Review: The Halo UVX Germ-Killing Ultraviolet Vacuum

Update!!! This vacuum has been replaced by the vastly upgraded Oreck Halo. Click to read our Oreck Halo review.

Photo of the Halo vacuum with its topside logo glowing blue.

The Halo UVX Vacuum glows blue as it kills dust mites (and eggs), fleas (and eggs), bacteria and other microbial nastiness.

Ooh, a germ-killing vacuum. It’s the perfect thing for parents.

Did you know that as many as 30,000 dust mites can exist in one ounce of house dust and your carpet is like Disneyland to these critters? Well, a version of Disneyland where they procreate with wild abandon and live in their own excrement.

Babies crawl on carpets, mouth toys on carpets and generally turn parents into germaphobes. And if you have allergies, maybe you’ve already pulled up your carpet and installed laminate flooring.

The Halo UVX Ultraviolet Vacuum is a new and easier solution for bug and allergen busting that came on the market this summer. It kills a variety of things that hide in your carpet—dust mites, fleas, lice, mold, bacteria and even viruses, and it does it fast, without chemicals.

I was skeptical, but the technology checks out.

An Ultraviolet Primer

There are three types of ultraviolet light that come from our sun. UVA and UVB rays are the reason you lather up with sunscreen on a sunny day. UVC rays mostly don’t reach the Earth’s surface, being dispersed by our ozone layer.

In the late nineteenth century, UVC was discovered to be great for killing microorganisms and could be reproduced by a special bulb. Today, UVC light is used to clean air that circulates and recirculates inside hospitals and other buildings. It’s is known as “germicidal light” and works by disrupting the cellular DNA of microorganisms. Watch a 1 minute 35 second video about germicidal light from WebMD.

UVC is also known for its use in water purification systems, and may have applications for food safety.

Halo’s Basic Specs

  • Upright
  • Bag for debris collection
  • 6 bags (1 preinstalled)
  • HEPA filter
  • Telescoping handle
  • UVC germicidal light
Photo of the backside of the vacuum.

1. The blue switch toggles the vacuum between three modes: off, on, and on with rotating brush.

2. If a pacifier gets lodged in the rotating brush and the motor overheats, the brush is designed to shut off. Clear the obstruction and press the reset button.

3. The power cord wraps around an oval knob. The knob rotates down to hasten removal of the cord, a standard feature on vacuums today.

4. A lever labeled “Pull for handle release” is used to extend the telescoping handle.

How it Works

The Halo is like any other vacuum, except this one blasts UVC light directly into your carpet via a bulb located on the bottom of the unit.

  1. Switch the vacuum from “Off” to an “On” or “On with brush” setting via a switch on the backside of the unit’s torso.
    • First time: Set your carpet height via a button on the handle (low, low-medium, medium, medium-high, or high). This setting is saved for your next reuse.
    • First time: Pull a lever on the unit’s base, then raise the telescoping handle to its full height. Or, use the vacuum in its compact form if you prefer.
  2. Press a foot lever to incline the unit’s torso and telescoping handle.
  3. Press a palm trigger in the handle to activate the UVC light. A logo on the top of the unit’s base glows to indicate the UVC is engaged.
  4. Run the vacuum over your carpets as you normally would, committing mass murder upon millions of unseen undesirables.
  5. Practice your best maniacal laugh.

Germ-Killing Power

I’m obviously not qualified to evaluate Halo’s germicidal effectiveness, but from what I’ve read online, UVC is capable of killing microorganisms in under a second.

The company’s web-based statistics (or as I call it, the kill chart) are difficult to read, so here’s a summary from a company representative from an e-mail interview:

“Due to the design and engineering of the bulb chamber and it’s components, dust mites, viruses, bacteria, fleas (and their eggs), lice (and their eggs), mold and mildew are taken care of “instantly” – or under a second.  So operating the vacuum at a normal speed, with normal strokes, will kill these germs and organisms without any extra effort on your end. It’s doing two jobs at once – cleaning/sweeping the dirt away AND disinfecting your home.”

Compact Design

The first thing you notice about the Halo is its unassuming presence. The unit’s base is noticeably smaller than other vacuums at 12 inches wide. For example, my other vacuum, a Hoover Windtunnel, has a 15-inch wide front bumper.

