Which vacuum is right for you?

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How to choose a vacuum for multi surfaces

The good news is that vacuums have improved greatly in the past few years. Most vacuum manufacturers understand that people no longer want to lug a shotgun-sized vacuum around the house. Many products on the market today are lightweight and easy to store.

They respond to this demand by offering a variety of scooters, canisters, backpack vacuums, and stick vacuums. Look for one that has attachments that will enable you to vacuum most surfaces around your house.

Best vacuum for carpets: A large, bulky vacuum might look like it has more power, but it doesn’t. Direct-drive models can develop a shuddering sound and can actually scratch the surface of your carpets.

The best vacuum for multi surfaces

People ask me all of the time which vacuum they should buy. It’s a tough question because everyone’s needs are different. It’s also a tough question because there are so many factors I need to consider.

First, what are the surfaces in your home? Are they concrete, tile, wood, carpet, shag carpet with fringe like your grandmother’s, whatever? This makes a big difference. And even if your surfaces are all the same, what’s comfortable to vacuum on the hard surface may be uncomfortable to vacuum on the carpet.

What kind of messes do you need to get up? Is it pet hair, dirt, sand? Dust? Pine needles? Sticky tape and crayon? Whatever it is you need to get up, a vacuum with a motor at the base of the vacuum will be better.

How much physical effort are you willing to put in to vacuum? Are you physically able to get the weight (if it’s heavy, you’re not)? Can it be carried up or down stairs? Can you push it around the kitchen table and under the couches? What about vacuuming up your stairs?

Are you starting the vacuum bagless? Do you need to really clean out the filter?

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a vacuum for hardwood floors

There are many different vacuum manufacturers, and vacuums are available in a wide array of shapes, size, and cost ranges. Also, some vacuums are built specifically to handle certain floors, such as hardwood, tile, concrete, or even carpet, and others are multipurpose, i.e. you can use them on any or most floors that you want. No matter what type of flooring you have, a good vacuum will pick up the dirt and debris from all areas of the floor, from the edges to the center, as well as from under the furniture. You should also compare the number of trees the vacuum bag is made from. Bags made from synthetic fibers will need to be replaced more often that those made from all cotton.

Another factor to consider is how the vacuum is powered. There are bagged vacuums, canister vacuums, cordless and corded vacuums, and vacuums with bagless dust capacities. You probably don’t want to go through the hassle of emptying and replacing the dirt bag every other week. You also want to be sure that it is not very expensive to replace the bag.

A cordless vacuum will not have a cord to trip over or get in the way while maneuvering. They are powered by rechargeable batteries, and you can choose one with anywhere from 4 to 8 hours of battery life.

The best vacuum for hardwood floors

A lot of factors determine which vacuum is right for you.

Budget: You may want to explore vacuum deals but don’t pay for features you won’t use. They won’t add to the vacuum’s effectiveness.

Size: Carrying it up and down the stairs is going to be inconvenient.

Take your home and lifestyle into account when looking into vacuums.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a vacuum for thick carpet

When you have deep pile carpeting, it takes a high powered vacuum to pull out all of the dirt that your eyes can’t seem to see.

When you’re vacuuming thick carpeting, you want to make sure that you get as deep down into the carpet or rug as possible. Anything less will leave your carpeting covered in fine dust and dirt that just hangs out to irritate and cause allergies.

Don’t worry if you don’t have deep pile carpeting, there are vacuums designed just for you as well. Most vacuums that are designed for thick carpeting are also ideal for hardwood floors and tile.

Think about what type of surfaces you have and what you need for optimal cleaning performance. A heavier vacuum will allow you to remove more dirt and a vacuum with a triggerable hose attachment is a handy tool to have around.

Keep in mind when you are shopping that even though the vacuum can safely handle the rug, it doesn’t mean it will look good on your floor. The best way to be safe is to always check for a return policy and make sure the return shipping is free before purchasing. Running out for a vacuum only to find that it’s a dud is a frustrating waste of money and time.

The best vacuum for thick carpet

If you have thick carpet, you will encounter more vacuum problems than you will with thinner carpets. A vacuum that is not fitted to a carpet's thickness won’t pick up as much and it will get overheated much faster then one that’s suited to a thicker carpet.

The best way to protect your carpet and vacuum is to use the right tool for the job.

Go for one that has a good suction to collect more of that spilled food, baked cookies, pet hair, and other debris.

Shredders are a good addition to help cut up stubborn pet hair. Remember, though, that they are loud and not very efficient for long hair.

Use a crevice tool for all the dirt in and around your furniture crevices.

Go for a 2-in-1 vacuum/steam cleaner combo so you can cut down on the number of devices you need for cleaning. These models are versatile and can vacuum everything from your carpet to your upholstery.

Consider its weight and size to make sure you can transport it easily from room to room.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a vacuum for tile floors

Carpet, and upholstery.

