Here is a list of most frequently asked questions:
#1 – Should i get an Upright or Canister Vacuum?
The answer depends on how you will use it.
- Upright cleaners are excellent for vacuuming carpet. Some can be a bit heavy and maneuverability might be challenging especially when trying to clean hard to reach or small spaces.
- Canister cleaners are typically smaller and also lighter than upright cleaners. Also, they can be much easier to move around especially when cleaning stairs or under furniture. Lastly, canister vacuum have a reputation for doing an excellent job cleaning hard surfaces in addition to carpet.
#2- IS a Bag or a Bagless Vacuum Better?
The main considerations when choosing between bag or bagless vacuums are:
- Neat Easy Disposal of Waste & Dust – Bag Vacuums make disposing of the dust and debris pretty easy because all the dust is sealed in the bag. Bagless models typically require shaking out the dust-filled plastic bin in your garbage can or wastebasket.
- Allergies – Many people with allergies prefer bag vacuums because they don’t have to worry as much about being exposed to allergens and dust when getting rid of the waste.
- Vacuum Power – Some bag vacuums have been known to lose suction power as the bag becomes filled. Many people prefer bagless for this reason.
#3 – What use is a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner?
Handhelds are great for cleaning tight or small spaces. They are often used for conveniently cleaning up crumbs instead of having to bring out your upright or canister vacuum.
#4 – What does a person with Allergies or Asthma need to Know About the Filtration System?
Essentially, there are two types of filtration systems:
- Standard filtration
- S-class or HEPA filtration
Standard filtration systems don’t effectively handle particles such as dander and pollen. People with allergies are likely to benefit from a vacuum that has a S-class or HEPA filtration system.
HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate air.” HEPA standards require 99.97% particle filtration. S-class standards are very close to HEPA’s standards. S-class and HEPA filtration systems are generally recommended for asthma and allergy sufferers.
#5- IS it Important to Get a Vacuum with More Power?
A vacuum’s motor power is determined by its “watts.”
More watts often provide a better cleaning experience. However, beware that generally the more wattage, the noisier the vacuum.
As discussed later in this guide, CFM or cubic feet per minute what determines suction power. It’s not determined by watts.
#6 – Do I purchase a new vacuum because my Current Vacuum is barely Sucking up debris and dust?
You might be able to fix the problem by doing either of the following 2 things:
- Change the filter (once annually)
- Empty the dust bin or change the bag
Most vacuums tend to work better with a clean filter and a bag (or bin) that’s not full.
#7 – What Attachments Might I need?
You might not need any additional attachments.
Many vacuums come equipped with 3 attachments:
- Upholstery (dusting) brush
- Crevice attachment (tool)
- Stair cleaning head
Following are additional attachments to consider:
- Extendable tubes for hard to reach places such as the ceiling
- A parquet (hardwood floor) brush for hard surfaces such as tile or wood flooring
#8 – What should a person with a Large Home Look For in a Vacuum?
Following are some things to consider when purchasing a vacuum for a large home:
- A large cleaning head covers a larger area, and will often shorten your vacuuming time
- A long cord will spare you the agony of having to plug and unplug the cord in different electrical outlets
- A larger bag (dustbin) will reduce the frequency you’ll have to empty the vacuum
- A canister vacuum is very useful if your home has many stairs
Read the other parts of this Vacuum Cleaners Buyers Guide here: