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What's the best vacuum for my carpet?

The most important way to increase the life of your carpet is simple, vacuum it.

There are several features to consider when selecting a vacuum for your carpet, one size does not fit all.
Adjustable Height:  Adjust according to pile height.  
Suction Level:  Adjust according to carpet fiber type.
Wheel Size:  Always use vacuums with large wheels.

Most vacuums have a beater brush bar or a rotating brush.  These types of vacuums work well on low pile carpets, but can damage higher pile or softer carpets.  For higher pile, berber and soft carpets, Engineered Floors recommends raising the  beater brush/rotating bar to the highest setting and/or using suction only.  Test an inconspicuous area  to ensure it does not produce excess fuzz.  For shag or frieze type carpets, using the suction only feature may be necessary.  For all other carpets, the beater bar/rotating brush should just barely touch the surface of  the carpet.  Additionally, your vacuum cleaner should glide across the carpet, making larger wheels the best option.  

Vacuum daily in high traffic areas (hallways, entry ways, in front of seating, and pivot points) and pet area.  
Vaccum twice  weekly in medium traffic areas.
Vacuum weekly in light traffic areas.

And now what you've been waiting for....

Vacuum Cleaner Recommendations
(For medium to high pile carpets)
Engineered Floors conducted multiple trials with multiple brands and models of vacuum cleaners on high pile nylon carpets.  Listed below are the top five recommended vacuum cleaners with height adjustment setting recommendations. 
1.  Hoover Wind Tunnel 2 Pet (recommended height adjustment:  4 or 5)
2.  Eureka Airspeed Pet  (recommended height adjustment:  3 or 4)
3.  Eureka Sanitaire SC5713  (recommended height adjustment:  3, 4, 5, 6 or 7)
4.  Dirt Devil Jaguar Pet  (recommended height adjustment:  3, 4 or 5)
5.  Bissell Power Lifter Pet  (recommended height adjustment:  3, 4 or 5)