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The difference between a house and a home is how much you love living there. LaunchPad explores the innovative technologies that help you care for your space more effectively.

I managed not to buy a vacuum of my own until I was almost 30 years old. I’ve moved a lot during my adult life, so I didn’t want to own anything I couldn’t pack up in my tiny Yaris whenever I needed to hit the road — much less a giant vacuum with a cord that could get tangled up in everything around it. I lived in apartments, so one of my neighbors usually had a one for me to borrow when I needed it.

Then I bought a house, and my supply of neighbors’ vacuums evaporated. So, as I was strolling the aisles of Target one day, I spotted one priced at a mere $30. It was such a steal that I had to scoop it up (and christen myself a proper grown up in the process).

But, as with everything, you get what you pay for.

The one benefit of this cheap vacuum was that its flimsy plastic construction made it incredibly light to carry up and down the stairs. But that’s where it ends: Everything else about this vacuum has been the bane of my existence. It does an okay (and I mean just okay) job at cleaning rugs, but without different floor settings, it can’t seem to raise even the most basic things — like a bit of stray cat litter — from hard floors.

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The worst part? About a quarter of everything it actually does suck up somehow misses the canister and blows out the back of the vacuum, leaving a dusty mess where I just vacuumed. And don’t even get me started on the cord — it’s not nearly long enough, so half of my vacuuming adventure time is spent unplugging and replugging.

I’m definitely not alone in these complaints. This is the problem with traditional vacuums: They’re just not made thoughtfully. As a rule, they’re big and clunky. The cord is always in the way. They’re a pain to lug around if you have to move. And often the hassle doesn’t even seem worth it, since they never seem to work as well as promised.

Which is why it’s worth the investment to get yourself a Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum, which has revolutionized vacuuming. First, there is no cord. Stick vacuums eliminate all of that plugging and unplugging, which is a major time saver all by itself. The V10™ stays charged for up to 60 minutes, which is more than enough time for you to zoom through your house. And you will be zooming, since you won’t have to empty your bin as often. (The V10™ Absolute boasts 40% more capacity than its predecessor, the V8 Absolute.)

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As amazing as all of this is, my favorite element of the vacuum is not only its ability to clean floors, but to clean the air in the process. The Dyson Cyclone V10™ Absolute vacuum has a fluffy bristle head that’s designed specifically to clean hard floors — and does so way better than my sad $30 vacuum did — but as you vacuum, its whole machine HEPA filtration system pushes out air that’s cleaner than when it went in. So now, instead of my vacuum leaving a trail of dust behind it, it puts out filtered air in its place.

Last, the Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum’s sleek design is so pretty that I leave it exposed in a corner of my kitchen. It’s so much easier to clean a quick flour spill on the floor when the vacuum is right there, rather than hidden away in the hallway closet.

Functional, beautifully-designed technology that works as hard as I do: I’m pretty sure this is what adulthood looks like.

Cinnamon Janzer is a freelance journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. You can read more about her at www.cinnamon-janzer.com.

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