YONKERS, N.Y. Consumer Reports announced that its latest vacuum tests found that some of the pricier brands came up short on performance.
According to the publication, Sebo's Automatic X5 upright, priced $820, touts "anti-allergy, hospital grade" filtering, but didn't impress when it came to carpet cleaning and airflow. Furthermore the magazine found that pricey canisters from Sebo and Aerus Lux, which cost $900 and up provided mediocre carpet cleaning. And while Dyson has been tops in Consumer Reports' brand-repair surveys, subpar carpet cleaning and pet-hair pick-up helped the compact DC22 Turbinehead, $700, land near the bottom of the ratings.
"Our tests show that some of the priciest canisters and uprights offered a slew of extra features but gave only a mediocre performance in carpet cleaning," said Bob Markovich, home and yard editor at Consumer Reports.
Top performers included the Kenmore Intuition 31100, for $250, which the magazine said aced its pet-hair test. Kenmore's Progressive 27514 also performed well.