New Ways to Reach Every Nook and Cranny

Upgrades: Vacuum cleaners

Photographs by John B. Carnett

Dirt Devil offers access to corners (above); Black & Decker has created a three-in-one.

Black & Decker’s 9.6-volt DustBuster Cordless Floor Vac ($65) is actually three vacuums in one, converting from an upright to a full-size hand vac to a DustBuster. Meanwhile, put Dirt Devil’s Power Flex Stick Vac ($50) into a corner and its rectangular nozzle retracts into a triangle to get at otherwise impossible-to-reach grime.