Confused About Which Vacuum Cleaner You Should Choose? This Guide Will Answer Your Queries

These pointers will help you choose a vacuum cleaner that best suits your needs and makes your life easier

Mohini Mehrotra Published May 27, 2020 19:40:53 IST
Confused About Which Vacuum Cleaner You Should Choose? This Guide Will Answer Your Queries Vacuum cleaner. Photo: Shutterstock

How often do you find the corner you dusted just the day before looking dirty again? Are you also struggling with pet hair that gets into the corners of your sofa and no matter how much you dust, they just won’t go? A sturdy and efficient vacuum cleaner can make your life easier and keep your home clean. Here is a guide on things you must check while buying one for your home or office.

Know Your Need And Type

Broadly speaking, there are five types of vacuum cleaners—canister, upright, stick, handheld and robotic—and they differ in terms of performance and use.

1. Canister: While bulkier in shape, canister vacuums are great for cleaning floors, stairs, and under-the-furniture kind of spaces. A popular pick among Indian households, they usually come with attachments that are handy for cleaning drapes and upholstery as well. They are quieter too. However, their size makes them difficult to store and they are likely to bump into walls and furniture as you drag them along while cleaning. 

2. Upright: These are better at deep-cleaning large floor areas, especially carpets with pet hair and debris. The best thing about upright vacuums is that you don’t have to bend to clean surfaces. However, because of their shape, they can be difficult to use on stairs. Also, they tend to be noisier than canister models. 

3. Stick: A lighter version of an upright vacuum cleaner, stick vacuums are more compact and super-convenient to use and store. Because of their design, they can slide underneath the furniture and reach tough-to-clean corners. These are ideal if you are looking for a cleaner that can handle light debris, but they are not as powerful as an upright vacuum cleaner. 

4. Handheld: These mini-vacuum cleaners are ideal for spot cleaning. Lightweight and incredibly easy to store and use, they are obviously less powerful than a traditional vacuum and are better for cleaning furniture, car interiors, curtains, kid’s and pet’s toys and so on. Some of the newer models are cordless and come with in-built battery so you carry them along as you go. 

5. Robotic: These disc-shaped wonders can clean your room even as you put your feet up and relax in front of the television. Some high-tech models can be controlled via an app on your phone. Small in size, robotic automatic vacuums are battery-powered and can clean the floor on their own. However, don’t expect them to clean your carpets the way regular vacuum cleaners do.

Bagged And Bagless

Vacuum cleaners either come with a disposable bag or a reusable container.

1. Bagged vacuums: These vacuum cleaners tend to collect more dust but there’s the hassle of buying and storing disposable bags for regular use.

2. Bagless vacuums: Bagless vacuums have a reusable container that you can empty after every use. While this cuts the cost of buying bags, emptying the bin can be a bit messy. If you have asthma or dust allergy, you may want to avoid this process. The plus is that because the bins are transparent, it’s easier to tell when they’re full and you can empty and reuse them countless times.

Note: Just because a product is expensive does not mean it’s bound to be efficient. Research well and find a good deal on a vacuum cleaner that fulfils your requirements and comes with a warranty. Remember, a vacuum cleaner is not an appliance you will be changing anytime soon.

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