These vacuum cleaners are all multipurpose and can do a good job on floors and dusted surfaces.

They are lightweight, and they are easy to use.

  • Most come with at least one attachment that improves performance.
  • For instance a crevice tool is key for getting at corners around baseboards, the crevices of furniture and dusted surfaces like tabletops.
  • A dusting brush is perfect for dusting your household surfaces and for cleaning the furniture.

This is a basic vacuum that performs well and is valued by many.

They have good suction, they are inexpensive and are great for most cleaning jobs.

What's the best part?

You can combine your effort with a family member or friend for a great cleaning session.

Start with one of the best vacuums for tile or hardwood floors and vacuum a room. Then, take a break, while your partner cleans a similarly sized room.

Repeat this process with a different vacuum and finish it up with carpet cleaning.

Here are links to popular, multi-purpose vacuums: BISSELL 2-In-1 Lightweight Vacuum, Shark Rotator 2-in-1 Vacuum, Sebo Automatic X1 Upright Vacuum

The best vacuum for tile floors

For tile floors, hardwood floors, linoleum, and other hard floors, the best vacuum to buy is probably a canister vacuum or stick vacuum. These types of vacuum cleaners are excellent for cleaning floors because they have large swivel wheels and a vertical handle that can be moved to adjust the height of the vacuum.

In addition, they come equipped with a rotating brushroll that can be turned off while cleaning to protect the surface underneath.

Another feature to look for when buying a vacuum for tile floors is one that picks up dust and other debris, as well as pet hair and dander. Some models also have a special tool that can be placed on the end of the hose that can come in handy to carefully clean tile floors.

Hoover has a specialized vacuum called the Hoover Platinum Lightweight Bagged Canister vacuum. This vac comes with a special tool and a bristle bar to remove deep dirt and pet hair from your floors. The bagless feature allows for easy dirt disposal without the mess of emptying a bag after.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a vacuum for stairs and hard-to-reach corners

The best vacuum for stairs will depend on what features are most important to you.

If you like to vacuum the stairs, the canister and upright vacuum options may not be for you.

An upright vacuum cleaner is not usually able to lay flat and vacuum the full range of the stairs. They are also heavier. An upright vacuum cleaner is usually more powerful as well and can handle both carpets and bare floors with ease.

A canister vacuum is a more portable option, and can be used to vacuum the stairs with the use of a hose. The downside is that some canister vacuums are not very powerful and can struggle with thicker carpets, rugs, or hardwood floors.

For hard-to-reach corners such as under the bed or couch, a stick vacuum may be ideal.

The best cordless vacuum for stairs

Cordless stick vacuums like our Shark Cordless Lift-Away are lightweight and easily maneuver to clean stairs. You pull it off the cordless charging base, hit the on switch, and put it where you want.

It's handy that you can move it into areas that are hard to get for a big vacuum, like in the basement or on a high shelf. These cordless vacuums are popular for this kind of work. They are great for quick pickup jobs. They take away small particles.

The cordless vacuum has good suction. It's just not as hard-hitting as the old canister vacuum or upright vacuum. When you do your stairs, you usually don't do it in the same amount of time that you want to get a big job done. Especially if the vacuum doesn't have a long cord, you have to stop, unplug, and move it to the next steps of the stairs.

You can pick up crumbs or bigger stuff with the rough or smooth surface nozzle depending on what the items are.

It's bright and a good idea for cat lovers. It has a nice soft brush that gets in the corners that the cat hairs tend to hide in.

It also has a good corner nozzle.

It's light weight for keeping up with the cat. It is also good for getting up the dog hair. It starts out a little less powerful.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a vacuum for pet owners

Vacuums are an important tool for any pet owner. Keeping your home clean goes a long way in making your pet happy–and keeping you sane. It not only makes life better for your pet, but also improves even your relationship with your pet. You certainly don’t want a mess making “accident” each visit from friends and family, so make sure to clean up well after your pet.

Cleaning up after your pet is not only for your guests’ sake but, for your own sake as well. Your happiness and sanity depend on the cleanliness of your home. Even you want to meet your pets comfortably. It’s not fun to share your living space with a pigsty, especially if you get emotional with pets.

Cleaning pet hair and preventing allergens from circulating in your home is no easy job. Getting the maximum vacuum clearance will make your job more enjoyable and will make your home look nicer.

The best vacuum for pet owners

If you have both human family and pet family, it may be time for an upgrade from your regular vacuum.

Many pet-hair specific vacuums have a pet turbo brush to help remove hair from upholstery. There are also upright vacuums that have motorized duster tools.

Be sure your vacuum is rated for pet hair. A vacuum with a HEPA filtration system removes microscopic particles, which will help to control allergies, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

Another feature to look for is a long hose and cord to reach all the areas where your pet spends time, like the couch and stairs.

