Simplicity Vacuum Cleaners

Published: 16th July 2008
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There are many plus points about Simplicity vacuum cleaners; they're American-made, they're built to last and they're very powerful. Its vacuum cleaners also get high ratings in online surveys. They maybe good machines but there are some things that they don't offer the consumer.

The first thing you'll notice about a Simplicity cleaner is its price tag; they aren't cheap. Some might argue it's the biggest reason not to buy one. However, when you take a closer look, you can see why they cost so much.

The company makes two types of vacuum cleaner; canister and upright. Its upright models are distinctive because of the components used and because some models come with a Tandem Air System - more about this later. When you examine the upright you'll notice a few details that begin to explain its price tag. First off, there are an awful lot of metal parts; you get a metal wand, metal base plates, reinforced metal foot pedal and even a polished metal cord hook. If you ever get the chance, compare it to an Electrolux upright vacuum cleaner; you won't see any of these metal components on the Electrolux. More important is what you don't see; there are reinforced metal pivots inside that take wear and tear better than other brands.

The Tandem Air System is a pretty unique concept. Rather than one motor, you get two. The first is called the High-Flow Direct motor and is situated - like most other brands - immediately above the cleaning head. The second motor is situated higher up and is called the High-Flow Clean Air motor. Its job is to provide better suction power for the onboard tools as well as improving the filtration system. Both motors work synchronously for optimal performance.

Another major selling point of Simplicity vacuum cleaners is the canister collection. There's a model for each size; Subcompact, Compact, Mid Size, and Full Size. Few other manufacturers make all sizes. And, you'll also find a lot of durable metal components too.

Some models of both upright and canister vacuums come with HEPA filters as well as other standard features like onboard tools and indicators that tell you when the bag is full etc. Finally, the warranty is very good, with even cheaper models coming with a 2 year warranty and more expensive models with a 5 years warranty.

So, what are the downsides of Simplicity vacuums?

There a few. You won't find more specialist models like steam vacuums such as the Hoover SteamVac; you won't get a stick vacuum either. And, it doesn't make a specialist pet vacuum cleaner or a cyclonic model.

While it does make models that use a HEPA filter, none are washable, so you're going to have to buy replacement filters sometime in the future, which adds to running costs. And talking of running costs; it doesn't make bagless models either so you're going to have to buy replacement bags as well.

Vacuum bags are an issue with some. Some like the new cyclonic vacuums that are bagless - the Dyson being the most well known. No Simplicity vacuum cleaner is cyclonic and all use bags, so if you want bagless or cyclonic you're going to have to look elsewhere. However, most prefer bags, and most vacuums cleaners sold aren't cyclonic so this isn't such a big deal.

A Simplicity vacuum cleaner may use older technology but you'll be getting one that is sturdily built and has incredible suction power. It's a vacuum cleaner with a loyal fan base and it does well in online consumer ratings.

Follow the links for the Simplicity vacuum cleaner and get vacuum cleaner ratings on Eureka, Dyson and Electrolux vacuum cleaners and more.

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