Today’s market has expanded to include a bunch of different vacuum categories. So how do you narrow down your options to find something durable that’s easy to use? Which one is right for you? Whether you’re a pet owner, an allergy sufferer, or you just need the right vacuum for your home, our guide will help you make sense of the options.
Vacuum Cleaner Basics
To choose the right vacuum cleaner, start by looking at the basic components of your home. First, consider the size of your home. Bigger homes may require a larger, more powerful upright vacuum for complete cleaning. Next, think about stairs. If you have a multilevel home, consider a stick vacuum — it will be easier to move from floor to floor. Then, think about the floor surface. Homes with a variety of floor surfaces need a vacuum that can adapt to different floor types. Don’t forget about your pets: vacuums designed to deal with pet hair and dander can make cleaning a lot easier.
Features to Consider
Before choosing your vacuum, here are a few important features to look for:
Bag or Bagless
If you’re buying an upright or a canister vacuum, you will have to opt for disposable bags or a reusable bin. Bags tend to hold more dust, but it’s much harder to tell how full the bag is without removing it completely from the vacuum. Bags also release less dust into the air during disposal, but you have to deal with buying replacements fairly regularly.
Dust bin models have been increasing in popularity ever since James Dyson invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum in the 1980s. The bins are transparent, making it easier to tell when they’re full — and you can empty and reuse them countless times. You may still have to replace the filter, though, which is more expensive, but less frequent than buying bags.
If you’re looking for convenience, a bagless design is probably for you. But if allergies are a concern, check out an option with a bag to prevent dust and allergens from escaping.