Likewise, the Halo stands 3 feet (36 inches) tall until you extend its telescoping handle to its other height setting, 45 inches. (My Hoover has only one height, 43 inches.)

You might assume bigger is better, but I found vacuuming with the Halo be essentially the same, and actually easier around and through toddler-sized furniture (a toddler table, chairs, doll house, etc.)

The Halo also stores easier than the Hoover in our utility closet. Three inches makes a big difference. Plus, height-wise, the handle shrinks down 9 inches.

The vacuum weighs 15lbs, about 5 lbs. lighter than my Hoover.

Maintenance and Warranty

Traditional bags are used for debris collection. They appear to be significantly smaller than traditional vacuum bags (5.5″x11″) probably due to the unit’s overall compact size. The manual recommends replacing the bag monthly whether it’s full or not. I would be surprised if you don’t go through at least one bag a month. Six bags ship with the vacuum. They can be bought online, five for $8 presently.

A HEPA filter in the front of the unit has a listed life of three years. HEPA filters are not yet sold through the web site, but I was told the preliminary cost is $15.

The vacuum unit has a one-year warranty covering household use, excluding misuse, accidents and so forth.

The UV bulb has a lifetime warranty, although it is not referenced in the manual or on the web site. The warranty was confirmed in an e-mail interview:

“The ultraviolet bulb has been tested by Phillips (the manufacturer) to last for over 8,000 hours — well beyond even the life of the vacuum (which has been tested to 500 hours — competitors generally test theirs between 100 to 200 hours).  As a result, we have established a lifetime warranty on it.”

The Manual

My major disappointment was with the Halo’s manual. It adequately describes the function and maintenance of the vacuum, with plenty of emphasis on safety precautions. But it devotes only two paragraphs toward educating you about UVC and the germ-killing power of the product. That’s fine for consumers purchasing the vacuum from Halo’s web site because there is a lot of information online. However, before this vacuum hits retail store shelves the company needs to develop a second booklet extolling the virtue of murdering bugs.

Photo of the underside of the vacuum with a rectangular glass plate and UVC bulb visible.

The UVC bulb behind a sturdy quartz glass plate.

Safety

The manual includes a long list of cautionary statements about safe use. Many are boilerplate for all vacuums, (“Do not drop, throw or hit your Halo Ultraviolet Vacuum”). Others pertain to safe use of the UV light (“Never place any body part within 6 inches of the base perimeter of the vacuum while the Halo Ultraviolet Vacuum is on.”)

There are a variety of safety measures built into the unit to prevent you from looking directly at the UVC light.

  • Light shuts off if hand trigger is not continuously pressed.
  • Light shuts off when the vacuum is tipped 30 degrees or more.
  • Light shuts off when the telescoping handle approaches upright position.

That last one I figured out when I noticed the light kept flicking off during operation. As I would pull the vacuum toward me during my normal cleaning pattern, the light shut off as it neared my feet, which happens to be when the telescoping handle is approaching a perpendicular degree angle.

The manual advises you to test the vacuum on a small section of carpet due to a theoretical risk of burning or fading the carpet. However, the company told me, “We have tested the Halo on a plethora of materials with no harm done.” But it’s still a good idea to follow the instructions and not keep the vacuum stationary in one spot for a long time with the light engaged. Really, killing bugs doesn’t take more than a second, so don’t go crazy.

My manual also contained a sticker Californians have seen many times: “Warning: this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” I’m told it’s due to a small amount of mercury inside the UVC bulb (mercury vapor is also in standard fluorescent bulbs). I’ll take that over the lead found in virtually all Christmas tree lights and lawn water hoses.

So, with some mercury in there, you’re probably wondering, how strong is the clear plate shielding the UVC bulb? I asked the company:

“The glass plate encasing the ultraviolet bulb is actually a thicker material called quartz glass.  It has been tested through dropping the vacuum and striking the glass with a ball-peen hammer and if used under normal operating conditions, there is no true risk of breaking the glass and exposing the bulb chamber’s contents.”

