how to choose a good vacuum cleaner

When buying a vacuum cleaner, everyone is always hunting for that one vacuum cleaner that will meet all their needs perfectly and serve them for a long time.

However, the search is never easy given that there are hundreds of vacuum cleaners out there. The only thing that can ease your search is knowing what features you need in your vacuum cleaner.

The list below will be helpful in your search:

Suction Power

When you hear of suction power, this is the power difference that is created by the vacuum’s pump. Common vacuum cleaners have 20kPa suction power. For vacuum cleaners, higher suction equals more power.

A vacuum cleaner with a higher suction power will do a perfect job because it will pick up almost everything. So, if you have pets that tend to shed more often or if you have long hair, a great suction will work best for you.

 Filters Dust circulation is one of the biggest issues that is hard to deal with when using vacuum cleaners. You are more likely to inhale some small dust particles and other potentially harmful microorganisms from the air exhausted by your pump. Even with the best filtration system, the issue is never solved exhaustedly because ultra-fine dust particles still find their way out. The manufacturers can get a perfect filtration system, but it would clog up after short periods of usage and become ineffective. However, with better search you can get a better filtration option that makes a perfect compromise between guaranteeing optimal airflow and filtering effectiveness. These options include: ·

Disposable filters. With these, you will solve the inhalation dust problem but you will have to replace them every few months. · Washable filters. These filters are made of foam-like materials that last for years. All you do is wash them with your washing machine or dishwasher, dry them then place them back into your vacuum. ·​

Cyclonic separation. The design here cycles the air sucked into your vacuum so fast forcing the dust particles to fall into your dirt recipient. · Water filtration. Here, the sucked air passes through a water layer that wets the dust particles thus becoming heavy to fly anymore. The main disadvantage of the water filtration option is that you will have to clean up the water compartment after every use. · HEPA filtration. If you are allergic, this is the perfect option for you. It filters 99.97% of all the dust particles to release virtually no amount of dust. · 

Odor filters. If you plan to vacuum a dusty and funny smelling area, then odor filters will serve you right. They are made of active coils, and they eliminate funny smells and dust.

 Upright Vs Canister Vacuum Cleaners 

There are two types of upright vacuums: fan-bypass cleansers and direct fan cleaners. The direct-fan upright uses less power but with less cleaning power as well. The fan bypass upright require double the power used by the direct-fan uprights and are ideal for both floor and carpet cleaning activities.

For canister vacuums, one feature sets them apart. They have the possibility to attach different heads which makes them ideal for different jobs. They come with special heads for furniture dust and different types of surfaces including hardwood floors, and carpets and so on. If you settle for an upright vacuum, ensure that it has a button to turn on/off the roller brush if you have shag carpet

Handheld Vs. Robotic Vacuum Cleaners 

A handheld vacuum cleaner brings usability required, for example, when cleaning up your cars, a complex furniture, between sofa cushions and so on. It is also ideal for the narrow places that are hard to reach with either a canister or an upright vacuum cleaner. 

You can also easily remove various stains, pet hair, spills or anything else you want to clean up. On the other hand, robotic vacuums are perfect for this one feature, “set it and forget it”. They are also clean, tight corners perfectly because most use variable air flows, spinning brushes, UV sterilization or possess mopping capabilities.


A vacuum cleaner is supposed to ease your cleaning job. It should, therefore, be lightweight for easy maneuverability while getting the job done. For this reason, the best vacuum cleaner should weigh 10 pounds and below. If you decide to go for one weighing around 20 pounds, ensure that it has the self-propelling feature that will be more useful when vacuuming large surfaces.

However, if you have weight problems, and you can only work with a very lightweight vacuum cleaner, you can go for the stick versions. You will find a good vacuum cleaner weighing as low as 4 or 5 pounds. But, one drawback of such a light vacuum is that you will be forced to push harder when working on your deep rugs of the carpets to get the root of the fibers.

 Cordless Vs. Corded

 If you haven’t had the chance to use both of them, corded and cordless, you must be confused about which one to choose. The latest trend in the vacuum cleaners industry involves the production of cordless devices. The main difference between the two is that with a cordless vacuum cleaner, you won’t drag the cord along or get it dragging this and that as you vacuum. However, the drawback comes in when one have to stop vacuuming to recharge it. But, if you only need it to vacuum a small place, it will be ideal.​

For large to average homeowners, it is better you stick to corded vacuums. The top rated models last around thirty minutes before recharging them. Also, the suction power decreases as the charge decreases unlike in the corded one that remains constant.

Bagged Vs Bagless 

A bagged vacuum will require a new bag after every two months if you clean frequently. The only drawback here is in buying and replacing the bags every so often. On the other hand, the bagless model wins as an eco-friendly approach but the downside is in cleaning the dust container plus removing any stuck hair. However, you can get a vacuum cleaner with better structural design that will allow you easier access to the dust cup.

So, if you don’t like the mess that could come with emptying and cleaning the dust container, just go for the bagged option. Noise By all means, go for a vacuum cleaner with very minimal noise if not quiet. Noisy vacuum cleaners can make your cleaning a nightmare and leave you with a serious headache. There are many available options on the market, and you can get one that works perfectly and silently.

Dust Capacity

 The dust capacity of the vacuum cleaner determines how often you buy and replace the bags or empty and clean the dust container. Overall, this determines how much you spend on the bags or how much time and energy you spend on washing the dust container. The best vacuum cleaner should have the largest dust capacity to give you some allowance even if you clean frequently.

 Pop Out Canister 

A vacuum cleaner with a pop out canister is much better because you can use it easily on stairs, window casings, etc.

Tall Enough Handle Vacuum cleaning is all about getting the place clean and should not leave your back hurting. The best vacuum cleaner should have the right handle size for you to give you an easy time cleaning.

Price Tag 

For most people, the price tag is the main indicator of a good vacuum cleaner. However, the best product is that that fits your budget. If you need a product just to get you through a couple of years, then purchasing a cheaper one will be ideal but if you need one to last you a lifetime, don’t mind digging deeper into your pocket. Any vacuum ranging from $400-$500 is a cleaner you will use with pleasure, great filtration, warranty, accessories, etc. There are others ranging between $30-$150, and they too will get the job done just fine. Warranty

 You will find most vacuum cleaners that come with warranty, but the length of the warranty serves as a great indicator of the product’s quality. Also, be sure to check the warranty inclusions. The best vacuum cleaner warranty should include both parts and labor costs. Conclusion It’s my hope that this list helps you in choosing the best vacuum cleaner and have the best of the time doing your cleaning. Good luck!


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