5 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

Picking the right vacuum for your home and specific needs can be tricky as there are so many options available. Ensuring that you’ve selected the best type of vacuum for your home is critical to ensuring that you can use it most effectively.

Below, you can learn more about what things you should know before you make a final buying decision on a vacuum. You can use this post as a guide on pointers to think about so that you can feel confident you’ve found the vacuum that’s best for you.

Type Of Vacuum

One of the major elements to consider is the type of vacuum that you want to use. Four main choices include upright, cordless, cylinder, and robot vacuums.


Upright vacuums can be fantastic when it comes to cleaning larger homes that have more surface area to cover. In particular, upright vacuums can be great for sucking up dirt from deep within carpets.

SpotlessMag.com vacuum experts have shared 3 tips below on the best ways to clean and protect your carpet.

  • They recommend deep cleaning your carpets professionally once a year to revitalize them.
  • You can protect your carpets from becoming too dirty by simply not wearing shoes indoors and putting doormats at entrances.
  • They also recommends that you inspect the head of your vacuum before you start using it to ensure it hasn’t become clogged otherwise it could be ineffective.

Upright vacuums aren’t always the easiest option when you’re vacuuming stairs or trying to get the vacuum up and down the stairs. This is because they tend to be heavier which can also make them trickier to store.

You’ll also want to carefully consider the power cable length as some upright vacuums have short cables that can limit you.


Cylinder vacuums can be a better choice for those of you with smaller homes. They’re compact and lighter compared to upright vacuums which means you can have an easier time carrying them around and storing them away.

People like to use cylinder vacuums for reaching more awkward areas, such as under furniture and places that are higher up. Similarly to upright vacuums, you’ll want to consider the cable length as some cylinder vacuums have shorter power cords that can make them a hassle to use when vacuuming different rooms.


The biggest benefit to cordless vacuum cleaners is that there’s no power cord for you to be limited by. However, you’ll want to check on the battery life of your chosen model before buying it because some cordless vacuums have disappointing battery lifespans. This can be a hassle as you have to recharge it more often.

On the other hand, these vacuums are easier to maneuver and lightweight. You’re also able to be more free with how you can carry it around your home to vacuum different rooms with ease.


Robot vacuums are convenient as you can program them to start vacuuming your home at certain times without having to be there. They come with sensors that prevent them from bumping into objects and falling down the stairs.

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These vacuums can be great for people who aren’t home as often and want to have an easier way of keeping their floors clean.

Different Filter Types

Finding a vacuum with a high-quality filter is imperative to ensure that you’re able to effectively capture more of the smaller dirt particles in your home. Vacuums that come with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are among the best.

HEPA filters are remarkable at being able to capture the smaller dirt particles, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. As a result, you can provide your floors with a more thorough cleanse.

There are other types of filters available in vacuums that may include 2,3, or 4 layers of filtration. These filters can also be good for collecting dirt particles but HEPA filters are currently the best.

No matter what type of filter your vacuum has, it’s important that you regularly clean them. If vacuum filters become clogged, it can lead to them being less powerful which means more dirt particles will be left on your floors.

Bagged & Bagless Vacuums

After you feel more confident about the factors above, the next feature to think about is whether your vacuum is bagged or bagless. There are pros and cons to both of these bin systems.

Bagged cleaners collect the dirt that you’ve sucked up with the vacuum which you can remove completely from the vacuum and throw into the trash. This is great for people who suffer from allergies because there’s a smaller risk of dirt and dust particles leaking while you dispose of the bag.

However, this means that you have to purchase bags and have them ready to replace which can be an added cost and hassle.

Bagless cleaners include a container where the dirt collects and you can empty the dirt directly into the trash and put the container back into the vacuum. For some models, users find that too much dust and dirt can leak out. Although, some great bagless systems simply involve you pressing a button to release the dust and dirt so that you don’t even have to come into contact with it.

You can check out our post on how to minimize dust and start implementing the practical tips so that you can have an easier time keeping your home clean.

Consider The Accessories

If you have more specific cleaning requirements, you’ll want to think about the accessories that come with your vacuum, because some of them don’t come with any and you have to purchase them separately.

We recommend that you have a variety of cleaning accessories as they can be super useful for cleaning your home more thoroughly. For example, a crevice tool can be handy for allowing you to reach corners and tighter spaces that the head of the vacuum can’t access. Some vacuums come with the more standard accessories, such as dusting brushes and upholstery tools.

However, you should think about the way that you want to clean your home with your desired vacuum. There are tools that you can attach to your vacuum that let you reach areas that are higher up.

This can be great for being able to reach the tops of doors, shelves, and your ceilings. These extention attachments make it a lot easier for you to access areas that are typically more difficult to reach.

Furthermore, you may want to consider a vacuum that comes with a handheld vacuum accessory as they can make it easier to clean stairs and the inside of cars. Handheld vacuums tend to be incredibly lightweight and compact. People like to use them for cleaning furniture and spot cleaning as they require minimal effort to use.

So, consider the different ways that you would like to vacuum your home and find a model that comes with the accessories that enable you to clean the way that you like.

Power Considerations

Many people make the mistake of thinking that the higher amps or wattage a vacuum has, the more powerful it is. However, these specs provide you with information on how much power the motor is drawing. This doesn’t necessarily translate to a more powerful vacuum.

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When it comes to considering the power of a vacuum, it’s best to focus on the suction power, which is usually in Kpa. In addition to this, a vacuum that’s able to have more airflow can produce the power to suck up more dirt.

In addition to this, having variable suction power is an important element to consider, especially if your home has different kinds of flooring. Variable suction enables the vacuum to adjust its power according to the type of floor that you’re vacuuming. For example, if you’re vacuuming over carpet and go to a carpet of a different length or hardfloor, the vacuum’s suction power can be adjusted accordingly.

The higher-end vacuums have an automatic variable suction power where it can detect the type of floor that it’s on and make changes to its suction power. Other models come with controls that let you alter the suction power depending on the floor that you’re vacuuming.


With so many features and different types of vacuums available, it can feel overwhelming finding the one that’s right for your home. Well, you can use the five considerations above as a checklist to go through when you’re narrowing down your choices.

It’s also a good idea to think about how easy your chosen vacuum will be to use. This is because it’s likely that you’ll be vacuuming regularly and you want something that you can use without too much hassle. Not to mention, if you have young kids or pets, you’ll want to consider how noisy your vacuum is to make sure that you can avoid scaring them.

Now that you have a better idea of some of the most important things that you should know before buying a vacuum cleaner, you can be sure to find the model that’s best for you.