Saturday, August 1, 2009

Backpack Vacuums - The Wave of the Future?

Have you ever lugged a suitcase around an airport for 20 minutes? Even worse, hauled that thing up a flight of stairs? That is a good example of what it's like pushing an upright vacuum around. Backpains and pulled muscles are not part of the job description—but they seem to be the result with most upright vacuum cleaners.

It’s so much easier to vacuum the floor with a backpack vacuum, especially if your doing a lot of vacuuming. You don’t have to drag around a cord and you can get carpet and other places in one sweep. Save about a good half-hour of cleanup. BackPack vacuums such as the Perfect Backpack Vacuum, the ProTeam Back Pack and this Commercial BackPack Vacuum use a mountaineering-style back plate and harness that positions the weight of the vacuum on the strongest part of the human body—the waist. The corresponding side-to-side motion of the wands minimizes the stress placed on the torso. Easy-to-reach accessory tools eliminate bending over and make detail work and reaching tall areas a breeze.

All this, plus we have read studies about the increase in productivity with backpack vacuums - it can be up to 70% with out adding staff.

Some backpack vacuum cleaner models we suggest:

These 2 back pack vacuum models are highest quality, yet cheapest backpack we have found on the market.
- Commercial Backpack Vacuum
- Perfect Model PB1006 Commercial Back Pack Vacuum Cleaner

Other great backpacks which are more powerful, but slightly more expensive:
- ProTeam Sierra PV-103243 Backpack Vacuum Cleaner w/ P3 E-Z Glide Commercial Kit
- ProTeam Sierra PV-103242 Backpack Vacuum Cleaner w/ Commercial Power Nozzle Kit

- ProTeam PV-103244 Everest Backpack Vacuum w/ (P3) E-Z Glide Commercial Kit
- ProTeam ProVac PV100 BackPack Vacuum Cleaner with Restaurant Kit

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vapamore Steam Cleaner - The Greenest & Cleanest

The most healthy and cleanest way to clean is without the use of a single chemical cleaner. The Vapamore MR-100 Vapor Steam Cleaner does just that. The Vapamore is a multi-use vapor steam cleaner that uses the power of steam instead of harsh chemicals and detergents to clean and sanitize, making it the perfect green cleaning solution.

We have tested the Vapamore steam cleaner it is excellent for residential cleaning, but it’s also a great economical tool for sectors such as food and hospitality industries, janitorial in schools, universities, an corporate campuses. Any household and industry would benefit from the Vapamore’s chemical-free approach to cleaning.

Here’s a little taste of what the Vapamore can do for you:

1. Cleans baseboards, ceramic tile, hardwood, and vinyl floors without requiring you to kneel down.
2. Cleans and freshens wainscot, walls, and ceilings without making you pull out that stool or ladder.
3. Freshens, deodorizes, and removes stains from carpets, rugs, mats, and fabrics.
4. Details car interiors—including upholstery, carpet, headliners, door panels, windows, infant seats, vents, and chrome wheels.
5. Kills mold and mildew almost anywhere.
6. Prepares walls for painting or wallpapering.
7. Removes debris from ceilings and wall air vents for better airflow.
8. Restores vinyl, synthetic, leather, and cotton upholstery to its original sheen.
9. Dusts Levolor, venetian, horizontal, and vertical blinds.
10. Polishes windows and mirrors, leaving behind streak-free shine.
11. Cleans window frames and window screens.
12. Polishes jewelry.
13. Kills and removes algae from outdoor decks and other exterior wood surfaces.
14. Unclogs drains.
15. Cleans and disinfects tile, grout, bathroom fixtures, shower stalls, and shower doors.
16. Removes stickers and decals with no debris left behind.
17. Kills unwanted vegetation.
18. Disinfects fitness and sports equipment.
19. Cleans countertops, stove tops, ovens, small appliances, sinks, faucets, and drains.
20. Removes wax.
21. Defrosts freezers.

It's $299, which is the cheapest steam cleaner on the market that we have found. For more information, click this link.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review Of The IQAir Health Pro by Diana Forbes, a.k.a. Gadget Grrl™

Purifying the air is a simple concept. The air purifier either does what it is supposed to do (cleans the air you breath) or it just doesn't. Simple. We have reviewed the IQAir it is has exceeded any other air purifier on the market, to date. Click the link here to see our independent video review again for the IQAir Health Pro Air Purifier. What we also recently discovered is that we are not alone on our review. Gadget Grrl, whose column runs on the HouseKeeping Channel also reviewed the IQAir. Her write-up is below.

Review Of The IQAir Health Pro by Diana Forbes, a.k.a. Gadget Grrl™
Product Review by Diana Forbes, a.k.a. Gadget Grrl™

There are air filters/cleaners and then there are mega machines such as the IQAir Health Pro.

The problem with air filters is that you have to filter through all the scientific jargon on the back of the box to find out if they do what they claim. Recently, I had to do just that to try and find the best filter for my office. What I discovered is that there are fans that blow air through a grill and call themselves filters, filters that “technically” do take some bad stuff out of the air, and filters that really work...In the last category is the IQAir Health Pro.

The unit arrived with enough technical info, and certifications, to satisfy a Nobel Prizewinning scientist, and some of the best independent data out there.

From a technical standpoint, the unit uses three modular filters that together exceed the efficiency of most filters for the home by more than 100 times. And to back up these claims each unit comes with a certificate of performance that details the test results for your machine. Not for a machine like yours but your very machine.

An interesting user story was about a woman who lived in an apartment above another woman who was a chain smoker. The woman upstairs bought the smoker downstairs an IQ unit to place in her apartment. Talk about going to the source of the problem. But the smoking woman kept forgetting to turn on the unit, so the woman upstairs got a remote control from the manufacturer and now lives in a smoke-free environment. Problem solved!

There is a digital read out that states the remaining life on the filter, thus taking out all the guesswork, and changing filters does not require tools. In short, this is one of the best products we have seen in the Gadget Grrl Labs in quite awhile. A real breath of fresh air!

About The Reviewer: Diana Forbes, a.k.a. Gadget Grrl™, loves sharing the latest and greatest technology with consumers. She appears on national and local television shows featuring live demos of the latest trends in consumer products.

Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
Reprinted from Floor Care Professional magazine, January

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Best Stain Remover

Stain removal is both an art and a science. We have tested almost every stain remover on the market - this is the only one that works. Particularly without the bothersome side effects. The Lindhaus Pure Power Ultimate Stain Remover is available in concentrate and also environmentally responsible. It is currently recognized as removing +2,300 identifiable spots and stains. See our YouTube Video by clicking here.

Linhaus Pure Power Ultimate accomplishes this with a balance of organic alcohols and biodegradable cleaning essentials that are truly environmentally friendly. Other products set the stain when they fail to remove it, which lasts in a everlasting stain.

The Lindhaus Pure Power Stain remover works on any stain, organic or non-organic and goes right to work. Because of its organic alcohol base and trace essentials, it is virtually residue free when used as directed.

Absolutely removes coffee, tea, axle grease, urine, wine, chocolate, cosmetics, blood, paint, syrup, egg, vomit, sun tan lotion, salad dressing, 3 in one oil, ketchup, mustard, tar, garden soil, mayonnaise, lipstick, feces, gravy, fruit juice, soda, grass, varnish, eye shadow, shoe polish, beer, wax, butter, coal, lacquer, jam, and at least 2265 unlisted stains.

You can buy this at

Monday, April 20, 2009

Get Rid of Bedbugs

There's a bedbug epidemic. There have been increased citings of bedbug infestations across the country and the world. To date, the best and brightest professional exterminators have had an increasingly difficult time eradicating these nasty creatures. Bed bugs have developed a resistance to pesticides, which has become the biggest obstacle to the successful control of these and most other pests. Not only that, people are spending big bucks to get them removed with no luck.

It seems to me that we need to take the elimination of the bedbugs into our own hands. Forget paying thousands... why not only pay $19.95. Here you will have the power to kill Bed Bugs, Lice, Fleas, Ticks, Dust mites, Roaches, Ants, Silverfish, and other Insects. It's effective, convenient and ready-to-use with no dilution required. Kill Bed bugs on mattresses, sofas, upholstered chairs, non-upholstered chairs, furniture, bed springs, carpets, etc and will not stain. See my video to see this bed bug spray in action.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Unlike Other Stain Removers, This One Absolutely Works

Killdirt! The Killdirt stain remover that really works.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Old Electrolux Vacuums Score Poorly In Our Emissions Test; What was Once Reliable Is No More

Of course, anyone who has an old Electrolux vacuum cleaner knows it has great suction. It has sure lasted the test of time. I'm not here to debate whether or not the "old style" Electrolux vacuum can suck the dirt up.

But...what I am here to state is that Electrolux spits the dust, dirt and microscopic organisms (i.e. dust mites) right back out …

Electrolux produces horrendous emissions. The moment you turn your “classic” Electrolux vacuum cleaner on, your house becomes much dirtier than before. With the lack of HEPA filtration, the dirt, dust, bacteria and other household contaminants are spewing right back out of the machine. See my YouTube video below with our emissions test here

I bring this up not only because it’s disgusting, but because it’s certainly hazardous to your health and others in your family. The reality is that it negatively affects you, and also damages YOUR parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents health. Remember, the older generations largely own the older Electrolux vacuums, and this could be a source of serious health issues. According to Dr. James Sublett, he estimates that the typical person will spend 600,000 hours of their life indoors (University of Louisville School of Medicine Preventive Health). With that, the older we get, the more time we spend indoors, and thus, makes it essential to have healthy indoor air quality.

Miele vacuums minimize the amount of dust and dirt that goes back into the air. So those that care about their personal and/or family member's well being, at some point, (hopefully) you're going to throw that old Electrolux vacuum away and upgrade to one that makes your environment cleaner, more livable and healthy.

In terms of the NEW Electrolux vacuums on the market…Unfortunately, the Electrolux vacuums that you currently see at stores are not made the same way as they used to.
What once was a classy vacuum cleaner is no more as Electrolux, which is now owned by Eureka, continues to sell under the Electrolux/Aerus brand and has managed to increase the price to the consumer, while producing subpar quality (Electrolux is now entirely plastic). It is no longer reliable, and now made with fragile quality and accompanied by poor vacuum cleaner performance.

We suggest consumers (especially die-hard Electrolux fanatics, like your grandmother) examine new vacuum cleaners such as the Miele Vacuum that has produced technological innovations through the years that far surpass the “Eureka-lux.” That said, we refrain from giving Electrolux products the Consumer Reporter’s Green Seal of Approval.

Visit my web site here for details and to view comparisons of different machines, or even call me with questions at 908.668.4600.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Dyson versus Miele

Call me crazy, but I crave to let people (that are open to it) ascertain the truth about which vacuum cleaners / air purifiers truly work and those that literally suck. Besides starting a much needed discussion, with this blog, I strive to educate consumers and give them a solid foundation about vacuum cleaners and air purifiers. 

I receive hundreds of emails a month, and I am more than happy to answer questions and just maintain a dialogue. But, sometimes I get an important email from a reader which compels me to share my feelings and in-depth analyses with the rest of the readership out there. 

Consider this email correspondence below (reads from top-to-bottom). To me, it helps us realize the main differences between the Dyson and the Miele vacuum cleaners. For which, we realize the Miele brings Dyson to its knees! 
From: Darren
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:47 AM
Subject: Dyson

Hello, Mr Rubin,

I watched your video on Youtube about Miele Versus Dyson and I think your comparision was riddled with bias.

Firstly, the test of picking lumps of dirt out of a carpet is unfair, since ANY upright isn't designed to do that. Why didn't you pull the hose out of the Dyson and test that? That's what it's there for.

Secondly, You say that Miele's bagged cleaner is better. Try doing the same test after a year's worth of use and see what results you get. A bagged cleaner will lose suction because dirt will clog the pores of a bag which will restrict suction. A fresh bag won't have this problem. Unless you change the bag when you do a new room.

Thirdly, that particulate meter you have. Was it properly calibrated? How do we know? Speaking as a scientist, if that machine isn't independently and properly calibrated, then your comparison is meaningless.

Anyway, I look forward to your reply. I have a Dyson vacuum cleaner and it does everything it claims to and more.


