WHEN IT’S TIME to buy an appliance or
tool, everyone loves to find a bargain. The
lowest price may suit your pocketbook but
not necessarily your purpose. This can be
particularly true when it comes to floor care.
So if you’ll be shopping for something to
clean the floors in your home, here are some
things to consider.
What kind of floors do you have to clean?
Suction and amperage vary from model to
model. A basic rule of thumb is that more difficult cleaning tasks—thicker pile carpets,
The bottom line is to do your homework.
Visit consumer websites, read leading consumer magazines and check out consumer
reviews at Costco.com. And look for an
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or ETL Testing
Laboratories (ETL) certification mark. These
indicate a vacuum has been built to the leading
standard for product safety.—Steve Fisher
for your home
Costco warehouses and
Costco.com have an array
of floor-care appliances
to suit your needs.
DELANY HALL CHEST
The Delany Hall Chest features a rich cherry
;nish and a single storage drawer on wooden
slides. A large concealed storage area with
one adjustable shelf is behind two doors. The
piece also features solid hardware with antique
brass ;nish. Item #490167
Floor-care shopping guide
Do your research, check off what you need
and take this with you when you shop.
Type of floor care needed
❏ Hard (hardwood, tile, linoleum)?
❏ Carpet (Low pile, high pile, throw rugs)?
❏ Stairs? Allergies? Pets?
❏ Steam for deep-cleaning?
❏ Brush roll. Look for one with flared
brushes, multiple rows and medium stiffness.
On/off brush rolls help protect bare floors.
❏ Height adjustments. Knobs can raise or
lower the cleaning head to accommodate dif-
ferent types of floor covering.
❏ Cleaning path. The wider the path, the
more floor is covered in less time.
❏ Automatic cord rewind. Cord retracts and
is neatly stored with the push of a button.
❏ Filtration. Most cleaners offer some kind
of filtration; some offer more than one.
HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters
provide the most efficient filtration. Filters
can remove pet dander, pollen, dust and
dust mites. Remember to clean the filters
per the manufacturer’s specifications for
❏ Bagged. The quality of bags has greatly
improved, and bagged vacuums are generally
better for homes with allergy sufferers, since
the dust and dirt are contained.
❏ Bagless. These vacuums are convenient
because they empty quickly and you avoid
the hassle of replacing bags.
❏ Crevice tool. Long and angled. Great for
corners, molding and radiators.
❏ Dusting brushes. Soft bristles to gently
❏ Upholstery tool. Bristled, useful for clean-
ing furniture and curtains.
❏ Turbo brush. Ideal for cleaning pet hair
from furniture and for vacuuming stairs.
❏ On-machine storage. Many models have
“onboard” areas for accessories, which may
be more convenient than a separate case. C
The Chateau adds elegance and style to your wine
collection and comes fully assembled with a solid
black granite top and interior LED lighting. The
upper zone holds 8 bottles at 45ºF to 54ºF and the
lower zone holds 16 bottles at 54ºF to 65ºF. The
wine cooler is environmentally friendly, containing
no CFC-, HCFC- or HCF- type refrigerants.
Dimensions: 24. 5 in. W x 24 in. D x 43 in. H
( 62. 2 cm W x 61 cm D x 109. 2 cm H)