If you've finally decided to leave the broom in the corner and buy a vacuum cleaner (robot, cordless, canister), I can tell you that it's not as easy as it sounds.
There is no doubt that a vacuum cleaner is a very practical appliance that can help you a lot around the house, and an easy investment to make, as long as you know how to choose the right vacuum cleaner.
However, it is just as bad to choose a vacuum cleaner that is very powerful, but does not allow us to comfortably climb the stairs of our duplex, as to choose a very light vacuum cleaner that takes hours to vacuum the dirt and dust from the living room carpet.
Why isn't it easy to choose the vacuum cleaner you need?
Actually, there are two reasons:
A) You have special needs:
Can you lift heavy weights?
Do you have a large house or a small apartment?
Do you have a lot of carpeting?
Are you concerned about the health of your little ones?
Do you live with pets?
Are you allergic?
Are you bothered by noise?
You will certainly have to prioritize. It is very difficult to find a vacuum cleaner that has everything that is important to you.
B) There are hundreds of models that can confuse you.
What type of vacuum should you choose (robot, stick, canister, cordless, water filter, vacuum and mop)?
How much power do you need?
What brushes and accessories should it have?
What is the autonomy?
How is the filtration system?
You'll find variations of the same model that may vary in some of the key features that are important to you. In addition, not all the necessary information is always available or easy to find.
The solution is not to choose one of the best-selling vacuums, thinking that others already know what you don't, and that so many people won't make mistakes.
Who is this article for?
You have just realized that your old vacuum cleaner is not working and you want to see what options are available to renew it.
You haven't known anything about vacuum cleaners for a while and you want to upgrade because you know you need to.
You've started looking but you realize that buying a vacuum cleaner is a waste of money. You don't even know what type of vacuum you need.
You know what type of vacuum cleaner you prefer, but you don't know which ones are best for you.
Top 10 mistakes when buying a vacuum cleaner
You choose the wrong type of vacuum - each type of vacuum (robot, cordless, canister, etc.) has advantages and disadvantages. Following the latest fad is not necessarily the best thing to do.
The vacuum is not powerful - many vacuums only vacuum well the first day. Not all are suitable for carpets or deep cleaning.
Not suitable for dust mite or pollen allergies (among others) - the filter is a link in the chain, but it's not enough to fight allergens.
It's heavy or unwieldy - when you try it, it's not easy to vacuum between furniture, you have trouble carrying it up and down stairs or your wrist gets tired after a few minutes.
Lack of autonomy - you have to interrupt the cleaning process to charge the battery (cordless robots or vacuum cleaners).
Not practical with pet hair - the tank fills up too quickly, the hair gets tangled in the brush and you have to remove it by hand.
Doesn't vacuum floors and carpets well - stops on carpets or doesn't have brushes for different floors.
It's not suited to the type of dirt you plan to use it for - liquids or fireplace ashes can't be vacuumed with any vacuum as it can create blockages and problems.
You find it too noisy - you avoid running it because it is a nuisance to family and neighbors. It restricts your time.
Cheap is expensive - You can't find technical support or replacement parts, and you can't fix it even if only a small part is broken.
If you read on, you'll discover the top mistakes commonly made when buying a home vacuum cleaner .
1) Choosing the wrong type of vacuum cleaner
Each type of vacuum cleaner has its advantages and disadvantages.
A robot vacuum cleaner can be very convenient, but it cannot vacuum under certain furniture.
A cordless vacuum cleaner is fine, as long as it has a battery and enough power.
A powerful canister vacuum can get carpets spotless, but don't try to carry it up stairs or move it between furniture or tight spaces.
You're looking for the best way to save time and repetitive chores.
These are the kings of vacuum cleaners. They are the only type of vacuum cleaner that does the cleaning and saves you maximum time and effort.
They have come down in price in the mid and lower ranges and have replaced corded vacuums in many homes.
People who use a robot vacuum cleaner for the first time often say they can't live without it. Many end up giving it a name, as if it were a pet. But you have to be careful because often the suction power is not as strong as the Protech Allergies HEPA cordless model.
Since iRobot (Roomba) popularized them, countless brands have emerged, some of which offer very good robot vacuums. They are no longer vacuum cleaners reserved for a privileged few.
Types of robot vacuum cleaners
There are now several types of robot vacuum cleaners:
Sweep and vacuum, or mop and scrub.
