Is it time to buy a new vacuum cleaner for your home? Well, before you drive to the generic big box store down the road and purchase the cheapest option they have on the shelf, take some time to consider what you actually need out of a vacuum cleaner. A little research goes a long way toward ensuring you’re happy with the vacuum you buy.
Different Vacuum Types
The first thing you’ll notice when shopping for a vacuum is how many different types exist. Here are a few of the most common:
Upright vacuums. The traditional upright vacuum has been a staple of the American home for decades – and for good reason. It’s affordable, reliable, and relatively easy to store. However, they’re heavy and can’t always reach under furniture or in corners very well.
Canister vacuums. The canister vacuum is more versatile. In addition to cleaning carpets, you’ll find it effective on bare floors. It also has the flexibility and small frame to slip under furniture and reach into otherwise hard-to-access areas. It’s also decidedly quieter than other models. Having said that, they can be more difficult to store in a closet.
Stick vacuums. These vacuums come with both cordless and corded options. They’re lightweight and easy to use. People often rely on them to clean up quick messes without having to bend over. But what stick vacuums offer in versatility, they often lack in power. This isn’t going to be your everyday vacuum for cleaning up big messes.
Robotic vacuums. Robo-vacuums are very popular right now. They’re extremely useful and can save you time. However, they do little more than touch up in between manual vacuuming sessions. There’s nothing wrong with having one on hand, but it’s not a replacement for an upright or canister vacuum.
Handheld vacuums. It’s always nice to have a handheld vacuum on hand. You can keep them in a cabinet or store them on a laundry room wall and quickly grab them for cleaning up small messes. (They’re also great for cleaning your vehicle’s interior.) But again, handheld vacuums aren’t designed to be a primary, everyday household vacuum.
On top of these basic categories, you also have the option of installing a central vacuum in your home. However, unless you’re currently in the process of building a house, this might not be a realistic or affordable option.
What to Look for in Brands, Features, and More
As you consider different vacuum options, here are several tips to help you find the right one for your house:
Brand and vendor. Don’t underestimate the importance of buying the right brand from the right vacuum store. You want a company with an extensive selection that stands behind its products.
Bagged vs. bagless. Bagless vacuums sound great in theory, but finicky filters often required extensive cleaning and other issues. Plus, emptying the bin can be a mess (particularly if you have asthma or allergies). Having said that, there is something to be said for not having to buy replacement bags. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of each.
Sound and noise level. Certain vacuum cleaners are louder than others. We recommend testing models before you buy, if possible. Or, if buying online, read the reviews to see what others say about noise levels. If you’re looking for something quieter, canister vacuums tend to be less noisy than upright vacuums.
Cleaning options and accessories. Do you need a standard vacuum and a wand with other attachments that you can use to get in crevices and small areas? Pay close attention to what comes with the vacuum so you have ultimate flexibility.
You’ll have to decide which factors and features matter most to you. For some, price is the ultimate deciding factor. Others are willing to spend whatever it takes to get the right model. It’s your decision.
Finding Your Perfect Vacuum
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And while vacuums might not necessarily qualify as beautiful, the same concept applies. The vacuum that’s right for your neighbor or sister might not be right for you (and vice versa). We all have unique needs and preferences – so it’s up to you to determine which brand, model, and style is the best fit.