How to Buy a Vacuum Cleaner

How to Buy a Vacuum Cleaner

Whether your previous unit bit the dust, or if you’re just looking for a change, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing a new vacuum. Today, we’ll be discussing tips and tricks for selecting the vacuum that will keep your carpets looking their best.

First and foremost, if you’re satisfied with the vacuum you have, but it doesn’t seem to work like it used to, don’t just throw it out. So often, a new belt or filter is all it takes to get your vacuum running like new at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new unit. Even if you can’t figure it out yourself, most appliance stores will offer vacuum repair services that can save you hundreds of dollars. Always try to repair your vacuum before you consider replacing it.

If your old vacuum truly is beyond repair, or if you were never a fan of it to start with, there are a few mistakes and misconceptions often made when purchasing a new one. First off, amps, horsepower and watts are not necessarily indicative of a better or more effective machine; these are only measurements of how much electricity the motor is using. Airflow and suction are the true benchmarks of a vacuum’s performance.

As to whether you should purchase a cannister vacuum or one with a bag, they both clean comparably well, so ultimately it’s just a matter or personal preference. Canister vacuums are a little messier to empty and you also have to maintain their filters, but the alternative means finding and buying the right bags for your machine. Canister vacuums also provide the added benefit of being easier to sift through, should you ever accidentally vacuum an earring or nicknack.

Probably the newest and most cutting edge advancements in vacuum technology over the past decade have been the introduction of “robot vacuums.” These machines use specialized roaming patterns to map and clean your carpet with brushes and rollers that pull dirt and dust to the surface and then a low powered vacuum that sucks it all up.  With many of them being able to doc themselves at a charging port and function on a set schedule, they’re pretty incredible for what they are, but it’s important to note that they possess nowhere near the suction power of even low end traditional vacuum cleaners and are not equipped or intended to replace the vacuum you already have. That said, they can be a huge help in maintaining your carpets and can help dramatically cut down on how frequently you need to vacuum.

Though often times, your vacuum will require little more than some basic repairs, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing an entirely new unit proves necessary. While a lot of it boils down to a simple matter of personal preference, finding the vacuum that best suits your needs can cut down on the tedium and make keeping your carpets clean a lot easier.