With the application, or simply with the remote control.
With more or less power
However, the clearest division is the one established by technology and robotics, such as the type of navigation and mapping:
It dodges objects in its path without following an ordered pattern.
It draws a series of straight lines and systematically clears the whole plane.
It maps your entire house and you can ask it to clean specific rooms.
Advantages and disadvantages of robot vacuums
The advantages of a robot vacuum cleaner
Save time - just program it or press a button.
Minimal effort - just push a button to clean and empty the tank.
Small footprint - easy to store or place in any room.
Disadvantages of the Robot vacuum cleaner
Only cleans the floor, not the furniture or walls.
Price - they are not as cheap (proportionally) as other vacuums.
Room preparation - not for messy rooms with lots of obstacles.
Navigation system - leaves some rooms or areas unvacuumed and repeats others or does not leave a room.
Reason: You bought a very basic robot vacuum for your home (random navigation technology).
Application: Cannot connect to home router and functions are lost.
Reason: the application needs an update, or is not compatible with your router.
They've matched (and surpassed) canister vacuums in terms of power. They've revolutionized the way we vacuum.
Cordless vacuums have turned a tedious, tedious household chore into a game. They are fast, convenient and versatile. Once you've tried them, you'll wonder: why didn't I think to buy one before?
You can use them to "sweep up" breakfast crumbs or to thoroughly clean a carpet.
They outgrew their own limits a long time ago. People no longer buy them because they are more convenient than a corded vacuum cleaner , but because they have little to envy them in terms of performance.
The infinite number of situations in which you can use them (car, bed, furniture) more than justifies the price you pay for them.
Types of cordless vacuums
Cordless vacuums (upright or stick) can be classified according to many features, but the most important ones are:
Power - it can be a simple crumb catcher or a super powerful vacuum that vacuums carpets more thoroughly than a canister vacuum.
Attachments and brushes - all come with a wedge and brush, but others are like a Swiss Army knife, suitable for everything: carpets, homes with pets, car upholstery...
Flexible hose lets you vacuum under furniture without bending over.
Removable battery - you can use a second battery and double your usage time.
Carpet detection - detects carpets and automatically increases power.
Dirt detection (smart ) - detects the dirtiest areas and vacuums them more thoroughly.
One type of cordless vacuum that is becoming increasingly popular is one that also vacuums liquids and solids: it vacuums, mops and leaves the floor almost dry, and much less wet than mopping.
Some of the best cordless vacuum brands
Dyson - the great pioneer of cordless vacuums but price and service are their shortcomings.
Protech Allergies - New to the market, they are powerful, economical and we stock replacement batteries for quick service.
Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of cordless vacuums
Advantages of cordless vacuums
Lightweight and maneuverable - lightweight and ergonomic.
Versatile - suitable for vacuuming all surfaces in the home or car.
Small footprint - can be stored anywhere and is always ready to go.
Disadvantages of cordless vacuums
Battery dependent - they are not cordless.
Suction power - some models are not suitable for deep vacuuming.
Canister capacity - smaller than a conventional vacuum cleaner
Critical points of a cordless vacuum cleaner
Battery - turns off at the most inconvenient time and doesn't give you time to finish cleaning.
Reason: low power in low consumption mode that forces you to increase the speed to vacuum, consuming the battery very quickly.
Power: not up to the level of a corded vacuum cleaner but the suction power of our Protech Allergies vacuum cleaner is comparable.
Reason: it lacks a motor, or simply the filtering system makes it lose its suction power over time.
Structure and design: the accessories do not fit easily and you end up not using them.
Pattern: it's cheap and poorly designed, even though it looks great in the picture.
Corded (canister) vacuums
You are looking for unlimited power, good performance and a more affordable price.
This is the type of vacuum cleaner you are most familiar with.
They are proportionately cheaper, although they are losing ground to cordless and robot vacuums.
Some say these types of vacuums are "dead," and brands like Dyson have stopped developing corded vacuums. Although they continue to make and sell them, they are no longer innovating.
Types of Corded Vacuum Cleaners (Canisters)
There are 2 types of corded canister vacuums:
More hygienic - no contact with dust. Best option for allergy sufferers.
Quiet - filtering with the bag does not require as much energy.
Easy to empty - just remove and put in a new bag.
Save on refills - no need to buy bags.