From: Gerry
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 11:30 PM
Subject: Dyson


Thank you for your note. While your feedback is very much appreciated, your questions are riddled, through and through, with a lack of simple fundamental vacuum knowledge. This is the exact reason why I have decided to educate consumers via YouTube and with my blog. As you may or may not know, I have been in the industry for 30+ years and have chosen to share my deep level of experience with the internet community. I aspire towards objectivity, which is why I use the particle counter. This device rules out fallacies and shows the public with empirical evidence – what vacuum/air purifier works and what doesn't.

In addition, your suppositions are inherently biased, accompanied with justifications and a zealot attitude. We must remain neutral, but in order to do so, you must look past the Dyson hype. In seeking to overcome this bias, you have chosen to employ the very same defective "lens" you claim that I have.

I have considered your analysis. Please see my rebuttal below.

1) The Dyson fails to pickup heavy dirt. Through my YouTube video here - , clearly, the Miele vacuum cleaner was actually able to pickup all the "dirt" that I laid on the carpeting, while the Dyson failed this rather simple task. The dirt as you say, is K-pok, which is a light feathery-cotton substance that professionals typically use to test a vacuum's suction performance on carpeting. EVERY vacuum is meant to pickup this dirt. Recall that Dyson claims to pick up cat and dog hair. Then, why is it unfair to test this cotton-like substance you speak of? Do you find it strange that the Miele can pick it with one swipe, yet the Dyson struggles on the 3rd swipe? By the way, I don't need to use the hose if the brush-roll (the most powerful part of the machine) on the vacuum can't even pickup the dirt. The hose is meant to be an attachment to reach areas that you can't get to.

2) BAGLESS = time consuming + less capacity than a bag+ dirty + is not sealed. For starters, Dyson's bin capacity is 0.71 gallon. As my YouTube video shows here- , the Dyson is picking up less dirt than the Miele, which sports a bag capacity of 4.76 Quartz (remember 4 Quartz/1 Gallon). The Dyson bin must also be emptied more frequently, thus, taking longer to clean. Most consumers I know would rather save time, and not spend it on taking numerous trips to the garbage (you inhale the dust you dump too). If you had a vacuum bag, it would be sealed, and require you to make only one trip to toss it out (plus you would not have to breathe and touch that stuff). Now your right, most vacuums come equipped with one-ply generic paper bags which have relatively large pores. To compare, the Miele's vacuum bags are not made of paper but rather high filtration cheese cloth with protective foil layering the inside. Notably, you can fill Miele's vacuum bag completely TO THE BRIM and the vacuum will still have 100% suction.

3) Dyson vacuums are not completely sealed. As I demonstrated here, Dyson vacuums do not trap the fine dust, particles and contaminants to true HEPA standards of 99.98%. While the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter itself may be HEPA certified outside the machine, it only matters what is being dispelled from the machines once it is inside the architecture...

Now, this leads me to the next point...

Dyson vacuums lower your indoor air quality, increasing health risks and your need for more vacuuming. If a vacuum is supposed to trap the dust, why buy a Dyson, if it doesn't accomplish its main purpose --to trap the dust and dirt, without recycling it back into the air you breathe. I have attached a picture (see below) of the back of the particle counter, and as you can see, the next calibration date is Sept-13-08. The particle counter does not lie, and evidently, the Dyson is spewing particles back into the air you breathe, while nothing is coming out of the Miele, it is completely sealed. The second you open the Dyson bin and pour your dirt into the garbage bag, you have already unleashed the fine particles back into the air, which reinvigorates your vacuum cycle. In a Miele, the vacuum gets all the dust, pet hair, sand, tiny allergens, so your floor and air will stay cleaner longer because nothing is left behind.

Enjoy vacuuming,

Friday, April 11, 2008

Miele versus Sebo

I recently had an elaborate discussion over email with David from Merced, California. He is in the process of shopping around for a new vacuum cleaner. After doing his own diligence, and perusing our blog and YouTube videos, he boiled down his search to two vacuum cleaners, Miele and Sebo.

His question was simple, Miele vs. Sebo - which one is better?

My logic is simple. Here was our exchange (reads from top to bottom:


David Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2008 12:08 PM
Subject: Miele vs. Sebo Powerheads?

Hi Gerry,

I have been doing vacuum cleaner research for about 1 week now as I am determined to get the right product for my new floors. I have about 45% DEEP pile carpet, 45% hardwood flooring, 10% tile flooring in my home. My investigations initially focused on upright vacuums as I just felt I wanted to keep doing what I have been doing all along…. Only with a better vacuum. Well, as I researched (and have continued to use my current cheap Eureka upright and hand sweeping all my bare floors)… I have decided I want ONE machine that can do it all. I think I am now convinced that an upright (even a great one, of which there are some) will still come up short in a few areas… and will have me working more than I want to on my bare floors.

Now to my POINT and/or QUESTION(s): I have narrowed my choices down to (2) brands/models of canister vacuums for a very specific reason… and I would appreciate your input some. Due to the fact that I have a very DEEP pile carpet, it is important that I get a vacuum with a powerhead that is most effective at picking up this pile in high traffic areas and reconditioning it bring it back to its original look. I have a few high traffic areas where the carpet gets quite matted and crushed. I am convinced that the only way to revive these areas is to vacuum more frequently with a high quality vacuum, with a very very good powerhead to separate and lift the fibers of the carpet again.

I am looking at a Miele canister with a 236 Powerhead as one of my weapons of choice, and I am also considering the top of the line SEBO canister as well with their best powerhead. I am trying to understand which brand will have the most effective powerhead for my situation. Both brands seem to be fine German machines, and are both highly regarded in my brief investigations.

I know you are a Miele dealer, and do not carry SEBO, but 1) am I understanding my need and issue correctly with my carpet matting? 2) Is there another area, issue, or solution I should also be mindful of? 3) If I go with Miele, is it worth it for me to buy from you…. or can you not give me a great incentive of some sort to purchase from you while I am way out here on the west coast (California)?

Thank you Gerry in advance for your reply. I found out about you while clicking on various links on the internet, and found your YouTube video which I enjoyed a lot. Have a GREAT day Gerry!

Merced, CA


Gerry Rubin []
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 1:34 PM

Hi David,

Your carpet should look like the first day of spring not the last day of winter.

The Miele canister with a full size s236 power nozzle will make your carpet like new and trap 100% of all particles down to .03 microns.

