some of them being 90%+ efficient then the first thing to ensure is you do not buy a stove that is too big for the room. These woodburning stoves are likely to surprise you with the amount of heat output they give out so overheating a living space is a real danger if you don’t get the correct advice.

There are calculators online to check the size you need for your room but you also need to consider factors like insulation and the amount of windows the room has so its best to get professional advice before you decide on the right stove for you.

Woodburning stoves or the multifuel option

Once you have decided on the KW output for the room you will also need to decide if you want a woodburner or multifuel stove. With a multifuel stove you have the option of burning different fuel types like coal, which is popular in the UK as it dampens the wood burn down and will burn for extended periods like overnight. If you do want to burn the dirtier fuels like coal you should get the flue swept more regularly and also a different grade of liner is used which is much stronger than the woodburning stoves grade liner.

Most stove specialists will still agree that burning only wood is both better for the stove and better for the environment but still using coal does have its benefits. Coal is freely available and does make the fire last longer if mixed with wood the fire can be easily kept burning overnight and so users won’t have to relight in the morning and wait for the heat to start to circulate. Running the stove all through the night also benefits by heating your home whilst you sleep.

 Whichever route you choose be sure to take advice it’s going to be in your home for a long time and so being 100% is essential. Woodburning stoves are becoming ever more popular and prices vary widely but quality will make a huge difference in terms of efficiency and ongoing running costs so the more you spend when you get yours the more you will save in the long run. Woodburning stoves typically range from around £250 for a 5kw stove at the bottom end of the market, £700 for the mid-range products and about £1200 for the top end but you could even look at the second hand market as this is very buoyant too.

What You Need to Know About Using Your Pool Vacuum Cleaner?

This article we will continue discussing the pool vacuum cleaner.

Whether you choose to purchase a manual or automatic machine, you will want to consider the time and effort required to use your machine as well as the maintenance and upkeep that comes with the machine, too.

Automatic machines generally just need to be plugged in and then dropped in the water. Manual machines will need to be plugged in and then you will have to use your manual effort to do the cleaning. However, with both machines you will find that you do have to clean the machine out after each use.

Each machine will have its own filter, and you will want to empty the filter’s contents into the trash before the contents dry out. It will be more difficult to clean the filter if the contents dry. Then you likely will want to take the garden hose and rinse the filter out, too.

If your hose has any contents remaining in it, you may want to run some fresh water through your vacuum hose, too. Proper maintenance and upkeep of your vacuum will help to ensure you get plenty of years of use out of it.

As with any vacuum, you may find that your pool vacuum cleaner needs replacement parts from time to time. As with other vacuums, you can find many of the parts you need online, and most are affordable and easy to replace on your own.

There may be times, however, when your machine will need to be serviced. Some machines will need to be serviced by the manufacturer to meet with warranty guidelines, but others can be taken in to your local pool service shop in your area.


Popular Features to Look For In Pool Vacuum Cleaner

As you search through the various models and styles, there are some features that you will want to look for in both the manual and automatic options. These features can cut down on cleaning time and make your job easier, too:

  • Extra-Wide Cleaning Head. The width of your vacuum head will play a big part in how quickly your machine can clean your pool.
  • Angular Head. While size matters with the head of your vacuum, so does the shape. Consider finding a model with an angular head if you have smaller nooks, crannies and corners in your pool that need to be cleaned such as those associated with stairs and ledges.
  • Suction Power. The greater the suction power, the better! Consider that there will certainly be some larger pieces of debris in your pool such as leaves, blades of grass, and more that your vacuum will need to pick up, and you want to get a machine that is capable of picking up any debris that may fall into your pool.