Likes

  1. The glow of the HALO logo, indicating the UVC light is engaged, is reassuring and easily noticed.
  2. The compact design aides maneuvering around toddler furniture and the unit stores easier than traditional vacuums.
  3. Obviously, killing dust mites and other bad stuff is a good thing. You can try to vacuum up bad bugs and their eggs with a regular vacuum, but it’s not nearly as effective. That’s why prior to the debut of the Halo, common advice for allergy sufferers has been to eliminate carpeting from your home.
  4. These bugs die without the use of chemicals. I grew up in a house that had two to four cats at any given time. During a particularly bad flea infestation my parents bombarded the house with flea powder and I’d rather not think what noxious chemicals were in it. It’s weird to think that fleas and their eggs could be combated today simply by vacuuming.

Dislikes

  1. The lack of a hose attachment on the vacuum (see UVST Affordability notation below), for me, means we will remain a two vacuum household. I’m told future models will have attachments with various tools, but that the first generation of the Halo is focused on carpets and mattresses where dust mites and other allergens primarily reside.
  2. In freestanding mode, the unit tilts slightly backward. This isn’t a functional concern, only a psychological issue. I noticed because most vacuums I’ve used stand at 90 degrees or tilt slightly forward.
  3. I love the handle trigger for activating the UVC light. It makes me wish the on/off switch for the vacuum was on or near the handle.
  4. The manual is functional, but undersells the vacuum’s germicidal properties and lacks “pride of ownership” appeal. Hey, tell the consumer in detail about UV light and why he or she just bought this special vacuum. Don’t assume we’ve visited your web site.

Affordability and The Next Model on the Horizon

These days you can buy a vacuum that costs $50 or $1,000. The Halo’s
MSRP is $400, which seems appropriate for its unique features. If you
have allergies running in your family, it’s that more attractive.

The Halo UVX model can be purchased online from the company, Amazon and other online retailers.

In October 2007 a new model, the Halo UVST, will be sold at Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond. The new model will have a 13′ hose with a crevice tool and dusting brush. It will also be a larger unit with a 14″ cleaning path, a larger vacuum bag and a manual height adjustment (instead of buttons and electric lights). The cleaning attachments will not have UVC bulbs in them for safety reasons.

Final Thoughts

The Halo was provided to Thingamababy for review, so the question is, would I otherwise buy this vacuum? My wife and I talked about this a bit. She felt the MSRP of $400 is a little steep. I had to counter, “But, uhh, this thing is unique. No other vacuum kills bugs with ultraviolet light.” On top of that, my wife has allergies and the last thing I enjoy seeing her do is puff on her inhaler while our 7-week-old baby is inside her. So yeah, I’d insist on buying the Halo.

Full length photo of the Halo vacuum.

Full length view with the telescoping handle in its compact mode.

Halo_handle

An up/down button on the handle toggles between five height settings for the vacuum. Although three labels are displayed, they light up in combinations that indicate: low, low-medium, medium, medium-high or high.

The handle’s palm trigger turns on the UVC light. Let go and the light turns off.

Three full-length photos of the vacuum, in compact mode, with handle extended and with the front panel open to reveal the debris bag.

Three views: the vacuum in compact mode, with handle extended and with the front panel opened for replacing the debris bag. The HEPA filter is located in the front grill below the vacuum bag.

Update!!! This vacuum has been replaced by the vastly upgraded Oreck Halo. Click to read our Oreck Halo review.

Comments

33 Responses to “Review: The Halo UVX Germ-Killing Ultraviolet Vacuum”

  1. bob pickerel says:

    The principle of being able to kill,”bugs” while vacuuming sounds great. BUT… nowhere have I seen a discussion of it’s cleaning prowess. I want to know does it vacuum as well as say, a Dyson. Have you any info RE: vacuuming, such as effectiveness, size of the motor, suction power..thanks

    August 13th, 2007 at 7:49 am

  2. AJ says:

    Good question. I’ve asked the company and its response is included below. I can say the UVX sucked up our cat hair as well as our Hoover does.

    As for the Dyson, the September 2007 Consumer Reports has a brief item examining Dyon’s “most powerful lightweight vacuum” claim, and found that some other vacuums performed better.

    Halo’s response:
    The UVX’s suction is comparable or better than our competitors. The motor is 5 amps, 120 V…the design of the motor in relation to the fan, etc. allows it to run with less amps, but similar or better suction.