The Sebo canister although the manufacturer “claims” it is Hepa does not trap the dust particles.

It is your choice which vacuum to purchase!

My price is the same price as everyone else on the internet.

Thank you,


From: David
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 7:42 PM


Thank you for your reply. I consider you to be a reliable source, but I am admittedly quite ignorant of the entire subject matter myself… therefore I am seeking to understand truth and reality. I am also however, a personality type that is a planner/plotter (or is that plodder?). I had already previously unearthed the fact that SEBO was not a true HEPA filter product….. however, that doesn’t necessarily by itself tell me that it doesn’t effectively filter out down to .03 microns, anymore than having a HEPA filter ensures that any given machine is filtering effectively just because it does deploy a Hepa filter…. Your video demonstrates that very well I think.

While I have read/heard the SEBOs don’t have a true HEPA filter, I have not read/heard that they don’t effectively filter out the dust particles as effectively….?? By chance have you used your dust meter to measure the SEBO canister’s filter effectiveness against a Miele? Please understand I am not arguing at all because I don’t have cause or a position to argue from….. however, I am questioning just to make sure I understand. If you say one does clean and the other doesn’t then I will take your word for it. I “assumed” based on what I have read to this point that both did a very good job at filtering…. And the part I was focused in on was the powerhead abilities to effectively lift up and recondition the carpet. I appreciate your very clear description of your view of the Miele 236 powerhead in combo with an S5 model canister vac. Your confidence is very helpful in that regard.

I guess I just got thrown off a little by the unexpected filtering comments, but that is also appreciated…. Since I am after “truth” in this subject that I have ZERO experience in myself.

I don’t think I understand your comment about pricing…?? Are prices controlled on Miele products by the manufacturer?

Thanks again Gerry for being patient with me.


From: Gerry
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2008 11:04 PM


1) Miele crushs the Sebo in terms of HEPA filtration....While we have yet to post a video to demonstrates this, Sebo vacuums are not completely sealed. They surely do not trap the fine dust, particles and contaminants to true HEPA standards of 99.98%. While the HEPA filter itself may be HEPA certified outside the machine, it only matters what is being dispelled from the machines once it is inside the architecture...

Now, this leads me to the next point...

A vacuum is supposed to trap the dust... Why buy a Sebo, if it doesn't accomplish its main purpose --to trap the dust and dirt, without recycling it back into the air you breathe..You know the smell after you vacuum with your Eureka, or even the dust glaring when the sun beams into your living room, this is caused by the inefficiency in the vacuum you are using. The exact thing happens on the Sebo! As i'm sure you have seen with the particle counter, nothing is coming out of the Miele, it is sealed.

3) Miele is really a vacuum for a life-time... Now, they don't pay me enough to lie..But in all honesty, if i sold you a Sebo canister, you would never shop at my store again..I could never stay in business. But say you bought the same machine from Sears...You may never go back to Sears for a vacuum, but you would go back from a fridge or even a lawn mower. The bottom line is that Miele's are built to last and have lasted the test of time. Sebo is not known for its canister, but Miele is. The ingenuity of Miele's architecture makes it very sturdy, the engineering makes it so that it does not break down if you pick up a nickle, dime, penny or sock - so there is no hidden costs of repairs.
The motor alone in the Miele has a 7 year warranty. Nothing goes through the fan of through the motor.

4) Greater power thanks to the Miele being sealed... As I pointed out in my 1st bullet - the Miele is completely sealed. Think of a vacuum-sealed ziplock baggy with perishable food, if you were to puncture a whole in it - the food would go bad, right? Well, the same goes for a vacuum. In order for the vacuum to have complete suction, the vacuum must be completely sealed. To reiterate, the Sebo is not sealed! To add, Miele does in fact have greater water lift anyhow, 111 inches compared to I believe 90 inches for Sebo. But these numbers really are just numbers, unless you look at it from the context above. The cherry on top, in my eyes, is Miele's bag capacity. From what I know, Miele bag capacity is 4.76 Quarts, just under Sebo's 1.4 gallons (4 quartz in a gallon**). But that is not the end of the story, because Miele's bag will fill up completely and still have 100% suction, whereas Sebo will lose airflow as the bag fills up.

I hope that helps you come closer to your decision and if you have questions, feel free to call us on the phone . All the Miele models have different features that support different needs. Again, prices are standard across the web, but the sale doesn't end when you buy it from us, it begins. I am glad to help as are the rest of us here at


From: David
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 4:11 PM

Hi Gerry

Wow, GREAT response and very much appreciated and understood on this end. I am writing back however, to let you know I pulled the trigger yesterday on a Miele Capricorn w/236 Powerhead. I wish I had your response earlier because your response and explanation was just what I was looking for, and I would have purchased from you, had I woke up to your note yesterday morning instead. I have been researching for almost 2 weeks, and my wife was pushing me pretty hard to just do it. I bought yesterday from a more local dealer, but I was not as satisfied that I had all the info I wanted/needed…. as my personality thirsts for. Your response below gives me great confidence I selected the right machine.

Until your note this morning I didn’t feel I had a compelling enough reason to order from across country. Anyway, I want to thank you for your response Gerry. While unfortunately, I did not end up purchasing the vacuum from you…. I feel so strongly about your great response that I wanted to reply back out of respect for your knowledge and time. In addition, I will search your website and assuming pricing differences for filters, bags, and accessories are reasonable…. I feel committed now to order from you for those items. I know that isn’t what you were looking for, but it is the best response I can give at this moment, and it is something I feel compelled to do based on the way your note made me feel…. Valued.

I will also pass your site along to friends/others that might have future interest in a new vacuum. I now have a Miele I can show them in my home and then I can give them your website should the opportunity arise.

Thanks again, but I feel I am an honorable guy…. and your response, while a little later than what I needed, was exactly what I was hoping for and I did not want that to go unrecognized.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner - All Hype, No Substance

Consumers, don’t believe the hype. Dyson boasts that its vacuum 1) does not loose suction and, 2) contains a lifetime HEPA filter. Remember the old adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Marketing sells and James Dyson has glamorized a mediocre vacuum into a fashion symbol. Now people over pay pay over $500 for a machine that lacks convenience, performance, quality emission controls and much needed vacuum bags.

