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Product Reviews

A number of vacuums combine style with substance

Sleek shapes and trendy colors such as sienna, taupe, and goldenrod are turning some of the latest vacuums into fashion statements. Consumer Reports’ tests of more than 100 models show that when it comes to cleaning, beauty can be more than skin deep.

Impressive pickup on bare floors and carpets, including pet hair, at a relatively low price helped make the Kenmore Progressive 31069, $170, a new Best Buy among bagged uprights. You will also appreciate its work-saving features long after the thrill of its crimson finish wears off.

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