Let’s face it. It’s the job that nobody wants to do. You find yourself reaching for the vacuum cleaner more often than you’d like. However, not many people think about whether their current machine is doing the job efficiently.
As there are so many options out there, it can be difficult to narrow it down to what suits you and your home, so I’ve compiled a list of things you must know before making your final decision.
Things to think about before making your purchase
What kind of floors are fitted in your house? Hardwood, carpets, tiles..?
It’s important to choose a vacuum cleaner to suit the kind of surface(s) you will be working with. If you have lots of different flooring in your house then that’s fine too, you’ll need something that works with everything.
Do you have children and/or pets?
Think about how often you are currently having to vacuum as this will be an important factor in deciding which to go for. If you have children or own a pet like a cat or a dog, you know you’re going to be hoovering every inch of the house on a regular basis, so keep that in mind! Check out our recommended vacuum cleaners for pet hairs here.
Does anyone in your home have any allergies eg. Asthma?
If someone in your family home suffers from asthma, you may need to consider the type of filter that the vacuum has but we’ll talk a bit more about this later.
Vacuum cleaners for homes with tiles or hardwood floors
It’s easy to assume that homes featuring only hardwood floors only need a good sweep. No vacuum necessary but it’s super important that you do own a vacuum cleaner—even if it’s used less than someone who owns only carpet.
As you may not be using it so frequently, I’d suggest going for something that’s very compact and therefore easy to store out of site when it isn’t being used. I’d suggest going for a barrel vacuum. They are not only small but also lightweight- it’s a win win!
Vacuum cleaners for homes with carpet floors
When it comes to cleaning carpets, one of the most important things to think about is the suction power of the vacuum you’re pondering over. Unlike a hard floor, your carpet hides a lot of the dirt so you want to ensure that your carpet is getting the deep-clean that it needs. A regular vacuum just won’t cut it.
A great choice would be to go for an upright vacuum that has cyclonic technology which essentially means that it works to separate dirt from air and prevents clogging to ensure excellent suction power, even while the bin is starting to fill up!
Vacuum cleaners for homes with children and/or pets
Cleaning a home full of pet hair and “kids making memories” can be extremely tiresome. Although it’s important to suggest that you still take into consideration the type of flooring you have; I’d suggest on top of that, you also have a handheld or stick vacuum in order to clean furniture like sofas and cushions quickly and more efficiently without the struggle of lifting a heavy up-right machine.
Although it’s costly to purchase two different vacuums, you’ll get that back in time spent cleaning and the amount of times you need to do it – you’re welcome!
Vacuum cleaners for homes with allergy sufferers
If you or a member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, something that’s important to think about is the type of filter said vacuum has. Your standard filter releases dust particles into the air which will act as an irritant to those who suffer with things like asthma.
You should be keeping your eyes peeled for something which has a HEPA filter as these type of filters “removes and traps nearly all dust particles and pollutants”. One such vacuum cleaner is the Duronic VC7 Bagless Upright Handheld Stick Vac, which is a small and affordable vacuum cleaner that will help remove dust from the air.
What about Watts?
The number of watts a vacuum has tells you how much power goes into the vacuum so in theory this should mean a better suction power the higher the watts but there are other things that contribute towards a good suction power so be sure to ask about this when speaking to a sales member!
To bag or not to bag?
This is the kind of thing that’s always up for debate but luckily it doesn’t matter whether you decide to choose a vacuum that has bags or not as they still offer the same cleaning power. Weigh up whether you want to be purchasing bags or not, also take allergies into consideration. Although bag-less vacuums are more convenient, if someone in the family has any allergies your best bet is to go for a bag as they are more hygienic. It’s all down to preference!
If you have any other queries, you can leave a comment below or talk to a professional in a shop on the day of your purchase as they will be able to choose something specific to everything you need. Hopefully now you will feel more confident in asking around and will know exactly what it is that you need.