Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide
Not many people enjoy vacuuming but it is
a task made easier by the right type of equipment. The good news is
that there are many model options to select from including reliable
versions that fit almost any budget. The most common include a
conventional model, but uprights and handheld varieties are also
highly effective and worth considering. The key thing to remember when
buying these is that a higher price does not mean better results, even
if some manufacturers want you to believe this is the case.
What to Expect
When buying vacuums, you can expect to find a range of quality,
prices and features available. Keep in mind that your goal is to get
your carpeting clean. However, some models also help with hardwood
floors and tile, too. You may also want the flexibility to do
upholstery in the house and even in the car. You may want a variety
that can help you to remove dust from drapery or help you to get those
stairs cleaned easily. Noise levels are another factor.
Another important consideration for many buyers is the amount of
debris removal and what it does with it. In many homes, the goal is to
get a deep clean that pulls up as much of the dirt from the carpeting
even the deep fibers. You may want to choose a bag model, but more
common today are canisters that allow you simply to dump them out. If
you suffer from asthma or allergies, using proper filters may be a
good option for removing even more material while not disbursing it
into the air.
Types to Consider
Often, homeowners buy the type of vacuum they are accustomed to
using. However, this may not always be the best buy. Consider the
following options. The upright vacuum
cleaner is one of the most common. It is a self-contained model that
usually includes a vacuum bag or dirt canister, a hose, attachment
brushes and a motor all stored in one body. For those who have the
most carpet cleaning to do, this model works best. Look for a model
with a power brush for deeper debris removal, but some have an on/off
switch for the brush. That is a good thing if you also want to use the
vacuum to clean hardwoods you do not want to scratch. Also, look for
those that are lightweight enough to allow you easily to move them
over the floor. An adjustment for the pile, or height and thickness of
the carpet is also beneficial. Built-in hoses can make cleaning stairs
or other levels easier.
Designed to provide additional flexibility,
these models will provide a main unit that houses the motor and a
collection bag. Then, a larger hose connects to the front of the main
unit. The hose usually contains a power brush on the front and various
attachment options. The canister stays still during cleaning, or moves
only when needed. Most models do allow for cleaning of tile, wood,
carpeting and even ceilings if you want to. When buying these, look
for models with slim enough brushes that can get into and under
furniture with ease. You also want to ensure it offers plenty of
suction power. From
cordless models to smaller systems you can easily carry around,
there's no need to go without a vacuum anywhere. These models are
lightweight and smaller. They are only meant for lighter cleaning,
though. They make the ideal investment for a car or a motor home. When
buying them, consider how much capacity they have as well as how much
suction they provide. Some will mount to the wall to make it easy for
you to simply grab it and go when you need it.
Also, consider built-in models, which are designed within the home's
construction. Robotic models clean the floors for you. Just turn them
on and let them go.
Features to Look For
Some of the following features can make all of the difference in the
functionality and worth of your vacuum. Keep in mind what you plan to
use it for and then select the model best suited for your specific
Many manufacturers are now offering these filters. These filters
work to capture more dirt and dust particles that are in the carpeting.
Some claim to capture as much as 99.97 percent of these particles. For
those who have allergies or asthma, this type of filter is worthwhile.
You will get the same results from HEPA and HEPA-type filters.
Vacuuming an entire home can be hard to do and it is tiring.
However, if the model features a self propelled feature, you will have
far less to worry about. This type of motor allows you to effortlessly
vacuum the floor.
Newer models are bagless. Instead of using a bag that
collects the debris, the debris enters a canister. The container is
reusable, which can save you money overall since you do not have to
buy bags. Most are efficient models and there is little to no
difference in efficiency or function between these models and
Some name brand vacuums that are known for their
overall abilities include Bissell, Hoover and Dirt
Devil. Dyson is known for its unique technology, which may or may not
be worthwhile especially if you have a limited amount of carpeting in
your home. These models are significantly higher priced. Eureka brand
is moderately priced and known for its reliability. Other options
include LG, which are moderate to high priced with most features and
Kenmore, which contain basic features and range from low to moderate
pricing with minimum features.
When buying vacuums, new features are not always worthwhile.
Instead, buy models that include features like attachments, telescoping
wants and dirt sensors that are highly usable and worthwhile. Most
vacuums do need regular maintenance to keep them running properly. Do
not overlook the benefits of purchasing a moderate to high-end model
and using it for a decade or longer by simply maintaining it. -
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