What is the Best Canister Vacuum For A Small Home?

There are many things that you should take into consideration when looking for the best canister vacuum, chief of which will be what you plan to use the vacuum on. Do you intend to use the vacuum on just carpets and furniture, or hard floors as well? Will pet hair be involved? These questions will help you pick the right canister vacuum for you without spending too much money.

Most department stores sell canister vacuum cleaners as well as specialty vacuum stores. For the best canister vacuum, your best bet will probably be to purchase from either an online store where you can read customer reviews or a specialty store that will let you handle and play with a myriad of different models. Most specialty vacuum stores only carry one brand, however, so you will want to visit a few of them to get an idea of which brand of vacuum is going to suit you and your needs. These stores are often staffed with people that know the ins and outs of all the vacuum cleaners on their floor, and are experts at helping you select the best canister vacuum.

When it comes to vacuums, much of the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive, at least within a single brand, generally comes down to the feature set and tools included. This is important to consider because if you have no need for the various tools that the top of the line model comes with, why pay the extra money? On the flip side, if you do have a need for those extra tools, it will probably be less expensive to purchase them with the unit as one whole package than it would be to add those tools later on. Not only that, but some tools may not work with lower end vacuums, and they will also lack some of the nicer, more luxurious features of the high end models. Even if you choose to shop from a local specialty vacuum store, it would not hurt to do some research online first. Vacuum cleaners are not the cheapest of appliances, so before you make your choice, you may as well get the opinions of others. Many different websites offer reviews of various vacuum cleaners for you to peruse.

One last thing to consider – many vacuums have maintainable parts. Although these parts will allow the vacuum to last longer than some others, you do have to consider just how much you will be using the vacuum. Even the lightest, cheapest vacuum can handle a studio apartment for many years with no issues. However, the biggest most expensive canister vacuum will be more of a pain than it is worth trying to fit it into such a small place. Conversely, you will quickly burn through cheap vacuums in a 3000 square foot house, making the purchase of a more expensive and more durable machine a much better idea. Finally, no matter how big your home, if there will be pet hair involved, the best canister vacuum will be one that specializes in pet hair.

Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner Review

The Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner is a highly rated carpet cleaning machine because of its various cleaning features. It is highly acclaimed for it’s pressurized jet cleaning feature which helps combat pet stains and wide path cleaning for improved and greater cleaning efficiency.

Here is a look at its other features and benefits:

SpinScrub technology for wide path cleaning

The Max Extract 60 comes with Hoover’s patented SpinScrub technology comprising of 6 counter-rotating brush heads which effectively eliminate dirt and stains from all angles. These 6 brush heads also provide wide path coverage of about 13 inches while cleaning, which helps saves time while cleaning large areas.

Pressurized water jet

The carpet cleaner also sprays pressurized water to deep clean stubborn stains which the SpinScrub mechanism misses. This is best for pet owners who need to periodically remove urine and poop stains, and people who have carpets dirty because of  high traffic.

High power with wide path cleaning

The machine runs on high power of 10 amps which is rather close to the cleaning efficiency of professional grade machines.

Separate water tanks and detergent compartment

The Hoover Max Extract 60 has separate water tanks for clean and dirty water which makes it easy to individually remove and drain and fill each compartment. This is a feature many users like as it’s much easier to handle than machines with single tanks. With its separate detergent compartment, any leftover detergent can also be used the next time.

Only rinse

The carpet cleaner has an only rinse mode to only rinse the carpet when required. It helps clean off soap from the carpet and is a feature many users like as it helps remove as much detergent residue from carpets as possible. This in turn helps make the carpet safe and clean for pets and small children to play on.

Additional tools

The Hoover Max Extract 60 comes with an upholstery tool which makes cleaning upholstery so easy while its 9 ft. hose helps in cleaning stairs. As the machine has a 20ft cord, it provides flexibility while moving the machine around larger areas while cleaning as there’s no need of repeatedly plugging and unplugging the machine.

Carpets dry faster

The heated air feature of the Hoover Max Extract pushes hot air to carpets to help them dry faster. Moreover, its Dual V Nozzle technology provides additional suction power to extract as much water into the dirty water tanks. Both these features help carpets dry faster after a thorough cleaning.


  • Easy to set-up and use
  • Large sized separate tanks for clean and dirty water
  • Better and wider cleaning power and path
  • Saves detergent with its separate detergent compartment while rinse mode provides for carpet rinsing
  • Heated air feature and Dual V Nozzle technology help carpets dry faster
  • Pressurized water jet helps clean stubborn stains


  • Absence of a powered SpinScrub hand tool
  • Rather expensive when compared to other Hoover machines
  • Absence of multiple brush head speeds to choose from

Full body pillow review

Full body pillow review

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase but one of its drawbacks is your expanding tummy which makes it difficult for you to sleep comfortably. There is a remedy for you here in the form of a full body pillow.

