Having a clean home is an essential part of any house. When it comes to regular maintenance, vacuuming your home is key. There are so many options and a variety of high tech features to choose from when looking into getting a new vacuum. It can be difficult to make sense of all the options, so here is a guide on what to look for!
Buying a vacuum isn’t a purchase you make often. That’s why it’s worth doing the research and investing the time to choose a quality machine that will be right for you and last for years.
Let’s start with a quick rundown of the types of vacuums out there, and finish up with how you can best determine which features are the most important for you.
Types Of Vacuums To Choose From
Here are some of the main vacuum options available, their primary features, and the average cost
This is typically the most popular option. Upright vacuum cleaners are effective at removing dust and dirt from areas of carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floors. They typically include more customizable features, like brush and suction control. Turning off the vacuum brush can protect hardwood floors from being scratched, and suction adjustments are helpful for cleaning drapes or upholstery.
Upright vacuum cleaners are heavier than other models and can be more difficult to carry. They also take up more room when it comes to storage.
Average Cost: $50 to $700
Stick vacuums are usually cordless, which makes them great for cleaning a variety of areas around your home. They’re lightweight, versatile, and easy to transport from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for light debris in high traffic areas that will be vacuumed regularly (multiple times per week).
Stick vacuums may come with fewer attachments or customizable options compared to an upright model. But if all you need is a high powered vacuum, not brush or suction options, this could be a great choice for you.
Many stick vacuums also come with a detachable handheld feature, which makes it easy to clean upholstery, blinds, vents, window sills, and car interiors. Stick vacuums are also lighter weight and take up less room in storage than other models.
Average Cost: $25 to $600
Robot vacuums are battery powered and self-propelled. Simply schedule it to run when you need it to, and it will do all of the work for you. Built-in sensors keep robot vacuums from bumping into furniture or falling down stairs. They can even clean underneath furniture.
Robot vacuums are great for busy people or for those who are unable to push a vacuum themselves. They work well on hard floors and low pile carpet but aren’t ideal for higher pile, plush carpet or rugs. They also can’t travel from floor to floor in your home, so keep in mind that they’ll need to be moved manually to different floors of the home.
Average Cost: $100 to $1,000
Canister vacuums are designed with the motor and bag together in a separate unit. This unit is usually on wheels so it can move around easily and is connected to the vacuum head with a long hose.
Canister vacuums are typically lighter weight than an upright vacuum and can maneuver into hard to reach spots easier. This is a great option if you’re looking to maintain the power of an upright model, but with increased mobility.
Average Cost: $50 to $800
Features To Consider When Purchasing A Vacuum
Here are a few basic features you’ll want to take into consideration when it comes to your unique lifestyle and needs.
Bag or Bagless
Vacuum bags can sometimes seal and contain dust better. However, it can be difficult to tell when the bag becomes full, and costly to keep buying new bags. Bagless vacuums are more convenient because it’s easy to tell when they’re full. Their containers are also easy to detach and empty into a trash can without having to deal with a separate bag.
The bottom line is if you’re main concern is convenience, go with a bagless model. If you suffer from severe allergies, a bag model may work better at keeping dust and allergens in the bag.
Note: Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to remove harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet. Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly (1-2 times per year). Choose a carpet cleaning company that specializes in allergen and bacteria removal.
Do you need your vacuum to clean a variety of areas? Look for included or purchasable attachments like a crevice tool to clean tight spaces, a dusting brush for shelves and tables, and an upholstery tool for furniture.
Corded or Battery Powered
Battery powered vacuum cleaners are more mobile, but you’ll have to recharge them after about 20-40 minutes of use. Check out the battery life as it varies from model to model.
Personal Factors To Consider When Choosing A Vacuum
Size of your home. If you have a larger, multi-level home, you could need a more powerful, upright vacuum. If you live in a smaller space or an apartment, stick vacuums could be the best choice.
Stairs in your home. If you have stairs in your home, you may want a vacuum that’s easier to carry from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for this.
Surfaces in your home. If you have a variety of surfaces in your home—like high and low carpet and rugs, hardwood floors, or tile—you’ll want a vacuum that can adapt with multiple settings. Also, look for the option to turn off the brush feature so it won’t scratch your hardwoods.
Do you have pets? If you have pets in the home, you’ll want a vacuum that’s designed to remove pet hair and dander. Make sure to choose a model with at least 12 amps of power. Also, look for specific pet hair attachments.
Note: If you have pets in the home, be sure to schedule professional carpet cleaning at least twice per year to remove pet stains and hair that simple vacuuming cant.
Your cleaning schedule. What works best for you in terms of a cleaning schedule? Do you vacuum multiple times a week? If so, a lightweight stick vacuum could be the right fight. Do you vacuum less frequently? You may want a heavier duty upright or canister vacuum. Do you want to vacuum every day but you’re unable to? A robotic vacuum could be perfect to take care of it while you’re away.
Do you suffer from allergies? If so, you’ll want to select a vacuum that’s HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) certified. HEPA certified vacuums remove 99.97% of particles from the air and are more effective than a regular filter. When you do purchase a vacuum, be sure to clean or change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Note: Again, keep in mind that vacuuming alone won’t remove harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet fibers. You’ll want to be sure to look into professional carpet cleaning options.
Is noise a factor? If you don’t like loud noise or you live in an apartment with thin walls, you’ll want to choose a vacuum that’s quiet but still has enough power to clean effectively. A vacuum cleaner with a decibel level of 60-65 will be very quiet, while a level of 70 dB or higher will be noticeably louder.
Weight of the vacuum. Some upright models can be 20 pounds or more, while lightweight stick models can be less than 10 pounds. You’ll want to consider the vacuum weight, especially if you’ll be carrying it up and down stairs.
Clean Carpets Require More Than A Vacuum
We hope this buying guide can help you choose the perfect vacuum for your needs! It’s also important to remember that while regular vacuuming is crucial, you’ll also need to incorporate professional carpet cleaning to ensure you have a clean, healthy home.
Did you know that the Chem-Dry carpet cleaning method removes 98% of allergens and 89% of airborne bacteria from your home?