Following factors need to be kept in mind while choosing a vacuum cleaner:
- Decide On The Type
If you have the storage space to store something tall or frequently clean your curtains, go for the upright vacuum cleaner. Conversely, if all you want to clean are carpets or under-furniture spaces, canister cleaners are your best bet.
However, if you want your cleaner to be easy to lift – or want it to clean small spaces with ease – you might want to consider handheld vacs. And if you want the maneuverability of the handheld and cleaning power of the upright, choose a stick vacuum cleaner.
- HEPA Filter
For those of you who suffer from allergy or asthma, make sure your vacuum cleaner has an HEPA filter. Such filters work by trapping microscopic pollutants inside a mesh of fiberglass fibers.
As a result of their operation, HEPA filters improve your indoor air quality and prevent the flare ups of allergies and asthma. Also, they can trap dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander with ease.
- Revolving Brush Roll
If you are going to clean carpets with your vacuum, make sure it comes with a revolving brush roll. That is, because, a revolving brush roll agitates the carpet with their beater bars before cleaning it.
This agitation, in turn, forces the carpet fibers to let go of any dirt or dust they may have trapped, which allows the vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the carpet.
- Height Adjustment and Suction Control
The height-adjustment feature adjusts the height of the brushroll of the machine to complement the same of the carpet pile. This, in turn, makes for thorough cleaning and easy movement. While some models offer automatic adjustment, manual adjustments are more precise.
Suction control switch, meanwhile, gives you the option to increase/decrease the airflow through the hose. It is a useful feature if you intend to clean curtains and upholstery, which require less suction power than carpets.
- Cord Control and Self-Propelled Mechanism
A common feature in today’s vacuums, cord control lets you rewind the vacuum’s cord with the slight push or tug of a button. What is not common, however, is a cord-release clip; one which lets the entire cord loose at one time so that you don’t have to manually push it one wrap at a time.
As for the self-propelled mechanism, it relies on a transmission and drive system to assist in the pulling and pushing of the vacuum, which means you’d have to expend little effort. On the downside, this mechanism adds to the weight of the vacuum.
Regardless of the type of vacuum you select, make sure it comes with the following attachments. First, look for an upholstery tool which is nothing more than a fabric strip and allows efficient cleaning of chairs, cushions, and sofas. Next, look for a bare floor brush if you are going to clean hard floors.
A dusting brush is also recommended if you want to clean fans, tabletops, and other bare surfaces. Equally important is a crevice tool whose shape allows it to clean dust off cracks and fissures. While they may seem considerable in number, all these attachments come for free with the best vacuum cleaners.