Types Of Vacuums To Choose From
First, you need to know what kinds of vacuums are available. Here is a rundown of the different types of vacuums out there and their primary features.
Average Cost: $50 to $700
Upright vacuums are probably the most common type of vacuum cleaner and likely what you think of when you think of a standard vacuum. These are effective at removing dirt from carpets, area rugs, and hardwood floors. They often come with variable controls, like brush and suction control. These features make them versatile and able to clean hardwood floors and upholstery as well as carpet.
However, upright vacuum cleaners do have some flaws. They are heavier than some other types of vacuum cleaners and can be more difficult to carry between floors. They also take up more room when it comes to storage, which can be a problem in a small apartment.
Average Cost: $25 to $600
Stick vacuums are a newer entry to the vacuum market. They are often cordless, instead featuring a rechargeable battery. This makes them lightweight and great for cleaning a variety of areas around your home. They are also versatile, fit in tight spaces, 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).
However, stick vacuums are also often less powerful and come with fewer features. They are not great for deep cleaning large homes, but they are good for regular household cleaning, especially in small spaces like an apartment.
Average Cost: $100 to $1,000
Robot vacuums are battery-powered and self-propelled. Instead of pushing them around, you simply schedule them to run and they clean automatically. These are nice since they do all of the work for you even if you aren’t home, which makes them ideal for busy families. Built-in sensors keep robot vacuums from bumping into furniture or falling downstairs. Because of their low profile, they often can even clean underneath furniture.
These vacuums are small and not very powerful, so you might need to follow up with a deep cleaning occasionally. They work best on carpets with short piles, and the transition from a flatter floor to a plush rug can cause them to get stuck.
Average Cost: $50 to $800
Canister vacuums are designed such that the motor and bag are together in a separate unit, which is usually on wheels. The vacuum head is connected to this unit with a long hose. These units are usually lighter weight than an upright vacuum and the vacuum head can reach into hard to reach spots easier.
However, these models can be difficult to move between floors. They are also often bulky to store. Some people prefer a canister vacuum, but others find them more difficult to work with than another type of vacuum, so personal preference plays a big factor.
Additional Features To Consider When Purchasing A Vacuum
There are many different types of each vacuum, so you will want to look at the available features that set them apart to choose the best one for you.
Bag or Bagless
Some people prefer vacuum bags since they contain dust and dirt much better. This is ideal for people with allergies since the allergens are much better sealed in the bag. However, it can be harder to tell when the bag is full. Additionally, the cost of vacuum bags can add up over time and you have to remember to keep them on hand so you have them when you need them.
On the other hand, bagless vacuums are convenient because it’s easy to tell when they are full. When they are full, you simply empty the contents into the garbage and put the container back. You never have to worry about having a new bag on hand. However, you do have to get much closer to the dust and risk creating a mess when emptying the container. This is a bigger problem for those with dust allergies.
Note: Even a vacuum with a great allergy-containing bag isn’t enough to remove most harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet. Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly to best help your allergies.
Do you need your vacuum to clean a variety of areas? Look for included or purchasable attachments like a crevice tool to clean tight spaces, a dusting brush for shelves and tables, and an upholstery tool for furniture. If you’d rather not handle the upholstery cleaning yourself, you can skip the upholstery cleaning attachment and call professional upholstery cleaners instead.
Corded or Battery Powered
Battery-powered vacuum cleaners are more mobile, but for many of them, you’ll have to recharge them after about 20-40 minutes of use. This is fine for small spaces but can be a pain for larger homes. On the other hand, corded vacuums often have to be unplugged and plugged back in as you move from room to room, but you can do all your vacuuming in one go without having to wait for the vacuum to charge.
Clean Carpets Require More Than A Vacuum
We hope this buying guide can help you choose the perfect vacuum for your needs! However, it’s also important to remember that while regular vacuuming is crucial, you’ll also need to incorporate regular professional carpet cleaning to ensure you have a clean, healthy home. The best way to care for your carpet is a combination of the right vacuum and professional cleaning.