The U.S. EPA reports that Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. If you think of your carpet as your home’s largest collector of dust and other allergens, it makes sense that proper and regular vacuuming is the easiest and best way to keep carpet clean – and impact the air you breathe indoors.

Riccar helps you find out if you’re buying the best vacuum cleaner by putting it to the test. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is a trade organization that applies a science-based approach to testing vacuums. CRI’s testing is important to us because it helps manufacturers continually develop the best products. It’s important to you because you want to know you’re getting the best cleaning possible while preserving your carpet investment.

Riccar has submitted most of our vacuums for CRI testing, which uses independent lab testing against scientifically accredited cleaning standards. CRI tests a vacuum’s performance in removing soil, containing soil and wear to the carpet. If a vacuum passes the test, it can be awarded the Gold, Silver or Bronze Seal of Approval. On the CRI website, you’ll find these current and retired Riccar models that were awarded the Gold Seal of Approval – CRI’s highest rating:

The Carpet and Rug Institute is a national trade association representing carpet and rug manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials and services to the industry. It’s the leading source for science-based information on carpet. Its mission is to provide the facts that enable informed flooring choices. For more information about the Carpet and Rug Institute, visit their website:

(Updated 11/3/2021)