    Instead of belts (which you have to replace) the UVX uses gears to drive the beater bar. This makes the construction nearly indestructible (with normal usage of course) and as mentioned…it makes it where customers have one less thing to replace or change.

    August 13th, 2007 at 1:29 pm

  3. Ashleigh McHenry says:

    AJ and Bob,

    Thanks again for the great, thorough review AJ.

    I wanted to throw it out there, in case anyone else stops by and does have questions (and I should have mentioned this earlier)…

    DEAR EVERYBODY: Do not hesitate to drop me a line at amchenry@halocompany.com. I am happy to field any questions about Halo, UV-C technology, allergens, etc. AJ’s review is so thorough, there may not be any more questions! Ha! But if there are, we are here to educate and help wherever it’s needed.

    Thanks again.

    Ashleigh

    August 17th, 2007 at 9:07 am

  4. Brooke says:

    My daugther has an unusually severe allergy to dustmites. We got a Nilfisk vac. How does this vacuum compare?

    August 18th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

  5. Ashleigh says:

    Brooke,

    Thank you for your question.

    Our vacuum is better than any vacuum on the market for dust mite allergies for the simple reason that NO OTHER vacuum in the WORLD utilizes ultraviolet light on the base of the unit to KILL the dust mites in your home. Most every other vacuum out there uses HEPA filtration and standard measures to remove dust mites from your home, but it has been proven by independent studies time and time again that vacuuming only removes about 15% of the (already dead) dust mites from your carpet…leaving the other 85% to reproduce. The Halo line of vacuums kills the living dust mites and their offspring AND suctions them from your carpet and mattresses, having a cumulative effect on the dust mite population….rather than leaving them to live another day.

    Regarding the suction – our vacuums have been tested head to head against our competitors to only meet or exceed each and every ones’ performance.

    I hope this thoroughly answers your question. If you have any further questions, plese do not hesitate to contact me directly at amchenry@halocompany.com.

    Thanks again!

    August 22nd, 2007 at 11:03 am

  6. Karen says:

    How noisey is the Halo??

    August 23rd, 2007 at 6:05 pm

  7. Ashleigh says:

    It is comparable to our competitors.

    I took it home and had friends and family test it out, and they all agreed it was not loud. They wre actually impressed with the sound output. AJ might be able to attest to the sound as well.

    Thanks for your question!

    August 24th, 2007 at 11:34 am

  8. AJ says:

    The sound of the Halo was a little different, particularly with the scrub brush active, but it didn’t seem more or less loud than other vacuums I’ve used.

    August 24th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

  9. Loy says:

    Why does it have only 1 year warranty?

    September 11th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

  10. Jill says:

    Hi, How does the Halo do on bare floors compared to bare floor vacuums? I’ve only seen mention of carpets and mattresses. Thanks!

    September 14th, 2007 at 11:04 am

  11. Ashleigh says:

    Hi there everyone again!

    To Loy: The one-year limited warranty is on the actual unit. If anything should break and you have used it according to the Owner’s Manual, we will replace the part or the whole unit, on our dime, no questions asked. The UV-C bulb and chamber actually have a lifetime warranty. If the bulb is faulty or should crack or break, we will replace it at any time, on our dime.

    To Jill: The Halo UVX and UV-ST can be used on carpets, mattresses, tile, linoleum, hardwoods, anything. They both have the option to turn the brush bar on and off easily to move to and from these floorings with ease.

    If anyone have furthr questions, please let me know at amchenry@halocompany.com! Thanks again to AJ!

    September 27th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

  12. Eric says:

    Hi, I just received the Halo in my store (best Buy) and I was looking for information on its cleaning capability. I want to thank you for this thorough article, I will be using most of the information posted here as reference points. ALso, about the Dysons, avoid them at all costs. I have a 65 dollar hoover tempo that outcleans the 600 dollar dyson. Thanks again for your input.

    October 21st, 2007 at 10:05 am

  13. Sherry Butler says:

    Do you need to activate the UV light while vacuuming hardwood floors? Do dustmites exist on bare flooring or just carpet/upholestery?