Unfortunately, Dyson is not as good at engineering as they are at marketing. When the vacuum breaks down, the machine must be entirely disassembled to get to the brushroll and belt, which require special tools as well as training. This is a serious problem, if you want serviceability and ease of maintenance. Moreover, replacement parts are very expensive and finding someone to perform the repairs will cost you $.

We have tested the Dyson with our particle counter and it does not meet HEPA standards – meaning it does not effectively trap over 99.97% of all fine dust, pollen, and other particles. While Dyson vacuums do not have bags, it is actually more of a weakness than strength.

In our YouTube video below, we point out that if you’re going to dump your dirt into a bag anyways, wouldn’t you rather just put it directly into a true bag made for vacuum cleaners, one that is sealed and traps the dust without forcing you to breathe all the particles and contamination? Take our word for it, the Dyson is disgusting to empty and it fills up quickly (agian, see our YouTube video for more).

From a historical and also quality perspective, up until the year 2000, Dyson licensed its design to a US distributor named Phantom (think QVC infomercials), which went out of business. Little did you know that Dyson is actually a re-branded Phantom! Dyson pulled the agreement, and came to the US with the same vacuum design and increased the price and, of course, its marketing efforts.

Don’t be a victim of brilliant marketing - the Dyson is overpriced and underperforms. All in all, the Dyson does not meet the Consumer Reporter’s Green Seal of Approval qualifications.

What say you Dyson?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Dirt Devil Vacuum - The Ultimate Throw-away, Made to Break

The ultimate throw-away vacuum – made to break. While the successes of the Dirt Devil Hand-Vac are most known to the consumer, the high emissions (See our YouTube video for more), lack of workmanship, deteriorating quality, and poor suction power keep us on the sidelines.

We note that in 2004, the Dirt Devil Company was purchased by Hong Kong-based Techtronic, enabling you to buy a cheaper and inferior quality product that still carries a familiar American name-brand. Dirt Devil has steadfastly been declining in quality, negatively impacting the vacuum’s construction, suction, performance, emission quality and features. Deteriorating quality has essentially plagued Dirt Devil now for the past 15 years or more, as the company boasts its name brand while ignoring the customer’s needs.

These vacuums are manufactured entirely of plastic parts, without a bypass system – everything goes through the fan and through the motor, meaning the vacuum breaks down easily and rapidly. We refrain from any positive endorsement as the vacuum does not meet the Consumer Reporter’s Green Seal of Approval standards. In order for us to revisit our rating, Dirt Devil vacuum must manufacture a product that traps the dust, enhance its quality, technologically innovates and sells consumers a product that does not break down.

Through our particulate analysis below, it proves that dirt, dust and contaminants are leaking out of the Dirt Devil Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner. Watch and learn as I perform a side-by-side comparison with the Miele. My findings prove that the Miele Vacuum is completely sealed and truly is HEPA sealed. Wouldn't you rather have a vacuum cleaner that is sealed?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Kirby Vacuum Really Pollutes Your Home

Through a particulate analysis, this video shows dirt, dust and contaminants leaking out of the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner. Watch and learn as I perform a side-by-side comparison with the Miele. My findings prove that the Miele Vacuum is completely sealed and truly is HEPA sealed. Wouldn't you rather have a vacuum cleaner that is sealed?

YouTube Viewers Agree—100% Ineffective, 100% Pollution

*Here's one email I recently received....

Nice Gerry, I knew the Kirby was bad, but I didn't think it was that bad. lol. I was informed that there is a steel plate between the fan and the motor but that seems a bit bogas because obviously there's 13 million particles that are coming through. I would like to see a test of the Simplicity Synergy cause I'm sure that they trap at 100% because they're sealed and I think they use a fancy bag don't they? But still between the Miele and a Kirby hands down Miele for reason #1 the Miele is about $600 cheaper on average, #2 it's warrantied for 7 years on the motor (Kirby is only 2 years, and they're supposed to last forever) and #3 the Miele works as you have proven many times over and over.

By the way school is going really good. I have really enjoyed my class, I have had a chance to use some nice vacuums :D and in the 2nd term will learn to use the riding floor machine and get certified to use a propane bunrisher. I am actually applying for an on campus job in the housekeeping department, hopefully I will be able to get that. Well, take care Gerry!

Jon ;)
Thanks for the response Jon, much appreciated. As I've said before, don't you think Kirby and these other vacuum cleaner brands know the implications of leaking dust, bacteria and particulates back into the air? I think YES. As the years go by, where are the enhancements from technological innovations? None are evident.

In fact, I argue the contrary. Kirby, Dyson, Oreck, Bissel, Dirt Devil, Royal, Hoover, Eureka and all the other vacuums that I have tested/mentioned-- do not even attempt to improve the vacuum cleaner performance, emissions or suction.

These products are detrimental to the consumer's health.

It is what it is.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Rules To Making a Wise Vacuum Cleaner Purchase

As a small store owner for over 35 years, I have learned what it takes to stay in business. I understand the notion that it takes years to find a customer and only seconds to lose one. With that, I had to become more and more involved in pleasing customers to keep them. So I started to pay a lot more attention to the inherent traits of vacuum cleaners that I saw excel and also to common qualities of those that fail. I came to realize that there are "Rules To Buying a Vacuum Cleaner." I have applied what I have learned about quality vacuums throughout the years to create this guideline to help my customers make decisions.

I give you the following information for you to use as you will. Remember that you should shop, study, and compare before you purchase.
If you are considering a vacuum to purchase or just hate your current vacuum - you have found the right place. I assure you, if you choose a vacuum based on these rules, you will have a vacuum for a lifetime. Those that don't follow these rules to making a wise vacuum cleaner purchase are far more likely to buy a piece of junk and then subsequently buy another throw-away to replace it. There is no doubt about it.

**In honor of full disclosure, the rules below are sculpted based on the Miele Vacuum Cleaner, as it fulfills each rule and sets a precedent the vacuum industry only wished it can follow. As always, if you have any questions please call or email me.

Let's begin...

Rule #1: Make sure the architecture is sturdy, practical, and mechanically sound.

