Vacuums That Use Water

Some manufacturers have designed vacuum cleaners that use water instead of a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to trap dust particles. Vacuum cleaners with water filtration systems offer good cleaning power without the need to replace bags. Users just empty the dirty water after each use, as the dirty water is likely to promote mold and bacteria. Unlike vacuums that use water, vacuum cleaners that use bags and filters can lose suction when full. Despite the advantages of the water vacuum, some models that use water could release pollutants back into the air---so compare features when choosing which vacuum is right for you.

H20 Vac

Vacuums that use water can be efficient cleaning machines.

The H20 Vac is an "As Seen on TV" product that uses water filtration, which means that there are no bags to change. The H20 Vac advertises that it removes up to 99.97 percent of air pollutants due to its water filtration technology, which forces dirt and dust through water and keeps it permanently trapped. The H20 Vac may also be helpful for those with allergies, as dust particles remain in the water. The H20 Vac has a suction that's strong enough to lift a 10 lb. bowling ball, even after sucking up dust, while other bagless vacuum cleaners lose suction power after vacuuming dust. The H20 Vac is easy to use---just fill the chamber with tap water and it's ready to clean.

You can use the H20 Vac on any surface, such as wood floors, carpet, and tile, and you can adjust the suction power to clean delicate items such as upholstery, lampshades or curtains. It's also lightweight and portable, and the attached hose allows you to reach above cabinets and ceiling fans or clean underneath sofas and beds. You can use the H20 Vac for both wet and dry cleanups, just like a wet/dry vac.

Karcher DS 5500

The Karcher DS 5500 was originally designed for rooms that required a high level of cleanliness, such as those where computer chips are manufacturered. The Karcher DS 500 is a vacuum that uses water, thereby eliminating the need to replace bags. Just fill the canister with tap water and the machine is ready to use. The vacuum has a 1,400 watt suction power to help lift dust from crevices and upholstery. The Karcher DS 5500 can be easily maneuvered, and its 18-foot retractable power cord lets you vacuum large areas without having to unplug it. Also, the stainless steel telescoping hose helps you reach difficult places.

The vacuum's four stage filtration system removes 99.9 percent of all pollutants that it comes in contact with, and can be beneficial for allergy sufferers. The first stage of the filtration system contains a two-liter water filter that traps all the dust, dirt and debris, and moves it into the second stage, the water filtration system. During the third stage of filtration air is tunneled through the HEPA filter to remove pollen spores, dust mites and other particulates, down to 0.3 microns. The fourth stage removes carbon dust emissions from the motor's exhaust. The vacuum also comes with special nozzles for cleaning hardwood and carpeted floors, crevices and upholstery.

Aroma AVC 2001

The Aroma AVC 2001 is a bagless vacuum that uses a dual filtration system---water and a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter attracts 99.97 percent of dust mites, bacteria, fungus spores and mold to prevent allergy symptoms, and the water keeps the dust and dirt particles from being released back into the air. The Aroma ACV 2001 can be used to clean carpet, tiled floors or laminate, while leaving your home clean and fresh. The vacuum has a suction controller that allows you to vacuum over both wet and dry particles. The unit also has a 1,200 watt motor, which is kept separate from the 5-liter water tank to prevent hazards. Other features include an 8 in. flexible hose pipe and 7 tools to help with cleaning different areas, including a crevice tool and an upholstery brush.

About the Author

Monica Sethi Datta has been writing health-related articles since 2007 and editing since 2008. She has been published by "The Raven," "Campus Connection," and "BIFOCAL," an American Bar Association journal. She holds a Juris Doctor and health law certificate from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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