What Kind of Vacuum Cleaner Should I Buy?

Buying a vacuum cleaner for your home is a purchase that should be given a lot of thought to. But there are many different kinds of vacuums on the market to choose from at various prices.

You find yourself asking questions like, “what kind of vacuum cleaner should I buy?”

“What is the best type of vacuum cleaner that will best fit my needs?”

In this article, we have put together a vacuum cleaner buying guide. This guide will help you understand the things that you should be considering before you buy it. We also include the important features that you should look out for when choosing the best kind of vacuum cleaner for you and your home.

Things to consider before deciding on a vacuum cleaner

  • The size of your home
  • The type of flooring you have in your home
  • The size of your family
  • Pets
  • The type of cleaning that you want to do
  • The type of vacuum that you prefer

Before we get into the buying guide. Here is a quick comparison between the three common types of vacuum cleaners.

Upright vacuums

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Upright vacuums are designed to handle the big cleaning jobs, like thick carpets or rugs. They are bigger, noisier, and heavier in size, which makes them harder to push for many people. 

But with an upright vacuum, there is no need to bend down while cleaning. Even if you change from one type of floor type to the next, the setting can be changed by pressing a lever with your foot.

Upright vacuums have motorized brushes that help to pick up pet hair and extract dirt deep down inside your carpets. Although they have a wide cleaning path for cleaning open areas, they struggle to clean corners and under low standing furniture. 

Generally, upright vacuums are cheaper than canister vacuum cleaners

Canister vacuum

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Canister vacuums are compact and lower on the ground. So you do need to bend over to clean, but they tend to have more power and better suction than an upright vacuum cleaner. They are also a lot lighter and easier to carry around than an upright vacuum. 

Canister vacuums are easier to use as they have a hose attached to the body of the vacuum cleaner and come with a variety of attachment tools. These tools and accessories help make cleaning hard to reach places easier.

Canister vacuums are able to clean a home with a variety of floor types and would be a good investment for a multi-story home. Be sure that the type of vacuum you choose offers the accessories that you need for your type of flooring.

Stick vacuums

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Stick vacuums are easy to handle and store with their lightweight and slim shape. They are best to handle light and quick cleanup jobs, such as spilled cereal and other crumb messes. They are often powered by a battery and can convert into a handheld vacuum when needed.

Their dirt capacity limit and suction power are not all that great. But they work perfectly for cleaning above head areas, tight spaces, and surfaces.

Buying Guide for vacuum cleaners

To know the answer to what kind of vacuum cleaner should I buy? There are some important features of a vacuum cleaner that you should consider. They are:

Weight and Size

The weight and size of a vacuum cleaner you choose to buy would depend on the following:

  • Your personal preferences
  • The size of your home, larger homes need a more powerful vacuum
  • The storage space you have for your vacuum
  • If you have stairs, small spaces, and high up areas to clean
  • Your types of flooring, like hardwood floors, tiles or carpets

The Suction Power of the Vacuum

The amount of suction power that you need from a vacuum cleaner would depend on two main things:

  • The type of cleaning you have, like quick cleanup jobs, for example, vacuuming upholstery or big cleaning jobs, like heavily soiled carpets
  • The type of floors you have, for example, cleaning carpets need a stronger suction power than tiled floors

Corded or Cordless

Make a choice between a vacuum cleaner that has a cord or is cordless. This would depend on your personal preference, whether you would enjoy having constant power or would prefer to move around more freely while cleaning your home.

There is a downside to both types of vacuums.  

You are limited to the length of the cord and the number of power outlets that you have in your home with a corded vacuum. With a cordless vacuum, the operating time of the vacuum is limited to how long the rechargeable battery lasts.

The filtration system

The filtration system is another important feature to focus on. If you or any other members of your household that suffer from allergies, the best choice would be to buy a vacuum with a HEPA filtration system.

This type of filtration system collects 90% or more dirt and dust from your living area without letting any of it back into the air that you breathe.

Choose between a Bagged and bagless vacuum

A bagless vacuum cleaner offers a dirt cup or canister that needs to be emptied and cleaned when full. 

A bagged cleaner offers the option of replacing the disposable bags once full. There is no dirt cup cleaning involved but there are costs involved in replacing the bags.


The warranty of the vacuum cleaner is another important detail consider. You should be made aware of what parts and repairs are covered under the warranty and for how long. The warranty also lets you know in a small way, how long the vacuum cleaner will last.

To answer your questions “what kind of vacuum cleaner should I buy?” consider your personal preferences for the type of cleaner that you want for the type of cleaning you have. Look at the size of your home and the number of occupants you have living in your home. Then focus on the important features of the vacuum cleaner, like the suction power, filtration system, the warranty, the weight, and size. Make a decision between a bagged or bagless, a corded or cordless vacuum cleaner. All these will lead to you buying the best vacuum cleaner for your needs.





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