    October 28th, 2007 at 6:21 am

  14. katie says:

    I am getting all new flooring (strand bamboo and tile) because my son is allergic to dustmites and cats (we have 5 of them;-O)
    does the light affect finishes on tile, slate and bamboo???
    and since we have dogs too–how well does it pick up hair ? we got a roomba which is cute, but yeesh, we have to clean it constantly, and the brushes fill up with hair very quickly and clog…very nasty stuff…..

    October 28th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

  15. Ashleigh says:

    Sherry and Katie,

    You most certainly can use the UV-C light on the Halo vacuum on any material in your home. Of course, we suggest that you test an inconspicuous area first, and follow any of your floor manufacturer’s instructions – but we have tested the light on a plethora of materials and found no effect, so long as the vacuum is used as intended (regular vacuuming schedule, regular vacuuming pace).

    Dust mites exist virtually anywhere that they can find a place to lay their eggs. As you can imagine, the pure population of dust mites would be less on hard woods or tile than in your carpet or mattress…because in carpeting and mattresses, there is the warmer environment – the ability of the actual material to hold more moisture, which helps the dust mites eggs thrive.

    But be aware – the dust that floats in the air and lands on your TV, on your coffee table, on the blades of your ceiling fan…it’s not about the actual dust mites, but a protein in the dust mites’ FECES that people are allergic to, and what makes up the majority of dust as we know it. And that is found all over the house. So its not that the dust mites are thriving and reproducing on your hard woods or in the grout of your tile..it’s that they ARE in your carpeting, rugs, mattresses and upholstery, leaving their feces at alarming rates (about 200 “potty breaks” a day), all around your house.

    I hope this helps clarify things. If you have any further questions, feel free to email me directly at amchenry@halocompany.com! Thanks again everybody!

    November 1st, 2007 at 7:35 am

  16. Curt Dubose says:

    Dyson just changed their warranty to 5 yrs.; and thier price point is falling. Have you guys considered your warranty policy and your affordability? Maybe lower your price point 10% to 15% and sell 20% more…..just a thought.
    Thanks,

    Curt

    December 8th, 2007 at 9:33 am

  17. Melani says:

    Just purchased the UV-ST.
    #1. Can you add anything about what one can expect re: dust mites when the unit does not fit under the bed and the bed is too heavy to move.
    #2. Pg 08 (iii) of manual specifies “It is recommended that you only activate the UV-C light on carpeted surfaces as the product is not intended to be used to disinfect hard surfaces. ” Post/s above seem to imply you can use the unit on all surfaces, bamboo, etc. Please comment.
    First use tonight seemed to do a good cleaning job. And looking forward to getting ear plugs for ongoing use. I found the unit nosier then my other vacuum… and it does not have a hepa filter that might add to the noise.

    December 9th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

  18. Ashleigh McHenry says:

    Curt,

    At this time, we do not plan on extending our warranty or making our vacuums less expensive. The reasons are as follows (and in no way, speak down to the quality products that Dyson, or any of our competitors, have):

    Dyson has been around in America for about 4 years…and the UK for MUCH longer. They spend about 50 million dollars a year in the US alone for advertising. They have a WIDE line of vacuums, hand-helds, and even hand dryers. In 2006 alone, they sold 3 million vacuums in the US alone, at upwards of $600 or more a pop. Our company has been in research and development for 4 years, but actually sold our first vacuum on March 28, 2007. We simply do not have the resources at this time, after really only 9 months of sales of one vacuum (the UVX), and 2.5 months of two vacs (UVX and UV-ST), to consider dropping the price point on our units yet. That’s not to say we couldn’t in the future. But at this time, frankly, it is our concern, provide a quality product for our consumers – that customers have been waiting for. It may cost a little bit more, but it’s worth it…to us.

    Regarding the warranty, at this point, we are not discussing changing those either because our vacuums have been tested to over 800 hours. Most of our competitors test theirs between 100-300 hours. We believe in our product. If anything happens to your vacuum in the first year, we send you a new one. No questions asked. Additionally, the most expensive part of the vacuum, the UV-C bulb and it’s chamber, are warrantied for LIFE. They have been tested to 8,000 hours, with ball peen hammers, etc. If the light is ever faulty, doesn’t work, if the glass protecting the bulb ever cracks, ANYTHING, we will replace it, free of charge, forever.

