Riccar Vacuum Cleaners

Riccar is a premium vacuum brand that, like Simplicity Vacuums is owned by the Tacony Corporation

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The rare thing about Riccar vacuums compared to the majority of other vacuums in the market is that they are made exclusively in the US. Another aspect that sets them apart is that they are only sold via independent vacuum retailers. For instance, you won't find Riccar vacuums on Amazon or other online stores (except for their own website).

Riccar's objective is to make truly world class vacuums. They are obesessed with achieving the best performance possible and producing robust vacuums that excel in terms of suction power and air flow control. As a result their best models are the highest performing but also the most expensive vacuums we've reviewed.

Introducing the Riccar Vacuum Brand

"Your home is an investment, and your oasis. That's why Riccar vacuums aren't just designed for your refined aesthetic - they're made in pursuit of perfection, a machine for world-class clean." Riccar Mission Statement.

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The Riccar brand of vacuums was established in 1988, so their latest vacuums have the benefit of 30 years of development.

They started with two Clean Air style uprights and a focus on developing the vacuums with the best suction for powerful on-board tools and attachments. We'll take a look at what their Clean Air technology is shortly.

In 2004 Riccar introduced Patented Tandem Air Technology to their vacuums. These were the first vacuum cleaners in the world to use two distinct cleaning motors for exceptional carpet cleaning, advanced filtration and powerful suction for attachments.

Let's dive into the tech.

Riccar Vacuums Review

Riccar's vacuum technology focuses on cleaning performance: suction power, air flow, carpet agitation and filtration. They also produce robust vacuums that are built using strong components that will last. You won't find cheap plastic parts that break easily on their vacuums. Furthermore, Riccar's vacuums have the longest warranties you will find in premium vacuums, with up to 8 years for their top model.

Clean air vs Direct Air Vacuums


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To fully understand Riccar's high performing vacuum technology a little background knowledge is helpful.


Most vacuums have either a clean air motor or a direct air motor. These different types of motor have specific benefits for home cleaning. We'll give a brief explanation.

Clean Air Vacuums

Clean air technology sucks the air through the filter, bringing dirt along with it. These are the most common motors you find in vacuums these days (e.g. Dyson, Shark, Kenmore, Hoover, Electrolux vacuums all have these motors) and they are also known as suction motors. 


These motors enable advanced filtration and are great for cleaning with attachments. However, they do not produce as much air flow or agitation as direct air motors, which limits the performance on carpets and rugs. We talked about the importance of agitation for carpets in our article about vacuum beater bars

Direct Air Vacuums

Direct air technology agitates carpet fibers, releasing dirt particles. It’s well-suited for carpet cleaning. Direct air motors are used in vacuums like the Kirby, Oreck, old Hoover Elites, Sanitaire, and some Eureka uprights.


Direct air motors differ from air clean motors as they use a fan to blow the air and dirt into a bag which captures the dust and filters the air before releasing it back into your home.  You will know a direct air vacuum when you see one as the outer bag inflates when you turn it on.


This motor system can deliver a very high amount of air flow and agitation when combined with a good brush roll system. As a result these systems have great performance on carpets.


However, the downside is that these systems do not provide good suction for using attachments and also their filtration capabilities are limited to what can be achieved with the vacuum bag.

Riccar Tandem Air Vacuums

Riccar's Patented Tandem Air vacuums have both a clean air motor and a direct air motor in them to bring you the benefits of both. Their innovative technology provides:

  • Deep cleaning of carpets due to the high air flow and agitation the direct drive motor provides;
  • Multiple layers of HEPA Filtration so that only the cleanest air is dispelled;
  • Exceptional suction performance when cleaning with attachment tools.

The result, as Riccar proudly state themselves, is a level of clean you've never seen.

Riccar Vacuums comparison

The video below is from 2013 and compares an older model Riccar vacuum with an older Dyson.

Although these are not the latest models of either brand, the video is a great example of how the Riccar tandem air system performs on carpet compared to the single air clean motor system on the Dyson. 

Riccar Vacuum Types

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Riccar produce a wide range of different types of vacuums and these can be categorized as follows:

  • Canister Vacuums
  • Speciality Vacuums - includes lightweight, cordless and handheld models
  • Upright Vacuums - includes Tandem Air, Clean Air, lightweight, cordless and commercial models.
  • Central Vacuums - Check out our article What is a Central Vacuum System? for more information on this type of vacuum system.

