How Long Does a Vacuum Last?

Being in the market for a new vacuum cleaner can be a difficult task. There are so many different shapes, sizes, types, brands and they are all at different prices.

People are always on the hunt for a vacuum cleaner that will do the job that they want it to do. But they are also looking for one that is durable and will last a long time.

The only problem is that many manufacturers only specify certain things that they think are important. Usually, these things enhance and highlight vacuum cleaners’ performance. They might also mention the warranty for that particular vacuum cleaner. Although this is a slight sign of how long the manufacturers expect it to last. 

It is not always a guarantee.

So how do you know which vacuum cleaner to choose, what to look for and how long should a vacuum cleaner last?

In this article, we will discuss the different factors to take into account that will influence the lifespan of a vacuum cleaner. We also include some useful tips for what you can do to help in extending its life.

Factors to Consider That Influence the Lifespan of a Vacuum Cleaner

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Although it is said by many that on average, a good household vacuum cleaner lasts about eight years. But there are different factors that can change that figure drastically. Because some vacuums could last a lot less and others could last a lot longer. 

Choose the best vacuum for the job

Choosing the best vacuum cleaner that can handle the type of cleaning job you have is important. But there are other things that you need to consider as well, like:

  • The number of people and pets living in your home
  • If your home has a variety of different flooring,  it is best to choose the type of vacuum cleaner that has specific functions to work these floorings.  For example, a vacuum cleaner that can clean both vinyl floors and carpets
  • If you have pets running in and out your home, it is best to pick a vacuum cleaner that can is designed to handle pet hair
  • Consider the number of people living in your home and the areas of your home that needs cleaning. A single person’s mess is far less than a mess of a family of say four with three dogs and two cats.
  • Consider the amount of power you need from a vacuum cleaner. If the vacuum cleaner is not powerful enough for a certain type of cleaning job. It will either not do the job properly or you will land putting unnecessary strain on the vacuum cleaner. This strain will then cause the vacuum cleaner to break down more easily. Which then reduces the lifespan of the vacuum cleaner.

The different types of vacuums

Handheld vacuums

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Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Handheld vacuums are light and handy to have for those quick and easy pickups in your home or car. They are cordless and run on rechargeable batteries for about 15 to 30 minutes.  

How long handheld vacuums last depend on how well you take care of them. For example, charging the battery correctly, cleaning, and maintaining it properly. They should last between 2 to 3 years.

Robotic vacuums

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Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Robot vacuums are every household’s dream come true. Once set up and programmed, they operate on their own. They also operate with a battery and with some models; the battery is built-in to them and will only last as long as the battery does. But to answer the question of how long does a robot vacuum last? This is between 4 to 6 years.

Stick vacuums

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Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Stick vacuums are lightweight and are easy to use around the home. They can easily handle light cleaning jobs and with this type of vacuum, you are also given a choice between corded and cordless. Due to their weight, shape, and size, they are generally not known for their durability. 

Their life expectancy is between 5 to 8 years.

Upright Vacuum

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Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Upright vacuums are heavier and bulkier than a stick vacuum but they are built to last a long time. They generally have strong motors, strong suction, and have been the favorite type of vacuum for many households for many years. Upright vacuums should last +/- 8 years.

Canister Vacuum

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Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Canister vacuums offer more portability with a long hose and wand. Their power and suction are similar, if not more than an upright vacuum cleaner. Their life expectancy is also like that of an upright of about 8 years.

A central Vacuum Cleaner

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Central Vacuum Cleaner

The lifespan of a good quality central vacuum cleaner is 20 years or more if it has been installed correctly and is maintained properly.

Major brands of vacuum cleaners

How long does a vacuum last? This mostly depends on the brand of the vacuum. Many of the top brands have the money to manufacture top quality vacuum cleaners with high-quality parts. Depending on the brand, vacuum cleaners can last from eight to ten years and some even up to twenty years with proper use. Here are some of the major brands and how long some of their vacuum cleaners can last:
  • Miele – 10-20 years
  • Hoover - 10-20 years
  • Dyson - 10 years
  • Shark – 5-7 years
  • Kirby – up to 20 years
  • Bissell – 8 years

Maintenance Tips for prolonging a vacuums life

How long does a vacuum last also comes down to how well they are maintained. Proper maintenance of a vacuum cleaner also helps to ensure that your vacuum cleaner does not lose its power over time.

Maintenance tips such as:

  • Empty the dust canister or bag often
  • Clean the Filters
  • Unclog the Hose
  • Untangle the Rollers or Motorized Brush
  • Keep an eye on the vacuums belt
  • Treat the power cord with care

Also, ensure that you pick up visible toys and other small objects before you vacuum.

To sum it all up for how long does a vacuum last. It depends on the different factors that can influence the lifespan of a vacuum cleaner. Factors like the type of vacuum you choose for the type of job, the brand, and how well you take care of the vacuum cleaner.





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