Expert Vacuum Buying Guide Part One: Features to Consider

09 Mar, 2015

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Bags or bagless? Stick or upright? Cord or cordless? With all of the different features available, it can be tricky to choose the right vacuum. In part one of our Vacuum Buying Guide series, we have interviewed appliance expert James Terry to learn more about which vacuum features you should consider before upgrading your vacuum cleaner.

What features are most important to consider when buying a new vacuum?

When shopping for a vacuum, you want it to be as functional as you need and easy to operate. Considering your lifestyle and any needs you have (allergies, pets, etc.), you will want to look for models that fill those needs. Another thing to consider is what you want to do with this vacuum. Do you want to clean high and low, maybe clean window treatments or ceiling fans? Do you have stairs in your home? Many vacuums have tools to help you achieve exactly what you want.

What are the differences between upright, stick and handheld vacuums?

handheld vacuumHandheld vacuums are exactly what the name implies. They are usually best for spot cleaning or reaching tighter areas an upright or canister can’t reach, or when the job is not big enough to use a larger vacuum.

Stick vacuums are popular for their light weight. They work well in small areas or as a unit to maintain your area in between deeper cleanings.stick vacuum

Upright vacuums come in bagged and bagless varieties. The upright has become popular in recent years over canister style because they are more compact and easier to store. An upright will give you a deeper clean than a stick or handheld but tend to be less maneuverable than the upright vacuumsmaller units or even the canisters, but advances in technology have mitigated that issue.

The fact is, many households have multiple vacuums today to cater to a variety of needs.

How effective are cordless vacuums?

Cordless vacuums have come a long way in recent years. Battery life is longer and motors are more powerful than before. A cordless unit is an attractive alternative for many because it is versatile and you don’t have to worry about cord length or getting a cord knotted or caught in the head.

Do you recommend bagless vacuums or models with bags? Why?

Bags versus bagless is a personal preference. The market is dominated today by bagless vacuums. Bagless vacuums give you the convenience of never having to replace a bag by simply emptying the canister into the trash. Bags will confine the dirt and animal hair into a bag that is removed and thrown away as well. Some prefer that method, but keep in mind that using bags incurs a recurring expense of replacing the bags.

What new vacuum features should we look for in 2015?

For 2015, you will likely see more cordless models come to the marketplace. I think there will be more functionality and more power than there has been in past years.

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Psst…Check out James Terry’s other expert posts on slow cookers and juicers.

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