The American made Riccar vacuum cleaners are some of the very best on the market. For years they have impressed consumers, and set a bar in the industry for quality and durability. When the company switched over to a new body style, the old 2000 series housings didn’t just disappear. They are being used to manufacture the commercial Powr-Flite PF90 and the Smart Choice Carpet Pro. These machines might have a different color and a commercial cord, but essentially they are the same machine for a fraction of the price.
The Vacuums are manufactured with tough ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic housings. They have metal bottom plates, and handles. The brush roller is the same one that has been used in Riccars for years. It has a metal frame and ends, ball bearings, and interchangeable brush inserts. It is possibly the best brush on the market. All these features make for a very reliable vacuum.
This is a bagged vacuum with no on-board attachments. There is a port in the back of the machine for attaching a ‘fit-all’ (1 ¼) set of tools. Off-board tools tend to be more effective in a commercial environment, because with multiple users, on-board attachments get lost easily. The machine is also not limited to the attachments that can be held on the machine.
Although this machine does a good job cleaning, it is not a hepa. The filtration still beats most of the competition, but of course a lot of machines that say hepa, really aren’t. Also, this machine isn’t effective on shag and freshet carpets. Those types of surfaces require a geared or serpentine belt system, while these machines are equipped with a flat belt. Flat belts are great for most types of carpet and can be changed easily. You can expect to pay $2-$3.00 for a replacement belt.
The Powr-Flite PF90 and Smart Choice Carpet Pro continue the legacy of their Riccar predecessors. They are quality cleaning machines and well worth the cost. The vacuums run between $199-$249.00, and are available at local retailers around the Indianapolis area and online.