Whether you are shopping for your first vacuum cleaner, or thinking about replacing an older vacuum cleaner, the large number of vacuums currently being sold can make vacuum shopping a daunting chore. Consider making a few lists before heading out, decide on what it is you want, what you would like, and what you absolutely must have in your vacuum. Knowing in advance what you are looking for will save time and money. Learning how to choose the best vacuum cleaner will help you avoid spending too much money on a vacuum cleaner you will not be happy with.
Decide on your Budget
One of the first things you need to consider when shopping for a vacuum cleaner is how much you can afford to spend. It may come as a shock to you when you get in the store, but some vacuums can cost well over $1,000.00. Add on shampooing attachments and you could easily buy a used car for the same price. If you can afford a high-end machine, go for it, they usually come with a lifetime or very long warranty. If, however, you do not feel the need to have a payment plan for something that cleans your floors, decide on how much you can reasonably spend and stick to that amount.
Vacuum Type â€“ Canister or Upright
Deciding whether you prefer a canister or upright vacuum may be something you can only decide after using one of each for a while. If this is your first vacuum, consider where you will be using it. Upright machines are generally easier to use and maneuver if you plan to use it only on the floor. Canisters, on the other hand, tend to be easier to use for upholstery, window treatments, or dusting cobwebs out of ceiling corners. Another difference is the bags. Most canisters require a bag that you will need to replace as it becomes full. Upright vacuums may use bags, or may have a dirt cup that can be emptied when it becomes full. Most people find uprights become clogged more frequently than canisters.
Decide on Usage
If you think of a vacuum as merely a machine to mechanically sweep the floor you will not be concerned too much about what attachments the unit has. On the other hand, if you plan to dust your furniture, cleaning wall corners of cobwebs, or dusting window treatments, you need to look for the tools that will handle the job. Both upright and canister vacuums come with an assortment of attachments that can help clean more than just flooring.
Once you have decided on your budget, what you will actually be using the vacuum for, and whether you want a canister or an upright, head out to the store. Being able to give the sales person the details on what you are looking for will keep them from trying to sell you something you do not need or want. They may try a bit, but being confident in your decision will get you the vacuum you need, for the price you can afford.