I’m Clare, mother of three and self-proclaimed cleaner of the year. Being a single mom has it’s perks, and I guess cleaning isn’t one of them. Still though, cleaning needs to happen, and vacuum cleaners are without a doubt my most trustworthy tool. Being able to walk around the house, sucking up every piece of dirt and dust is beneficial to say the least. If you’re feeling lazy, you can also demand that your children do the work instead (just a joke!).
I’ve compiled together some extremely helpful resources for your own benefit. You can check out my buying guide for the features and specifications to look out for. Additionally, if you already have a vacuum cleaner, you can head over to my informational section where I regularly blog about home cleaning tips and tricks, and also how to get the most out of your current vacuum cleaner. Lastly, join in the community and say hello! Submit your own opinions, your own tips and your own reviews, just don’t be shy!
The Hoover Company has been making vacuum cleaners since 1907 and they currently deal in both upright and canister vacuum cleaners for consumer and commercial use. They have over 35 different upright models, most of which are bagless.
Dyson came to the attention of most people through their television commercials. They make a high end vacuum cleaner which boosts of being the first vacuum cleaner that didn’t use a bag. It also uses a ‘cyclone effect’ to pick up dust and dirt off carpets.
The Miele company manufacturers high quality household appliances, including vacuum cleaners. They’ve been a family owned, family run company for over 100 years. They feature 8 models of upright vacuums which use bags and have HEPA or air filters.
Why Buy a Vacuum Cleaner?
If you have carpets or rugs on your floors, a vacuum cleaner is an essential appliance to have in your home. Carpets and rugs get dirty just from sitting on your floor from the accumulation of dust that gets into the house, not to mention the dirt and debris you may drag into your house on the bottoms of your shoes. If you have pets and/or children, your carpets can become even dirtier – EGH!
While you can hand sweep your floor with a broom or get a manual carpet sweeper, they won’t get your carpet as clean as a good vacuum cleaner will. Dirt and dust gets trapped between the carpet or rug fibers and using a broom or sweep cleaner can ground the dirt further into the carpet. They only clean the surface of carpets or rugs.
Dirty carpets also trap odors and those odors can permeate your home. The best way to defeat odors and keep your carpets and rugs clean is to really use a vacuum cleaner on them.
5 important factors to look at when buying a vacuum cleaner:
ManeuverabilityPowerAir FlowBags or BaglessDurability
You will need to determine the type of vacuum that works best for your living situation. If you have a house with large rooms, an upright vacuum may be the best choice for you. They generally are heavier than canister vacuums, so they often cleaner better than canisters. However, if you have a lot of furniture that you need to vacuum under, they can be cumbersome. For a smaller floor surfaces or if you just have rugs covering hardwood floors underneath your, a canister or stick vacuum could be your best solution. Both of these models are lightweight and easy to maneuver.
There is a difference between vacuuming up crumbs off your rug and getting pet hair out of your carpet. You have to consider how much power you need when you buy a vacuum cleaner. The power is usually measure in watts or amps, with the amperage telling you how much electricity is needed to power your vacuum. Suction power is determined by its air flow, which is the CFM rating. Don’t rely on the amps to determine which vacuum cleaner you should buy. However, if you have a lot of carpet, you will want a cleaner with higher amps so it lasts longer.
If you have pets, especially dogs or cats with long hair, you will need a high CFM rating so you can get the fur they shed out of your carpets. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, which is the force exerted by the moving air, allowing for the dirt and debris to be cleaned off of your carpets and rugs. The higher the CFM, the more powerful the suction is and the more expensive the vacuum will be. If you do have pets or a lot of foot traffic in your house, the higher CFM vacuums will keep your carpets cleaner.
This consideration is especially important if you have allergy sufferers in your home. While changing out bags from a vacuum can be messy and annoying, it also allows you to keep the most pollutants out of the air. The vacuum cleaner will capture pollen, dust, dust mites and other allergens within the dust bag and you can take throw it away outside in the garbage. With bagless vacuums, when you dump out the contents, some allergens end up back in the air again unless it has a HEPA air filtration system. However, bagged vacuums can lose suction as the bag fills up.
You want to get a vacuum cleaner that will last for more than a few uses, so you have to take into consideration why you need a vacuum, what type of carpet is it going to be used on or do you have an array of carpets and rugs it needs to clean. You also need to determine if you need a heavy-duty vacuum to clean up after pets and kids or if you just need a light sweeper vacuum. You will want to look at the amperage, the CFMs, and the warranty whenever you buy a vacuum for your home.
Types of Vacuums Reviewed on VacMag.com:
A part of determining the type of vacuum you need for your home is determining how it is going to be used. If you need a vacuum for your workshop, you may need a vacuum that can suction water off the floor as easily as it can crumbs off a rug. If you want a vacuum to for cleaning out your car or truck, you may want a handheld vacuum cleaner.
Most handheld vacuum cleaners are for small jobs or cleaning in places where a corded vacuum can’t go. If your stairs are carpeted, it can be difficult to vacuum your stairs, even if you have a canister vacuum or a vacuum with attachments. A handheld vacuum is convenient, lightweight and it can be used for jobs like vacuuming the stairs or cleaning your car’s carpet. However, they are primarily good for cleaning small debris and dirt off the carpet, but not for more dense debris or ground in dirt.
Pros: Lightweight, portable, cordless
Cons: Less suction power, small dirt collection area, easily clogged
A bagless vacuum is great for saving money and convenience, especially since many vacuums that use bags lose their suction as the bag gets fuller. With no bags to buy, you don’t have that added expense when you vacuum and your suction power shouldn’t change. With a bagless vacuum, just dump the receptacle, wipe it out and it is ready to use. However, they can allow allergens back into the air easier than bagged vacuums do. When you dump the debris, allergens can escape and get back into your home’s air system.
Pros: Convenient, saves time, saves money
Cons: Allergens can escape easily; they can be messy, small collection areas
Robotic, or automatic, vacuum cleaners will vacuum your floors on demand or you can schedule them to clean your floors. You don’t have to be there to operate them and you don’t have to move anything yourself. Robotic vacuums are battery powered, so they have to be charged after each use. These automatic vacuums are able to calculate the size of the room they need to clean by using built-in infrared sensors to seek out the room’s boundaries and determine how long it will take to clean the room.
Pros: Saves time, saves energy, gets too hard to reach areas
Cons: Small collection area, often misses spots, can’t vacuum stairs
The upright vacuum cleaner is probably the most common type of vacuum for both commercial and household uses. Uprights are more powerful than their canister cousin because they are heavier and can provide more suction power. They come in varying degrees of power, from stick vacuums to heavy-duty uprights used for commercial cleaning solutions. Most upright vacuums are made easy to handle with the ability to move forward with a light touch. However, it can be hard to vacuum under furniture and in corners with an upright vacuum.
Pros: More powerful suction, heavy duty, easy to handle
Cons: Hard to vacuum in tight areas, limited attachments, the cord gets in the way
Canister vacuums used to be much more common as they are today. Canister vacuum cleaners are easy to move around the house because the collection and motor is on wheels, so you just have to pull it along with you as you push the hose and nozzle head over the carpet. They are very good at cleaning carpets as they usually have powerful suction, however, the hose can clog easily if you pick up something that is too wide for it. They have attachments for cleaning drapes, upholstery and stairs.
Pros: Easy to maneuver, vacuums in tight spaces, multipurpose attachments
Cons: up storage space, hose can easily clog, sometimes hard to find