Being stuck at home may mean that you’re (reluctantly) having to tidy up a bit more than usual — especially if you are stuck at home with a pet. If all that extra tidying has you spending more time than you’d like retrieving and stowing the cumbersome old vacuum you’ve been using for years, you might consider upgrading to a slimmer — but just as versatile — stick vacuum, like this (corded) model from Shark that comes highly recommended by the owner of a local cleaning service. “My first choice for vacuum cleaners is the Shark Rocket,” she told us, adding that the bagless style will save you money in the long run because you won’t need to buy more bags. Importantly, she says, this is also “so good to use if you have pets at home — bagless vacuums in general are better for pets,” and “it’s the easiest to store in the closet or under the bed.” It comes with multiple attachments, including ones for furniture, your car, and reaching under appliances; is lightweight, clocking in at just 7.5 pounds; and can collapse down into a handheld vacuum, which is ideal for cleaning stairs. The best part: Right now, it’s on sale for $150 at Amazon. While we’ve seen it advertised with bigger discounts at Home Depot (for 16 percent off a list price of $179) and Bed Bath & Beyond (for 20 percent off a list price of $200), in looking closer, it seems those discounts are based on inflated retail prices for the vacuum, because this is technically an older model and Shark is selling the latest Rocket for $170
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