Complete Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide
Vacuum cleaners have been around for years. Just like any machine, they have become more advanced over time. Even though that is awesome, it can make it hard to pick the right vacuum for you. Obviously, you need a vacuum cleaner in order to have clean carpets, especially if you have pets. As the carpet cleaning experts of Sonoma County, our team here at North American Chem-Dry put together this guide to help you choose the best vacuum for your home or office.
Types Of Vacuum Cleaners
Here are some of the most common vacuums on the market today. We’ll break down their primary features and average cost.
This is typically the most popular option. Upright vacuum cleaners are effective at removing dust and dirt from areas of carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floors. They typically include more customizable features, like brush and suction control. Turning off the vacuum brush can protect hardwood floors from being scratched, and suction adjustments are helpful for cleaning drapes or upholstery.
Upright vacuum cleaners typically weigh a little bit more than other vacuums and are bulkier making them harder to store.
Average Cost: $50 to $700
Stick vacuums are usually cordless, which makes them great for cleaning a variety of areas around your home. They’re lightweight, versatile, and easy to transport from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for light debris in high-traffic areas that will be vacuumed regularly (multiple times per week).
Stick vacuums may come with fewer attachments or customizable options compared to an upright model. But if all you need is a high-powered vacuum, not brush or suction options, this could be a great choice for you.
Many stick vacuums also come with a detachable handheld feature, which makes it easy to clean upholstery, blinds, vents, window sills, and car interiors. Stick vacuums are also lighter weight and take up less room in storage than other models.
Average Cost: $25 to $600
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now! Robot vacuums are battery-powered and self-propelled machines that do the work for you. Simply schedule it to run when you need it to and voila. Built-in sensors keep robot vacuums from bumping into furniture or falling downstairs. They can even clean underneath furniture.
Robot vacuums are great for busy people or for those who are unable to push a vacuum themselves. They work well on hard floors and low pile carpets but aren’t ideal for higher pile plush carpets or rugs. They also can’t travel from floor to floor in your home, so keep in mind that they’ll need to be moved manually to different floors of the home.
Average Cost: $100 to $1,000
Canister vacuums are designed with the motor and bag together in a separate unit. This unit is usually on wheels so it can move around easily and is connected to the vacuum head with a long hose.
Canister vacuums are typically lighter weight than an upright vacuum and can maneuver into hard-to-reach spots easier. This is a great option if you’re looking to maintain the power of an upright model, but with increased mobility.
Average Cost: $50 to $800
Features To Consider When Purchasing A Vacuum
Now that you know the different types of vacuums available, let’s continue our breakdown with more information on individual features you should consider.
Bag vs Bagless
Vacuum bags can sometimes seal and contain dust better. However, it can be difficult to tell when the bag becomes full, and costly to keep buying new bags. Bagless vacuums are more convenient because it’s easy to tell when they’re full. Their containers are also easy to detach and empty into a trash can without having to deal with a separate bag.
The bottom line is if you’re main concern is convenience, go with a bagless model. If you suffer from severe allergies, a bag model may work better at keeping dust and allergens inside the vacuum. Just remember to replace the bag often.
Note: Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to remove harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet. Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly (1-2 times per year). Choose a carpet cleaning company that specializes in allergen and bacteria removal.
Remember that vacuums aren’t just used to clean carpets. Those different attachments can help you clean a variety of other areas including blinds, rugs, and drapes. Look for included or purchasable attachments like a crevice tool to clean tight spaces, a dusting brush for shelves and tables, and an upholstery tool for furniture.
Corded or Battery Powered
Battery-powered vacuum cleaners are more mobile, but you’ll have to recharge them after about 20-40 minutes of use. Check out the battery life as it varies from model to model.
Personal Factors Matter
Your own personal preferences still matter when you’re buying anything, but especially when you’re buying a machine that is supposed to last you for years. Here are some things to consider on your own.
Size of your home. If you have a larger, multi-level home, you could need a more powerful, upright vacuum. If you live in a smaller space or an apartment, stick vacuums could be the best choice.
Stairs in your home. If you have stairs in your home, you may want a vacuum that’s easier to carry from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for this.
Surfaces in your home. If you have a variety of surfaces in your home—like high and low carpet and rugs, hardwood floors, or tile—you’ll want a vacuum that can adapt with multiple settings. Also, look for the option to turn off the brush feature so it won’t scratch your hardwoods.
Do you have pets? If you have pets in the home, you’ll want a vacuum that’s designed to remove pet hair and dander. Make sure to choose a model with at least 12 amps of power. Also, look for specific pet hair attachments.
Note: If you have pets in the home, be sure to schedule professional carpet cleaning at least twice per year. A pro will be better able to remove pet stains, odors, and hair better than any vacuum.
Your cleaning schedule. What works best for you in terms of a cleaning schedule? Do you vacuum multiple times a week? If so, a lightweight stick vacuum could be the right fight. Do you vacuum less frequently? You may want a heavier duty upright or canister vacuum. Do you want to vacuum everyday but you’re unable to? A robotic vacuum could be perfect to take care of it while you’re away.
Do you suffer from allergies? If so, you’ll want to select a vacuum that’s HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) certified. HEPA-certified vacuums remove 99.97% of particles from the air and are more effective than a regular filter. When you do purchase a vacuum, be sure to clean or change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Note: Again, keep in mind that vacuuming alone won’t remove harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet fibers. You’ll want to be sure to look into professional carpet cleaning options.
Is noise a factor? If you don’t like loud noise or you live in an apartment with thin walls, you’ll want to choose a vacuum that’s quiet but still has enough power to clean effectively. A vacuum cleaner with a decibel level of 60-65 will be very quiet, while a level of 70 dB or higher will be noticeably louder.
Weight of the vacuum. Some upright models can be 20 pounds or more, while lightweight stick models can be less than 10 pounds. You’ll want to consider the vacuum weight, especially if you’ll be carrying it up and downstairs.
Professional Carpet Cleaning in Windsor, CA
A vacuum will never be enough to truly maintain a carpet so that it is clean and healthy. That’s why professional carpet cleaning is so important. Set up an appointment today with North American Chem-Dry to remove 98% of common allergens from your carpet. You check out some of our carpet cleaning specials that we are offering this month.