How to pick the right vacuum cleaner
Today many types of vacuum cleaners are available in the market. An astounding number of brands are selling their vacuum cleaners & they all promise to offer you the best vacuum cleaning experience you have ever had. But do they all fulfil the promises they make? Certainly not. Therefore it is of utmost importance for you as a consumer to choose the vacuum cleaner that best suits your requirements. There are certain things you must keep in mind while choosing the vacuum cleaner you want to buy. Through the length & breadth of this article we will guide you how you should buy the best vacuum cleaner & what are the things you should look out for in a vacuum cleaner while buying it.
Why you should buy a vacuum cleaner?
The reasons for buying a vacuum cleaner are almost universal. The job of a vacuum cleaner is to clean. It sucks dirt & debris using its suction & gives you a sparkling clean house. Other reasons for buying a vacuum cleaner of course is that it saves you a lot time in cleaning. Various types of vacuum cleaners comes with various types of cleaning accessories to suit your cleaning needs.
What are the features you should look out for in a vacuum cleaner?
While buying a vacuum cleaner you need to keep in mind the area you are going to clean with it. If you are going to use a vacuum cleaner for the first time then look for vacuum cleaners which are designed with a mix of carpeting & flooring. For cleaning carpets make sure the vacuum cleaner has enough suction power. Also see if the height of the cleaner is adjustable up to the height of your requirement.
For cleaning floors look for cleaners with brushes or uprights with metal bottom plates. This time make sure the height can be adjusted low enough so that the plate & the wheel won’t scratch your floor.
Also check out the accessories that come with various vacuum cleaners. Make sure the necessary accessories are available with the cleaner you are buying. If you are looking for lighter easy to use machines then go for cylindrical vacuum cleaners. They also come with all the necessary accessories. If you want to keep the air in your home dust free then you should buy a bag vacuum cleaner.
What other features you should look out for?
Power: Power of a vacuum cleaner is an indicator of its performance. A good measure for a cylindrical vacuum cleaner is 1400 watts & for an upright one is 1300 watts.
Dust bags: Dust bags, as the name suggests, is the place where all the dirt & dusts gets deposited after it is sucked by the vacuum cleaner. The dust bags in vacuum cleaners needs replacing after sometime since they get clogged with dirt & becomes very hard to clean. Also the bags themselves get torn after usage over a period of time. There are vacuum cleaners of course which comes without any dust bags attached to them. But those cleaners are more expensive since they are technologically more advanced. If you can afford a cleaner without dust bags attached to them then go for them. But if can’t then buy a cleaner that comes with a dust bag but clean it regularly to use it for the longest possible time.
Filtration: Filtration determines the size & number of particles that will be left in the air when it is exhausted out of the vacuum. If you or any of the members in your house suffers dust allergy then go for cleaners with multiple levels of filtration. S-class or HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) is custom designed to reduce microscopic alignments emitted after cleaning & as a result gives a much cleaner air flow. People who have asthma or similar problems may use these types of vacuum cleaners. Bagless models mainly comes with HEPA type of filtration.
Things to do before you buy vacuum cleaners:
- Test air tightness if you or anyone else in your family suffering from asthma by doing a little bit of cleaning.
- Try assembling & dissembling the attachments to make sure they fit properly & you understand how to attach them.
- Check the height of the fully assembled to make sure you are comfortable with it.
- Make sure that the power switch, height level controller and any other controls are easy to access and use.
- Also buy a cleaner that suits your budget.