Belt? Geared belts are the way to go. The reality is that you never have to change one again. No more changing vacuum belts. A traditional flat vacuum belt will stretch, slip and wear out quickly, whereas the Miele has geared belts - which are permanent. The belt moves in tandem with the motor, so it will last the life of the power head. The cherry on top is that geared belts have fibers going through it to which adds strength to the belt. On top of that, they are not a hassle to put on. You do not have to stretch it over a shaft, it slides over the shaft.
The benefit of all this to you is simple. If you pick up a sock under your couch, or even a fringe from your throw rug, the power head automatically shuts off. You remove the clogged item then hit the reset button, and your back to vacuuming!

The Materials can take abuse. All Miele vacuums are constructed from high-quality ABS plastic material, which is the same material used in an NFL football helmet or motorcycle crash helmet. This essentially makes the architecture durable for a lifetime of use. Additionally, this vacuum cleaner comes standard with a crush-proof hose. The electric or non-electric hose can withstand my 250lb weight after I stand on it time after time and it does not break, kink or have an electrical short. The Miele wands are made of metal (stainless steel), not plastic and are telescopic. It carries three attachments accompanied with natural horsehair bristles, a crevice tool, and a furniture tool with lint and thread lifter strips on-board right under the lid.

Yet another interesting nuglet of information about the machine, not so conspicuous to the average consumer, is the automatic cord rewind. On other machines, if you pull too hard on the cord, you will pull the cord right out of the vacuum socket. Well, on the Miele, you can carry the machine from the cord, and it will not pull out. I have swung the Miele vacuum like a lasso around my head and body. Moreover, my customers who own a Miele have run over they're cords numerous times and the cords don’t get chewed up.

With a Bypass system, nothing goes through the fan or motor.
A bypass system means that the dirt will not go through the fan or motor, but rather bypass it and go directly into the bag. In most vacuum cleaners, the dirt will go through the fan of the motor. If you pick up a medium-to-large sized object, you are in for a costly repair. In the Miele, both the motor and fan sit behind the vacuum bag. Therefore, dirt or any object you pickup, goes straight to the bag, giving your machine a much longer life-span.

Rule #2: Particles drawn in should not re-enter the air; the right filtration system is key.

A vacuum cleaner's filtration system is essential to making your home dirt free. Why? Well, if the vacuum is not trapping the dust and dirt that you pick up, what good is it? You’re just re-circulating and recycling the dirt and dust back into the air, which actually reinvigorates your vacuum cycle for the following week. No need to vacuum then, just get a fan and broom and be on your merry way.

To bring the point home, when you open the window shade and see the small particles and dust glimmering in the sunlight – that’s what I am talking about here. Your breathing that stuff in through your nose and lungs..Yuck.

A “true” HEPA filter must be in place. With a true HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, particles should be trapped all the way down to 0.03 microns in size, or 1/300th of a human hair – including, pollen, dust mites and their feces, which are known irritants to trigger allergies. A true HEPA filter, which is found in the Miele vacuum, captures and retains 99.97% of these lung-damaging particles and bacteria to .03 microns. While many vacuums found in large retail stores are labeled “HEPA” filtration, it doesn’t mean it honestly traps the dust to .03 microns. Most of these claims are false and actually fraudulent marketing ploys. HEPA is not a standard regulated by any government or scientific committee. It's very easy for any vacuum brand to tout its HEPA, and they do. As you may have seen, my YouTube videos surely bring this point home. The particle count being expelled by your vacuum is something to pay a lot of attention to. Shop carefully and from a reputable vacuum dealer who really understands vacuum technology and filtration systems for home use.
As it turns out, the Miele is certified “true” HEPA according to the European EN 1822 standard, which is the most stringent standard and confirms it truly removes dust and particles down to 0.03 microns. This standard is not used in the US. And, for the record, I have tested the Miele vacuums and they are indeed “true” HEPA (again, see my YouTube videos). This is not opinion, this is fact as I empirically test all vacuums and find out the actual particles coming out of the machine to derive if the vacuum really is trapping the dust. When I test the particulate count from the Miele, you can see it traps all particles to 0.03 microns – on the particle counter it reads 0 particles emitted per cubic foot. To contrast, a new Oreck I tested emits 8,500,000 particulates per cubic foot – its driving the contaminates airborne.
Which leads to my conclusion about all of this. With the right “true” HEPA machine, the air being filtered and released back into the room is very, very clean, unlike most vacuums that send dusty, dirty air back into your home.

The vacuum must also be totally sealed. In order for any vacuum cleaner to trap the tiniest of particles, it must NOT only have HEPA filtration, but must also be totally sealed from the vacuum’s, joints, cracks, crevices to the cord compartment and elsewhere. This is what I like to call “vacuum sealed.”
A simple analogy I use to understand this is a “vacuum sealed” zip-lock baggie. Consumers use a vacuum sealed baggie, to seal the food tightly inside so it does not go bad. If you were to puncture a hole in it, then of course the food goes bad or stale. The baggie needs to be sealed at all times and so does a vacuum cleaner. If you put your hand anywhere around a Miele vacuum cleaner, there is no air coming out of it other than where the exhaust is. But there is a “true” HEPA in place making the Miele canisters completely sealed. Again, you must have a “true” HEPA filter right at the exhaust where all airflow must pass through in order to be cleaned. Also, the HEPA filter must be tightly sealed in the housing of the machine too. A sealed vacuum will have no leak areas and will do what it is supposed to do, keeping the dust inside the machine.

There are two kinds of vacuum bags - those that trap the dust and those that don't. You vacuum pounds of dirt, dust and contaminants from your home during each use. Next time you vacuum, open your bag compartment. Take note of the filth that has accumulated in-and-around the vacuum bag. What good is a vacuum bag if it is not trapping the dust?

Most vacuums come equipped with one-ply generic paper bags which have relatively large pores that allow fine dust to escape, lowering indoor air quality, increasing health risks and the need for dusting and more vacuuming. To compare, the Miele’s vacuum bags are not made of paper but rather high filtration cheese cloth with protective foil layering the inside. They are also self-sealing with great density and capture far more fine dust. You will not see the filth built-up around vacuum bag compartment in a Miele. The vacuum gets all the dust, pet hair, sand, tiny allergens, and the floor will stay cleaner longer because next to nothing is left behind.

All this helps determine whether particles are being trapped in the vacuum or driven airborne.

