The Ultimate Vacuum Buying GuideIt can be tough to purchase a vacuum because there are so many options on the market. So, how do you know which one to pick? Well, CJ’s Chem-Dry is here to help you make a decision! We’ve put together a vacuum buying guide that reveals the different types and features of vacuums so that you can make a more educated decision before purchasing!

The Most Popular Types of Vacuums 

Upright Vacuums

Average Cost: $50 to $700

Upright vacuums are by far the most common type of vacuum. These vacuums typically include customizable options for brush and suction control, and they can clean carpet and hardwood floors. Brush control is great if you have hardwood floors because you can turn off the vacuum brush to protect your hardwood floors from being scratched. Suction control is perfect when you need to clean your curtains or upholstery. The only downside of upright vacuums is that they can be quite heavy, which makes them difficult to carry up and downstairs. They also tend to be larger and take up more storage room.

Stick Vacuums

Average Cost: $25 to $600

Stick vacuums are usually cordless, making them great for cleaning just about anywhere. They’re lightweight, easy to move, and easy to store. These vacuums work best in areas that will be vacuumed weekly and have light debris. Stick vacuums normally have fewer attachments and customizable options compared to other types of vacuums. However, they do often come with detachable handheld features to clean upholstery, blinds, vents, car interiors, and more. If you’re searching for a high powered vacuum and not concerned about attachments or brush and suction control, the stick vacuum is a great option.

Canister Vacuums

Average Cost: $50 to $800

Canister vacuums are unique compared to upright and stick vacuums because they contain the motor and bag in a separate unit. This unit is usually on wheels and connected to the vacuum head with a long hose, making it easily transportable. Canister vacuums are lighter than traditional upright vacuums, and they easily clean hard to reach spots. Canister vacuums are an excellent choice if you want to maintain the power of an upright model, but with easier mobility.

Robot Vacuums

Average Cost: $100 to $1,000

Robot vacuums are the newest and perhaps trendiest on the market because they are battery-powered and self-propelled. With a few clicks of a button, you can schedule the robot vacuum and it will clean your floors and underneath your furniture. These vacuums have built-in sensors that keep them from bumping into furniture or falling downstairs. Robot vacuums are great for hard floors and low pile carpet, but they aren’t ideal for higher pile carpet or thick rugs. They also can’t travel from floor to floor, so you’ll have to move the vacuum manually if you have a multi-story home. If you’re a busy person or are unable to push a vacuum yourself, robot vacuums may be a great fit for you.

The Various Types of Vacuum Features 

Corded Vacuums or Battery Operated Vacuums

While battery-operated vacuums are very mobile, you do have to recharge them after about every half an hour of usage. Be sure to research the battery life of each model before purchasing because each vacuum is different. Dealing with a corded vacuum can sometimes be a hassle when cleaning from room to room but you don’t have to ever recharge it.

Bag Vacuums or Bagless Vacuums

A vacuum model that has a vacuum bag is very useful if you’re concerned about sealing and containing dust. However, vacuum bags can be expensive to purchase and it’s difficult to determine when a bag is full. Bagless vacuums are helpful because you can see when they’re full and the containers are detachable so you can empty the dust and dirt right into the trash. So, if you’re worried about convenience, we recommend choosing a bagless model. However, if you suffer from allergies or respiratory problems, a bag model may be a better choice to keep dust and allergens at bay.

Although vacuuming is crucial to maintaining a clean and healthy home, it isn’t enough to remove harmful allergens and bacteria from your carpet. Experts recommend getting your carpets professionally cleaned about 1-2 times per year to eliminate contaminants and improve your home’s air quality. Fortunately, CJ’s Chem-Dry provides carpet cleaning in Andover, MN that is proven to eliminate allergens and bacteria!

Attachment Features 

If you need your vacuum to clean many different areas and not just your carpet, look for models that include a wide variety of attachment options. Some models come with additional attachments that are free and some come with ones you can purchase. Our favorite attachment tools are:

  • A dusting brush for cleaning shelves and tables
  • A crevice tool for cleaning small or hard to reach spaces
  • An upholstery tool for cleaning furniture and cushions

Personal Factors to Consider

Your Cleaning Schedule

Do you vacuum your home on a weekly basis? If that sounds like you, a lightweight stick vacuum may be a great option. But, if you vacuum less frequently, an upright or canister vacuum will be just fine. If you have a busy schedule and can’t find time to clean or if you can’t physically vacuum, a robotic vacuum may be the best choice.

Flooring Types

If your home has high and low carpet, hardwood floors, or tile, you’ll need a vacuum with customizable settings so that the vacuum can adapt to each type of flooring. If this sounds like your home, you’ll also want to be sure to choose a model that has the option to turn off the brush feature so it won’t scratch your hardwood floors.

Size of Your Home

Do you live in a large, multi-level home? If so, you may benefit from a robust upright vacuum. If you live in a small home or even an apartment, a stick vacuum may be a better fit.

Noise Levels

If you have children in your home or live in an apartment with thin walls, you may be anxious about your vacuum being too loud. If this is the case, you’ll need a vacuum that is quiet but still cleans well. A vacuum with a decibel level of 60-65 will be very quiet, while a decibel level of 70 or higher will be louder.

Pets in Your Home

Pets leave hair and dander all over your floors and carpet, so you need a vacuum specifically designed to deal with this type of cleaning. Look for a vacuum that has at least 12 amps of power and specific pet hair attachments.

Vacuuming can help clean up pet hair, but it can’t remove pet urine and odor. If you have pets in your home, you’ll need a professional carpet cleaning at least twice a year to remove pet stains and odors.

Allergies, Asthma, and Other Respiratory Issues 

If you or a family member experiences allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, you’ll need to select a vacuum that’s HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) certified. HEPA certified vacuums remove 99.97% of particles from the air and are more effective at removing allergens than a regular filter. No matter what vacuum you buy, make it a priority to clean or change the air filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions!

At CJ’s Chem-Dry, our carpet cleaning service removes an average of 98.1% of common household allergens* from carpets and upholstery. We recommend getting your carpet cleaned regularly to eliminate allergens and mites from your home!

*Based on results from a study conducted by an independent laboratory using the Chem-Dry Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Airborne bacteria results include the use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple homes.

Maintain Clean Carpets All Year Round

We hope this vacuum buying guide will help you choose the perfect vacuum for your needs! Vacuuming is crucial for any home and so is professional carpet cleaning! If you want to guarantee that your carpets will look and smell clean and fresh just in time for spring, contact CJ’s Chem-Dry— we’re the preferred carpet cleaners in Andover and all throughout the Minneapolis area!

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