How to Choose the Best Vacuum

Written by on July 4, 2012 in Top Rated Vacuums, Vacuum Tips - No comments


We’ll show you how to choose the best vacuum.


One of the most common questions I hear is ‘what should I look for when buying a vacuum?’ . Most people don’t know what things they should pay attention to, and how to determine the ‘best’ vacuum for what they need. In other articles, we’ve discussed how to choose a vacuum for various uses, like the best vacuum for your apartment, and the best cordless vacuums. But, in this article, we’ll discuss a general framework you can use to find the best vacuum for you.

First, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions. 

Step 1: Asking the Right Questions 

1. What’s my budget?  Most people have a limit on how much they want to spend, whether its $35 or $50.  Unfortunately, a lot of stores like Amazon won’t let you search by price range.  So, when you go to find that vacuum of yours, try sorting by price, lowest to highest.

2. What purpose do I need the vacuum? Ask yourself what the critical things the vacuum needs to do, and where you’ll use it. Does it need to vacuum floors, or every nook and cranny? If you plan on using your vacuum for small spaces as well as floors, you should consider a vacuum that can switch between an upright and handheld mode. Or, you might choose a roller type vacuum like the Eureka Mighty Mite, which allows for different attachments to easily reach small areas, and vacuum carpets and floors. If you’ll only be using it for floors, go with an upright model. If you only need it vacuum areas like furniture or other irregular areas, go with a handheld model


The Eureka Mighty Mite is a good choice for those who want the flexibility of vacuuming floors, curtains, and other hard to reach places easily.


Step 2: Using the Right Metrics

Now that you’ve answered the questions above, we’ll introduce some metrics to help you judge whether one vacuum is better than another.

1. Power – We all want a ‘powerful’ vacuum, but what does that mean? Technically speaking, the power is equal to the voltage the vacuum uses times the amount of current it draws (in amps). If we assume all vacuums use the same outlet voltage, than the power is just a function of the amperage.  Indeed, most vacuums quote the number of amps the vacuum draws.   For example, the Eureka handheld, below, is labeled as drawing 5 amps on it’s amazon product page.

The Eureka Handheld Vacuum is powerful and draws 5.5 amps.


2. Size/ Form Factor - The size and form factor are important to consider.  Naturally, we put a premium on appliances that are both lightweight and small (to save storage space).  All vacuums should list their weight and size, under “prodct dimensions”. For example:

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 7 x 7 inches ; 7 pounds

3. Cord Length – This is moot if you’re buying a battery operated device, but cord length is something you want to consider, especially if you plan on vacuuming large rooms.  Each vacuum’s product page on Amazon should list the cord lengthm, typically in feet.  Cord lengths of 15 or more feet should be more than enough for easy vacuuming.

4. Other Attachments – One hidden cost that people don’t often consider is the attachments the vacuum comes with.  If you plan on vacuuming different surfaces, you’ll probably need a nozzle attachment, and a flat attachment for quick carpet cleaning.  Make sure to check the product description for a mention of what attachments can be fitted on the vacuum, and which attachments come included in the purchase price.

5. Bags – Most vacuums nowadays are bagless, and have a reusable container that stores dirt.  However, you’ll want to check to make sure before you buy; bags can be a big spend, not to mention they’re cumbersome.


With this information, you should be all set to start making smart decisions about what vacuum to buy!

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