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!
Upright or Canister Vacuum?
First of all, 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.
Bags or Bagless Vacuum?
Do you prefer a bagless vacuum or a vacuum that uses bags?
- If you buy a vacuum that doesn’t require bags, you won’t have to buy bags for your new vacuum. 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 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!
These are the basics of choosing a vacuum. 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.
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