Dirt Devil Platinum Force Hand Vac 08240, SRP $49.99, shipping now. Selling points: With a two-motor system driving both a constant suction power and the Power Nozzle's revolving brush, Dirt Devil packs the power of an upright into a compact handheld vacuum. The 20-ft. cord, built-in stretch hose and crevice tool and detachable power nozzle make cleaning tight areas a cinch. A bagless, see-through dirt compartment makes emptying simple and efficient. Visit www.platinumforce.com or call (800) 321-1134.
Hoover Floor Mate, SRP $199, shipping early 2002. Selling points: This multi-function upright hard floor-cleaner vacuum washes and dries vinyl, ceramic, stone, laminate and sealed hardwood floors. The six rotating Soft Touch brushes are tough enough to scrub out soil, grime and stubborn scuffs, but gentle enough that it won't scratch or damage the floor's surface. Two tanks—one for clean water and one for dirty water—ensure that only clean water and cleaning solutions is used on the floor. Visit www.hoover.com or call (330) 499-9200.
Riccar 8900 Series Vacuum, 8955, SRP $649.95, shipping now. Selling points: The 12-amp DuraTech motor powers this vacuum's six-stage Advanced Plus Filtration system that not only cleans up dirt, but removes dust mites, pet dander, bacteria and allergens from carpets. In addition to removing allergens from carpets, the EcoPure antimicrobial filter bag keeps germs and irritants inside the vacuum. Automatic height controls allow users to easily vacuum several different carpet types without stopping to make adjustments. A rug/floor switch enables the vacuum to swiftly go from carpet to hard floor surfaces. Visit www.riccar.com or call (714) 525-4400.