When buying a vacuum cleaner, how you choose one often depends on your own personal preferences. Of course, if you don’t know much about vacuums, maybe you don’t have any personal preferences. What do you need in a vacuum and how much do you want to spend? Keep in mind that spending more does not necessarily mean that you will get a better vacuum. Here’s a simple guide to help you choose the perfect vacuum!
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new vacuum cleaner. Depending on the model you buy, a vacuum can be a major investment.
Here are seven tips to consider before you hand over your credit card!
What Type Of Vacuum Cleaner Do You Want And Need?
The first step is to decide whether you want a canister style or an upright style vacuum cleaner. If carpet cleaning is your main need, the upright canister works best for you! But if you also need to clean wooden or ceramic floors then this might not be the right choice as it damages the flooring.
Canisters give you the ease of moving them around and you just have to handle the wand. The various attachments make specialized cleaning possible.
These are the main types of vacuum cleaners. All of them have pros and cons.
- Upright vacuums usually provide the widest “strip” of cleaning as you go over a rug. They’re good for deep cleaning. They also store well. However, they can be quite heavy and noisy.
- Canisters are better on wooden or vinyl floors, as well as drapes and upholstery than uprights. They also are often quieter. However, they’re bigger and bulkier and harder to store.
- Central vacuums are the most convenient AND the most expensive. You only have to carry a hose around and plug it into the vacuum outlet in each room.
- Robots are little vacuums that move around without your guidance. They’re okay in uncluttered rooms and for use between vacuuming by human beings. They also miss all the edges and corners.
- Mini-vacuums are good for quick cleanups but are short on power.
- Sticks are good for a quick pickup but don’t replace a full-sized model.
Choose The Vacuum That Offers The Best Tools For Your Job
You’re going to pay more for more tools. Think about what you need before you pay for it. You may want an upright that also has a hose and a power attachment to clean stairs, for example, so you get the advantages of both an upright and a canister.
Upright Or Canister Vacuum?
Would you prefer an upright vacuum or a canister vacuum?
- Upright vacuums sit on wheels that are close to floor level. The handle, which houses the bag (or bagless reservoir) in which dust and debris collects, is about waist high on the average person. The handle stands upright when the vacuum is not in use and can be pushed forward and backward to maneuver the vacuum when in use. Some uprights are self-propelled, meaning that the wheels move along on their own, which can be helpful if you are not very physically able. Uprights are also great if you don’t want to bend over a lot. They can be hard to use around furniture unless you have the right attachments, including a detachable hose.
- Canister vacuum cleaners have a unit that houses the bag, or debris reservoir, and the machinery. They’re built low to the ground. You will be able to move the vacuum around on wheels or pick it up and carry it. There will be a hose that attaches to the canister and a variety of attachments for the hose. Most canister vacuums come with plenty of attachments that you’ll probably have to change often.
Which Are Better – Vacuum With Or Without Bag?
Vacuums with bags vs. bagless vacuums: Do you prefer a bagless vacuum or a vacuum that uses bags?
- Bags hold more dirt and keep the dirt in the bags when you remove the full bag and throw it out. Some vacuums have indicators that tell you if the bag is full or not. Occasionally the right bag for that vacuum may be difficult to find where you live, so check that out prior to buying your selected model. And, of course, the bags are an extra cost over the life of the vacuum.
- Bagless vacuums save you money on new bags. However, cleaning the dirt bin can be a dirty job and expose you to germs and allergens. If you buy a vacuum that doesn’t require bags, you won’t have to buy bags for your new vacuum. Bagless vacuums can be messy to use. You have to empty the dust and debris out of the debris reservoir. It’s not contained in a bag so you need to be careful not to get it all over the area you’ve just vacuumed! Some people claim that this type of vacuum is more powerful because the suction is not blocked by the bag.
How Powerful Is The Vacuum?
When shopping, look at the vacuum’s box to determine its suction power. The more suction power the vacuum has, the more debris it will pull out of your rugs, and the less often you’ll have to vacuum.
You can figure out how much suction power a vacuum has by looking at its amperage. For example, if the vacuum uses 200 amps, it’ll be more powerful than the one that uses 100 amps. The most amps = the most suction power = the less work for you.
How Many Attachments Do You Need?
