How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner for Your Home

While it's not particularly costly as far as home appliances are concerned, you must make an informed decision when buying a vacuum cleaner to find the most efficient one for your budget. After all, you require a good vacuum to maintain a clean and healthy indoor environment.

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A wide array of vacuum cleaners are available today with some being flashier than others while some have a clean and simple look. These facets aren’t as important as an effective cleaning machine when it comes to selecting the appropriate one. The appliance's exterior appearance doesn't mean it's high quality and the only way to evaluate quality is by conducting careful research. Fortunately, our highly trained and educated staff will guide you on how to choose the best vacuum cleaner. If you're shopping for a new cleaner but don't know where to start, consider these tips.

Will Its Suction Be Strong Enough?

Vacuum Cleaner for Carpet

Two kinds of vacuum motors trigger the two kinds of suction. One of them is the straight suction type whereby a motor does what the label says: it lifts up the debris and dust before shooting into the container. Examples include Miele and SEBO upright vacuums and other leading brands. The other kind of motor uses a more indirect way of suctioning, frequently called cyclonic technology. This process entails the development of centrifugal force to generate suction power for picking up debris and cleaning the air such as Dyson upright vacuums. Homeowners need stronger suction when one or more of the following apply:

  • You have several children
  • Your home has one or more pets
  • You entertain a lot of people
  • You live in a dry, dusty climate
  • You work on hobbies inside the house

A vacuum’s suction power is determined by the power of the motor and how much air it can move. You will find this information online and in the instruction manual. Find out how to measure the suction power of a vacuum with this information.

Bag VS Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Another important factor in choosing this appliance is whether to purchase a bagged or bagless model. While both have decisive benefits to lean on, here's actually what you should know before choosing a vacuum. Traditional vacuums use replaceable bags that act both as a collection receptacle and a filter As air flows through the bag. The bags are replaced when full of dust, dirt, and other debris. They produce less mess and there’s a small chance the dust will spill on the floor or become airborne. Bagged vacuums are best for allergy and asthma suffers because there is less chance of the user coming into contact with the dust and dirt. Remove the bag when full, close it up and throw it away. Bagged models use filters and a dirt cup or canister to hold dust, dirt, and debris that is emptied when full. There are no filters to clean and replace and many bagless vacuums hold more dirt which requires less frequent dumping. These vacuums have two cons to consider. One is the bags may be unrecyclable and end up in the landfill. Another one is bags are expensive and you must throw them away instead of reusing them. Bagless vacuums are eco-friendly because they have reusable filters and don’t use bags that end up in the trash. They cost less to operate because there are no bags to purchase. Many models are equipped with super-efficient HEPA filters. The cons include:

  • More likely to cause allergic reactions because there may be a dust blowback.
  • They are messier because you must handle the vacuum cup to clean it.
  • Bagless models require frequent careful cleaning and drying.

Learn more about the differences between bagged and bagless in this informative article.

Most homeowners use either an upright or canister vacuum cleaner. To make the final purchase decision, consider the pros and cons of each type.

Is the Warranty Warranty Adequate?

Warranties Are Important

We recommend you check the appliance's warranty before making a purchase. A longer-than-average warranty can imply the manufacturer trusts its product to last longer than the competition. Therefore, warranties are a good sign of the cleaner's quality. A warranty offers you and me valuable protection and stops manufacturers from making poor quality vacuums. This means the manufacturer bears the cost when it breaks down during the warranty period per its coverage. Read the warranty because you may need to register it to activate the warranty’s coverage. Be sure to keep your receipt as proof of purchase and it’s a good idea to buy a new vacuum with a credit card for your protection.

Do You Have Allergy Sufferers In Your Home?

                              Relieve Your Allergies With the Right Residential Vacuum Model

If you're asthmatic or have allergies, you certainly want a cleaner that can remove environmental allergens without just stirring them up. You’re better off with a cleaner that has a HEPA filter (can collect 99.97% of pollutants) along with an airtight design. We recommend you buy bagged vacuum cleaners if you have allergies. Bags catch allergens better than bagless cleaners and the extra cost of bags is well worth the expenditure. Consider Miele vacs as great options for cleaning your home’s environment easily while eliminating dangerous, symptom-triggering allergens. You'll find that most Miele cleaners contained sealed HEPA filtration and self-sealing dust bags. If you have allergies or asthma, be sure to vacuum drapes, upholstery, and other recognized dust catchers for your own protection.

The Level of Air Cleanliness Is Determined by Filtration

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You need to know if your appliance has high-level filters. Remember, a vacuum’s cleaning ability differs depending on its filtration system. With a high filtration level, the appliance will be capable of removing more dust and particles from the air. Cheap vacuums and cheap bags allow some dust and allergens back into the room’s atmosphere. That's why we highly encourage HEPA filters, which can absorb nearly 99.97 % of mold, dust and, pollen particles. HEPA filtration may cost a bit more, but they are well worth it.

Which Vacuum Design Best Fits Your Personal Needs?

Most homeowners use either an upright or canister vacuum cleaner. To make the final purchase decision, consider the pros and cons of each type.

Upright Model PROS:

  • Tend to Cost Less Than Canisters
  • They Have Wider Cleaning Paths
  • Uprights Are Better at Cleaning Carpets
  • They Are Easier to Store


  • Weighs More Than a Canister Vacuum
  • They Are Noisier Than Canisters
  • Difficult to Drag Around and Up/Down Stairs
  • Less Effective When Cleaning Around Corners

Canister Model PROS:

  • More Powerful than Uprights
  • Canisters Are Easy to Carry
  • They Have Better Maneuverability
  • Easy to Operate
  • They Are Quieter Than Most Uprights
  • More Attachments to Choose From


  • Not Operational Ready; Some Assembly Required
  • Harder to Store in Some Areas
  • Dragging the Canister Behind You
  • Bending Over More Often
  • Not Practical For Quick Use

We hope these tips help you select the best vacuum for your home or office needs. Talk to one of our vacuum experts about your home cleaning needs and get valuable advice.

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