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Figure out the Right Type of Vacuum for Your Home

Types of Vacuums

When it comes to buying a vacuum cleaner, it takes a little more thought than simply selecting one as if it were a cleaning detergent for your kitchen or bathroom.

There are many factors you will need to consider before making the purchase. Consider things like the price, functionality it offers, size, shape and even color. Since it will be an device you use regularly to keep your home clean and fresh, it’s important you find the best tool for the job.

Picking the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Choosing the wrong vacuum cleaner will mean you won’t achieve your goals and it may even cost you more in the long run.

One thing you need to consider when picking out a vacuum cleaner is where you plan to use it. Are you predominately vacuuming carpeted surfaces or bare floors? Do you have a combination of both? This affects which vacuum you should invest in.

The Main Types of Vacuums

There are five main types of vacuums to choose from based on their shape and primary function. Some vacuums even combine functions to make the purchase more cost-effective.

Knowing what these types are and what they are used for can help you decide which is best for your home. Let us discuss the different types available:

Upright Vacuum

The upright vacuum is one of the most popular options because they are the most powerful of the options available. They are also the easiest to use.

Upright vacuums are also designed to be used on various surfaces such as carpets and bare floors. However, they are generally not the first choice if you have smooth hardwood floors as they could pose the risk of scratching the smooth surface. Not to mention, they will more than likely be counter-productive by scattering debris around rather than picking it up.

If you have mostly carpet in your home, the upright vacuum is perfect for pulling debris out from within the carpet. If you are picturing a vacuum cleaner that you’ve seen in advertisements, it’s more than likely an upright vacuum.

Stick Vacuums

With their slender body and stick-like handle, stick vacuums are not known for being powerful vacuums. However, their shape makes up for their lack of power since they are easy to get into small and narrow spaces. They are also great for cleaning hardwood floors and lightly cleaning carpets and rugs.

What’s more, they are convenient to store, since this vacuum is slim enough to fit into the corner of any closet. While this may not be the best option for cleaning your entire house, it is a great addition to have for those hard-to-reach spots.

Canister Vacuum

If you’re looking for a middle-of-the-road vacuum that sits between upright and stick vacuums, the canister vacuum is most likely what you need. With the slender shape of the stick vacuum and the power of an upright vacuum, the canister is the perfect in-between option for cleaning.

Canister vacuums are suitable for use on both bare floors and carpets. While it may be the most versatile of vacuum cleaners with a multi-functional design and high-end technology, they tend to be the most expensive option too.

If your floors are predominantly hardwood, this is the type of vacuum you want since they usually come with the best attachments for the job and won’t scratch or damage the smooth surface.

Handheld Vacuums

Ideal for cleaning those extremely hard-to-reach spots, handheld vacuums are a great investment. They are typically used for cleaning those tight spots in a car, but they are also useful for a variety of other tasks around the house. They are not designed for general floor cleaning, however, and would be best used in conjunction with a large vacuum cleaner.

In terms of price, there are a range of shapes and sizes on the market at different price points to suit any budget.

Handheld vacuums are also useful for cleaning up small areas on a daily basis, such as the area where your children eat or play, or where your pets track in dirt from the outdoors.

Robot/Autonomous Vacuums

Robotic vacuums have become popular due to the simple fact that they require the most minimal effort to clean your home. Simply set the vacuum on the loose and it will roam freely around your home cleaning without you having to put in any manual labor.

What’s great about these vacuums, apart from them saving you time, is that they can also reach areas you might not while cleaning, such as under your sofa. Before you get too excited about this one, it’s important to know that they are pretty pricey.

Do Your Research

It is important to research the various options available to you in accordance to your home cleaning needs. For some, a vacuum cleaner is a costly investment. The last thing you want to do is invest a lot of money in  a vacuum only to realize it does not suit the job you need if for.

On the other hand, if you make the right investment, your vacuum cleaner will be able to serve you well for many years to come, keeping your home feeling clean and looking spotless.

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