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The ease and portability of vacuum cleaners has come a long way, but there’s still that pesky problem of moving from carpet to hardwood or tiled surfaces. Changing attachments and adjusting the height of the cleaner head make cleaning a room even more of a chore than it already is. The problem solvers at Dyson have taken these issues to heart, and after three years of research and development, they’ve created the new DC40 Multi Floor to deal with this challenge. This machine’s cleaner head self-adjusts for optimal contact: The adjustable seal helps remove dust from hard floors, long bristles penetrate deep into carpet to remove ground-in dirt, and shorter bristles sweep the carpet top to remove surface grime. The company’s signature ball houses valves and ducting, streamlining the machine while also providing maneuverability for tight turns around furniture. And, as always, the DC40 Multi Floor will not lose suction because of its Radial Root Cyclone technology, which compels dirt and even microscopic particles like pollen and mold through a mesh shroud. $500, www.dyson.com