Spoilt for Choice

Riccar claim to have a model of vacuum to suit your specific circumstances and budget and they have a huge range of models in each of their vacuum categories. We've counted 35 models to choose from on their website!

WIth so many options you can tailor your choice of vacuum to select different materials used for the vacuum's components such as its bottom plate, brush roll, wheels and handle tube. Furthermore, the models have various power outputs, cord length, and filtration options.

In addition, nearly all of Riccar's upright and canister models have received a Gold Seal of Approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). We value the CRI highly for their testing of vacuum cleaner performance on carpets. As well as testing for soil removal and dust containment, the CRI also test for changes to the surface appearance of carpets. As a result you can be sure that these vacuums clean carpets will not harm the texture of your carpet over time.

Navigating the options

Navigating the Options for Riccar Vacuums

Riccar have an excellent website which provides full specifications of each of their models.

As well as browsing and comparing the different models on offer, you can also find a vacuum that's a perfect fit for your home using their "Find By Living Space" option. This lets you select the features of the living spaces you need to clean such as mostly hardwood or carpeted floors, multi-surfaces or if above floor cleaning is important to you. In addition you can specify if you have a preference for allergy relief, speed or cleaning up after pets.

Based on your choices Riccar will provide you with their recommended models. Since they have such a broad choice of vacuums this is a great tool to help you find a model to suit your specific needs.

Let's take a deeper look at the different Riccar vacuums currently on offer.

Riccar Upright Vacuums

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Riccar claim to have an upright vacuum to suit any situation. Whether you need carpet cleaning only, a long reach with tools, advanced filtration or removing pet hair, there's a model of Riccar upright to suit. 

There are 4 categories of upright in the Riccar upright vacuum range:

  • Tandem Air Uprights - Riccar's top of the line range of uprights employing their superior dual motor technology. Prices range from $1,000 to $1,600.
  • Lightweight Uprights - these models are ultralightweight at only 8 to 11 pounds without compromising on cleaning power. Prices range from $280 to $700.
  • Clean Air Uprights - with advanced HEPA media filtration and powerful attachments. Prices range from $330 to $850.
  • Commercial Uprights - built for the rigors of daily commercial use. Prices range from $300 to $740.

There's currently a total of 23 different Riccar upright models across these 4 categories! If you're considering a Riccar upright it is worth browsing the specifications on their website to understand the different options and prices. 

Riccar Tandem Air Uprights

There are 5 vacuums in the Riccar Tandem Air upright range as depicted in the table below. These vacuums all deploy the dual motor technology.

These are the best upright vacuums for deep cleaning of carpets. Using these vacuums will help protect your carpets as dirt that sets deep into carpets cuts into its fibers and destroys it over time.

Tandem Air Upright
Price $$$
Power
Cord
Filtration
Weight
Warranty

Radiance Premium

$1,600

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media and Granulated Charcoal

22.5 lbs

8 Years

Radiance

$1,350

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media and Granulated Charcoal

22 lbs

7 Years

Brilliance Deluxe

$1000

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media and Charcoal

22 lbs

6 Years

Brilliance Premium

$1,100

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media and Granulated Charcoal

22 lbs

7 Years

Retriever Pet Vacuum

$1,200

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media and Granulated Charcoal

22 lbs

7 Years

Riccar Radiance Premium

The Radiance Premium is one of the best vacuum cleaners for allergy sufferers you will find. However, the price tag for this vacuum is an eye watering $1,600!

This is the highest priced vacuum that Riccar produce so as you'd expect it comes complete with their best technology and is made from their most durable components.

The Radiance Premium uses metal components for the highest durability in high-wear areas. The handle tube, brushroll, bottom plate, foot pedal and telescopic wand are all constructed of metal to withstand years of heavy use. 

Riccar backs this up with its longest upright vacuum warranty (8 years) and the Red Carpet Service Plan, honored at participating retail stores. This is the longest warranty we've seen on any of the best vacuum cleaners we've reviewed.

Highlights
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  • Tandem Air Technology combining direct and clean air motors for exceptional performance on all surfaces.
  • Intuitive Dirt Sensor lets you know if you've missed any dirt.
  • 100% Sealed 7 stage filtration HEPA media filter, HEPA media vacuum bag and granulated charcoal filter.
  • Self-sealing bag ensures you're never exposed to the captured dirt.
  • Multiple Sensors that alert you when the bag or filter needs attention and stop the brush roll if it gets jammed.
  • Deluxe on-board tools and handheld turbo brush
Video review

The video demonstration below from Vac World gives you an excellent look at the Riccar Radiance. 

