It is a common misconception that all vacuum cleaners do the same job, and therefore your purchase should be based on price rather than features. However, there are many factors to consider when buying your vacuum, in order to ensure that the cleaner you buy is perfect for you. Are you looking for the best handheld vacuum cleaner, or perhaps a stronger, more powerful upright?
Below is the outline of the five main factors you should take into account when you go vacuum shopping:
1. What type of mess are you trying to clean up?
When you are buying a new vacuum, you are buying it for a specific purpose. This purpose can vary from cleaning up pesky pet hair on carpets, accidental spills made by children, hard to reach areas, hardwood surfaces, your entire house, cleaning windows and cleaning surfaces that hold moisture.
One cleaner cannot effectively clean up these different types of messes, and that is why you need to buy a cleaner that is custom to your needs.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vaccum 33A1-B is suited for pet hairs, the Vax H90-GA-B Gator Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is good for dry spills, while the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac, 71 B is an excellent choice for wet surfaces, mirrors and windows.
2. Corded or Cordless?
Another popular question is whether to buy a corded or cordless vacuum cleaner. A cordless cleaner is extremely convenient, light, easy to store and avoids the annoying power cord entanglement. However, it needs to be charged in between uses. The Dyson Digital Slim DC44 and Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner are some of the most popular cordless cleaners on the market, marrying easy to use features and efficient clean up.
However, because cordless cleaners run on charge, they can only operate for between 10-20 minutes. This is fantastic if you are planning to clean a small area e.g car interior, but if you would like to clean a larger area a corded cleaner is advisable. Corded cleaners have also been known to have greater suction power-though they may be inconvenient and bulky at times, they get the job done.
3. Cylinder/Canister, Upright or Handheld?
Upright vacuums are heavier than the rest, but they have an electro brush for cleaning pet hair and dust, and a bigger bag capacity for dirt. Though they are good for large expanses of floors and carpets, they are not good when cleaning stairs due to their size and the fact that they have limited reach.
Canister cleaners are lighter than their upright counterparts, and are good for cleaning upholstery, stairs and other hard to reach areas. However, they are not good at picking pet hairs and are difficult to maneuver.
Handheld vacuum cleaners are perfect for cleaning small and specific areas. You can use them for cleaning your windows, stairs, chairs, counter tops, tiles and mirrors, and their lightweight and portable features make them easy to use. However their small size means that they are not practical when cleaning large areas such as expansive floors.
4. Bagged or Bag less?
Bagged vacuum cleaners have higher capacities than bagged cleaners, they are also easier to clean out and because everything is sealed in a bag they tend to be more hygienic. However, bags need to be constantly replaced and these purchases may prove to be expensive. Bagged cleaners are recommended for those with allergies.
Bag less vacuum cleaners trap dirt particles in a canister, and this canister can be emptied in a bin when it is full. This is particularly useful when you vacuum something of worth by mistake. e.g earrings,small toys. However, bag less cleaners have half the capacity of bagged cleaners, and cleaning out the canister is a messy job. Bag less cleaners are good for those seeking to save money.
5. Accessories or no accessories?
Many vacuum cleaners come with attachments like crevice tools, power nozzles, wall brushes, floor brushes and turbo brushes. These attachments are good for cleaning specific areas such as floors, walls, blinds, upholstery, vents, car interiors and many more.
When looking for a good vacuum machine, it is important to ensure that you do not buy one with attachments that you do not require. Each accessory has a specific use and buying it and not using it would be a waste of resources. Accessories are there to make your cleaning experience easier and not harder.
I hope these questions help you narrow down your top contenders of that perfect vacuum cleaner. The perfect vacuum cleaner for your house hold and cleaning needs is out there, and this criteria will help you find it.