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Riccar Supralite RSL4 vacuum cleaner

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Price $470.00

This lightweight bag-equipped upright by Riccar weighs only nine pounds and has an easy on/off switch, HEPA filter, and 30-foot, non-retractable cord. It does not accept tools and does not have a full-bag indicator, manual pile-height adjustment, or brush on/off switch.

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This bag-equipped vacuum cleaner from Riccar weighs just 9 pounds--an important feature because uprights must be dragged back and forth on carpeting and can be difficult to maneuver on stairs. This model has an easy-to-reach on/off switch and a 30-foot ,non-retractable cord. It does not accept tools and does not feature a full-bag indicator, so you have to check the bag manually to see when it needs replacing. The Riccar Supralite RSL4 also lacks a brush on/off switch, which lets you turn off the rotating brush when cleaning bare floors, and does not include a pile-height adjustment option to raise and lower the machine to clean carpeting of different heights. While this machine does not offer suction control, a feature many appreciate when vacuuming curtains and upholstery, it does use HEPA filtration, which may benefit those with respiratory problems by reducing dust emissions. This model is similar to the Simplicity Freedom F3600.

Specs

Bag Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable waste bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need regular cleaning, or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a pre-filter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Yes
Weight (lbs.) Weight The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
9
Cord length (ft) Cord length The length, in feet, of a model's power cord.
30

Features

Brush on/off Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
No
Easy on/off Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Yes
Manual-pile adjust Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the more precise manual control afforded by some models.
No
Accepts tools Accepts tools Has a hose to which you can attach tools.
No
Suction control Suction control This feature reduces the flow of air through the hose, which can be helpful when cleaning upholstery and curtains.
No
Retractable cord Retractable cord A feature that's common in canisters, not uprights, a retractable cord is one you can rewind via a slight tug or a push button.
No
Full-bag/bin indicator Full-bag/bin indicator Some models have a feature alerting the user when the dust bag or container is full, which impairs the vacuum's ability to clean. Some bagless models simply have a clear bin, letting you see when the vacuum is full. Other models have an electronic or mechanical indicator.
No
High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter High-efficiency particulate-air (HEPA) filters provide the highest level of vacuum-cleaner filtration. In our tests, models with a HEPA filter have been very effective at reducing emissions. However, some models that don't have HEPA filters have performed just as well in our emissions tests, and such vacuums may cost less than HEPA models.
Yes
Folds for storage Folds for storage Handle folds to minimize storage space.
No
Self-propelled Self-propelled This feature typically uses a transmission and drive system to assist the pushing and pulling of the vacuum, thereby requiring little effort by the user. This feature, however, typically adds weight that can make some vacuums very heavy and difficult to carry or use on stairs.
No

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