RIccar Lightweight Uprights

Combining powerful agitation and airflow whilst still being lightweight is something many uprights do not achieve. These vacuums do exactly that and so are perfect for multi level carpeted homes. These are some of the best lightweight vacuum cleaners for carpet you will find.

Lightweight Upright
Price $$$
Power
Cord
Filtration
Weight
Warranty

Cordless Lightweight SupraLite

$700

44 Volt

40 ft

HEPA Media

11 lbs

4/ 2 Years

SupraLite Premium

$700

5.5 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media

9 lbs

5 Years

SupraLite Deluxe

$550

5.5 amps

35 ft

HEPA Media

9 lbs

4 Years

SupraLite Standard

$400

5.5 amps

35 ft

HEPA Media

9 lbs

4 Years

SupraLite Entry

$280

5.5 amps

30 ft

Non-HEPA

8 lbs

3 Years

Riccar SUpralite Cordless

The Supralite is our top pick of Riccar's lighweight models. As well as being super lightweight at only 11 pounds it also has the advantage of being cordless. 

The Supralite's 312 watt motor is powered by a 44-volt lithium ion battery, which runs up to 50 minutes on a single charge. The run time will vary based on the floor surface, charge level and age of the battery. It also re-charges really quickly.

However, the drawback with this model compared to competing cordless vacuums such as the Dyson V10 or the Shark IONFlex Duoclean is the lack of on-board tools. This is the same for all of Riccar's Lightweight uprights and therefore above floor cleaning is not possible with these models.

Highlights
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  • Lightweight - Weighs only 11 pounds.
  • Cordless - 50 min runtime and quick charging.
  • Squeegee - Cleans bare floors beautifully.
  • Red Carpet Service Plan - Offered at participating retail stores, this scheduled maintenance keeps the vacuum running at its best.
  • LED Headlight - Ultra-bright headlight makes it easier to clean dark corners and under furnishings.
  • ABS Plastic Body - Used in hardhats and SupraLite nozzles, ABS plastic is rigid and durable yet incredibly lightweight.
  • Self-Sealing HEPA Media Bag - 99.97% efficiency at 0.3 microns. Easy to attach and remove for clean disposal.
  • 4 Years Warranty on Vacuum, 2 Years on Battery
  • Carpet & Rug Institute - Bronze Level Rating
Video review

The video demonstration below from Vac World gives you an excellent look at the Riccar SupraLite. The demonstrator also confirms the high performance of this vacuum in terms of battery run-time, pick up on both carpets and bare floors and sealed filtration.

RIccar Clean Air Uprights

These models excel in terms of suction power, filtration versatility and durability. Since they only employ the single clean air motor they come at a lower price compared to the tandem air models. 

Clean Air Upright
Price $$$
Power
Cord
Filtration
Weight
Warranty

Classic Vibrance Classic Body

$430

10 amps

30 ft

Foam

22.5 lbs

3 Years

Deluxe Vibrance Classic Body

$550

12 amps

30 ft

Electrostatic Filter

22.5 lbs

4 Years

Vibrance Deluxe New Body

$600

12 amps

35 ft

HEPA Media 

21.6 lbs

4 Years

Premium Plus Vibrance

$730

12 amps

30 ft

HEPA Media and Charcoal

22.75 lbs

4 Years

Ultra Premium Vibrance with 2 Stage Motor

$850

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media and Charcoal

21.6 lbs

6 Years

Premium Vibrance New Body

$750

12 amps

40 ft

HEPA Media

21.6 lbs

5 Years

Entry Vibrance Classic Body

$330

10 amps

30 ft

Foam

22.5 lbs

3 Years

RICCAR VIBRANCE DELUXE

The Vibrance Deluxe features the latest bodyshape in Riccar's Clean Air Upright range. In addition to the Riccar clean air technology for high performance cleaning and filtration its strengths lie in its robust metal components. For example, the Vibrance Deluxe features a metal brushroll, bottom plate, handle tube and wand.

