Choosing the perfect vacuum tailored to your home cleaning needs takes bit of thought and planning.
You need to figure out a few things about your home, lifestyle and of course, the cleaner itself.
8 Important Things to Consider:
1. Think about where you live.
Before adding a vacuum cleaner to your arsenal of cleaning tools, you need to consider the type of home you live in. This allows you to pick the right cleaner more effectively:
- Apartment – If you stay in a small apartment, a lightweight, upright ‘broom’ vacuum is probably the one for you. These cleaners are foldable and usually easy to store. Upright broom vacuums clear short-pile carpeting and small, hard floor surface areas quickly.
- Large Houses – If you stay in a large house with many rooms, you will definitely have more to clean. A deep cleaning, canister vacuum that can easily clear large surface areas is an excellent choice. Consider the Miele S2121 Olympus vacuum cleaner, which has a cleaning radius of 29.5 feet.
2. How much do you have to vacuum?
Regardless of where you live, you need to consider how much you have to clean on a regular basis. Even if you stay in an apartment, you may have extensive short-pile or wall-to-wall carpeting that requires you to constantly lift dirt from. You may also have upholstered furniture that requires an equal amount of attention. Choose an upright cleaner if you don’t have that much carpeting or upholstery. If you do, a dynamic canister vacuum will suit your needs better.
3. What surface type will you be vacuuming most?
It’s important to always consider the type of surface that you’ll be using your new vacuum on:
- Bare floor surfaces – If your home has bare floor surfaces such as hardwood, a versatile canister vacuum will come in very handy and help prevent unwanted scratches that heavier cleaners might introduce. Versatile canister cleaners are also helpful if you want clear carpets or other areas as well.
- Wall-to-wall carpeting – Many homes have wall-to-wall carpeting and although canister vacuums can clean carpets just as effectively, lighter vacuums tend to be a lot easier to maneuver and can accomplish the same task.
- Stairs – Stairs have smaller surface areas and stubborn edges, so if your home has stairs, you’ll definitely want to look for a lightweight cleaner that’s versatile and easy to move and balance. The cleaner should also come with nozzles designed to clean railings and edges.
4. Consider the layout of your home.
Apart from surfaces, consider the layout of your home. If the electrical sockets are far apart, a cordless model is going to be a lot more suitable. It does not need constant plugging and unplugging. If the sockets are laid closely together, a dynamic cleaner that has a lengthy cord works great.
5. Where will you store it?
In addition to cleaning, you also want to think about how you’ll be storing the unit; whether you have enough space for it. If you have limited storage space, the obvious choice is to pick one that’s upright or foldable.
6. Do you or your family members have allergies?
Another consideration is whether you or any of your family members have allergies. If so, the type of filtration used in the vacuum should be a concern for you. Choose a cleaner with a quality HEPA filter.
7. Do you have pets?
Allergies aside, think about the pets in the home. If you have pets that shed a lot, make sure you choose a machine with dynamic suction. Manufacturers like Hoover include its patented Windtunnel technology with their cleaners, while manufacturers like Dyson use cyclonic technology. These technologies give their vacuums the powerful suction you need to remove pet hair.
8. Are there any special features?
Lastly, the machine should have the features necessary to suit your home cleaning needs. If you have pets that constantly shed, look for vacuums with brush rolls that can lift hair easily from different surface types.
If there are hard to reach corners in your home, look for vacuums that have accessories to lift dirt from these areas.
You might not always find the perfect vacuum, but try your best to choose one that fits your needs the best. It’s better to buy a cheaper vacuum that has what you need, than to spend extra money on a vacuum that has great features, but doesn’t suit your purpose.