The Riccar SupraLite Deluxe R10D was among the top three in terms of cleaning performance on all our tests. The problem with this machine is the story stops there. Other machines had the same amount of suction, or a little better, and they cost a lot less. They also clean a lot more surfaces – furniture, drapes, automobile interiors and more. The R10D does not have a hose or any other tools. If you have a canister or handheld vacuum cleaner that you already like for those jobs, this might be the perfect fit for your flooring, though. If you need a more comprehensive solution, consider the Shark APEX DuoClean.
This was noticeably better at cleaning hardwood flooring than most competitors. There was only one that did better on overall scores in that category. It tied for the fewest number of passes to clean flour from hardwood flooring in our laboratory, and that was probably the most difficult test for most vacuums. Many competing vacuum cleaners scattered or completely missed the flour we used to represent the fine dust that collects in a home.
The lack of tools and a very slim design make this machine marvelously lightweight. This was almost the lightest vacuum cleaner we tested. It also has two handles making it easier to take your vacuum cleaner up and down a lot of stairs on a regular basis. One drawback was how loud the R10D was during testing. There was only one louder competitor and it was a much bigger machine.
The R10D was decent on maneuverability. The lack of a swiveling head is a little annoying, but this machine is so lightweight that getting it around obstacles was easy. And it was one of the few that is helpful for cleaning under beds without needing to deploy the hose and other tools. It continued to clean almost parallel to the floor.
This is an expensive product and we prefer a lot more multitasking from our deep-cleaning vacuums, but the Riccar SupraLite Deluxe R10D was really good at floors. If you have other tools for cleaning furniture, drapes and other surfaces this might be just the thing.