If you hate your vacuum, then you probably hate cleaning the carpet in your home. Like a good pair of shoes that you coordinate all of your outfits around, a good vacuum cleaner can help change your thinking about the time you devote to improving the cleanliness of your home.
However, a vacuum takes a more commitment before buying, and there are so many options. While you might have 10, 20, 50, or more pairs of shoes in your closet, you probably only have one or two vacuum cleaners. If you start buying vacuums and decide you don’t like any of them, you can’t just shove them into the back of your closet – unless your home is all closets.
So how do you find the one vacuum that will give you a sense of satisfaction when it whirrs to life? Read on to learn about your options so you can pick the best vacuum cleaner!
Criteria For Picking a Vacuums
If are ever going to love your vacuum, then it needs to have specific features or offer a particular benefit that can accomplish cleaning tasks better than what you are using right now.
Your individual needs will vary but think about the following when shopping for a vacuum.
- Maneuvers easily
- Easy to carry up and down stairs
- Lots of adjustments
- It gets floors clean the first time
- Pulls dirt from corners and edges
- Cleans hard flooring
- Sucks up pet hair
- Not too loud
Use the above criteria when going into the next section to narrow down your choices!
Types Of Vacuums
Your journey into the land of vacuums will be complete when you pick the type of vacuum you want. Each type comes with its own pros and cons. In many cases, sacrifices are made to one set of features to improve another set of features. The goal here is to highlight the criteria you find most important and those you are willing to forgo.
Bagged and Bagless
Bagged vacuum cleaners have a distinct advantage when it comes to trapping dirt and debris inside the vacuum. Closed bag systems trap everything inside the bag and let air vent through the bag material. If the bag is HEPA rated, 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns won’t escape back into the air. Bagged systems are also more hygienic because the bag is easy to throw away when full, but you will have to buy a lot of bags over time.
Bagless vacuum cleaners are less expensive to maintain thanks to the permanent canister; however, emptying a canister full of stuff you just pulled out of the carpet can be messy – if you have moderate to severe allergies you might want to go bagless. Other advantages include being able to see inside the cannister, and because you are going through fewer bags, it is more environmentally friendly.
Upright and Canister / Backpack
Upright vacuum cleaners and all-in-one systems provide a lot of versatility, and they typically include some easy to swap attachments with the built-in hose. But these systems tend to have more bulk and weight, which makes it difficult to get under furniture, around furniture, and the beater bar could scrap flooring or fray carpet fibers. Light upright systems are easier to carry around, but they can lack suction power.
Canister vacuum cleaners/backpacks offer superior suction power because the base unit and vacuum head are separate, which allows the base to hold a larger motor. These systems also provide an impressive range of movement because the shaft that connects the handle and the vacuum head is narrow. The downsides include having to carry the base and the head, plus replacing heads to deal with different surfaces is less convenient.
Robotic vacuum cleaners are still relatively new. Although many advancements have made them better, as a package, they also come with some disadvantages.
Robotic vacuum cleaners require an initial setup, but once up and running these vacuums will turn on and start cleaning according to their programmed schedule. Amazingly, these systems can also be more powerful than their size might indicate. But robotic vacuums fall short when it comes to battery life, and their dirt and debris storage capacity is less than stellar, and you won’t get those nice uniform lines. If you really do not want to do your own vacuuming, but can commit to keeping the battery full and canister empty, then it might be worth the higher cost of entry.
Fall In Love With Your Vacuum
Once you picked the best vacuum cleaner, it’s time to get to work. To get carpets clean and to keep them clean, start by running the vacuum over all carpets, area rugs, and floor mats around the home daily for two weeks. Follow this by vacuuming every other day for two weeks, then finally vacuum these surfaces every third day from that point forward.
- Learn more about cleaning carpets via our blog: 8 Ways to Vacuum Smarter For Cleaner Carpets
There you have it. You can now pick the right vacuum and your floors are going to be clean like never before!
Do you love it or hate your vacuum? Tell us all about it in the comments below.