Pool Vacuum Models Recommendation

If you are shopping around for the right pool vacuum cleaner for your backyard oasis, you will want to definitely consider some of these top models:

  • Pentair K60400 Kreepy Krauly Kruiser Automatic In-Ground Pool Cleaner. This uniquely shaped vacuum is a high-end vacuum priced just under $500. It boasts powerful suction and an extra gripping vacuum head, so it is sure to pick up all of your debris on the first swipe. Plus, it also comes with bumpers on the angular head so it doesn’t leave marks on your pool’s surface as it maneuvers around. Consumers who have purchased this cleaner say it is worth every penny and is especially helpful for larger pools.
  • Water Tech Pool Blaster Max. This pool vacuum cleaner is cheaper in price and is among the higher end options available for manual models. It is unique in that it has no cords or hoses and is entirely self-contained with a rechargeable battery. This cleaner is lightweight and easy to use. While consumers who have purchased this machine rave about how easy it is use for cleaning and how excellent the suction it, some users say that the instructions and maintenance are a bit tedious.
  • Poolmaster 27514 Classic Full View Triangular Vinyl Liner Vacuum. This affordable vacuum head is cheaper and attaches right to your existing pool pole. Consumers who have reviewed this cleaner say that you cannot find a better vacuum for the price and that it really works well at picking up debris.

Whichever model and style you choose to get, you will love the added convenience and time-saving benefit that a pool vacuum cleaner can provide to you!

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

robot vacuumFor decades, people have been cleaning their floors with a traditional or normal vacuum like canister, upright, handheld, etc. At one time, vacuums were largely designed for carpeted floors, and then more recently vacuum cleaners have been introduced that work well with both carpets and hard floor surfaces, too.

While these advances in cleaning technology have certainly made cleaning your home a far easier task than it was for our ancestors, the most recent introduction of cleaning technology found in the robotic vacuum cleaner truly takes cleaning to new levels!

This is because this little vacuum can do the jobs even you are not at home as you just need to set the program and ready to go. So you do not need to handle the cleaning jobs by yourself as the robot machine is doing it silently.


History of Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

The robotic vacuum cleaner was first released to the consumer marketplace in the mid 1990s, bringing intelligent cleaning power into homes around the globe. The Electrolux Trilobite was the first intelligent vacuum to hit the marketplace, and it was loaded with innovative technology that had never been seen before.

In fact, many in the general public had never even dreamed that such an innovation was possible. This machine is packed with sensors and high-tech features that enable it to roam around your home on battery operation. Its sensors sense walls and corners, stairs, and more.

Magnetic strips could be placed to keep the machine from entering into other areas you don’t want it to go. It even put itself back onto its charging station when it sensed its battery running low!

Soon after the Electrolux Trilobite was introduced, other similar vacuums hit the marketplace. Today, these machines can be found in most places where traditional vacuum cleaners are sold. While most stores that sell vacuums carry a few models, you can generally find a better selection by shopping online.

The robotic vacuum cleaner models offer the consumer a high-tech way to clean their floors, and they truly give you a hands-free approach to cleaning that is ideal for busy people as well as those who just don’t like the hassle of cleaning or who are unable to clean their floors as much as they would like due to physical limitations.


Features and Options

There are now a wide variety of robotic vacuum cleaner models to choose from, and with this variety comes the ability to find features that you need as well to find a machine priced within your budget.

Most of the robotic vacuum models are generally available in the price range of $300-500, but there are a few models that fall outside of this range, too. Some of the higher end models offer additional high-tech features, such as the ability to program cleanings to take place at a certain time, such as while you are out of the house at work during the day.

While some people may want to schedule cleanings when they are not at home, many people do find that with the quiet operation that the robotic vacuum cleaner models are known for, they don’t mind setting their vacuum to run when they are at home, too.

There are many options and models available in the market now, some of the well-known and popular manufacturers are iRobot, Neato robotics, Infinuvo, and iTouchless. In the coming article, I hope I can write and review on the individual model of the automatic vacuums.

Note: It’s always recommend that you use the traditional mop or steam mop cleaners to clean the floors before using the robot vacuums especially the floor that dirty with hard to clean liquids, etc.

Buying Pool Vacuum Cleaner – Manual or Auto?

