There are always appliances that are household necessities but we’re not always sure on what we should be looking for in the appliances we buy. It’s easy to get caught up in the fancy features and sales-pitch jargon where we end up paying a fortune for something we don’t need.
So here are a few ways you can be sure that the next vacuum cleaner you buy fits you needs and your budget:
Research: Visit websites like Consumer Reports that have trustworthy consumer reviews and comments on the models you are looking for. Look for brand-names, generally the longer a brand has been around the better.
Test the appliance: As for any other major appliance, you should go to a store to test-drive the vacuum cleaner you’re hoping to buy. Make sure the model isn’t too heavy or loud for your home.
Know your accessories: Pay attention to the accessories that come with each model and how they would be of use in your home. Does it have a carpet brush? An edged brush to help with corners? A long or short hose?
Bagless or bag : Bagless cleaners remove dust and dirt, but can leave residual dust in the air. Bagged versions make for cleaner air, but you must buy bags (which later end up in a landfill).
Know the lingo: Airflow is how much air a vacuum cleaner can circulate to pick up dirt from your floor. The higher the vacuum’s rating, the better cleaning job it will do. Filtration is how well a vacuum cleaner rids your home of nasty particles (such as dust). Look for a vacuum that has a heavy-duty filtration system — a HEPA filter, for instance.
Price vs Quality: A high price does not always mean quality. Some of the most expensive, trendy cleaners have poor customer service ratings. Be sure to check into less expensive models that enjoy reliable reputations.