Rule #3: How well the vacuum performs - the real meat and potatoes

Finally, the last part of the equation is suction power. In order to have great suction, it really depends on the vacuum cleaner’s architecture, design, and filtration. We know from above that Miele vacuums check-off these three boxes. It’s the entire vacuum system that determines and enables its performance and suction.

Don't look at amperage as an indicator of performance. Contrary to popular belief, amperage (AMPS) is the amount of electricity it takes to turn on the vacuum, it’s simply the measure of electrical current…It has nothing to do with motor performance or suction power. For example a Porsche may have a 4-cylinder engine. Does that mean it’s slower and lacks the performance of an 8 cylinder engine? Not at all.

What gives a vacuum motor its performance is airflow, and sealed suction. A better indicator of performance, Air flow, is measured in CFM (cubic feet of air/minute), and vacuum cleaners with high CFM ratings have more suction power. All Miele vacuums have high performance German-made motors that produce more than adequate airflow and suction for any vacuuming task. For the engineer in you, Miele vacuums have 141 CFM, while Oreck vacuum cleaners are at an underwhelming 100 CFM. With the airflow of 140CFM and with sealed suction of 100 inches, Miele could pick up TWO 16 lb. bowling balls if you wanted it to. Most vacuums out there (think Oreck) have such poor suction; they rely solely on the bristles picking up the dirt. The Miele vacuum picks everything like sand and pet fur, even without the roller turning.

Power brush (a.k.a.“power head”) separates the men and the boys. In some cases, good vacuuming potential and filtration are defeated by poor design.The power brush for canister make up of about 30 % of how well the vacuum system works controlling features like the speed of the brush and the quality/design of the bristles.

I digress. The Miele’s roller bearings are lubricated ball bearings that last a lifetime. Not only that, if you have an animal and you pick up the air that get’s wrapped around the roller in other vacuums, here, you unlock and remove the roller cover with a coin due to coin slotted lock screws. You can self-service it yourself! Genious. This gives you clear access to the roller for cleaning. You can use the powerhead on the bare floor which does a wonderful job. It has a squeegee underneath to really seal to the ground as well as all rubber wheels that will not scratch your floors. The Miele also has superb edge cleaning - dirt that is found along the edges of your wall - it will pick up ever piece, guarantee it.

Closing Thoughts. In sum, Miele is the Mercedez-Benz of architecture, design, filtration and performance; Just powerful workhorses that have lasted the test of time, and garnered much respect along the way. Miele products are built to last 20 years under normal use and the motor has a 7-year warranty. Enough said. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Truthfully cleaning the air, Honestly trapping the dirt we vacuum

I try to have open lines of communications with anyone who is truly interested in quality tried-and-tested products for cleaning the home. From my YouTube videos to, emailing or even my brick and mortar AAA Vacuum and Allergy Relief store, I have have created an open business model - to expose the truth about cleaning the air we breathe and honestly trapping the dirt we vacuum.

Over the past months, I have received many emails of folks thanking me for my efforts, but with little media attention. Finally, our local paper here in New Jersey acknowledged us. They should be writing this blog. See below write-up!

Most homes are filled with dust mites (and their excrement), pollen, pet dander, and other pollutants that you can't see with the naked eye. With a multitude of air purifiers and vacuum cleaners on the market that claim to be HEPA – how do you know for sure?

Gerry Rubin, local business owner of AAA VAC in Watchung and recently started a blog called "Consumer Reporter," as a vehicle to educate consumers about the vacuum and air purification market. Gerry as also been on ABC'S channel 7 new series called "I-CAUGHT". As an environmental engineer Gerry has tested hospitals in the Philippines, zone b of the world trade center and spoken with international Governor Peter laurel of the Philippines. We take air quality for granted in the United States. Children in 3rd world countries are dying in the thousands from unhealthy air. Air quality in U.S. homes is just as bad.

What is even more interesting is to be found in Gerry's YouTube videos, particularly in his discussion surrounding vacuum and air purification filters and sealed systems. Gerry has tested countless vacuums and purification systems that claim to be HEPA but, in fact, actually lack HEPA filtration efficiency. He goes on to say "they
simply do not deliver what they claim--- they do not trap the dust to 99.97%, up to 0.3 microns." To find real HEPA machines, Gerry tests products (where the air flows through) with an actual particle counter (like the ones used at Ground Zero in NYC to test airborne contaminations). He not only tests the middle of the filter but also
the side edges and other areas of the chassis where, more often than not, there is a high reading due to leakage.

Notably, Gerry also tests products that work – he has found vacuums and air purifiers on the market that does trap the dust. His particulate analysis reveals both the Miele and IQAir brands offer completely sealed systems which are truly HEPA, and help to keep the dirt and dust where it should be – in the machine. Thus far, he has posted 9 tests on Youtube of the more popular vacuums and air purifiers on the market. I highly suggest you check to see if your vacuum or purifier is tested – you should see what he reveals!

Simply go to and search for Hoover Vacuum or Oreck Vacuum. Operating under the alias of "Consumer Reporter," he will surely be one of the first to be displayed. He also performs particle tests on vacuums and air purifiers in his
store too. Bring in your machines and see what he discovers. He's been in business for over 30 yrs and AAA VAC (formerly Westfield Vacuum & Allergy Relief) carries a complete line of cleaning solutions for a healthy home. He installs sealed central vacuum systems. Repairs and service are also done on site as well as in home. Feel free to call him at 908-668-4600 with any questions or visit his blog at and his website

November 2007 issue of "The Warren Showcase" - Supporting The Warren Business and
Professional Association

Sunday, August 19, 2007

"Nothing Sucks Like An Electrolux" - What An Ironic Twist

I found this picture to be worth 1,000 words, relating to the previous post "The Ingenious Vacuum Cleaner Industry" - manufacturing cheap vacuums made to break. Truth is, Electrolux (or should I say Eureka, read same umbrella company) vacuums really do suck! Along with many other mainstream vacuums, Dyson, Oreck, Hoover. But, who are the suckers? The future belongs to those consumers that put their feet down and demand change.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

A Miele - This vacuum cleaner works

UPDATE: Due to viewer requests, I decided to film a youtube video of a vacuum cleaner that is truly wonderful - one that is sealed and traps the dust in accordance with the HEPA standard. Enjoy !

