Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

So you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner. You’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to show you all the different types of things you should be aware of when you’re out there shopping for your new vacuum. Believe me, there are more things that you’d imagine.

Let’s get to it.

1. Price — this is probably the most important factor for everyone, as most folks have a budget to adhere to. Well, I’m here to tell you that for a decent upright vacuum, you’re looking at a cost of around $75 or so, at minimum. On a good vacuum, double that up to $150 or so. Now, they make vacuums that go above $500, but in our opinion, unless you have the cash to burn, it’s not really worth the extra expense because the value add it’s tremendous.

2. Style — I just mentioned an “upright” vacuum above; that’s the most popular design of vacuum by far, and the one you’ve probably used in your own time. There are also canister vacuums, robot vacuums, handheld vacuums, and more. Those are considered more speciality styles, however, so we recommend sticking with an upright model if you envision your vacuuming jobs being more standard.

3. Attachments — these days, it’s almost as if the vacuum manufactures are in an arms race of sorts to include as many added features as they can to their vacuums, and these come via the attachments, such as an extension wand, or a pet hair tool, etc. In our opinion, these are of marginal value, so don’t overpay just because they are promoting extra attachments; it really comes down to the vacuum itself.

4. Suction power — speaking of the vacuum itself, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with amp motor power and the like. It’s how vacuum power is measured. Bottom line, you’ll want at least 12 amps or so on your vacuum, so that it can pick up what you’re trying to get off your floor without issue.

5. Design — last but not least, don’t forget about the design of the unit. In plain English, this means how light the vacuum is, how it feels in your hand, and how easy it is to move around your home.

Source: CNet