Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

There's a wide variety of vacuum cleaners today. There are many different styles, functions and high-tech features.

Different homes have different needs. Do you suffer from allergy? Do you own a pet? What type of floor or carpet do you have in your home?

So, for a perfect cleaning of your home, it's important to know the various types of vacuum cleaners and choose the right one.

Types of Vacuums

There are 7 Prototypes of vacuums. We now have to find the one that would best fit our needs:

  • Upright vacuums
  • Canister Vacuums
  • Handheld & Stick Vacuums
  • Robot Vacuums and Mops
  • Steam Mops
  • Carpet Cleaners
  • Commercial & Garage Vacuums

Upright Vacuums

These are the most popular and common vacuums. Upright vacuums are designed to clean bare floors, carpets or rugs. They are made to clean large areas quickly. There are many styles and sizes of upright vacuums, with large variety of features. There are two types of upright vacuums:

  • Single-motor - one motor activates the vacuum and the brush. There's no control on the brush roll - the brush will automatically start to roll as you switch on the vacuum.
  • Dual-motor - two separate motors, one for the brush and one for the vacuum. Brush roll off on bare floor protects the floor finish whereas for carpets the "on" mode makes a deeper cleaning.

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums have the motor and bag in a separate unit. The canister has wheels for a better maneuverability. A flexible hose with a vacuum head is connected to the canister.

Canister vacuums are efficient when vacuuming hard-to-reach spots, furniture, drapes or cars.

Handheld & Stick Vacuums

Generally, these vacuums are very convenient for fast local cleaning tasks rather than for the whole house. They are smaller and lighter and often cordless.

Handheld vacuums

Handheld vacuums are designed especially for above-floor cleaning tasks: closets, upholstery, vents, blinds or car interiors. They are very efficient for cleaning up small spills, cobwebs or dirt out of windowsills.

Stick vacuums

For daily use of stairs, ceiling fans, draperies other and high places.

Robot Vacuums

A robot vacuum is autonomous and does the work for you. It will automatically revolve away from obstacles and stairs. It easily gets underneath furniture, and easily moves from hard floor to carpet and back again.

Some robot mops can clean windows, swimming pool and gutters.

Steam Mops

The steam efficiently removes ground-in dirt and stubborn stains. It kills bacteria and sanitizes the floor. It is effective on different hard floor surfaces, like wood, linoleum, ceramic tile and more.

Carpet Cleaners

A carpet cleaner uses moisture and heat and would take care of ground-in dirt, dust mites, stains, pet dander and bacteria that a normal vacuum would not be able to suck out. Carpet cleaners also kill germs and disinfect the carpet.

There are various carpet cleaner models and styles ranging from uprights to portable and handheld cleaners.

Commercial Vacuums

For shops, offices, garages, large storage rooms etc. have extra power for big sized messes. Good for cleaning large area dirt, dry or wet.


What is the Nature of your home?

  • Size of your home - you'll need a powerful upright vacuum for a bigger home.
  • Stairs - a stick vacuum is preferable - easier to move between floors.
  • Multi-surfaces - you'll need an adaptable vacuum to the different surface type.
  • Pets - certain vacuums are designed especially to deal with pet hair and dander.

Vacuuming habits

  • Daily - a lightweight stick vacuum would be enough to maintain a clean home.
  • Every couple of days - you'll need a larger upright or canister vacuum with a more powerful motor.
  • Too busy to do the job? A programmable robotic vacuum can do the job for you.


The weight of vacuum cleaners stretches from less than 10 pounds for lightweight stick models, up to more than 20 pounds for full-size upright models. Lightweight devices are designed for multilevel homes, where you have to haul the vacuum up and down the stairs. These devices will often have fewer attachments for easier carry. Full size devices will be more efficient and effective in big homes.


An average home would need a motor power of 12 amps or 200 air watts.


Most vacuum cleaners today use HEPA filters (High efficiency particulate air). These filters remove 99.95% of particles like dust, dander and allergens from the air and leave a clean and fresh air in the room. These filters are beneficial for asthma and allergy sufferers. Most of these filters can be washed under running water and are reusable and money savers.


Suffer from allergies or sensitive to dust? You'll need a vacuum cleaner that is HEPA certified. HEPA filters keep the air in the room clean and fresh. Also, consider a vacuum with a washable filter.


Some vacuums run with lower noise, and yet still have the power to clean. A decibel level in the 60-65 dB range is extremely quiet, while a decibel level of 70 dB will sound like a medium size food processor. Check the product specification for the decibel level.


There are vacuums that are specially designed for home with pets and deal with pet's hair and messes. Make sure this feature is marked in the vacuum specifications.

Bagless vacuums

Easy emptying the dirt straight to trash bin. No need to buy dirt bags.

Bagged vacuums

Better sealing of the dust. It is good for allergy sufferers.

Cordless vacuums

Free movement around, no cord tangle while working. No dependence on outlets. Easy to reach spot like stairs, rooms, the inside of your car and any hard to reach corners.

Accessories and Attachments

For a thorough cleaning, you'll need the right attachments and accessories, as different surfaces need different tool. Here is a list of the basic attachments that would be needed in any home:

  • Motorized brushroll with on/off switch - for bare floors and carpets.
  • Dusting brush – for shelves, tables, etc.
  • Crevice tool - for corners and tight spaces.
  • Upholstery tool - for furniture.
  • Pet hair power brush.