A Dummy’s Guide to Buying the Right Vacuum

By Julie Walter

Whether you take solace in vacuuming or you detest it, the right type of vacuum is the key to keeping your home clean. There are a variety of vacuum models and factors you need to take into consideration when you are buying the right vacuum to be your little helper. Here are the top five most popular types of vacuums to help you keep your home in tip top shape!

vacuuming tips UPRIGHT VACUUMS

Looking for a reliable workhorse that will get the job done quickly? Upright vacuums are the most popular and widely used vacuums available because they offer powerful cleanup and are easy to use. They are available in both bag and bagless versions, and most upright vacuums offer settings for a variety of surfaces. Upright vacuums take up minimal space and can be found for between $50-$300.


Stick vacuums are less powerful than the other models, however, if you need to clean narrow spaces they are a great option. They are known to do an excellent job of cleaning hardwood floors, light carpeting and area rugs. If storage is a problem in your home, a stick vacuum will barely take up any space and get the job done. You can find a quality stick vacuum anywhere from $100-$500.


Canister vacuums are a happy combination of upright and stick vacuums, a great choice for buying the right vacuum. They have a separate canister attached to a long wand that is perfect for cleaning those hard-to- reach places. They are powerful and have a sleek frame, making them lightweight and easy to maneuver. Canister vacuums range anywhere from $150- $1500.


Handheld vacuums are perfect for small jobs in hard-to-reach places. You can use a handheld vacuum to clean the interior
of your car, under furniture or even just to make some crumbs disappear quickly. Due to their small frame, they are not ideal for cleaning a large area of flooring. Handheld 4. vacuums typically range between $20- $100.


If there just isn’t enough hours in the day to add vacuuming to the to-do list a robotic vacuum may be just what you need. Although they come at a steep price, they do all of the work for you and can reach tight spaces, like underneath a couch. They roam around your home freely, picking up any mess along the way. They typically range between $250 – $600.


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