See the dirt - if you accidentally vacuum up valuables, you prevent them from ending up in the trash.
Know when to empty the tank - you can see the level of dirt in the tank.
Top brands of corded vacuums (sieves)
Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of corded (canister) vacuums
Power doesn't dictate usage time - you can vacuum hard without looking at the clock.
You save money on a battery - they don't last forever, but you don't have to buy a new one after 2-3 years.
Heavier and bulkier - you may be lazy to take them out daily or carry them up and down stairs.
They take up more space - they tend to be bulkier and need room in a closet.
Critical points of a corded (canister) vacuum
Power loss: less and less suction every day
Reason: poor filtration system causing loss of suction
Stays on the floor: difficult to move because the suction is too strong.
Reason: it has no power regulator, or the one it has is basic and impractical.
Structure and design: The wheels lock easily and the unit does not slide well on the floor.
Reason: Poor quality components
Looking for a cheap vacuum cleaner?
A bagless canister vacuum is the way to go. They're powerful, have no battery issues, and are a great value for the money. Plus, you save money on bags.
Corded (upright) vacuums
(Almost) with the advantages of cordless and canister vacuums.
The format of a corded vacuum can be very similar to that of a cordless vacuum. You simply replace the battery with a cord that connects to the lamp and provides power like a canister vacuum .
You can gain mobility, but you'll still have the cord in the way, which can be annoying.
If they are of poor quality, they can have problems with loss of suction and motor overheating.
These are the most compact and lightweight. You simply point them with your arm to the areas you want to vacuum. They usually have several types of attachments, including a narrow tube for corners or a small brush for furniture.
Most cordless vacuums can be used as a handheld vacuum and are more powerful than a traditional handheld vacuum. It may be worthwhile to invest in a single 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner that can do everything.
There are several types ofhandheld (household)vacuums :
Standard - these are suitable for home or automotive use and can also suck up some liquid.
Pet hair - these are used to remove hair from upholstery. They do this with a motorized mini-brush.
Dust mite - they incorporate a UV lamp to eliminate dust mites.
2) Buy a low power vacuum cleaner
The power should be appropriate for the type of floor and dirt you want to vacuum.
You want your new vacuum to get rid of dirt in seconds. You look for the most powerful model. A few days later, however, you find that the vacuum cleaner doesn't suck as well as it should.
How do you measure the power of a vacuum cleaner?
What are the most powerful vacuums?
The power of a vacuum cleaner is measured by the power of the motor on the one hand, and the suction power on the other, which tells you how powerful the vacuum cleaner is.
The power of a cordless vacuum cleaner
how do you measure the suction power of a vacuum cleaner?
How is the suction power measured?
The suction power of a vacuum cleaner is usually measured in different magnitudes (kilopascals, air watts), which ultimately try to give an idea of what the vacuum cleaner is capable of sucking.
Air Watts - the number of watts used to move one unit of air from the nozzle to the tank.
Kilopascals - measures the pressure per surface area (1 newton per square meter).
However, the power they always tell you has two important nuances:
It is the maximum it can reach - if it is a robot or cordless vacuum cleaner, the battery runs out very quickly, so it is a one-time resource.
This is a theoretical value - it is measured when the vacuum cleaner is clean. There is no dirt accumulated in the tank and (most importantly) the filters are clean.
What are suction losses?
When filters become dirty, they block the airflow and the vacuum cleaner loses suction power.
What is considered a powerful vacuum cleaner?
Robotic vacuum cleaner
Cordless vacuum cleaner
Robot vacuum cleaners - 2,000 pascals (=2 kPa) would already be a very high power.
Cordless vacuum cleaners - from 100 watts of air, the power is very high. The Dyson even exceeds 220 aw. (In kilopascals, the most powerful are 20-25 kPa).
For corded vacuums, the power draw (measured in watts) is usually a good benchmark, although it depends on the efficiency of the vacuum.
The problem is that there is no standardized measurement system that takes into account medium-term performance. The best that can be done is laboratory testing, which is what you will see on the label or in the description of the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes it's not even included.
There are some very powerful vacuums that only vacuum well for the first few days, while others maintain their performance over the long term.
It's important to see what the filter system looks like (not just for allergy reasons), to get an idea of the vacuum cleaner's performance.
Check out one of the best-kept secrets of cordless vacuums.
