Keeping your home clean is a major task, but with the right tools in place, you’ll have a much easier time keeping things organized and spot-free. Better products cut the effort required and end up performing better overall, resulting in a cleaner home and less stress for the household.
A vacuum cleaner is one of the most important investments you’ll make for the cleanliness of your home, as it’s responsible for keeping your carpets and some of your hardwood floors free of dust, dirt, food particles, and other debris. However, there are thousands of different vacuums on the market, so how can you tell which is best for you?
First, consider whether you or someone else in the household has allergy sensitivities or respiratory considerations like asthma. In these cases, your vacuum decision is even more important—the right vacuum can reduce the presence of dust, pollen, and other allergens drastically, while the wrong vacuum can leave traces of these elements behind. Some brands, like DrainVac, pride themselves on offering more powerful, more thorough units that keep your home free of these materials. However, if your household doesn’t have any allergies, you may be able to get by with a less powerful unit.
If all vacuums cost the same, everyone would opt for the most powerful, longest-lasting unit. However, when it comes to vacuums, you tend to get what you pay for. High-tech vacuums that offer faster, more thorough cleans will cost more than units designed to meet your bare minimum requirements. If you have a strict budget, cost will be a major consideration. Otherwise, gravitate toward the best unit you can afford—even though you’ll be paying a little more upfront, you’re far less likely to have to replace the unit in the future, and you’ll save countless hours of work.
How often do you tend to clean? How dirty does your house get? These questions should help guide your decision. For example, if your house has several pets that leave behind fur and dander, you’ll need a powerful vacuum that can hold up to daily, heavy use, such as Miele products. On the other hand, if your goal is to keep your home reasonably clean by exerting as little effort as possible, you may prefer an automated option like Roomba, which may not get your floors as clean, but will do the job with minimal input from a human operator.
Home Size and Specs
The size and specs of your house should also factor into your decision. If you have a sprawling mansion with tons of carpeted rooms, you’ll need a heavy-duty vacuum with a strong, multi-year warranty. On the other hand, if you live in an apartment that has mostly hardwood floors, it might be better to get a handheld unit, or something small to complement your broom and dustpan. Homes with tight corners and small nooks will also need a vacuum with ample turning capabilities and attachments. Not all homes have the same vacuuming needs, so keep this in mind.
Depending on your needs, you may also prefer a mobile vacuum cleaner. If you have a large amount of space to cover, or if you have specific ergonomic needs, you may require a vacuum cleaner that’s lightweight and easy to move around, such as an Oreck cleaner or a cord-free handheld device. Lightweight vacuums don’t offer as much power as central units (generally), so you’ll need to think about your needs carefully and find the most appropriate balance for your household.
Last but not least, you’ll want to consider the style of vacuum you’re choosing. For the most part, this comes down to personal preference. The handle, mobility, emptying options, and functionality of the vacuum will all come into play here, as well as the size, shape, and even the coloration of your chosen unit. Since style has a minimal bearing on the overall performance of the unit, there’s no right or wrong answer here.
Buying a vacuum cleaner may be a more complicated decision than you originally thought, but if you make the right investment, it’s liable to last you many years. Consider your options carefully, and if you can, take a unit for a trial run before committing to a purchase. The right unit will keep your home cleaner more efficiently, and may also help you save money in the long run.