Tips on Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

Tips on Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

A few factors need to consider when choosing the most reliable vacuum for your cleaning needs. Your first task is determining what you need the vacuum for; small spaces, rugs and carpeting, hard floors, garage and workshop.

There are heavy duty shop vacs for messier jobs, your everyday upright or canister vacuum for cleaning the home, and smaller hand held vacuums for getting into smaller spaces like tabletops and stairs.

Upright or Canister Vacuum

The two main types of vacuum cleaners are the upright and the canister. The upright cleaner is a larger, stand up model that you push around in front of you. They have a brush bar that basically beats out the dirt from carpets and rugs. This will allow the particles stuck in the fibers to come loose letting the vacuum’s motor suck them up. While they clean better, they can be hard to get into small places. But there are many vacuums now with a variety of attachments for cleaning curtains, getting into corners, and under furniture.

Then there is the canister model, a smaller, compact vacuum on wheels that follows around behind you and uses a hose attachment to suck up dirt. These are easier to use on stairs and it allows you to carry them between floors, where the upright can be heavy and awkward. Canisters are usually less powerful however and not as good on thicker carpets.

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Flooring Type

The type of flooring you have will play a role in determining what type of vacuum you will need. Canisters are better equipped for hardwood, vinyl, or tile floors. For carpeting, either model will do, but you need to be careful of any turbo roller attachment on an upright with loop pile carpeting. It can snag and damage the pile. Cut pile carpet can also have either machine as long as there is a turbo brush attachment.

It’s more a matter of comfort and preference when choosing one or the other. But there are also many features to consider as well when choosing your cleaner.

Filters & Bags

Bagged vacuums are easy to empty. Just throw out the used dust bags.

You have the option to buy a bagless cleaner which is great for suction. With full suction you can save time and also save money by not having to buy vacuum replacement dust bags. But this type of vacuum is not a good option for those who have allergies, as they can be messy when emptying.

Among the bagged vacuum cleaners, there are those that use the sealed disposable bag version which seals itself as you change it, trapping the dirt and dust in the bag. These are more effective in preventing any debris from floating back out into the air as you throw out the bag.

Along with the dust bags, a vacuum’s microfiltration unit makes sure that all dirt that has been sucked in doesn’t get recirculated back into the air. Among these, a good HEPA filter is an excellent option if you have allergies or pets. These tend to trap microscopic particles that would normally aggravate allergies and asthma. If you have pets then you will want to see if your vacuum has pet hair features too. These are specifically made to pick up fur and thicker hair particles.

Wattage and Power

Power and wattage will determine just how well a vacuum works. The higher the wattage of your cleaner, the more powerful it is. This is more important for canister vacuums where the dirt has further to travel. Airflow and design also play a big role in how well a machine works. With an upright cleaner many models have what they call variable power, so they can be used on various surfaces. The variable power allows user to switch from low to high suction power using a knob or control dial. But it’s the brush that is important for the uprights. The power brushes are what allow you to clean different types of floors.

One mistake people make is to go by the motor power which isn’t the same as wattage. A more powerful motor doesn’t guarantee better suction capabilities. So the higher the wattage the better.

Other things to consider

The vacuum brand can be very important for some people. The high-end brands like Miele and Dyson vacuums are proven to be powerful and effective. However, some users prefer budget cleaner from Eureka or Bissell.

Dust bag capacity will be important and they do vary quite a bit from model to model. For larger living areas, go for the larger bag capacity otherwise bag replacement will become an expensive proposition.

Your cable length will also be important if you have a large area to cover in the home. Many canister vacuum cleaners have retractable cords in them but you do need to check the actual length a cable can cover.

Finally consider weight. This is important for those who are less able bodies. Lightweight cleaner is easier for stairs or above floors cleaning.


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