How They Work
How We Test Vacs
5 Types of Vacuum Cleaners
1. Upright Vacs
2. Canister Vacs
3. Stick Vacs
4. Robotic Vacs
5. Handheld/Cordless Vacs
How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner for You
What We Looked at In Vacuum Cleaners
Choosing a vacuum cleaner is a long-term investment. You don’t want to end up with the wrong one.
After reading the reviews on the different vacuum cleaners, you might have a better idea of what you’d like to buy. However, you might be wondering if it’ll be the right fit for your specific needs. So, there’s always the option of testing out the vacuum cleaner of your choice. Get the perfect one for your home, office or garage!
Now, how do you test a vacuum cleaner?
First of all, you’ll need to plug it and let it run for a while, of course. Then, let the testing begin! If you’re testing to see if the vacuum cleaner will work for you, it makes sense to try it on something it’ll be used. For example, if you’re looking for a household vacuum, you won’t want to test it by vacuuming ash. It won’t be an accurate test.
If you need a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner, a stick or handheld vacuum might not be the right choice for you. Why? Because these smaller ones have less power. Test it out on dirty carpets to see how well it cleans. Dirt must include sand, pet hair, talc and material particles to assess the full power of the vacuum cleaner. Test it out on floors as well; tiles, wood, laminated or concrete floors if that’s what you’ll be needing to clean.
You’ll want to observe that the vacuum picks up every single particle without scattering it around, or without you having to go over the same spot twice. In other words, how efficient is it? Will it save you time and electricity costs? Remember, you want your life to be more comfortable. Another good idea is to test out vacuum cleaners that you won’t think will suit you. It may turn out to be the one for you, after all. So, test out all kinds of vacuums: stick, handheld, cordless and robotic etc. This way, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision and feel at peace.
You’ll also need to test the mobility of the vacuum. Will it be able to reach underneath your bed and couch? Do all the accessories work as they should? You should test all these aspects carefully. Another factor to consider is this: if you have back problems or you have a large area to vacuum, you want an ergonomic vacuum cleaner that won’t put a strain on your body. Otherwise, you’ll dread vacuuming and put it off.
Hence, test the vacuum and how you’ll handle it. See if it hurts you and for how long you can vacuum without feeling fatigued. Bear in mind that a little fatigue is quite normal when cleaning… However, you shouldn’t be in pain when you’re done.
It seems to be very clear; you can see why it’s essential to test ALL these aspects before buying one. You’ll need to weigh up these different aspects and prioritize those most vital to your lifestyle.
Being ecofriendly is on most people’s minds these days. And so, when you want to buy a vacuum cleaner, you might be considering this aspect as well. So, economically speaking, you’ll need to test that it doesn’t take a lot of electricity to be powered.
The amount of electricity it takes will depend on a few aspects: the engine it uses, the amount of suction power it has, and the number of volts. If the power of the vacuum cleaner is meagre and you’ll need to redo certain spots on your carpet or floor, it might take more electricity, even if it’s electricity consumption isn’t high at a glance. Even if the voltage is low, still test out the vacuum to see if it’s efficient or not.
Having a vacuum cleaner means you’ll need to store it somewhere. No-one wants to stare into a vacuum when lounging on the couch. You don’t want to be reminded of house chores during your rest time or quiet time. Therefore, assess the amount of storage space you have at home. If you have a garage to store it in, then that’s amazing!
But if you live in a small apartment with minimum cupboard space, you might want to consider take the size of the vacuum. Don’t you think? In the instance where you’re living in a bachelor apartment, you might want to consider a handheld one with a small body. A robotic vacuum cleaner might also do the trick because of its size.
Speaking of size; you’ll also need to be careful if you have a big apartment or a house to vacuum. Or maybe you’re looking for an office vacuum. Either way, make sure you buy one with a cord that will be sufficient for a large surface area.
You don’t want to be unplugging the vacuum and re-plugging it into the wall of each room. If you find one with a short cord, you’ll be needing an extension cable, or you’ll be plugging it in everywhere you need to vacuum. This isn’t time-efficient, and time is of the essence! Is it not?