Our Buying guide – Find the best vacuum cleaner that best fits your needs
With so many different vacuum cleaners to pick and choose from today, finding the best vacuum cleaner can be a little bit of a chore.
Obviously, having dozens and dozens of different choices to select from isn’t exactly the worst problem to have – but it is a problem or challenge that you are going to have to tackle before you know (with real certainty) that you’ve bought the best vacuum cleaner for your specific needs.
We’ve outlined a couple of details that you’re going to want to think about before you pull the trigger on a vacuum cleaner purchase below.
This short guide not only illustrates exactly what you should be thinking about before you look at vacuum cleaner options, but also breaks down the three most popular form factors of vacuum cleaners today and some of the key features that top options have in common.
Hopefully all of this will help better inform your purchasing decision!
What kinds of floors are you going to be vacuuming in the first place?
The very first thing that you are going to want to consider before purchasing a vacuum cleaner (or even think about looking at different options) is the types of floors that you are going to be cleaning in the first place.
Hardwood floors, tile, and stone (as well as other hard and solid surfaces) aren’t going to require the most powerful or efficient vacuum cleaners in the world to tackle, as they can be cleaned pretty efficiently with a mop, Swiffer, or the like.
Softer surfaces like carpets and rugs are going to require a more powerful approach, especially those that are thicker and more plush than most. You’re really going to require a considerable amount of suction power to pull dirt, dust, and debris out of these softer surfaces.
Most homes include multiple types of flooring surfaces, so you’ll want to think about which types you have more of to inform your purchasing decision. If you have a lot of carpet you’re going to need a more powerful vacuum, and if you have a lot of harder surfaces you can probably get away with a cheaper and less powerful system.
It’s something to think about to find the best vacuum cleaner for your needs.
How portable/flexible do you need your new vacuum cleaner to be?
Secondly, you are going to need to think about how portable and how flexible you need your new vacuum cleaner to be.
Some people are only looking for a simple and straightforward upright vacuum that can do a little bit of “general maintenance” around the home, while others are going to require a very versatile and flexible system that can suck up the smallest pieces of dirt, dust, and debris to eliminate allergens and other “microscopic bad nasties”.
Again, this is all going to come down to personal preference, and is something that only you will be able to decide on before moving forward. If push comes to shove and you aren’t quite sure of whether or not you should move forward with a more straightforward or a more flexible vacuum, think about “future proofing” your purchase and go with the more flexible option.
What kind of budget are you operating off of?
Lastly, you are going to need to really think about how much money you are willing to spend on a new vacuum cleaner.
There are options to fit every single budget unimaginable (from $30 always up to $3000 or more), so the marketplace is pretty wide open. Unless you know exactly how much you’re willing to spend it’s very, very easy to get sucked into spending a lot more on a quality piece of equipment than you expected to – just because of the marketing, advertising, and extra features that a more expensive vacuum may bring to the table.
Set your budget in stone before you pull the trigger on a purchase.
Breaking down handheld vacuums
Incredibly compact vacuum cleaners, handheld vacuums are going to open up a world of cleaning flexibility that simply doesn’t exist with larger systems.
You’ll be able to use these vacuums in tight confines and hard to reach areas, as well as spaces that your traditional vacuum cleaner simply wouldn’t have been able to clean previously – like your car, your boat, or RV.
At the same time, handheld vacuums don’t exactly have a tremendous amount of capacity or power, so you probably shouldn’t rely on them for the day to day cleaning.
Breaking down canister vacuums
Canister vacuums are the “old faithful” models of the vacuum world, but are still some of the best vacuum cleaner options on the planet today.
Capable of a ridiculously deep clean and much more powerful than all but the most powerful of the upright vacuums, these are the kinds of pieces of equipment that individual serious about giving their home a deep clean are going to want to opt for.
Not as portable and not as convenient as upright vacuum cleaners, they are capacity is much larger (so they don’t have to be emptied out as often) and they usually run a lot quieter.
Breaking down upright vacuums
Probably the most common type of vacuum on the market today, these upright vacuums are some of the most versatile available.
Considerably cheaper than all but the cheapest canister vacuums, it’s not that difficult to get your hands on one of the best upright vacuum cleaners with just $100 or so – in the cleaning efficiency that it provides is going to be on par with multi-hundred dollar canister vacuums.
They can be a little bit on the heavier side of things and may not be quite as portable or as flexible as a canister or handheld vacuum, but nothing beats firing up an upright vacuum and quickly zipping all over the floors. You can have an entire home cleaned with an upright in record time.
Features that the best vacuum cleaners bring to the table
All of the very best vacuum cleaner options on the market today share many of the same features, some of which we have broken down for you below.
HEPA filtration system
Pretty much a standard across the board these days, almost all top-quality vacuum cleaners are going to showcase HEPA filtration systems.
Capable of filtering dust, dirt, and debris down to .3 µ (with most airborne particles averaging a size of 2.4 µ), you are going to be able to capture a tremendous amount of particulate with just a single pass of a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.
Self-contained HEPA systems are the very best of the best, but even just the inclusion of an HEPA filter is a big benefit.
Energy-efficient yet powerful cyclonic suction
The best rated vacuum cleaners on the market today include energy efficient but still very powerful cyclonic suction capabilities that pull dirt, dust, and debris from nearly any floor surface imaginable.
Vacuum technology has taken major leaps forward in just the last decade or so, and today’s vacuums are much more powerful but much more energy efficient than any vacuums before.
Purpose built cleaning accessories and tools
Almost all vacuum cleaners are going to come with a handful of cleaning accessories specifically designed for that particular vacuum model, but the top options out there on the market today are going to be able to accept third-party accessories and tools as well.
It’s all about finding good vacuum cleaners that are as flexible and versatile as humanly possible.
Easy to empty bag or canister set up
A big part of cleaning up and vacuuming is getting rid of all of the dust, dirt, and debris that you have sucked up in the first place, and you certainly don’t want to spend time vacuuming only to put that particulate right back into a space when you throw out a bag or empty out a canister.
Look for vacuum cleaners that have smart cleanup and maintenance systems that never threatened to re-pollute the areas that you have just cleaned up.
A warranty that you know you’ll be able to trust
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to try and get your hands on a top vacuum cleaner that comes with a fantastic warranty.
For whatever reason, vacuum cleaners have a nasty habit of breaking down when you least expect them to, and they aren’t exactly the cheapest things on the planet to replace. By purchasing a top vacuum cleaner that includes a fantastic warranty you’ll be protecting your investment.
Finding the best vacuum cleaner for your specific needs is a very personal decision, and one that you are hopefully going to find easier to make thanks in large part to the information provided above.
With so many different options to pick and choose from it can get a little bit frustrating, but if you use the info we’ve broken down in this guide you should be able to streamline the process significantly.
Best of luck!