Vacuum Cleaners

Your vacuum cleaner shopping guide

Recently, there have been a number of great strides in vacuum cleaner technology. Canister vacuum cleaners have been developed to eliminate the need for vacuum cleaner bags and other expensive add-ons. But despite these changes, it's still difficult to know what the best choice is when purchasing a vacuum cleaner, especially with so many choices on the market. Here is a basic guide to help you find the best vacuum cleaner for your home.

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Bagless and Canister Vacuum Cleaners

Canister vacuum cleaners suck dirt into a central canister, which can then be emptied directly into the trash. This is an attractive option for many people who are sick of buying and changing a vacuum cleaner bag every time they do a major clean. But it's worth doing some research before investing in any type of vacuum cleaner. Even if a canister vacuum seems more convenient, it might not be the best option for your home.

There are bagless options beyond simple canister vacuums. You may even want to get a central vacuuming system installed throughout your home so that you only ever have to carry around a hose. These systems can be expensive to install, but many homeowners swear they are worth the cost. Remember to ask about warranty and maintenance before making such a major installation in your home.

Upright and Hand Vacuum Cleaners

What size of vacuum you buy will depend on the space you live in. If you have mostly hardwood floors and only need to vacuum a few area rugs and corners, it may be worth purchasing a hand vacuum cleaner as opposed to an upright vacuum cleaner. It will save you storage space, and it's far easier to move around. On the other hand, upright vacuum cleaners are perfect for carpeted spaces that cannot be cleaned with a mop or broom.

Research Before You Buy

It's worth doing a bit of research before you invest in an appliance as important as a vacuum cleaner. Some consumer reports will publish vacuum cleaner ratings that provide you with information on how well certain models work. Look for a vacuum cleaner rating system that rates information you personally find valuable. For example, is your main question "How heavy is the vacuum?" or "How easy is it to store?" Are you more concerned about power or efficiency? A product that everybody seems to love still might not be the best choice for you and your home. Look for something that suits your space and that you'll love – or at least not hate – using.