The first vacuum cleaner was called the Whirlwind and was invented in Chicago, Ill., by Ives W. McGaffey in 1865. This vacuum cleaner required the user to manually turn a crank while pushing it at the same time, which ma... More » History Inventions

According to CNET's expert reviewer, the top performing vacuum cleaner available as of 2014 is the Hoover Platinum Collection LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum. Vacuum Judge also gives the model "best in class" ratings, while A... More » Home & Garden Cleaning Cleaning Products

The lifespan of a vacuum cleaner partially depends on the strength of the brand and proper maintenance of the device. Some brands boast having a 20-year lifespan or more, although some studies of vacuum cleaners estimate... More »

The zipper was invented in 1893 by Whitcomb Judson of Chicago, Ill. Judson's design was known as the clasp locker and was a somewhat complicated shoe fastener with a hook-and-eye design. More » History Inventions

In 1897, the pencil sharpener was invented by John Lee Love. He was issued a patent for it on Nov. 23, 1897. That style of pencil sharpener is still in use today in schools and offices around the world, according to Abou... More »

The biggest inventions of 1994 were the CMOS image sensor and the first PlayStation games console. Other major inventions were the quantum cascade laser, the HIV protease inhibitor and the Segway. More »

Several products and procedures were invented in 1974. One example is the Post-It Note, which was created by American Arthur Fry. Since their invention, Post-It Notes have been sold in over 100 countries across the world... More »