Turn the brush off when you are cleaning carpets to prevent getting strands of hair wrapped around the brush.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a vacuum for allergy sufferers

Dyson vacuums are the ultimate in allergy friendly vacuums thanks to their high quality and precise filtration system. There are several models to choose from, and the prices vary as well. For most individuals, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal or Large Ball Animal 2 would be the best bet for their specific needs.

However, if you are looking for a lightweight and easy to use vacuum that is ideal for a smaller home, the Dyson V6 Absolute, V7 Motorhead Animal, or V7 Motorhead Cordless vacuum would be great options. For large homes and carpeted area, the Dyson V8 Animal or V8 Absolute would suit your needs. There are quite a few other models to choose from, so it’s worth looking around the internet and reading reviews before making your final purchase.

The best vacuum for allergy sufferers

There are different types of vacuum that can be good for cleaning the carpet. But some vacuums are not good if you are suffering from pet allergies.

If you have a pet, you will know that the fur sticks to your clothes and your furniture, and even gets into the carpet. When the carpet area is vacuumed, the hair gets back into the air and you are breathing it in again.

For this reason, it is important to buy a vacuum that keeps the hair in the vacuum bag. You can use filters in a vacuum that you already own to stop the hair from going back into the air.

The best vacuum for you will depend on what you want it for, how you clean your carpet, and your allergy sensitivity.

Hard-floor vacuum cleaners are the least expensive of the vacuums.

If you like getting into corners where dirt gathers, you’ll probably like one with a rotating brush attachment.

Upright models can be more maneuverable and lighter in weight than canister or stick models. They’re also more versatile.

You can use an upright model to vacuum curbs and sidewalks or to suck up crumbs from your kitchen counter.

Canister vacuums have an onboard storage compartment where you can tuck the hose away out of sight.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

The best vacuum for people with long hair

For people with long hair, the best vacuum is no vacuum at all, but you knew already that. If you do insist on having some gentle sucking power, a vacuum with attachments will be the best option for you.

Choose the vacuum cleaner that will be most beneficial to your carpet. Many vacuums have removable brushes. You can remove these brushes when you’re vacuuming your carpet and use them only on hardwood floors. This is the best way to save your carpet from head-spinning from the heat, which results from friction.

Those of you with long hair have a tendency to get hair wrapped around the beater brush. Removing the brush and using it separately will remove this risk. If your vacuum cleaner has a rotating brush, use it only on hardwood floors.

The best vacuum for people with long hair

For people with long hair, the best vacuum is no vacuum at all, but you knew already that. If you do insist on having some gentle sucking power, a vacuum with attachments will be the best option for you.

Choose the vacuum cleaner that will be most beneficial to your carpet. Many vacuums have removable brushes. You can remove these brushes when you’re vacuuming your carpet and use them only on hardwood floors. This is the best way to save your carpet from head-spinning from the heat, which results from friction.

Those of you with long hair have a tendency to get hair wrapped around the beater brush. Removing the brush and using it separately will remove this risk. If your vacuum cleaner has a rotating brush, use it only on hardwood floors.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.

How to choose a robotic vacuum

For cleaning your floors without human intervention, there are two types of robotic vacuum cleaners. One kind of robotic vacuum cleaner is the kind that is automated using a remote control and can be set on a timer to clean up around your house, much like a Roomba. Another kind are ones that you control with either a smart phone or by WiFi, like the Dyson 360 Eye. One type is not better than the other as there are certain situations that call for a more hands-on solution and vice versa.

If you have a small home or apartment with only one or two rooms, are unable to lift or carry heavy items, or just not that interested in vacuuming, these Roomba-like robotic cleaners are your ideal fit. They are generally cheaper than the other type of robot and you don’t have to bother with cords or charging batteries.

They’re great for pet owners who have dogs and cats who shed throughout the year, especially in more moderate climates where you’ve got a lot of vegetation growth and dirt. In a way, you can expect this type of automated vacuum to do what you would not have time to do yourself.

The best robotic vacuum for pet owners

To give you some background, I have a Golden Retriever. Thus, I require a vacuum that can handle dog hair. I have to run a vacuum at least 2 times a week to keep up with the hair. After doing a lot of research, I can honestly say that I am happy with the purchase.

In some cases, your particular pet needs may dictate the features that you should look for in a vacuum. For example, most can handle normal amounts of pet hair, but there are still some that are designed for removing pet hair more effectively, or buying a vacuum with an adjustable suction if there are multiple members of the household.

If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to look for a vacuum that is made to filter the air you breath or is bagless.

Another thing to consider is whether you are primarily going to be using this vacuum at home or if you plan to use it while traveling. While some vacuums work well both at home and while traveling, others are designed specifically for travel as they are more umbrella-like.

Lastly, you may want to consider the features that make the vacuum in question more convenient for you to use.

For example, if you have stairs, you may want a vacuum that has a removable canister.