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Multitasking vacuums may skimp on cleaning

There’s an upright vacuum that’s also a canister, along with an upright that steam-cleans floors. But as multitasking vacs become a trend, Consumer Reports’ tests show that some skimp on the cleaning that counts.

Lower prices and freedom from bag changes help make bagless uprights the hottest sellers. Shark’s Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501, $250, has a canister component that lifts out onto a wheeled base and doubles as a hand-held vac. Strong carpet cleaning, a swiveling head for easier steering, and an arsenal of tools helped it join the winners list. But you’ll find even better vacs for as little as $120, especially for pet hair.

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