When you need a new vacuum cleaner you usually don’t have a lot of time. Once the old one is dead, the debris starts accumulating on the floor. There is cat litter and cat fur everywhere, and even the furniture starts to look like the cat owns it. Most people do not have a vacuum cleaner store near them so this is the time to begin doing research into finding the best vacuum cleaner online.
- Learn about the most popular brands of vacuum cleaners. These are Bissell, Dirt Devil, Hoover, Shark, Oreck, Eureka, VonHaus, Dyson, Black & Decker, plus a few more. Stick with a name brand rather than a cheap overseas knock-off, as the name brands always have warranties that are at least one year long.
- Choose vacuum cleaner type. Do you want a canister style, or would an upright or stick vacuum suit you? Consider that canister-style vacuums can be too bulky for seniors or those with mobility issues. There are also robotic vacuum cleaners such as the Rollibot or Roomba that clean and wash the floors for you.
- HEPA filter. A HEPA filter is great for family members who may suffer from allergies. This type of filter can screen out minute particles from the air that can cause sneezing and coughing. You can expect to pay a bit more in costs, but they are worth it for easier breathing.
- Vacuum cleaner bags or debris canister. Many people like the traditional way of dumping the entire vacuum cleaner bag in the trash, while others like to simply empty the debris canister and then wash it out.
- Retractable cord. You may want to save money and have a wrap-around cord, but remember the convenience of a retractable cord. Plus, it’s harder than you think to have to wrap the cord around the machine manually, and it can make a mess of your closet.
- Motorized brush roll. Some vacuums simply provide suction power on carpets and floors, while others have a motorized brush roll that actually eases the chore of pushing the vacuum head over the carpet. A motorized brush roll also beats the carpet fibres, so the vacuuming chore takes less time.
- Choose by price. Many people can’t afford to pay hundreds of dollars for Dyson, yet they may want more than the basic stick vacuum that costs $50. Vacuum cleaners on average are priced around $130 to $180, as that’s what most people are willing to pay.
- Decide on looks. Most people still choose a product based on looks as they’re the ones who have to live with their purchase. Some vacuum cleaners are available in bright colours of purple, red, or blue, while others come in basic metallic grey or silver. You may also want to figure out how much storage room you in your closet. Most closets can fit a stick or upright vacuum cleaner, but do you have space if you want the canister-style vac instead?
- Narrow down your choices to three. Read the reviews for each of your potential choices. You may see some comments that stand out for you. Ease of use and ability to clean are going to be two of the main considerations.
When you’re shopping for a vacuum cleaner online you’ll want to carefully view the photographs and read the reviews. If something is important to you, such as a HEPA filter or motorized brush roll, read the description carefully, as it’s a lot more difficult returning a vacuum cleaner if you don’t like it.