Vacuum cleaners tend to look the same. All vacuum cleaners have a canister or bag to hold the dirt, a power cord, and they are either pushed or pulled across the carpet. There are a few features that allow your vacuum to be easier to push, and clean the floors much more effectively than vacuums with other features.
Look for a model with an all metal motor. Remember that old Hoover your grandmother had that lasted thirty years? It’s because the motor had a metal casing and not a plastic outer shell. Metal is a conductor of heat, and will pull the heat out of the motor. This will allow the motor to run cooler and will extend the life of the motor greatly.
Don’t buy bagless vacuum cleaners. There is a reason that most vacuum cleaners you buy in big box stores are bagless The HEPA filters need to be changed at least once a year, and if you have pets, the filters need changed far more often. One filter may cost more than a dozen high filtration vacuum cleaner bags. You put bags in your trash cans to keep the inside clean and to make disposal more sanitary. It’s the same with vacuum cleaner bags. They not only keep the inside of the vacuum cleaner …well, cleaner. They also are cleaner when you dispose of them.. When you empty a bagless vacuum cleaner there is a puff of dust blown back in your face. Nobody enjoys that.
Using HEPA filtration bags in your vacuum will make the vacuum far cleaner when you throw out the bag. This way you can be sure that your vacuum cleaners is leaking practically no dust, and the machine is keeping clean as well. Make sure you get a dozen extra bags or more when you purchase your vacuum. This way you will not run out as soon. And most bags are cheaper if you buy them in larger packs. See if there is a discount if you buy bags in larger quantity.
Make sure you can get service on your vacuum cleaner. Buying locally from a specialty store selling vacuum cleaners will usually give you the best selection. The owners also know quite a lot about what they sell and can answer your questions. Many consumers buy an inexpensive vacuum cleaner at a big box store, and then find out that the bags, belts, and filters are impossible to find later. These retailers also do not service the machines they sell or offer replacement parts.
Find your local vacuum cleaner specialty store online or in the local Yellow Page directory.