    Again, that’s not to say, after being on the market for a longer period of time that we might not go to a 5 year warranty..or a 10 year. Who knows.

    Long story short, we measure up to every possible vacuum metric out there (like pick-up, durability, etc), but the one thing NO ONE can compete with is the fact that our vacuum is the world’s only germ-killing vacuum. Traditional vacuuming, even with the best suction, only picks up 15-20% of the debris in your carpet – there have been a plethora of studies that will tell you that. It still leaves the live dust mites…and all the viruses and bacteria you CAN’T kill with any other unit. If you have allergies or asthma…pets in your home, or small, curious children crawling about, Halo offers the peace of mind that no other vacuum can, plain and simple.

    I sure hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any more questions. I am happy to research whatever I need to see if I can help!

    Thanks so much,
    Ashleigh

    Also…to Melani –

    The UVX is smaller and may fit better under your bed. At this time, we do have various units coming up in production/engineering stages that might help with this issue. Also, employing the attachments might help somewhat too.

    Upon further testing (after the oringal owners manual was published) we recommend people test an inconspicuous area with the light first..just as a precaution, but the light and vacuum can be used on any surface, carpet, bed, hardwoods, tile, etc. we haven’t had a call saying t’s damanged anyone’s anything as of yet.

    The HEPA filter is the dust collection bag. We thought it would be a nice touch to employ the highest quality HEPA filtration material in the bag to a) prevent you from having to clean it…every time you change it you get a new HEPA filter…and b) be cost-effective in that 3 brand new HEPA fiter bags are just $7.99.

    Again, hope this helps!

    Ashleigh

    December 10th, 2007 at 7:57 am

  19. June Parent says:

    Just bought my Halo yesterday afternoon at Sears (Avenues Mall) . Read lots of blogs from your website and “thingamababy”. Going to try it out right now! I’m hoping this will save us from having to tear out bedroom carpet per advice from allergist (my recently diagnosed dustmite allergy causes hives) june

    December 20th, 2007 at 11:05 am

  20. Andy says:

    “Dyson just changed their warranty to 5 yrs.; and thier price point is falling. Have you guys considered your warranty policy and your affordability? Maybe lower your price point 10% to 15% and sell 20% more…..just a thought.”
    —————————————————————–
    Curt,

    First of all, good for Dyson … this site is reviewing a HALO.
    Second, I believe “Limited Lifetime Warranty” is enough consideration on a policy for any company, not to mention that a “lifetime” even if “limited” is most certainly more than five years.
    Third, what makes you qualified to ask for a 10-15% price reduction on a product you neither own nor distribute? Given the capabilities of the product, I’d say an MSRP of $400 is fair. By the way, do you really think that dropping the price of the Halo by $40-60 is really going to yield an increase in sales of 20%? Do you know realistically what that takes? How about maintaining pricing as-is in an effort to keep profits reasonable and fund more reasearch into product improvement.
    I guarantee you, if the Halo is remotely profitable and can produce new models, in time, their prices will fall … much like your beloved Dyson.

    By the way, I’d be interested to know which school of business you attended.

    Take care,

    -Andy

    December 31st, 2007 at 11:16 pm

  21. Curt says:

    Andy,

    Thanks for reading more into my question than I wrote.
    Second, I have never own a Dyson, but I did buy a Halo shortly after I left the question. By the way, I love the Halo. I appreciate what it provides having children that have been through major illness.
    Third, I own three companies that are very profitable and continue to show exciting growth.
    As far as the personal attack into my credibility, I think you are wasting your time. LOL 1. It was just a question. 2. Please call my CPA on my ability to ask a simple question. 3. You need to settle down and get off the “Bitter Bus”. Have a beer or good glass of wine. Life is not that bad. In fact, I’ll buy!!LOL.

    Thanks,

    Curt

    January 2nd, 2008 at 2:26 pm

  22. Eric says:

    How does the Halo compare with the Oreck. You see all these ads stating that the new Oreck has a hepa filter, hypo allergenic fitler,IntellaShield, free tune-ups 1 a year for 21 years, etc…

    Thanks

    January 9th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  23. Janelle says:

    I’ve read through all the other questions and looked on various websites but I can’t find where anyone has said whether they have seen an improvement in their allergies from using the vacuum. Has anyone noticed an improvement?

