A vacuum cleaner is no small investment. Okay, it’s not a car or a house, but it’s not a toaster either. When I buy a vacuum cleaner, I expect to get a strong value for my money. What does this look like to me?
- It has to work well.
- It has to be durable.
- It has to last.
- It has to be easy to maintain.
- It has to have a long warranty.
The only way I’ve found to get all this value, is to buy the most expensive vacuum cleaner I can possibly afford. In fact, I sacrificed lattes for a month to make enough to buy a really high-quality product.
I’ve taken the cheap way out once too often, and wound up with an inferior vacuum that fell apart after only a year. Funny enough, it was right after the warranty expired.
So what do you get when you invest in a high quality vacuum?
I’ve got two little black fur-factories, otherwise known as cats. They shed, and not a little bit. The fur flies non-stop. My vacuum cleaner has to pick up ALL of the hair. There’s nothing worse than having little strips of black fur hanging around on my rug. Yuck. And that goes for the sofa, blinds, the ceiling fan. (I have no idea how they get their hair on the ceiling fan!)
So clearly my vacuum gets a major workout. It has to hold up. And that includes withstanding the pounding it gets from ramming into table legs, baseboards, dressers. (I’m an aggressive housekeeper, what can I say.)
The inexpensive vacuums I’ve purchased have lacked endurance. If I have to buy two or three cheap vacuums to last as long as my expensive one, have I saved any money?
I enjoy the new bag less technology, but it has to be easy to use. I had a cheap vacuum that regularly deposited big poofs of cat hair outside of my trashcan. It was a mess. And what about the dreaded belt. I’m not a fan of the scent of burnt rubber wafting through the house. Wrestling your machine over onto it’s back to change the belt, (after you had to go to the store to buy one.) What a pain.
I feel so ripped off when any purchase breaks down right after the warranty expires. The higher priced vacuum I purchased has a longer warranty which reflects the manufacturer’s confidence in their product. It’s always a bad sign when a manufacturer has a very limited warranty. They are essentially saying, we know this thing is not going to hold up, but we can’t afford to stand behind it.
So my advice, you get what you pay for. Spend a little extra to get a product that will provide years of value. A product that the manufacturer stands behind. Something that is easy to take care of, will stand up to hard wear. Most of all spend the money to get a product that provides the performance to clean up all of your messes. Keep in mind that there are many exceptions to this rule, and not all expensive vacuums are going to be better. If you do your research, you can end up saving a bit of money and end up with a cleaner that offers more value than the price tag suggests.