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Vacuum cleaners share a lot in common. All vacuums have a cord, a place to hold the dust and dirt, and you can either pull them or push them across the floor. Some features make pushing a breeze, and pick up the dirt far more effectively than most.

Look for a model with an all metal motor. Have you ever seen an old vacuum cleaner that lasted over 30 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. The motor lasts much longer because it can run far cooler than a plastic motor.

Don’t buy bagless vacuum cleaners. There is a reason that most vacuum cleaners you buy in big box stores are bagless It’s because the filters need to be replaced at least once a year, and more often if you have indoor pets. You’ll find that it costs more for the filters than buying 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.. There is always a puff of dirt when you dump a bagless vacuum cleaner’s dirt canister.

It is recommended that you use HEPA filtration bags in your vacuum, if they are available. This way you can be sure that your vacuum cleaners is leaking practically no dust, and the machine is keeping clean as well. Be sure to buy a supply of bags 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. Ask your local dealer about any discounts for buying in 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. Lot’s of people buy vacuums from a big box store, only to find out later that bags and filters are impossible to find locally. These retailers also do not service the machines they sell or offer replacement parts.

Find your local vacuum cleaner specialty store online or find one in the print Yellow Pages.

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