Last week we discussed about the Pool vacuum in overview, this week we will be more focused on the types of pool vacuum that are available and which is more suitable for yourself.

I believe your biggest decision as you try to decide which of the pool vacuum cleaner styles is right for you will be to determine if the automated or manual style is a better choice for your budget and needs.

When you consider the manual styles, you will find that they largely are far more affordable, with many manual pool vacuum cleaner styles priced under $50. They absolutely make cleaning your outdoor oasis a breeze by cutting down on the scooping and scrubbing time that you would need to invest in your cleaning efforts if you use a scrub brush and net. Yet there is still some effort and time required on your part to use a manual vacuum, so this is a more affordable option, but it is not the fastest and easiest option available.

On the flip side, the automatic pool vacuum cleaner styles truly take the time commitment and legwork out of your cleaning efforts. Many of these automatic styles are priced on the higher end when compared to the manual operation styles. However, for the extra price, you generally can enjoy the benefit of hands-free operation. You simply have to hook up these automatic styles and watch them go to work. Or you don’t even have to watch them at all, but instead can walk away and go about your day while the vacuum does the hard work for you.

One downside to consider with at least some of these models is that they may miss spots of your pool with the first few go-rounds, so it can take hours of regular operation before your pool is truly clean and debris-free.


What is The Best Pool Vacuum Cleaner For You?

Everyone has the same general use in mind when they are searching for a pool vacuum cleaner, and that use is to find some help with the task of cleaning out the pool on a regular basis.

Beyond that general usage, however, most pool owners looking for some cleaning help will have different functions and features in mind, not to mention different budgetary considerations, too.

Here are some factors to consider as you try to decide if an automated or manual pool vacuum cleaner is right for you:

  • Time Commitment. Would you rather set the vacuum free in your pool to clean on its own and have to wait a few hours before the water is ready to jump in? Or would you rather take 10, 20, or 30 minutes right now to clean it manually and be done with the chore?
  • Physical Effort. Do you have a physical limitation that makes it difficult to use a manual style?
  • Enjoyment. Do you feel as though you spend more time maintaining your pool and keeping it clean than actually using it and enjoying it?
  • Are you strapped for cash just trying to keep the pool filled with water in the heat of the summer, or do you have some extra cash in the budget to buy a truly time-saving machine?
  • Size of Your Pool. Would you be able to manually clean your small pool with minimal effort with a manual machine, or do you have an extra large pool that would still take too much time to clean with a manual machine?

The fact is that any pool vacuum cleaner will help to make your cleaning chore faster and easier, but it will be up to you decide where the trade-off is between how much time and effort you are willing to devote to this chore, what your budget constraints are, if the size of your pool warrants a machine loaded with more features, and more.

You may decide that you want to spend some time shopping around for the best deal on your pool vacuum cleaner. If you are buying one of the more affordable manual machines that are priced at or under $50 or so, you may find that the savings you get for shopping around for these lesser priced machines isn’t worth the time required to do so.

However, with the more pricey options, taking a few minutes to do a price comparison online between the various online stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy can definitely be worth your time and effort. This is because some of the stores offering free shipping.

As you price shop, you will want to pay attention to information such as the warranty your pool vacuum cleaner comes with, replacement parts availability, as well as the pool vacuum overall customer reviews.

Another key factor to consider is shipping charges, and this should be considered regardless of the price of the cleaner you are looking at. Ideally, you will want to search for free shipping, but if you have to pay for shipping, try to avoid exorbitant shipping charges that can tack on a huge surcharge onto your purchase.

All About Pools Vacuum Cleaners

When you first made the decision to have a swimming pool in your backyard, you no doubt had some pretty grand dreams of leisurely mornings, afternoons, and evenings lounging beside the pool and basking in the warmth of the sun, taking a refreshing dip from time to time.