Highlights
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  • On-Board Tools - for easy access
  • Metal Brushroll - with Replaceable Brushstrips
  • Self-Sealing HEPA Media Bag - easy to attach and remove for clean disposal
  • HEPA Media Filter - effective filtration for asthma and allergy sufferers
  • Surface Selector - easily transition from carpets to bare floors
  • 4 Years Warranty
  • Red Carpet Service Plan - Offered at participating retail stores, this scheduled maintenance keeps the vacuum running at its best.
  • Carpet & Rug Institute - Gold Level Rating

RICCAR Canister Vacuums

Riccar canister vacuums, like their upright models are some of the highest performing vacuums on the market. They have 5 different models to choose from as shown in the table below. Some of the models feature Riccar's Tandem Air technology, whilst some use only a Clean Air motor.

Riccar Canister
Price $$$
Power
Cord
Filtration
Weight
Warranty

Prima Power Team with Deluxe Tandem Air Nozzle

$1,200

12 amps

28 ft

HEPA Media and Granulated Charcoal

11.6 lbs

10/ 5 Years

Prima Straight Suction Canister with Turbo Nozzle

$550

10 amps

28 ft

HEPA Media

9 lbs

3 Years

Prima Power Team Canister with Full-Size Nozzle

$1,000

12 amps

28 ft

HEPA Media

11.6 lbs

5/ 3 Years

Prima Power Team Canister with Premium Tandem Air Nozzle

$1,400

12 amps

28 ft

HEPA Media and Granulated Charcoal

11.6 lbs

10/ 5 Years

Sunburst Canister

$190

10 amps

18.5 ft

HEPA Media

9 lbs

2 Years

RICCAR Prima Power Team Canister

With the Prima Power Team Canisters you have the option of a Tandem Air Nozzle for the deepest cleaning of carpets. There are different nozzles to choose from and the canister comes with more tools than we've seen on other premium canister vacuums. In addition these models have a long hose and wand for extended cleaning reach and 100% sealed HEPA filtration.

Highlights

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  • 100% Sealed HEPA Filtration 
  • LED Headlight
  • Squeegee for bare floors
  • Tandem Air Technology
  • Variable Speed Control 
  • Metal Brushroll with Replaceable Brushstrips
  • Self-Sealing HEPA Media Bag
  • 10 Years Warranty on Body, 5 Years on Nozzle
  • Large selection of tools included
  • Ultimate Maneuverability
  • 6.5 ft hose

RICCAR Speciality Vacuums

Our Riccar Vacuum Cleaner Reviews would not be complete without a quick look at their speciality vacuums. These are lower cost handy vacuums for those quick clean ups. These might be a convenient addition to your main home vacuum cleaner.

In this category there are two lightweight broom vacuums, a corded and cordless version. Both feature spinning brushrolls and swivel nozzles for great manoeuvrability.

The Riccar Roam Cordless delivers up to 40 minutes of cleaning time on a single charge. In addition it comes with on-board tools.

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The Riccar Gem is a powerful corded handheld vacuum that comes with a flexible hose and tools. Use this for ​vacuuming your car or for quickly vacuuming spills around the home.

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Riccar Gem Handheld Vacuum

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Riccar SupraQuik Portable Canister

Finally, the SupraQuick Canister is super versatile and portable. This offers improved power and filtration compared to the Gem handheld and comes with more tools. This could certainly compete with some of the best car vacuums that we've reviewed.

Riccar Canister
Price $$$
Power
Cord
Filtration
Weight
Warranty

Steward Broom Vacuum

$190

7.5 amps

26 ft

HEPA Media

7 lbs

2 Years

Roam Cordless Broom Vacuum

$430

40 Volt Battery

No Cord

HEPA Media

7 lbs

2/ 1 Years

Gem Handheld Vacuum

$40

600 Watts

15 ft

-

3 lbs

90 Days

SupraQuick Portable Canister Vacuum

$140

700 Watts

25 ft

4 Stages Non-HEPA

4.5 lbs

2 Years

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed reading our Riccar Vacuum Reviews. You now have a good understanding of the Riccar Vacuum Cleaner Range and what the different models have to offer. Their vacuums are firmly in the premium category of vacuums and well suited for carpeted homes where their performance is second to none.

If you're considering buying a Riccar then you will need to find a retailer near you. You can do this on their website as well as finding out the full specification of the models you're interested in. If you do commit to purchase you will have some serious cleaning power on your hands that will last you many years.