There are a lot of different types of vacuum cleaners on the market today, all with different features, attachments, filtering systems, etc. Choosing one can be confusing and difficult. In order to choose the best vacuum cleaner for your needs, consider the following four factors.
1) What type of vacuum cleaner is best for your floors? In general, if your home is made up of mostly hard surfaced floors like tile or wood, a bagless canister vacuum cleaner would best suit your needs. The bagless units are much better at doing these types of floors but are not great for carpet. They are, however, very good for stairs because they are much easier to maneuver. For carpet and large areas, an upright unit will work best.
2) Types of attachments. The attachments that come with the vacuum you buy are expensive. The more attachments that are included, the more expensive the vacuums will be. Most people use two or less attachments on a consistent basis and the rest of the attachments sit in the closet. The best vacuum cleaner for you to buy will only come with attachments you will use.
3) Filtering system. Everyone has heard of the hepa filter, (High Efficiency Particulate Air System). But there are several filters that work just as well. Choose one that can filter out what’s important to you. There are some that specialize in removing vacuums. Some get great reviews and ratings for removing dirt from the ground and air. Others, especially commercial vacuums, can filter out moisture.
4) Name. Is a top brand name like Oreck, Eureka or Kirby important to you or would you rather save a few bucks on a lesser known unit that gets good ratings? The main thing here is to look at the specifics of the warranty.