Important Things to Think About Before You Buy a Vacuum

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There are many various types of vacuums available, so you need to examine a few factors to ensure that your purchase matches your requirements. If you have dogs, for example, purchasing a pet vacuum built specifically to take up pet hair and dander may be a better option.

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Important Things to Think About Before You Buy a Vacuum

Important Things to Think About Before You Buy a Vacuum

What Areas Will You Be Cleaning?

Will you use your vacuum to clean the car, the entire house, or the shop? This will determine whether you need a tiny lightweight model or a larger model that will suffice in those regions. If you’re searching for a vacuum for the shop, a shop vac will be able to tackle those tough chores better.

Take a look at the many varieties of household vacuums available, each of which caters to a particular set of requirements depending on your available area.

Choosing Bag or Bagless Vacuum

The bagless function is offered on a wide range of upright models. Going bagless is unquestionably advantageous, and it will save you money because there will be no bags to purchase. It also makes it simpler to recover jewelry or valuable Legos that have been inadvertently sucked in.

Consumers continue to purchase bagged vacuums because they contain more dirt and emptying them releases less dirt into the air. If you do decide to go with a bagged type, make sure to acquire a supply of bags along with your vacuum.

Choosing Between Canister or Upright Vaccum Cleaners

When selecting whether to buy an upright or canister vacuum, keep the following considerations in mind. If you want to leave it on one level of the house, upright vacuums are ideal. They will also make vacuuming simpler if you have bending and lifting issues.

Canister vacuums, on the other hand, allow you a bit more freedom and ease of handling in those tight areas. If you have a lengthy staircase, the canister type may be more suited, as the upright hose has restrictions, and balancing an upright on stairs is a difficult job.

Concider HEPA and Air Quality Features

Before the air is vented back into your house, HEPA filters remove pollutants from it. This is a fantastic feature, however, the filters need to be updated on a regular basis, as advised by the manufacturer, and they are quite costly. Some canister vacuums include this feature; nevertheless, to guarantee trouble-free operation, verify how the filter is linked to the vacuum.

Concider Power

The power of your vacuum is measured in amps or watts by vacuum manufacturers. The quantity of electric current passing through the vacuum is measured in amps. Watts are calculated by multiplying amps by the power voltage drawn. Most upright cleaners have a power range of seven to twelve amps. Many canister types have a 12 amp rating.

The maximum number of amps that may be connected to a home outlet is 12. So, even if your vacuum has the maximum possible amps, it does not necessarily imply that it is the best vacuum. Many additional elements influence efficiency and performance.


The performance of your vacuum is determined by airflow, filters, suction, engine, powerhead, hoses, and nozzles. Your vacuum will perform best if you maintain it by changing the bags on a regular basis, cleaning the filters, and cleaning the vacuum and the revolving brushes. Learn more about each of these elements:

  • Airflow is determined by how well the air flows through the system as well as how effectively the vacuum works with the filters and dust bag or dust bin .
  • Filters: To guarantee optimal airflow, filters should be cleaned if washable or changed according to manufacturer recommendations.
  • Suction and motor: Rather than a single fan, many vacuums feature two or three (multi) fans running in sequence. This boosts suction power.
  • Whether it’s a power bar, a powerhead, or brushes: Revolving brushes remove deep-seated contaminants and enhance functioning.
  • Suction can also be affected by hose quality and nozzle design.

Bonus Features

When compared to a power nozzle or floor attachment, an upright brush covers a wider cleaning surface. A “bag full” indicator light is a need-to-have feature, as is a built-in headlamp. Last but not least, take the time to read the warranty. If your vacuum has a decent guarantee, that might be the deciding factor.

Seal of Approval

A CRI Green Label indicates that the vacuum has been tested and approved by the Carpet & Rug Institute to upset strict performance requirements. This accreditation indicates that the vacuum has minimal emissions and will aid in the maintenance of clean air quality in your house. This is definitely something to think about while looking for a vacuum.

Important Things to Think About Before You Buy a Vacuum

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