When searching for your new vacuum cleaner, one of the things you have to ask yourself is what kind vacuum are you looking for. There are so many makes and models out there and each kind has certain things they are better at. If you are a pet owner who’s sick of having pet hair build up in every corner of the house, but don’t really have time for vacuuming every day, then a robot vacuum might be the best solution for you. This is a guide to help you understand the different kinds of vacuums that are on the market right now and what each kind is good for.
One of our dedicated writers, Malene Shak, has done extensive research on this topic, and here’s the recommendations she came up with, after going through customer reviews for hundreds of products online:
Upright Vacuum Cleaner
This might not be the easiest vacuum to maneuver around the house, but it is the widest and therefor the one that will clean most in its path. A benefit to getting an upright vacuum is definitely the price. Their wide brush and heavier weight makes them great for vacuuming thick carpets. Upright vacuums typically come with a power cord attached, so if you have a large area to cover or many rooms in your house, this will definitely be an annoyance moving the plug. On a positive note, you don’t have to worry about the battery dying halfway through cleaning!
The bestseller on Amazon at the moment is the Shark Navigator which is both lightweight and reasonable in price!
Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Canister vacuums are much lighter than an upright vacuum, making it easier to carry around the house. They have better maneuverability as well as being able to reach places an upright vacuum won’t be able to reach. This is definitely a much cheaper solution than other much smarter and newer vacuums. If you live in a studio apartment or are away on college, this will definitely do the job!
The Bissell Bagged Canister Vacuum is one of the cheapest out there, and the reviews are pretty great compared to how cheap it is!
Stick Vacuum Cleaner
If you’re looking for a quick an effective vacuum cleaner, then the stick vacuum is it! Easy to maneuver without having a power cord attached, makes it a breeze to move through the house. Most newer models come with many attachments making it effortless and effective in any room of the house and on any surface (hardwood, tiles or carpet). Because it is battery operated most stick vacuums have a run time around 20 minutes to an hour, depending on suction level and what brand/model you buy. If you are looking for a stick vacuum, be prepared to spend a lot more money. They are worth it though! Whether you have carpets or not, or wanting to vacuum your furniture or blinds, most stick vacuums come with the equipment to get it all done.
I have researched quite a lot of stick vacuums, my opinion is that the Dyson V10 Absolute is the best on the market. Not only is it sleek and modern looking, the charger is easily attached to the wall wherever you decide to hang it. It has a standard suction setting which allows the machine to run continuously for about 45 minutes, and a MAX setting which runs for 16 minutes. I have found that I never need to use max suction even on my carpets. The only downside is the battery time if you have a larger home. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge, so if you can’t get all your vacuuming done in 45 minutes, you’ll need to recharge and finish at a later time!
Robot Vacuum Cleaner
As a dog owner and a parent, this vacuum has been a lifesaver. In my house we use the Roomba and have it set on a timer. Every day at noon the Roomba vacuums the house for about an hour before returning “home” to the charger. It won’t replace vacuuming and I am okay with that. But it does keep my floors clear of dog hair and other visible dirt. These days there are so many kinds out there and most connect to your phone or your Amazon Alexa or Google Home. So if you have a Smart Home, this is definitely a gadget worth getting. There are a few things to note before getting a robot vacuum. Since it maps out your home, sometimes it seems to be vacuuming the same spot over and over and/or missing places of your home. Another thing to note is the noise level. For me, if I’m vacuuming I don’t mind the noise, but if it’s a robot cruising around my house for an hour, it can get a little annoying. That’s why I usually start it before I leave my house and when I return my house is nice and clean! Last thing is clear your floors before you start it. It will get stuck every now and then either if it has sucked up something too big or if it accidently drives up on ledge somewhere. There are so many great robot vacuums out there ranging from a few hundred dollars up to a thousand.
The highest rated robot vacuum in 2018 is the Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac. It’s much lighter than other robot vacuums and the height makes it the slimmest RoboVac so far, giving it the ability to vacuum underneath furniture! The battery time is 100 minutes compared to Roombas 60 minutes.