When our vacuum cleaner gave signs of being on its last legs, we bought a Dirt Devil Power Reach. This is a hand-held vacuum, and was the perfect choice for us since the surfaces with carpet in our house are the stairs and the closets. While a vacuum cleaner is more sensible if you have a lot of carpet in your home, a Dirt Devil PowerReach is a great choice if you don’t. Here are six reasons why.

1. Cost.

This product cost us less than $100, including tax. As we are not planning to ever live in a heavily-carpeted house again, it didn’t make sense to spend hundreds of dollars for an occasional stairway sweep. We were happy not to see our checking account balance change significantly after the purchase.

2. Back health.

Ever tried dragging a full-size vacuum up stairs? I have – and I couldn’t for a couple of years after suffering chronic back problems. This Dirt Devil product is small and lightweight. While my back is doing much better now, I think I would be able to use it even it weren’t.

3. Portability.

Because of its small size, it’s easy to carry from room to room, upstairs and down, and out to the garage when you want to clean out your car. It’s also easy to fit into small spaces, such as your car’s backseat and steps on the stairs.

4. Cleaning power.

This little vac packs a lot of punch for its size! It will pick up most any dry substance you need it to. But despite its suction power, it is still much gentler on woven cotton rugs than the big vacuums are – they will get the rug clean, without tearing the rug apart.

5. Ease of maneuverability.

Being lightweight and small, the Dirt Devil PowerReach is also easy to move around. Even a five-year-old can use it, whereas such a young child would probably struggle with a regular vacuum cleaner.

6. Allergen reducer.

It traps over 99% of pollen, ragweed and dust allergens in its filter. If you have a problem with allergies, you may find some relief simply by putting this “little devil” to frequent use in your home.

We love our Dirt Devil – it’s perfect for a home with a limited amount of carpet. But even if your house has a lot of it, you may want one on hand anyway, for situations when you don’t want to lug around a big vacuum cleaner, but need a floor cleaned well.