Vacuum Cleaners

What you need to know about vacuum cleaners

Housecleaning is nobody's favorite job, but the cleaning tools you use make a real difference in terms of the time and effort it takes to make your space spic and span. A vacuum cleaner is probably the most important, and most expensive, tool that you will buy for your cleaning arsenal. Your choice will be one that will have a profound effect on the life of your carpets and floors. Ensuring that you do your research before you buy will save you a lot of trouble and money down the road.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Start your search by considering what kind of vacuum you want to buy. Most vacuums come in either an upright format (and these may include carpet cleaners and sweepers) or a canister format (which is often more unwieldy, but cleans more thoroughly than an upright). However, some people also choose a central vacuum system, which will only work if your home is set up for this technology.

Although the choice between uprights and canisters used to be easy, nowadays the lines are blurred since vacuum companies are attempting to bring more versatility to both formats. However, uprights still have the edge when it comes to carpets and rugs, since they have a more powerful, sturdier brush. The lack of hoses also allows the vacuum to maintain its suction better than a canister.

If you live in a smaller space, an upright vacuum is easier to store, and overall, uprights are cheaper than canisters, partly due to their lack of attachments. The best vacuum cleaner brands for uprights are Hoover vacuum cleaners and Dyson vacuum cleaners, with Dirt Devil cleaning tools offering a less expensive option.

Canister vacuums are, on the whole, better for hard surfaces, since their brushes tend to be less abrasive than uprights and also less prone to tangles and jams caused by foreign objects. Canisters also come with a nice variety of attachments, which makes cleaning tricky spots like drapes and underneath furniture much easier. They are a bit harder to store and are often heavy to drag around, making them tricky to wheel around houses with lots of stairs, but some say they do a better job picking up dirt and preventing scattering. The best vacuum cleaner brands for canister vacuums are Miele vacuum cleaners and Oreck vacuum cleaners.

Should You Buy a Vacuum with an Air Purifier?

Many of the best vacuum cleaners offer air purification, which is a selling point for a lot of people. However, if you don't have allergies or live in an area with poor air quality, an air purification filter is just another add-on that you may or may not really need. They do make a difference, but keeping your home clean with a regular vacuum will also keep the air reasonably free of dust and allergens.