Choosing the right vacuum cleaner for your home isn’t necessarily an easy task. It’s a big purchase and could take some research. A vacuum is an appliance that will be with you for a while, so you need to make sure you know how to choose the right one.
Before selecting the right vacuum cleaner, you might want to take a little time to think about your needs and what you’re wanting to clean. Then you need to know what your options are. Basically, there are two main types- uprights and cylinders (or canisters).
The most common type of vacuum cleaners are the upright vacuums that you push in front of you. A bar of deep-cleaning brushes beat the dirt out of the carpet, and then the machine simultaneously sucks up the debris- which also helps groom the carpet. On many models, a slight adjustment to the settings turns off the brush bar so you can use it on bare floors.
The other type is cylinder vacuums, which are smaller, compact cleaners that have wheels so the machine follows behind you. Because of their compact nature, cylinder vacuums are lightweight and fairly easy to use on the stairs. They are a good second option for a vacuum, especially for a home with stairs. A smaller vacuum size makes cylinder machines easy to store and their small shape allows for tight corners, small spaces, and carpet edges.
How do you know what you need and what functions will work best? There are a couple things to keep in mind when figuring out how to choose the right vacuum cleaner.
You should stay within your budget regardless of features. Consider the included attachments and if they are stored on the unit, or separately? Does the vacuum have a HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air)? To be rated as a HEPA filter, a filter must keep tiny particles that are .3 microns in size or larger at 99.97% and what this means is that it will trap most particles that it sucks up. Non-HEPA filters blow those particles back into the air. HEPA filters are especially recommended for allergy sufferers or anyone with asthma. You should also check for multi-level filtration, especially if you don’t want/have the HEPA filter. It’s definitely better to have more than one filtration system to catch and hold the dirt.
Other things to think about are making sure the vacuum has a long enough cord to keep you from unplugging room to room, and that it has a setting for hard surface floors. In addition to mobility, check the weight of the vacuum cleaner and make sure it’s easy for you to use. Smaller doesn’t always mean they are lighter and being more expensive doesn’t always mean they are better!