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How To Choose A Vacuum Cleaner

How to buy the best vacuum cleaner for your specific needs.

Vacuum Cleaner
Have you been shopping for a vacuum cleaner lately? If you have, you know that there are dozens to choose from in most stores making the simple task of buying a vacuum very difficult and confusing.

There are several name brands - Hoover, Eureka, Oreck, Dyson, Bissell, Dirt Devil...the list goes on and on. Then there are canisters, uprights, bagless, cyclonic - it's all so overwhelming that you might want to just go home and forget about it!

Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this article you'll have enough basic information to make the buying process a little easier.

First of all, you need to decide which type of vacuum is best for your particular needs - canister or upright.

Do you have lots of steps to vacuum? Do you plan to vacuum out your car with it as well as the house? How about cleaning your furniture? If so, you would probably be better served by a canister style vacuum cleaner. But if all you need to do is clean your carpets, an easy to handle upright would be a good choice.

Next, there is the issue of bagged vs. bagless. There are two distinct camps with very strong opinions on this one. Those who belong to the bagless group love the convenience and cost savings provided by a bagless vacuum. The others insist that a bagless unit will fill the air in your house with dust every time you empty it.

I don't know which side is right, but as for me I really love a bagless vacuum cleaner. They're easy to use and emptying them is a snap. And I have never noticed the least bit of dust when emptying one.

I guess it all comes down to this: If convenience or cost savings is your primary consideration, go with a bagless vacuum cleaner. If you're bothered by allergies you might want to consider one that uses bags.

The issue of allergies brings us to another option that is available - HEPA filters. In general, a unit equipped with a HEPA filter will remove more dust, pollen and mites from the air than one without it. I don't have a problem with allergies so I can't really make a specific recommendation on this one.

And as always, when considering the purchase of an appliance, there is the issue of cost. You can spend a lot or you can spend a little...and whatever you buy will probably do a good job for you. What you need to understand is that cost generally relates to quality - as a general rule, the more a vacuum cleaner costs the longer it should last.

Do you consider a vacuum cleaner to be an investment? An appliance that you buy once and use for a very long time? If so, a more expensive model would probably be your best choice. But if you consider a vacuum to be a commodity that you use until it breaks and then replace, an inexpensive model will do just fine. You'll just have to replace it every once in a while.

The last thing to consider when purchasing a vacuum cleaner is the brand. You know how some people swear by Fords while others wouldn't drive anything but a Chevy? Well, it's the same way with vacuums!

It all boils down to personal preference really. My family has used a variety of vacuum cleaners over the years ranging from a $30 Dirt Devil to a $1,500 top-of-the-line Kirby. With just a few exceptions, they all performed very well.

The bottom line is this: Most modern vacuums will do the job just fine, so as long as you get the features and attachments you need you'll probably be happy with most any brand.

About the Author:

Rick Rouse is the owner of RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources.

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