A central vacuum-cleaning system eliminates the hassle of lugging around a heavy machine — but there’s still the hose to deal with. The EasyReach Retractable Hose is 13 feet long in storage, but a twist of the cuff releases an inner hose that telescopes to 30 feet in length. When the dirty work is done, the hose retracts with the push of a button. The entire assembly weighs only 9 pounds, according to the maker. It’s sold as part of a $620 package that includes an electric power brush and cleaning tools. Beam Central Vacuum Systems, 800/369-2326, beamvac.com
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