You likely heard from friends, family, and neighbours about the upkeep and maintenance that a pool requires, but until you actually had that pool sitting in your own backyard, you didn’t realize just what a chore a pool really could be! When you get the right pool vacuum cleaner, however, you can truly take a lot of the time commitment and effort out of keeping your pool clean.


Easy Pool Cleaning?

Long before the invention of the pool vacuum cleaner, pool owners were force to clean their swimming pools by hand. This largely required the use of nets to scoop out floating debris as well as the joint effort of scrubbing brushes and nets to get dirt and debris off the bottom of the pool. Sometimes this even meant that you had to get wet and jump all the way in the water to get it sparkling clean.

Of course, with kids and pets running around the edge of the pool and even splashing in the water, not to mention the constant nuisance of the weather elements like wind and rain bringing in even more debris, the job of cleaning was a constant shore! Thankfully, however, you can now get a pool vacuum cleaner to do this job for you.


Types of Pool Cleaners

There are several unique pool vacuum cleaner styles available to you to choose from, and these include:

  • Robotic automatic vacuums
  • Automatic suction-side vacuums
  • Automatic pressure-side vacuums

Each of these pool vacuum cleaner styles offers unique benefits, and they can be used as frequently as every day if you prefer. Given the fact that leaves and other debris left on the bottom of pools can stain your surfaces, most pool owners do indeed prefer to use these machines on a daily basis not just to enjoy the time-saving benefits they offer but also to ensure the long-term beauty of their backyard investment, too!

You will find that the price ranges of the various pool vacuum cleaner styles and models range from about $15 to several hundred dollars. Even the most basic of pool vacuum cleaner models offer you some spectacular benefits in your efforts at keeping your pool clean and free of debris, but there is significant benefit in paying just a little more for one of the higher end models as well. Perhaps the largest difference in these basic to higher end models is the automation factor.

With the basic models, you basically will vacuum the bottom of your pool just like you would the floor of your house, sweeping the vacuum head across every inch of the base of the pool. With the automated cleaners, you plug the unit in and it goes to town moving across the base of the pool on its own without effort from you. You can actually walk away for a few hours, and come back to enjoy a clean pool!

This video show you how to vacuum your swimming pool:

I hope that this article help you to understand better about the pool vacuum cleaner. Also, if you like me to write specific topic related to vacuum cleaner, please use the contact us form to reach me. I will try my best to do it for my readers. All the best!

Stick Vacuum Cleaners

stick vacuumsHeavy-duty, traditional vacuum cleaners do indeed fit a certain purpose and meet a certain need for some people. They cover plenty of floor space, and many of them are loaded with attachments that aid in cleaning areas below the furniture, stairs, and hard-to-reach places.

Yet sometimes these heavy vacuums aren’t the best cleaner for the job, and their lightweight counterpart known as the stick vacuum cleaner is a preferable choice. This is especially true if you prefer the lightweight vacuum cleaner that can be easily moved from one place to another.


What is a Stick Vacuum Cleaner?

Stick vacuum is a lightweight cleaner that is often cordless, but there are some corded models available. Their name is derived from a stick-like appearance. Unlike traditional machines, they don’t normally have attachments and they also don’t require the need to push or pull heavy machines through your home.

These machines generally weigh just a few pounds, and they are often used by those with bad backs or other physical limitations as well as by those who have a smaller home to clean. After all, when you have a small apartment or home, a large upright or canister vacuum is a bit of overkill!

Others, however, who live in larger homes, will have a stick vacuum cleaner on hand as well. These machines are great for grabbing for a quick cleanup job in larger spaces. From start to finish, you can vacuum an average-sized living room in about two minutes!

For instance, if a neighbour calls and says they will be over in 10 minutes and your living room is a mess, you don’t have the time or the need for a full cleanup job. You can simply grab this lightweight cleaner and do a quick yet thorough cleaning of the main areas of your home where you and our neighbour will be.


