How often do you vacuum?
To be honest there is nothing to be embarrassed of. A lot of people don’t have the time for this task everyday. But let’s be honest as the frequency you will use the vacuum cleaner is a major factor.
For example if you implement the task to your daily schedule a versatile light-weight vacuum will fit you perfectly while on the other hand if you maintain your home weekly, a more powerful vacuum cleaner will serve you better. Do you find yourself cleaning a large home from wall to wall or you are a constant cleaner who would fancy a portable handheld vacuum?
Would you vacuum mostly bare floors
A versatile canister vacuum with a long extension cord would be your best fit as this would help you vacuum large areas but also fetch dirt from tight spaces and corners. Its bare-floor brush make it the ideal candidate but in case you would prefer an upright vacuum make sure your preferred model let you turn the brush off in order to use it effectively on bare floors.
Would you vacuum on a wall to wall carpet?
The ideal model would have a dirt sensor so as to reduce the unnecessary back and forth movement. You would ideally want a vacuum cleaner with adjustable-height brush for improved cleaning performance. Depending on the room an upright vacuum would make wall to wall movement easier whereas a canister vacuum would be great only with a long cord so keep that in mind if you have a large space to clean.
Do you have stairs?
An upright vacuum would make cleaning the stairs very frustrating task, whereas a canister vacuum with a long hose would make the job a breeze. Consider a light-weight vacuum if you need to plan to vacuum more than one floor. Don’t forget to check the included attachments that could help you deal with various task you may haven’t thought you would face. Picking a vacuum cleaner for the entire house would require more extras, for example the ability to clean mattresses, dusting ceiling fans a bookcases apart from dealing only with pet hair. You can always consider a portable second vacuum for the every day tasks and having the ability to move between floors for smaller cleaning tasks.
Is anyone in your family suffering from allergies?
If you have are facing allergies you should consider special designed models or at least pick a vacuum cleaner that is sealed and has a HEPA filter that would trap 99.97% of dust, dander, pollen, and mold spores inside the vacuum. A machine with a poor filter will end up scatter them back through the exhausting air and a bagless vacuum would be an added unnecessary pain.
Would you prefer quick cleanups?
To be honest canister and upright vacuum are more powerful than cordless handheld models. On the other hand if you prefer quick cleanups small and portable vacuum cleaners will help you clean quicker while not being tethered to an outlet. They are great for quick pickup and they are versatile when need to move around the house. Keep in mind though that their battery won’t last for more than a few minutes, moreover their lack of power will lend you pick another type of vacuum for your primary one.
Do you have carpets?
The most dust particles come from people’s shoes and pets that enter the room. The majority of carpet soils are dry soils that bend the fibers of the carpet, so ideally you should choose the most powerful vacuum cleaner that would not damage your carpets. Most carpeting is made of synthetic fibers which makes them very durable. On the other hand, natural fibers need to be treated more gently. It is wise to check the manufacturer’s care instructions before purchasing a new vaccum especially if you have Oriental rugs that need more flexible and forgiving bristles in order to be safe without damaging the carpet fibers.
Would you like bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner?
It is a matter of preference really. But a decisive factor would be to have people with allergies in your household. The bagless vacuum cleaners tend to be messier but you don’t have to keep stock of replacement bags. So keeping in mind that there is no difference in the cleaning ability between the two types, the final decision is yours.
What to Look For
Vacuum Cleaner Performance
One of the most important characteristic you should look for is the actual performance of the vacuum cleaner which is usually referred to as suction power. Many manufactures would state the watts or amps of their respective vacuum clears, which should be considered as the actual “power” of the vacuum and not the performance. To make it more clear, the watts or amps that are written on the specification sheet is referred to the electrical power of the motor so you should not rate it as a performance factor. What you should actually be checking is the “suction” or the “airflow” of the given model. The key rating factor is airflow and fore example in a typical canister vacuum you should see an airflow of 100 CFM while for upright vacuums you should see 60CFM or more.
An often overlooked characteristic is that of filtration, or the ability to keep particles inside the vacuum and not letting them back into the air as dust. That is of great importance especially if you have people suffering from allergies in your house, asthma or any other health related conditions. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. A HEPA filter must remove 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns in size from the air that passes through it. HEPA is used mostly in the United States whereas in Europe they are referring to the same filter with a different name. So if you have asthma or allergies, or are just generally concerned with air quality, you should keep the filtration aspect into consideration when conducting your research for the best vacuum for pet hair.
Quality and Durability
Another important factor is the durability of the vacuum cleaner as it is the factor that would determine whether you would need to change vacuum clean in the near future or you are set to last for many years to come. You should check for designs that are solid in construction and use heavy duty material. Generally speaking the most high quality, of course high priced models, are designed to last for years to come, so don;t hesitate to look for a higher priced products in case you can find a solid candidate that could last for years. Last but not least check out the warranty policy of the manufacture as longer warranties especially for the motor can save you from big troubles.
The amount of noise the machine is operating is measured in decibels. There are many vacuum cleaners that make their operation unbearable due to high levels of noise so you should check the noise levels before you buy. A quiet vacuum cleaner could operate between 60-80 dB and feel comfortable while using it.
Depending on how often you would vacuum and how often you would change the bag or empty the vacuum, you should keep an eye on the capacity of the vacuum cleaner.. The larger the capacity the less it would need to be changed. Especially in the case of broom or handheld vacuum, the capacity can be a pretty limiting factor on your decision making process.
Almost all the quality vacuum cleaners offer a range of accessories that can be used on your everyday tasks. Having the tools would make cleaning a lot easier so keep an eye on the attachment that are shipped with the vacuum but also the addon accessory tools than can improve the performance of the vacuum depending on your needs.
How Much Does a Quality Vacuum Cleaner Cost?
Nowadays we have so many options when choosing a vacuum cleaner and there are many alternatives if you would like to go for a cheaper yet quality vacuum cleaner. To be honest the best quality vacuum cleaners would set you back 300$ or more and If you consider that as a lot of money I would help you select a good vacuum for picking up pet hair for less. You can check out our section of best buck for the buck recommendations where you will find the best quality vacuum cleaner you could buy for less than 200$ or 100$.
On the other hand I want to be honest with you so I also propose vacuums of higher price range as I consider that purchase something that I would like to buy once, use it as much as I can and hold for many years to come, usually 10 times more than a low budget purchase. Keep in mind that a quality vacuum cleaner can easily last for more than 10 years and picking up a higher quality vacuum would cover more options, would work better and have greater features compared to a lower quality one.
No matter the budget you’ve set, you should always check for the best sales discount you can find. There are times through out the year that you can find discounts of 20 or 30% on sale price and that discount is huge if you are considering some higher priced models. On the other hand for mass produced lower priced models it is really not worthy holding for the holiday season or Black Friday. In every review I’ll be providing links to check the prices on Amazon as Amazon usually provides the best prices you can find online, most of the time you’ll have the option of free shipping and their service is top notch.