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Deciding which vacuum cleaner to choose can be a chore in itself if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Read on to learn exactly which kind of vacuum you need to keep your home spotless.
An upright vacuum is an all-in-one unit with wheels, rollers, or swivel casters that you can guide around your floor. While its heavy size may be cumbersome for people with mobility issues, it offers the most cleaning power for deep carpets and a large capacity for dust and dirt, so you don’t have to empty it as frequently. They usually come with different attachments such as a detachable hose, extension wand, crevice tool, and dust brush for added versatility so you can clean more than just carpets.
A canister vacuum is lighter than an upright, with a canister that is attached to the cleaning head via a long hose. The only thing you move is the long hose and cleaning head, so it’s easy to clean under furniture and other hard to reach spots. It’s also the best way to clean wood floors, tile floors, and other hard surfaces, and it almost always comes with a variety of attachments to clean carpets, blinds, and out-of-the-way areas in your home.
Stick or broom vacuums are designed just like uprights, but they lack the same cleaning power. This makes them lighter, easier to carry, and quiet, so they are ideal for cleaning up quick messes or cleaning on stairs. They are suitable for all types of floors, including hardwood, carpets, and area rugs. Some models are cordless for optimal portability.
Handheld vacuums come in a compact design that’s meant to be held in one hand, so you can conveniently clean up small messes without lugging around a full-size vacuum. Some models are cordless, operating on a rechargeable battery so you can take them anywhere. They use a dust cup instead of bags, so it must be manually emptied relatively often.
(Hopefully) the way of the future! Popularized by Roomba, a robotic vacuum operates all on its own to clean your floors for you. This little guy moves around the room using sophisticated sensors and mapping systems, sucking up dirt and grime while navigating around stairs, furniture and other obstacles before returning to its home base to recharge.
Steam cleaners are designed to clean your floors, carpets, and/or other hard surfaces as thoroughly as possible. Different models are designed for different kinds of surfaces, whether it’s only carpets, only hard surfaces, or both. Pure steam cleaners just use water to steam away dirt and grime, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals. Other carpet cleaners use a hot water extraction method, which deeply cleans carpets by depositing hot water and detergent before scrubbing and vacuuming it up.
Performance is not radically affected either way, so it all comes down to personal preference. Using vacuum bags means you must constantly repurchase them, which is an additional cost to consider. However, bagless canisters are much messier to remove and empty, so you might expose yourself to the dirt and dust you just suctioned up.
Vacuums expel air as they operate, which can launch dust and allergens back into your home. Look for models with True HEPA filtration, which is standardized to trap 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3microns, effectively catching pollen and dust mites. You should also use vacuum bags instead of bagless canisters. Bags offer an extra layer of filtration, and you won’t expose yourself to additional dust when you’re emptying your vacuum.
If pet hair is a problem you should definitely invest in an upright vacuum or canister vacuum, because other types won’t have enough suction power to provide a thorough clean. You will also want a variety of attachments so you can clean hard-to-reach areas, including furniture, upholstery and curtains.
It’s also a good idea to supplement your primary vacuum with a handheld model. It’s perfect for getting rid of pet hair in your car or for quickly cleaning your living room furniture before guests come over.
For maximum versatility, see if your vacuum includes the following attachments to help you clean different surfaces inside your home:
Now that you know what kind of vacuum you need to keep you home spotless, check out Best Buy’s expanded online selection of vacuum cleaners from trusted brands like Dyson, Roomba, Hoover, and more.
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