Pros and Cons of Stick Vacuum Cleaner

You may be wondering if you need a stick vacuum cleaner, a traditional machine, or both in your home. Obviously, you want your home to be as clean as possible, and you want to find the machine or machines that make that cleaning job fast and easy. Yet, if you are like most people, money is a factor and your budget for buying a machine is not unlimited.

Looking at the pros of the stick vacuum cleaner, you have the fact that this machine is ultra-lightweight. You don’t have to worry about dragging around a big, clunky machine through the house to do your cleaning jobs.

Instead, the various models of this machine feel as though they are gliding through air, and most weight under 10 pounds. The cordless and bagless varieties truly give you a hassle-free cleaning experience, too.

Another great thing about the stick vacuum cleaner models is the price. There are tons of models available, and most are priced under $100. There are even quite a few that are priced about $50, which makes them great for any budget. The models available include those with bagged and bagless models as well as those that are corded and cordless, too.

Yet these smaller machines have their drawbacks that need to be considered, too. For one, they generally are not intended for larger spaces. The cordless variety will run out of battery or the battery power will decrease with some models if you try to clean a large home from top to bottom with it. Plus the smaller debris canister means that you would constantly be emptying it as you move from room to room of a larger home.

Then, there is the fact that most of the stick vacuum cleaner models do not have attachments. Many are designed to clean right up to your baseboards to give your floors a thorough cleaning, but these are not generally machines that you would use to clean cobwebs from your ceiling corners or to clean dog hair off the couch.

Obviously there are some clear benefits to having a stick vacuum cleaner on hand, yet the drawbacks cannot be overlooked either. Many people with larger homes will have a traditional model and a stick model alike on hand to tackle all of their cleaning jobs, big or small.

Other people who live in smaller homes or who otherwise find cleaning with big machines to be too cumbersome will have just the lightweight machine and perhaps a secondary handheld machine to help with upholstery.

Hand Held Vacuum Cleaners

If there is one electronic appliance that each and every home should have, it is a hand held vacuum cleaner. It’s a small device that helps you clean up small messes and bigger messes, under couches and beds, and even out in your car.

The first commercially produced hand held vacuum cleaner was the Black & Decker “DustBuster,” which was introduced in 1979. A few years later, Dirt Devil started producing its own models. Before too long, there were more than a dozen manufacturers with hundreds of models on the market.

However, if there is one problem with buying a hand vacuum cleaner, it is that there are simply so many different brands and models that choosing the right one for your needs is very difficult.


What Is a Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner?

If you have never seen one of these or used one, then you may be unclear as to exactly what they are, what they are used for, and how they work. The first thing to keep in mind is that not all hand held models are cordless. Although you may think that they would all be powered by battery, there are some that are plugged right into your wall or even into the cigarette lighter of your vehicle.

Hand held vacuum cleaners vary in the type of debris they are able to pick up, where they can work and where they won’t work. In other words, they are for very specific purposes and you should evaluate your needs before buying one.

What Will a Hand Held Vacuum Cleaner Cost?

Believe it or not, you could find one hand held vacuum being sold at around $300, while you could spend as little as around $20 for a cheap one. Of course, you don’t have to buy the highest priced one to get what you are looking for, but sometimes paying a little more will give you a hand held vacuum cleaner with more power and a lot more reliability.

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What Type Of Hand Held Vacuum Do You Need?

Many people buy a hand held vacuum cleaner for their vehicle. In this case, you might want one that has small attachments so that you can get underneath car seats and in small crevices. These vacuums don’t usually have a lot of power – they are meant more for convenience than anything else.

On the other hand, you will find that there are some very powerful and small hand held vacuum cleaners that do not run on battery power. Because they are plugged into the wall, they are able to generate more cleaning power and will pick up more debris. Many people choose to use these to vacuum carpeted stairs in their home or to get pet hair off of furniture.

Finally, some people use their hand held vacuum cleaner in their home as a quick alternative to sweeping or vacuuming. If you have kids or pets, then having a small battery-powered hand held ready at all times can save you a lot of time and energy.