3) A vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers is not just a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Pollen, dust mites or pet dander may escape elsewhere, or simply not be vacuumed up due to a lack of power.
If some people in the home are allergic to pet hair, dust or pollen, it is important that the vacuum cleaner be able to filter out these small particles. This is what the HEPA or high efficiency filterdoes.
Is this enough?
Not really. First of all, the HEPA filter (the last link in the chain) should not be confused with the vacuum cleaner's complete filtering system.
Until a few years ago, all vacuum cleaners had a bag. It acted as both a filter and a container. The problem was that you had to keep changing them, which meant an additional cost in bags.
And if you ran out of bags, you couldn't vacuum.
The solution was cyclonic technology: dirt is separated by a vortex that drops it into a tank. However, not all cyclonic (or bagless) vacuums are as efficient, and the outlet filter (HEPA or high efficiency) can get dirty too quickly.
You already know the consequence. Loss of suction occurs, which causes the vacuum cleaner to lose a lot of power.
What about dust mites, pet dander or pollen that make life impossible for allergy sufferers?
A HEPA filter is not expensive. The hard part is designing an effective cyclonic technology.
Of course, the HEPA filter (or high efficiency filter) is essential, but other vacuum features are often overlooked:
Sealed body to prevent dust from escaping through the vacuum's seals.
Hygienic emptying system, so you don't come in contact with dust every time it fills up and you need to empty it.
Large capacity canister. The bigger the better. This will save you from having to continually empty it.
You may be interested in the extension with 2 items:
HEPA filter for the re-emission of allergens by the vacuum cleaner.
What are HEPA filters in vacuum cleaners?
What is cyclonic technology in a vacuum cleaner?
What type of vacuum cleaner is best for people with allergies?
There is a debate. Some people prefer a vacuum cleaner with a bag. It avoids contact with dirt because allergens are locked inside. In addition to the bag, they usually have a very effective HEPA outlet filter.
Another option is a powerful cordless vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. The advantage of the latter is that you can easily vacuum any furniture or corner, where there are dust mites and all kinds of allergens. And the best cordless vacuum cleaners are powerful enough to vacuum carpets and any type of floor.
A robot vacuum is limited to the floor, although it can be programmed to make floors spotless with minimal effort. Most models are equipped with a high efficiency filter, which performs the same function as a HEPA filter, without being technically HEPA.
Another option is the steam vacuum. They not only vacuum, they also disinfect with hot steam.
They are bulkier and heavier because they have a boiler to heat the water. They are not suitable and comfortable for everyone and for every household.
4) The vacuum cleaner is not light and comfortable for you.
It is essential that the vacuum cleaner is suitable for the person or people who are going to use it.
You should not focus solely on performance. It is important that the vacuum cleaner be comfortable.
Why would an elderly person want a robot with the most advanced application if they don't know how to use it?
Have you ever thought that an upright vacuum cleaner might be too heavy for your mother?
Why buy a corded vacuum cleaner if you never have the time (or inclination) to get it out of the closet?
If cleaning the filters is tedious, it's enough to make you lazy to remove and replace them.
A vacuum cleaner too heavy for a duplex
Some vacuums are much heavier than others, and for going up and down stairs, they are not the most recommendable if you are not strong enough.
What is the average weight of each type of vacuum cleaner?
Handheld vacuum cleaner - 600 grs -1 kgs
Cordless vacuum cleaner - 2-3 kgs
Robot vacuum cleaner - about 3 kgs
Large corded vacuum cleaner - 5-9 kg
Vacuum cleaner with steam cleaning - 10 kg
If you have arthritis or an injury that prevents you from lifting things, a robot vacuum cleaner is the best vacuum cleaner because it does it all by itself.
Cleaning the filters is messy, unhygienic and must be done frequently.
When the vacuum cleaner is well designed, the filters are easy to clean and there is no need to disassemble the canister. They also tend to be more efficient in the filtering stages: you don't have to clean them every time you use them.
At the other extreme are those that require you to touch the dirt, which you practically have to wash after every use if you want the vacuum not to lose power every day.
The worst is having to disassemble the tank and remove the various parts that need to be washed and cleaned by hand. Not only do you waste time, but you end up breathing in dust from the floor.
If cleaning or washing the filters bothers you, you're better off investing a little more in the vacuum.
5) The battery life is too short. You can't complete all the parts
The vacuum cleaner doesn't have the battery life you'd expect.
