Buying a Vacuum: Five Considerations

By: Dave Roth

Looking for a vacuum cleaner is very important for many people, and they need to know what they should be considering. Five areas are specifically important, and tips in those areas can keep someone from making a serious mistake and regretting a purchase of a vacuum. The main areas are flooring, attachments, motor size, price/brand, and the ease of use. Price is often the most important for many people, and the main thing to be sure of is whether a vacuum cleaner is within a person?s budget when it is purchased. Brand is also another consideration, because there are a lot of people who are only happy with a specific type of vacuum cleaner. Buying something outside of one?s price range ? or buying a brand that a person would not normally buy or is not familiar with -- is never a good idea, even if it has all of the features and attachments that are desired. There are many other things, however, that should be considered in a cleaning machine besides brand and price.



The next thing to look at is the attachments that a vacuum cleaner offers. Even though not everyone needs these attachments, knowing what you are purchasing is always a good idea. For people who have a lot of draperies and furniture that the vacuum will be used on, attachments are a lot more significant. People who have these things would use these attachments much more than others. However, what a person gets for his or her money can vary widely based on the brand, and attachments are no different. Another important consideration is what kind of flooring the vacuum will be used on. Canister vacuums are used for hardwood and tile floors, and they are also often used for floors that have expensive rugs. Also, because these vacuums are used on furniture and draperies, they are somewhat population specific. Most people, though, buy the upright models. The most common floor covering in many homes is wall to wall carpet, and this is what these uprights are used for. They are not good for delicate upholstery, though, so attachments and floor covering style are areas that are often tied together.

Another large consideration is the size of the motor. Without having a motor that is powerful enough to do what the homeowner wants to do, a vacuum cleaner can soon become a big disappointment. Any vacuum, no matter what else it offers, will not be a good vacuum if it does not clean the carpet. Motors that are too small can also be overworked and wear out easily, which is another good way to upset the person who has just bought the vacuum. The last of the issues to consider is how ease the vacuum is to use overall. Vacuum cleaners that are too heavy, bulky, or cumbersome for a person are not going to be enjoyed. Problems like these can easily appear to people who do not make sure that they are doing their research and getting what they want.

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