What Should You Look For In Hand Held Vacuums?

The first thing you will need to determine on your own is whether you want a product that runs on a Lithium battery which is plugged in or whether you want one that is truly electric and remains plugged into the outlet when you are using it.

Additionally, you may also want to plug your hand held vacuum cleaner into your car’s cigarette lighter, which will allow you to use it on long trips or to always have it at the ready in your vehicle.

There are some hand held vacuums that have an assortment of attachments while others only have a small opening whereby debris is sucked in. You may also want to look at hand held vacuums that have a rotating brush, which is better for removing pet hair and larger pieces of debris.

Let’s look at the following hand held vacuum review:

Should You Buy a Canister, an Upright, or a Handheld?

Thinking of getting a new vacuum cleaner? But there are so many types of cleaners available in the market now and choosing a reliable and right vacuum for yourself can be a challenging task for you!
As you may know, each of these models of vacuum cleaners go in and out of style. Over the past few years, there have been great changes in the technology behind upright vacuum cleaners, making them powerful, lighter in weight, and easier to move around.

But if you have been using a canister, you have never really needed to worry about that weight. An upright is great if you are looking for a quick way to vacuum a small area, and a handheld is ideal for small spills or for cleaning your vehicle.

However, a canister vacuum cleaner makes everyday cleaning a lot easier and will make a huge difference in how you tackle stairs and under flat surfaces. If it has been years since you were able to fit a vacuum under your bed or your sofa, then you will appreciate what a canister vacuum cleaner can do for you. For more info and reviews on canister vac cleaners, visit

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Popular Canister Vacuum Models

Miele also makes a line of higher end vacuums, including the Miele S2121 Olympus. This is priced at over $300 online and is designed to work on both rugs and hard floors. It has a telescopic wand that will make getting under beds and sofas a lot easier and there is also adjustable suction so you can vacuum throw rugs without them being sucked into the vacuum. This model comes with a 7-year warranty on motor and casting and weighs only 13 pounds.

The Electrolux UltraSilencer Green Canister Vacuum is an amazingly high efficiency product that has a low noise output of only 60 DBA. It has adjustable suction power, a replaceable motor filter, and a bag full indicator. It is made from 55 percent recycled materials, has a two-year warranty, and has a wide variety of tools for all types of uses. Weighing in at only 12 pounds, it is one of the lightest canisters on the market and one that many people are choosing as their primary household vacuum.

The Hoover MultiCyclonic Canister is another popular canister model that promises constant suction from the moment you turn it on. It has a motorized swiveling power nozzle, a cord rewind that will keep the cord out of your way when you are done using it, and intuitive power controls right on the handle. There is a built-in HEPA media filter, and because there is no bag, you won’t have the expense of bags in the future.

The Dirt Devil Vision Turbo Canister Vacuum is another bagless model that is great for homes with pets. It has a turbo power hand brush (for pet hair), an upholstery tool, and a tool that is designed for getting into small crevices. This weighs just under 12 pounds, has a 12-amp motor, a HEPA filter that traps up to 99.9 percent of dust and allergens, and does not require a bag.

For something that is a little more affordable, the Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum is priced at under $70 online and is a powerful 12-amp canister vacuum that is as good on bare floors as it is on thick carpet. It has a blower port, a 20-foot cord, and an auto shut-off to protect the mechanism from over-heating. This has a one-year warranty, and all of the on-board tools that you would expect from any canister model. For people who are looking for a vacuum that is both powerful and affordable, then this is a great choice.


Which Model Should You Choose?

Determining which canister vacuum cleaner is right for you, your family, and your household is a personal choice, and as long as you understand the differences between the models, you will be more likely to make the best choice.

The primary differences are whether a model has a bag or not and also whether it has a HEPA filter. For the most part, it is usually easier if your vacuum does not have a bag, but having a HEPA filter is something that you should certainly consider, especially if you have people in your home who suffer from asthma or allergies.