Running on battery power is not really an advantage for many cordless and robotic vacuums.
Why does the battery last so short?
Is the manufacturer misleading you with the promised 60 minutes?
What factors affect the battery life of a cordless vacuum cleaner?
How do you know if your vacuum cleaner has enough battery life?
Maximum runtime never goes hand in hand with maximum power: they are two opposite things. When you maximize one, the other is minimized.
Buying a vacuum cleaner with power vs. autonomy
This means that the 50-60 minutes indicated refer to the use of the vacuum cleaner at the minimum power, which is not always the most appropriate for cleaning.
From this point on, the autonomy decreases, and perhaps very strongly.
There are cordless vacuum cleaners that only vacuum for a few minutes at maximum power.
Factors that influence the range of the cordless vacuum cleaner*.
In addition to the power mode, there are other factors that reduce the operating time:
Accessory you place to vacuum with. A corner brush is not the same as a motorized brush, which, with its own motor, consumes power.
Type of surface. For example, on carpets, the friction is greater and the vacuum cleaner is forced to consume more battery. This is the same as a car driving uphill, which consumes more fuel to cover the same distance as a car driving on the flat.
The suction losses, which force you to increase the power when you notice that the vacuum cleaner is not powerful enough.
(*) With the exception of accessories, it's the same thing for a robot vacuum cleaner.
Obviously, with corded vacuum cleaners, you won't have a problem with autonomy, although there are other disadvantages, such as, for example, when vacuuming pet hair, which can be more complicated due to the structure of the vacuum cleaner, more difficult to maneuver.
How much time do you usually spend cleaning and vacuuming?
Some people prefer to make one pass each day, while others, when cleaning, like to do it thoroughly and without leaving a single room behind.
A corded canister vacuum may not be worth taking out for a few minutes. In that case, it's best to opt for a cordless vacuum, which is always ready to vacuum, as if it were a broom.
Depending on how much time you spend vacuuming, the battery can be a more or less important factor.
6) Vacuuming does not solve your pet's hair problem.
Some pets' long hair can be a barrier to coexisting with your own pet. No one likes to see hair on the floor, chairs or car seats.
Hair removal is a lot of work. It's a never-ending task. You haven't even finished vacuuming and they reappear.
What problems do many vacuums have with hair?
They don't have enough power to vacuum them - on carpets and upholstery, they get stuck and make your efforts almost useless.
They suck them up, but get tangled up in the brush - if the bristles are long, they end up crushing the brush and force you to stop, take it out and clean it.
They don't allow you to reach all the places and crevices where the hair is - the hair gets scattered everywhere, not just where your pet rests or plays.
Vacuum attachments or brushes are inconvenient - you don't know which attachment to use to remove hair easily.
What are the best vacuums for picking up pet hair?
The answer depends on the surfaces you want to clean. It's not the same if you just want to vacuum floors and carpets, as if you want to get rid of hair on your chairs, car interior or bedspread.
Because of their versatility and the ease with which they can be used in any location, cordless vacuums can be a good choice.
For a vacuum cleaner to be effective at vacuuming hair, it must meet certain requirements:
It must be powerful enough to thoroughly vacuum carpets and upholstery, where hair clings. Also consider vacuuming cat litter, which many vacuums can't do.
Sufficient capacity. A very small tank is fine for anyone with a cat or dog that doesn't shed much. If you have multiple pets, you should look for a larger canister, especially if it's a cordless vacuum (750 ml is a good capacity). You avoid having to empty it all the time.
Proper attachments. The floor head should have bristles that are better at driving the hair. For upholstery, a motorized mini-brush, to put it in hand vacuum mode and accomplish the task easily.
A motorized mini-brush is a must if you want to vacuum armchairs, sofa or car seats.
7) The vacuum cleaner doesn't fit your home
A vacuum cleaner is like a suit. It has to be the right "fit" for your own home.
Where once the vacuum cleaner had to fit your lifestyle, now it has to fit your home.
A small studio apartment where you live alone is not the same as a multi-story house where your children, dog and two cats live.
In addition to the size of your home and the amount of dirt that accumulates, there are other important factors to consider:
Type of flooring - Is it very delicate - is there a lot of carpet?
Number of floors - are there stairs to climb?
Room size and layout - is there room to maneuver and lots of space?
What are the best vacuums for very large homes?
