Calvin Mud 2016-07-30 10:00:00
No matter if your home’s floors are covered in carpet or hard surfaces, a vacuum cleaner is always a good investment. A poor vacuum cleaner choice not only is a waste of time, but can give you some major headaches. Go about purchasing your next vacuum as an investment, research your options, and ask yourself five questions before you make your choice.
Do I need a basic vacuum or one with a lot of accessories?
Some accessories are just useless additions that only contribute to the visual appeal and price point of the vacuum. Others, like the full container indicator, edge cleaner, and pet attachments, tend to be useful for everyone. Some specialty vacuums even have a pet groom tool that, if your dog permits you, allows you to suck loose hair directly from its coat before it gets shed onto your floors and furniture.
The full container indicator is a great addition since it makes it easy to tell when you should empty the canister or replace the bag, which improves the performance of your vacuum.
Edge cleaners makes it possible to pick up the dirt from around the edge of the cleaning head so no debris is left in the crack between floor and wall. Most canister and upright vacuums offer this feature.
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Do I want a canister, stick, or upright vacuum?
Canister vacuums are ideal for smaller spaces and for homes that have carpeted stairs. They’re great if you have hardwood floors with mats, or light carpeting. On top of that, they often come with some decent accessories and you can use the flexible suction hose to clean your curtains, under furniture, upholstery, and even reach cobwebs in the corners of your ceiling.
Stick vacuums are good for really small spaces, or for homes with mostly hard floors and area rugs. They are also nice for cleaning up small messes in between full vacuum sessions. Some models can even turn into handheld vacuums for better portability.
Upright vacuums are the go-to choice for homes and offices where the majority of the flooring is carpeting. They're easy to steer around and are good for open, large areas. Some have special filters, others offer accessories for getting rid of pet hair and dander, and re. Look for features like power cord length, height adjustment, and suction control.
Do I want a vacuum with a bag or bagless?
Opinions are split on bagged vs bagless vacuums. Bagged vacuums tend to holdout the tiniest particles of dust in their bags compared to when emptying out a bagless bin. Dust and allergens can be allowed back into your living space if you’re not careful. It’s best to empty your bagless bins outside, if you can. The downside to bagged vacuums is that you have to purchase the bags, and they can be tricky to find sometimes.
Do I or anyone else in my family have allergies?
If you or anyone else in your home has allergies, you most definitely want to get a vacuum with a HEPA filter and an airtight design. Bagged vacuums are best since very little dust and debris is returned to your environment when you empty it.
Do you have frequent wet spills?
If you frequently have wet spills in your home, garage, or office space, you may want a wet/dry vac. Otherwise, a regular vacuum should suit your needs just fine.