The very first thing you must consider when you enter into the world of upright vacuum cleaners is whether to go for a bagged design or a bagless design. Both have a few positives and negatives to consider.
Although such upright vacuums have seen a significant drop in popularity at present, they still have plenty of advantages. For starters they are hygienic to use and perfect for asthma and allergy patients as you never get exposed to dust when you empty the bags. Moreover, they require occasional filter cleaning and are low in maintenance costs. However, bagged variants suffer from a few disadvantages that make them a less appealing choice for the masses. For starters, the suction power drops as the bag starts filling and unless you replace the bags before it reaches full capacity, your house will retain most of the dirt and grime you sought out to remove. Moreover, the bags are costly to replace on a regular basis but it is needed if you are an asthma patient.
Most folks prefer bagless variants because they are easier to use and simpler too. You can see when the dirt cup is full and remove it immediately thus keeping the suction power of the vacuum intact. Moreover, you never again have to spend on expensive bags, saving money and protecting the environment too. However, you will have to clean the filters more often and also change them on an annual basis. Filters cost more than bags and having to replace them more than once a year will eventually increase your maintenance costs.
Buyer’s Guide Table of Contents:
One – Total Cost
Having understood the basic pros and cons of the two types of upright vacuum cleaners, it is time to evaluate the costs. Upfront, the cost of purchasing a bagless variant is usually higher than a bagged design. However, maintaining a bagless cleaner is cheaper in the long run. Then there are the attachments, AMP and other features that govern the total cost of a cleaner. Basically, fix a budget and choose a cleaner within the same. You will find good vacuum cleaners, both in the bagged and bagless variants in any budget range.
Two – Allergies
As a norm, upright vacuum cleaners are always better for people suffering from allergies. They remove dust, mite, bacteria and other allergy causing agents not only from the floor but also from the air. Look for cleaners that use HEPA grade filters regardless of their bagged or bagless design. These are best at keeping allergens at bay. Remember that bagged variants with HEPA quality bags will usually cost a lot so its best to stick with bagless versions for reducing cost of replacing HEPA filters.
Three – Suction Power
AMPs or Air Watts help you measure the suction power. A powerful cleaner with good AMP rating helps you clean deep carpet piles better and even handle edges and crevices tactfully.
Four – Pet Hair Removal
If you own pets then look at models that are specifically designed to tackle pet hair. They usually have more suction and very powerful beater bars or harder brush bristles. Any vacuum cleaner with the words Pet or Animal associated with it usually pack a lot of power and punch.
Five – Attachments
To effectively clean your house you will need specific attachments such as an upholstery nozzle, crevice tool and dusting brush. Some expensive vacuum cleaners even come with powered wands or handheld units. Decide what attachments you really need and accordingly make a purchase.
Six – Size And Weight
A professional grade upright vacuum cleaner might be powerful and adept at cleaning any kind of floor but they are also very heavy. You should consider the size and weight before purchasing a cleaner. A heavier unit will wear you out quickly and be difficult to carry up stairs. So, purchase something well suited to your specific weight and body build. You may have to sacrifice on power or features in an effort to reduce weight but in the long run it is well worth the effort.