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If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own.

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If you looked at buying a new cordless vacuum any time in the last couple of years, chances are you considered Dyson's V6 handstick — a gadget that we absolutely love, and regularly use, for keeping small apartments and living spaces clean without the hassle of a power cord. A few months after launching the same model internationally, the brand new Dyson V8 has hit Australia, and it makes some pretty damn useful improvements on an already good design.

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We called Dyson's cordless DC59 Motorhead the first genuine replacement for a full-sized vacuum, even with a few annoying design quirks and limited battery life. It has taken the company almost two years to design a follow-up, but the new Dyson V8 appears to fix most of the complaints we had with the original.

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Cleaning sucks. Sure, it's nice and satisfying when you're done, but stuffing your hands in dirt and swabbing filth around the floor is basically unpleasant. There's no need to make it more unpleasant by letting a multi-billion dollar conglomerate rob you blind. Put differently: You should stop Swiffering and buy a nice vacuum.

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If you have fancy hardwood floors at home, you're probably hesitant to clean them with a vacuum for fear of scratching them all up, and bending over to use a dustpan and broom isn't exactly a better solution. But the Bruno, a smart garbage can with a built-in suction slot, certainly is.

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Robot vacuum cleaners are great, in theory. That most menial of household chores is perfectly suited to a mindless automaton, cleaning up your leavings while you're out and having fun. But they usually aren't especially good. Until now, we would have only recommended Samsung's POWERbot. Miele, the brand of choice for proper vacuum cleaners, now has a robot in its arsenal.

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What do you do with your vacuum in-between visits from your parents? Does it just sit in a utility closet until you need to do a mad-dash cleaning the day before company arrives? That seems like a waste, and Mitsubishi apparently agrees because the company has created a stick vac that does double-duty as an air purifier while it's not being used to clean floors.

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Canister vacuums are lighter and more manoeuvrable than a stick-style vac, but you often have to keep running over to rescue them when they get stuck or even flipped upside down. To help alleviate both problems, the Vax AirRevolver is designed as a self-contained cylinder with over-sized wheels that clamber over anything and clever engineering that allows it to keep on sucking no matter how it gets flipped.

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A Dyson is promised to keep on sucking at almost full power even as its dirt bin gets full, but few users realise there are also hidden filters that need to be periodically cleaned to keep the vacuum running at full strength. For a company that prides itself on vacuums that never lose suction, that was a big problem. So to ensure that users won't ever forget to clean those filters, Dyson simply engineered a better vacuum design that eliminates them altogether.

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As news stories about elderly Japanese people choking on the sticky rice dish, mochi, have wormed their way into our post-New Year's consciousness next to hangovers and Twilight Zone marathons, it was only a matter of time before our gadgets started catching up. Now, a simple vacuum attachment wants to get shoved down your throat, potentially saving you from an untimely and delicious end.