How to Choose the Right Vacuum Cleaner

How to Choose the Right Vacuum Cleaner

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It’s one of the staples of the home: the vacuum cleaner. Whatever size place you live in, you’ll need to hoover up some dirt and dust every now and then. Vacuuming is important for keeping our floors, carpets, and even furniture clean and dust-free, helping us breathe easier and live cleaner.

So, how do you decide what vacuum is right for you and your home? We have written this short guide to help you understand exactly what you need from a vacuum cleaner. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

Canister or Bag

This is an important differentiation to make. When you see Canister Vacuums For Sale vs vacuums with bags, which do you choose? Bagged vacuum cleaners were the norm for so long, though it seems canister vacuums have taken over the space. But, which is right for you?

Bagged vacuum cleaners are often considered a little more hygienic, as all your waste is gathered in a bag for disposal. In a cylinder cleaner, you have to empty the canister manually. This also affects allergy sufferers, who may struggle when re-exposing themselves to all the dust and hair gathered by the vacuum.

However, on the flip side, canister vacuums tend to have far more power by design. They tend to keep their suction power and strength throughout the cleaning process and do not lose suction as the canister becomes more full. A bagged vacuum cleaner can quickly lose pressure as the bag fills. Finally, canister vacuums are far more environmentally friendly, with no bags to throw away every time you clean. Both, then, have their advantages and disadvantages. It really is up to you which you prefer.

Size Matters

Of course, the size of the vacuum you choose should be relative to the size of the space you live in. Upright vacuums are large but can often be hung in storage spaces to give up room for other important items. They are, however, still quite big and bulky, and for someone with a smaller flat or apartment, they may wish to consider a handheld vacuum cleaner instead. These are much smaller but have their drawbacks. Due to their inferior size, they are often a little less powerful and also take less time to fill up. If you really don’t vacuum that often, a handheld may be the one for you.

Cords and Batteries

Finally, a quick word or cord vs cordless vacuums. Gone are the days of dragging a cable around your home all day, as most vacuums are now cordless. However, these do require charging regularly. A good vacuum will offer you 20-25 minutes of suction after a full charge. If you prefer, you can still buy extended power cables to keep the vacuum at maximum suction all day long. 

So, these are the key things you need to consider when buying a vacuum cleaner. Basically, its size, power, and performance all matter greatly. Make sure you do your research before buying yourself a new vacuum cleaner.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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