Everyone knows that they need a vacuum in order to keep the carpet in their home clean. However, you might not know just how many types of vacuums there are to choose from, and or how to choose the best one for your needs. That’s where this guide comes in! Let’s start with a quick rundown of the many different types of vacuums out there, and finish up with how you can best determine which features are the most important for you.
Types Of Vacuums To Choose From
Here are some of the main vacuum options available, their primary features, and average cost.
Average Cost: $50 to $700
Upright vacuums are typically the most popular option and probably what you think of when you hear “vacuum”. These vacuum cleaners are effective at removing dust and dirt from areas of carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floors. They typically include more customizable features, like brush and suction control. This makes them a great versatile choice if you also want to clean wood floors and upholstered furniture.
However, upright vacuum cleaners are heavier than other models and can be more difficult to carry. They also take up more room when it comes to storage, making them a bad choice from small living spaces like apartments.
Average Cost: $25 to $600
Stick vacuums are usually cordless, which makes them great for cleaning a variety of areas around your home. They’re lightweight, versatile, and easy to transport from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for light debris in high traffic areas that will be vacuumed regularly (multiple times per week). Many stick vacuums also come with a detachable handheld feature, which makes it easy to clean upholstery, blinds, vents, window sills, and car interiors. Stick vacuums are also lighter weight and require less room to store than other models.
Stick vacuums, since they are often cordless, usually require being charged before use. The battery charge may run out before you finish cleaning is you are cleaning a large home. Stick vacuums also may come with fewer attachments or customizable options compared to an upright model. But if all you need is a high powered vacuum for a small space, not brush or suction options, this could be a great choice for you.
Average Cost: $50 to $800
Canister vacuums are designed with the motor and bag together in a separate unit, usually on wheels so it can move around easily, connected to the vacuum head with a long hose. Canister vacuums are typically lighter weight than an upright vacuum and can maneuver into hard to reach spots easier. This is a great option if you’re looking to maintain the power of an upright model, but with increased mobility.
One drawback of canister vacuums is the separate units can make it difficult to transport between floors. They are a great mobile option for single floor residences though.
Average Cost: $100 to $1,000
Robot vacuums are the newest entry to the vacuum category. They are battery-powered and self-propelled. Simply schedule it to run when you need it to, and it will do all of the work for you. Built-in sensors keep robot vacuums from bumping into furniture or falling downstairs. They can even clean underneath furniture.
Robot vacuums are great for busy people or for those who are unable to push a vacuum themselves. They work well on hard floors and low pile carpet but aren’t ideal for higher pile, plush carpet or rugs. They also can’t travel from floor to floor in your home, so keep in mind that they’ll need to be moved manually to different floors of the home.
Features To Consider When Purchasing A Vacuum
Here are a few basic features you’ll want to take into consideration when it comes to your unique lifestyle and needs.
Bag or Bagless
Many newer vacuums no longer contain a bag, Instead, they have a cannister that you empty and put back. Vacuum bags can sometimes seal and contain dust better. However, it can be difficult to tell when the bag becomes full, and the price of new bags can add up over time (not to mention the inconvenience if you forget to buy new bags and need to vacuum). Bagless vacuums are more convenient because it’s easy to tell when they’re full, and they are easy to detach and empty into a trash can without having to deal with a separate bag. However, you do interact with everything you have vacuumed up, which can be gross and trigger allergies.
The bottom line is, if you’re main concern is convenience, go with a bagless model. If you suffer from severe allergies, a bag model may work better at keeping dust and allergens in the bag and away from you.
Note: Vacuuming alone, even with a bag vacuum, isn’t enough to remove harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly (1-2 times per year). Choose a carpet cleaning company that specializes in allergen and bacteria removal, such as Short Stop Chem-Dry in Detroit.
Do you need your vacuum to clean a variety of areas, such as upholstered furniture, blinds, or wood or tile floor? If so, look for vacuums that come with attachments like a crevice tool to clean tight spaces, a dusting brush for shelves and tables, and an upholstery tool for furniture. These might be more expensive up front, but the versatility more than makes up for the increased price.
Corded or Battery Powered
Battery-powered vacuum cleaners are usually lighter and easier to maneuver. However, you’ll have to recharge them after about 20-40 minutes of use, which can make it inconvenient to clean large homes. Check out the battery life as it varies from model to model.
Clean Carpets Require More Than A Vacuum
We hope this buying guide can help you choose the perfect vacuum for your needs! It’s also important to remember that while regular vacuuming is crucial, you’ll also need to incorporate professional carpet cleaning to ensure you have a clean, healthy home.