A large home needs a vacuum cleaner with maximum performance, whether it's a robot, cordless or canister vacuum.
If your home is large, you need to consider this:
The vacuum will work longer
Dirt and dust will accumulate more.
In the end, a mid-range vacuum cleaner will not be enough to thoroughly vacuum a large home.
In contrast, a high-end vacuum cleaner is more efficient in every way: it sucks better, cleans easier and stands up better to a tougher, longer job.
Critical points for each type of vacuum cleaner in relation to a very large home
If you live in a larger or smaller house, any type of vacuum cleaner will do, but you should pay attention to the following points:
Robot vacuum cleaner
Navigation system - it does not draw smart routes and does not have time to finish all the rooms.
Map types - does not save the map and does not allow you to select the rooms to clean.
Battery - insufficient battery life and can't finish everything in one charge.
Low power in normal mode - you have to turn it on full power to vacuum (and the battery life is very short).
Short run time in turbo mode - you can only vacuum for a few minutes at full power.
Very small canister - must be emptied often
Corded vacuum cleaner
Not comfortable - difficult to avoid furniture and tiring to vacuum
Heavy to climb stairs - you need someone to carry it upstairs because it weighs more than you thought.
Short cord - you have to change outlets often.
How does room shape and spacing affect the vacuum cleaner?
This is a factor to consider, especially for a robot vacuum.
If the rooms are very square, they tend to perform better than if they are narrow and have many nooks and crannies.
Remember that the robot needs to map out routes in an orderly fashion. This is much easier in large, uncluttered rooms.
How does the shape of the room affect the choice of vacuum cleaner?
What are the best vacuums for a duplex or multi-story home?
If you have to walk up and down stairs, you've already found that a heavy corded vacuum isn't the most comfortable.
When it comes to robot vacuums, those that can save a map of each floor are usually the best option. Especially if the house is large, as you will be able to organize the cleaning better, and the robot will do it faster.
Cordless vacuums, because of their ease of use, have an advantage for both going upstairs and vacuuming the stairs.
How does furniture affect vacuuming?
Imagine a room full of obstacles and furniture, with cables on the floor, some decorative vases, a cabinet and several chairs... Can you imagine how much work this would be for a robot vacuum cleaner?
With a corded vacuum cleaner, this would not be an easy task either. Going through so many obstacles can be exhausting.
There is no doubt that the success of cordless vacuums lies in their ability to adapt to any type of cleaning. That's why they are said to clean 360 degrees.
Handheld vacuum accessoryyson-v11
With attachments, you can reach every corner, allowing you to vacuum rooms cluttered with objects and obstacles.
Whether it's the top of a piece of furniture, a picture frame or curtains, anything is possible with them. Even the tightest spaces behind furniture.
The best vacuum cleaners for vacuuming and cleaning carpets
Carpets and rugs are a haven for allergens. They hide dust where dust mites live. And when they get stained, they end up giving off odors.
Many pet- and allergy-friendly vacuums are a good choice for carpet cleaning.
To keep them as clean and shiny as the first day, you have several options:
A powerful vacuum - stick, canister or robot.
A vacuum cleaner - that not only vacuums, but also uses water to clean (like those used for homes with pets or people with allergies).
Powerful vacuum cleaners for carpets
In addition to power, it must have:
A good filtration system. Even if you can't see it, carpets can accumulate a lot of dust, which can saturate the filters in minutes.
A bristle brush, which beats the carpet to lift the dust so it can be vacuumed.
A smooth glide - so the vacuum doesn't get stuck in the carpet and require you to overexert yourself.
Vacuuming a carpet is a much more difficult task for a vacuum cleaner than sweeping a hard floor. You've already seen which ones are the best in terms of power, filtering capacity and brushes.
Those that not only vacuum, but also "wash" the carpet deserve a special mention.
Vacuum cleaners for carpet cleaning
If you have one or more carpets and intend to vacuum them thoroughly, it is the same as for large houses. Only high-end models will guarantee the results you expect.
Unless you're just going to vacuum the surface, it's worth investing in a good vacuum.
What are the best vacuums for delicate floors?
Vacuum cleaners with soft brushes for delicate floors
If you have a very delicate floor, I don't think you want to jeopardize it with a cheap vacuum cleaner. You need a vacuum that "caresses" it while it cleans.
What to look out for?
