Buyers Guide to Buying the Best Vacuum

Modern day technology is getting more and more advanced, including everyday items like our appliances. More and more homes are becoming smart homes, and even our vacuums have gotten more advanced than ever before. Newer technology means better vacuums and more to choose from. No matter what kind of home you live in, whether you have carpets or hardwood floors, this guide will help you find out what type of vacuum best fits your needs.

Some things to consider before buying a new vacuum:

  • Reviews – Go online and do a bit of research before settling on a vacuum. Are the reviews good or bad?
  • Noise level – Do you have a baby in the house that you don’t want to wake while you clean?  Does the noise scare your pets? Or maybe you are okay with a bit of noise while cleaning.
  • Pets – This is more if you’re looking to invest in a robot vacuum. Will your cat or dog be terrified when it comes on automatically, seemingly chasing them around the home? (Most robot vacuums are fairly silent)
  • Accessories – What kind of equipment does your new vacuum come with? Some of the more expensive vacuums come with different attachments so you can clean both your hardwood floors as well as your carpets. Sometimes all the “extra” features and attachments make up for the price.
  • Stairs – If you have stairs in your house, some types of vacuums are easier to move around than others. That’s another thing to keep in mind, if you need something a little lighter to carry around.
  • Cord or battery-powered? – This is a huge one. If you have a small home it may not be a big deal to have to move the cord to a different outlet a couple times. But if you have a larger home or more than one story in your house, getting a battery operated vacuum might make things a lot easier. A thing to look for if you’re considering buying cordless is how long of a drive time does it have before it needs to be recharged.
  • Bag or bagless? Do your research and decide if you have a preference. For bagless, it’s cheaper to maintain and more environmentally friendly.  However, you may find that throwing a used bag into the trash is easier than cleaning out a reusable compartment.

Up next is deciding which type of vacuum will fit your house and your needs. This is a simple guide to help you understand all the different options that are on the market right now. Hopefully it will make choosing a vacuum much easier for you.

Upright Vacuum

This is the most commonly used vacuum in the US, but not necessarily the easiest to use. The upright vacuum can seem a bit bulky and hard to maneuver, but it can be a lot more powerful than other kinds. Most have power cords, but some newer models come cordless, which makes it a bit easier. This upright vacuum from Dyson is one of the more popular upright vacuums on the market. The ball feature makes it super easy to maneuver and it comes with multiple attachments to help reaching underneath furniture and in tight spaces.

Price Range: $50-$600

Qualities: Rolls easily and a great solution for tall people or people with bag problems, as it is upright. Easy to store in a closet or pantry somewhere.

Canister Vacuum

Compared to the upright vacuum, this is definitely a vacuum with more mobility. It comes with a long hose and attachments, that makes it much easier to clean underneath furniture, where an upright vacuum might not be able to reach. Keep in mind that the long hose and all the attachments take up a bit of space, so make sure you have room to store it somewhere. There are some great low price canister vacuums on the market right now, like this one from Bissell.

Price Range: $40-$600

Qualities: Great mobility as it just rolls after you, so you don’t have to carry or drag a heavy vacuum when cleaning. Lighter than an upright, but you’ll have to bend down a lot more to operate it.

Stick Vacuum

There are so many different options when it comes to stuck vacuums. Some are cordless and some are not. They are super easy to maneuver around and underneath furniture. One of the most popular stick vacuums on the market right now are the Dyson vacuums. This vacuum is one of the pricier vacuums, but you will really get quality for your money. An attachment turns it into a smaller handheld vacuum, good for stairs and other small spaces. Again, the price may throw you off, but if you want bang for your buck, this is it! Runs on battery, so there’s no annoying cord you have to drag around after you. Plugs into a charger, which you can hang in your garage or storage closet.

Price Range: $25-$1000

Qualities: Most are cordless and battery operated. Lightweight and easy to maneuver. Works on most surfaces like hardwood, tile and carpet.

Handheld Vacuum

This won’t replace your need for a big vacuum. It is meant to be used for smaller spaces, cabinets or to vacuum upholstery etc. They come in all different price ranges and some come with different attachments like upholstery brush or crevice tool for a narrow reach. This handheld vacuum from Holife even come as a wet and dry vacuum, meaning it can clean up liquid messes or spills. Super smart for those of you who have small children.

Price Range: $10-$100

Qualities: Cordless, lightweight and easy to store. Good for small messes and spills.

Robotic Vacuum

If you are a tech nerd or if you have a busy work schedule, with not much time left over for cleaning, the robot vacuum is for you! You simply set a schedule and you can connect it to your smart home or smartphone and control the machine from anywhere. It will map out your home and when it is done cleaning it will return to its base, which is where it charges the battery. Doesn’t get any easier than that! This robot vacuum from Eufy is even slim enough to fit underneath heavy furniture like a bed or your couch.

Price Range: $50-$3000 (The most expensive ones’ work as both a vacuum and a wet mop!)

Qualities: Automatic, cordless, battery powered vacuum. Set a schedule and sit back and watch it clean your house without you having to lift a finger.

Central Vacuum

What is a central vacuum? Instead of having to buy a new vacuum every now and then, make a one-time investment in a central vacuum system. The pipes are typically placed through the attic, crawlspace or the basement and the only hole in the wall you need is covered by an inlet backing plate. A common misconception is that it will require a major renovation, but that is simply not true. Using a central vacuum will not only keep your house clean, but also the air inside the house. Study has shown that using a central vacuum greatly reduces allergens and keeps your air inside clean. It extracts dirt and debris from inside and exhausts it outside, instead of a portable vacuum that recycles allergens back out through the vent of the vacuum.

Price Range: $300-$1500

Qualities: Minimal noise, cleaner air (reduced allergens), powerful deep cleaning.