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With many of us spending more time at home these days, the increase in home appliances that we otherwise did not pay attention to before is not surprising. One of the appliances that gained so much interest in the past year are vacuums. They used to be on the bottom of the necessary choices, but with so many innovating cleaning solutions offered, they have easily become irresistible.
With all these options, it can be quite a challenge to determine which one is right for you. Vacuum cleaners now come in a budget-friendly price range so it’s can be tempting to jump on the first vacuum cleaner that fits your budget. However, you’ll want to get to know more about the many features that a vacuum cleaner can offer so you do not sell yourself short and you can make sure that what you are buying is actually something for the long-haul. After all, it is not quite an ideal situation to have too many electronic waste at home.
Let’s take a look at the key considerations to have prior to buying a vacuum cleaner:
Surface to be cleaned
Before getting too awed with the amazing features of vacuum cleaners, the first thing that you need to look at first is the type of surface that you will be cleaning. No matter how expensive your vacuum is, if it does not match the kind of surface that you will be cleaning on, you will still not get the most out of it. The worst case is a shorter lifespan for your vacuum. There are best kinds of vacuum for every type of surface, whether it’s for carpets, hard floor, wood, or tiles. You also need to decide whether you want to use your vacuum for other parts of the house other than your floor, such as sofa and mattresses as this will require a totally different type of vacuum, as well.
If you have seen robotic vacuum cleaners, which is also currently very popular these days, note that these hands-free vacuums are best for smooth and hard surfaces. Although it can detect any obstacle in its path, it will help if it stays on even surface throughout its operation.
If you intend to use vacuums in hard to reach places in your home, like walls and ceilings, you will want to go for models with longer handle and angled nozzle. By looking at this consideration alone, you will easily trim down your choices for vacuum cleaners.
Let’s face it, contrary to sweeping, vacuuming will certainly produce a lot more noise. And this is another crucial consideration to have prior to buying. If you leave in a relatively large neighborhood with considerable distance from other properties, noise from vacuum cleaners should not be much of a problem. You can simply schedule your cleaning schedule at a time when most people in the house are already awake. This also means that you will not be limited in terms of the type and suction power of vacuum cleaner. However, for flats and apartments, this is not always the case. The mere sound of vacuum cleaner going on for 15 minutes or more can already be a distracting enough for your next door neighbor. In this case, you have to consider vacuum cleaners with silent-mode feature. There are already a lot of vacuum cleaner offering this feature, including the robotic vacuum. However, it may be a bit more expensive than the usual vacuum cleaner, but it gives you the peace of mind of doing your cleaning without worrying about neighbors complaining.
After determining the surface area of your property, the next consideration is the total area size that you want to clean every day. Why is this important? Vacuum cleaners have a certain limit for continuous use. For larger floor areas, naturally you will want a vacuum cleaner that can work continuously without overheating for 30 minutes or more. This is to lessen the period of restarting or recharging (for wireless). Another option for larger houses is to simply schedule different cleaning times per area. It is important to know about the total operating time feature for you to maximize the efficiency of your vacuum.
Common Vacuum Choices
Here are the two major choices that you will encounter when picking a vacuum.
Bagless and Bagged
We see no major difference between these two except for the size of the vacuum. If you are looking for something more compact for easy storage, you can go for the bagless model. However, this can be quite a challenge if you are living with someone who has dust allergies as all the collected dirt could easily escape from the vacuum, and even spread once you have to remove them. Bagged vacuum are more convenient and safe around people with allergies, but can be bulky for those living in small spaces. In the end, it’s all about personal preference when it comes to choosing between these two types.
Wired and Wireless
This is one of the newer options made available for those who want to buy vacuum cleaners. Wireless vacuum cleaners can be expensive but definitely more convenient to use especially if you are dealing with larger area. However, for apartments and condominiums wired vacuum cleaners will do just fine, especially because they already come with long enough wire to help you move around.