Back in the 1960s, choosing a vacuum cleaner is an easy task, simply because there are fewer options to choose from. You either get a canister or upright vacuum cleaner from Hoover, Electrolux, or Dyson. Now, there are plenty off vacuum cleaner brands in the market. Vacuum cleaners are also getting more and more sophisticated as technology advances. These factors make it hard for consumers to choose a vacuum cleaner.
When buying a new vacuum cleaner, consider the following issues:
Flooring. This is the first thing you need to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner. A canister vacuum cleaner is ideal for hard surface floors such as tile or wood flooring. It has brush attachments that make it easier to clean corners and other tight areas. Although it can also be used to clean carpets, it does not have enough suction power to do the job thoroughly. An upright vacuum cleaner, on the other hand, is ideal for carpeted flooring. It has more suction power, which is needed to clean the carpet. Unfortunately, this suction power damages wood or laminate flooring, making upright vacuum cleaners unfit for such hard surface floors.
Ergonomics. The vacuum cleaner that you should choose should have the right height so that you will be standing upright with shoulders back when you are using it. The power cord and switches should be within easy access, while the handle should be free of any impediments. Weight is also a consideration. You do not want to be pushing around a heavy vacuum cleaner. If you live in a two-storey house, chances are you will be tired by just lugging an upright vacuum up the stairs as this type of vacuum is quiet heavy. On the contrary, a canister vacuum is easier to carry up and down the stairs because of its low weight.
Allergen Protection. If you have allergies, make sure that you choose a vacuum cleaner with a Hepa filter. The Hepa filter can remove almost 100% of airborne allergens that can cause allergies. Almost all models of upright vacuum cleaner have a Hepa sealed system filter. Only some of models of canister vacuum have this feature.
Disposal of Contents. Although not as popular as before, bag vacuum cleaners still have a following. A bag vacuum cleaner vacuums dust and dirt and deposits them on a bag, which the user can just throw away in the garbage can. When the user uses the vacuum cleaner again, all he or she has to do is to load a new bag.
In a bagless vacuum cleaner, dust and dirt is vacuumed and deposited unto a cup that must be emptied after using the vacuum cleaner. Ridding the cup of its contents can be a messy affair as you need to put shake the cup unto a garbage can or plastic to get rid of accumulated dust and dirt.
Electric Consumption. Choose a vacuum that has high energy efficiency. Not only will you do your share of supporting the global green movement, you will also save money.