Welcome to our vacuum comparison page! This is a newer feature on our site that we hope will make thing easier for you when looking for the right vacuum for your household. We plan to update this area with more specific types as well but for now our page is divided into three distinct problem areas: pet hair, carpets, and stairs followed by two different types: small & lightweight and cordless models.
Each of the above types or problem areas offer distinct features that help them become part of the “Top-5”.
Ahhh pets. We all love Fido, Frisky and all of our other animal friends but for those that have pets that shed, it almost feels like you clean and clean and get nothing accomplished. I know for our family we have two long haired cats and the hair balls never end. We find them in the carpet, underneath tables, on beds, and every where else you can imagine. Thankfully – at least in my opinion – most vacuums have become better against pet hair and the accompanying dander. However there are some specifically made for this task that either include special tools or extensions or have been built differently. The table below outlines these choices.
|Shark Lift Away|
|Eureka Mighty Mite|
|Hoover Pet Rewind
|Cord Length (ft)||35||25||39||20||25|
|Hose Length (ft)||15.4||8.5||12.0||6||8|
Carpets are quite tricky to clean to say the least. Most vacuums simply can’t pick things up properly. Then you run into the dangers of potentially pulling the carpet strands out if the suction is too powerful on your machine. Although most people have hardwood floors that are more concerning I know for our family we have a couple of different rugs: one thin and one thick. Our vacuum does not do a great job with the thick carpet at all and we find ourselves sometimes using our hands to pull strands of cat hair out. The models below look to all make great choice so you don’t ruin your carpets but don’t leave them dirty either.
|Cord Length (ft)||30||25||N/A||39||30|
|Best feature||3 Vacuums in 1||Easy empty dirt cup||Cordless||LED Headlight||Easy rinse filter|
Cleaning stairs can be quite difficult. I know when I was younger the technique I used was quite simplistic. I would take our regular upright model and simply clunk it on each stair and move it side to side. As I quickly realized that didn’t quite get the job done. Little specs of dirt, cat hair, and much more still resided in the corners and along the edges. I also found it quite a pain to be picking up a heavy vacuum for each stair I was cleaning. Many of the vacuums in the below table make great choices for stairs as they are portable and come with tools to make the job quicker and easier. Check them out if you want to avoid my mistakes!
|Shark Lift Away|
|Hose Length (ft)||6.3||15.4||8.5||3||12|
|Best feature||Swivel steering||25% more power||No dirt puffs||Brush roll switch||Collapsable handle|
Small & Lightweight vacuums
although my wife hates me for it, one of the main reasons I hate vacuuming is because I have to go downstairs, lug up a bulky machine just to clean up a little area sometimes. It’s one thing if I am cleaning the entire house, but it is a whole other annoyance just to bring the vacuum up when I really only need to concentrate on a small area. That is where small and lightweight vacuums come in to play. These models are perfect for small to medium size jobs like dirt on the doorstep, small areas of accumulated dust, and much more. Most of the models below are small enough to be able to carry around with ease so you can tackle many different small jobs at once.
|Black & Decker Platinum|
|Dirt Devil Featherlite
|Dimensions (in)||10 X 19.2 X 6.3||7 X 15 X 7||8 X 10 X 5||10.2 X 12 X 7.6||11.5 X 12 X 16|
|Best feature||Pet Upholstery tool||Great inside of cars||Designed for quick cleaning||Bagless Dirt Canister||7.5 foot cleaning reach|
Who likes cords? They get in the way and make the task of cleaning your home much more difficult. The worst is when they get stuck around corners and you just can’t quite reach the area you want to clean. This frustration is especially enhanced if you have a vacuum with a small cord length. One of the biggest disadvantages of cordless vacuums however is that they have to be charged otherwise they may not be as efficient at picking up difficult dust & debris. The following table outlines what we feel are the top choices when it comes to cordless models.
|Black & Decker Dustbuster|
|Dirt Devil Accucharge
|Dimensions (in)||24 X 9.7 X 10.5||24.7 X 10.4 X 8||6.1 X 29 X 10.7||18 X 7 X 5||7 X 5 X 8|
|Charge Time (h)||4||3||3||24||6|
|Best feature||2 Speed Settings||Battery Fuel Gauge||24 minutes of cleaning||Bagless Dirt Bowl||Reduces engergy consumption by 70%|
Well there you have it. We hope that this page has provided you with an easier way to make the smartest decision possible. Happy cleaning!