February 6, 2017
How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner
Over the years I have owned and tested A LOT of vacuum cleaners. The thing about vacuum cleaners is that if you ask anyone their opinion, a.) they have one and b.) either they LOVE their vacuum cleaner or they HATE it. So today, I’m going to save you the trouble and tell you some essential criteria for any vacuum cleaner and give you a handful of suggestions in all price ranges so you can make a more informed decision. Because it really stinks to get a brand new vacuum cleaner and have it work great for a month and then it completely loses its suction and ability to pick anything up. Ugh – been there, done that.
My recommendations are based on my own experience, testing and research, recommendations from readers and ratings from the retailers and Amazon.
My Vacuum cleaner musts:
- purchase the best that you can in your budget
- look for attachments (bonus if they are stored ON the unit) – crevice nozzle, hose, upholstery brush, dusting
- look for a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) – to be rated as a HEPA filter, a filter must keep tiny particles .3 microns in size or larger at 99.97% – this means that it’s keeping most particles whereas a non-HEPA filter vacuum is blowing those particles back into the air which in turn goes right back in your home. If you have allergy sufferers or anyone with asthma, this is most-definitely a must!
- cord long enough that you don’t have to unplug it from room to room
- multi-level filtration – if you don’t need/want the HEPA filter, make sure you have more than one filtration system to catch and hold dirt and dust
- After having numerous vacuum cleaners with a canister/dirt tank, I prefer a bagged system and truth be told, it’s the main reason I switched from Dyson to Miele. (I was sick of the dirt/dust escaping when I would empty the bin.)
- look for a brushroll that can be turned off for vacuuming hard surface floors
- check the weight of the vacuum cleaner and test them out – make sure it’s easy for you to maneuver
I’ve pulled together a couple favorites in 4 categories – these are vacuums that I recommend based on the above criteria in a variety of price ranges. I hope it helps you in your search for the perfect vacuum! I’ve also added affiliate links under the image to purchase if you’re interested – the vacuums are in order of price, low to high and I’ve added a * to the ones that I have owned/tested or currently own and recommend.
Best robotic vacuums
Best tank vacuums
Best Stick or Handheld Cordless vacuums
Best upright vacuums
Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away – Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Corded Upright with Canister – Oreck LW100 Magnesium SP Bagged Upright* – Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy* – Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog Upright Bagged*
What do you think? What’s your criteria for a vacuum cleaner? Have a favorite to share?
I’m loving my Miele – I love that there’s no dust or debris whipped up while I’m vacuuming and I love the ease of having the attachments on-board for on the go cleaning.
It hits all of my criteria and then some (but it’s pricey). The HEPA filter and bagged system is one of the best out there – if you’re used to buying new vacuum cleaners every couple years, it makes sense to purchase a better one that will last for years to come.
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