Vacuum Buying Guide
Vacuum Cleaners 101
Types of Vacuums
Hard Floor Cleaners
Spot Scrubbers & Steamers
Vacuum Buying Tips:
• Look for energy efficient vacuums that use less electricity without sacrificing suction power
• Pet owners will need heavier vacuums, like upright and canister models, to help control animal hair, dander and odour
• Some filtration systems can actually reduce airflow and make your vacuum less effective: choose premium filters that trap microscopic particles but allow air to keep flowing
• Know what attachments you need before shopping
Vacuum Cleaner Features
Extra Attachments +
Extra attachments let you customize the head to the task at hand for a more effective clean. A choice of attachments is especially important if your home has lots of stairs and a mix of hard floors and carpet. Simply swap out the head with the right tool and get the job done quickly and properly.
Save money and time with a bagless vacuum. While most vacuums use disposable bags, bagless vacuums keep all the vacuumed dirt in a container that you empty and reuse. Look for an easy-release mechanism that makes dumping the contents a snap. When you have a bagless vacuum, you never need to worry about running out of bags.
Brush Agitator +
Brush agitators comb carpet fibres to kick up hidden dirt. They're especially useful for cleaning thicker carpets that resist deep cleaning. Look for an on-off switch to turn your agitator on and off as you transition from carpets to hard floors. Avoid using your brush agitator on hardwood floors as you could scratch the surface.
Carpet Height Adjustor +
Vacuum heads designed for cleaning carpets generally have manual or automatic height adjustors. Before vacuuming a carpet, set your vacuum's manual height adjustor to the appropriate level for the carpet's pile height. A properly adjusted head will clean a carpet more effectively. Automatic carpet height adjustors take the guessing game out of vacuuming different carpets.
Micro filters prevent tiny dust particles from escaping your vacuum after they’ve been sucked up. This results in more effective cleaning and reduces airborne allergens that could be harmful to your health. Look for a high-efficiency particulate-air (HEPA) filter if your family is sensitive to dust, if you own pets or if you just want to keep dust to a minimum.
Retractable Cord +
Retractable cords save you from manually winding your cord around your vacuum after every use. Instead, with press the button, your cord will disappear inside the machine and be all wrapped up and ready for the next time you need to vacuum.
Headlights let you know the vacuum is on and shine light in corners and other dark spaces so you can clean more thoroughly. Look for a bright headlight, preferably the long-lasting LED variety.
Suction Control +
Suction control is a great feature for vacuuming throws, drapes and small rugs. With suction control, you can adjust your vacuum’s power to avoid sucking the items into the head and blocking the airflow.
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Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance Tips:
• Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and maintenance
• Vacuums lose suction as the bag fills with dirt, so change the bag before it’s full or even half full
• Change your filters regularly to help keep your home allergen and dust free
• Avoid walking on floors and carpets just cleaned with water or steam as they could be slippery
• Use a low height setting for shallow carpet and a high setting for thick, plush carpet.