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A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Vacuum

7/10/2011 6:36:58 PM

Buying a vacuum can be very confusing if you've never done it before.

Buying a vacuum can be very confusing if you've never done it before. There are so many new words and descriptions to sort out the meaning for. Then there is the problem of knowing what you really need in a vacuum cleaner. Everyone, after all, has different needs in cleaning tools and equipment. This guide will help you make an informed buying decision when it's your time to buy your first vacuum.


Identify Your Needs

This is perhaps the most important step. You really need to know what you need in a vacuum cleaner. Otherwise you're not at all likely to get it. If you know what you need, then you can eliminate the vacuum cleaners that don't meet that need from your search. Anything you can do to narrow your list of options is a good thing at a time like this.

Identifying what you need does other things for you as well. It helps you gain a clearer understanding of what vacuum cleaners do and why they are so important. It also helps you understand just how different something as simple as a vacuum cleaner can be.

Some of the common things you might need include the following:

• Deep cleaning abilities

• Allergy/Asthma friendly (HEPA filters, bagless, cyclonic technology)

• Back saving features (lightweight)

• Stair cleaning (extensions, features, canister vacuums)

• Bare Floor cleaning

• Carpet cleaning

• Delicate carpet cleaning

• High traffic cleaning capacity

• Pet hair cleaning and removal

The list goes on and on. Chances are, if you have a unique cleaning situation there is a vacuum out there that addresses that need. The trick is in making sure you know what your needs happen to be and make a point of finding a vacuum cleaner that will meet those needs.


Establish Your Budget

The next thing you need to do is decide exactly how much you can afford to invest in a vacuum. Keep in mind that spending less now will not always save you money in the long term. It is better to view buying a vacuum as an investment rather than an immediate expense.

Plan to spend a fair amount of money on your vacuum if you're not interested in replacing it two or three times a year. Those replacements add up too.

Also keep in mind that there are maintenance items that need to be purchased for vacuums such as bags and/or belts for many models. Factor those things into the budget as well.


Compare Your Options

You'll discover that there are tons of options available. There are many things you need to look for when you're comparing vacuums that are on the market. Compare them all to find the best fit for your budget and your needs.

Find the vacuums that most closely meet your needs. Identify the vacuums from that group that have additional features you like best. 

Find out which brands and models offer the best warranties. It's a good sign to work with a company that stands behind their products. In the event that something does go wrong with your purchase you want to make sure it's covered by some sort of warranty. Some brands offer up to four or five years of a standard warranty. Others offer only six months to one year. Make sure you keep your paperwork in a safe place so that you have access to the warranty if you ever find yourself in need of it.

Check out reviews. The Internet is filled with sites that allow consumers to post reviews of products. Read through them. Pay close attention to those that are in the middle range to find out the pros and cons of the vacuums you're considering. Glowing recommendations and/or terrible references might often be a little less objective than average reviews and ratings.


Now that you have your beginner's guide to buying a vacuum, it's time to get shopping. Use these helpful tips and you should have a solid vacuum that is going to meet your needs for quite a while.


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