This is a long pillow which provides support and comfort to your entire body while you sleep, especially on the side. It may be the perfect pillow for you if your mornings start with a sore back because of improper sleep and the wrong sleeping position.

It is in fact a great investment for not only pregnant women, but also men and children with back or neck pain, or just want a good night’s sleep with its all-over body support. Most of these pillows are as long as the length of your body, about 5 to 6 feet long and minimally reach from head to knees. You thus have something to rest not only your head but also your arms and legs on.

Different shapes

Full body pillows come in various shapes from C-shaped to U-shaped pillows and rectangular to less-structured designs. It’s up to you to choose your desired shape based on your sleeping style and the extra spinal support you need.

The C-shaped pillow is shaped just like the letter C, and is perfect for those who prefer sleeping in a riding position. You saddle its base in between your legs while its top is used for resting your head. Your back then rests in the C’s curve which in turn offers the spinal support which reduces pressure on your spine.

The U-shaped pillow offers support to both sides and is suitable for those who usually sleep on their back, but are finding it difficult to do so today because of a larger belly. This full body pillow also supports the back, head and legs.

Pillow fillings

The filling of the pillow further improves or sometimes, spoils the pleasure of sleeping in a full body pillow.

  • The cheaper pillows usually have Styrofoam ball filling which is lightweight and quickly adapts to your body shape. However they tend to make noise when you move around the pillow.
  • Polyester fiber however doesn’t make noise and its amount determines the firmness of the filling. It is very popular filling but unfortunately, doesn’t breathe as well as other fillings.
  • Full body pillows with a micro-bead filling (fine balls about 1/32” wide) feel like they have sand in them but are very lightweight, making it convenient to carry the pillow around. They also don’t make noise and are much more supportive than Styrofoam balls.
  • Memory foam pillows adopts your body shape as you press against it and regains to its original shape once you get up. As memory foam tends to build up heat, some manufacturers shred and use it in the pillows to let air circulate in it and reduce the heat.

It’s always better buying a hypoallergenic full body pillow if you have breathing complications, asthma or allergy sensitivities as the pillow help prevent allergies from triggering.

It’s thus left to you to choose the right full body pillow based on your preferred sleeping position, the filling you are most comfortable in and of course, it’s length.

Review of Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full-Featured Sewing Machine

Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full-Featured Sewing Machine with 27 Stitches, 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholer, 6 Sewing Feet, and Instructional DVD

The Brother XM701 Full-Featured Sewing Machine is perfect for beginners just starting out on their sewing endeavors and professionals looking for versatility in their sewing! It’s another quality product from Brother with 27 built-in unique stitches to choose and use from including a single-step auto-size buttonholer which gives you perfect buttonholes.

The machine is easy to use for a wide range of everyday sewing projects and comes with 6 quick-change sewing feet. The additional features to look out for in the best sewing machine are its built-in needle threader, brightly lit LED work area and optimal drop-in bobbin.

Lightweight at 15.7 pounds, this is also one of the most durable machines in the market. It’s made using the best materials and easily stands the test of time. This is why it continues functioning optimally no matter how much it’s used as it. It’s white and classic look provides added elegance and feminity to its look.

Wide range of stitches

This sewing machine from Brother offers 27 built-in stitches for versatility while stitching different fabrics using different threads. The XM2701 easily produces decorative, blind hem, stretch and zigzag stitches to work on any garment, and to mend any clothes. The machine also has a single step auto-size buttonholer to use to make perfect buttonholes in any size. An easy stitch selector lets you choose your stitch just by turning a knob.

6 sewing feet

The Brother sewing machine offers 6 sewing feet which can be easily changed for increased efficiency while working. They include a zigzag, blind stitch, narrow hemmer, buttonhole, zipper and button sewing feet.

Increased sewing productivity

This machine has lots more ease of use features which guarantee zero interruptions. You no longer need to squint or fumble while threading the needle as its built-in needle threader does this for you. Just touch the lever on its side and the thread is automatically pushed through the needle.

Winding bobbins too is made easy and quick on the XM2701 with its company exclusive jam-resistant top drop-in bobbin feature. Place the bobbin on the winder, put your upper thread in place, push the bobbin control right and your bobbin is wound for you!

These additional features and the many stitches and sewing feet of the Brother XM2701 increase your sewing productivity. Less time is now spent changing stitches so that new outfits are created, and any repairs are performed much faster.


  • 27 built-in stitches adds versatility to stitching
  • 6 quick-change sewing feet
  • Built-in free arm simplifies sewing of sleeves, cuffs and pant legs
  • Built-in easy needle threader
  • Free flowing automatic bobbin winding system
  • Includes instructional DVD and English and Spanish user manual
  • 25-year limited warranty and lifetime free technical support
  • Brightly-lit LED work area
  • Lightweight but durable
  • Increased productivity while sewing new outfits or mending old ones


  • Not recommended for use in countries not supporting 120V AC, even with voltage adaptor
  • It’s not easy mastering the machine; it’s possible only with frequent use