Wheels - they glide across the floor and should be made of a soft material, such as rubber or silicone, that won't scratch the floor or get stuck (!).
Brush - the best ones are the soft ones (microfiber), which capture better and more dust, which is the cause of the loss of shine of the floor.
Power - it should be able to suck up the finest dust, not just lint or more visible dirt.
Some vacuums have a mop function, which can be a good option for finishing a delicate floor.
In summary, the vacuum cleaner is a tool that, like any other utensil or appliance, must be tailored to a specific task.
8) The vacuum cleaner is not suitable for the use you want to make of it.
A vacuum cleaner for home use is not the same as one for use on patios or outdoors.
Some vacuums are so powerful they can do anything. It's tempting to put them to the test in the toughest situations. Don't do it. You may even lose your warranty.
There are specific vacuums for collecting ashes or liquids, just as there are vacuums for workshops.
The vacuum cleaner is not suitable for the purpose you want to use it for.
If you have a house in the country, or even if you do some work in your home, be careful about the type of vacuum cleaner you buy.
What is the purpose of a household vacuum cleaner?
Upright vacuums, cordless vacuums, robot vacuums , and canister vacuums are used to suck up the usual dirt and grime in a home.
This includes dust from carpets and floors, hair, lint, food debris, and even sand or dirt that your children bring home from the park in their shoes.
Household vacuums are designed to move on normal household floors, whether they are tile, wood or carpet. They are not made for paving stones or very rough floors.
Outside of these surfaces, they could suffer damage, and at best, excessive wear on the wheels or brush.
Are they suitable for vacuuming anything inside the house?
For example, if you have a construction site, you should not use them to pick up debris, ashes or plaster.
If you have a chimney, you should not use them to vacuum up ashes.
Nor should they be used if the floor is wet or to pick up liquids, unless it is a specific model for that purpose.
For these cases, there are more versatile vacuum cleaners, or at least specific ones for these tasks.
9) The vacuum cleaner is very noisy.
Noise can limit the use of the vacuum cleaner at certain times.
If you are very sensitive to noise, this is a factor that may turn you off on some vacuums. No manufacturer will tell you that their vacuum is too noisy.
There are models that claim to be quiet, with noise levels above 80 dB.
The noise can be a nuisance to your family, and perhaps to your pet (who may end up seeing the vacuum as a threat that has crept into the house).
A very noisy vacuum cleaner can annoy your neighbors and be a problem for them to live together.
We are already exposed to enough noise in our daily lives without having to deal with it in our own homes.
How do you translate vacuum noise into your life?
Noise is not like other quantities, which increase or decrease proportionally.
For example, 2 kilos is twice the weight of 1 kg. However, going from 75 dB to 78 dB of noise doubles the acoustic sensation you perceive. 3 dB more is not a little more noise.
A maximum "acceptable" noise level would be 80 dB.
Exceeding 80 dB is not a problem if it only lasts a few moments. The wrong thing to do would be to vacuum for an hour at that noise level.
It is important to consider whether the noise level of the vacuum cleaner refers to normal operation or to the maximum power. Often the manufacturer does not make this clear and there can be some confusion.
Which vacuum cleaners are the quietest?
The higher the quality, the quieter the vacuum cleaner .
Any type of vacuum cleaner can be either noisy or quiet (canister, cordless, robot, stick).
In fact, the best vacuum cleaner brands offer quieter versions in their higher ranges.
These are models that better dampen the noise of the motor thanks to insulating materials that surround certain parts of the vacuum cleaner.
However, because of their structure, the quietest ones are usually bagged vacuums.
A bagless vacuum cleaner uses the power of cyclones to separate particles from the air and requires a powerful motor.
A bagged vacuum, on the other hand, relies on the bag itself and does not need a powerful cyclone.
Robotic vacuums are generally not very noisy. They have the advantage that they can be programmed to clean when no one is home.
It's normal for an inexpensive vacuum cleaner to end up making a lot of noise over time, especially if it's powerful. The manufacturer may have built in a powerful motor, but the vacuum' s design and materials may not be up to the task.
10) Cheap is expensive
A simple filter or battery can keep the vacuum from working.
If you're a bargain hunter, you already know that it's possible to save a handful of dollars when buying a vacuum cleaner.
As prices go up and down, there's always a good deal to be had.
However, there are risks to this tactic. You could end up buying a vacuum cleaner that costs more than you think.
