Vacuum cleaners have had a purpose and a place. Their place: the closet, except when removed to fulfill their purpose - to clean your rugs and carpets...then back in the closet until next time. They've had no other reason to see the light of day, have they? Perhaps now they do. With award-winning design breakthroughs that have even landed in museums, these humble, dust-sucking home appliances have come a long way in recent years.