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A decent carpet deserves a decent vacuum. The Riccar R20S


Two months ago we achieved the dream of replacing our 14 year old carpet. It was one of the best days of my life. I am not joking in that statement in any way. It truly was one of the best days in my life. Sure the payments are new, but oh man just come over and make carpet angels with me. It is just so amazingly awesome. 14 years with that dead blue crap that was so matted. It is just so so so so darn great to have decent carpet.

Our old Dyson DC9 did not enjoy the new carpet. Sure it picked up the livestock hair, but we had to struggle with it to get it to just pick up little things like Thunky’s shredded cardboard from his scratcher.


I had been reading some Reddit posts from a guy who is a vac specialist and he had great advice.

*Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will always:
1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning).
2) Be in service for much longer.
3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables).
4) Filter your air better.

Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is.


Types of vacs:
1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well.
2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright.
3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often.
4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction.

My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they’re talking about.

After weeks and weeks of research I decided on the Riccar brand. They are SOLID AS HELL and made in America. Made in St Louis MO mofos.

I hit a couple vac shops looking for the Riccar, and ended up getting soured on the used car sales approach and Riccar off brand they were pushing. “Similar, but cheaper” “I can give it to you for***$” It was lame and I did not feel like I would trust buying from them. Then I stumbled into Husker Sew and Vac.

I had looked up who sold Riccar vacs on their website and it said only Husker Sew and Vac in Lincoln. I had just picked up some bird seed across the street and dropped in to check the Riccar’s out for just a second.

The team there is simply awesome. I mentioned I had done a bunch of research and they let me play with a Riccar. Zero pressure they explained the differences between the two I was looking at and made it clear I would be completely fine with the lower end one. And they were selling them at an insane discount below MSRP. DONE


That is a metal beater brush with replaceable brushes and hella bearinged. They claim it will not collect hair on the roller, but I got a bit of Theresa hair near the bearings after a whole afternoon of vacuuming, but not on the brushes. I pretty much filled the bag on the 4 rooms. The thick dust I can see in the bag blows me away. It is so much more powerful and just grabs everything so simply. I even stress tested it a couple times by rolling over strings and a dump of cat scratched cardboard bits and it got them all on the push before the pull.

It is truly a piece of amazing quality that does its intended job so well. The brushes spin no matter what. The hose does not reach as far as the Dyson, the cord is shorter, but it so out performs the Dyson I am sort of shocked. Never knew a vacuum could be so awesome.

Huge shout out to Husker Sew and Vac for being so great to work with. I felt I was treated like a friend instead of a customer. Family run business that rules.

I bought some plasti dip spray and plan on pimping it out with a flat matte black like a sports car.

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  • eliza · 09/10/2015 at 12:16 AM

    I bought some plasti dip spray and plan on pimping it out with a flat matte black like a sports car. This blog

  • Brian · 10/12/2015 at 6:19 AM

    Hey its awesome. I am thinking to get one of them. So nice to get an idea about the food vacuum sealer. Thanks for this post.

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