Since bagless vacuums became fashionable, it seemed that vacuum maintenance costs had been reduced. However, some of the work done by the bag now goes to the filters and cyclonic technology.
Some of what you save may end up being spent on consumables such as filters.
The more basic the vacuum cleaner, the more the filters will clog, and in any case, they will need to be renewed periodically.
How much do filters cost?
How often does the manufacturer say to change them?
Are compatible filters easy to find?
The vacuum battery (cordless models)
The battery in a vacuum cleaner or robot does not last a lifetime. After a while, it loses its capacity and you have to recharge it a certain number of times (charge cycles).
Most of them are lithium (no memory effect), which does not prevent them from having a certain life span.
How much does a replacement battery cost?
How long does it last?
Can it be replaced easily or should it be taken to a TAS (Technical Assistance Service)?
Is there a service center in your city, or a service center in your town that will handle the repair?
Programmed obsolescence (?)
Some people buy a cheap vacuum cleaner every year. In the long run, it's a waste of money, and a cost that exceeds even that of high-end models.
More than a problem of planned obsolescence, it's that the quality is so low that they are unlikely to outlive the warranty period.
The problem is so bad that even the EU has had to regulate the issue.
The idea is that the vacuum cleaner can be repaired within 10 years of purchase.
Energy efficiency (corded vacuum cleaner)
energy label vacuum cleaners-2017-DIFFERENCES
Energy Label for Corded Vacuum Cleaners
The European Union certifies that household appliances are energy efficient with an energy label. This label helps you choose an appliance that, while being as efficient as another (it sucks up the same amount), consumes less energy (light).
Thus, in addition to contributing to the preservation of the environment, you will make savings in the medium term.
The energy label can give you a lot of information about the performance of your vacuum cleaner:
how well it sucks up dust on carpets
how well it vacuums hard floors
the level of noise it emits
how much dust is released into the air during the vacuuming process.
The best vacuum cleaner is not always the best buy
Almost no one buys without comparison. When there are two similar models, we try to see which one is more powerful, has a better battery, more accessories or better technology.
There are always brands that offer you more for less. Apparently, for a lower price, they offer you a much better product. This is not always the case. In the long run, they stop working and end up being a bad buy.
Vacuum cleaners are becoming more and more high-tech. It is no longer just a motor that creates a vacuum. Hence the importance of after-sales service.
The brand of the vacuum cleaner is important.
The brand does not make the vacuum cleaner better. However, it does give you guarantees that are not available from a manufacturer or "white label".
There are brands that specialize in certain types of vacuums. They may have very good cordless vacuums, but their robots may not be as good, for example.
What are the best vacuum cleaner brands?
Dyson, with the best cordless vacuums
iRobot (Roomba), the pioneer of robot vacuums
Protech Allergies, for allergy sufferers.
Rowenta, with all kinds of vacuum cleaners.
Compared to the more famous brands, there are countless white brands, with countless clones, which after a few months, not only the model disappears, but the brand itself. And of course, the vacuum cleaner usually ends up in the trash, or stored in a cabinet.
You have a choice: invest in a good vacuum cleaner or buy the cheapest model you find on sale every year. If you choose the latter, you won't benefit yourself or the planet.
Bottom line: no one said buying a vacuum cleaner was easy.
Buying the best vacuum cleaner is like a puzzle: all the pieces must fit together.
The ideal vacuum cleaner should be powerful, beautiful and inexpensive. However, the reality is not so simple. After a few weeks (or days), you may find that the vacuum cleaner doesn't suck as well as it did on day one.
The first thing to do is to choose the type of vacuum cleaner: robot, cordless or canister?
The trend, and where you can take advantage of the latest technology, is battery-powered vacuum cleaners (robots and cordless vacuum cleaners): they offer maximum comfort and freedom of movement.
In addition to the type of vacuum cleaner, you should think about yourself and your own home. It should not only match the surface area or the type of floor. It is essential that it is comfortable for you on a daily basis.
Comfort and ease of use starts with weight. And that's not all, you also need to look at how it empties, and how the filters are maintained and cleaned.
Pets, carpets, delicate floors, people living together in the house are all factors to consider, whether you're vacuuming up your dog's hair or trying to get your hardwood floor looking its best.
The choice is wide and varied. Now it's your turn to choose... or ask questions.