The need to clean never stops. Centuries ago, avid cleaners used shoddy equipment to rid their living spaces of dirt, grime, and dust, but today, homeowners have the benefit of technology, the vacuum! However, there are many types of vacuums, necessitating further research and a longer sales cycle.
Are you in immediate need of a vacuum? Consider a range of options and sizes regarding upright, stick, canister, and handheld devices.
Why You Need to Choose
Having options is great but it does complicate things when shopping. First, think about the size of your living space in addition to the layout of rooms and your type of flooring. Some vacuums are better than others depending on what you need. Advantages and disadvantages exist according to type. For example, an upright vacuum provides a lot of power but will cost more and may be troublesome to move from room to room. On the other hand, handheld models are light and inexpensive, yet they lack the power of larger vacuums and entail more work from the user (bending down and reaching).
The upright is the most traditional and popular among the choices. However, because it’s the most popular, it hosts the longest buying cycle. You’ll need to compare prices, designs, and features offered by a number of manufacturers and suppliers. An upright provides the most power and is the most effective for cleaning most areas of the home. Depending on model chosen, you can address wood, carpeted, and tiled floors. Though these models provide the most power, it can be difficult to push, pull, and carry vacuums up stairs. Also, for best results, clean or switch the bag after each use. Expect to pay between $50 to $800 for an upright vacuum.
A canister vacuum is shaped like an upright, consisting of a long wand so users can stand while in use. However, they are much lighter than traditional vacuums but not as powerful. A canister model can be used on any type of carpeting as well as bare floors. These types of models are not as expensive as uprights but more expensive than most sticks and handheld devices. Don’t discount the shape or look of canisters. Actually, the higher-end models are more expensive than the average upright model. Canisters can run anywhere between $600 and $3,000.
Stick vacuums are lightweight but are not as powerful as uprights or canister models. It features a long design and often used on light carpets and bare floors. They also work well on area rugs. Sticks vary in price, and specific function and features dictate price. Find a model at an affordable price by visiting various outlets and reading online about the best vacuum of 2015. Sticks are incredibly convenient and reasonably priced, but they do lack power and can be very noisy. You’ll find stick vacuums priced between $30 and $200.
Handheld vacuum cleaners are a bit cumbersome to use because you have to bend down to use them, yet they can fit in a lot more places that other vacuum heads cannot. Such devices can be corded or cordless, while others may be a separate attachment of an upright or stick model. Handheld models get in tight spaces but do not have a lot of power compared to uprights. Expect to pay somewhere in the range of $30 and $70 for these models.
Every homeowner needs to clean dirt and dust, but those who own pets have an added layer of concern, hair and dander. Some testers believe an upright vacuum will do the trick as far as keeping a pet-owning household the cleanest. However, do your research before grabbing any vacuum off the shelf or ordering online. Some manufacturers will claim their products are great for hair and pet cleanup as a means of attracting more buyers. It’s smarter to read online reviews or ask other pet owners for their input before making a final purchase.
Also, don’t dismiss the effectiveness of doubling-up on vacuums. For example, a canister may do well to get most of the house clean, while a handheld can help address carpets, pet dwelling areas, and hard-to-reach places.
Don’t assume that a model is better just because it has a larger motor. Most vacuums will do a sufficient job of cleaning, especially if you change the bag and make sure there are no obstructions at the head or within the tubes. Also, price does not automatically equal superiority. Do your research, consider the layout of your living space, and be patient in finding the best vacuum solution for you.
Lydia Harris is a part time pediatric nurse and proud full time mom of two boys, ages 9 and 11. In her little spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her children\’s school, the occasional date night with her husband of 13 years and playing catch with Tina, their Chocolate Lab. Lydia is always on the hunt for tips, tricks and tools that make her home life easier so she can spend more time with her family.