Choosing the right vacuum for your home can take a little research. Because it’s a big purchase and it’s an appliance that will be with you for a while, you need to make sure you know how to choose the right vacuum cleaner.
Selecting the right vacuum cleaner might take a little thought about your needs and what you’re cleaning. For the most part, there are two main types of vacuum cleaners: uprights and cylinders (or canisters).
Upright vacuum cleaners are the most general type of vacuum that you push in front of you. Carpets get clean because of a bar of deep-cleaning brushes that beat out the dirt, which the machine simultaneously sucks up. This also helps groom the carpet. With a slight adjustment to the settings, you can also turn off the brush bar and use it on bare floors.
Cylinder vacuums are smaller, fairly compact cleaners on wheels that follow behind you and are attached to a hose. Most of the cleaning power of a cylinder vacuum comes from suction. They are lightweight and compact, which makes them fairly easy to use on the stairs and they are a good option as a second vacuum to keep for homes with an upstairs. The smaller size makes them easy to store and their mobility allows you to get into tight corners, under more small spaces, and they clean right up to the carpet edge.
• Always stay within your budget
• Look for attachments (are they stored ON the unit)
• Does it have a HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air)? To be rated as a HEPA filter, a filter must keep tiny particles that are .3 microns in size or larger at 99.97%. What this means is that it’s trapping most particles that it sucks up, whereas a non-HEPA filter vacuum is blowing those particles back into the air and into your home. HEPA filters are a must for allergy sufferers or anyone with asthma
• Make sure it has a long enough cord to keep you from unplugging room to room
• Check for multi-level filtration – especially if you don’t need/want the HEPA filter, it’s better to have more than one filtration system to catch and hold the dirt
• Look for a vacuum that has a setting for hard surface floors
• Check the weight of the vacuum cleaner and make sure it’s easy for you to use