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Dirt Devil KONE and KURV by Karim Rashid

This is your handheld vacuum.

This is your handheld vacuum on good design.

To find out all about these new, stylish hand vacs, just

Okay, I don't want to bust the Dustbuster's chops—I'm old enough to remember when it was an amazing new household tool. My grandma and mom went gaga over it. But, as hot as this design might have been when it was developed by industrial designer Carroll Gantz, it now looks downright prehistoric.

Enter the new handheld vacuum designs by Karim Rashid. The Dirt Devil KONE ($42.99) and KURV ($52.99) are just plain beautiful to look at. I love the poppy colors and sleek shapes. They're also both rechargeable and cordless, just like the original Dustbuster. The advantage to these new designs, though, is that I can pretend I'm on a super-mod spaceship while I vacuum up the dog hair.

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