Know the difference – TRUE HEPA vs. FAKE HEPA

TRUE HEPA vacuums and air purifiers trap the dust and particles with a minimum efficiency of 99.97%, up to 0.3 microns – as measured with my particle counter seen in my You Tube videos.

Over the years, HEPA filtration has become a marketing scheme deployed by both vacuum cleaner and air purifier manufacturers to lure customers to buy products that do not meet the HEPA definition. Most vacuums and air cleaners that I have tested on the market claim to be “HEPA,” however, lack the filtration efficiency and other important benefits that are intrinsic to HEPA technology – so they are “fake HEPA.” They are simply imposters that do not deliver what they claim – in other words, they do not trap the dust.

To precisely find real HEPA machines, I test products (where the air flows through) with the particle counter. It is important to note, that I not only test the middle of the filter, but also the side edges and other areas of the chasis, where more often than not, there is high readings due to leakage.

I know first hand how air-quality effects health, as I suffer from asthma. Like me and many others that suffer, we know all too well how important it is to breathe clean air. So we run out to the nearest store, seeking to alleviate our symptoms by buying products with the words “HEPA” glued to the vacuum/purifier edifice. In order to trap the smallest particulate, the vacuum and air purifiers must be totally sealed (my particle counter down to 0).
Manufacturers are doing an injustice to the asthmatic/allergic consumer, tricking them into “HEPA” products that have no validity to their claims, whatsoever. To place a FAKE HEPA filter in a vacuum and claim it is HEPA is just misleading the public. I call it what it is – fraud. To include a real HEPA filter in a vacuum/air purifier that does not have the infrastructure in place to attain the HEPA standard (meaning it is not sealed is also fraud!)

Defective products that do not work as stated should be returned to the manufacturer for FULL refund.
We as consumers are entitled to the truth. You deserve the REAL thing. Know the difference before you buy. BUY RIGHT.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Vacuum Cleaners That Do Not Work

American consumers have acquired a bad habit –

Purchase first, try later.

Nowadays, consumers’ go to big-box stores, with empty-jackets for help and buy a vacuum cleaner based on 4 principles: name, color, font and price. There are no professionals to ask a question to.

By the time you open the box and turn the vacuum on, most find the appliance to be useless and never return it. It breaks down (usually after one-year) and the cost to repair the vacuum cleaner is greater than the purchase of a new machine. As a result, the vacuum cleaner is kicked to the curb, found with a white-paper attached to it that says “FREE.”

Among the top ten vacuum cleaners that breakdown within one year are:

  1. Hoover
  2. Eureka
  3. Kenmore
  4. Shark
  5. Oreck
  6. Electrolux
  7. Bissell
  8. Oxygen
  9. Dirt Devil
  10. Dyson .....(Yes, even the Dyson will breakdown - Ranked as the least reliable vacuum cleaner on the market, but also the one most likely to be recommended by a friend).

The department store and manufacturers keep selling the same garbage that breaks just by picking up a nickel, dime or penny. They know only a small percentage will be returned.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are in a new era – The Throw Away Era.

WAKE UP AMERICA. These so called quality name brand manufactures are the ones producing the garbage you buy and the discount stores are dishing you the “dirt.”

It is time for consumers to stand-up to the manufacturers and big-box stores. How do you do this?

Take back control, return items that don’t work. Ask for your hard earned dollars back. Educate yourself before buying. Don’t act oblivious to the shopping world around you.If you made purchased a crappy vacuum once, shame on them. If you did it twice, shame on you. Search out stores that will gladly answer all your questions, show you products that work and also compare by the merits of each product. Check out your independent vacuum dealer nearest you or just visit my website. How about this, just call me, ask for Gerry as I will walk you through your needs and gladly provide free advice.

Support your local stores. Some may say, but why Gerry? We have to pay more money! Yes you will, but you will be getting quality machines and impeccable service.

You have a choice: buy MULTIPLE cheesy plastic vacuums over the next 10 years, or buy ONE vacuum that you can use for the rest of your lifespan.


Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Hoover Vacuum Does Not Work

Stay Tuned

The Ingenious Vacuum Cleaner Industry

Vacuums used to do what they claim, "clean carpets and bare floors." They were made of metal and had amazing vacuuming prowess—renowned for their durability. Today, it is a totally different story as the industry has evolved from floor-care to the floor-miscare business. The vacuum cleaner industry has drastically changed and you would think that with time, research, and development, this would spur innovations. Ideally, vacuums should progressively improve. Well, completely wrong. Nowadays, vacuums are made of plastic, everything goes through both the fan and motor. In the 21st century, if you pick-up a nickel, dime, sock or penny –BANG! Your hit with a costly repair. By the time you shut down the machine to examine the situation, damage is already done. You have two options (which I am sure you, the reader, never had to confront –right?)

1) Throw it away

2) Pay for a costly repair.

The cost of the repair is much greater than the purchase price of a new junky-vacuum. Warranties are not worth the paper they are written on (manufacturers warranty is against defects not against picking up something hidden under a bed like a sock). As a result, you just toss out the recently-bought vacuum and go to your nearest big-box store.

The vacuum cleaner manufacturers made this all possible, who else? Instead of building a sturdy, powerhouse machine, they have changed their approach. Today, they understand the marketplace and the consumer’s behavior. Now, the vacuum cleaner industry produces cheap vacuums with a limited life-span –made to break. Planned Obsolescence. Ingenious idea--right? Selling volume over quality, especially if the consumers are still obliviously buying the product. In fact, the machine consumers think are American made, are no longer. People think they are buying the iconic Hoover, but in fact, Hoover is owned by Hong Kong's finest --Techtronic Industries Co. (which owns, among other companies; Dirt Devil, Royal and Regina). Your mother and her mother’s favorite vacuum,“Electrolux” brand (which does business under, among other companies, Eureka) is not the same company that has been doing business in the U.S. under the Electrolux name in the past. The old Electrolux changed their name to Aerus Electrolux. By exploiting the name-brand recognition of Hoover, Dirt Devil, Electrolux, they squeeze profits from the shell-company, reduce costs (ie. quality) and pass on these ‘savings’ to the consumer.

The bottom line is -
Poor vacuum cleaner construction with short life times ensue vacuum companies stay in a constant state of profit.