Vacuum cleaners are an “as needed basis.” We need them to keep our houses clean, so we do not go crazy! When I was younger, I thought all vacuum cleaners were the same. I did not care about the product or what it does as long as it picked stuff up. However, now I am a stay-at-home mother who has to pick up after a child, two dogs, and a husband. I now appreciate all of my cleaning products. There are things you need to know about vacuum cleaners before you go out and buy. This article will help you with the decision to make sure your money is going to the right vacuum for you and your needs!
1.There Are Many Different Types
Several various types of vacuum cleaners do different things and even looks different. Remember, fashion is not what we are going for here. You can have an ugly vacuum as long as it does the right job.
- Handheld-A vacuum that fits in your hand and can clean in small spaces.
- Upright-This is the traditional vacuum that you see most homes have.
- Robotic-The newest vacuum to join the family. This can be used with a remote control and does the vacuuming for you why you go do something else.
- Canister-This vacuum is where the suction head and motor are separated.
- The cordless-the vacuum that you do not have to keep unplugging and plugging back in.
2.Bag or Bagless Vacuum
There are many different reasons why you would want a bag or a bagless vacuum. Here are some reasons why you choose each so you can narrow down on what is best for you.
- If you have allergies, it is best to use this type of vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Miele vacuums come with the HEPA filter bag, so it traps all of the dirt and dust when you clean and also when you change out the bags.
- I would also get a vacuum that you can use for your curtains and other dust collecting items to help control your allergies.
- With a bagless vacuum, you do not have to keep changing out bags or worry about buying bags for the vacuum. You can only clean your house, clean the vacuum, and then you are done!
- If you are worried about your allergies, I would clean the vacuum/dump the contents outside so even floating debris will be outside and not inside.
3.You Have To Buy Extra Accessories
There are some vacuums where you need additional accessories. Such has different styles for the wand to get into small spaces. You want to make sure that the vacuum you are looking at either comes with it or, you can buy it for a high price. Here are some of the accessories you might need:
- If you have a bag vacuum, does it come with bags or do you need to buy them?
- Cord vacuums, how long is the cord? You want the cable to reach the whole room.
- If your vacuum has a wand, does it come with all of the parts you can use it with?
- A robot, does it come with special batteries that you can recharge?
- Also, I know this is not an “accessory, ” but some stores think it is. What type of warranty does this vacuum have?
4.The Size and Weight Does Matter
Many people think that size does not matter and sometimes they are right. However, in this case, it does matter. When you go and buy a vacuum, you need to test it out. I am not saying turn it on and vacuum the store, (even though the employees might love you for it.) Here are some ways you can test a vacuum out to see if it is right for you!
- If you can, use the floor model you want to buy and act as you are vacuuming.
- Is it easy to push around? How about lifting it up?
- Measure the vacuum and see if it will fit in the space you want to put it in when it is not being used.
- Try pushing it into tight corners like you are at home. Does it move quickly and get into the corners you need to clean?
- This is for height, do you have to bend down to unravel the cords or turn it on or off? Are you okay if you have to bend? Do you have to bend when you are vacuuming?
5.Prices do not Matter. Read The Reviews
Don’t think that the most expensive vacuum are the right one. There are times when the inexpensive have the most reviews. Something to remember about prices:
- Prices only go so far. The EPA estimates that a vacuum someone keeps is about 5-8 years. Does the price you are paying match up to that?
- The prices lie, but the reviews do not! It is all about the store making money. However, people do not like about the reviews. Usually, they will tell you if they got the product for free to leave a review.
- You can easily go online to the store you want to buy from and look at the vacuum reviews. My personal rate has to be 4-5 stars. Anything under that is a no go. I also look at how many people considered it. If it is just one person, then I try to look at a different product but don’t necessarily mark it off.
- You can have a $500 vacuum that lasts a year while a $100 vacuum lasts ten years. Know how the product is made and where they made it.
- Yes, I am going to repeat myself. WARRANTY is probably your greatest ally when it comes to this. Your vacuum might have a bad part that no one saw, however, the store will replace it because of their policy or warranty if they choose to do it.
- I understand that you may want to read a few more articles before deciding. Here is a guide from a company that tests out vacuum cleaners. They will tell you the positives and cons of a vacuum cleaner that they have tested out or said they have not looked at the vacuum. I would look at their guide as well!
- Most people like to watch videos instead of reading. I understand that, and I also found a video that you can watch. This is a guide about ten things you should know about buying a vacuum.
I did not think buying a vacuum was hard and it is not. I would rather do research, find articles then go and keep wasting money on vacuums that don’t work. I hope I came up with a guide that can help you with the decision on buying a vacuum that fits all of your needs and keeps money in your pocket! If you enjoyed this article, please share and comment below your thoughts and what type of vacuum you prefer!