While there is little doubt that the vacuum cleaner is a great invention, today finding the right vacuum cleaner to meet your family’s needs can be a bit confusing.
With literally hundreds if not thousands of vacuums to choose from, a plethora of brands to choose from, and enough different features to make anyone’s head spin, choosing a vacuum can be a daunting task.
However, to help make finding the right vacuum for you a little bit easier, here are some tips on how to choose a vacuum cleaner.
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Be Clear on Your Specific Needs
Before you start actually shopping for a vacuum cleaner, you need to be clear in your mind just what your specific needs are.
You are also going to want to determine what size and weight of the vacuum you want and need after taking into consideration your health, your size, and whether or not you will be carrying that vacuum up and down stairs.
Once you know what your exact needs are, you can then start making a list of those features you need in a vacuum that will best meet your needs.
How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner – Features to Consider!
Here is a short list of some of the features you might want to give some consideration to.
- Bag or Bagless – Constantly purchasing those bags designed to fit your specific vacuum can add to the overall price of the vacuum, and for some people, changing bags can be messy and frustrating. On the other hand bagless vacuums usually use a small cup that needs to be emptied, which means you may be emptying that dirt cup several times during one cleaning session.
- Cord or Cordless – If you have a larger house then a corded vacuum may be your best bet as you never have to worry about running out of power in the middle of cleaning.
However, if you have a small home or apartment with limited space, or just want something that works to do a quick clean up, then a cordless vacuum may be the better choice.
Many people choose to keep both a corded and cordless vacuum on hand so that they have the power they need to complete their daily cleaning, but also have a lightweight vacuum to use for those quick clean up jobs.
Keep in mind that some corded vacuums come equipped with little hand held vacs that you might want to choose instead of purchasing two different vacuums.
You are also going to want to consider what attachments you will need.
Are you going to want to use that vacuum to clean your upholstery? Your drapes and blinds?
Get those cobwebs from the corners of the ceiling that seem to spring up overnight?
If so, then you are going to want a vacuum that comes equipped with an extendable wand, an upholstery brush, and a crevice tool at the very least.
You also are going to want to consider those little things that will make your cleaning faster, easier, and more convenient.
For example, do you want a vacuum with a pivoting head, that allows to easily clean around chair legs?
Does a long retractable power cord hold more appeal than a short one you need to wind up yourself?
Is the weight of the vacuum going to make you reluctant to carry it up and down stairs?
By taking all these little things into consideration and deciding which you really need and which ones you can live without will make finding a vacuum that meets all your needs just a little bit easier.
Of course you are also going to want to consider the price of your vacuum. Try setting your budget for that vacuum in advance of shopping for one, and then look for only those vacuums in your price range that meets your needs.
By following these few simple tips you will find that selecting the right vacuum to meet your needs is less overwhelming than you first thought.