Things to look for when buying a vacuum

Everyone needs to have a vacuum to keep their household floors clean. Since most people are not out buying a vacuum on a daily basis, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date with the latest technology available in the newest vacuums. When you are ready to buy a new vacuum for your home or your office, there are several characteristics to consider.

Power
Vacuum cleaners come with a wide variety of suction power created by their motors. When the motor is strong, so is the suction. When the suction is strong, the floor gets cleaner. Vacuums tend to have power between 500 watts to 2200 watts. If you have a large house with rooms full of carpet, a higher wattage can be helpful. If you are just looking for a small hand-held to use on the stairs, a low-watt vacuum will get the job done.

Maneuverability
This is an important consideration for anyone buying a vacuum. Some are rather easy to move around the rooms of your home. Others are not so easy to move. The best vacuums have wheels that spin 360 degrees so the vacuum can fit nearly everywhere in your home. The wheels should provide stability, too. Vacuums with long electric cords make it easier to get the house clean. The extensions on the vacuum should also be long enough so you can reach the hard-to-reach places.

Ease of Use
The best vacuums are easy to use. They do come with user manuals, but the best ones are easy to figure out without having to read the manual. When the controls are intuitive, even people who have challenges with technology can master the machine quickly and easily. Vacuums need to suck dirt up off of the floor – so they should be easy to use. Many of them are designed now, so that users do not even have to bend over to access the accessories, the power, and the adjustment features.

Noise
Every vacuum will make noise, but the best ones are not so loud that you need to wear earplugs when you clean the house. The vacuum cleaner manufacturers have become more aware of the noise and they have installed dampening systems so the machines are quieter than most people expect them to be. Some even have “silence” settings!

Weight
There is no reason to compromise on power and suction when you are looking for a vacuum that is lightweight. But, lightweight vacuums are easy to store and easy to carry up and down the stairs. Fortunately, manufacturers have become aware of this need and they have been making their vacuum cleaners easy to store and move.

Environmentally Friendly
Energy efficiency is an important part of many households, so manufacturers are creating vacuums that use little energy, but provide the necessary power to clean the floor efficiently. Part of the environmental friendliness lies in how long the vacuum will work. Those that will last for 20 years or more will not be thrown away as often as vacuums that need to be replaced more often.

Filtration
Many of the newest vacuums come with HEPA filters that will keep even the most microscopic particles out of the air in your home. When you look at the filters, look to see how often they need to be replaced. If they need to be replaced often, the cost of using the vacuum can get rather expensive.

Price
Vacuum cleaners come in a variety of prices. It is easy to find vacuums under $50 and well over $200. The price of the vacuum does not necessarily reflect the quality of the machine. Many of the lower priced options work very well and are designed to last a long time. But, the more expensive models usually have more features, like noise dampeners and more accessories that are easy to store.

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