Unbelievably, vacuum cleaners have their own jargon.
It helps to understand this when evaluating, comparing, and buying a vacuum. Here is some of the jargon and a short definition for each:
- Cleaning radius: The distance from the vacuum’s cleaning head to the electrical socket or plug. The less distance, the more likely you’ll be plugging and unplugging the vacuum do to distance constraints.
- Decibels: Indication of the vacuum’s noise level. Quieter vacuums are typically below 73 decibels.
- Bagged: A vacuum that uses a bag to collect dust and debris.
- Bagless: A vacuum that collects dirt and dust in a container.
- On Board Tools: A variety of tools found attached to the vacuum itself for convenience.
- Filtration: The process of a vacuum retains certain unhealthy particles instead of emitting them back into the environment and air.
- Lifetime filtration: A filtration system that enables the user from ever having to change the vacuum’s filter.
- Telescopic Tubes: Vacuum attachments with the ability to adjust their length as necessary.
Better quality vacuums typically require a greater investment, but they offer you better warranties.
Warranties cover one or all of the following:
A general recommendation is to invest in a vacuum that provides you with a minimum warranty of
- Five years on the motor,
- Three years on the parts, and
- One year on labor
Vacuum Cleaner Customer Reviews
It’s always good to look at customer reviews and consider the brand or manufacturer’s reputation.
Customer reviews are great for giving you information about
- Suction power
- Noise level or whether it’s quiet
- Ease of attachment use
- Overall ease of us
- Length of cord and if its retractable feature works properly
- How heavy the vacuum is
- If it’s good for cleaning up pet hair
- Malfunctions and quality level
- Whether the manufacturer honors its warranty
Look at both the ugly and good reviews. There is often a variety of good and bad reviews. Always be weary of any vacuum with 1/3 or more are unpleasant, mediocre, or ugly reviews.
Best wishes with your new vacuum. Happy cleaning!
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