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How to pick the right vacuum cleaner

vacuum cleanerThere are many types of vacuum cleaners on the market these days and thinking about purchasing a new one can seem overwhelming. You will need to decide on the purpose of your vacuum, know how much you are willing to spend, and choose between an upright vacuum and a canister vacuum. We recommend you also look at what the experts use, because it can be a great way to find out what works and what doesn’t. Now let’s move on with some tricks for picking the right vacuum cleaner.


First, you will need to decide on the purpose of your new vacuum. Do you need a standard household vacuum? Do you have an issue with allergies and need a vacuum with a high filtration system? Before buying, you should research the various types available. There are vacuums with HEPA filters which have filters that are made of glass that is designed to trap mold, dust and various pollutants which will reduce allergy symptoms. You should consider the layout of your home when making this decision as well. How frequently you vacuum is also important to consider. If you vacuum daily, a lightweight model will be sufficient while if you tend to wait a week or two between cleaning, a larger model with a more powerful motor will be needed.


  • An upright vacuum cleaner has an agitator that is covered in bristles and beats the carpet to bring dirt to the surface. This type of vacuum cleaner works best on carpeted floors and usually comes with various cleaning attachments. The benefit of the upright vacuum is the level of functionality and mobility that it provides, but it does have a few drawbacks. The bags for upright vacuums are not sealed and dust can get out through the exhaust. It is also harder to use these vacuums under furniture or areas that are hard to reach.
  • Canister vacuums are extremely useful for cleaning under furniture, couches, stairs and other small spaces. They have a canister that holds the motor, dust bag and filter system. Instead of being pushed like the upright vacuum, canister vacuums are pulled while in use. They are not designed to be quite as powerful as an upright vacuum; they do work better on non-carpet flooring.  Canisters are the more versatile option because of their ability to reach more areas and because they have more attachments which make cleaning easier.


Once you decide on the right style of vacuum, you will have to consider a few more things before your decision is complete. There are various types of filters within both upright and canister vacuums. There are HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters which are able to trap dust and pollen particles better than regular filters. HEPA filters are a good option if you have dust or pollen allergies. Both upright and canister vacuums come in bag-free options which provide a stronger suction while the vacuum is working. Bag-less vacuums are not a wise choice for people with allergies since dust can escape while empting the vacuum. However, bag-less vacuums are great for the environment and will help you save a little extra cash in the long run.

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