There are literally hundreds of models of canister vacuums alone on the market today, so take the time to determine your price range, find out what features you want and how much power you need, and then decide upon some of these machines made by the best vacuum cleaner manufacturers.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

When it comes to finding the right cleaning machine for your home, you have a few options. Obviously a vacuum is important regardless of the type of flooring surfaces you have in your home.

Vacuums are, after all, available to suit carpeted floors, hard floors, and multiple surfaces. Those machines also are available for large cleaning jobs, small cleaning jobs, and even cleaning upholstery and stairs, too.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of a machine that can tackle your entire home’s various cleaning tasks with ease, an upright vacuum cleaner is a great choice.


What is Upright Vacuum?

An upright vacuum cleaner is generally a corded machine that is loaded with great attachments and tools that make cleaning everything from different flooring surfaces to ceiling fans and ceiling corners a breeze. There are also smaller varieties of these upright machines that are cordless, and you can find them in both bagless and bagged varieties.

Many people use their cleaner to tackle both spot cleaning tasks as well as to use for their more thorough weekly cleaning sessions, too. They are ideal for both larger and smaller homes, making them well-suited for most people to use.

Plus, because you push this machine along in front of you, this model is often preferred over the alternative of lugging around a canister machine behind you through the house.

The various upright vacuum cleaner models have been around for decades now, and the technology found in these machines has truly evolved over the years. Today, these machines are quieter and more lightweight than they were years ago, and they also pack a far more effective cleaning experience, too.

With the various brand and models available, you can find these machines priced on the affordable end at around $100 to the more elite end at over $500.

Pros and Cons of an Upright Vacuum Cleaner

You really do have a lot of options to choose from as you search for the right cleaning machine for your home. For so many people, this upright style is just perfect, yet it isn’t the best choice for everyone.

This type of vacuum is loaded with benefits, such as providing you with an all-in-one cleaning experience packed in one machine. If storage in your home is limited and you don’t have room to store several different vacuum machines, this one machine loaded with attachments that are designed to clean your home is the only one you really need. Plus, it’s far easier to push this machine than it is to pull along a canister-style vacuum.

On the flip side, however, the upright vacuum cleaner does have its disadvantages to consider, too. For instance, while the machine is suitable for all different kinds of cleaning tasks, it is often not considered to be the easiest machine to use for those smaller cleaning jobs.

Also, it can be quite a chore to lug this cleaner out of its storage area in your home, unwind the cord and plug it in for a smaller task. For instance, if you spilled flour while baking in the kitchen or when you need to spot clean the front entryway before company pays a visit. With a smaller device, and particularly with a cordless device, tasks such as these would be easier and faster for you to complete.

Yet for people who can only afford one vacuum cleaner, only have space for one machine, or who otherwise just don’t want to hassle with picking and choosing which of the various devices is best for a particular cleaning task, this is often one of the best and most popular choice.

My Personal Vacuum Cleaner Tips…

Welcome to this website…a site that discusses everything related to vacuum, stove and hearth. But for now I will be more focused on the vacuum cleaners.

How To Choose The Best Vacuum Cleaner ?

When picking a vacuum cleaner there are several things that you have to consider.

Where are you going to use your vacuum?
First and foremost comes the question “Where?”. Where are you going to use your vacuum? Do you have a small flat with generic floor surfacing, a modern apartments that has some specific cleaning needs or a big house, with various different areas and surfaces that need your attention? Your choice has to be geared towards dealing with the environment at hand.

Picking a vacuum for your home
The number of people sharing the living space plays a huge role in the amount and types of dirt you will be cleaning. You may want to pick up a more multi-functional vacuum cleaner if you have any kids, since you will usually have to clean up a lot of messes after them. If you have a large family, you may want to give ____ a try.

Pets are also members of your family!
You can never exclude pets from the equation. Whether you have a cat, dog, hamster or a bird, they all add their own share to the mess in a home, and your cleaning tool of choice should be able to handle them as well. If you have one or more pets you should consider getting a ____
After you have gone over the first three questions, you can dive right in to the specifics.