Before you buy the most expensive vacuum with the most attachments, take a few minutes to think which attachments you really need. You’ll probably need the attachment that will allow you to poke into and clean corners and edges. If you choose an upright will you need the attachment that allows you to clean steps or under furniture? You can save money by NOT getting every attachment, but don’t save the money and then realize you certainly could have used that attachment!
What Is The Maximum Height/weight Of The Vacuum Cleaner?
It may not seem to be an important factor but trust me, this is where is can pain the most, literally! It is essential that you are standing upright when you use the cleaner. Your shoulders should be pulled back.
You should also keep in mind that you have the minimum things to move around while cleaning. So the vacuum cleaner parts should be hassle-free. A self-propelled, wheeled vacuum cleaner works best in this regard. Be nice to your body.
What Is The Vacuum Cleaner Capacity?
The capacity should also be taken into account. You don’t want to change bags between cleaning! So, depending on the amount of dust and other stuff that you expect in your house, choose the right capacity.
Do You Need A HEPA Filter?
A HEPA filter (or high-efficiency particulate-air filtration) is good for people with allergies and lung problems such as asthma. They claim to provide the highest possible air filtration. However, micron filters also offer a high level of filtration and cost less. Some models without either filter perform quite well. You might want to pay more for a micron or HEPA filter vacuum if you have allergies or lung problems that make it a necessity. Then again, you might want to save the money and get a vacuum without a filter.
Do You Really Need A Self-propelled Vacuum?
Propelled or Not? The transmission that makes the vacuum move backward and forward, virtually by itself, is heavy and may make carrying the vacuum difficult. However, it also might make vacuuming easier for someone with physical problems that make vacuuming difficult for them.
Do You Need A Headlight?
Is a headlight an important feature? Headlights help you to see under furniture or what’s ahead to clean up in darker rooms. They’re standard on a lot of uprights and some canisters. If you don’t care if you have one, and can find a vacuum without a headlight, it might save you some money.
Should You Buy A Vacuum With Suction Control?
Suction control can be very helpful when you’re cleaning upholstery, drapes, and small area carpets. On low suction, your vacuum is less likely to suck the drapes or carpet up into the vacuum when you’re trying to clean them.
What Are Your Personal Preferences?
Everyone has a different priority list in terms of what’s more important to them. Choosing a bagged or a bagless vacuum cleaner is one of them.
A bagged cleaner avoids the touching of dirt but there comes the handling bit. On the other hand, if you need to clean the ‘cup’ of a bagless vacuum cleaner, it does send some of the dirt back to where you picked it! So, it’s a matter of personal choice.
Also, vacuum cleaners ‘do’ make noise. It depends on how much you can bear! If there is a trade-off between better suction capacity and more noise, you will definitely choose better capacity. But if it is a trade-off between noise and ease of handling, I will personally choose less noise. Again, it’s a personal preference.
Price, I will again count it as a personal preference. It’s not a preference really but it depends how high/low it is on your priority list. Whether you are willing to pay more for quality or pay less for a decent job, it boils down to your choice.
If you have people in the house who are allergy-prone, you should go for a cleaner that has HEPA filters. Other features like chord length, attachments, tool control, etc should also be taken into account. Ease of use is a very important factor, at least for most people!
In the end, it’s just a vacuum cleaner, agreed. But it takes a lot of research before you buy one. It’s not only about the investment but also about the results. Hope this article solved some of your questions.
The number of vacuum cleaner choices these days makes it very hard for someone to choose the best one for their needs. The very first thing one should do before thinking of buying a vacuum cleaner is to figure out why they need it.
There are some basic questions one should ask oneself.
- Is it for home cleaning or outdoor cleaning?
- Will it be used to clean flat floor surface or carpets?
- Is the house located in a place where it needs cleaning frequently?
Once you have answered these questions, you are in a position to choose the cleaner which perfectly suits you bill! Seems like a tough decision, eh? We shall make it simple.
Keep the top tips in mind when you go looking for the perfect vacuum cleaner. That way you’ll get what you want and need and not end up paying for features you’ll never use! Reading the vacuum’s box, and looking for ratings and reviews online, should help you pick the perfect brand, once you have an idea of the general type of vacuum that you need.