    Thanks

    January 15th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

  24. TDF says:

    Here is a site that says UVC WILL NOT kill dust mites…

    January 26th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

  25. TDF says:

    Read this. They say NO when asked if UVC kills dust mites..

    http://www.tricounty.com/flex.asp?p=uvclights

    January 26th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

  26. Trever says:

    The following link below does verify that UVC light will affect dust mites. I have also found this info on other sites.

    http://www.hygienitech.com/Hygienitech%20UV-C%20Light%20Primer.pdf

    I’ve been shopping for a vacuum for some time now. I think I will try the Halo.

    March 29th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

  27. Mary says:

    I am potty training two puppies. If there is an accident on my carpeting I use Magic Miracle to break down the enzymes in animal urine.
    Having said that I still feel the area is unsanitary-and I am guessing that bacteria left behind may (or will) cause odor as our WI summer and it’s humidity set in. What about the enzymes (should my Magic Miracle not destroy them all-if any–does the UV effect them and if not will the Halo remove the odor potential? Also, should I order online, does the vacuum come assembled?

    March 31st, 2008 at 3:02 pm

  28. Mandy says:

    I just wanted to make sure everyone is aware that the uv light can only kill what the light actually hits. So in essence the light is only killing what is on the surface of the carpet or sucked up to the surface.

    When you say that the light kills things in less than a second. How much less than a second are you talking? A second is actually a really long time when you think of how quickly you move your vacuum. Do you really keep it in one area for that long of a time to be effective when being used in a normal manner?

    I just want to make sure people don’t get the idea that you are actually dissinfecting your carpet by using this vacuum. Sure it helps but not as much as you might think.

    April 14th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  29. Tatiana says:

    I have a dog at home, and leave in South Florida, no carpets only hard wood floors, shell I go for HALO to kill the germs from my dog, would Halo also be useful for dog hear removal from the hard floors?
    Thank you.

    April 20th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

  30. TIFFANY says:

    I’m going to buy the Halo UVST Ultraviolet Vaccum,but I have some questions,I hope you can help me to make the right choice. -1, Halo UVST is the lates model,right? does it better and than UVX? and how much the suggested retail price? ’cause I see on other website, the price is little bit cheaper.If the UVST one is much better and has more features than the UVX,how could the price is cheaper? I see it doesn’t make sense, so I’m afraid to buy the wrong one from some strange websites. -2,You said Halo can also use on hardwood floors,but will it scratch my mable wood floor like other brand-name vaccums & sweeper did???
    -3,I like the UVC germidical light,but does Halo work great on picking my long hairs?I recently have hair loss,so my long hairs are fallen a lot everywhere around the house.
    - and anyone could pls tell me which trustable website that carry Halo UVST vaccum bags? as I known the price is $7.99/1pack(3bags),and S/H fee is $7.00,is it for 1 pack? if buy more than 1 pack,will that fee be multipled??

    August 1st, 2008 at 6:25 pm

  31. Jennifer says:

    I just used my Halo vacuum for the first time. It seemed to have a loud piercing sound as it vacuumed. Has anyone else experienced the loud pitch?
    Please let me know….

    August 8th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

  32. Shawn says:

    I’ve been using the Halo UV-ST 3290 and have one huge complaint about it. The supposedly indestructible gear drive for the rug brush is a geared belt drive system. The issue with this is that when you suck up the end of a rug with it the belt slips off the gear so the vacuum doesn’t burn out or do damage to the rug. You’d think this would be a nice feature except you have to then take the vacuum apart to put the belt back on. Hitting the reset button does NOTHING. I personally think the vacuum has a huge engineering flaw and needs to be looked at. After the first few times it was OK but then the belt would just start slipping off for no reason at all. It’s incredibly annoying. I’m planning on returning this vacuum and getting a different brand because I’m pretty sick of fixing this issue every time I vacuum. I’ve had to put the belt back on so many times that the screws holding the bottom plate are now stripped and half don’t hold any more. I’ve only had the vacuum 8 months.

    August 10th, 2008 at 7:37 am

  33. rleedc says:

    how can you distinguish a halo vac that is not authentic? I’ve seen them sold on ebay for as little as $10.

    August 12th, 2008 at 5:14 am