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Common Types of Vacuum Cleaners in the Market

This is a huge, and I do mean HUGE deal. For quite some time now, there have been various reviews, discussions and debates going around, considering the pros and cons of the three general vacuum types. There is, however, no definite answer. Each type has it’s own ups and downs, ultimately leaving the decision to you.

Before we talk about the types of vacuum cleaners, it’s good to know a little steam mop that has been getting popular recently because it’s able to replace the traditional mop. People usually get a best steam mop to steam clean their dirty floors before use the vacuum to clean it. So, this will make the entire cleaning process faster.

Following are some of the most commonly found vacuum cleaners in the market now.

Upright Vacuums
Most upright vacuum models are equipped with very large bags, saving you the time and effort to change them frequently. They also are generally easier to use in wide open areas such as hallways and big rooms, in which you have large pieces of flooring to clean up. Typical uprights have hoses as well, making them an awesome “all round” choice.


Canister Vacuums
These offer a lot more suction power in comparison to uprights and handhelds, but they will take a bit more space. On the plus side, all of the canister vacuum models are equipped with very flexible hoses, which makes them perfect for cleaning difficult to reach spaces such as tight corners and behind large objects. Read this article so that you are clear weather to get a canister, an upright or a handheld.


Hand Held Vacuums
The hand held modes usually are a bit weaker in pure suction power, when compared to their larger brethren but are a lot more compact, user-friendly and easy to use. Because they are lightweight, they are usually preferred by people who have had various health problems or have recently undergone medical procedures.


Stick Vacuums
These models are something in between the lightweight handhelds and the heavier Uprights, where the extra suction power comes with some added weight. They are perfect if for the larger but harder to clean places, like the staircases most houses have. They also offer more bag space in comparison to their handheld cousins, making cleaning them less of a chore while allowing for longer usage.


Robotic Vacuums 

This strongly depends on where you are going to use the device. Robot Vacuums are good for smaller apartments, due to the general limitations applied by their batteries and their lower suction power. Also, with most Robot Vacuums, it’s impossible to navigate the device directly, it will just go around, doing it’s own thing. This means that it will need a large flat space to operate on – you don’t want it getting stuck in your stairway. However, if your living space is suitable for a Robot Vacuum and you choose to purchase one, you will certainly not be left disappointed.

There are other types of vacuums which are less popular like commercial vacuum, steam cleaner, wet dry vacuum, or even specific use like pools vacuum cleaner.

Following are some other factors to consider when getting a new vacuum:

Cord or Cordless

Almost all types of vacuums is offering the corded model while some types like stick, handheld also offering the cordless models. Those cordless are powered by battery that is usually rechargeable ans you need to charge it from time to time. So, if the power cord is long enough like 16 ft, it should be enough for cleaning average rooms at home.

The Price Ranges
This is the last, but by no means least important thing that one should consider when shopping for home cleaning tools. Usually, in our day and age, the price tags on most things rarely reflect on their reliability and functionality, and this is a huge problem. This is one of the reasons that pushed me in to making this site – so that I can help people get exactly what they need for their home.

The Budget Solution
There aren’t many cheap models that are good. This has given me the ability to actually note all the decent ones in the site and give you a good review for each of them. In general, you will get less power, sloppy bags and some of them will lack extra tools such as hoses.

The Exquisite Beauty
These things are more or less “state of the art” deals, coming with extreme power, accompanied by the newest and most expensive addons that vacuum technology can offer. Here you will be getting tons of attach-able goodies, bags, hoses, various power solutions and so on.

The Best-of-both-worlds deal
Then finally there are the “jack of all trades” deals, granting you reasonable power for a reasonable amount of cash. These models will come with only the most necessary of additional tools. Generally speaking, however, here is where you want to go to get the most “bang for your buck” if you are not interested only in top-notch technological miracles.