Can Tacony Vacuum Leave Miele in the Dust?

When it comes to the right upright and the correct canister, the country's leading vacuum makers are vying for your business

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When Miele became one of the nation's best-selling premium vacuum cleaner brands in the second half of the 1990s, it came at tiny Tacony's expense. Tacony's two brands, Riccar and Simplicity, were top sellers at independent vacuum cleaner stores, where most $500-and-up machines are sold. But Miele's vacuums -- praised for their German engineering and sleek styling -- quickly surpassed Riccar and Simplicity sales, threatening to undermine Tacony's business.

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